Bios

img_5111-unsaturatedMichael Cozzitorto – Lead Vocals/Frontman:

Most influential albums:
Death – The Sound of Perserverance (lyrically)
Behemoth – Evangelion (musically/vocally/lyrically)
Opeth – Deliverance/Ghost Reveries (vocally)

Hobbies: singing, basketball, video games.

What got you into playing your instrument:
“I never really committed to an instrument when I was younger. But I always thought all the things you could do with your voice were really cool, and I always have my instrument with me, so no excuse not to practice. I started off screaming The Devil Wears Prada, Parkway Drive, Chelsea Grin, and then sometimes some post hardcore such as Of Machines with some friends.”

Favorite Quote:
“Don’t give up what you want most for what you want at the moment”

Musical influences:
Death, Behemoth, Between the Buried and Me, Opeth, Periphery, Cattle Decapitation, Sylosis, Fit For An Autopsy, The Red Chord, Incubus.

First concert ever attended:
A local Pledge the Silence show..

Gear: Sure SM58 microphone.

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Brandon Martin – Lead Guitar/Vocals

Most influential albums:

“Ghost Reveries” – Opeth
“Crack the Skye” – Mastodon
“Ire Works” – The Dillinger Escape Plan
“Traced in Air” – Cynic
“…And Justice for All” – Metallica

Hobbies:
playing guitar, video games, basketball, watching Dragon Ball (every series minus GT lol)

What got you into playing your instrument:
“I first got interested in playing guitar when my friend Michael introduced me to Simple Plan in elementary school (not even ashamed lol). But when i first played Guitar Hero 2 in middle school is when i purchased my very first guitar and actually started learning to play the instrument.”

Favorite Quote:
“At the end of the day I’m just not built to have what other people say dictate my one at bat at life” – Gary Vaynerchuk

Musical influences:
Opeth, Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Cynic, Sylosis, Metallica, Ben Monder, Mr. Bungle (some of these bands get changed out pretty often)

First concert ever attended:
Taste of Chaos 2008 at Arco Arena

Gear:
Amps/Cabs – Peavey 5150 head, Marshall JCM900 head, Marshall 1960B cab
Guitars – 2004 Gibson Firebird Studio, Epiphone Les Paul MKH model, Jackson RR3 (no longer use for shows)
Picks – Dunlop 1.14mm Jazz 3 tortex
Pedals – Isp Decimator 2, BBE Sonic Stomb, MXR carbon copy, DOD Phaser 201, Acoustic simulator Ac-2, Xotic EP Booster, TC Electronic Polytune, Dunlop original cry baby, Boss Equalizer GE – 7, Ibanez mini tube screamer.

 

img_5161-unsaturatedKurt Rodriguez – Rhythm Guitar/Vocals:

Most influential albums:
Focus (Cynic), Rust In Peace (Megadeth), Leviathan (Mastodon)
 
Hobbies:
Listening to music, video editing, theater/stagehand, video games, cigars, beer
 
What got you into playing your instrument:
Guitar Hero. Once I became good enough in the game, I transitioned into real guitar.
 
Favorite quote:
“Moralists have no place in an art gallery.” – Han Suyin
 
Musical influences:
Paul Masvidal, Mikael Akerfeldt, Brent Hinds, Dave Mustaine, Nergal, Chuck Schuldiner, Trey Spruance, James Hetfield, Tony Iommi
 
First concert ever attended:
Metallica, Arco Arena 2009
 
Gear:
Orange Crush Pro CR120H, EVH 5150 III Cabinet, ESP LTD Snakebyte, ESP LTD Iron Cross, Ernie Ball 2626 Not Even Slinky Guitar Strings, Jim Dunlop 1mm Guitar Picks

 

img_5227-unsaturatedEric Jesness – Drums

Most influential albums:
Mars Volta – Bedlam in Goliath, Between the Buried and Me – The Great Misdirect, Gang of Four – Entertainment! – This selection changes daily.

Hobbies:
Drums & music. Video games. Chillin’ like Krillin.

What got you into playing your instrument:
I started playing on Rock Band drums and I was instantly captivated.

Favorite quote:
“the more you use it, the more it works” – Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts

Musical influences:
Everything I listen to. Also, Cardiacs.

First concert ever attended:
I think it was Fall Out Boy in ’07

Gear:
Yamaha Sage Custom kit. Sabian cymbals (mostly). DW 3000 pedals.

 

img_5078-unsaturatedKevin Norton – Bass Guitar/Vocals

Top 3 most Influential Albums:
Dum Spiro Spero – Dir En Grey, Frizzle Fry – Primus, Reise Reise – Rammstein.

Hobbies:
Watching sports(MLB NHL and NFL specifically), watching wrestling, reading true crime novels, and beer.

What got you into playing your instrument:
When I bought my first electric guitar my dad also bought himself a bass that day I ended up playing it more than my own guitar. That combined with listening to Primus i gradually turned to the bass

Favorite quote:
“Life sucks, but in a beautiful kind of way” – Axl rose

Musical influences:
Alex Webster , Glen Benton,Toshiya, Les Claypool, Geddy Lee, Geezer Butler, Dick Lövgren.

First concert ever attended:
Blood Simple and Disturbed 2006 at the Sacramento memorial auditorium

Gear:
Ibanez SR505 5-String, Brice 6-String Fretless Blonde, Behringer ULTRABASSBXL3000, Dunlop 418P.88 Tortex Standard .88mm picks

Photo credit: Kathryn Bandy Photography