Dr. K. Lundell
I saw the light of day the same year as Black Sabbath Vol. 4, one of the greatest metal albums of all time. Having listened to mostly Elvis Presley in my early years, my perception of music expanded when I heard the songs Iron Man and the Number of the Beast. I entered a whole new world, my life took a new direction, and I’m still on that path (even though Elvis is still important).
I bought my first acoustic guitar at the age of 14, and joined my first band – One Vision – as a guitarist three years later. One Vision (which had been formed many years before I became a member) split up quite soon, and I decided to become a bass player in the first place. I did my first real gig as a rhythm guitarist though.
From 1992 to 2002, I played in several local bands in Hanko – some of them were cover bands, others focused on original music. The most successful of these projects was a Deep Purple tribute band. At the turn of the millennium, I was also entertaining people as a troubadour at pubs, festivals and parties with arguably the longest song list most people have ever seen.
A musically inactive period began in 2002 (except for frequent gigs with the Toxic Twins duo that Ian E. Highhill and I formed in 1996), during which I, among other things, wrote a doctoral dissertation in political science. My career as a bass player continued in 2005 when I became a member of the Finnish power metal band Olympos Mons. Needless to say, I had a lot of homework to do… Olympos Mons released one record on an international label before I joined and another one with me aboard. The band split up in 2010, and thereafter I was involved in two projects that never really took off.
In the early summer of 2011, Ian asked me if I would like to join a band that will play traditional power metal. “If the songs are good, I’m interested” I replied. I heard the first two songs that had been written for the band, and I didn’t hesitate for a second: “I’m in!”
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