Dawn Of Morgana Guitarist Jared Deaver Interviewed

Dawn of Morgana is a Symphonic Metal band hailing from the Sacramento Bay Area. Originally featuring Jack Gibson of Exodus on bass guitar (Jack has since been replaced by bassist Marcel Eaton due to overwhelming obligations with Exodus) and front woman Aleen Nova who lends her incredible talent and vast vocal range giving fans of Nightwish, Epica, Leaves Eyes and similar bands something to look forward to! The band stays true to their death metal, thrash metal and symphonic style roots but utilizes the memorable chorus patterns and tempo changes fans expect to keep them wanting more!

How did you first get in to music? Who turned you onto rock/metal?


I started listening to bands like Slayer, Testament, Exodus etc. My older brother started me off hat direction.


How did you become a guitarist? Are you proficient in any other instruments ?


I always liked the guitar parts in metal music and wanted to learn to play them. I started at 12 years old but I don’t play any other instruments.


What was the local scene in Brentwood / Sacramento / Bay Area like in the beginning, was there a particular band you aspired to be like, favorite local bands back then, favorite local bands now?


The Bay Area thrash scene was killer back in the day. I also tried to emulate the local bands that had success.


Has there been times when drugs and alcohol were beneficial to the band.


No. I have never been involved in either and have been lucky enough to work with mostly sober players.


How would you best describe your sound?


Symphonic metal similar to Nightwish, Epica and Delain with a death metal twist.


Do you think having to do ticket pre-sales is the same thing as pay to play?


Yea, either way you have to come up with the money.


What was the first music you bought and what have you bought more than once?


Decide’s – Deicide album was my first death metal album. I have purchased numerous bands albums more than once.


DIY forever or signing with a label at first opportunity?


Depends on what the label is offering and how much they want to take. It can be beneficial or detrimental.


Whats the biggest show you have played so far and do you still get nervous before a gig?


We played in front of about 100 people in Concord at Red House. I still get a little nervous but I am pretty confident in our ability these days which makes it easier.


Is commercial rock radio dead?


Commercial? No, that’s all there is. Underground radio is pretty much dead though.


Favorite songs on the new album and why?


Victory or Valhalla is one of my favorites so far. It’s a very victoriously Viking inspired anthem.


Out of all your songs which one touches you the most when you perform it?


Probably Innocence Lost. It’s all about the birth of my daughter and her being diagnosed with cancer.


Are there any political or social issues hidden in Dawn of Morgana songs ?


No. We try to stay away from those topics.


What was the process of putting the songs in order?


Technology was a big part of it. I used superior drummer and protocols to write and record a lot of the demo ideas.


What endorsements do you have and what endorsements do you still want?


We are endorsed by Nady wireless systems and SP Custom guitars. I would still like to get something for Sarah and Cory to help with their costs.


Bands you would love to tour with and musician or artist you would like to meet and interrogate?


Nightwish would be a good one for us to go out with.


Song to be played at your funeral and 3 albums to take to your grave?


Funeral would be Embers Fade by us and three albums would be Megadeth’s – Rust in Piece, Obituary’s Cause of a Death and Death’s – Human.


Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?


Go check us out online!


Check out Dawn Of Morgana at their website here.

Epica announce The Ultimate Principle Tour with Lacuna Coil

Dutch Symphonic Metal giants Epica will return to North America this August and September for the North American leg of the ULTIMATE PRINCIPLE TOUR, the band’s biggest North American tour to date. The band will be joined on this tour by Italian Gothfathers Lacuna Coil, their friends in Finnish melodic death metal Insomnium and newcomers Elantris!

Epica front woman Simone Simons and Epica guitar player Isaac Delahaye comment:
You asked for more, you’ll get more! After all the great reactions we got on our latest album The Holographic Principle and the amazing North American tour we’ve done end of last year, we’re really stoked to come back to your side of the planet so soon again. Bigger venues, bigger production, we’re ready to give you all we’ve got. Not to mention the absolutely killer bands we’re bringing over with us! I’m genuinely looking forward to play for you and to see you all rocking out with us. See you all soon!

