In January 2009 the Ghosts of Orion project was created and a new style of music
was born: Sci-Fi Techno-Metal
. It's summed up best in Tony's liner notes:
In 1977 I was at the very impressionable age of 7 when my father took me to see Star
Wars at the movie theatre. Two years later Ridley Scott released Alien. I was blown
away and would forever be fascinated with space science fiction. In the coming years
books by Herbert, Burroughs, and Roddenberry would feed my young mind...
In the early 80's I was in middle school and thoroughly enjoyed New Wave music.
Bands like Devo, Peter Gabriel, Wall of Voodoo, A Flock of Seagulls, Frid, Thomas
Dolby, Gary Numan, and others influenced my style greatly and introduced my ears
to synthesis and electronic percussion. I loved the dreamy soundscapes and the raw
clarity of the sound.
In 1984 I was a freshman in high school when Metallica released "Ride the Lightning".
Two years later they released the greatest metal album ever recorded, "Master of
Puppets" and Slayer released "Reign in Blood". That year (1986) was a high-point in
metal and was followed with two masterpieces to punctuate the decade: "Operation:
Mindcrime" by Queensrÿche (1988) and "Rust In Peace" by Megadeth (1990). Then
came the best metal band of all time, Pantera and the rest is history. Those were the
years that infected me with the love for melodic metal, double-kick, and the
hit-you-in-the-chest rhythm section.
In 2007 glimpses of the three fused together started to enter my mind. By late 2008
the vision was so clear that I knew I had to write an album and share it with the world...
and thus a new style was born: Sci-Fi Techno-Metal
I always wanted to create a new sound... (to go where no one had gone before) and
to create a real concept album. (Which I think is a lost art these days.) It would have to
be audiophile quality (because I love the SOUND of music) and it would have to take
the listener on a journey to places unfamiliar and far away... but still be accessible. If I
achieved all this with Intergalactic Highway
then my dream has become manifest.
I see music visually in my mind's eye, I paint with sound. So here is a collection of
sound paintings, a journey to some place alien, a journey into sci-fi techno-metal for
high-fidelity audio systems.
Go to the DISCOGRAPHY
page and check it out for yourself!