Having recently left London power metal heroes "DragonHeart" it was time to start recruiting musicians to "join the Quest". Steve Scott (ex-Shadowkeep and ex-DragonHeart) was approached regarding bass duties. Steve was keen to work with his former colleague and duly accepted the offer.
The original intention was for Power Quest to be entirely based in Southampton but this was proving to be nigh on impossible. Nevertheless, the next addition to the ranks was from Southampton. Guitarist Adam Bickers had met Steve Williams through his own band D.R.S and was invited to fill one of the guitar slots in the band. Adam didn't need a second invitation, he was eager to play some catchy melodic metal, as D.R.S veer towards the death/thrash side of the metal spectrum. Adam will continue to work with D.R.S as well.
Having successfully filled one of the guitar berths in the band, it was time to consider the second. Following discussions between Steve W and Steve S it was decided that the man for the job was a certain Sam Totman (current DragonForce axeman and erstwhile guitarist and focal point of metal maniacs Demoniac). As well as offering great guitar work, Sam is renowned for his ability to pen and arrange a "catchy" metal anthem! When approached, Sam was "totally keen to do it" although he remains committed to DragonForce.
In April 2002 vocalist Alessio Garavello was recruited to the Power Quest ranks. He was recommended to the band by Maurizio Chiarello, label manager at Underground Symphony records. Alessio flew over for a photo session with the band in May 2002 and returned in June to lay down vocal tracks for the new album. You can hear the first results when the new mp3 is made available soon.
In July 2002 Power Quest recruited a third guitarist. His name is Andrea Martongelli. Andrea accompanied Alessio to England while he recorded his vocals for "Wings of Forever" and he put down a couple of guest solos. The band were impressed with his ability and creativity and offered him the chance to join the line up shortly afterwards. After a long wait for the finished product, "Wings of Forever" is now commercially available and the feedback from the fans has been amazing so far. As the Quest heads into 2003, Power Quest are rehearsing and writing material for the next album.
In January 2003 drummer Andre Bargmann was recruited into the Power Quest ranks. We look forward to recording and playing live with him. At the same time Sam will be cutting back his involvment with the band due to his other commitments, although he will still be around in a "guest" capacity.
Adam has had to relinquish his role with the band to pursue his medical degree and future career in the medical profession. We are sorry to see him go but wish him all the best for all his future endeavours.
Writing and rehearsing material for the second album is now well under way. Seven songs are currently being worked on with another 3 in the pipeline. Recording is scheduled for June 2003.
"NeverWorld" , the follow up to "Wings of Forever", was recorded at Thin Ice between June 10th and July 18th, with production handled by Karl Groom. The mix is being done by Pete Coleman at Mastertone studios in Runcorn. The album is due for release around March 2004 though Now and Then Records.
More line up changes in July as drummer Andre Bargmann left the band. His place was filled on the tour by Last Hours of Torment drummer Gavin Ward. Gav did such a great job that we immediately offered him the gig full time when we had returned from the tour...which he accepted!
As the Quest continues into '04, Power Quest will be hitting the road again, this time in support of the NeverWorld album!