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Power Quest

Formed: 2001
From: Southampton, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Power Quest news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Bloodstock Adds More Bands To Festival Lineup

The organizers of the Bloodstock festival have checked in with the following announcement about confirming more bands for this year's edition:

"Here at Bloodstock HQ we are excited to announce a whole batch of new additions for all three stages. There’s only seven weeks left to the most metal weekend of the year!! Have you got your tickets yet?!

"Opening Friday’s main stage, and fresh off the back of the release of ‘IV’, their first album in ten years, are British post metallers, Earthzone 9. The band are stoked to find their way to Catton Park’s hallowed ground, commenting 'Earthtone 9 have never played Bloodstock, so we could not be more excited! It's one of our only gigs this year, so we are truly going to make the most of it. There may well be some drinking!' You can pick up a free download of their single, ‘Horizon’s End’ at this location.

"On Sunday’s Sophie Lancaster stage, Sacred Mother Tongue get added. Having received huge plaudits for their second album, ‘Out of the Darkness’, and live shows, the Northampton based band are building quite the name for themselves. Check out the video for ‘A Light Will Shine’, here. More...

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Raven Lord Recruits New Drummer

International metallers Raven Lord have announced the addition of current Power Quest drummer Rich Smith to the group’s ranks. Rich will finish the last shows for Power Quest's farewell tour by the end of May.

Commented Smith: "I’m delighted to of been offered the throne to drum for Raven Lord. I can’t wait to get in the rehearsal room with these guys and hit the road to play some kick ass shows I’d like to thank all the guys in the band and the management for this opportunity…"

Ex-drummer Larry Paterson states: "It is meant as no disrespect to any of you at all – and I wish great success for everybody. To cut a long story short, things are pretty tough right now as I have another band, a book and a documentary to make. All of this is running on a very tight schedule which WILL definitely get in the way of Raven Lord…”

Singer and bandleader Csaba Zvekan commented, “I’m saddened to see Larry go from Raven Lord but if dates are clashing there is not much any of us can do. The good thing is me and Larry Paterson will continue working on another band project called Exorcism which is expected to be released in 2014. Well, you know what they say; the show must go on! And with Summer shows in the pipeline we had to act fast and find another drummer as a permanent solution. Rich Smith is highly motivated to be the next Lord drummer and with Power Quest calling it the quits it was obvious that he was available for grabs. We took the opportunity and welcome Rich Smith to Raven Lord.” More...

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Power Quest Calls It Quits

UK melodic metal outfit Power Quest will be calling it quits after twelve years, leaving behind five full length albums and an EP, the latest of which was the 2011 release "Blood Alliance." The band is planning some farewell performances in 2013.

Keyboardist and founding member Steve Williams announced the news:

"I've decided that now is the time to say that the Quest is over. From a business perspective it is getting harder and harder for us to break even. None of us make any money from PQ (we all work day jobs) but I have been losing significant amounts of money when on the road for the past few years. No matter how much you love something, there comes a point where you have to look at the facts, not the dream.

"I love nothing more than touring and making records but if there isn't sufficient demand for the product then there comes a time when reality has to bite unfortunately.

"I'd like to thank everyone who has supported me and PQ over the past 12 years....it is very much appreciated and it is what has kept me going through the years. It's been a great ride and I've had the pleasure of having some great musicians in this band who I am proud to call my friends. Steve, Alessio, Andrea, Francesco, Rich, Paul, Andy, Gav, Colin, Chitty, Adam, Andre, Bill, Oliver, Gav Ward, ZP,Sam Totman, Pete and Ben......you guys have played such a huge role in making PQ what it has become and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

"My dream as a youngster was to make one album. It was not about being a rock star or making lots of money, although that would have been nice :-) It always has and always will be about the music first and foremost, so to have released 5 albums is way beyond anything I could have dreamt of to be honest.

"Huge thanks to those who have done so much behind the scenes over the years as well, without whom it would have been immensely difficult for me. Step forward Manuela Froehlich, Anna Walker, Simon Burrell and Sprocket. More...

