Powerhouse American vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) has recorded a guest appearance on "The Labyrinth Of Truths", the second full-length album from the Brazilian power metal opera project SOULSPELL. "I sang a little part on a song — very small part, but very cool!" Owens tells BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "I recorded it in my home studio in the middle of working on the new BEYOND FEAR [album], which is sounding great!"
Other musicians scheduled to appear on the new SOULSPELL CD include Zak Stevens (CIRCLE II CIRCLE, SAVATAGE), Roland Grapow (MASTERPLAN, HELLOWEEN) and Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE), among many others.
Conceived by drummer Heleno Vale, SOULSPELL features "many singers play[ing] different characters in a story concerning the conflicts among human emotions in a way never broached before," according to the project's official bio. "These characters face situations of internal conflict as they are requested for making decisions which, without their knowledge, affect and change the course of the present, future, and even past of all the other characters. Although the story takes place in the present, many historic events are also tangled in it. SOULSPELL story intends to make us wonder how a fifteen-year-old boy, a powerful evil dragon, or even a simple humble lumberjack, by simply living and believing, can interfere in the lives of all in every possible dimension."
"As a fiction story filled with many different characters, SOULSPELL demands artwork nearly as important as its music. So the concepts for SOULSPELL cover artworks so far were created by two regarded artists. The first is the French artist J.P. Fournier, the same that did famous heavy metal cover artworks like AVANTASIA and EDGUY. His work for 'A Legacy Of Honor' was absolutely brilliant. The second one is the British artist John Avon, the same who worked for Magic Cards, and did a wonderful and especially obscure art for the second album, 'The Labyrinth of Truths'. Engraving pictures for SOULSPELL characters were done by five Brazilian great artists."
SOULSPELL's first album, "A Legacy Of Honor", was released in 2008 by Spiritual Beast in Japan and Hellion Records in Brazil.