7 Minute Stagger
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7 Minute Stagger

Worcester, Massachusetts, United States | SELF

Worcester, Massachusetts, United States | SELF
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Sep
02
7 Minute Stagger @ Rt 63 Roadhouse

Millers Falls, Massachusetts, USA

Millers Falls, Massachusetts, USA

Jul
23
7 Minute Stagger @ Easy Street Nightclub

Greenfield, Massachusetts, USA

Greenfield, Massachusetts, USA

Jun
11
7 Minute Stagger @ Patriot's Bar & Grille

Bellingham, Massachusetts, USA

Bellingham, Massachusetts, USA

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7 Minute Stagger was co-founded by longtime friends Erik Zarazinski and Greg Joy in 2006. It emerged from their project that was formerly known as Elyxer that disbanded in early 2000. Building on what they had, they set out to finish what they started. Their vision was to mold a completely different sound that would combine their older frantic metal riffs with newer ideas in the form of crushing breakdowns with intricate structure and catchy melodic interludes. Both having paid their dues behind a drum kit in their own respects, Greg and Erik grasped the guitar with a whole new rhythmic mentality. Greg provides hair raising melodic chord progressions with stern attention to detail and structure, while Erik brings killer riffs and pounding drum beat ideas. The next step was to find a vocalist that had the pipes to bring out the brutality and the beauty in the music. This proved a daunting task and after much frustration they decided not to settle on one voice for the band, but to bring in two different voices that were capable of carrying the brutal and the beautiful. Then, in combination, they could produce a vocal sound as unique as the songs that were written. Both were veterans of the local music scene. Amanda had performed in a hard rock project “Standard Deviation” and currently performs with the techno-pop group “The Deadites” and in an acoustic cover project with her brother Mike. Trey had been a part of “12 Step Program“, a heavy hitting metal quintet, alongside Erik for the past four years and had also performed with other metal groups such as “Trauma Concept“, “Fragile“, and “DUC“. Amanda would use her seductively powerful chords to find her niche in the melody of the music and Trey would use his aesthetic shattering growls to drive the frenetic portions of the songs. The last item on the list was to find a rhythm section capable of providing a backbone to this audio onslaught. This also proved to be much more difficult than expected and after a few unsuccessful try-outs Greg and Erik decided to work with talented individuals that they already knew and had shared the same stage with. Enter Sean Cottle and Emile Bourbeau. Sean had also been an integral part of “12 Step Program” and his rumbling bass sound and electric stage presence provided just the ground shaking low-end that the guitar work was searching for. Emile had also made a name for himself within the metal community lending his groove infused drum work to projects such as “5 Pump Chump” and “Mad Kactus”, and currently, to the four piece metal outfit “Devoid”. He provided the driving backbeat and furious staccato of cymbal hits that completed Greg and Erik’s vision. 7 Minute Stagger is now poised on the brink of creating a new movement within the deeply rooted Massachusetts metal scene. Their progressive take on melodic metal is supported by an unbridled display of energy and aggression on stage and is not to be missed and cannot be matched.