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Lethal Legacy
5/16/2006
 
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Mastery Announce New Members, Working On New Album
June 13, 2008
Toronto "instrumetal" thrash band Mastery has announced the addition of bassist Morgan Rider (Bolero) and drummer Kerry Saxena (Nocturnity) to their line-up. The band is currently writing the follow-up to 'Lethal Legacy' with an early 2009 release scheduled.

"Morgan played a show with us when he was in a band called Atomicy, and once he heard that we're looking for a bass player, he sent me an email and he auditioned and that was that," says Mastery guitarist Markus Armellini. "Kerry Saxena's band just broke up and once he found out that we're looking for a drummer, he immediately got in touch with me. After a few jams he got the job."

Mastery's debut album, 'Lethal Legacy', was released through Corporate Punishment Records. The album was drew critical acclaim from Metal Maniacs who proclaimed, "While ‘Lethal Legacy’ pays homage to the classic thrash of the late ‘80s/early ‘90s with nods to Testament, Forbidden, Vio-lence and Metallica, it doesn’t sound as if the band are pinning for the glory days." Decibel Magazine has also been singing the praises of Mastery brand of "instrumental", as they gave the band a whopping 9/10 and called them, "Mastery of Puppets".

Fans can preview material from the group’s debut album at the following location http://www.myspace.com/masterymetal.
 
 
 
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Mastery Commence Writing Sophomore Album
January 3, 2008
Toronto "instrumetal" thrash band Mastery have announced the departure of guitarist Jeff Dormar and drummer Kevin Joy.

"Due to personal and musical differences it was in the best interest of the band to let guitarist Jeff and drummer Kevin Joy go their separate ways," says Mastery guitarist Markus Armellini. "We are currently working on material for our upcoming new album and have decided that the new material will have a vocalist. We have someone in mind and will make an announcement regarding new members shortly."

Mastery's debut album, 'Lethal Legacy', was released through Corporate Punishment Records. The album drew critical acclaim from Metal Maniacs who proclaimed, "While 'Lethal Legacy' pays homage to the classic thrash of the late 80s/early 90s with nods to Testament, Forbidden, Vio-lence and Metallica, it doesnt sound as if the band are pinning for the glory days." Decibel Magazine has also been singing the praises of Mastery brand of "instrumental", as they gave the band a whopping 9/10 and called them, "Mastery of Puppets".

Fans can preview material from the groups debut album at the bands Official Myspace page.
 
 
 
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3 Mile Scream Added To Milwaukee Metalfest
January 22, 2007
Canadian Thrashers 3 Mile Scream have issued the following update via their Myspace page:

"Hey Everyone, we are very happy to announce that we have been officially confirmed to play this year's edition of the renowned Milwaukee Metalfest!!!!! This is a huge arena show happening May 11th and 12th. Previous year's have featured Slayer, Megadeth, and Shadows Fall, and we are very happy to be a part of this legendary festival."

<span style="font-weight: bold;]3MS</span] will co-headline the <span style="font-weight: bold;]Corporate Punishment</span] stage on May 11th with Canadian thrashers <span style="font-weight: bold;]Mastery</span]. Headlining the CPR stage on Saturday, May 12th is <span style="font-weight: bold;]Broken Teeth</span], featuring <span style="font-weight: bold;]Dangerous Toys</span]/<span style="font-weight: bold;]Watchtower </span]vocalist <span style="font-weight: bold;]Jason McMaster</span].

Main headliners will be confirmed shortly.

3 Mile Scream's debut album, 'A Prelude To Our Demise', was released late last year via Corporate Punishment Records.
 
 
 
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HOME TOWN: Toronto, ONT
MEMBERS:
Markus Armellini - Guitars
Jeff Dormer - Guitars
Anthony Ristovski - Bass
Kevan Roy - Drums

In a time when musical talent is put aside in favor of fashion and rock star poses, heavy metal awaits a return to the glory days of technical proficiency and pure aggression that will knock it on its collective ass. Toronto based MASTERY are preparing to revive the glory days with the release of Lethal Legacy, an album that pays tribute to the scenes metallic roots while forging a new path to lead the scene kicking and screaming into the future, all without uttering a single word. Literally.

MASTERY's instrumental only vision led to the creation of Lethal Legacy, a balls out assault that re-lives the majesty of old school thrash but with a sense of originality that will undoubtedly see them become innovators for the future.

The brainchild of guitarist Markus Armellini, MASTERY was created with a desire to develop a band that fused the blazing aggression of hardcore thrash with the technical prowess of progressive metal. Searching for other musicians that shared this vision, Armellini found Vancouver's Jeff Dormer, a shredder that came to Ontario with similar aspirations. With musical influences and interests akin to Markus, Jeff's incredible playing ability was the perfect compliment to the style which characterizes MASTERY's song writing.

The next piece to fit in this complex puzzle was a backbeat capable of driving this new project to full capacity. Having cut his teeth in Toronto metal band CandleOpera, drummer Kevan Roy was hungry for the next challenge...and he had found it in MASTERY. Drawing inspiration in genres ranging from Jazz to Progressive Metal, and boasting one of the most extreme drum setups in the scene, Kevan brought a raw, yet fresh approach to Metal drumming, further defining the MASTERY style.

Another talented musician searching for a new and inspiring challenge, Anthony Ristovski was introduced to Kevan at the music store where they both were teaching. Drawing from his wide musical tastes and influences, Anthony was instantly gripped by the sheer intensity and originality of the MASTERY concept and was excited to become part of the team, with the promise of being able to explore his performance skills their full capacity on bass guitar.

The search for a vocalist that could compliment the intensity and aggression of the music proved to be a challenge...but not one that could hold the band back from taking their music to the stage.

We tried out a number of different singers, but just couldnt find the right fit. So we found ourselves in a situation where we could either sit in the studio waiting for the right person to show up, or we could get out there and do it anyway! We didnt know what to expect heading out as an instrumental metal band, but all the feedback weve gotten at our shows have indicated that we made a good choice, says Kevan.

A brutal exercise in thrash guitars, machine gun drumming and face ripping solos, Lethal Legacy breathes an intensity and aggression thats refreshing to modern day metal. Exploiting their technical expertise as musicians without the use of vocals, MASTERY continues to blaze a trail for their instruMETAL journey.