ROLAND GRAPOW - Once Around The Ride Page 3
from BW&BK

"I have a really good feeling about this," Grapow says of the new band. "We've been writing for months. We're not 100% sure that Russel Allen will be joining us, though. He's got a great voice, and we thought he'd be great for a side project because he could still do it even though he's in Symphony X, but then everything changed. This is much more serious now, so we need a real band. It's kid of a tricky situation, but we start recording in my home studio on October 29th, so things will be settled by then."

The album will be produced by Andy Sneap, well known for his work with Nevermore and Stuck Mojo. The direction of the music won't be too far afield from what we expect from two Helloween alumni.

"Roy Z, who worked with us on The Dark Ride, and Andy Sneap are my favourite producers," says Grapow. "Andy Sneap is a very modern producer, but nobody should expect that we're going to sound like Stuck Mojo or Nevermore. If I were to compare the new music to my solo albums, I'd say there's not much in common. For me, it's a little bit more progressive and a little bit more modern sounding Helloween record. It's sort of like The Dark Ride, only a step further. It's a well balanced album with a lot of depth."