So as many have guessed, I have my new project "Raged". I have joined with my long time best friend Chad to finally do this project. It was something we had discussed for many years. I have started an Instagram account and posted the first teaser from the intro of a song titled "Grind". Chad (A.K.A. Maxx Rage) and I have been putting together demos of songs we've had in pieces for a long time. As well as being greatly inspired lately in writing new riffs. Thankfully, modern technology has made it easy to record demos with almost album like quality with realistic sounding drums.We have not yet chosen a drummer and a bass player to join us in our new band, but rather are recording the initial demos together. We do have people in mind to join us, but as we come closer to finishing the first batch of songs, we will then seek out the players we need to complete our quartet.
So the back story is that many years ago, Chad and I became friends through music. Back in 1994, I needed another guitar player for a band I was putting together with my drummer pal Johnny Roberts. (Now of Kitchener, Ontario based metal band Northshroud). I knew Chad through another friend, asked him to join us and quickly we bonded over our love for guitar and metal. It wasn't long before we were jamming Slayer songs and ready to perform our first concert together. We were joined by Denis Quesnel on bass and "Malediction" played it's first and only concert playing alongside Fist Magnet, The Harshheads, and Frappertetterhead (who I would later join). I was the first and only time I fronted a band as the lead vocalist while playing guitar. I had at one time later on fronted a band, but that band unfortunately never played a gig.
The Rage Bros? Those that know the story, my father somewhat adopted Chad during a challenging time in our adolescences. So for me, he's my brother and was there before my father passed away. We have adopted the moniker of the Rage Brothers. I even have "Rage" tattooed on my upper back. Chad and I have been friends for many years since and have even been the best man at eachother's weddings. So we have a bond like brothers.
So what does Raged sound like? Well, I have labelled it as Groove Metal/Post-Thrash. The music definitely is reminiscent of the music we grew up loving, like Testament, Pantera, Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer, but especially Machine Head. Vocally, Machine Head and Chevelle are strong influences. It is my first time doing lead vocals after having some professional training so it will be much better than my first vocal inception from 1994. There will be another teaser clip to come on our Instagram page quickly and a few more that we will be posting in the next couple of months before we seek to play our first live performance.
What about Syryn? They are still my main band and I enjoy playing lead guitar with them. We are currently recording our first EP and that should be released soon. I also have been moonlighting as a fill-in on bass for Chaosbeing, having played two concerts with them recently. They have asked me to fill-in again next month so I look forward again to having a chance to do some more vocals live.
So once we have a full 30 minutes of perfected songs, Raged will play it's first concert in the early new year. You can bet on it!