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Power Quest To Support Freedom Call

Power Quest, which recruited a new front man last month, has issued the following announcement about upcoming shows with Freedom Call:

"Following on from an overwhelmingly successful first show with new vocalist Colin Callanan in Wakefield in November, Power Quest are pleased to announce they will be returning to Europe in March 2012 as special guests of German power metal legends Freedom Call. The dates are as follows:

08.03.12 Thu CH Pratteln @ Z7?
09.03.12 Fri GER Kaufbeuren @ Allkart Halle (Partyraum)?
10.03.12 Sat GER Aschaffenburg @ Colos-Saal?
11.03.12 Sun GER Bochum @ Zeche

"Prior to that tour, Power Quest will be starting 2012 by headlining day 1 of the Arctic Festival in London, at the Bridgehouse2, on Friday January 6th.Tickets are available via the following link here.

"In the meantime, the Power Quest camp would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and all the very best for the coming year. Thank you for all your support during 2011, especially everyone who came out to see us at Bloodstock, Hammerfest, on tour with Symphony X and Crimson Glory or at one of our own headline shows in the UK and Europe! ?See you somewhere on tour in 2012!"

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Power Quest Reveals New Frontman

After splitting with vocalist Chity Somapala, Power Quest has now issued the following update about recruiting a new front man:

"Powerquest is pleased to finally reveal the identity of their new frontman, so please welcome Colin Callanan to the Power Quest family! Colin, 31, is from Galway, Ireland and will make his live debut with the band in Wakefield on November 27th. The show will be streamed live on the web! Previously Colin has been heard fronting his own projects Dark Crystal and Karuna. You can check out Karuna here."

Steve Williams also commented, "We are thrilled to welcome Colin into the band. He impressed each and every one of us at his audition a couple of months back, and he really understands what Power Quest is all about. His voice and personality are exactly what we have been looking for. Welcome aboard brother!"

Colin added, "I'm really happy to be joining PQ! I've been following the band since their very first demo release and have already been singing PQ songs for many years to help me keep my vocal skills up to scratch. I've always thought it would be great to get the opportunity to sing with an internationally acclaimed outfit such as Power Quest, and was really glad when I got the invite from Steve to come over and jam with the band to see how the chemistry is. Well it was really cool hanging out with the PQ family over those days, and I tried to give them a good blast of my voice in the rehearsal room so they could see if my technique and style was what the band is after. We both agree it's a good match, and I'm really enthusiastic about being the new voice of PQ and offering as much as I can to the band on the old songs, as well as working with the guys to write new material together. I look forward to many gigs and tours, and plenty of craic as we say in Ireland!"

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Power Quest To Reveal New Frontman

Power Quest, which recently split with vocalist Chity Somapala, will be streaming the band's final tour date of the year online later this month. The show will take place at The Snooty Fox, Wakefield on November 27th, 2011 and will be the debut for the band's currently unannounced new vocalist.

Mainman Steve Williams comments: "We are really looking forward to rounding of 2011 with a bang in Wakefield on November 27th. Very excited to introduce our new frontman to the world and to share the stage with our good friends Evil Scarecrow and Dreamcatcher. Look out for a very different set list to earlier in the year.....with the return of a number of fan favourites"

The live Power Quest show stream will be available starting on November 27th, 2011 at this location.

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Power Quest Vocalist Quits Band

U.K. power metal act Power Quest has announced that vocalist Chity Somapala has left the band. The full press release reads as follows:

"We are sorry to have to announce that Chity Somapala has left Power Quest, making the appearance at BOA his last with the band. Chity decided that, at this stage of his career, he wanted to move away from metal to focus on his solo work which is more rock and blues based.

"Clearly the last thing I wanted after releasing the Blood Alliance album earlier this year was to have another line up change, having been through so many in recent times. Having said that, we all have to do what is right for us at specific points in time and we part ways with Chity on very good terms and wish him all the very best for the future.

"Myself, Andy, Paul, Rich and Gav have been auditioning potential replacements for the past couple of months and we have now decided on who will be the man to take up the frontman role in the band. We would like to thank everyone who has submitted recordings and traveled to auditions as well.

