Following the departure of long-standing bassist Steve Scott in early January 2009, British melodic power metallers POWER QUEST have announced that the search for a replacement is now over. The group's new bassist is Oliver Holzwarth, who has been a touring member of the legendary German power metal band BLIND GUARDIAN since 1997. In addition to this, he has also worked with Tarja Turunen (formerly of NIGHTWISH), PARADOX, DEMONS & WIZARDS and his own band SIEGES EVEN.
POWER QUEST keyboardist and founder member Steve Williams commented: "We are absolutely thrilled to have recruited a musician of Oliver's caliber into the band. His combination of musicianship and experience will be a fantastic addition to POWER QUEST, as we head forward into 2009. Welcome aboard, mate!"
Oliver added: "When I got in contact with Steve for the first time, it instantly became quite clear that we share the same ideas and visions. Consequently, I joined POWER QUEST. Quite a musical challenge that I am looking forward to mastering with dedication and inspiration. Great to play with you guys!"
Catch the new POWER QUEST line-up at ProgPower USA on September 11, 2009 and at Metalfest UK on September 26, 2009.
POWER QUEST's latest album, "Master of Illusion", was released last spring via Napalm Records/Avalon Marquee (Japan). Guest musicians on the CD include keyboardist Richard West from the UK progressive metal band THRESHOLD, Jorn Viggo Lofstad from the Norwegian power metal act PAGAN'S MIND and FOURWAYKILL singer Chris Neighbour.