|The Power Quest Demo and Wings of Forever (2001-2002)
Power Quest was conceived in March 2001 by keyboardist Steve Williams, who had recently departed London power metal band DragonHeart (later called Dragonforce). Steve Scott (another former member of DragonHeart, and also ex-Shadowkeep) was approached regarding bass duties. Steve was keen to work with his former colleague and accepted the offer. The original intention was for Power Quest to be entirely based in Southampton, but other than guitarist Adam Bickers, no other interested musicians in the city could be found. For the second guitar slot they managed to secure the services of their former DragonHeart bandmate Sam Totman, at least in a short-term capacity as his commitment lay with his own band.
The newly founded band recorded a two track demo which was uploaded onto MP3.com in early 2001. Recording was supported by ZP Theart on vocals and Sam Totman along with Adam Bickers on guitar and Steve Scott on bass.
In April 2002 vocalist Alessio Garavello was recruited to the Power Quest ranks. He was recommended to the band by Maurizio Chiarello, label manager at Underground Symphony Records. Alessio flew over for a photo session with the band in May 2002 and returned in June to lay down vocal tracks for the new album. He was accompanied by the guitarist of his band, Arthemis, Andrea Martongelli, who recorded a few guest solos on the album - now named Wings of Forever. Following the album's release, he was recruited as a full-time member to replace Bickers who left to pursue a career as a doctor.
In January 2003, drummer Andre Bargmann was recruited into the Power Quest ranks. Bargmann left the band in July that year, following the release of the second album (Neverworld). His place was filled on the tour by Last Hours of Torment drummer Gavin Ward, and eventually on a more permanent basis by Francesco Tresca, another Italian. Sam Totman also left after the release of Neverworld because of increased activity in Dragonforce.
Magic Never Dies (2004-2007)
In November 2004 the band played a show with Dream Evil and Labyrinth in London, and then later in the month the band headed back to Thin Ice studios to record three new songs for the "Magic Never Dies" album. In November and December 2005, Power Quest toured on their 'Magic Never Dies tour', playing various dates in the UK, notably The Marquis in London on November 25. The band followed this with a Magic Never Dies Tour part II. In August, 2006 Power Quest announced that current Alessio Garavello would be taking up a second role as rhythm guitarist - the band had been without a second guitar player since Adam Bickers departed in 2003. In October 2007 an official Napalm Records Myspace blog post announced that Power Quest have signed to Napalm Records.
Master of Illusion (2007-2008)
In December 2007 band keyboardist Steve Williams had announced on the Official Power Quest forums that there would be five guest appearances on the forthcoming album, Master of Illusion. The first of these was announced as guitarist Bill Hudson from North American power metal band Cellador, who will be providing guest instrumentation on the track "The Vigil". The second of these was announced as keyboardist Richard West froBritish progressive metal band Threshold, who will be providing a keyboard solo on the track "Human Machine". The third was revealed as Jorn Viggo Lofstad, from Norwegian prog/power band Pagan's Mind who shared the stage with Power Quest in their 2006 tour. Fourth was announced as Chris Neighbour from UK thrash metal band FourwayKill. The final guest was announced on the newly redesigned Power Quest website as Bob Katsionis from Greek power metall band Firewind who would provide guest instrumentation on "Save the World".
Lineup Changes (2008-2010)
In June 2008 in a press release the band announced that former Cellador and current Coldera guitarist Bill Hudson had joined as joint lead guitarist alongside Andrea Martongelli. Bill had previously contributed to the Master of Illusion album on the track "The Vigil". In January 2009, bassist and founding member Steve Scott decided to quit the band to remain more permanently in New Zealand. The band found a replacement bassist in Oliver Holzwarth from prominent power metal band Blind Guardian. In April 2009, Steve Williams announced the departure of joint lead guitarist Bill Hudson citing Bill's current location and costs as practical problems for the band. In July 2009, lead singer Alessio Garavello left the band after 7 years and 4 studio albums to pursue a different musical direction with newly formed alternative rock band A New Tomorrow.
Following the previous departure of founding members, it was announced on September 21, 2009 that long standing members Andrea Martongelli and Francesco Tresca were also leaving Power Quest. Replacement bassist Oliver Holzwarth also left due to constraints with his tour with Tarja Turunen. Steve Williams remained the only original member of the band until the announcement of a new lineup in late September 2009. The last gig with the long-standing lineup was at Metalfest in Dudley on Saturday 26th, with Jon Hoare of Mercury Rain standing in for bass with Steve Scott unable to attend.
On September 28, 2009, the line up was revealed as Pete Morten on vocals - vocalist with My Soliloquy and touring guitarist for Thrashold and vocalist of Metalloid and Nightmare World, Andy Midgley - guitarist for female-fronted prog/symphonic metal band Liquid Sky, Ben Randall - winner of the 2008 'Most Promising Young Guitarist Award' at the international Guitar Idol competition, Paul Finnie - ex-stage manager for Power Quest and former bassist of post-punk band The Wake and Rich Smith - touring drummer with Vader, Dark Funeral, Old Man's Child, Green Carnation and The Blood Divine also ex member of Thunderforce and electro-rock/industrial band Aphemia. The band ended 2009 touring the UK with the Michael Schenker Group.
Following a few gigs with the new line-up it was then announced on March 15, 2010 the sudden departure of front man Pete Morten and guitarist Ben Randall due to musical differences.
Blood Alliance (2010-present)
Previously, in February 2009 it was announced that writing had begun on Power Quests 5th studio album with demo recording for the record label to begin in March/April 2010 and with recording and production for the album in October 2010 at Foel Studios, Wales. In May 2010, it was announced that the new vocalist and guitarist are Chitral "Chity" Somapala and Gavin Owen. The album will be the first album to include the new lineup with Chitral "Chity" Somapala, Gavin Owen, Andy Midgley, Paul Finnie and Rich Smith. It has been announced in a press release in August 2010 that nine tracks will appear on the album with one Japanese bonus track. The tracklisting was confirmed on December 18, 2010. In November 2010, mixing for the album scheduled to occur at a studio in Vicenza, Italy was disrupted by floods to the area which damaged the studio, delaying production. On January 10, 2011 release dates were announced with the album available worldwide by April 5, 2011; earlier for some areas.
In March 2011 Power Quest joined American progressive metal band Symphony X on the UK leg of their European tour and played at the Hammerfest III festival before embarking on a small UK tour in May. This was followed by the 'Blood Alliance European Tour' throughout June with support from Polish symphonic power metal band Pathfinder and Sapiency. In July, Power Quest provided the main support act for American power metal pioneers Crimson Glory for an exclusive UK show in London. The band also attended the Bloodstock Open Air festival in August 2011. Currently, a second UK tour is scheduled for November 2011.
In October 2011, after 17 months and an album release (Blood Alliance) with Power Quest, vocalist Chitral Somapala left the band on amicable terms. In November, the new vocalist was announced as Colin Callanan of Irish power metal band Karuna.
In December 2011 it was announced Power Quest will embark on a european tour supporting German power metal band Freedom Call in March 2012.
Power Quest announced their disbandment in early 2013, indicating the 2013 Bloodstock as their last performance ever.
2016: Rising Anew…
April saw the official announcement of the return of Power Quest to active duty. Alongside founder member Steve Williams were Rich Smith (drums), Paul Finnie (Bass) and Gav Owen (guitar) from the Blood Alliance lineup. Alongside these stalwarts Dan Owen (guitar and twin brother of Gav) was added to the line up to create possibly the only twin guitar partnership that are actually twins! Taking up the lead vocal position in the band is Ashley Edison (Dendera) as Colin was unable to commit due to his increasingly busy schedule. Ash brings not only great vocals and frontman skills to the Quest but also a level of enthusiasm that will fire the band for many years to come!
Now we are back...the Quest must go on!