"We are already hard at work rehearsing for the UK dates in November and we can promise quite a different set list to what we have been performing so far this year. We will be revealing the identity of our new frontman very soon.....this guy blew us away at the auditions!'

"The first shows with the new vocalist will be in Bedford on November 25th and Wakefield on November 27th, and the Wakefield show will be streamed live on the web!" More...

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Primordial And Xerath Added To Bloodstock 2011

The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced that Irish black metal outfit Primordial and British extreme metal band Xerath have been added to this year's edition of the event. The festival will take place from August 12th-14th in Catton Hall, Derbyshire and will feature this lineup:

Friday:
W.A.S.P. (Headliners)
Devin Townsend Project
Kreator
Coroner
Triptykon
Poisonblack
Wolf
Lawnmower Deth
October File
Byfrost
Arthemis

Saturday:
Immortal (Headliners)
Rhapsody Of Fire
Therion
Grave Digger
Angel Witch
The Rotted
Deadly Circus Fire
Def Con One

Sunday:
Motorhead (Headliners)
Morbid Angel
Amorphis
Nevermore
Hammerfall
Exodus
Tarot
Napalm Death
Primordial
1349
Criminal
Primevil
Power Quest
Survivors Zero
Nemhain

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Power Quest Comments On Upcoming Tour Dates

Power Quest has issued the following announcement about upcoming live shows and a gig supporting Crimson Glory:

"After a successful album launch and tour in the UK, Power Quest are now confirmed as main support for US legends Crimson Glory at their exclusive UK show in London on 17th July. Crimson Glory are back with new singer Todd La Torre who has definitely added a breath of fresh air to the rest of the band, but just as importantly, it has given the fans a new reason to watch, hope, and eagerly await the next chapter."

Keyboardist Steve Williams also added: “This year is definitely going really well. After the hugely positive feedback on the Symphony X tour, we had high hopes for our first few UK shows to test the waters for our new album. The reaction was overwhelming and we had immediate demand for more shows. So we are already booking shows for autumn. And now - supporting one of my favorite bands, the legendary Crimson Glory! That’s certainly one of my personal highlights this year.”

Power Quest will also embark shortly on the band's first headlining European tour, starting on June 9th in Belgium. The current "Blood Alliance" tour schedule is as follows, with more dates to be announced soon:

Power Quest headline shows
Jun 9th - Genk (Belgium) - GC Drieschaar
Jun 10th - Tilburg (NL) – Little Devil
Jun 11th - Niederkrüchten (GER) – TNT Rock Pub
Jun 12th – Zaandam (NL) – De Kade
August 13th - Bloodstock Open Air, Derby, UK

Power Quest supporting Crimson Glory
Jul 17th – The Underworld, London

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Power Quest Announces New Tour Dates

Power Quest has announced several upcoming tour dates as part of the "Blood Alliance U.K. Part 2" tour. The currently announced dates are as follows:

September 30th - TBC
October 1st - Newcastle - Legends
October 2nd - TBC
November 24th - Swansea - Venue TBC
November 25th - Bedford - Esquires
November 26th - Crewe - Dante's
November 27th - Wakefield - Snooty Fox

You can also check out the band's latest podcast by heading over to this location.

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Power Quest Posts Podcast Online

Power Quest has posted a new podcast online in which the members discuss recent and upcoming tour dates. The podcast can be heard in the clip below, and the band also commented:

"Check out the 3 part podcast where Steve, Gav, Andy, Rich and Paul discuss the recent Symphony X tour, answer questions from the fans and talk about the upcoming shows in the UK and Europe."

The previously posted podcast can also be heard by heading over to this location.

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Power Quest Answers Fan Questions

Keyboardist Steve Williams of Power Quest recently hosted a podcast in which he discusses the band's upcoming album "Blood Alliance" and answers fan submitted questions. You can listen to the podcast in the clip below.

"Blood Alliance" has the following release dates:

Spain, Finland, Sweden: March 23
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy: March 25
Rest of Europe: March 28
USA, Canada: April 5

A teaser trailer for the album is available for viewing at this location.

