The north of Germany, marked by rough weather, sometimes
interrupted by hot sunny phases, is the home of Blackdraft. Four
northmen and a woman set out from Hamburg, the pearl of the
north, to carry their definition of contemporary metal sound into
the world. Their coastal origin also finds its way into the 15
songs of the second album “The Quest”. The concept album
tells the story of the young researcher Runa Ágústsson from
Hamburg, who sets off for Iceland to start a journey into the
deep sea from there. Over the course of her adventure she
meets strong, strange and eerie characters as well as fantastic
deep-sea creatures and takes the listeners into the cold abysses
filled with evil secrets.
Musically following this idea, front woman Julia Dorothee Wallenius,
guitarist Karsten Wallenius, guitarist Fabian Adler, bassist
Tomasz Kolonko and drummer Jan-Hendrik Köbel worked on
the realization of this extraordinary work for about two years.
Hard guitars meet varied female vocals, sometimes seductively
soft, sometimes exuberant and almost aggressive. Karsten Wallenius
takes over the vocal counterpart in the form of dark
growls. The result is a head cinema full of emotions and contrasts
that fascinates the music fans and takes them on an intensive
journey which captivates the listeners until the last note.
Support on the keyboards, which create a special mystical atmosphere,
was provided by Niels Löffler from Orden Ogan.
But Blackdraft did not suddenly emerge from the musical void.
The individual band members were previously active in local
formations before they found each other in 2015 and brought
Blackdraft to live. Already in 2016 they released their debut
“Recipe Of Pain” on their own initiative on a small label and thus
set a first buoy on the big ocean of rock music. Consistently
good reviews, nationally and internationally, motivated the quintet
to tackle the matter more professionally. On the wall in the
rehearsal room, a piece of paper was hung up, clearly visible for
everyone, on which the goals to be achieved were
written and Blackdraft then gradually worked through them. In
2017 they found a management and while also working on their
new album, played various festival shows, several support tours
and gigs for Inglorious (GB), Mob Rules (GER) as well as Masterplan
(GER/SWE) over the following months. The final stone
of the puzzle was laid in September 2018 when Blackdraft, in
accordance with their To-Do-list, reached a new home harbor
by signing a worldwide deal with Mighty Music, Denmark.