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Albanian metal band Crossbones launched teaser of upcoming album ("WWIII"), will be released via NadirMusic Genova, international release, Digital and digipack, in stores January 2017!
Crossbones were founded in 1996 in Tirana the capital city of Albania. First rehearsals took place in a friend’s house basement... hell yeah! ...and they hit the road to rock n roll with powerfully explosive vocals, heavy guitar riffs and breathtaking drums.
The first members were Olsi Ballta (vocals) and Arbi Xhelo (guitar), then Klodi Shehu (guitar) and Alban Male (drums & keyboards) joined the band and until 1998 they always had session bass players. At this time Fatjon Gjashta joined the band as bass player until 2000 when he left the band and moved to the USA.
The band had no name until Ols (vocals) opened an Albanian-English dictionary and picked the first word of a random page…and it was Crossbones (1996).
Crossbones is the first Albanian rock band releasing an album in CD, called "Days Of Rage" in 1997.
It was recorded in a home studio and at that time the sound quality was not so important, more than the fact that Crossbones were entering into Albanian rock music history as the first band ever to record and produce an album on CD, of course help was received financially
Crossbones are part of the "Era e ndryshimit" history of rock bands in Albania; book by Kozeta Kurti,
published in 2010. They are definitely the most recognized band in the Albanian rock / metal scene.
Crossbones performed live in several concerts and rock festivals in Tirana, Durres city, Thessaloniki, Skopje, Ulcinj and the most important ones so far are:
Opening Act for Rotting Christ 26.12.2015 RockStock Music Festival - 26.10.2015
Telekom City Rock Concert July 25 2015 Mother Tresa Square Tirana
8Ball Club Thessaloniki, Greece April 24 2015
BokLand April, 2015 Tirana/Albania
Top Show Magazine March 6, 2015 Tirana/Albania
Rockstock February 25, 2015 Tirana/Albania
BokLand February 6, 2015 Tirana/Albania
Rockstock Festival June 2014 Tirana/Albania
Rockstock April 30, 2014 Tirana/Albania
FESTON October 2013 Tirana/Albania
TOP FEST 1/2/4/6/12 – Nomination for best rock Top Fest 1/12 Tirana/Albania
Steel Wings Anniversary Moto meeting –2012/2013/2014 Tirana/Albania
Moto meeting Ulcinj/Montenegro – June 8, 2012
ROCK THE BLOCK – May 12, 2012 Tirana/Albania
Tribute Metallica 30-th Anniversary, December 28, 2011 Tirana/Albania
Black Box – September 16, 2011 Fine Arts Academy, Tirana/Albania
Rock the Block 2009 Tirana/Albania
Nata e Bardhe November 29,2008 Tirana/Albania
Nata e Bardhe November 29, 2007 Tirana/Albania
What’s Up Fest –“NENE TEREZA” Square -Tirana/Albania October 5, 2007
Top Fest Rock Marathon - Tirana/Albania 2005
“Mjaft” Fest – Durres 2004
Radio Rock Fest - Tirana/Albania 2004
Underground Music Festival-Skopje /Macedonia 17-19 December 1999
Tirana Rock Festival 1996 (Tirana – Albania)
Crossbones featured in Maximum Rock n Roll magazine Los Angeles 2000.
Unsigned band so far. Looking for a label. Albania does not provide a rock music industry so the only way so far, is to look in other countries.
With 20 years in the Albanian rock/metal scene, it’s time to expand the boundaries.
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