TONY RITCHIE (BALANCE OF POWER): “We Decided To Take A Little Break […] Then Life Got In The Way”

Band Photo for Balance of Power
Photo: Neil Jackson.

Balance Of Power are back with new band members and a brand new album!

Founding members Tony Ritchie (bass) and Lionel Hicks (drums) are joined by the band’s new lead vocalist Hazel Jade, as well as guitarists Chris Young and Adam Wardle, who have since taken over the reins from guitarists Chris Masimore and Stoney Wagner, with whom the band worked on and recorded the upcoming album Fresh From The Abyss.

Metal Express Radio’s Bryce Van Patten caught up with bassist Tony Ritchie while he was trapped in a London traffic jam, and they talked about the new album, how taking a short break turned into several years between albums, new vocalist Hazel jade, and a lot more.


  • Hazel Jade – Lead Vocals
  • Chris Young – Guitars
  • Adam Wardle – Guitars
  • Tony Ritchie – Bass, Vocals
  • Lionel Hicks – Drums

Check out the video for “Never Be Here Again” off of the new album Fresh From The Abyss here:


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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