Carnival of Souls is an aggressive new modern metal band, poised to converge on the international rock scene...with a vengeance! This New York-based band has been tearing up clubs and theaters in the tri-state area and across the U.S. for the past three years, attracting a fanatical following in the process. They were also the winners of Hit Parader Magazine's Reality HP "Best Unsigned Rock Band in the World" contest, beating out nearly 4,000 other entries.
It's only a matter of time before Carnival of Souls will unleash their modern-day arena rock sound and gothic cinema-inspired live show on the worldwide stage. Here is where you will have a front row seat as it happens! Carnival of Souls plays a brand of metal that simultaneously pays homage to the form's 40-year history, while adding a healthy dose of cutting-edge elements into the mix. The band has opened its own Carnival of Souls official website - the premier event for the Gothic and Fetish communities.
It's appropriate that they take their name from one of the most enduring classic cult films of the horror idiom. The most ferocious thing about New York-based metal quintet Carnival of Souls is not the cinema-inspired gothic imagery of its stage-show and videos. It's the sound - a brand of ultra-heavy modern metal that pays homage to the form's 40-year history, while adding a healthy dose of melodic hooks and cutting-edge sonics to the mix.
COS's powerfully big live act has earned the quintet opening slots across the U.S. for and the respect of metal legends both classic and contemporary, including Queensryche, Motorhead, Anthrax, Twisted Sister and Superjoint Ritual. It's also generating a rapidly-growing underground fan-base that embraces all-ages of metal-lovers - from 13-year SlipKnot devotees
to 30-ish fans of Metallica, Pantera and Kiss. All updated info on the band's live acts is available on the Carnival of Souls official website.
Carnival of Souls' standout blend of fury and melody recently earned the top slot in Hit Parader Magazine's Reality HP Contest. This worldwide search brought in entries from thousands of wannabe metal superstars in the U.S, France, Brazil, Japan, Australia and more, all for the chance to win a demo deal with Atlantic Records. Carnival of Souls is guitarist Rob "The Machine" DeForge, lead vocalist Lee Cancela, bassist/composer Gene Hunter, drummer Bobby Rock and Damian, a masked character who handles second and harmony vocals. There is much theatricality that is at the heart of the band's story-based songs, stage show and videos. The band puts high value on the fans' advice, requests and suggestions left on the forums of the Carnival of Souls official website.
In "Just For A Moment," Carnival of Souls creates a melodic and probing lyrical portrait of the 9/11 tragedy, the wave of sorrow that came over these New York-based band members as they witnessed the real-world horror that unfolded in their own backyard. With "I Wont See You Cry," Carnival of Souls crafts another eye-opener, a song that reminds us how numb and
blindfolded we've become to the harsh realities of our current society, and how we simply need to look, see and feel. In "Grey," the band melodically hammers home how the evil of the past, and lessons not learned, have led to the evil we experience today.
You can visit the Carnival of Souls official website to get more information on the history, albums and tour plans of the band.
Carnival of Souls is a perfect blend of old school authenticity and new school aggressiveness. Imagine a twisted merging of Metallica, Disturbed and early-Crue and you begin to get an idea of how intense these guys are!