THE STORY SO FAR…
Power Quest was formed in March 2001 by keyboardist Steve Williams after he left London based power metal heroes Dragonforce. Former DF colleague Steve Scott was immediately recruited on Bass along with Southampton based guitarist Adam Bickers. Showing there was no ill feeling following the split from DF, Sam Totman assisted with guitars and would continue to do so right up until the Neverworld album had been recorded.
2001: The Demo
The band entered Thin Ice studios in late 2001 to record demo versions of two tracks that would appear on the Wings of Forever album, namely Glory Tonight and Follow Your Heart. At the time the band had still not found a suitable vocalist so ZP agreed to handle vocals and thus continued the DF connection. The demo was very well received amongst the power metal community and led to the band signing a deal with Italian label Underground Symphony for the release of their debut album.
2002: Wings Of Forever
In April 2002 vocalist Alessio Garavello was recruited to the Power Quest ranks. Alessio was one of about 10 vocalists recommended by Maurizio at Underground Symphony and once the band had heard his abilities the decision was made to bring him into the band. In July 2002 Italian guitarist Andrea Martongelli accompanied Alessio to England while he recorded his vocals for “Wings of Forever” and put down a couple of guest solos. The band was impressed with his ability and creativity and offered him the chance to join the line up shortly afterwards. This was the genesis of the Anglo/Italian line up which would last until 2009.
In January 2003 drummer Andre Bargmann joined the Quest. “NeverWorld”, the follow up to “Wings of Forever”, was recorded at Thin Ice studios in the summer of 2003, with production handled by Karl Groom, with additional input from Clive Nolan (Arena) and Richard West (Threshold). The album would go on to become one of the most popular records with the fans, containing the live favourites Edge of Time, Neverworld, Temple of Fire, Sacred Land and For Evermore. The album was released in Japan by Marquee/Avalon in the Autumn of 2003 to an amazing reception. This year also saw the band undertake their first ever UK tour, culminating in the first of three appearances at the Bloodstock Festival which at the time was still an indoor event.
2004: Touring and more recording
Neverworld was finally unleashed to the rest of the world in March 2004. The band celebrated by joining Threshold for a couple of UK shows which exposed the band to a completely new audience. Threshold of course feature Karl Groom and Richard West who had become good friends of the band at Thin Ice studio. In November the band teamed up with Dream Evil and Labyrinth for a triple threat power metal night at Camden Underworld before heading back to demo three new songs for what would become the next PQ opus…”Magic Never Dies”.
2005: Magic Never Dies
Francesco Tresca joined the band, replacing Andre Bargmann, in February 2005 as the new drummer. He only had a few days before embarking on the recording of “Magic Never Dies” but the performance he turned in was stunning despite this. Francesco was a friend of Alessio, who recommended him as the perfect fit for the band. The album was released to great critical acclaim with awesome reviews coming in from all around the world. In support of MND, the band hit the road for 5 UK headline dates in November before finishing the year with an appearance at the Firefest festival in Nottingham.
2006 began with Power Quest being chosen as special guests of Helloween on their UK tour. This included shows in Bradford, Glasgow and London and was a resounding success. Following this was a 5 date co-headline tour with Norwegian progressive metal masters Pagan’s Mind and an appearance at the Progpower UK pre-show party where, yet again, PQ blew the roof off the venue and enhanced their live reputation even further
2007: Touring & Napalm Records
In February 2007 the band headed to Europe for 3 week tour supporting Angra and Firewind. This was the first foray into Europe for PQ and the tour ran through France, Spain, Portugal and Italy. Again the band made an immediate impression and gained a whole army of new fans in the process. A new recording deal was negotiated with Austrian label Napalm Records and the band hit the studio in October 2007 to record their 4th album. In a break from convention the band decided to record drums, guitars, bass and vocals in Italy before returning to the UK to record keyboards and undertake post production duties.
2008: Master Of Illusion
“Master of Illusion” was released worldwide in 2008 and received a great response from media and fans alike, containing fan favourites “Cemetery Gates”, “Human Machine” and “Civilised”. Bassist Steve Scott announced that he would be moving back home to New Zealand and consequently would not be able to continue with the band. A sad day for the band but totally understandable as Steve had been away from NZ for over 10 years. Oliver Holzwarth (Blind Guardian, Tarja) stepped into the breach for the show at Hard Rock Hell festival towards the end of the year.
