PHEAR is a metal band from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada and consists of Patrick Mulock (vocals), Chris Lewis (drums), Tyson Emanuel (guitars) and Graham Stirrett (guitars). The band has just released its brilliant debut CD Insanitarium, which contains thirteen tracks of pure power metal. The CD also features many guest musicians including Glen Drover (Megadeth, Testament, Eidolon), Bjorn Strid (Soilwork), Stan Miczek (The Guess Who, Harem Scarem, Honeymoon Suite, Sass Jordan) and Jon Howard (Threat Signal) just to name a few.
PHEAR arose out of the ashes of Rampage, a band that featured Mulock, Lewis, and Emanuel and had moderate success in the late 90s/early 2000s. The band also featured guitarist Rick Reid, who still remains a friend of PHEAR and co-wrote many of the tracks on Insanitarium. Rampage disbanded in 2002 and Patrick joined Eidolon, the band assembled and lead by brothers Glen and Shawn Drover. Patrick recorded two albums with Eidolon before the band dissolved in 2004 after the Drover brothers went on to join Megadeth.
Tyson and Patrick began toying with the idea of a Rampage reunion in the mid-2000s but the other members (Chris & Rick) were busy with other music projects by that time. Tyson wrote and recorded a number of demos that ended up being shelved as the possibility of a Rampage reunion faded.
Fast-forward a few years and the idea was proposed again. This time, Tyson, Patrick and Chris were all interested in doing music together again but Rick was unable to commit. Enter guitarist Graham Stirrett (A Sin For A Prayer). Graham joined the eager threesome and PHEAR was born!
The band proudly released its debut CD Insanitarium in May of 2015 to rave reviews. The album is available through CD Baby, Amazon.com and iTunes. It can also be purchased through PHEAR’s facebook page (www.facebook.com/phearband).
The CD is a culmination of many years’ work and features a number of guest musicians: Glen Drover, Bjorn Strid, Stan Miczek, Jon Howard, Trevor Montgomery, Kelly Kereliuk, Rick Reid, Mark Ferreira, Omar Ales and Basia Lyjak. Those who have purchased and/or listened to Insanitarium thus far have had nothing but praise for the band’s debut effort. PHEAR is in the midst of promoting the CD globally via internet radio, webzines and online fanzines. The band has already released a number of music videos and plans to release many more in the coming months. The band plans to have a CD release show later in 2015 and will keep its fans posted.
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