British classic metallers ABSOLVA are delighted to announce the appointment of new bassist Karl Schramm who will take up his new duties on a permanent basis from 25th October, after the completion of the current European Tour.
Karl has been playing bass for around 10 years and graduated at Bristol Institute of Modern Music in 2013. Since that time he’s been playing in an Iron Maiden tribute band whilst seeking out the right opportunity to join an original outfit. The chance to join Absolva is exactly that.
Chris Appleton (lead vocalist / lead guitarist) comments “From the start of Karl’s audition he showed he is an outstanding bass player of great technical ability. The very first song we played together was Devil’s Mouth and already it felt like a band. This opens up an exciting new chapter for Absolva“.
Karl adds “I’m very excited to be joining Absolva and taking my career to the next level with this amazing band. I’m looking forward to this experience and can’t wait to get out onstage with Chris and Martin“.
Karl‘s main band influences are Iron Maiden, Dream Theater and Iced Earth which are perfect for this band. His first shows will be several November dates in UK and Europe as Blaze Bayley‘s backing band, which Absolva fulfils on a regular basis, followed by Absolva headline shows in the UK in December.
Massive thanks go out to Luke Appleton of Iced Earth who is currently filling the bassist position on a temporary basis during the European Tour.
Absolva was formed in May 2012 by Chris Appleton (lead guitar / lead vocals) and Martin McNee (drums), the two having played together in Fury UK (along with now Iced Earth bassist Luke Appleton – brother of Chris). The band has proved to be quite prolific both onstage and in the studio, and has released 2 studio albums – “Flames Of Justice” in 2012 and “Anthems To The Dead” in 2014. In 2013 they also released a live CD and DVD called “Beyond Live”. The band has played special guests slots with Iced Earth, Michael Schenker and Queensryche. The current headline European Tour is their most widespread to-date with 28 shows across 8 different countries.
Work towards a 3rd studio album will begin during 2015.
Band website : http://www.absolva.com
English metallers ABSOLVA have announced via their official Facebook page that bass player Dan Bate has left the band. The statement can be read below:
With sincere regret we have to announce that Dan Bate has left Absolva with immediate effect. This situation had not been anticipated but has been discussed in detail & sadly we’ve accepted Dan’s explanation that he feels unable to commit himself 100% to the band going forward & therefore has no choice but to reluctantly give up his position as bassist.
Although we’re more than a little shocked at this turn of events, the situation has been entirely amicable & we have nothing but good to say about Dan & his period with the band. The past 2 years have seen him working hard, playing some incredible shows & we’ve had many laughs together where his wit & humour have been especially welcome during long hours on the road. In this period he’s grown significantly as a musician. We’re very sad to see him depart & we thank him wholeheartedly for all his contribution to the music & work of Absolva. We wish Dan every success & good fortune with all that he does in future.
Regarding the future for Absolva, it’ll come as no surprise to many of you that Luke Appleton will be stepping in as bassist on the forthcoming tour dates both in Scotland & in Europe. Anyone interested in an audition for the full-time position as bassist should email email@example.com
Thanks for your continued incredible support. See you out there!
British metal trio ABSOLVA reveal their first song and video “Never Back Down” from the forthcoming “Anthems To The Dead” album. This song and others on the album feature special guests Doug Scarratt of SAXON and Luke Appleton of ICED EARTH. Check out the video below:
The album is due for release on 5th May to coincide with the bands UK tour. For more details check out ABSOLVA‘s website at this location.
“Anthems To The Dead” will be the third album release by the band, following the debut album “Flames Of Justice” and the live CD and DVD “Beyond Live”, released in September 2013.
Chris Appleton: Vocals, Lead Guitar
Martin McNee: Drums
Daniel Bate: Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
English metallers ABSOLVA will play their last show of the year , this Thursday 17th October at the Camden Barfly in London. Guest on the bill are DRIVEN, MOTHERLOAD and CASINO 13.
The band have been touring Europe and the UK with their “Beyond Live” set to promote the release of the live DVD, recently released.
The show will consist of a full 75 minute set from ABSOLVA. Doors open at 7pm and the stage times are listed below:
Absolva : 21.45-23.00
Driven : 21.00-21.30
Motherload : 20.15-20.45
Casino13 : 19.30-20.00
For tickets go to: http://www.seetickets.com/event/absolva/barfly-camden/716629/
For more information check out the events page on facebook at this location or ABSOLVA‘s official facebook page at this location.
Interview by David Pearce
Metal Shock Finland’s Dave Pearce caught up with Chris and Dan of ABSOLVA at Hammerfest 5 not long before they had to play the Second Stage and here is what they had to say about their influences, about their style of music, the music business and what they have been up to since the release of their album “Flames Of Justice” and their up and coming tour.