2009: End Of An Era – Start Of The New Quest
After successfully headlining the second stage at Hammerfest in April, vocalist Alessio Garavello decided to quit the Power Metal genre and started what would become a full line-up change. Alessio wanted to pursue a more alternative metal/rock direction which he still does to this day with his band “A New Tomorrow”.
Shortly afterwards, both Andrea and Francesco decided to leave as well. Andrea was unable to find enough time due to his teaching/clinic commitments and also his work with the band Arthemis which he founded. Francesco realised that it didn’t make sense to have a drummer in Italy as the intention was to recruit new UK based musicians.
The split was amicable and the guys remain an important part of the PQ history and have joined the band many times on stage subsequently. Some of the most amazing musicians and friends anyone could ask for! Over the summer, founder Steve Williams hunted high and low to find the right people to continue the Power Quest legacy. This led to the recruitment of Paul Finnie, Rich Smith and Andy Midgley who would go on to become vital cogs in the Power Quest wheel. The old line up performed an emotional farewell show on 26th September at Metalfest in Dudley. The new line up ended 2009 supporting Tarja and later Michael Schenker on their UK tours.
2010: New line up and recording Blood Alliance
In 2010 the new line-up was finally completed with the addition of vocalist Chity Somapala (ex-Firewind, Civilisation One) and guitarist Gav Owen, The recording of the fifth PQ record “Blood Alliance” was completed in October and mixed and mastered in November. Recording took place at Foel Studios in Wales, with production handled by Chris Fielding who now runs Skyhammer studio in Cheshire. This was the first time the band had recorded at a residential studio. Due to the line up difficulties and the album recording there was only one live show in 2010.
2011: Touring Blood Alliance
The year began with an appearance at Hammerfest followed by the “special guest” slot on the Symphony X UK tour.The album was released in January 2011 in Japan via Marquee/Avalon and in March 2011 in the rest of the world by Napalm. Following this the band undertook a headline UK tour and also the first European headline tour taking in Belgium, Netherlands and Germany. The year was brought to close at Camden Underworld with a memorable show as “special guests” to Crimson Glory.
2012: A new singer and more touring
The year began with the announcement that Chity would be leaving the band to be replaced by Irishman Colin Callanan. Live work this year began with the band taking the “special guest” slot on a European trek with Freedom Call. A truly memorable tour and some great friendships formed. Sadly Paul Finnie was unable to be part of this tour so we called on original bassist Steve Scott to fill in for these shows. PPM festival in Belgium was next for the band and the show went down a storm, with the verdict being that the band were absolutely on fire! The year was rounded off in December with headline shows in Derby and at the Metieval Winter Festival in Hull.
2013: The End of the line
It was announced in early January that the band would be splitting up after 12 years but a couple of farewell shows were booked. A headline show at Camden Underworld, supported by our good friends Dendera and a final appearance at Bloodstock where the band played for 75 minutes and totally destroyed the Sophie Lancaster stage, before quietly slipping away into the night, ostensibly for ever.
2016: Rising Anew…
After a three year hiatus the band returned in 2016 with the “Face the Raven” EP and delivered their 6th studio album in October 2017, entitled “Sixth Dimension”, via Inner Wound Recordings and Marquee/Avalon records. Featuring the singles “Lords of Tomorrow” and “Kings and Glory”, the album proves that the band are back and on top of their game.
During the course of 2017 the band travelled to Japan for the first time and played 3 sold out shows with Freedom Call and Twilight Force. The band also appeared at Progpower USA in Atlanta, USA and Sabaton Open Air in Sweden after which followed an 11 date sold out UK tour with old friends Dragonforce.
2018: Exit Andy Kopycky, Enter George Karafotis
2018 began with a UK tour with Freedom Call and an appearance at HRH Metal festival in Birmingham. In July the band played Amplified festival and have announced some headline shows for November and December 2018 with an appearance at Brainstorm Festival in Netherlands also scheduled.
In July 2018 Andy Kopczyk left the band and in August it was announced that he would be replaced by George “The Kid” Karafotis, who hails from Thessaloniki, Greece.
Led by veteran keyboardist Steve Williams, the current line up features the highly accomplished rhythm section of Rich Smith (Drums) and Bradley Edison(Bass). Glyn Williams and George Karafotis bring the twin guitar attack and have an incredible chemistry that is a vital part of the hi-octane live show. Fronting the band is the powerhouse voice that is Ashley Edison who has made the role his own with some stellar performances both on stage and in the studio.