Brian Knesel: Lead Vocals, Bass (2000-2003)
Vincent Vinh: Drums (2000-2003)
Trevor von Deathcrush: Drums (2004-2005)
Matt Ibach: Bass (2004-2007), Rhythm Guitar (live, 2011-2012)
Alex Rudinger: Drums (2006-2008)
Torin Blatt: Drums (2009-2010)
Aaron El-Zeftawy: Bass (2007-2010)
Formed in 2000, BURNING SHADOWS is the Washington DC area’s premiere power metal band. Inspired by American power metal pioneers Iced Earth and Jag Panzer, guitarists Tim Regan and Greg Jones, have been the steel core of the band since its first days. Conservatory-trained drummer David Spencer provides thunderous power from behind the drum kit. Soul crushing bass lines are provided by the mighty Chris Dagenheart. Lead singer Tom Davy joined the band in 2009, crushing the false with a soaring vocal range.
Building on the success of their two EPs, The Darkest Winter (2002) and Amongst the Dying Waves (2005), BURNING SHADOWS independently unleashed their long-overdue first full-length album, Into the Primordial, in April 2008. Without the assistance of a label, copies of this album have reached fans across the US, Canada, and Europe. In 2010, the band offered to its fans the Oathbreaker EP, the first release featuring lead vocalist Tom Davy, free of charge on burningshadows.com. The 5-track release features 4 songs from Into the Primordial with Tom’s vocals and 1 new track, “Oathbreaker,” with drums performed by ex-DragonHeart drummer Peter Hunt. Those who claimed Into the Primordial was “too epic” have been verily dispatched by Tom’s performance on the Oathbreaker EP.
When not conquering the ears of fans worldwide via MP3 players and CDs, BURNING SHADOWS prefers to deal the destruction in person. The band has shared the stage with bands such as Testament, Overkill, Sonata Arctica, Therion, Primal Fear, Twisted Tower Dire, and more. Recent festival appearances by the band include Georgia’s PathFinder MetalFest V, New Jersey’s Iron & Steel Fest, and Maryland’s Defenders of the Old Fest. BURNING SHADOWS’s tireless efforts have not been unrewarded. The band fought valiantly at the Battle For PaganFest, earning them the honor of the lone opening slot on PaganFest USA II.
BURNING SHADOWS recently released their second full-length album, Gather, Darkness! It is a colossal concept album based on the Fritz Leiber novel of the same name. It features artwork by JP Fournier, who previously worked with bands such as DragonForce, Avantasia, and Immortal. The band is currently in the pre-production stages of its third album.