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Phantom 5

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21
Jul

PHANTOM V Back With 'Play II Win' October 15

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Sunday, October 15, 2017
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Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the second studio release by Phantom 5, PLAY TO WIN! The album will be out on October 13.
Checkout the first song and video, “The Change In You”, to be released from the album here:
 
 
After the success of their self-titled debut album, the brainchild of producer/guitarist (and for this record, bassist) Michael Voss and vocalist Claus Lessmann have returned with yet another incredible outing of impeccable German melodic hard rock! Once again joined by Robert Boebel on guitars and keyboards and Axel Kruse on drums, these fist pumping anthems will tickle the eardrums of any connoisseur of melodic hard rock.
 
Michael Voss says, "[t]o all the rockers out there, we are more than happy to continue this labour of love and come back with a bang! Again, guitar wizard Robby Boebel delivered powerful riffs and Claus wrote some magic melodies. The drums were delivered by heart-pounding visual timekeeper Axel Kruse and taped by the famous Rolf Munkes at Empire Studios. 11 well balanced songs, full of emotion and power, right in the vein of our first album. If you like the first one, you will love the new one! Come and get it... and play it loud...we play 2 win!!!"
 
Originally born as “Supremacy”, the band decided to change their name to Phantom 5 before recording their debut album for release last year. It had been a long time since the public had heard a melodic hard rock record THIS GOOD coming from Germany! Mixing influences from the cream of the crop of German melodic hard rock bands, but with Michael and Claus’ unique stamp on it, the debut was met with rave reviews across the board.
 
After the success of that album, Michael and Claus knew it was a no-brainer to follow it up with an even more inspired outing and that is exactly what they’ve done here. “Play To Win” does exactly what the title says!
 
Pre-order the album here: http://radi.al/PlayToWin
 
TRACKLISTING:
1. The Change In You
2. Crossfire
3. Baptised
4. Read Your Mind
5. Play To Win
6. Child Soldiers
7. Do You Believe In Love
8. Phantom Child
9. Had Enuff
10. Shadows Dance
11. Reach Out
 
PRODUCED BY: Michael Voss
STUDIO: Kidroom Studios, Greven, Germany. Drum Recordings by Ralf Munkes at Empire Studios, Bensheim, Germany.
RECORDED BY: Michael Voss
MIXED BY: Michael Voss
MASTERED BY: Michael Voss
 
BAND MEMBERS:
Claus Lessmann - Lead Vocals
Michael Voss – Guitars, Bass and Backing Vocals
Robert Boebel - Guitars and Keyboards
Axel Kruse - Drums & Xplosions

 
Fri
20
May

PHANTOM 5 - Phantom 5 (Review)

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content: 
80%
Produced By: 
Michael Voss
Release Date: 
2016
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Label: 
Frontiers
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Friday, May 13, 2016
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Phantom 5 isn’t the best or most descriptive band name I’ve heard, but it’s far from the worst. Featuring a powerful lineup of Michael Voss (guitars; Casanova, Bonfire, Mad Max) and Claus Lessmann (vocals, ex-Bonfire) along with popular German compadres Robby Boebel (guitars from Frontline) and Axel Kruse (drums from everyone) as well as Francis Buchholz on bass.
 
Touted as a natural follow up to the classic Bonfire Fireworks album, with a touch of Frontline and Jaded Heart, the expectations were therefore set to maximum from the outset.
Sorry guys, but while the potential is there, the songs don’t carry the legacy any further than that.
There’s too much one-tempo familiarity amongst the songs, not enough variety in style and frankly, not enough power in the choruses to knock anyone over.
 
The album does start strongly though. All The Way certainly has the classic feel of an album opener – a nice fast melodic hard rocker with a typically anthemic chorus.
A nice dose of keyboards and a choppy guitar riff drive the pacey Blue Dog while it gets moodier on Someday.
Don’t Touch The Night harks back to classic 80s Bonfire, even if it lacks a little of the dynamics of the original band.
 
Unfortunately that’s probably the best part of the album over with. The rest settles into a very safe, mid-tempo routine of riffs and raspy vocals, but nothing really stands out.
Renegade, Flying High, Frontline and We Both Had Our Time all have a good sound but fail to ignite when time for the chorus.
Since You’re Gone is a pretty decent rock ballad, but then it’s straight back into the unremarkable second half of this album.
They Won't Come Back is probably the pick of the second half – a better chorus and a nice sentiment on this track.

A solid effort, with expected good production from the always reliable Michael Voss, but the songs and urgency required to make an impact worthy of the personnel involved aren’t there.
A good start, but a fairly routine and safe second half strips back some of the appeal of this album.
 
Score: 
80
 
Wed
24
Feb

PHANTOM 5 Make Their Debut May 13

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Friday, May 13, 2016
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Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of PHANTOM 5's self-titled debut album on May 13th, 2016.

PHANTOM 5 is the new band put together by former BONFIRE singer Claus Lessmann, together with producer and guitar player Michael Voss (CASANOVA, BONFIRE, MAD MAX, MICHAEL SCHENKER). They have enlisted a sort of who's who of German classic and melodic hard rock with a lineup completed by Robby Boebel (from Frontline), Axel Kruse (from Jaded Heart) and Francis Buchholz (from Scorpions).

Born as 'Supremacy', this new German melodic rock alliance, with five real aces on the pitch, could not disappoint. So, after the name change to Phantom 5, the new album started to take shape. According to Michael Voss: 'For me it sounds like we did a follow up to the famous Bonfire 'Fireworks' album with a touch of Frontline meets JADED HEART groove' it is a driving monster with huge walls of guitars, powerful soaking drums and fine catchy melodies'we took a trip back into the world of the eighties!!!'

Claus Lessmann adds 'I am very proud of being part of a very fine piece of melodic rock and I hope that many people will like and love it the same way we do. Everything came together very naturally and I had the feeling, that our flow of creativity never seemed to run dry, just like it should be. After the more than painful situation with Bonfire, it was exactly the right thing, at the right time to do for me and it just felt and feels so damn right!'

And indeed it's been a long time since we've heard a Melodic Hard Rock record THIS GOOD coming from Germany! Think Bonfire's 'Point Blank', Casanova's debut album, Frontline's Heroes, or Fair Warning's debut record and you get an idea of how this is going to hit you. Get ready to push the play button very often. This record has everything you'd expect and more - enjoy!

Claus Lessmann and Michael Voss will exclusively appear at the Frontiers Rock Festival in the Acoustic Night reserved for VIP tickets purchasers on April 22nd. All info are available here: www.frontiersrockfestival.com

PHANTOM 5 tracklisting includes: All The Way; Blue Dog; Someday; Don't Touch The Night; Renegade; Flying High; Since You'Re Gone; They Won'T Come Back; Frontline; We Both Had Our Time; Why. Sing Along (Bonus Track Digital Version)

PHANTOM 5
Claus Lessmann - lead vocals
Michael Voss - guitars and vocals
Robby Boebel - guitars
Francis Buchholz - bass guitar
Axel Kruse - drums

 
 
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