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RAVEN LORD Announces New Keyboardist and Drummer‏

Multinational metallers RAVEN LORD have announced the addition of keyboardist “Pontus Larsson (Vindictiv, Firecracker)” and drummer “Henrik Hedman (Celestial Decay, Last Kingdom)” to the group’s ranks.

RAVEN LORD are rapidly gaining a reputation for being the most exciting new Heavy Metal band on the planet. As they near completion of their debut album, they are ready to unveil two new heavyweight band members. The line-up features: Csaba Zvekan – Lead Vocals, Stefan Lindholm – Lead Guitar, Jamie Mallender – Bass Guitar, Pontus Larsson – Keyboards, Henrik Hedman – Drums

Jamie Mallender (Bass), “Make no mistake, we have made an album that’s gonna smack you in the face with both fists! This is the record that has been missing from the Metal scene for far too many years. But, despite the obvious anger and power of this music, there’s a lot of melody and harmony in there and we wanted to bring in a keyboard player that loved Metal, to compliment the melodic side, but not water things down or get too Wakeman on our asses. Meet Pontus Larsson, who has filled this role perfectly, he’s done exactly what we wanted him to and we are absolutely thrilled to have him onboard.”

Pontus Larsson (Vindictiv, Firecracker), “I was in the studio recording an album with Vindictiv when I was asked to joinRaven Lord. I was kind of busy, but after I listened to the songs and checked out the band members it only took me 1 second to say yes! I’m proud to be a part of the band! It’s great to play with all these talented musicians. See ya out there! Rock on! The Lord of keys!”

The band has also been searching for a world class, powerhouse drummer, with the right chops and staggering technical ability to make a truly devastating rhythm section statement with this album. Enter Henrik Hedman, from Järvsö, a small village in the southern part of “Norrland”- Sweden, who has previously played with the bass guitar virtuoso Magnus Rosen.

Overjoyed at the new addition, Csaba Zvekan (Vocals) had this to say, “Henrik Hedman’s future is pretty clear he will be a big player in the music industry. We are fortunate to have him on board withRaven Lord!”

Henrik Hedman (Celestial Decay, Last Kingdom) is just as excited about the alliance, “I feel a great honor and exaltation at having been invited to the Raven Lord family. My fellow musicians are all wonderful people, extremely talented in their art and the creativity is overwhelming! No bullshit, this is an old dream come true! The Raven has spread its wings, and it’s heading your way! The Raven Lord of Thunder.”

RAVEN LORD are currently adding the finishing touches to the first album. and brace yourself for a killer of a Metal album heading your way soon!

Swedish metaller VINDICTIV sign management deal + recording new album!‏

Swedish melodic/progressive metaller VINDICTIV, formed and led by Swedish guitar sensation Stefan Lindholm have inked a worldwide management deal with Germany’s ROCK N GROWL.

VINDICTIV are currently in the studio recording the brand new third album “Cage Of Infinity“. Lindholm says: “We have some exiting guests on the new album, all we can say is that the new album are going to kick ass!”
Vindictiv’s line-up features:
Stefan Lindholm – Guitars (Raven Lord, Firecracker, Phenomena), Csaba Zvekan – Vocals (Raven Lord, Exorcism, Killing Machine), Pontus Larsson – Keyboards (Raven Lord, Exorcism, Firecracker), Marco Minnemann – Drums (Tony MacAlpine, George Bellas, Bryan Beller) and Nalley Pahlsson – Bass (Therion, Zan Clan, Treat).

Stefan Lindholm was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1973 and picked up the guitar at the age of 15 after his father bought him his first electric guitar, which incidentally was the well known and highly appreciated: “Emperador Strat” from the Kasuga Factory in Japan, which he played through a Squire 15-watt amplifier to his neighbourghs cheerful delight. After two years of intensive playing, he took private tutoring from guitarist Mike Wead, known for his involvement with bands such as: “Candlemass”, “The Haunted”, “King Diamond”, “Momento Mori” and “Hexenhaus”.

The first band Stefan ever started, was with the aid of singer Pier Krentzel in 1995, and the constellation was soon named: “Endless Circle”. Additional bandmembers where Mikael Kvist, who would later join forces with danish band: “Fate”. Relatively soon, extra guitarist Mikael Bergenmalm was added to the band and lastly, bassplayer Dagna Plebanek. At this time they decided to changed the bandname to: “Globan Dreams” for further appeal.

In the coming years, Global Dreams parted ways with Krentezel which gave singer Jonny Berntsson chance to join the lineup. Due to musical difficulties, Stefan decided to dissolve the band, which later on sprung to become: “Elsephere” without his involvement. Between 1998 and 2002, Stefan took four years of absence to pursue other interests. At the end of some fruitful endeavours, the time was right to compose music for the first demo of what was to become: “Vindictiv”.

Vindictiv as a band, started in early 2004, when Stefan got in touch with keyboard player Pontus Larsson to work and record some songs. They recorded a demo with current “Seventh Wonder” singer Tommy Karevik which was received with great enthusiasm and got good reviews, amongst them, high praise in the best hard-rock mag in Scandinavia: “Sweden Rock Magazine”. Stefan would go on and contact one of swedens finest vocalists, Göran Edman (Madison, John Norum, Yngwie Malmsteen, Docker’s Guild and many more) – for future collaborations. Edman really liked what he heard, so next up was to recruit was Nalle Påhlsson (Zan-Clan, Treat) and also drummer Mikael Wikman.

Vindictiv would go on to release two albums, the self-titled debut in 2008 and “Ground Zero” in 2009 (a new album is in the making). Apart from his main band, Stefan has been a successful soloist on a number of albums, amongst them in record producer Tom Galleys international project: “Phenomena” and: “Soulspell” (Jon Oliva, Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, Roland Grapow) – to name a few. Other great vocalists Stefan has worked with include: Tony Martin (Black Sabbath), Oliver Hartmann (At Vance, Avantasia) and Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, Ring of Fire).

Stefan Lindholm is endorsed by “Manne Guitars” and “Hughes & Kettner AMPS” – Artist page “Manne Guitars“:

Discography Vindictiv/Stefan Lindholm
2012 Vindictiv – Cage Of Infinity
2012 Raven Lord – t.b.a.
2010 Firecracker – Born Of Fire
2010 Phenomena – Blind Faith
2010 Soulspell – Labyrinth Of Truths
2009 Vindictiv – Ground Zero
2008 Vindictiv – S/T