Azriel St. Michael
Lead singer for BLACK SUN.
Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Azriel St. Michael wrote his first short story, at the age of 10. In his early teens, Azriel discovered the writings of Robert E.
Howard, and his life-long love affair with fantasy fiction and art began.
In 2000 he formed the hard rock band Skank, playing bars and various other venues across Canada and opened at out door festivals for such acts as Warrant, Billy Idol, Nazareth, Survivor, Cheap Trick and April Wine.
In 2007 he founded the Canadian rock band Jezebels Kiss along with drummer Byron Black. In the spring of 2008, Azriel began recording their debut effort, Positive Hostility with producer Ryan Andersen, well-known for his work with Canadian rockers Nickelback, Ian Thornley, Hinder, AC/DC, and Theory of a Deadman.
Positive Hostility was released by Dynasty Records Distribution and is available throughout North America from your favorite music retailers as well as on internet sources such as amazon.com and iTunes.
The first single from Positive Hostility-CUT-was released in 2010 to rock radio in Canada. Plans for several other singles were scrapped when Jezebels Kiss disbanded in early 2011, a move which prompted Azriel to venture forward as a solo artist.
“I was the only original member left,” Az states simply. “With everyone else gone or committed to other projects and ventures, I had no intention of doing the Guns n Roses thing.”
With a brand new album in the works, expect to see Azriel and his band performing live at a venue near you throughout the United States and Canada this year.
His song “Let Me Go” is featured on the JUST ROCK compilation album from Moiko Records.
“Without You”, the first single from his yet-unreleased album is scheduled for release to rock radio in July. It has been chosen as the theme song for Prime Factor Films release Checkmate.
Azriel’s book “Bedtime Stories For Naughty Children” is available exclusively on his FaceBook fansite through Shemyaza Press.
GHOSTS OF AUGUST DEBUT ALBUM SET TO CONTAIN CRYPTOGRAPH CIPHER
Ghosts Of August have unveiled the album artwork, track listing and details of their self-titled debut album – GHOSTS OF AUGUST – which will be available digitally on iTunes December 6th, 2011 and in stores nationally on January 24th 2012.
“Haunting, Brutal and Modern,” is how frontman Dave Holowchak describes his band’s freshman release. “We’re extremely pleased with the album and we can’t wait for our fans to dig into the material!”
The debut album contains 10 tracks and 3 bonus material cuts and was produced by Martin Bak at SLR Studios.
The physical album, due out at the top of the year, will carry a keyed Vigenère encryption cipher known as “The Ghost Cipher” for fans to try to crack and solve. “It’s a pretty heavy duty cryptograph,” says Holowchak, “it’s definitely going to give both professional code breakers and fans a run for their money! We like to stay engaged with our fans and wanted a unique way we could interact with them.”
Clues to breaking The Ghost Cipher, and it’s mysterious prize pack, will appear on the band’s social media pages, dropped in interviews and even live on-stage.
Currently, the band’s debut radio single, “Disease” continues to climb the charts at active rock (Mediabase #48) and the band plans an extensive National tour starting in January 2012.
Check out the details of Ghosts Of August debut album right here:
Detroit based quintet Ghosts of August is set to debut their first national radio single aided, in part, by the support of their fans. “For most fans, experiencing and finding music today is really an issue of trust,” states front man Dave Holowchak, “People find new music and recommendations through their most trusted sources – friends. A large part of how we create our music is built around rewarding that trust and encouraging this process by delivering great music.”
Since forming in 2007, the Metro-Detroit based band comprised of Dave Holowchak (vocals), Paul Delmotte (guitar), Steve Leemgraven (guitar), Terry Freers (Bass) and Kenny Leemgraven (drums), has worked tirelessly to develop and promote the idea that impacting many fans starts by giving, one fan, music so infectious that it has to be shared with others. “Our sound and songs are meant to connect with the audience on a deeper level,” states Holowchak, “but we also understand that there is a fine line between creating art-for-art’s sake and coming up with songs and material that have commercial appeal.” Ghosts of August’s massive hooks, crushing instrumentation, creative introspection and evocative lyrics are a perfect balance between art and appeal.
Ghosts of August’s debut single “Disease,” is set to impact active rock radio on August 16th and will be supported by an aggressive touring schedule. The single will be available for streaming and purchase on July 19th and will be accompanied by a limited edition pre-album EP. The complete self-titled freshman album will be available later in the year and was engineered, produced and mixed by Martin Bak at SLR Studios in Toronto, Canada.
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Osiris is a four man rock band from Salt Lake City. Formed in 2002, we are just completing our 3rd full length CD and are looking forward to continuing our journey and supporting this new CD fully.