Sandalinas is a Spanish/Swedish progressive metal band founded in 2001 by guitarist Jordi Sandalinas, featuring Rick Altzi on vocals (also with Masterplan and At Vance). Apollo Papathanasio, ex-Firewind and Spiritual Beggars sang on the band's debut album called Living on the Edge. Their first album, Living on the Edge, was produced by Andy LaRocque and released in 2005. The band is on hiatus because Jordi Sandalinas is working on his first solo album.
Sandalinas' first EP, Like an Arrow, was released in 2001 and a single, "Die Hard", followed in 2002. The following year, Sandalinas contacted Andy LaRocque, guitarist of King Diamond, because he was interested in recording an album at his studio located near Gothenburg. The album, called Living on the Edge, was recorded in 2004 and released in 2005 by German label Massacre Records in Europe, Canada and Australia, and later by Nightmare Records for the United States and Art Music for Russia. A European tour supporting Cornerstone and dates supporting Sebastian Bach, former Skid Row singer, and Steven Adler, former Guns N' Roses drummer, were cancelled due to personal reasons. A few months later Sandalinas supported Y&T, Yngwie Malmsteen and Scorpions on a major and successful Spanish tour.
SANDALINAS' second release, FLY TO THE SUN, started in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, on December 2006, at the Barn's Studio Facilities (Florida, USA) where Jordi and Patrick Johansson set up the first stone of this album by recording all drum files following the precise instructions and guideliness of Andy LaRocque. Rhythm guitars and keyboards were tracked down at Los Angered Studio recording facilities by Jordi Sandalinas (guitars) and Elias Holmild (keyb) and following ot that, Mick Cervino recorded the bass parts at Liquid Ghost Studio in BOCA RATON, FLORIDA and Derek Sherinian recorded the keyboard parts for "Seasons in the Sand" in Burbank, California, at the Beachwood Manor Studios followed by well known engineerer Matt Flinker, Jordi and Derek entered into an excellent crossed solos that turned a great song into a magnifiscent state of the art creation. Chris Caffery, Jordi Sandalinas and Andy LaRocque were the very last artists to record at the former Los Angered Recording Studios, actually moved to Sonic Train Studios in Sweden. Chris recorded two solos for "Shadows in the Rain" and "Double Cross" and Andy LaRocque did the same part for the song "The Healer Talks". Rick Altzi did an excellent job singing the tracks. He's an amazing singer and deserved to be mentioned and named as one of the greatest voices of melodic metal.
Jordi Sandalinas has been the FIRST ARTIST to RECORD at ANDY LAROCQUE'S SONIC TRAIN STUDIOS. There was were all the magic began. Jordi used 10 different guitars. 5 Electric guitars, and different models of 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars for the album. JACKSON, FENDER, OVATION and IBANEZ were the brands used for this recording. Andy LaRocque took over the mixing and the mastering process. Despite names such as Andy Horn were pointed as possible mastering maestro, Andy finally mastered SANDALINAS FLY TO THE SUN.
On February 2012 SANDALINAS went on tour supporting HOUSE OF LORDS in Europe in an amazing trip that covered 17 shows in 19 days. Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Hungary and Switzerland were some of the countries that the band visited. The live line-up was comprised by RICK ALTZI (Vocals), Jordi Sandalinas (lead guitars), Agus Gonzalez-Lancharro (rhythm guitars), Julian Langer (Bass) and Alex Landenburg (drums), the latter substituted Mats and Alvaro.
On August 2012 SANDALINAS has scheduled to conclude the recording of the third album called CIRCLES again at Andy LaRocque's Sonic Train studios in Sweden. Andy LaRocque himself and Chris Caffery from SAVATAGE and TSO have contributed with the composition of one and two songs respectively.
- Jordi Sandalinas - Guitars & Backing vocals
- Rick Altzi - Vocals
- Alvaro Svanerö - Drums
- Mats Rendlert - Bass
- Like an Arrow - EP (2001)
- Living on the Edge (2005)
- Fly to the Sun (2008)
- No Matter What: A tribute to Japan (2011)
- No Matter What: CD for Metal Hammer Magazine Spain (2012)
- Power to the People, The Raw E.P (2013)
- "Die Hard" (2002)