The heavy band from Slovakia, VINDEX, plays music based on
rough power metal riffs and nimble twin-guitar neo-classical melodies. The trademark
of the band is the vocalist, who is reminiscent of singers like Udo Dirkschneider,
Chris Boltendahl or Graham Bonnet. This gives the bands music a rough edge to
offset the smooth compositions and thus prevents the songs from becoming overly
The band started its existence in 2000 as a studio project
of a young bass guitarist Ronnie König, who started recording his own compositions.
The first one who joined him was a friend of Ronnie, guitarist Jozef Rigo (Spring
2002). As the songs were arranged for two guitars, they soon invited Ronnie's
former school mate and talented metal guitarist, Ado Kalaber. Unfortunately,
they could not find a drummer capable of playing classic metal style in time
for recordings. As a result, they had to compromise and use a drum-machine instead.
Ludek Struhar, the vocalist had joined the band shortly before recording his
parts. Interestingly, he was found via Accept tribute band Flashback from the
Czech Republic. Moreover, he is also known as a skillful drummer of now disbanded
Premier, once one of the top-selling rock bands in former Czechoslovakia.
This line-up recorded the band's first and only demo CD named
Up!" (September 2003). Soon afterwards, the line-up was completed.
Adrian Ciel, talented drummer, joined the band in March / April 2004 and Jozef
Rigo, who could not continue playing in the band due to personal reasons was
replaced by Ronnie's old friend, eccentric guitarist Marian Micek in May 2004.
Keyboard player, Jano Tupy, collaborates with the band since October 2004. He
became an official member of the band on 20th March 2006.
Ambitiously, the band immediately started playing their live
gigs. The first two dates took place nowhere else than on two biggest summer
rock festivals which were organized in Slovakia in 2004, "More Than Fest"
in Martin and "Masters Of Rock" in Senec. There they shared the same
stage with the bands like Helloween, Pink Cream 69, or recently reunited Europe.
Their live activities also continued during the following year, although the
band focused on rehearsing and recording new studio material, which comprised
more tracks than for just one album.
In October 2005 VINDEX released their debut album, "Power
Forge", with a special guest appearance of Victor
Smolski (RAGE) by Italian label Adrenaline / Steelheart Records in Europe
and Japan. Unfortunately, due to no support from the label, the album could
not receive recognition it deserved. The band did not give up and searched for
a better record deal and decided to record a new album as soon as possible.
The recording sessions took place in late 2005 and early 2006
and resulted in recording consisting of 10 original tracks. These were subsequently
mastered by no one else than Vincent Sorg (Principal Studios, Germany), the
man responsible for the sound of such top notch acts as RAGE or GRAVE DIGGER.
The album entitled, "No Middle Ground", enlists songs stylistically
spanning metal from neo-classical power metal to energetic hard rock, while
keeping all the elements presented on "Power Forge". Teaming up with
Streetproduction and Chavis Records, VINDEX are now ready to enter the highest
metal league and prove their qualities.
NO MIDDLE GROUND
LINE – UP
Ludek Struhar - vocals
Ado Kaláber - guitars
Marian Micek - guitars
Ronnie König - bass
Jano Tupý - keyboards
Adrián Ciel - drums
Power Forge + bonus
November 2006, Chavis Records, USA (N&S America, Asia)
No Middle Ground (full-length)
September 2006, Streetproduction, Slovakia (Czech Republic, Slovakia)
November 2006, Chavis Records, USA (N&S America, Europe, Asia)
Power Forge (full-length)
October 2005, Adrenaline / Steelheart Records, Italy (Europe)
Rise Up! (demo)
September 2003, self-released