BAND BIOGRAPHY The band started as an Accept tribute band around 2001 but soon got more interested in writing original songs instead, which led to the formation of the band Rough Diamond in 2003, who released 3 EPs as well as a studio album. Around 2011, Joakim Vähätalo (lead guitar) and Thomas Gustafsson (keyboard) joined the band. Magnus Naess (ex-Therion) joined after a while too. Together they transformed the sound to a more darker and heavier one. That is how KARDINAL SIN officially came to life in 2014 and got immediately booked for Väsby Rock Festival together with bands like W.A.S.P., Michael Schenker Group, Magnum, Jaded Heart, Eclipse and others. They then hit the studio and started to record the debut album Victorious. During the recordings, they split with Magnus Naess and took in Chris Vowden (ex-Opeth, Denied) on guitar instead. Meanwhile, Chris has also left the band to reunite with his old band Denied. ALBUM INFO The time has come for KARDINAL SIN to release their debut album Victorious! The title and title track are based on a true story: One of the band members fought for his life after he was diagnosed with a flesh-eating disease. The whole record has an overall dark feeling to it and is more like a blend of power metal and classic heavy metal with strong melodies and even a touch of Phantom Of The Opera. You can look forward to fast songs like the album opener Patria or songs like Walls Of Stone, that's a bit slower and has an Edguy-touch to it, as well as Mastermind, the heaviest track on the album and Secrets Of The Pantomime, where Fredrik Folklare (Firespawn, Unleashed) plays a guest guitar solo. With Bells Of Notre Dame, KARDINAL SIN present a metal version of the song from Disney's animated feature film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. KARDINAL SIN have worked hard to write fine melodies and put the most effort in writing good songs instead of trying to fit in some genre.