ANGEL BLAKE is the name of my present musical direction. When THE CROWN split up I took a heavy trip into soul-search land to figure out what I wanted to do with my musical life. To stop writing music was never an option, simply because I can't and don't want to. I came to the conclusion that I didn't want to join an existing band and try to fit in just to be "active" as a musician. So I decided to go solo. It's definitely a challenge, and most importantly, it's something NEW and a FRESH breeze in my life. Whatever happens with ANGEL BLAKE is up to me. So it's both a scary and a satisfying feeling.
Playing live is of course something that I can't live without. I am right now in touch with some very cool people that seem to be developing into "ANGEL BLAKE, THE BAND". All the instruments on the debut album are handled by me, unless mentioned otherwise. Unfortunately there's one thing I can't do, and that is to sing. So my choice was to "rent in" a guy who could deliver good vocals for my songs. One late night it hit me, I wanted Tony Jelencovich (ex. TRANSPORT LEAGUE) to do the vocals. I've known the man since years back. We've met during gigs and stuff, so I contacted him, and he was into it!!! Great!! Tony has a very cool rock voice with a lot of feel in it, and that just fits the music beautifully!! The combination of his vocal style + the music creates an original and powerful sound.
I felt right away when I decided to "go solo" that I didn't want to create an album that would compete with THE CROWN's history. I mean, I didn't want to name the band "Total Satan" and ride on THE CROWN's popularity, you know. The Death/Thrash we created was very fucking good in my opinion and I can't simply do as good Death/Thrash Metal without the help of the other guys. Our sound was always dependent of the unity as a band.
Then what is ANGEL BLAKE all about??? Well, I do have a certain style in me that I can't get away from. If THE CROWN was more about speed and aggression, then ANGEL BLAKE is more about heavy melancholic songs with catchy hooks. There's no blast beats here. Over the years I have always enjoyed writing these "different" kinds of songs for THE CROWN. Songs that were not within the typical Death/Thrash borders. For a CROWN fan I would describe the sound as somewhere along the lines of: "Dead Man's Song", "Bow To None", "In Memoriam", "World Below", "Death By My Side", "Vengeance"â€¦ the heavier side of THE CROWN. And for someone who has never heard THE CROWN, I would describe it as influenced and inspired by bands as METALLICA, PARADISE LOST, DANZIG, SENTENCED, spiced up with some heavy MORBID ANGEL twists. And as mentioned before, with "NORMAL" rock/metal vocals! It's definitely a unique sound!! Love it or hate it, that's where my heart is right now.
Let these words be an introduction to the world of ANGEL BLAKE: "The death of the old is the birth of the new"! - Marko Tervonen
Angel Blake's self titled debut album will be released on April 4th, 2006 in the US & Canada!