B L E S S I N G F O R C E
"Art Metal Extreme Virtuoso"
Neoclassical Progressive Metal/Extreme
The rise of the band "Blessing Force" - Neo-Classical Progressive Metal/Extreme, began in 2006. Their repertoire flaunts what they call Neoclassical Progressive, Progressive Metal, Neoclassical Instrumental, Progressive Rock, Neoclassical Extreme, Progressive Death, Neo-Classical Shred, Power Progressive Metal, Neoclassical Death, Extreme Metal, the works. In one single piece, you may have classical segments, melodic symphony and Oriental and Balkan ethno notes. The band arises their own and unique style.
"Blessing Force" brings together two of the most revered instrumentalists of our time who join together in an unparalleled musical exchange of compositional skills and soloing abilities, creating a high energy neo-classical prog album that ranks among the greatest in the genre. Great and powerful Progressive Metal.
The name "Blessing Force" is synonymous with modern musical virtuosity. Zoran's an amazing guitar player who brings out classical and metal influences within the hard rock forum. Blessing force is an all instrumental offering comprised of aggressive rock and metal compositions which highlight compositional prowess and legendary guitar and keyboard skills. Joined by keyboard player Laila Afsoon (Faith, Love & Hope, Eclipse), Zoran returns to the intense neo-classical style that established him as one of the most innovative musicians of our time.
Blessing Force is a stunning instrumental barrage of outstanding musicianship and is rooted deeply in the progressive neo-classical style that generated a legion of loyal fans. "Into The Flames" is the Zoran A.G. Jovanovic album prog and guitar fans have been eagerly anticipating. Incredible rhythmns, ensemble playing, and great melodies create a tight canvas for each player's phenomenal soloing ability. Blessing Force delves deeper into the Metal Virtuoso idiom, soloing over advanced rhythmic patterns and adventurous chord progressions. Spectacular album from those fabulous players with a display of virtuoso guitar and keyboard playing and great melodic songs. Zoran has gained a reputation as being one of the most melodic but powerful guitar players in the metal and rock arena. Great and spectacular work on this album from those highly talented musicians will blow you away.
The members of the band, these amazing live and studio artists are:
Keyboards: LAILA AFSOON
Classical strains of philharmonic orchestra in an apparent heavy-duty Metal magic. Stringblaze that fills the music with symphony and unbelieving harmony that flits on their songs. The charm and beauty are fascinating, intense; but surely unveiled and wrapped in folds of an eternal mist of an orchestra and assault of violines with gurgle of santur. So there you are. A specific string of surprises in store. Started playing in bands while in high school. Formed a band called "Eclipse" in 1984, which eventually evolved into "Faith, Love & Hope" in 2001. She has actively participated in recording sessions for other artists since then, as well as forming "Blessing Force" with Zoran A.G. Jovanovic.
Vocals: GARY BRAMIL
One of the founding member, being his long experience singing in Prog Death Metal bands. Participated in other side projects, such as "Cobi's Death" and "Treatfull Silence", as well as being finalist in national and international singing competitions.
Bass: ZORAN TALEVIC
A very modern bass playing with new techniques which makes it sound so perfect and strong. He is also in session with other prog and jazz musicians, and has been participated in other side projects too, such as "Hazari", etc.
Drums: DJORDJE RADOVANOVIC
He has been parcipiated in many ethno-jazz projects for many years, and in session with other musicians, as well as amazing studio artist.
Guitars: ZORAN A.G.JOVANOVIC
The band's guitar master and frontman, writes his own lyrics and composes his own notes. Influenced by a very special and unique guitar legend Alex Masi, and other guitar legends like Yngwie Malmsteen, Jason Becker, Tony MacAlpine, Vinnie Moore, Paul Gilbert, Marty Friedman, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Patrick Rondat, John Petrucci, etc they have hit the international music scene with a vengeance. While you are watching his amazing playing and listening to the guitar you will find that his guitar doesn't play, then it simply talk. Formed a band in 2001, the Neo-Classical Progressive Metal band Faith, Love & Hope. Founding member of "Mr.Body Builder", as well as executive producer. After the demise of Mr.Body Builder, participated in recording sessions for other artists as well as other side projects. Also fronts the band Blessing Force.
The band's guitarist and keyboardist, Zoran A.G.Jovanovic and Laila Afsoon arose the attacks in the cities of ex-Yugoslavia with their previous bands and bore prominent strokes and brilliant progress in Canada and India. __________________________________________________________________________________
LAILA AFSOON - Keyboards
ZORAN TALEVIC - Bass
GARY BRAMIL - Vocals
DJORDJE RADOVANOVIC - Drums
ZORAN A.G.JOVANOVIC - Guitars ______________________________________________________________________
- 2007 "Into the Flames" - Independent
* More info, pics, audio, video, etc at following sites:
The Official ZORAN A.G.JOVANOVIC MySpace Site
The Official LAILA AFSOON MySpace Site
The Official LAILA AFSOON Fanspace Site
BLESSING FORCE iSOUND Artist Website
BLESSING FORCE Showcase Direct URL
BLESSING FORCE Official Site
F a i t h, L o v e & H o p e - T o u r i n I N D I A
Serbian sonata hits south city : Smartzone : HindustanTimes.com
Faith, Love & Hope - The Metal Observer - Underground Review 2004
Interview by Boris Todorovich - March 2004