The Ultimate Principle tour
EPICA w/ Lacuna Coil / Insomnium / Elantris
8-31-2017 Royale Boston, MA
9-1-2017 Metropolis Montreal, QC
9-2-2017 Imperial Theater Quebec City, QC
9-3-2017 Opera House Toronto, ON
9-5-2017 The Agora Theatre Cleveland, OH
9-6-2017 The Forge Joliet, IL
9-8-2017 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
9-9-2017 The Complex Salt Lake City, UT
9-11-2017 The Showbox Seattle, WA
9-12-2017 The Hawthorne Theater Portland, OR
9-14-2017 The UC Theater Berkeley, CA
9-15-2017 The NOVO Los Angeles, CA
9-16-2017 The Observatory Santa Ana, CA
9-17-2017 Marquee Theatre  Phoenix, AZ
9-19-2017 Alamo Music Hall San Antonio, TX
9-20-2017 Gas Monkey Live! Dallas, TX
9-21-2017 Warehouse Live Houston, TX
9-23-2017 Revolution Live Ft Lauderdale, FL
9-24-2017 The Plaza Live Orlando, FL
9-25-2017 Masquerade Atlanta, GA
9-27-2017 Ram’s Head Live! Baltimore, MD
9-28-2017 Trocadero Theatre Philadelphia, PA
9-29-2017 Playstation Theater New York, NY

VIP tickets for this tour including a meet & greet, photo opportunity with the band, exclusive merchandise + more are on sale now through www.epica.vip

Epica Announce The North American Principle Tour With Fleshgod Apocalypse

Dutch symphonic metal heavyweights EPICA will return this fall for The North American Principle Tourin support of their upcoming album The Holographic Principle which will see a worldwide release on September 30th through Nuclear BlastEPICA will be joined on this trek by Italian symphonic death metal kings FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, Russian pagan warriors ARKONA and their good friends inTHE AGONIST. The first three dates will see Germany’s XANDRIA as a replacement for ARKONA. Tour kicks off on November 4th in Quebec City and will conclude on December 3rd in Worcester, MA.

EPICA’s front woman Simone Simons commented on the tour:
“The time has finally come to visit North America again. We are super excited to show you guys our kick-ass new material of which we are extremely proud! We hope to welcome you all to experience The Holographic Principle extravaganza!”

11/04/2016 Imperial Theater – Quebec City, QC **
11/05/2016 Corona – Montreal, QC **
11/06/2016 Phoenix Concert Hall – Toronto, ON **
11/08/2016 Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
11/09/2016 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
11/11/2016 Amsterdam Event Center – Saskatoon, SK
11/12/2016 Marquee – Calgary, AB
11/13/2016 The Ranch – Edmonton, AB
11/15/2016 Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC
11/16/2016 Studio 7 – Seattle, WA
11/18/2016 Social Hall – San Francisco, CA
11/19/2016 The Regent – Los Angeles, CA
11/20/2016 Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel – Las Vegas, NV
11/22/2016 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
11/23/2016 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
11/25/2016 Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX
11/26/2016 Empire Control Room – Austin, TX
11/28/2016 State Theater – St Petersburg, FL
11/29/2016 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
12/01/2016 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
12/02/2016 Webster Hall – New York, NY
12/03/2016 Palladium – Worcester, MA
** with XANDRIA replacing ARKONA

Epica To Release Holographic Principle In September

Holland’s greatest symphonic metal band, EPICA, have finally put the last touches on their new upcoming studio album entitled The Holographic Principle. Once again it’ll be released worldwide viaNuclear Blast Records. The album was produced with Joost van der Broek at Sandlane Recording Facilities. Mixing was handled by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, DESTRUCTION). The cover artwork was created by Stefan Heilemann (www.heilemania.de).

The band commented:
“Our highly anticipated seventh studio album is a fact. The Holographic Principle feels to us like a true treasure, created by us all with blood, sweat and tears of joy. In the past year we have worked very hard to write and record this special album. We are all very eager to share it with you! Join us on our new musical journey.”

To celebrate the release of EPICA’s brand-new record fittingly, the band will be playing on their ownEpic Metal Fest at the 013 in Tilburg, NL on Saturday, October 1st. They invited KATATONIA, their label mates FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE and (also landsmen) TEXTURES to take part in this special event. Additionally, STREAM OF PASSION, THE AGONIST, MAYAN, MYRATH, EVIL INVADERS and last but not least OFF THE CROSS will be attending EPICA’s release show. On Saturday 15th October the Brazilian edition of Epic Metal Fest will take place in Sao Paulo. PARADISE LOST, FINNTROLL, XANDRIA and THE OCEAN will join EPICA for this first edition.