AT VANCE

At Vance is a German power metal/Neo-classical metal band. They were formed by vocalist Oliver Hartmann (ex-Centers) and guitarist Olaf Lenk (ex-Velvet Viper) in 1998.
With the combined credentials of vocalist Oliver Hartmann and guitarist Olaf Lenk on their résumés, At Vance easily obtained a deal with Shark Records. Rainald König (guitar), Ulli Muller (keyboards), Jochen Schnur (bass), and Spoony (drums) rounded out the lineup that recorded 1999’s debut No Escape. European fans lapped it up, and the group’s second release, 2000’s Heart of Steel (featuring new drummer Jurgen Lucas) was a surprise hit in Japan and encouraged At Vance to quickly issue a followup in 2001’s Dragonchaser. Barely pausing for breath, the next year saw the band switching to AFM Records, losing their bassist and keyboard player, releasing their fourth album Only Human, and then hitting the road across Europe with Rhapsody and Angel Dust. A number of personnel changes ensued in 2003, as At Vance welcomed new vocalist Mats Levén and bassist Sascha Feldmann before recording their next LP The Evil in You. A tour with Kamelot followed the release.

Later, Lenk fired König and Feldmann, replacing the latter with bassist John ABC Smith (born Dario Trobok) (ex-Scanner, ex-Gallows Pole). All guitar work was performed by Lenk, and drums by Mark Cross (ex-Helloween). This formation released a new record, Chained, which transpired to be the album with Mats Levén on lead vocals. In April 2007, At Vance’s MySpace webpage announced a new record would be released in May 2007 entitled VII, introducing young singer Rick Altzi on vocals. The album was mastered at Finnvox by Mika Jussila.

Several of At Vance’s albums contain transcriptions of classical pieces such as the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and “Spring” and “Summer” from Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.” Their new lineup was announced on the band’s webpage, adding Alex Landenburg (from Annihilator) on drums and Manuel Walther on bass.

In May 2009, the band announced via their MySpace page that Manuel Walther left At Vance and would be replaced by Wolfman Black of the German band Justice. On July 2009, AFM Records announced that the band’s latest album, entitled Ride The Sky, would be released on September 18.

LINE UP:
Wolfman Black : Bass
Alex Landenburg : Drums
Olaf Lenk : Guitar, Keyboard
Rick Altzi : Vocals

FORMER MEMBERS:
Olivier Hartmann : Vocals
John ABC Smith (aka Dario Trobok) : Bass
Sascha Feldmann : Bass
Spoony : Drums
Jochen Schnur : Bass
Manuel Walther : Bass
Mats Levén : Vocals
Reinald König : Guitar
Uli Müller : Keyboard
Mark Cross : Drums
Jürgen Lucas : Drums

ALBUM:

No Escape (CD – 1999)
Heart of Steel (CD – 2000)
Early Works – Centers (CD – 2001)
Dragonchaser (CD – 2001)
Only Human (CD – 2002)
The Evil in You (CD – 2003)
Chained (CD – 2005)
VII (CD – 2007)
Ride the Sky (CD – 2009)

No Escape (CD – 1999)

TRACK LIST:
No Escape
CD, 1999 – Shark Records

1. Flying High
2. No Escape
3. No Speak
4. Die in your Arms
5. All for One, One for All
6. Money, Money, Money (ABBA cover)
7. Four Seasons – Summer
8. Lost in your Love
9. Power & Glory
10. Seven Seas

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Heart of Steel (2000)

TRACK LIST:
Heart of Steel
CD, 2000 – Shark Records

1. Prelude 00:58
2. Soldier of Time 05:04
3. The Brave and the Strong 04:52
4. Heart of Steel 03:21
5. S.O.S. (ABBA cover) 03:26
6. King of Your Dreams 04:56
7. Princess of the Night 06:24
8. Goodbye 05:08
9. Why Do You Cry? 05:25
10. Don’t You Believe a Stranger 03:33
11. Chopin – Etude No. 4 02:16

Total playing time 45:23

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Dragonchaser (2001)

TRACK LIST:
Dragonchaser
CD, 2001 – AFM Records

1. Dragonchaser 04:25
2. Ages of Glory 03:29
3. Crucified 04:07
4. Beethoven, 5th Symphony 08:03
5. Heaven Can Wait 05:33
6. The Winner Takes It All (ABBA cover) 05:28
7. My Bleeding Heart 06:52
8. Two Kings 04:24
9. Too Late 04:51
10. Ases Death 04:38
11. Bandineri 01:30

Total playing time 51:49

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Early Works – Centers (2001)

TRACK LIST:
Early Works – Centers
CD, 2001 – Sheer Records

1. Falling One by One
2. Fortuneteller
3. You’ll Survive
4. The Guide
5. My One and Only Love
6. Tales of Mystery
7. Out of Reach
8. Your Love
9. Kiss of Death
10. Burning my Heart
11. Memories
12. Winter
13. Tears of Pain
14. Take my Heart
15. Desperado

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Only Human (2002)

TRACK LIST:
Only Human
CD, 2002 – AFM Records

1. The Time Has Come 03:53
2. Only Human 05:13
3. Take my Pain 04:18
4. Fly to the Rainbow 06:09
5. Hold your Fire 05:47
6. Four Seasons – Spring 03:05
7. Take Me Away 04:48
8. Time 05:48
9. Solfeggietto 01:00
10. Sing this Song 06:59
11. Witches Dance 05:31
12. Wings to Fly 06:37
13. I Surrender (Rainbow Cover) 04:23

Total playing time 01:03:31

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The Evil In You (2003)

TRACK LIST:
The Evil in You
CD, 19 May 2003 – AFM Records

1. Fallen Angel 04:56
2. Broken Vow 04:07
3. The Evil in You 05:12
4. Stronger than you Think 04:37
5. The Curtain Will Fall 05:20
6. One Million Miles Away 06:41
7. Right or Wrong 04:01
8. Shining Star 04:51
9. Street of my Dreams 04:08
10. Caprice No.16 01:33
11. Princess of Ice 04:18

Total playing time 49:44

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Chained (2005)

TRACK LIST:
Chained
CD, 11 April 2005 – AFM Records

1. Rise from the Fall
2. Heaven
3. Tell Me
4. Chained
5. Now or Never
6. Two Hearts
7. Invention
8. Run / Leave
9. Live for the Sacred
10. Vivaldi Winter
11. Run for your Life

Bonustrack (limited Edition)
12. Who’s Fooling Who
13. Flight of the Bumblebee

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VII (2007)

TRACK LIST:
VII
CD, 29 June 2007 – AFM Records

1. Breaking the Night
2. Shiver
3. Cold as Ice
4. Victory
5. Friendly Fire
6. Golden Leaves
7. Answer Me
8. Shine
9. Truth
10. Lost in your Love

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Ride the Sky (2009)

TRACK LIST:
1. Ride the Sky 03:31
2. Torn — Burning Like Fire 04:40
3. Last in Line 04:31
4. Wishing Well 03:13
5. Salvation Day 04:24
6. Vivaldi, Summer 2nd Set 03:45
7. Power 03:34
8. You and I 05:23
9. End of Days 03:31
10. Falling 06:13
11. Farewell 05:37

Total playing time 48:22

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