Peter I, from Winter Palace
 
This is one of the almost-completed tracks from the sixth album. It still needs a little work, and final mixing and mastering of course, but the bulk of it is there. This starts as a quiet, Russian symphonic piece, then rips into big drums, and finally blends the two into a massive, rocking anthem.

Winter Palace is a concept album, of sorts. I've been interested in Russian history and the Russian people for a long time, and I decided my next album should be an opportunity to celebrate some of my Russian heroes in music. 


This track is named for Peter I, or Peter the Great, the absolute top of my Russian hero list. He was a massive man, in both stature and personality, with plenty of flaws, but he single-handedly defeated Russia's biggest enemy, established the beautiful city of St Petersburg, and created the foundation for Russia's super-power status.