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Balance Of Power

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Balance of Power was started in 1995 by keyboardist Ivan Gunn by putting together a handful of well-known rockers from the London area. This batch included drummer Lionel Hicks, bassist Chris Dale, vocalist Tony Ritchie, and guitarists Bill Yates and Paul Curtis. In 1996, this line-up started working on what would be their first album, When The World Falls Down. The album was picked up by the Japanese label “Pony Canyon”, and was released in 1997. It received significant airplay on the Japanese radio, being on heavy rotation by famous Japanese radio personalities. The album’s success put the band under a lot of pressure by their label to produce a follow-up.

About this time, Paul Curtis was becoming fed up with life in London, and decided to retire from music altogether. Lionel and Tony decided to bring childhood friend, Pete Southern, to fill the vacant. Also, while the band was in the songwriting process, “Pony Canyon” heard the direction they were heading and pressured the band to replace Ritchie with a more dynamic vocalist. This was a huge blow to the band, but after much discussion and soul searching, they agreed to look around. Tony agreed to continue as the main songwriter, while the band held auditions for over 50 singers. However, they couldn’t find a suitable replacement.

At that time, Ivan was working some deals with Lance King in the USA, so he asked him if he knew about a suitable singer. Lance told him of a few candidates, and also offered himself to fill the role.

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  • WarriorSoul_

    Awesome band, and so underrated.

    24 Jan 1:44am Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla Balance Of Power

    11 Jan 8:00pm Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    Chemical Imbalance, great track

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Mindcrime-III

    Heathen Machine is Awesome.

    30 Sep 2012 Reply
  • crono_

    very underrated

    5 Sep 2011 Reply
  • wikuk

    Day Breaker!

    1 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Darmer_91

    A W E S O M E

    7 May 2011 Reply
  • imbadenov

    very atmospheric

    13 Sep 2010 Reply
  • The_Tapdancer

    They are Awesome band with great solos and beautiful vocals. Ten More Tales of Grand Illusion is one of my favourite albums of all times.

    5 May 2010 Reply
  • MelomanD

    Весьма приятная группа.

    20 Apr 2010 Reply
  • avreon

    I recently found that band but .. OMG ... I'm totally inspired by them! Can't close the book, 'Til you've finished the story, Can't live your life, 'Til your dreams alive,

    22 Oct 2009 Reply
  • figlt

    Pete Southern is a great guitarist. Fast yet melodic solos - some of my favorites.

    11 Jun 2009 Reply
  • TheeDoomsayer

    No Place Like Home is a great song!

    1 May 2009 Reply
  • Vidinski

    Seventh Avenue? Thats classic metal, Balance of Power is progressive!!

    23 Apr 2009 Reply
  • ArkoldThos

    ._. i know it since many time ago but first time I scrobble it, (well, not first but I haven't that much) , and first time I join into their last.fm profile, sadly found out that is an underrated band.

    4 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Kudaman

    Awsome! But Seventh Avenue is better.

    8 Sep 2008 Reply
  • akarshshekhar

    Shame on me that I didn't even know about this band until last week :P

    13 Jul 2008 Reply
  • GrantRS

    Criminally unrecognised band

    2 May 2008 Reply
  • Mannemarsu

    I guess they aren't coming up to Finland...

    26 Mar 2008 Reply
  • haupassia

    tenozuma is just a troll. ignore him.

    12 Feb 2008 Reply
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