ACACIA AVENUE

Country Denmark

Style Melodic Hard Rock/AOR

IUHUYRFGEThe idea for Acacia Avenue began back in 2008. Founding member, Torben Enevoldsen (Fate, Fatal Force, Section A), spent most of that year writing new material. Some of this new material came to be very melodic hard rock/AOR, and the idea of doing a full album in this style quickly emerged. In order to spice things up however, Enevoldsen decided to ask a few good friends of his to participate, both as singers, but also as co-writers. The debut album featured Tony Mills (Ex-TNT, Shy), Geir Rönning (Radioactive), Torben Lysholm (Pangea, Mysterell) and Lars Säfsund (Work Of Art) on vocals. Torben did the bass, keyboards and guitars, as well as both lead and backing vocals on a few songs himself, and Thomas Heintzelmann (Decoy) did the drums.

The self-entitled debut album was released on Lion Music in January 2010. Enevoldsen continued doing various projects, but at the end of 2010, Torben was asked to join the Danish hard rock band Fate. He agreed and joined the band in January 2011. Although busy with Fate, Enevoldsen never stopped working on new material of his own. So the idea of doing another Acacia Avenue album was never far away. Torben grew up listening to bands like Boston, Journey, Toto and Survivor, so he thoroughly enjoyed writing in this very melodic and somewhat softer style. New songs were written and the first singer to get involved was Rob Moratti (Ex-Saga, Final Frontier). Torben and Rob had met each other on MySpace, years before Rob joined Saga, and had discussed the possibility of working together. Acacia Avenue turned out to be the perfect vehicle to pursue this desire.

Apart from Rob, the new album features vocal performances by Steve Newman (Newman), Torben Lysholm (Pangea, Mysterell), Albin Ljungqvist, Mikael Roupé (Bamboo Brothers), Peter Sundell (Grand Illusion, Decoy) and Nicklas Sonne (Defecto). Once again, Torben was in charge for all the bass, keyboards and guitars, as well as singing background vocals on a few songs. New drummer, Dennis Hansen (Fatal Force) did the drums, and like last time, the majority of the recordings took place at Funny Farm Studios in Denmark, which is Torben’s own studio. The new album, entitled “Cold”, was mixed and mastered at Funny Farm Studios by Torben Enevoldsen. Enevoldsen also produced the album.

In 2016 we see the release of a melodic rock masterpiece of the mastermind Torben Enevoldsen again with this new CD called “Early Warning”. This release includes a 12 page booklet artwork done by Blekkmark Design Studio. After the release of “Cold”, Torben worked on and off on new material for a third album, and by the end of 2015, the album was completed. Rob Moratti (Ex­Saga, Final Frontier), Steve Newman (Newman), Torben Lysholm (Pangea, Mysterell) and Albin Ljungqvist are once again sharing vocal duties, along with Andy Engberg (Sorcerer, Ex­220 Volt, Ex­Section A) and Mats Levén (Candlemass, Ex­Yngwie Malmsteen). Speciel guests include Pontus Egberg (King Diamond), Peter Steincke (Fate), Anders Johansson (Ex­Hammerfall, Ex­Yngwie Malmsteen) and Johan Koleberg (Therion, Ex­Section A) Enevoldsen did the bass (except for two songs), the keyboards and guitars himself, as well as singing some lead­ and background vocals. Dennis Hansen (Fatal Force) did the drums (except for one song) and as always, the majority of the recordings took place at Torben’s “Funny Farm Studios” in Denmark. This new album, entitled “Early Warning”, was mixed and mastered at Funny Farm Studios by Torben Enevoldsen. Enevoldsen also produced the album.

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– Acacia Avenue [2010]
– Cold [2014]
– Early Warning [2016]

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