Mark Robert Boals (born December 5, 1958) is an American singer songwriter for the band Foundry. He is a heavy metal vocalist and occasional bassist, best known for his vocals with Yngwie Malmsteen. His first album with Malmsteen, Trilogy achieved platinum status in the USA and sold several million copies worldwide. As a young child, he learned to play the piano and bass guitar. Although Boals has never had any vocal lessons or training, as a teenager he gained experience as a vocalist in local groups. Boals is the founder and vocalist for the band Ring of Fire, and had a brief stint as the bassist for Dokken. He currently performs lead vocals, guitar and bass in the hit musical show, Raiding the Rock Vault in Las Vegas.
Mark Boals performing with Royal Hunt in 2008
|Born||December 5, 1958|
Youngstown, Ohio, United States
|Genres||Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Neoclassical Metal, Power Metal|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass, piano, saxophone|
|Labels||Frontiers Records, Marquee/Avalon Records|
|Associated acts||Foundry, Yngwie Malmsteen, Ring of Fire, Seven the Hardway, Royal Hunt, Dokken, Ted Nugent, Savoy Brown, Billionaires Boys Club, Labyrinth|
In 1982, Boals joined Savoy Brown and toured around Canada and the U.S. through 1983. Although several songs were written for a proposed new album, the record never materialized due to mainman Kim Simmonds running into legal problems at the time. During these years Boals also performed with his band Lazer.
While with Savoy Brown, Boals met Ted Nugent and joined his band as bassist in 1984 touring throughout the U.S. and opening up for Judas Priest in Europe. Deciding to focus on singing and being a frontman, Boals moved to California in 1985. He joined Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force and performed on the Trilogy album. Boals' first show with Malmsteen was at Day On The Green in San Francisco, CA in front of 80,000 fans. After leaving Yngwie in 1986, he gave up music for a time, trying to find himself in cinematography and working for Warner Brothers. In this period he recorded, with Mike Slamer, a soundtrack for the film White Water Summer (1987); he also appeared on Maestro Alex Gregory's "Paganini's Last Stand" (Priority Records) in 1992.
Boals' next venture was Billionaires Boys Club, a short lived supergroup featuring former Accept guitarist Jörg Fischer, future HammerFall bassist Magnus Rosén, and former Yngwie Malmsteen bandmate, drummer Anders Johansson. The group's sole album, Something Wicked Comes, was released on Polydor Records in 1993.
Then in 1996, Yngwie Malmsteen called Boals and asked if he wanted to perform on several songs on the cover album Inspiration. Boals accepted, and resumed his role as vocalist with Yngwie Malmsteen for the album Alchemy. The band subsequently went on tour.
In March 2000, Boals won the No.1 Vocalist Prize in the Japanese music magazines Burrn! and Young Guitar. At the end of that year, on the same day, his second solo CD, entitled Ring Of Fire and Yngwie Malmsteen's War To End All Wars, with Boals on vocals, were released. However, after many years of musical magic and friendship, the team of Malmsteen and Boals had decided to move in different directions, and Boals formed a new band, Ring of Fire, named after his solo album. At the beginning of this year, Ring of Fire recorded their subsequent debut The Oracle album at the George Bellas Studios in Chicago. Alongside Boals were George Bellas, Vitalij Kuprij, Virgil Donati and Philip Bynoe.
In addition Boals has participated in two exciting projects of Lion Music in Finland. He appears on the Jason Becker tribute "Warmth in the Wilderness", singing a version of David Lee Roth's "Hammerhead Shark" with Lars Eric Mattsson. Speaking about Mattsson, in 2005 he also recorded an album War with Boals lead singing on track "Deep In The Shadows". As Malmsteen urgently needed a singer for his current tour, Boals has toured again with him in Europe, but only as guest vocalist.
