For those of you who don't know, while my primary focus has always been guitar and writing, I also sing.
In January of 2011, I was approached about contributing lead vocals to my very talented friend Matt Moliti's band Dark Empire's latest effort, From Refuge to Ruin. Already familiar with the material from Matt sending me demos, I was flattered and thrilled to be asked, and even more excited that I would have the opportunity to contribute creatively by writing vocal melodies and lyrics for two songs ("The Cleansing Fires" and "Lest Ye Be Judged"). After spending a few weeks memorizing lyrics, writing, conditioning my voice, and demoing ideas, I spent 3 days in the studio laying down the tracks with metal production virtuoso Jeremy Krull, and I couldn't be more pleased with the results.
The album will be released via Nightmare Records on March 27th, 2012. You can hear the first single, "A Plague in the Throne Room", on the Dark Empire Facebook Page, as well as on Reverb Nation and a few other sites. Local gigs (in the NY / NJ area) will follow in the spring.