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Aria Flame

Aria Flame was created in the spring of 2011 by dramatic mezzo soprano singer and composer, Aziza Poggi and percussionist, Erik Sales. Before putting a live unit together, Aziza started composing melodies and writing lyrics on her piano. Guitarist Dan Cruzan, bassist & producer Greg Cloon and keyboardist Alicia Menninga later joined in as full time members. Alicia left in late 2014 due to opening her own retail shop and the band has used backing tracks ever since. Continue reading Aria Flame


Country: USA
Location: Portland, OR
Status: ACTIVE
Year Formed: 2009
Years Active: 01/09 - Current
Genre: Symphonic Metal
Label: Unsigned/independent

Lumus is a Dark Symphonic Metal band from Portland, Oregon. Their music is heavy, dramatic, and melodically rich, while simultaneously paying great attention to storytelling in each song.

Lumus on women of metal
Charlotte von Camp and Jon Lumus

Classical orchestration melds their rich harmonic tapestry with heavy aggressive riffing and infections off-beat rhythms. Lumus stands out among other symphonic acts in the depth and complexity of their orchestration along with blistering solo performances on guitar. Their music has a dark aggressive edge uncommon in melodic metal.

Jon Lumus founded the band in late 2009 out of need to create darker, heavier music that still challenged his classical training and background. The first single ‘The Burning Plain’ won a Director’s Award at the Nashville International Song & Lyric Writing Competition 2010. Their debut album Bacchus Curse met immediate critical acclaim, and was nominated by Metal Storm Magazine as the Best Symphonic Metal Album of 2012


  • Lost Child   –  Single  –   2010
  • The Burning Plain  –  Single  –  2010
  • Challenge  –  Demo  –  2011
  • Bacchus Curse  –  Full-length  –  2012
  • Haunt  –  Single  –  2012
  • Synchronicity – (Yuki Kajiura)  –  Single  –  2012
  • Bloody Tears  –  Single  –  2012


  • Sean McLaughlin – Bass (2009-present)
  • Joe Spencer – Drums (2009-present)
  • Jon Lumus – Electric violin (2009-present)
  • Dustin Behm – Guitars (2009-present)
  • Charlotte Von Camp – Vocals (2011-present)


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Celestial Ruin Interview from July 6, 2013

Interview with Celestial Ruin by Jayson Shell on Mixcloud

Larissa Dawn - Vocals
Larissa Dawn – Vocals

The new international sensation Celestial Ruin is styled after European Symphonic Metal but executed with a decidedly North American flavor. Featuring members from 3 different countries Celestial Ruin’s sound combines heavy rock rhythms and riffs with catchy, singable melodies, and rich symphonic textures, the likes of which have never been heard before. The combination is “epic” by all accounts. Lyrical themes are drawn from fantasy and horror, sometimes implying deeper meanings, sometimes just celebrating the subject matter. Celestial Ruin’s live performance is close to the recording but organically so. They shun the use of backing tracks and drum machines, performing every aspect of the music live. Their music is written as organically as it is performed, a completely collaborative effort on the part of all project members. Based out of Vancouver, Celestial Ruin is taking the scene by storm with their recently released debut album “The Awakening”. Receiving favorable reviews in publications such as Rockstar Weekly Magazine professing a 4/5 star rating declaring, “If The Awakening is only the beginning of things to come, you’d best get on board now while the getting’s good.”

Celestial Ruin
Celestial Ruin – June 2013 Band of the Month

After a successful 2012 summer tour Celestial Ruin was offered many opportunities that included opening slots with Stone Temple Pilots and being a featured performer for Vancouver Alternative Fashion Week and Stunt Buxx online game show, out of the box endorsement deals with multiple tattoo shops. Celestial Ruin is always looking for the next unique avenue to expose their distinctive sound. “We play in the grey area of rock music, we are too heavy for rock, but not heavy enough for metal” quotes front woman Larissa Dawn. This is a praise that has been mirrored in many live reviews including beat route magazine stating, “Celestial Ruin appears to be in a subgenre scene of one…their differences are working to their advantage”



LEAH - January 2013 BOTM

LEAH is an emerging Canadian songwriter. Buy her new debut album HERE: http://www.leahmusic.bandcamp.com/ Also on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/of-earth-angels/id524834071

“Ethereal vocals, layered harmonies, powerful chord progressions and unpredictable notations that keep you somewhere between on the edge of your seat and in a state of hypnotism.”

The art of LEAH is one of diverse influence: Haunting celtic melodies, mysterious eastern vibes, heavy symphonic rhythm, and most of all… A voice that will utterly enchant and inspire you.Visit http://www.leahthemusic.com/ for more about LEAH.

YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/leahthemusic/videos?view=0

Some have described LEAH’s debut album, Of Earth & Angels as “heavy metal Enya”, and others as “Loreena McKennitt with distortion”. Whatever her influences, one thing is for sure: LEAH’s voice will play the strings of the most brutal of hearts, causing them to melt into submission. From soulful, spiritual ballads to folk-tale operatic blast beats, to more mainstream rock singles, “Of Earth & Angels” is sure to impress the skeptic, and is already beckoning the rest of the world to take notice.”