Ľubica "Raylyn Shayde" Gavlasová
Martin Lofaj (live member)
First musical resonance from Slovak band has started already in year 2008. At very beginning of Anthology there was nobody else than the main representative – composer and guitarist – Majo Gonda with assistance of former member – bass guitarist Ján Kičin. There was no lack of young boldness and determination even in beginnings, with the only difference that Anthology was able to gradually contract into their ranks real player quality. Due to their age it abounded with the immense talent.
First stable lineup of Anthology has signed to birth of demo “Exitus” and contained these names: Alexandra Hírešová – vocal, Majo Gonda – guitar, Miro Grman – guitar, Ján Kičin – bass, Martin Solárik – keyboards and Peter Pleva – drums. Song “Exitus” already in that time pointed on clear facts: great melody, nicely sounding guitar lines, rhythmic accuracy but mostly it was big promise for future years. Sound was handled by Vladimír Povala. The ultimate in this piece “Exitus” was band’s participation in one of the biggest Slovak festivals – Terchovský Budzogáň, where Anthology played support for Czechoslovak fixed stars Olympic and Desmod.
The band, with some kind of inertia, played local concerts, which was good but not enough to move forward. It needed to write material with more global importance. After extremely hard times and lot of personal turbulences between 2012 and 2013, where singer Alexandra has returned twice to band, she was replaced with charming Raylyn Shade in 2013. During this year Anthology wanted to bring lot of elements to their work through new album, which would help to stop Anthology being considered as young starting band.
Project of emerging album “The Prophecy” directly established concept, which was based on specific strategy and that was determined by quality of single songs. Lineup to “The Prophecy” : Raylyn Shayde – vocal, Majo Gonda – guitar, Miro Grman – guitar, Marek Štech – bass/ screamo, Martin Solárik - keyboards a Peter Pleva – drums. „The Prophecy” was considered as breakthrough album from the beginning. This piece welded single members together; production was handled by Vladimír Povala and mainly Michal Jankuliak (EagleHeart). Mix was undertaken by well-known Roland Grapow (ex-Helloween, MasterPlan).
After unofficial release, publicity with global meaning has started to revolve around Anthology. “The Prophecy” scores partial achievements not only in local fan base but also in Japan, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Netherlands, Czech Republic and in countries of Latin America. Half year after release of this album, Anthology integrates into accepted musical ensembles in their home country in sympho-power metal genre with an ambition to succeed not only in Slovakia.
In December 2016 the band has released third studio album "Angel's Revenge". This album shows the band experimenting with lots of symphonic elements but also some more aggressive features with the addition of guest vocals provided by English death metal vocalist Connor Sanders.