Dear fans, friends and fanclub members!
Today I would like to announce my departure as lead singer of Van Canto.
Looking back on 10 years of an unforgettable band history, full of countless memorable moments, I would like to thank you all for your support and engagement to the band, your singing and the many concerts you brought your energy to and gave right back to us.
It was a hard decision to reach, I also had to make due to private changes. The spirit in every Van Canto fan and musician, will remain in my heart for eternity. Always forward.
As far as new Van Canto projects are concerned, I wouldn't say no to a guest appearance. It's all just a question of time management, how much I can be involved, and of course what the band's vision is.
I wish Van Canto and everyone involved all the best for the future, and fingers crossed that they have lots of new surprises and wonderful moments.
Just to say, I will have a smile on my face and a tear in my eye and leave you all with a resounding RAKKATAKKA MOTHERFUCKER!!!
We are all sad to learn of Sly's leaving the band, but we would like to mention it was not because of the famous personal/professional differences. Quite the opposite.
Sly, you will always be a part of the Van Canto family and we would be delighted to have you along at one of the "positive surprises", you wished for us, on the stage or behind a microphone
Time will tell dude, but friends will always be friends.
It is never nice when a band changes its line up and must tell everyone. We were going back and forth, but we noticed we all have too much energy and motivation to sing old songs and write new ones, play concerts, record in the studio, go on tour and to arrange plans together, rather than just quit.
Therefore, we will be presenting our new lineup on the 18.08.2017; and we would be more than delighted to have you all continue to accompany us on the strange journey that is Van Canto.
Sly, we wish you all the best - We're there for you.
Van Canto is taking a longer break at the moment. As soon as we have news to tell, you will read them here. Meanwhile, Stef is working on a 2nd Heavatar album - we will keep you posted!
As announced on our VOICES OF FIRE Tour, we put the original amulet by OSMAR ARROYO on ebay. It was used for the cover of VOICES OF FIRE as well as for FEUERSTIMMEN. We put an additional item on ebay, a signed, hand-drawn drumskin with all tourdates.
The auction proceeds are given 100% to SAVE THE CHILDREN, an international non-governmental organization that promotes children's rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries.
Please support us by joining the auction or at least sharing this post. It would be awesome to have a great result for Save the Children. Thank you!
Our Voices of Fire European Tour is over! We are very thankful for the last weeks and very happy we met so many great people from all over Europe (and those who came to our shows from outside Europe, of course!).
A tour cannot be done without the greatest vocal crew on earth. Thanks to Jan (sound), Simon (light), Felix (monitor/stage), Oli (drums/stage), Saskia (merch), Laura (merch and family assistance), Tony (driving just-in-time), Paul & Beppo (filling in and helping out) and Lukas (police, security and dragon fighting) for the great support.
Thanks to our booking agency and our publishers for all the great work!
Thanks to our support acts Freedom Call, Sinbreed, Victorius, End of the Dream, Winterstorm and Dragony.
Special thanks go out to our main support, the migthy Grailknights and their Crew. It was wonderful being on the road with you, such kind, funny, relaxed people, great musicians and just the perfect Van Canto support. Let's do it again someday!
Very special thanks to our fanclub rakka-takka.de who showed up in so many venues and helped Van Canto Fans from all over the world to see our shows. You are awesome!
Osmar and Christoph, thanks for making this tour a special one. We are so happy you are part of the Voices of Fire team and it was great sharing the stage with you.
Ike, thank you for showing up in Frankfurt and adding some thunderous double bass action!
Most of all, we want to thank all Van Canto fans for packing the halls, making incredible noise, singing along, giving us the best time in our career and just being the greatest fans in the world. Thank you!
VAN CANTO, April 2016
For all those who want to get the complete story of VOICES OF FIRE.
The novel by Christoph Hardebusch is now available as English E-Book:
Voices of Fire, Ebook on Amazon
Today is the relase of VOICES OF FIRE!
The novel "FEUERSTIMMEN" by Christoph Hardebusch will also be availabe as an english e-book "Voices of fire" and will be released next friday.
Our tour starts on March 18th, we hope to meet you! Rakkatakka!
Check out the official video of our brandnew song "The Bardcall".
The album "Voices of Fire" will be released on march 11th.
Check out the opener of our upcoming album "Voices of Fire", "Clashings on Armour Plates"!
