Forty Shades is the solo project of the guitarist and singer of „Crematory“ (www.crematory.de/) Tosse Basler.
The band was founded originally in 2007 by the Ex-Xandria singer Manuela Kraller (www.xandria.de/) and Keyboarder Tobias Gut under the name NAGOR MAR. The original inspiration for their music style were bands such as Nightwish and Evanescene with their predominant female vocals in the Symphonic metal band genre. Between 2010 and 2011, the band evolved their musical direction going through lineup changes.
The situation calmed down from 2012 with the cooperation of the singer Tosse Basler (Guitarist and singer for the Cleanvocals by Crematory). The new Line-up orientated itself musically completely anew and appeared from now on under the name FORTY SHADES.
In 2014, the band recorded their debut album ‘Camera Silens’ and published it early 2015 under the label 7hard (7us media). Their first album received great reviews across Europe by such heavyweights as Metal Hammer Italy (9/10 rating), Rock Hard, and Legacy. It has been labeled best newcomer metal album of 2015. This resulted in numerous radio interviews both in German and French such as influential Swiss radio Couleur3 as well as the opportunity to play as supporting act for bands such as Beyond The Black and Masterplan.
The band signed a deal with booking and management agency EAM in early 2016 to capitalize on their early success. The Band stands shortly before the publication of her newest work – „Blackstar Diamond“ – which can be expected with tension….