DRAGONSCLAW – A NEWLY FORMED TRADITIONAL/POWER METAL BAND HAVE COMPLETED THEIR DEBUT RELEASE TITLED ‘PROPHECY’.
‘PROPHECY’ FEATURES GUEST VOCALS ON SELECT TRACKS FROM THE LEGENDARY BLAZE BAYLEY (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) AND ALESSANDRO DEL VECCHIO (EDGE OF FOREVER, EDEN’S CURSE, GLENN HUGHES, IAN PAICE, JAMES LABRIE).
DRAGONSCLAW feature a contemporary take on the power metal genre, forged in the established traditions of heavy metal. DRAGONSCLAW boast a sonic alloy of aggressive yet catchy song writing, soaring vocals powerful melodies and blazing guitar solos combined with symphonic orchestration and imaginative lyrics. DRAGONSCLAW are a celebration of what legions of metal fans love about traditional metal, updated for 2011.
DRAGONSCLAW was conceptualised in 2007 by guitarist, Ben Thomas and inspired by the epic compositions and raw technicality of bands such as Symphony X, Adagio and Kamelot. DRAGONSCLAW remained an idea until Thomas could find a line up of like-minded metal virtuosos to bring his compositions to life. During this time Ben built up a local reputation as an up and coming six-string shredder, playing guitar with Sydney thrash metal band, Paindivision. Thomas was also featured as a guest guitar soloist on the Empires of Eden albums, ‘Reborn In Fire’ and ‘Songs Of War And Vengeance’.
New Zealand born vocalist, Giles Lavery, joined DRAGONSCLAW in 2010. He brings to DRAGONSCLAW an immense vocal range and a fine ear for catchy choruses and vocal melodies. Giles’s influences run deep in the ether of metal and hard rock music, from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Manowar and King Diamond to AOR groups such as Survivor, Journey and Foreigner. Lavery fronted New Zealand metal group, Bloodwych, through the late 90s and has most recently been singing with the Australian Ronnie James Dio Tribute Show. Giles’s faithful renditions of Dio classics lead to him being invited to sing on several local and international projects. Lavery has recently recorded with New Zealand metal band, Beltane, on their album, ‘Auld Toby’ and with the Australian traditional metal band, Doomed Beast, which has drawn acclaim from legendary Darkthrone drummer, Fenriz.
Keyboardist, Ray Martens, has a long history in Australian rock and heavy metal having played in bands such as Paindivision, Shock Therapy, Scoundrel and Mr Scary. A reformed Mr Scary supported Danger Danger frontman, Ted Poley, on his 2010 Australian Tour. Martens has most recently been playing alongside Giles in the Australian Ronnie James Dio Tribute Show to packed venues and audience acclaim.
The band is rounded out by Ben’s brother, Aaron Bryn Thomas, on bass and orchestration. Aaron recently graduated from the Australian Institute of Music, and runs Llewellyn studios where DRAGONSCLAW’s debut album ‘Prophecy’ was tracked.
DRAGONSCLAW have recently completed recording their debut album ‘Prophecy’, which is being produced by Stu Marshall (Paindivision, Empires of Eden, ex-Dungeon). The album contains 10 solid tracks of indomitable metal and features very special guest vocal performances by Blaze Bayley whose legacy includes Wolfsbane and British metal legends Iron Maiden, and Alessandro Del Vecchio of Edge Of Forever, Eden’s Curse, Glenn Hughes, Ian Paice, James LaBrie.
Original artwork for the album was designed by Maggotmaster.
‘Prophecy’ will be released in late 2011 and is sure to claw the ears of the most discerning power metal aficionados.
Vocalist Giles Lavery has the following to say regarding the band’s debut:
’We have worked really hard on putting together the best collection of songs, scrapping anything that wasn’t up to our highest standards, in fact, we wrote and recorded one track we felt very strongly about in the final days of recording… totally crazy but that’s what it takes to have the best record we can! The melody and songwriting has gotten a little bit lost these days in modern metal, we are hoping to reintroduce that while maintaining the crushing power that only heavy metal can provide. Basically everything we grew up with and loved about the genre is here on display, I cannot wait for people to hear this material and to perform it live once we hit the road! I might also add that working with Blaze Bayley is a dream come true – being a massive Maiden/Blaze fan I am truly honoured!’
Guitarist, Ben Thomas, had this to add:
‘For me it’s been a long time coming, but I feel the wait is worth it. Also noteworthy is the lyrical contributions from Corey Wyer from the band “The Cursing Stone”.’
Ben Thomas – Guitars
Giles Lavery – Vocals
Ray Martens – Keyboards
Aaron Thomas – Bass Guitars & Orchestration
Dragonsclaw are currently looking for a full-time drummer.
Giles Lavery singing parts in the studio www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ej22y5HfTA
Blaze Bayley talking about his part on the album www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rXEjMgbD5E