Also Boals is featured on vocals on two songs, "Into The Light" and "I Will Always Be There", for the Empire CD Hypnotica (2001). Another cool project where Boals took part in, was "Genius Rock Opera" Trilogy by Daniele Liverani. There he was recording as the main character (Genius) on Episode 1: A human into dreams' world (2002) and Episode 2: In search of the little prince (2004). But he refused to sing on the last Episode because of personal reasons and was replaced by D. C. Cooper. In 2004 Boals recorded two songs for young Japanese guitarist named Takayoshi Ohmura. Ohmura's debut album, entitled "Nowhere To Go", features additional guest appearances by Doogie White (Yngwie Malmsteen, Cornerstone, ex-Rainbow) and Richie Kotzen (ex-Mr. Big, Poison). Commented Boals:
After I was asked by the representatives of Ohmura, I listened to his demo. I thought his music was good and he has a talent to play guitar, and I thought it'd be great to support this young Japanese musician. I also thought it would be great to share the vocals with the other singers, Richie Kotzen and Doogie White, so I recorded two songs here in L.A. and sent them to Japan.
In recent years Boals recorded 3 solo albums as well as three studio albums and one live DVD with his own band, Ring Of Fire. The latest project album is entitled The Codex, which Boals recorded with Magnus Karlsson in 2007. The album project marks the return to recording after a 3 years hiatus for Boals. In 2007 Boals started looking for a serious, permanent band situation and Royal Hunt became a perfect opportunity for a singer to exploit and expand his vocal abilities.
In 2008 Boals appeared on his first Royal Hunt album Collision Course... Paradox 2. Boals also appeared on Uli Jon Roth's album titled Under A Dark Sky on which he shared vocal duties with Liz Vandall. The band with Boals toured the world from July - December 2008. In 2009, he also worked with such bands like Vindictiv and Wolf, and completed work on the latest Royal Hunt album X which was released in January 2010. Mark is also currently handling vocal duties in the band Seven The Hardway featuring guitarist Tony MacAlpine which released a self-titled album in August 2010.
In 2012, Boals sang lead vocals for Joshua Perahia's band and their album, "Resurrection".
Since 2013, Boals is performing with Dio Disciples, replacing former Judas Priest singer Tim "Ripper" Owens.
After singing backing vocals on Dokken's 2012 album Broken Bones and performing acoustic shows with Don Dokken for the past couple of years, Boals was announced as the new full-time Dokken bass player in November 2014 replacing Sean McNabb.
Boals currently performs in the Las Vegas show, Raiding the Rock Vault, in which he is one of the lead vocalists, and also plays guitar and bass.
Maestro Alex Gregory
- Paganini's Last Stand (1992)
Billionaires Boys Club
- Something Wicked Comes (1993)
- Project Shangri-La (2002)
- Music Machine (2003)
- The Oracle (2001)
- Burning Live in Tokyo - live album (2002)
- Dreamtower (2003)
- Lapse of Reality (2004)
- Battle of Leningrad (2014)
- Hypnotica (2001)
Genius: A Rock Opera
- Part 1: A Human into Dreams' World (2002)
- Part 2: In Search of the Little Prince (2004)
- Nowhere To Go (2004)
- War (2005)
- Indigo Dying (2007)
- The Codex (2007)
- Ground Zero (2009)
- World Of Fear" (2015)
- Seven The Hardway (2010)
- Holy Force (2011)
Bogusław Balcerak's Crylord
- Blood Of The Prophets (2011)
- Rock (2011)
- Lyraka Volume 2 (2012)
- Resurrection (2012)
- Breaking Through the Mist (2013)
- Thunder Rising (2013)
- Legend of Valley Doom (2013)
Vivaldi Metal Project
- The Four Seasons (2016)
- Voyage of the rage (2018)
- Roa, Deb (November 2014). "Interview with Mark Boals, former Yngwie Malmsteen Vocalist". HardRockHaven.net.
- Daniele Liverani - Genius Rock Opera Official Web Site
- MARK BOALS Records Guest Appearance For Japanese Guitarist Archived 2009-02-28 at the Wayback Machine
- Official Site of Professional Stunt Guitarist Magnus Karlsson
- Official Royal Hunt Website
- "Dokken Parts Ways With Bassist Sean McNabb, Replaces Him With Mark Boals". Blabbermouth.net. November 9, 2014.