Power Metal has been declared dead for many times. However, it is still alive and breathing. Not only that, there is still room for innovations. With their first album “A Spark of Deity”, SOLAR FRAGMENT already brought a fresh and modern twist to traditional melodic metal. April 2011 will see SOLAR FRAGMENT heading for their second adventure: “ In Our Hands ” is continuing their epic journey through sound and is holding on to the band’s trademark of keeping things fast, melodic, traditional but fresh. It is the second phase of their quest to fuel the flame of Power Metal.
All 10 brand-new tracks on “ In Our Hands ” reflect SOLAR FRAGMENT’s creative development over the past years. One fine example is vocalist Robert Leger’s extraordinary voice. Having his roots deep in Irish Folk music Robert manages to reach a new peak of performance. He is the living proof that Power Metal can very well go without high pitched screams. It is about the strength within the voice plus the harmony and the energy of well composed vocal lines. Since Robert’s performance on “A Spark of Deity” has already been compared to Blind Guardian’s Hansi Kürsch they finally have the chance to join forces on the track “Inside the Circle” of the “ In Our Hands ” album.
The guitars played by Manuel Wiegmann and Marc Peters again teem with emotional yet powerful melodies. The foundations laid by Sascha Schiller on drums and Dominic Serwe on bass create a volatile mix of catchy and diversified songs that are still providing the heaviness that every metal fan is craving.
Please allow for a brief flash-back and lesson in the history of SOLAR FRAGMENT: After getting together in the mid of 2004 the band quickly became a substantial part of the German Power Metal underground. Both, the demo recordings and the first release “A Spark of Deity” (out early 2008) immediately gathered them remarkable international feedback and praise.
After splitting up with their label Sleaszy Rider Records, SOLAR FRAGMENT immediately started composing new songs. Almost 10 months of writing and demoing later the band got back to the renowned Kohlekeller Studios to complete a new and exciting chapter in their history, entitled “ In Our Hands ”. With their new recordings SOLAR FRAGMENT also found a new home. The Band is now a member of the Scarlet Records family.