IRIDIC is a progressive metal band from lead guitarist John Souki, vocalist Luke Mellinger, and guitarist Billy Schmucker. Channelling the baroque grandeur of Muse via the breathless dynamism of Dream Theater and the rhythmic technicality of Periphery, the group looks set to establish itself as a formidable force on the international stage.Bio: (Answers by John Souki) I had a passion for progressive music for as long as I can remember, looking up to bands like Yes, Dream Theater, Genesis, and King Crimson (to name a few) by way of my father introducing me to that musical world. It’s actually kinda funny because my dad felt like he “rescued” me from some of the Nu-Metal that was popular in the early 2000s, haha. I remember him sitting me through Yes’ “The Gates of Delirium” (all 20-something-minutes of it), and my life changed forever. I knew I wanted to ultimately form my own progressive band with the right people in the right headspace. My first prog band experience happened in high school when my friends and I formed a Dream Theater tribute band, which was a fun and challenging outlet while it lasted. I briefly attended Berklee College of Music after graduating high school, then began playing and touring with bands in various genres (yes, even Hip-Hop and Country, haha), but the thought of creating original progressive music was always in the back of my head. A friend of mine introduced me to Luke Mellinger a few years later and we hit it off from the start. He was the voice I had been looking for, so I hired him and we have been writing and composing together for the last couple of years.
Lady’s Questions and Answers
This is where the bands and musicians introduce themselves to you so you are better acquainted to them!
Two halves of two bands that were coming to their ends met up for some jams at the end of 2009. We knew each other from the local music scene (Three of us actually went to the same school but in three different school years). We hit it off straight away and decided to focus on this new band at the start of 2010. We then put together a mini-album which we were going to release all by ourselves but then in 2012 we were approached by our management company, Kings Agency, after a little help with getting the word out from our friends in a band called ACODA. Kings Agency helped us release the record and then encouraged us to get to work on an LP. Our founding vocalist, Konrad, then left the band in 2013 as he felt that he couldn’t dedicate everything he would need to make the album a success. We got Carl in straight away and then wrote and recorded the album. We then signed with Lifeforce to release the album and that brings us up to present day.
Bio: The band is Geoff Langley (keys, vocals), Stephen Kostas (lead guitar), Justin Carlton (aux guitars/keys, vocals), Richmond Carlton (bass), and Joe Henderson (drums, vocals). We began in January of 2012 as a backline of sorts for Geoff, when he approached us with some material he’d written for fuller orchestration. The other members of the Committee had been playing together as an alternative/psychedelic rock band, but at the time had been on extended hiatus, and so we were more than happy to embrace a new musical direction. Plus, it was Geoff, and who can say “no” to a guy like Geoff? We began collaborating on more original material and playing shows in the greater Philadelphia area – everything from bars to bookstores to backyard birthday parties. Somewhere in the process, we settled on the band name, which we drew from WWII history, during which the British secret intelligence agency (The Twenty Committee) was responsible for turning German double agents in England, and are boasted to have had a 100% success rate in their operations.
Bio: Edge Of Haze started as a small project called Damage way back when all of us were still kids. One member at a time the band kept on growing from two buddies kicking it with some easy metal goodness at a rehearsal place to a five-piece squad that it is now. When I joined the band in 2011 the final lineup was ready and we began focusing on our first album, later on to be named Mirage (2012).
Around year 2009, two planetoids – one from a stoner rock group called MG Pistol Rock, the other from a math/post rock group called Imakandi – collided and melted all but their metal core. The result is Entheogen – a homogenous mixture of math/sludge with a pinch of post- and stoner rock. After years of evolution, erosion and gigabytes of organized noise enough matter had broken away from the moons to create a debut album, scheduled to see its first sunrise in the second half of 2013.Bio: Matej: Entheogen started as merging of groups MG Pistol Rock and Imakandi in 2009, but band members know each other since high school. At the time we were playing in different bands and projects and when you are from a small town, you soon get to know more or less all the musicians, so thats how we became friends and started collaborating in the music field and even performed in one project for local poet community in the same line-up as current Entheogen. Matija and Matic used to have high school rock band Skink and after their breakup we used to get together at their ex-bands rehearsal space and jam a bit. I started collaborating with Matija before that in a experimental electro project 667: The Neighbor of the Beast and at the time me and Sergej were playing in a math/post-rock duo Imakandi. About 5 other musicians were involved in our jam sessions that we used to call Stone Sessions. Band MG Pistol Rock was born out of this sessions and after two concerts and line-up change Entheogen was born.
Bio: Clutter’s a progressive metal band from Portugal started by me, Gonçalo Crespo (guitars/production/songwriting). It started as a studio project, a collection of my home recorded songs that eventually came to life with the help of some friends. After a small period of peaceful growth with the release of the first EP, “Emergence”, the band went through some hard times and all members left. With an album on the oven, I got new members to raise the band back up and, finally, things started rolling again, with renewed strength and a lot of dedication. The band’s formation is now solid with Sergio Ferreira (drums), João Vendeirinho (vocals), Diogo Barbosa (guitars) and Miguel “SakE” Pessanha (guitars). The spot for a bass player is still being studied.
TRACKLIST & TIMES:
1. City (4:36)
2. Inflection (7:21)
3. Statue (7:36)
4. Episodes (3:18)
5. Smoke (3:49)
6. Valor (11:06)
7. Perception (9:04)
Vihaan was formed in 2012 by Lorenzo Piccirilli as solo project based just outside of Detroit, MI. The focus is on the music, songwriting, and a range of influences from modern progressive death metal, 70s prog rock, and jazz fusion.
Band name: NIHILISTINEN BARBAARISUUS
Title: SYNKKÄ TUULI
Release Date: March 26th, 2013 / September 2nd, 2013
Label: HORROR PAIN GORE DEATH PRODUCTION / INFERNAL KOMMANDO RECORDS
Genre: AMBIENT BLACK METAL
Origin: FINLAND (Helsinki), UNITED STATES (Pennsylvania)
TRACKLIST & TIMES:
1. Ylittäen Jäätyneen Pohjoisen (I) (6:03)
2. Ylittäen Jäätyneen Pohjoisen (II) (7:22)
3. Itämeri Anomalia (1:26)
4. Anhedonia (3:46)
5. Arktinen Välisoitto (3:44)
6. Synkkä Tuuli (7:14)
7. Ketamiini (1:22)
LINE UP & CREDITS:
Guitar, Drum-Programming, Co-Composer: Mika Mage (Lawrence’s Creation)
Bass, Keyboard, Drum-Programming, Vocals: M.W.S. (Serpent ov Old, Shadows in the Crypt, ex-Evil Divine, ex-Wykked Witch)
Co-Composer: Manuel Rodriguez
Bio: Jesse: We all played together in a band for a couple years, it was a local group. We did a lot of small clubs and short weekend tours. Not really having much success, you know, aside from becoming good friends and better musicians. In late 2013 Andy started black crown and when I heard the songs I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. I joined in early 2014 and we’ve been jamming it out ever since!
-Mask of Lies (February 2013) (Independent)
-Back From the Edge (October 2014) (Inner Wound Recordings)
Cover Artwork by Carl Andre Beckston (MONOWASP)
Photos by Jatzi Nieto