05 Απρίλιος 2014

Kaledon – Good Bye My Friend

Kaledon was formed in late 1998 by guitarist Alex Mele, after he ceased activity with his former band River Of Change, together with bass player Paolo Lezziroli and rhythm guitarist Tommy Nemesio. Shortly afterwards, drummer Daniele Staccini and vocalist Alexander Penta joined the band, which started to play in a classic Heavy Metal style, influenced by Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. After a few weeks, Alexander Penta left Kaledon for conflicting schedules, being replaced by female singer Roberta Della Casa for a number of concerts in their native Rome, before settling on a full-time replacement, Anthony Drago.

In the summer of 1999, drummer Daniele Staccini was asked to leave the band, and Dario Sacco filled his place behind the kit. In the following months, Kaledon played extensively in their hometown, getting some notoriety in the Roman underground metal scene. During this time, the band decided to switch from their original sound to a German-scene influenced power metal. The guitarist Alex Mele writes a concept-story: Legend Of The Forgotten Riegn.

In the web site of the Kaledon, in the section Story is possible to know the history of Legend Of The Forgotten Reign, in English, but in the Forum it is present the translation in Italian. This history is divided in six chapters narrated by six albums.

In the autumn of 1999, Kaledon produced, without a keyboard player, their first Demo Spirit Of The Dragon I. Subsequently, Fabio Bernardi, the keyboard player of the River Of Change, joined the group as guest for six months and with his keyboards it will make the all most competitive. In this period, the keyboard player participates in the realization of two new Demo Spirit Of The Dragon II (the same preceding version, but with the keyboards) and God Says Yes I. Concluded the recordings, the band is entertained by the radio broadcast Metal Massacre, conducted by the historian figure of Baffo that is also the manager of the band.

 On 16 June 2000, Kaledon played with Ronnie James Dio to the Foro Italico in Rome. Subsequently, the band replaced, for personal problems, drummer Dario Sacco with David Folchitto (drummer of Stormlord and of other band underground of Rome) and Anthony Drago with Claudio Conti.

Kaledon recorded, with the new members, the new Demo God Says Yes II. The band used the same traces of the preceding Demo God Says Yes I but with the new vocal parts of Claudio Conti. Finished the collaboration with Fabio Bernardi, the band finds their new keyboard player: Daniel Fuligni (ex member of Ghost Rider).

    Legend of The Forgotten Reign – Chapter I: The Destruction   (2002)
    Legend of The Forgotten Reign – Chapter II: The King’s Rescue (2003)
    Legend of The Forgotten Reign – Chapter III: The Way of the Light (2005)
    Legend of The Forgotten Reign – Chapter IV: Twilight of the Gods (2006)
    Legend of The Forgotten Reign – Chapter V: A New Era Begins (2008)
    Legend of The Forgotten Reign – Chapter VI: The Last Night on the Battlefield (2010)
    Mightiest Hits (2012)
    Altor: The King’s Blacksmith (2013)