In the words of guitarist Bill Hudson, “We want to bring back the amazing golden years of Power Metal. Like in the late 90s, when STRATOVARIUS, HELLOWEEN, GAMMA RAY, HAMMERFALL and all those bands were at their peak!”.
Hudson met vocalist Christian Eriksson at a summer festival in Sweden, where both were performing with their former groups, UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER and TWILIGHT FORCE, respectively. Both musicians seemed to share the same ideas, and Hudson invited Eriksson to sing on what at the time was supposed to be his solo album.
“We were both in touch with Patrick Johansson about starting a new
band”, says Eriksson, about the former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN drummer. “It
only made sense that him, Bill and myself did something together.
That’s basically how it all started”.
For the bass, Eriksson brought in his former class mate at Hollywood’s Musicians Institute, Mikael Planefeldt, who has worked with former H.E.A.T singer Kenny Leckremo as well as STREAMLINE.
Jimmy Pitts met Bill Hudson while both musicians worked with his
TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA bandmate VITALIJ KUPRIJ (ARTENSION, RING OF
FIRE). Pitts seemed like the obvious choice and perfect fit to complete the band’s line up.