Borealis (CAN)

Borealis (CAN)
Sean Dowell (Drums), Matt Marinelli (Vocals, Guitar), Jamie Smith (Bass), Kenny Fobert (Guitar), Sean Werlick (Keyboard), Siobhan O'Brien (Vocals)

With soaring vocals, lightning fast guitars and a rock solid backline, Borealis is bringing leather back, and dragging power metal up with it.

It's been that way from the start for these 5 Canadian guys: all or nothing, and it shows in their music. Their self-produced debut 'World of Silence' has garnered attention from all angles of the industry, and word is just starting to get out. Starting out in 2005, Borealis wasn't supposed to sound as it does today.

The first songs and live performances were done with a female opera singer. It was quickly realized that the possibilities were limited following that path, so they set out to find the right sound.

During their search, enough songs were written to record an album, but there was no luck finding a singer. Finally, it was decided that Matt Marinelli (singer/guitarist) was a douche for not letting on that he could sing up until that point. With their new singer and an arsenal of songs, Borealis entered the studio, and after a long and endlessly drawn out time, World of Silence was unleashed.

Having played locally with Kamelot, Epica, and Sonata Arctica with nothing to sell, patient fans were elated to finally get their hands on the album, and Borealis played a packed show with Edguy to support it. With a new partership with Intromental Management, Borealis can now take the next step towards reaching their goal. Just a short history of a band working to fill a tall order.

Consisting of Sean Werlick (keys), Mike Briguglio (guitar), Sean Dowell (drums) and Jamie Smith (bass), along with the aformentioned Matt Marinelli, the top of the power metal scene is where these Canadians strive to be, and if there's only one certainty, it's that they won't stop until they're there. "To me it was a chemistry that worked right away, ''World Of Silence'' is a power metal masterpiece, capturing the sheer essence of the genre and improving it by adding speed and progressive metal elements! Their sound can be described as being both expressive and melodic, especially in the keyboards and guitar sections as a result of harmonized layering. The vocals of guitar player Matt Marinelli are another point that lifts this band to a very high level.

Yes, brothers and sisters; there's a new star born, heading from the west! This release is a blistering one for all those into Progressive Power Metal. Borealis is a band you should try out and believe me you won't be disappointed for one minute." - Officer Nice, Metal to Infinity ( Musically Borealis leans towards the power metal sound, not too far removed from a band such as Evergrey or even Savatage in their prime, but also the more progressive bands like Vanden Plas or Dream Theater springs to mind here and there. Right now, with a worldwide management and booking deal signed with Intromental Management, Borealis are focusing on their next album, which also will be the first one released through a record label.

Consisting of new songs as well as a few re-arranged and re-recorded songs chosen from 'World of Silence', the album will be a major step forward and will secure Borealis' place among the best bands in metal in 2009. .