»Kingslayer« became "Album of the year" at Worship Metal magazine

ALMANAC's new album "Kingslayer" became "Melodic Metal / Power Metal Album of the year" at the Worship Metal magazine. Congratulation!!!!!!!!


ALMANAC songs on different international samplers

ALMANAC songs of their new album "Kingslayer" are available on different international sampler CD's. Furthermore, "Kingslayer" discovered # 71 of the German VIVA Charts even between all the Christmas CD's...


Awesome reviews - Russian tour photos

ALMANAC are set to release their forthcoming album Kingslayer this week on November 24th. There are lot's of awesome reviews at the international print and online magazines. Check the press section as well as the photo sectionfor some pictures, shot during the Russian tour at the Volta club in Moscow.



Today ALMANAC launch the first single off their new album »Kingslayer«, entitled 'Losing My Mind'!

“This song is a new chapter for ALMANAC. It's a mixture of different vocal styles, heavy and groovy drop tuning guitar riffs and orchestra power with catchy melodies! "It was a lot of fun to try new things when producing the new songs and it was worth it!", Victor Smolski comments.

The music video for the new single 'Losing My Mind' can be viewed over on YouTube, here:

Victor spoke about the video: "When we discussed filming our new music video 'Losing My Mind' on some Moravian castle, I had no idea that we would have the entire currently renovated area of a huge baroque mansion, including its unique French-style park at our disposal. For each group, the stage size is important, and here I was standing really stunned. We could choose any of the dozens of rooms and adjust it according to our needs. We started filming early in the morning and ended long after midnight. But the result is more a short film than a music video. All thanks to the truly amazing film location – Holesov chateau."

In addition, the album is now available for pre-order!
Get your copy here:
or get the digital version of »Kingslayer« and receive 'Losing My Mind' instantly:


ALMANAC announce new release date &
unveil first »Kingslayer« trailer plus track listing !

ALMANAC - the new band of Victor Smolski (ex-RAGE) - recently announced the release date of their sophomore record titled »Kingslayer«. Today the group must inform their fans that the release date has been pushed back to November 24th, 2017. To bridge this long gap, ALMANAC have launched the very first album trailer over on YouTube, which gives the viewer some insight into the recording process of »Kingslayer«. Watch it here:

In addition, ALMANAC have unveiled the track listing of their upcoming album, which can be seen below. More info on formats and pre-order details will follow shortly!

»Kingslayer« - Track Listing:

01. Regicide
                            02. Children Of The Sacred Path
             03. Guilty As Charged
          04. Hail To The King
         05. Losing My Mind
  06. Kingslayer
                  07. Kingdom Of The Blind
   08. Headstrong
      09. Last Farewell
10. Red Flag


ALMANAC album »Kingslayer« out in November!

ALMANAC - the new band of Victor Smolski (ex-RAGE) - stands for a new dimension of symphonic power metal, featuring three singers Jeannette Marchewka (LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA), Andy B. Franck (BRAINSTORM) and David Readman (PINK CREAM 69).
In March 2016, ALMANAC unleashed their highly acclaimed debut album »Tsar«, which entered the official charts in both, Germany (#74) and Switzerland (#87), followed by a European tour along with ORDEN OGAN, as well as their own headliner tour in spring 2017.

Within the past few weeks, ALMANAC has completed the recordings of their second longplayer entitled »Kingslayer«, recorded at HeyDay Studios in Wuppertal, Germany. "Our second strike is done," reveals guitar player Victor Smolski and explains, that "»Kingslayer« is the logical follow-up to »Tsar«, just more compact, heavier and faster. Our previous live experiences could be perfectly permitted during the recordings. The band got closer and well attuned, you can feel this unified energy within the new tracks. We took a lot of time and gave our very best. »Kingslayer« is a crafted metal album with a lively power sound!".

»Kingslayer« will be released on November 24th via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork was once again created by Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsák (ACCEPT, DESTRUCTION a.o.).

ALMANAC recently played at the 'Masters of Rock' festival, where they presented the first two new tracks live, 'Losing My Mind' and 'Children Of The Sacred Path'. The concert will be part of the bonus live DVD, which will come along the limited first edition of »Kingslayer«.


Recordings for second ALMANAC - album finished

The recordings for the second ALMANAC - album are finished. Check the Photo - section for more pictures.


ALMANAC in studio

Greets from the studio!

Since a couple of days we are in the Heyday studios in Wuppertal to record the second ALMANAC album. Everything goes perfect during drum recording! "Zacky" nailed all songs on his "Monster Pearl Kit" with incredible energy and so we finished drum recording already. I like "Zacky's" drum sound and his great ideas for songs arrangements very much.

Greets, Victor


ALMANAC at Bang Your Head 2017

ALMANAC is also confirmed for the "Bang Your Head" festival in Balingen - so there are two festival shows at that weekend...


ALMANAC at Masters Of Rock 2017

ALMANAC is confirmed to play at the 'Masters of Rock' festival. This show will be recorded and published as bonus DVD on the limited first edition of the upcoming album.

Victor comments: "We are very happy and delighted to announce that we will be playing at this year's edition of 'Masters of Rock 'festival in Czech Republic!!! This show will be a very special one which will include a premiere of new song material from the second ALMANAC album and which will be recorded for a live DVD. We are also working on some special surprises exclusively for this 'Masters of Rock' festival show!!! Looking forward to seeing y'all there..."


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