ALMANAC announce first headline tour!

In March, ALMANAC, the symphonic metal cavaliers led by ex-RAGE-guitarist Victor Smolski, unleashed their highly acclaimed debut album »Tsar« - but this emperor has only just started to rise - and in early 2017, ALMANAC will climb onto their horses for their first headline tour ever.

"Hello, dear metal friends!", states bandleader Victor Smolski. "I am happy to be able to invite you to our first headline tour of ALMANAC in February 2017! But first of all we want to shoot a big 'thank you' over to you after such a great feedback to our debut »Tsar«! Being nominated for the best debut album of the year at the Metal Hammer Awards was a huge honour for us. And after a great tour with ORDEN OGAN and shows at many festivals in Europe, ALMANAC have grown together as a band. On the upcoming headline dates we will not only perform the songs from our »Tsar« album, but also tracks from my time with RAGE and LMO. We'll be supported by the power metal diamonds GLORYFUL and the opener will be LICHTGESTALT, a great metal band with a soft gothic touch. And of course you can also prepare your eyes and ears for some special guests! This will be a big and diverse party in your town. Check the dates below and we hope to see you on tour!"

06.02.  D         Munich - Backstage
07.02.  H         Budapest - Barba Negra
08.02.  SLO      Ljubljana - Gala Hala
09.02.  CZ        Prag - Nova Chmelnice
10.02.  D         Cottbus - Gladhouse
11.02.  D         Berlin - Badehaus
12.02.  D         Flensburg - Roxy
13.02.  D         Nuremberg - Hirsch
14.02.  D         Frankfurt - Nachtleben
15.02.  D         Essen - Turock
16.02.  D         Siegburg - Kubana
18.02.  NL        Arnhem - Willemen 

Watch the tour trailer here:

But you can also see the band on the following festival dates:

26.11.16  RUS     Moscow - Aria Fest
17.12.16  D         Karlsruhe - Knock Out Festival
07.01.17  CH       Wasen - Ice Rock Festival

Purchase the digital version here:

More on »Tsar«:


'Self-Blinded Eyes' OFFICIAL VIDEO:

'Self-Blinded Eyes' Get »Tsar« here:



After 15 years and 10 CDs as guitarist, producer and composer for the German heavy metal institution RAGE, Victor Smolski now continues his musical career with his new group ALMANAC; a new musical concept combining heavy metal with classical music, songs written especially for a band and orchestra plus several male and female singers sharing the lead vocal job. The Belarus-born guitarist Smolski is joined in this new group by former LMO band members Jeanette Marchewka (vocals) and the symphony orchestra Orquestra Barcelona Filharmonia. New in the line up are bass player Armin Alic, drummer Michael Kolar and keyboardist Enric Garcia. Two high-class singers David Readman (PINK CREAM 69) and Andy B. Franck (BRAINSTORM) complete the extremely prominent line up. For all the members of ALMANAC, »Tsar« is a new, exciting, and very interesting chapter. Traditional metal in conjunction with classical music, world music and elements of Russian folklore with a modern sound all make ALMANAC a compelling and absolute listening experience.

Andy B. Franck - vocals
David Readman - vocals
Jeannette Marchewka - vocals
Victor Smolski - guitars
Armin Alić - bass, fretless bass
Michael Kolar - drums
Enric Garcia - keyboards, piano
feat. Orquestra Barcelona Filharmonia


ALMANAC album "Tsar" is nominated at the Metal Hammer Awards 2016 - 08 / 2016

Our Debut-album „Tsar“ is nominated at the Metal Hammer Awards 2016 in the category „Best Debut“. We are very happy about the nomination und are looking forward a lot to the award ceremony on September 16th in Berlin!!! We also wish to say a huge, huge THANK YOU to all our fans and partners for their amazing support!!!

Victor, David, Andy, Jeannette, Armin, Michael und Enric


Festival season has started - 06 / 2016

We are looking forward to the festivals now. Thanks a lot to our partners for their amazing support!!!

You can also visit us on Instagram now...




European tour photos added - 04 / 2016

There's a new gallery available at the Photo section. We've got some nice shots by Michael Mai Moshpit & Michael Jagla Foto

Thanks a lot guys....



ALMANAC on European tour in March / April - 03 / 2016

ALMANAC, the new symphonic metal band formed by Victor Smolski (ex-RAGE), will release their debut record »TSAR« on March 18th through Nuclear Blast. In support of their new album, the band will be touring Europe as special guest with ORDEN OGAN and MANIMAL from the release date onwards.

Find all dates at the "Dates section"!



Press releases worldwide - 03 / 2016

Actually there are lots of reviews of ALMANAC's debut album »TSAR«, which will be released on 18th of March 2016, and also lots of interviewes with Victor Smolski available in Rock & Metal magazines worldwide.

You will find some of these reviews / interviews at the "Press section" !



ALMANAC on European tour in March / April - 03 / 2016

ALMANAC, the new symphonic metal band formed by Victor Smolski (ex-RAGE), will release their debut record »TSAR« on March 18th through Nuclear Blast. In support of their new album, the band will be touring Europe as special guest with ORDEN OGAN and MANIMAL from the release date onwards.

