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Phoenix & Dragon combines the complexity of progressive rock, the aggression of traditional metal, the harmonic qualities of classical music and the atmosphere of New Age music to create its own brand of symphonic progressive metal. Initially formed in 2005 by guitarists Teddy Arunski , Chris Sack and drummer Jair Wing, the band’s full live lineup was not completed until Thanksgiving of 2008 after the steady addition of original core members. This group of musicians, including former and original members, play with spectator-oriented classically-trained musicianship. Phoenix & Dragon’s current line-up is: Teddy Arunski on guitar, Jermaine Mars on bass, Jonathan Gabriel, Jr. on keyboards, Seth Gibson on drums and newest member Leon Lindon on Vocals.
Performing as an instrumental band since 2009, The band has shared the stage with the likes of Symphony X, Queensryche, Fates Warning, Quiet Riot, Michael Angelo Batio, 3 Inches Of Blood, Mayhem, Sabaton, Blackguard, Powerglove, Fair To Midland, Abigail Williams, Immolation, Arkona, Turisas, Y&T, Adrenaline Mob and many more. In 2015, the band played the main stage at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena with Upon A Burning Body during the latter’s All Stars Tour at the Treasure Fest festival in Whittier, CA.
Phoenix & Dragon completed a successful Northwest U.S. Summer Tour in 2012 with former Italian Power Metal singer Fabio Gentile. After Gentile’s departure, Phoenix & Dragon went back to its roots and performed as an instrumental act until October of 2014, when opera-trained Danny Aiello then joined and performed with the band as frontman for a few months before deciding on taking on a different path as a music teacher and guitar player. Leon Lindon joined Phoenix & Dragon at the dawn of 2016 bringing not only the perfect voice to complement the jaw dropping music, but also a heightened level of theatrics and visualization to the bands already stunning live show.
As of January 2016 with the addition of Leon Lindon on vocals, Phoenix and Dragon looks toward the horizon with even more focus, creativity, power and mind blowing musicianship than ever before.
Interviews / Articles:
“Since 2005, Phoenix & Dragon has emerged on the local scene, layering the intricacy of progressive rock, the delicate harmonies of classical music, the raw barrage of heavy metal, and the grandeur of opera.”
-Lauren Wise- Phoenix New Times, 2015
“…The experience of hearing this issue is almost like listening to a small album of 12 minutes, with enough changes that will not disappoint anyone who has the opportunity to listen.”
-Miguel Ramirez- Mundo Rock Magazine in Chile, 2015 Read the Full Article…
“People who’ve been following us for the last few years might not realize that our music has lyrics,” said founding member and lyricist Teddy Arunski. “We’ve been looking for a singer since 2012, but it wasn’t until we were introduced to Danny that we felt we’d found someone with the talent and training to keep up with the rest of the band.”
-Metal Underground and Daily Heavy Metal News, 2014 Read the Full Article…
“The band says they selected Ghost Town Studios because of the studio’s reputation and experience with progressive artists such as Maynard James Keenan, Tony Levin, and Tim Alexander. “We played Rudy Tucich, co-owner of the studio, examples of recordings we really liked,” said Jermaine Mars, bassist. “He really understood where we were coming from; we just clicked.” Jonathan Gabriel, Jr., keyboards, added, “Plus, Jerome is a cool town with a great vibe and we’ve got a fantastic following in central Arizona.”
-Progressive Rock & Progressive Metal E-Zine, 2014 Read the Full Article…
“The singer was top-notch, hitting those freaky operatic notes. The guitar players appeared to be very good players, based upon the speed with which their fingers flew across the fretboards during the many harmonized lead passages.. I enjoyed their set quite a bit — and they get extra points for their blue-jeans-and-white-sneakers 80s garage band attire.”
-Hank-Latewire.com, 2014 Read the Full Article…
“..finally the doors opened around 7:30, and the only local band in charge to open the show was Phoenix & Dragon. This prog/power metal youngsters put a great instrumental show, that even a well done version of Christmas Eve In Sarajevo of Trans Siberian Orchestra gained a huge ovation from the crowd. Regardless of lacking a singer at the moment, their show was full of good crafted musicianship that I really questioned the need of a singer at all. They can totally work as an instrumental progressive band on their own, so far that formula had worked pretty well for Animals As Leaders right?”
-Miguel Rozo- The Age of Metal, 2013 Read the Full Article…
“PHOENIX AND DRAGON clashed with the still of the night with an abrupt force that that could only be challenged by a blow of the mighty Thor’s own hammer.. If you aren’t into fantasy, power, symphonic or prog metal, you most certainly would be after watching this band performs..As I watched this band play I closed my eyes for a minute and began to find myself in a fantasyland I have not visited since my youth and just smiled.”
-Mike Trujillo- Arizona Heavy Metal, 2013 Read the Full Article…
“High octane, hair-flyin’, volume-shredding. And they don’t even sing! The Mesa-based metal band is instrumental with a heavy progressive speed.”
-Steve Stockmar- The AZ Edge, Prescott Kudos, The Daily Courier, 2011 Read the Full Article…