Genre: Symphonic Metal
Release Date: June 11, 2012
Lumus is a Dark Symphonic Metal band from Portland, OR. Their music is heavy, dramatic, and melodically rich, while also paying great attention to storytelling. While the core of their music is a classical- metal pairing, they also draw frequently from progressive and world music to create their song and story. Their debut album "Bacchus Curse" shows a seamless blend of orchestral strings, with rich beautiful harmony underscored by heavy aggressive riffing and infectious offbeat rhythms. Classic tales both fantastic and literary are told with top notch musicality and great dramatic flair.
Jon Lumus founded the band in late 2009 out of need to create darker, heavier music that still challenged his classical training and background. He put the word out on the internet and met drummer Joe Spencer, guitarist Dustin Behm, and bassist Sean McLaughlin in quick succession. Jazz vocalist Charlotte Camp completed the band in early 2011. Lumus spent late 2011 through early 2012 recording their first full-length album. "Bacchus Curse" was mixed and mastered by ex-Machine Head guitarist/producer Logan Mader. Lumus' drummer Joe Spencer engineered the album with guitarist Dustin Behm handling artwork and layout duties. The band opened for Symphonic metal legends Rhapsody of Fire on June 11th 2012 coinciding with the release of "Bacchus Curse". Currently, Lumus continue to write, record and play shows around the Northwest.
"I'm really excited about this band, they perform the songs with that ever so rare fire that blazes out of all members musical charms, musically it's all here, there is something for everyone to enjoy, 'Bacchus Curse' is one of those albums I can play forever" -Progressive Rock & Progressive Metal E-zine (http://progrockmetal.blogspot.com/)
3rd place: DRD Records Sonic Smackdown 2012
Director's Award: Nashville International Song & Lyric Writing Competition 2010 for their first single 'The Burning Plain'
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