506 W. Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
Before they even had a name a charming young girl called to book the band for their very first show. M-O-R-G-L-B-L were the first letters to came to mind.
Led by French guitarist extraordinaire Christophe Godin and anchored by the phenomenal Ivan Rougny on bass, Morglbl gained international acclaim through their first two albums in 1997 and 1998. Years of excessive touring saw the band's reputation grow till a break was needed. But in 2007 Morglbl came roaring back with their 3rd critically acclaimed album, Grotesk, which earned them an invitation to play at the 2008 NEARfest in Pennsylvania. The audience was simply astounded and cheered the band to a double encore ~ a first in the ten year history of the festival for an opening band. Over 400 CD's were sold in 30 minutes!
2008: Christophe was voted the world's 4th best guitarist of 2010 in a GuitarPart magazine readers poll - only behind Gus G., Joe Bonnamassa, and Joe Satriani. That same year drummer Aurelien Ouzoulias joined Morglbl, bringing a new kick to the band's music. Highly sought for sessions and performances, Ouzoulias added his unmistakable style to the band's 4th album, 2009's Jazz for the Deaf.
Morglbl's live performances are a crazy mix of jazzy moods, fat, funky grooves and substantial chunks of metal all served up with a Zappa-like humor. Some describe it as Primus meeting Steve Vai. Morglbl hits like a heavyweight jab and makes you laugh…it's "jazz for deaf people!"
This not your father's kind of metal. This is definitely not a hair band. Hephystus is a new metallic breed ~ tight, pounding, progressive and dramatic. Three life-long friends blended their unique styles to form the core of the band. Guitarists Brandon Miller and Matt Halberg, and drummer Troy Surratt all played in previous bands together but their sound was truly cemented by the arrival of Aaron Yow's bone-shaking bass tone. Dense and melodic, Hephystus puts the life and soul back into metal.
4.5 stars - one of the best progressive metal albums you've never heard! By Justin G. - December 8, 2012
2011's Burn the Page is the debut (sort of) album from North Carolina-based progressive metal band Hephystus. The band, which remains one of the best kept secrets in the American progressive metal scene, originally released these songs on their self-titled debut in 2009, but they've been newly recorded (and properly mastered) for this release, making Burn the Page a much more effective introduction to the band's sound.
It's easy when covering progressive metal bands to use Dream Theater as the comparison point, and to some extent that applies here. Hephystus just cuts out all the extended instrumental pyrotechnics, holds the songs to roughly five minutes each and maintains a dark vibe throughout, which probably puts them closer to Evergrey than anyone else. There's a great sense of heaviness on Burn the Page, and one that never lets you forget you're listening to a metal album. It's got these monster rhythms, intricate (but not obnoxious) guitar solos, well-placed keyboards and some really powerful and emotional vocals (almost entirely clean, but a growl sneaks in here and there). The songs are well written, both in terms of the musical arrangement and the lyrics, and production/mastering is a perfect fit for this kind of music.
Burn the Page is an example of dark progressive metal done right. That it's coming from a relatively unknown American band is all the more impressive. Fans of Evergrey in particular should absolutely check out what Hephystus has to offer, but this band should also appeal to fans of the larger progressive metal genre, whether that's Dream Theater and Fates Warning or Leprous and even Tool.
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