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Epoch Of Unlight - Biography



Band has existed in various forms under different names since 1990.

Initially, the band was named ENRAPTURED. This incarnation of the band went through many line-up changes and played quite a few shows in the Memphis area before its demise in 1993.

REQUIEM was then formed from former ENRAPTURED members Tino LoSicco and Jason Smith, along with Danny Murphy and Justin Jones. A demo was released in November of 1993 entitled "As The Image Slowly Fades." with a last minute change in bass players (John Henderson replaced Murphy).

After another line-up change and a major shift in writing, Jason and Tino officially named the band EPOCH OF UNLIGHT in 1994. Randy Robertson was added as a replacement guitarist for departing member Justin Jones. Three months later, bassist John Henderson was replaced with Pierce Totty. Pierce had played in the band's ENRAPTURED days until he parted ways to play with Incineration.

It was later this year that their first demo, "Beyond the Pale", was released as a 4 song cassette.
In 1995 they recorded their second demo, 'Within The Night…' as a 4-song MCD, and in May of 1997 they returned to the studio to record three new tracks. The new songs have been released as a promo CD entitled "Black & Crimson Glory". This promo captured the attention of many labels and in the winter of 1998, EPOCH OF UNLIGHT signed with THE END RECORDS.
Shortly thereafter the band entered the studio to record their debut full-length album. Entitled "What Will Be Has Been", the album was described as a mix of melodic death/black metal.

Immediately following the recording, both Randy and Pierce left the band to focus on work and their families. Joseph Totty (Pierce's twin brother) immediately filled the bass position.

The band supported the release with countless live shows including a five week national tour with Dimmu Borgir and Samael. The tour consisted of over 30 shows in the major metal cities all across the USA as well as Canada and Mexico.

The second album, "Caught In The Unlight!", was recorded in December of 2000 with Keith Falgout (Soilent Green, Crisis, Crowbar and Cephalic Carnage, among others). The result was a sonic assault of 10 aggressive tracks that were more intense, technical, and melodic than the debut attributing to an album that is memorable and varied at the same time.

Shortly after the release of the new CD in the Summer of 2001, Josh Braddock filled the long vacant second guitarist position in the band. Josh was a long-time friend of the bands that had played with numerous local bands including Incineration and LDP.

The band supported "C.I.T.U." with numerous live shows through the country including a two week national tour with Enslaved and an appearance at the first annual Northern Lights Festival in Toronto, Canada.

2002 was a year of major restructuring for the band with the departure of both guitarists. In February Josh moved out of out of town for a year, and in April, Jason, a founding member of the band, also quit while the band was preparing for fall tour with Lacuna Coil and Moonspell. Brian Anderson (vocals) and Alan Burcham (guitar) immediately joined the band. Both had been part of the Memphis scene for several years playing in various bands accross the city. The band finished out 2002 as a 4-piece playing numerous shows across southern region.

Early 2003 saw the return of Josh Braddock to the second guitarist position, and the band recorded a cover of Kreator's 'Betrayer' and At the Gate's 'Raped by the Light of Christ' for a split 7" single with GOATWHORE through Bloated Goat Records.

In October of 2004, EPOCH OF UNLIGHT drummer Tino LoSicco flew to New York for a week to act as temporary replacement for New York's CRISIS when regular drummer Josh Florian was forced out the day before a national tour from a burst appendix.

The band entered Big Blue Meenie studio in New Jersey during October 27th through November 4th to record their third release for The End Records, entitled "The Continuum Hypothesis". The album was engineered and co-produced by Erin Farley (All Out War, Agnostic Front, Sick Of It All, Madball, M.O.D., Overkill, among others) The resulting 53+ minute album includes 11 new songs of brutally intense, melodic metal and features the debut of new singer B.J. Cook (a.k.a. Lord Hellspawn) from Arkansas' Fallen Empire.