ARTIST: Russ Bergquist
What to do when there’s so much creative energy that you’re almost bursting with it?
In the case of former Annihilator and current Touch The Sun bassist Russ Bergquist, the remedy consists of calling some friends to invite them over, crack a few cold ones together, and record some music that’s been manifesting in the back of your head over the years.
The illustrious cast supporting Russ Bergquist, who is taking over all bass and rhythm guitar duties, contains musicians from the US, Canada, France and even The Netherlands, namely well-known instrumental hallmarks from all styles of music, such as Ray Hartmann (ex-Annihilator, Assault) and Ryan Van Poederooyen (Devin Townsend Band/Project, Ten Ways From Sunday) on drums, Vivien Lalu (LALU, Hubi Meisel, Shadow Gallery) and Dave Young (Strapping Young Lad, Devin Townsend Band, Terror Syndrome) on keyboard duties, Brian Poulsen, Scott Webb (White Wolf), Joop Wolters and Alex Roque (Touch The Sun) on lead guitars, all topped off by Mark Petri’s incredibly versatile vocal performance, certifiably built up over the course of more than 8000 hours of stage time as a performer.
And if all that wasn’t enough, somewhere along the way even Arch Enemy’s Jeff Loomis dropped by to contribute to the aptly named track “Shreddies”!
With the music rooted in upbeat metal, doing the occasional breakout into prog and even college rock, The Russ Bergquist Project provides everything a great night out with friends should: Energy, melodies, the occasional weird but somehow genius idea and even that silent, inspirational moment near morning where you and the boys sit on a hill watching the sunrise, thinking:
"This is just as good as it can get!".
Ray Hartmann/Ryan Van Poederoyen - Drums
Vivien Lalu/Dave Young - Keyboard
Mark Petri - Lead Vocals
Alex Roque - Lead Guitar, Background Vocals
Brian Poulsen/Scott Webb/Joop Wolters/Jeff Loomis - Lead Guitar
Russell Bergquist - Bass, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals