Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Sylvan Realm arose from the ashes of the melodic black/death metal band Reverie that was formed in 2003 and put out one full length album titled "Isolation" in 2007. Since then I relocated from the rocky mountains of Montana to Maryland. In 2010 I changed the bands name to Sylvan Realm and recruited Evan Madden (Woods of Ypres, The Green Evening Requiem, Woe) to unleash his musical vision behind the drums and Jason "Deathdancer" Eckert (Aurora Borealis, Todesbonden, Rain Fell Within) for his mastery of the bass. While I preformed Vocals, guitars, and created the album art work. Both "The Lodge of Transcendence" by Sylvan Realm and "isolation" by Reverie have been released, and distributed through my own Reverie Recordings label.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Sylvan Realm is a band without boundaries or barriers in creating a higher caliber of otherworldly compositional soundscapes. stylistically Sylvan Realm infuses various elements of black metal, doom metal, progressive metal, 70' psychedelic rock, 80's heavy metal, death metal, trash metal, neo folk, and more. Sylvan realm is a progressive band in the sense that many elements from different styles of music are entwined to form a unique exquisite blend of dark intense music that sounds unlike anyone else. Rendering a refined crafted blend of music were each style comes together to create a sophisticated compositional flow in each song. but Instead of reinventing the wheel by mixing various style, Sylvan Realm holds the touch to further explore down the path of uncharted territories. The results equal a truly original approach of breaking down the barriers in metal while at the same time still paying homage to the bands who have laid down the foundations.
As for Influences some bands that have inspired me are... judas priest, katatonia, king diamond, ritchie blackmore's rainbow and his work with deep purple, mercyful fate, fields of the nephilim, opeth, agalloch, in the woods, ulver, empyrium, porcupine tree, edge of sanity, and dissection.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
If you want a band that has fresh ideas that does not re hatch old gimmicks that further explores uncharted territories while still staying true to the foundations of metal while at the same time breaking down the barriers Sylvan Realm is a band for you!
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
So far I released Reverie - Isolation before I changed the bands name to Sylvan Realm. That album has now sold out and is a bit hard to come by, in general it was well received. Since then I have Released the 1st Sylvan Realm album titled "the lodge of transcendence" and the reviews have been very positive.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Currently the band is a studio project were I compose all the material and work with a session bassist and drummer. So no plans to play live yet, however I would like to play live in the future.
What sould labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
The Lodge of Transcendence is a concept album based upon unlocking cosmic gateways found deep within nature. Ultimately reaching enlightenment of the minds eye after traveling through everything, nothing, infinite light, infinite darkness, and completing the voyage beyond dualism to veer the microcosm into the macrocosm, and the macrocosm into the microcosm. The album was written over a four year time frame, were each song was crafted to be a composition with multiple movements, styles, and changes in mood. Overall The Lodge of Transcendence takes some time to fully absorb and is not a work with immediate results such as a David Lynch film. The album was intentionally written were each song flows into the next song and picks up were the last song left off creating one ongoing concept that feels more like one conceptual composition instead of mere collection of songs. Other then the above mentioned concept that The Lodge of Transcendence is based upon, the inspiration behind Sylvan Realm comes from the following sources: isolation, the cosmos, vast landscapes, abandonment, misanthropy, metaphysics, dreams, enlightenment, astral traveling, naturalism, hidden truths, cosmic gateways to other dimensions, reaching higher planes of spiritual awareness, and the spiritual realm within nature.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
I am currently working on recording the next album that will focus more on my doom and neo folk influences and clean guitar tones. As well Dan Swano is confirmed for mixing and mastering the new album, and the album will be recorded at nightsky studio by engineer Ron Vento mastermind behind the band Aurora Borealis.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
The entire album is streaming at http://SylvanRealm.stereokiller.com/
the bands official sites are
You can buy the album for very cheep directly through me from amazon as cd or mp3 digital download at http://www.amazon.com/Lodge-Transcendence-Sylvan-Realm/dp/B004UGQUUO/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1328056187&sr=8-9