German melodic metal band POWERWORLD, the brainchild of former FREEDOM CALL and MOON’DOC bassist Ilker Ersin, has parted ways with singer Andrew “Mac”McDermott (SARGANT FURY, THRESHOLD) and has replaced him with Michael Bormann.
Commented POWERWORLD in a statement: “The band played on the last tour with AXEL RUDI PELL with Michael Bormann on vocals due to singer Mac’s serious health problems. Michael had only six days to prepare himself and because the tour was imminent, he had no opportunity to rehearse with the band. The tour went extremely well, and Michael did one good job after another. Every evening he sang Mac’s vocals as though they were his own, and rescued the first tour for POWERWORLD. Subsequently, we put all activities on hold to give Mac the time that he needed to make a good recovery. Ilker and Barish [Kepic, guitar] played on the tour with MICHAEL BORMANN BAND during this time. Unfortunately, Mac did not recover from his illness, and has left the band by his own request. Now that we know that Michael is one of the best singers in Germany and have also gained a new friend, it was logical to ask him whether he could imagine a future with POWERWORLD.”
POWERWORLD’s current lineup is as follows:
* Michael Bormann – Vocals
* Barish Kepic (JADED HEART) – Guitar
* Ilker Ersin (FREEDOM CALL, MOON’DOC) – Bass
* Nils Neumann (FREEDOM CALL) – Keyboards
* Achim Keller (VICTORY) – Drums
After his departure from FREEDOM CALL in the middle of 2005, Ersin decided to follow a different musical path and started to work on a project that contained more grooves and less power metal influences.