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Power Quest To Support Symphony X

Power Quest has issued the following update about upcoming tour dates:

"We are pleased to announce that Power Quest were selected as main support for North America's progressive metal masters Symphony X on the UK leg of their extended European Tour. The following dates are confirmed: Mar 22nd - London - Scala, ?Mar 23rd - Wolverhampton - The Robin 2, and Mar 24th - Sheffield - Corporation. These shows will premiere the new material from the bands highly anticipated new album ?Blood Alliance, which will be released in the UK on Napalm Records on March 28, 2011."

The band's tour schedule is as follows:

Festivals
?March 19th - Hammerfest III, Prestatyn, Noth Wales
?May 29th - June 8th - Hard Rock Hell Roadtrip, Ibiza
?August 13th - Bloodstock Open Air, Derby, UK

PQ supporting Symphony X UK 2011
?Mar 22nd - London - Scala
?Mar 23rd - Wolverhampton -The Robin 2
?Mar 24th - Sheffield - Corporation

PQ Headline shows - Blood Alliance Tour 2011
?May 5th - London - Purple Turtle
?May 6th - Derby - Redemption Club
?May 7th - Manchester - Satan's Hollow
?May 8th - Glasgow - Classic Grand

You can also check out a teaser trailer for "Blood Alliance" at this location.

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Power Quest Posts "Blood Alliance" Teaser

Power Quest has posted a 15 minute teaser trailer online for the band's new album "Blood Alliance," which can be viewed below.

"Blood Alliance" has already been released in Japan, and also has the following upcoming release dates in other territories:

Spain, Finland, Sweden: March 23
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy: March 25
Rest of Europe: March 28
USA, Canada: April 5

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Power Quest Streaming Song From New Album

Power Quest is currently streaming the new song "Survive" online, which is off the band's upcoming album "Blood Alliance." You can check out the new track through the band's MySpace profile. The release dates for "Blood Alliance" are as follows:

Japan, Southeast Asia: January 26 (through Marquee/Avalon)
Spain, Finland, Sweden: March 23
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy: March 25
Rest of Europe: March 28
USA, Canada: April 5

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Power Quest Announces New Live Shows

Power Quest has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming tour dates:

"Power Quest can now confirm that they will be returning to Prestatyn, North Wales on Saturday 19th March 2011 for Hammerfest III, they will be sharing the stage with Biohazard, Satyricon and Sabaton amongst others. Power Quest are pleased to announce this year's UK dates with a headliner tour in May promoting their eagerly anticipated new release Blood Alliance. The band will be showcasing a handful of new tracks in London, Derby, Manchester and Glasgow.

"We are really excited to hit the road again, it’s been way too long for our UK fans and we finally return to Glasgow as well! The demand was so high, we couldn’t miss that. And we are also working on a few European dates. So - 2011 will see a lot of us, that’s for sure!

"Blood Alliance will be released in Japan on 26th January but Steve and the rest of the band wanted everyone to have the opportunity to hear a track from the new album, so we have an exclusive play of ‘Survive’ on the 'Get Ready to Rock' show with David Randall this Sunday 23rd January at 10pm (GMT) at this location. ‘SURVIVE’ will also be available for fans to stream at our MySpace from Monday, 24th January 7pm (GMT).

"Blood Alliance tour schedule: Festivals •March 19th - Hammerfest III, Prestatyn, Noth Wales May 29th-June 8th - Hard Rock Hell Roadtrip, Ibiza August 13th - Bloodstock Open Air, Derby, UK PQ Headline shows - Blood Alliance Tour 2011 May 5th - London - Purple Turtle May 6th - Derby - Redemption Club May 7th - Manchester - Satan's Hollow May 8th - Glasgow - Classic Grand."

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Power Quest Checks In With Band Update

Power Quest recently revealed the details for the band's new album "Blood Alliance." The group has now checked in with the following update about the 10th anniversary of Power Quest and upcoming live shows:

"Welcome to 2011, the year of Power Quests 10th anniversary. We hope you all have had a great start to the New Year and look forward to seeing you out on the road during the coming months. Blood Alliance you should have seen the released album artwork by now. If not, check it out here!

