About Aria Flame
Aria Flame is an American neo-classical symphonic metal band with a European flair hailing from the USA. Utilizing operatic and rock style vocals, powerful guitar riffs and solos, symphonic keyboards and intricate bass and drums. Their musical compositions are characterized by eerie diminished chords, occasional circus-like melodies, well-formed bass and percussion. The lyrics describe one’s journey from being taken into the darkness only to be reborn as the mythological phoenix. The word Aria comes from the classical word meaning “song” and the word “flame” represents the phoenix. Combining the two words reflects the combination of styles in their music.
Aria Flame was formed after the disbandment of singer and composer Aziza Poggi’s former band Dendura. Dendura was a successful Egyptian themed metal band that was heard on The Comedy Central network, seen in magazines such as Metal Hammer, and opened for international touring acts such as Epica, Doro Pesch, Edguy, Scar Symmetry, Unexpect and The Agonist.
Aria Flame was created in spring of 2011 by singer and composer Aziza Poggi and drummer Erik Sales. Guitarist Daniel Cruzan joined the group in early 2012. Keyboardist Joop De Rooij (ex-Magion) was added to the group late 2014 and bassist Trevor Antonides has recently joined us in 2017.
From their inception, Aria Flame had a good kick start with Aziza becoming a member of Eve’s Apple (a worldwide community of professional metal singers), opening for international touring acts such as Delain, Xandria, and Trillium, releasing a music video for their song “Divine World”, and releasing their debut EP in 2014 titled "A World of Silence”. The EP was mixed and mastered by Grammy award-winning producer Neil Kernon (Judas Priest, Nevermore, Queensryche, etc.). Following the debut release was an accompanying performance in Europe's prestigious “Metal Female Voices Festival" which introduced the band to a worldwide audience sharing the stage with Therion, Leave’s Eyes, Sirenia, and more.
2015 was a big year for Aria Flame. Aria Flame's theatrical presence made it possible for the band to take the world by storm working with Dark Fortress Pictures on our latest music video “Realm of Hate", as well as opening for Amanda Somerville’s “Trillium,” show dates in Europe (The Netherlands and Belgium) touring with Skeptical Minds and performing at the international female fronted event, FemMe Festival along side Lacuna Coil and Draconian and finally; touring in the US tour with Mercy Isle. In 2016, guitarist Daniel Cruzan, keyboardist Joop De Rooij and singer Aziza Poggi returned to Metal Female Voices Festival to perform for Metal Female Voices United's Acoustic Set and their year rounded out opening for Sonata Arctica, Omnium Gatherum and Leaves Eyes in November in Detroit , Michigan. In 2017, the band is recording for their upcoming album “SunRiser” while plans of new music video releases and select shows will be underway. Aria Flame has received stellar reviews from and has been seen in many international magazines being praised for their unique sound and performance from Sonic Cathedral, Powerplay Rock Magazine, Metal-Temple and more.
"...a score of 10 out of 10." "...It’s not often we have an American release that can compete with the best from Western Europe. . .or Eastern Europe. This one can. In a word, this is killer material, maybe the best American production I’ve ever heard. And on a par with the best material in the genre anywhere in the world."
-Doctor T, Sonic Cathedral
Aziza Poggi – Vocals and composer
Daniel Cruzan - Guitar and composer
Joop De Rooij – Keyboards
Erik Sales - Drums
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