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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Van Canto's Stefan Schmidt on a capella metal, Wacken, Nightwish, piracy & more

"Five singers, one drummer. No guitars, no bass, no keyboards but nevertheless an unbelievable melodic metal experience."
That's how the official website of van Canto describes the band. Hailing from Germany, van Canto are what is called an a capella metal band, the pioneers of this new genre.
The band released their debut, A Storm to Come, in December 2006. Exactly a year later, van Canto anounced a global signing to Gun Records/Sony BMG, and their debut was released worldwide on December 14.
Van Canto are now experiencing considerable success. They recently provided support for Finnish symphonic power metal band Nightwish, as well as receiving a slot at the internationally famous Wacken Open Air festival in Germany. The prestigious event sees them sharing the bill with acts such as Hatebreed, Sonata Arctica, As I Lay Dying, Soilwork, Children of Bodom, Nightwish, Lordi and headline act Iron Maiden.
Van Canto's second album will be recorded accross this month and next, with famed producer Charlie Bauerfeind, although no release date has yet been confirmed.
In light of recent events, van Canto member and founder Stefan Schmidt has given the band's first interview in English, all previous interviews being in German or Italian.

>> Click here to read the interview

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