Find all dates at the "Dates section"!



02 / 2016
RockHard presenting video to the song 'Self-Blinded Eyes'
Single release on February, 5th
Monsters of Metal DVD
ALMANAC at Summer Breeze

The video for "Self-Blinded Eyes" premieres today exclusively on - check out the link below to watch the full clip in advance!!!

Watch out - just a few day to go until the first single by ALMANAC, "Self-Blinded Eyes", will be released on February, 5th!
Here comes a preview of the cover artwork for the single:

The "Self-Blinded Eyes" video will be also available at the 10th issue of the NB "Monsters of Metal" DVD: 81 clips at two DVDs and one Blu-ray in Digibook!

On 17th of August, ALMANAC will be part of the Nuclear Blast Label night at the Summer Breeze festival in Dinkelsbühl.

Summer Breeze festival



First »TSAR« T-shirt available - 01 / 2016

A first edition of »TSAR« T-shirt is available at the Nuclear Blast online shop:

Nuclear Blast online shop




Press statements of »TSAR« listening session and first reports - 01 / 2016

Lately, ALMANAC has invited the international Rock and Metal press for a »TSAR« listening session at the amazing and history-charged Dierks Studios. Here you find some short statements:


"One of the best pieces of music made by Victor Smolski. It's the next step for the power metal history. Best modern way how to play classic metal style!"

"This impressive record breathes freedom, yet it is a marriage between classic and metal that really rocks heavily… Kudos for the heaviness, the vocal abundance and the overwhelming guitar skills of Victor!"

"Victor Smolski succeeds again with »Tsar« where power and elegance are no way inferior to RAGE and LMO!"

"Tsar" bietet von Anfang bis Ende Metal (!) ohne jegliche Längen: kompakte Songs mit orchestralem Zierrat und tollen Gesangsstimmen, einen Sack zeitloser Melodien und selbstverständlich überragender Handwerkskunst, die nach einem echten Bandgefüge klingt.

"Ein Power Metal-Feuerwerk par excellence! Ein orchestrales Feuerwerk trifft auf unfassbar abwechslungsreiche Gitarrenarbeit. Die Mitbewerber dürfen sich warm anziehen… Es bleibt nur eine Frage offen: Wie kann Album Nummer zwei das toppen?"

"Viel heavier als gedacht - ich hatte mehr russische Folklore erwartet. Komplexe Songs, die trotzdem schnell "zünden". Das Drei-Sänger-Konzept überzeugt dank komplett verschiedener Gesangsstile und Klangfarben. Freue mich schon darauf, es noch einmal in Ruhe zu hören - zu entdecken gibt es ja mehr als genug!"

"Sehr bombastische, druckvoll produzierte Platte! Härter als das neue AVANTASIA-Album. Good work!"

"Mehr "Metal" als erwartet. Experiment mit den drei Stimmen macht die Individualität von ALMANAC aus. Vielseitiges und doch eingängiges Album. Homogene Einheit trotz vieler Individualisten. Ausgezeichnete Produktion. Erster Favorit: 'No More Shadows'!"

"Fette Metal-Scheibe mit tollen Gesangsarrangements und jenseits von nervigem Symphonic Metal. Enthält viele Überraschungen und keine Füller oder Langeweile. Viele Uptempo-Songs mit fetten Gitarrenriffs gefallen!"


Check out the "Press" menue and read the first press reports:

Press News


Making-Of »TSAR« Episode #3 and bonus DVD content announced - 01 / 2016

Today, the third and last studio trailer for the upcoming ALMANAC debut album »TSAR« has been launched. Check it out !!!

The band have also announced the content of the bonus DVD (more than 2 hours playing time), which will be featured in the digibook version of »TSAR«.

Bonus DVD - Chapter overview

01. Self-Blinded Eyes (Video)
02. Tsar (Lyricvideo)
03. Making-of »Tsar«
04. The Making Of 'Self-Blinded Eyes'
05. Winter Masters Of Rock
06. Instruments & Techniques
07. Bandinterview
08. Outtakes
09. Studio Bits
10. B-Roll
11. Unity Music School
12. Credits


ALMANAC confirmed for Metelfest / CZ - 01 / 2016

ALMANAC has been confirmed for playing at the amazing Metalfest in Pilsen / CZ on 3rd of June 2016. ALMANAC are going to present songs of their brand new album »TSAR« live on stage, looking forward seeing you there... More shows to be announced soon!!!


The Making-Of »TSAR« Episode #2 online - 01 / 2016

Hi everybody, I wish you a fantastic new year 2016!

2015 was a great year for me with a lot of awesome experiences, the birth of my new band ALMANAC and unbelievable moments during the studio recording for our first CD "TSAR". This album is the absolute highlight in my musical career and I´m looking forward to getting your feedback after release on 18th of March 2016!

Today, the band reveals the second Studio making-of »TSAR«. Check it out !!!