SCAR SYMMETRY – THE BAND THAT SHIFTED THE POLES OF DEATH METAL, WILL MAKE IT’S FIRST GIG IN BULGARIA ON JULY 7.
ON THE SECOND FESTIVAL DAY, THE LEGENDARY VOCALIST LOU GRAMM, WHO WROTE THE HITS OF FOREIGNER, WILL WARM THE HEARTS OF THE FOREIGNER FANS WITH THE ALL-TIME CLASSICS SUCH AS COLD AS ICE, WAITING FOR A GIRL LIKE YOU, I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS AND HIS SOLO HIT SINGLE MIDNIGHT BLUE.
AT THE INVITATION OF BALKAN ENTERTAINMENT
July 7 (Saturday) and July 8 (Sunday)
National Stadium Vasil Levski
LOU GRAMM is the legendary vocalist and author of one of the biggest Foreigner hits. His distinctive voice is the trade mark of most of the band’s classic songs in Top 40, namely Cold As Ice”, Waiting For a Girl Like You and I Want to Know What Love Is. Gramm enjoyed a glorious solo career in the 80s, topping the charts with the hit single Midnight Blue, and after that with his second top single Just Between You and Me.
Gramm is born on May 2 1950 in Rochester, New York. He started as a drummer for the band Black Sheep and eventually sang on their self-titled debut. The first, and second album called Encouraging Words do not enjoy great success in terms of sales, but managed to draw the attention of the guitarist Mick Jones, who invited Gramm to front his band called Foreigner. This is how the magic started. The two musicians wrote the song Cold as Ice, which becomes a golden hit in the history of music. The band becomes highly successful and creates many hits, including Hot Blooded, Double Vision, Urgent, and Waiting For a Girl Like You.
Their fame rose to world recognition, when in 1984 they broke all charts with the ballad I Want To Know What Love Is. the song topped the USA, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand and UK sharts for a long time.
Even during the temporary struggle of Foreigner, Gramm continued to work. In 1987, he released his solo debut Ready or Not. Following their temporary hiatus, Foreigner returned with a new platinum album- Inside Information. Despite that, Gramm does not cease his solo career and soon leaves the band to form Shadow King, in 1991. Shadow King existed for only few years and soon after the release of their debut, Gramm returned to Foreigner.
Lou Gramm Band (LGB) is the last project of the mega successful artist. In 2009 LGB released the album Baptized by Fire, in cooperation with the label Spectra Records. In the last few years LGB are touring America and Europe. Now Sofia Rocks 2012 will host the first live appearance, of the legends of the classic rock, in front of Bulgarian audience!
And just when we think the genre is “exhausted”, and certain metal subgenre has reached the limits of boredom and monotony, a band appears to blow the common idea to pieces and revive the generic sounding music. Hailing from the Mecca of melodic death metal – Sweden, SCAR SYMMETRY come to kick ass!! The band consists of handful of exceptional talents from different parts of Sweden, who create their unique and eccentric mix.
Their music could be described as a modern hybrid incorporating harmony, melody, aggression, original lyrics and complex instrumentals. It is a collision of Yin and Yang creating the balance itself - a balance symbolizing the “symmetry” in the band’s name. The combination of the rough word “scar” and the soothing “symmetry” is initially hard to understand, a combination of words implying the emotional scars life puts on everyone and the symmetry we achieve as a result.
Probably it was the amalgam of music outside the limits we know and the deep philosophy in the band’s essence, that the people of Cold Records (Stockholm) instantly noted in SCAR SYMMETRY. The label signs the band after listening to only one demo song: Seeds Of Rebellion. Shortly after, by mid-2004 the band is ready with its debut album called Symmetric In Design. It is recorded in Black Londge Studio, owned by the guitarist Kjellgrens. In three months time, they manage to achieve the perfect combination of lyrics of dark prophecies and cosmic epos, harmonic vocals and breathtaking instrumental parts that are so typical for SCAR SYMMETRY.
Symmetric in Design turns out to be one of the hidden gems for the death metal fans and brings to SCAR SYMMETRY several nominations by the metal press in categories like Best debut album, Best production for 2005 and Band You Should Know.
SCAR SYMMETRY has released 5 studio albums, so far, and have played many American and European festivals and toured with bands like Soilwork, Hypocrisy and One Man Army And The Undead Quartet.
Their fifth studio album The Unseen Empire was released in Europe on April 18, 2011. The drummer Henrik Ohlsson explains the album title as “an attempt to expose the hidden hand of world leaders, who pull the strings of mankind for a single goal – global domination” The album is the band’s most successful so far, especially in America, where it enters Billboard Heatseekers Chart at number 11. Currently the band is signed to Nuclear Blast Records.
• Roberth Karlsson – vocals (2008 – present)
• Lars Palmqvist – вокали (2008 – present)
• Per Nilsson− solo and rhythm guitar, keyboards (2004 – present)
• Jonas Kjellgren − solo and rhythm guitar, keyboards (2004 – present)
• Kenneth Seil − bass (2004 – present)
• Henrik Ohlsson – drums (2004 – present)
• Symmetric in Design (2005)
• Pitch Black Progress (2006)
• Holographic Universe (2008)
• Dark Matter Dimensions (2009)
• The Unseen Empire (2011)
THE STAR LINEUP OF SOFIA ROCKS 2012 IS NOW AS FOLLOWS:
July7 - SATURDAY
July 8 - SUNDAY
GUNS N’ ROSES
IGGY AND THE STOOGES
UGLY KID JOE
July 7 and 8, 2012 (Saturday and Sunday)
National Stadium Vasil Levski
The full ticket prices for the two-day festival will be from 60 to 120 BGN, depending on the category, as follows:
60 BGN – seated III category
70 BGN – seated II category
90 BGN – standing regular
100 BGN – seated I category
120 BGN – standing Front of stage
The promo tickets are sold out and only standard price tickets are available.
Tickets can be purchased through the Eventim network, including Germanos, Picadilly and Technomarket, OMV gas stations and Na Tumno stores.
Online tickets will be available at www.eventim.bg
Express ticket delivery within 2 hours, in Sofia, via BGMENU.COM
Info for more bands at Sofia Rocks 2012 is coming soon.