VAN CANTO ANNOUNCE THE NEW CROSS-MEDIA PROJECT
“VAN CANTO – VOCAL METAL MUSICAL” IN COOPERATION WITH FANTASY NOVELIST CHRISTOPH HARDEBUSCH
AND RELEASE BRAND NEW ALBUM “VOICES OF FIRE”
ON MARCH 11th, 2016 ON earMUSIC.
EUROPEAN TOUR TO FOLLOW IN MARCH/APRIL 2016
In 2006, VAN CANTO surprised the world of metal with a revolutionary idea: to perform metal music with vocals and drums only. Nine years later, after five top 20 releases in Germany, sold out headlining tours throughout Europe and festival performances taking the band from Wacken to Australia, Van Canto now mark a new chapter in the story of “metal a cappella”: Vocal Metal Musical.
“Vocal Metal Music further develops what we stand for as Van Canto. Not only can our voices sing and imitate guitars but they are also able to tell stories. It has been six years that we’ve been working on this concept – and now we’re finally able to share it with the world”, says founding band member Stef.
March 11th, 2016 sees the release of the brand new album “Voices Of Fire” on earMUSIC by Van Canto. For this release, the band has teamed up with German bestseller author Christoph Hardebusch (“Die Trolle” – engl. “The Trolls”) who is going to release his new fantasy novel “Feuerstimmen” on March 17th, 2016 on Piper Verlag.
“We are barely able to tell what came first: the music as part of the novel or the novel as part of our album. Christoph Hardebusch and we worked hand in hand on this. Our compositions did influence the novel and vice versa. Simply put, we created our own world – a world full of competing kingdoms, epic battles, dragons, fire and bards. Not always deadly serious but full of adventures to set your imagination running wild… like Van Canto does,” explains lead singer Sly who developed the plot of the novel together with Christoph Hardebusch.
„On the one hand working closely with Van Canto was a lot of fun but on the other hand it was also very demanding,” adds author Christoph Hardebusch. “The great picture can only be achieved when creative minds interact with each other; the whole is more than the sum of its parts. Right from the start, story and music has been a unit which has influenced and fueled each other.”
For the first time, Van Canto is working with the London Metro Voices – a choir which also sang on the soundtracks of the popular blockbuster saga “Lord of the Rings”.
“Nowadays, especially in metal, everyone is creating this pseudo symphonic metal, trying to squeeze as many drum machine tracks and fake orchestra sounds in one song as possible. We wanted to do it differently. We wanted to create an album full of human sounds – either by using one’s hands for drumming or using your voice,” drummer Bastian, who is responsible for directing the various international choirs on the album, explains.
The cover artwork for “Voices Of Fire” as well as its various illustrations were created by fantasy artist Osmar Arroyo from South America.
“For this album, we wanted people to actually see the most important scenes. Omar is a great artist who understands our vision,” Ross, responsible for the guitar vocals, adds.
Coinciding with the album release, the band is going to tour Europe in 2016.
“We will surely find a way to present the songs from the new album in a special way live. But not only, we are of course going to play the most loved Van Canto songs and will also pick songs who weren’t part of our setlist for a long time,” announces lead singer Inga.
Van Canto is supported by Grailknights as well as changing local supports and special guests on their upcoming tour.
March 18 Leipzig – Hellraiser (+ Grailknights + Victorius)
March 19 Zlin – Masters of Rock Cafe (+ Grailknights + Winterstorm)
March 20 Prag – Meet Factory (+ Grailknights + Winterstorm)
March 24 London – O2 Islington (+ Grailknights + End of the Dream)
March 25 Tilburg – O13 (+ Grailknights + End of the Dream)
March 26 Vosselaar Biebob (+ Grailknights + End of the Dream)
March 27 Paris – Le Petit Bain (+ Grailknights + End of the Dream)
March 31 Wien – Szene (+ Grailknights + Dragony)
April 1 Pratteln – Z7 (+ Grailknights + Victorius)
April 2 München – Backstage (+ Grailknights + Victorius)
April 3 Stuttgart – Im Wizemann (+ Grailknights + Victorius)
April 9 Hannover – Musikzentrum (+ Grailknights + Sinbreed)
April 10 Berlin – Lido (+ Grailknights + Sinbreed)
April 15 Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle (+ Freedom Call + Grailknights)
April 16 Hamburg – Markthalle (+ Freedom Call + Grailknights)
April 17 Frankfurt – Batschkapp (+ Freedom Call + Grailknights)