Borealis and Operus
with Mokomokai and Hammerdrone
From the Promoter
Canadian power metal band from Orangeville, Ontario, formed in 2005.
It all started a few years back as a side project from the power metal band Adllivyttumm. While playing concerts in regional tours around Mexico and studying music at the University of Guadalajara, Oscar Rangel started to compose his own style of music based on his different influences.
After many years of hard work in composing a multitude of songs that surpassed the musical purpose of Adllivyttumm, everything started to make sense. Since the music started to roam into other styles than that of Oscar Rangel’s former band, he decided to leave the limits of the musical instrumentation and style of composition he faced. He then dedicated his talent and creativity in expressing his thoughts and emotions through his own music and created this project.
Around spring of 2008 Kirsti Heitz appeared in the picture, giving the music all the lyrical power and epic feeling that Oscar always wanted but could never achieve.
In June of 2009 Oscar moved his project to Toronto and started to record the first rough demo under the band name "Masquerade at the Opera", production called “Winter Nightmare”. Named after the cold winter of that year that influenced the composition of most of the songs.
Later in 2011 Masquerade at the Opera changed to Operus and with this change a bigger production is taking place called after the former name of the band.
In November of 2012 Guitarist Brittany Dasilva and Drummer Broderick Archer joined the lines of Operus.
In October of 2013 bassist Wojtek Sokolowski, Cellist Robin Howe and Flutist/Soprano Tara Mills completed the line up.
Lastly, After the formation stage, the band's line up is solidified with Will Patterson (Vocals), Tara Mills (Flute/Vocals), Oscar Rangel (Guitar/Vocals), Robin Howe (Cello), Wojtek Sokolowski (Bass/Vocals) and JJ Tartaglia (Drums).
Currently the band is working on their debut album "The Book of Shadows".
Stepping it up from Inner-city Toronto, Canada by way of the province of Ontario’s pastoral Lakeland frontier of Peterborough, Mokomokai is a hard-rockin foursome whose thundering stage assault has set the Canadian rock and metal tour circuit alight since first forming in 2011. Critics and fans alike have been astounded by Mokomokai’s white-hot brand of rock and roll, which takes influence from the likes of Motorhead and Judas Priest, and pushes it fast and further into incendiary territory.
To date, single releases like their anthemic debut, ‘Poison Whiptail’, the soaring banshee wail of ‘Heavy Metal Sky’, and a crushing studio cover of Deep Purples 1970 In Rock burner ‘Bloodsucker’ have attracted a fiercely loyal following both at home in the band’s native Canada and abroad.
The protean power of Mokomokai’s explosive lineup starts with originals John Ellis on high-octane guitar and Halfordesque vocals matched by the heavy bottom of bassist Jermy Pastic. As Ellis and Pastic took to the road and Mokomokai’s reputation quickly grew, second guitarist Bobby Deuce (veteran of Moncton’s Iron Giant and Konjurer) packed up from New Brunswick and motored it to Toronto specifically to join forces. Mokomokai recently firmed up their assault with the addition of JJ Tartaglia (of renowned Toronto bands Skull Fist and Final Trigger).
Mokomokai’s debut LP ‘Poison Whiptail (on Toronto based Boonsdale records) is produced by iconic Candian hard rocker, DJ and studio master Ian Blurton (he of Public Animal, C’mon, Bionical and Change of Heart). Arriving in 2017, the album draws from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and it’s golden era of the late 70’s-early 80’s, unleashing an unwavering blitzkrieg of stoner groove, raw hooks and Metal Godliness. The track ‘Walkin’ Boss’ summons the ultimate gunslinger to a trail of fire while ‘Poison Whiptail’ and ‘Heavy Metal Sky’ pulse with Painkiller hearts that vigorously resurrect the genre’s most glorious era. The breadth and depth of Poison Whiptail is a full feast for rock and rollers and metal heads alike.
In the wake of album release, Mokomokai is powered up to take to the road worldwide in 2017.
Black/death metal band from Calgary, Canada.