LANCER invaded the metal scene in the spring of 2012 with their debut EP “Purple Sky”, out on Swedish label Doolittle Group AB, owned by the famous metal vocalist Christian Liljegren (NARNIA). In early 2013, LANCER’s self-titled debut album was released worldwide. Produced by Tommy Johansson (Sabaton) and Ronny Milianowicz (Shadowquest), “Lancer” received great reviews from all around the world, including “Sweden Rock Magazine”, naming the band “a new hope for European power metal”. LANCER’s sophomore album “Second Storm” was a lesson in melodic metal and followed a long tradition of outstanding Swedish metal bands, like HAMMERFALL, MORGANA LEFAY, DREAM EVIL, TAD MOROSE and many more. The album was recorded at “Leon Music Studios” with producer Gustav Ydenius (ENFORCER, SISTER SIN a.o.) and released on Despotz Records in April 2015. ”Second Storm” earned amazing reviews from metal press all over the world, naming the band “future successors to the throne of melodic metal”. During the fall of 2015 LANCER joined German power metal band FREEDOM CALL as support act on tour and received a fantastic reception from the fans!
When LANCER announced that they would start the recordings of their third album in May 2016, the renowned German metal label Nuclear Blast Records reached out to the band, and a new record deal was signed. This time the band chose to let the world famous mastering engineer Miro Rodenberg (AVANTASIA, RHAPSODY, KAMELOT) to master the album. Following the signing to Nuclear Blast, LANCER went to Japan for the first time and went on a European tour supporting HAMMEFALL and GLORYHAMMER. Back home, LANCER made their debut at renowned “Sabaton Open Air” festival, before singer Isak Stenvall and drummer Sebastian Pedernera announced their departures from the band.
After recruiting singer Jack L. Stroem (VANDOR) and drummer Pontus Andrén LANCER’s line-up is yet again complete and stronger than ever! ”Finding both Jack and Pontus seems like a one-in-a-million hit! Jack with his powerful and diverse voice, and Pontus’ technical brilliance and groove made them a perfect fit for the band”, comments Fredrik about the new members.
„Tempest“ will be released in August 2023, be prepared for a powerful metal strike – made in Sweden!