From: Lund, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active
In August 1984 guitarist Jan Åkesson and singer Peter Grundström got to know each other after performing at the same show in different bands; Jan was lead guitar in Ravage and Peter was fronting Whitelight. Their meeting led to the conclusion of Jan’s work with Ravage and he became a new member in Whitelight in the fall of the same year.
Whitelight’s focus was melodic hard rock, initially influenced by Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Bad Company and then by a ‘new wave’ of English, American and Canadian bands such as Whitesnake, Van Halen, Journey, Toto, Riot, Wrabit and Dokken. Whitelight played many gigs and produced many demos in search of that elusive record deal.
After 3 years with Whitelight, in 1987, Jan decided to leave the band and went his own way to spread his wings with tougher, more guitar-oriented hard rock. Peter stayed in Whitelight, who changed their name to Kee Avenue. Jan went on to form new bands Why Not, Perfect Stranger and Dr Blue, playing many very successful gigs and making several acclaimed recordings. Kee Avenue split up in 1991 after the bass player and the keyboard player left the band. After this final breakup Peter went on to play and sing with several different, mostly cover bands, though he kept on writing songs, always looking for the right project to showcase his talent.
In 1994 Jan decided to step back from live performance to concentrate on writing and producing songs in his new studio on the emerging digital recording platforms that would soon come to dominate the music industry.
Finally, 15 years after the two first played together, Jan decided to give Peter a call, thinking that it was time for a ‘reunion’. A good meal and a few beers was all it took to spark a new beginning.
The result was StoneLake.
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Swedish melodic metal band Stonelake is streaming the new track "End This War." The song appears on the band's forthcoming sixth studio release entitled "Monolith," which is due for release via Massacre Records on March 22, 2013.
Check out "End This War" here:
Stonelake has posted a music video online for the song "Red Canyon," which can be viewed in the player below. "Red Canyon" is taken from Stonelake's new album "Marching On Timeless Tales."
Stonelake, which recently signed a deal with Massacre Records, will be releasing the "Marching On Timeless Tales" album on July 1st, 2011. The band has now posted the album artwork online, which can be viewed below.
Stonelake has inked a deal with Massacre Records for the release of the new album "Marching On Timeless Tales," which is currently set to drop on July 1st, 2011. A previously uploaded teaser trailer for the album can be found over here. Massacre Records also commented on the band's history:
"Guitarist Jan Åkesson and vocalist Peter Grundström met in August 1984 at a gig. Jan played in a band called Ravage and Peter was the vocalist of the band Whitelight. Soon Jan joined Whitelight.
In 1987 Jan and Whitelight parted ways and Jan focused on playing more guitar-oriented hard rock.
"Peter continued as a member of Whitelight but Jan wasn't replaced. Soon Whitelight changed their name to Kee Avenue. In 1994 Jan established his own studio and retired from playing live shows. Kee Avenue split up when several band members left the band in 1991. Peter continued writing songs and played in cover bands.
"When Jan and Peter met again, Stonelake was born. The band has already released four albums and they continue building a fan base all over the world. Their fifth album 'Marching On Timeless Tales' is going to be released on July 1, 2011!"
Additional info and music from the band can be found at the Stonelake Facebook page. The band's lineup is as follows:
Peter Grundström: Vocals
Jan Åkesson: Guitars
Lars Johansson: Bass
Jens Westberg: Drums
Annika Argerich: Keyboard
Stonelake has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming fifth album "Marching On Timeless Tales." You can check out the trailer in the clip below. "Marching On Timeless Tales" is set for release on June 24th, 2011.