Claus Lessmann

Fri
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

 
Tue
06
Sep

This is What BONFIRE 2017 Will Look Like

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Release Year: 
2016
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BONFIRE have released a new publicity photo. In April the next studio-CD will be released worldwide.
 
The band continues their 30th Anniversary tour for the rest of 2016:
 
30th BONFIRE ANNIVERSARY  Tour 2016 "Burnin` TALES `n `PEARLS "
 

23.09. GER - Kiel - Raucherei Support Sons of Sound
24.09. GER - Bartenshagen-Parkentin - Kutscher Festival with T-Rex & Iron Horses
29.09. GER - Nurnberg - Hirsch
30.09. GER - Mannheim - Alte Seilerei  Support: Trance Mission
 
06.10  GER - Milterberg - Beavers Support HEADLESS
07.10. GER - Cologne - MCT-Club Support HEADLESS
08.10. GER - Strabkirchen - Plutonium Club Support HEADLESS
 
13.10. GER - Bielefeld - Forum  Support Sons of Sound
14.10.  GER -  Wiehl - Art - Farm  (very special private concert)
23.10. GER - Bochum - Matrix plus Primal Fear & Support: Snakebite
28.10. GER - Forth - Stadthalle mit Saga & Manfred Mann`s Earthband
29.10. France - Vouziers Festival mit ROCK GODDESS & GRAVE DIGGER
 
04.11. GER - Olching - Legend Lounge
05.11. GER - Bad Friedrichshall - Rockfabrik Support Sons of Sound
09.11. UK - Norwich / The Waterfront
10.11. UK -  Wolverhampton / Wolves Civic Hall
11.11. UK/Wales  HRH - Festival
12.11. GER - Regensburg  - Airport-Obertraubling   
18.11. GER - Rheine - Hypothalamus Club
24.11. NOR - Helsingborg
25.11. NOR - Oslo
26.11. Sweden - Lindkeping
27.11. Sweden - Stockholm
 
01.12. GER - Hamburg - Logo Support Headless (IT)
02.12. GER - Siegburg - Kubana Special Guests MORE (UK) Support Headless (IT)
03.12. BE -  Diest - Moonlight Music Hall Nijverheidslaan 7 Support Headless (IT)
04.12.  NL  - RR Dordrecht  Bibelot - Noordendijk 148 Support Headless (IT)
08.12. GER - Kandel - Bienwaldhalle: Support: Trance Mission &  Headless (IT)
09.12. GER Marlenbach - Music Hall Support Headless (IT)
11.12. GER - Augsburg - Spectrum Support: Support Headless (IT)
27.12. GER - Kaiserslautern - Fruchthalle Support: Trance Mission, Rebellious Spirit
28.12. GER - Neuss - Partytur-Club Support: Snakebite & Rebellious Spirit
29.12. GER - Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik Support: Rebellious Spirit
 
 
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
Artist: 
Friday, May 13, 2016
Categories: 
 
 
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

 
 
Thu
30
Apr

Introducing German All-Star Project SUPREMACY

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Thursday, April 30, 2015
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MELODIC HARD ROCK IS BACK TO GERMANY - WELCOME SUPREMACY!
 
Do you remember when German bands cranked out true, classic Melodic Rock / Hard Rock albums regularly? When, right after masterpieces by the likes of  the SCORPIONS, releases like BONFIRE's "Point Blank" or "Fireworks", FRONTLINE's "Heroes", CASANOVA and JADED HEART's debut albums used to be played all the time on your stereo? Well....now is the time for the Classic German Hard Rock sound, comprised of steel guitar riffs and super melodic hooks, to make a major come back. The new band's name says it all....SUPREMACY. This band marks the return of the amazing alliance between singer Claus Lessmann (ex-BONFIRE) with Michael Voss (CASANOVA, MAD MAX) plus Robby Boebel (ex FRONTLINE, EVIDENCE ONE) on guitar, Axel Kruse (ex-JADED HEART) on drums and former SCORPIONS bass player Francis Buchholz.

The guys are currently working on some extremely promising demo material and have inked a recording contract with Frontiers Music Srl for a release of their debut album in late 2015 / early 2016.

Michael Voss says: "It's a honor to work with all these gifted musicians on a full length album! After 25 years, to join forces with the fantastic Claus Lessmann takes me back into the 80's heyday times playing in Bonfire. We'll keep that spirit alive and moreover revive it. Thanks to Serafino and Frontiers for believing!"

Claus Lessmann adds: "I am really looking forward to writing, recording and rocking with all the guys of Supremacy. We all have so much to give and it really means a lot to me to work together with those talented musicians. It will also bring back the good old days of Rock'n'Roll when my good old friend Michael Voss was on my side all across Europe back at the "Point Blank" days. A big Grazie to Serafino, Mario and all at Frontiers for their belief and for givin' us one more reason to rock! Every little note of our songs will be a piece of our heart."

 
Mon
12
Jan

BONFIRE Announce New Album/Line-Up/Label/Management and 2015 Tour

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Monday, May 18, 2015
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BONFIRE Announce New Album / New Line-Up / New Label / New Management / and European Tour 2015
 
 
Hans Ziller - founder, guitarist, composer and mastermind of the band BONFIRE and Claus Lessmann (Vocals) have separated after nearly 30 years.

The band has not recorded a new studio album since 2011, although there was many internal calls and talk of recording a new Bonfire CD in 2014, it never materialized. Claus Lessmann just could not or would not start recording a new album and never gave any explanation to the band. So, why should this be the end of a nearly 3 decades-long success story?
 
Quote Hans Ziller
: "I originally formed the band under the name Cacumen in the early 80s, I then brought Claus Lessmann on board eight years later and we changed our name to BONFIRE. I think we simply owe it to our fans to go on. I see no reason to retire just because the lead singer of the band cannot or does not want to sing "and Hans continues:" Bonfire is my life's work, I can look back on the band in a variety of lineups and with many successful years, ECHO - nominations, Golden Record, countless concerts worldwide, more than 1 million records sold, and above all I want to stay loyal to our fans who stayed with us through the years. "
 
Anyone who knows Mastermind Hans Ziller cannot rest his head easy with this. In recent months Bonfire has composed many new songs and the new BONFIRE-Formation has found itself. With a partially new outfit of PAUL MORRIS (ex-Rainbow) for the keyboards.
Ronnie Parkes on the bass (former bassist Uwe Kohler pursues a solo project) . Of course, the familiar face of Bonfire drummer Harry Reischman is still there. A second guitarist is still being sought.
 
And finally the kicker: Ziller QUOTE: "David REECE (ex-Accept) will be the new singer. With David I share not only a total musical agreement, but also a personal friendship. After the many years of the band's internal conflicts, it was also important to me to have musicians around me I can trust and with whom it is fun to be on stage. To just play only the old songs and nothing new, fighting and arguing in the backstage area, is not what I want in my band. It is also dishonest to the fans and makes you sick in the long run and I just don't want that anymore. David Reece is a highly professional and an energetic singer who will revive the classic Bonfire songs.  Old and new members will add a spark to the old Bonfire sound while still remaining loyal to its roots."
 
Currently, the band is in the studio working on the new BONFIRE-album with producer Alessandro Del Vecchio.

The CD will be released in mid-May worldwide by 2015.
 

With new artist management and new concert agency, BONFIRE will go on a European tour in May.
The first BONFIRE shows will be headlining with special guests ELA and BATTLE BEAST also summer festivals abroad have already been confirmed.
 

 

 
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