US Power/Thrash metal band Imagika have called it a day.
Lead guitarist, songwriter and only remaining original member, Steve Rice, commented as follows on the bands demise: "All things must come to an end and for Imagika the time is now. After 17 years, 7 worldwide releases, 2 vocalist, 5 guitarist, 3 bassist, 2 drummers, countless performances and tour dates I've decided to put the band to rest. The reasons are many, but the truth is that it's time for something new and to move forward without being bound to the past. I'm not mourning the end because I'm grateful the band lasted as long as it did.
I look forward to building upon the music and legacy of a band I spearheaded for close to 2 decades with my new project. I would personally like to thank all the fans, press, labels, booking agents, promoters, venues, studios, engineers, artist, instrument manufactures and everyone else that had a helping hand in Imagika's career. It could not have happened without you! I will personally still handle and oversea everything Imagika post mortem for the foreseeable future.
Last week the news got out that Norman Skinner, vocalist of US metallers Imagika, has left the band. Skinner posted the following message:
"After 6 Years, 4 Albums, festivals, tours & countless shows today I announce that I am officially leaving Imagika. This decision was not made lightly and has been a constant thought throughout this last year. I don't want anyone to get the wrong idea as I have no animosity towards any of the members of Imagika. They are and will continue to be my very good friends. My decision to leave is purely one of musical direction differences and an overall career choice. I feel that I have contributed and done all I can within the band but my heart is no longer in it.
US Power metallers Imagika have commenced writing of their 8th album for a spring 2011 release via an undetermined label. The follow up to their critically acclaimed Portrait Of A Hanged Man will see the debut appearance of new members Guitarist Rob Kowolski and Drummer Wayne DeVecchi. The CD will be engineered again by Guitarist Steve Rice and mixed by Andy LaRocque.
Guitarist Steve Rice comments: "The band is definitely ready to kick ass with the new material that has been developing since we've been back from our US tour this past Summer. 13 new songs are in the works and as usual it will be a departure from our past releases. The original idea was to approach this as a concept album, but we agreed that it's been beat to death by so many other bands that there is no point. I mean how can you top some of the great Metal concept albums like Operation Mind Crime or Abigail? It's very hard to accomplish and not really our thing at the end of the day. But after hearing our singer's seemingly endless collection of fruity, flowery Euro Power Metal while on the tour bus and sparing his iPod a horrible asphalt death I definitely knew what I didn't want to do! HA! A CD full of progressive, complex and melodic Thrash Metal is more appealing to me and the band at this point and decidedly the definitive goal for this next release. By bringing new blood into the band there's an aggressive attitude for making a bold statement with a lot to prove! Also being able to approach the recordings as a 2 guitar band is inspiring since we haven't done that since our My Bloodied Wings 2006 release. It'll be cool to kick it up a notch and bring more shred and harmony to the table this time. All in all I'm expecting nothing but the best from the band."
US Power metallers Imagika have issued the following update:
"Original drummer Henry Moreno has left Imagika and has effectively been replaced by San Francisco Bay Area Metal veteran Wayne De Vecchi. A current member of Hellhound, Wayne's past bands include Purgatory SF and Doom Society who toured both the US and Europe. Bringing in his influences of everything from Slayer to Dream Theater to Pantera, Wayne is looking forward to taking another step in his music career by joining Imagika. He will make his live debut on June 25th at the Warriors Of Metal Fest III in Chillicothe, Ohio.
Imagika is also announcing their "A Portrait In Metal" US tour that begins July 23 and runs through August 8th. The tour will be in support of the North American release of the bands Portrait Of A Hanged Man CD. Cities and venues TBA."
Portrait Of A Hanged Man, the new album of US metallers Imagika is now available for streaming in its entirety at this location. Due in Europe on March 19 and in the US on May 11 via Metalville, the CD was recorded at Fang Studios.
Portrait Of A Hanged Man cover art] tracklist:
01. Scared To Death
02. The Hit
03. Keep The Wolves At Bay
05. Portrait Of A Hanged Man
06. Simple Servant
07. One Word
08. My Final Hour
09. A God No More (feat. Andy La Rocque)
10. Halo Of Flies
Guitarist and Bay Area Metal veteran Robert Kolowitz is the latest addition to Imagika. As a current member of Bay Area stalwarts Hellhound and former member of Blackstorm and RapidFire, Robert brings years of experience and perseverance to the 2nd guitar slot. His former bands have performed with Anthrax, Death Angel, Legacy (Testament), Forbidden, Megadeth, Nitro, Vicious Rumors and Slayer.
Guitarist Steve Rice comments: "The band was impressed with Rob's ability to learn our material quickly and his killer guitar skills. Imagika will sound even more aggressive now and we look forward to our future collaboration as we start the writing for our next CD. Rob came in at a great time on the eve of our new release "Portrait Of A Hanged Man" which we believe is our best release to date. The fans can definitely expect a heavier, louder and faster Imagika!"