"Years of Winter is an astounding, crushing, massive debut by a band who not only seem to know damn well what they want in terms of a sonic signature, but are fully aware how to get it." - Heavy Blog is Heavy
"With or without vocals (not to say they are irrelevant) the music is humbling, crushing and so dense it builds its reality around you. Life may have its joys, but albums like this one open a window and invite you to jump in their own dimension for a while. If you like this type of musical experience, Years Of Winter might just end up being one of this year's highlights for you as well." -Metal Hammer Bulgaria
"Kansas City progressive metallers Existem immediately call to mind the melodic structure and songwriting approach of both Textures and The Ocean — which is cool on its own — but there’s a lot more going on here. The vocals are a nice breath of fresh air, and I hear influences as deep and disparate as Opeth and Scale the Summit...Tell me if I'm crazy for thinking this band is phenomenal or if I'm on to something." - MetalSucks
After four years, two EPs and a full-length, Existem's journey is still only just beginning. The progressive metal four-piece has become one of the most talked about bands in Kansas City and are poised to extend their reign far beyond. With a new album in the works, a polished live set and a growing fanbase, Existem is showing no sign of stopping their pursuit of prog-metal greatness.
Start off with surgically precise but very groove focused guitar riffs, lay them on top of a percussion section as sturdy as a field of steel girders, but as intricate and technical as a handmade Swiss grandfather clock, then throw in a heaping helping of raw, punchy, and oh so violent roaring vocals, and you have yourself Ahtme (formerly “The Roman Holiday”). Forming in 2005 in Kansas City Missouri, the band brings a signature and unique sound to the table. Relying more on groovy, and catchy riffs to grab their twisted audience by their necks, and slam them to the ground. The band promises to always come at the listener with something you can bang your head to, all while maintaining the guarantee to pick even the thickest of tech scabs off of the arms of those interested only in speed and precision.
Brett Carter - Vocals (At The Left Hand Of God)
Erich Thomas - Bass (David Hasselhoff On Acid)
Phil Wolf - Guitar (David Hasselhoff On Acid)
RL Brooks - Guitar & Vocals (Flee The Seen, Maps For Travelers, Sisters Of)
Jason Shrout - Drums (Saved By Grace, Eighteen Visions, Nervous Wreck, Black Mark, Trial, Renouncer, Dark Ages)
The Soiled Doves
The Soiled Doves formed in 2010. Cale Michael(guitar/vocals) is best known for his vocals in Given With Honor and Diskreet, briefly. John Barry (bass) and Zeke Calabrese (guitar) were also previous members of Given With Honor. Ex-Shumans Resonance members Chris Copp (vocals) and Matt Shiflett (drums) joined the band in late 2011 with Zeke Calabrese after the band parted ways with the original drummer and vocalist.
Uplifting, emotional, and hypnotic post - black metal based in Kansas City, MO.