"The track list and running order for the album is as follows; 1. Battle Stations 2. Rising Anew 3. Glorious 4. Sacrifice 5. Survive 6. Better Days 7. Crunching the Numbers 8. Only in my Dreams 9. Blood Alliance 10. City of Lies 11. Time to Burn (Japanese bonus track)

"The release dates are scheduled as follows: Jan 26th - Japan, South East Asia Mar 23rd - Spain, Finland, Sweden Mar 25th - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy Mar 28th - Rest of Europe Apr 5th - USA and Canada

"The following festival appearances have been confirmed so far; 29.05.–08.06. Hard Rock Hell, Ibiza 13.08. Bloodstock Open Air, UK There are a few shows planned in the UK around the release date and we are also working on an international level. Later this year a special show marking the 10th anniversary will be taking place. We will keep you updated about this as we go along. Lots of surprises there!

"As is customary, we have a new website in development and this should be launched in time for the European release of the album on March 25th."

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Power Quest Announces New Album Release Dates

UK based melodic power metal act Power Quest has announced the official release daes for its new album "Blood Alliance." The release dates are as follows:

Japan, Southeast Asia: January 26 (through Marquee/Avalon)
Spain, Finland, Sweden: March 23
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy: March 25
Rest of Europe: March 28
USA, Canada: April 5

Keyboardist and PQ founder Steve Williams commented by saying:

"Well it has been a long time coming but finally the 5th PQ album is done and I don't think I have ever been so excited about releasing an album. All the guys have given 110% to this record and I'm proud of them all. Its without doubt the heaviest PQ album yet but without sacrificing the PQ melodic tradition. I just can't wait for you all to hear it!"

The track listing is as follows:
1. Battle Stations
2. Rising Anew
3. Glorious
4. Sacrifice
5. Survive
6. Better Days
7. Crunching the Numbers
8. Only in my Dreams
9. Blood Alliance
10. City of Lies
11. Time to Burn (Japanese bonus track)

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Power Quest Confirmed For Bloodstock Festival

U.K. based melodic power metal act Power Quest has been confirmed for the 2011 edition of the Bloodstock Festival. The organizers of the festival commented on the band's appearance:

"The three latest additions for the Sophie stage come from both near and afar, with an international coalition representing the UK, Europe and South America. Homegrown heroes Power Quest return to Bloodstock for the second time, after going down a storm at the indoor fest of 2003. Currently gearing up to release new album 'Blood Alliance,' the melodic power-metallers can expect a hearty, warm welcome back to Catton Hall

"With a host of exclusive performances already confirmed - including headliners Immortal, plus Morbid Angel, Therion, At The Gates, and many more, across three stages of music, plus comedy, fairground rides and a real ale bar, BOA 2011 is an essential date in the metal calendar. Tickets are on sale now at this location."

The Bloodstock Open Air Festival is set to take place from August 12th - 14th, 2011. The current lineup is as follows: Immortal, Rhapsody of Fire, Triptykon, Morbid Angel, Therion, Lawnmower Deth, Angelwitch, Coroner, Grave Digger, At The Gates, Tarot, Powerquest, Arthemis, and Criminal.

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Power Quest Announces New Album Details

UK based melodic power metal crew Power Quest has completed the new album "Blood Alliance," which will be released in Japan on January 19th via Marquee/Avalon. The European release is expected towards the end of March, with the USA release in early April.

Keyboardist and PQ founder Steve Williams had this to say: "Well it has been a long time coming but finally the 5th PQ album is done and I don't think I have ever been so excited about releasing an album. All the guys have given 110% to this record and I'm proud of them all. Its without doubt the heaviest PQ album yet but without sacrificing the PQ melodic tradition. I just can't wait for you all to hear it!"

The track listing is as follows:

1. Battle Stations
2. Rising Anew
3. Glorious
4. Sacrifice
5. Survive
6. Better Days
7. Crunching the Numbers
8. Only in my Dreams
9. Blood Alliance
10. City of Lies
11. Time to Burn (Japanese bonus track)

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