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Arvada, Colorado, United States | Established. Jan 01, 1996 | SELF

Arvada, Colorado, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 1996
Band Metal Rock


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"Brilliant and Indispensable Work"

"...a true excursion into the best world of Melodic Metal, Heavy Metal and Prog Metal styles. ...very impressive and is a real winner for fans of "Nightwish", "Lacuna Coil", "Within Temptation", and "Queensrÿche". Brilliant and indispensable work, highly recommendable. Deserves the maximum rating." - Progressive Rock (Brazil)

"Top Notch"

"...Awaken is a top notch product from opener and title track 'Awaken' until final track 'Dream'. This four piece surprised me all the way, and it's really impossible to point out which tracks are the best."

92 / 100 - Metal to Infinity (Belgium)


"...very impressive. The sound and production is huge... The choruses are very melodic and (instrumentally) it goes way up to perfection. ...highly recommended to both Prog Metal and Melodic Hard Rock fans!"

8.5 / 10 - Strutter Zine (Netherlands)

"A Tight Foursome"

"...Awaken proves this thinking-big band is difficult to pigeonhole: They are not a rock-rock band, but neither are they strictly metal. However you define them, they are a tight foursome who maintain their musicality. ...(Shine) should be released as a single."

4 / 5 - Colorado Music Buzz (USA - CO)

"Beautiful Atmosphere"

"...contains certain very good moments and can capture the listener without big effort. What dominates everywhere is the beautiful atmosphere"

70 / 100 - Metal Zone (Greece)

"The Sound is Winning"

" would be too simplistic to categorize their music, because the style is sufficiently nuanced. ...the sound is winning."

7 / 10 - Shapeless Zine (Italy)

"Seriously Crunchy, Very Strong"

"...this is some seriously crunchy, but also very strong, music. If you haven’t heard this band in a while, you haven’t heard them." - Music Street Journal (USA - IL)

"Groovy and Contemporary"

"A lot of bands sound like blueprints of their idols, but that's not the case with the foursome, (which) provides us with a rather groovy and contemporary variant of our beloved genre." - Rock Report (Belgium)

"(Concert Review) Live with Y&T and Ron Keel"

"Hot off of their opening stint for the sold out Bon Jovi show, it isn’t hard to understand why they have been getting so many hot gigs as of late. Playing a mix of Melodic Metal and Prog-Rock, the twin guitar and heavy synth sound made the small venue swell with stadium bigness. Excellent drumming and some cool vocal melodies and harmonies accentuated the performance." - Metal Express Radio

"(Concert Review) Live at Rocklahoma 2009"

Story by Jennifer Chance

Why would a band drive eleven hours to play in the middle of a field in Pryor, Okla.? For Denver-based band, Bodragaz, the opportunity to play at Rocklahoma 2009, along with the likes of Great White, Twisted Sister and Skid Row, was all the motivation they needed.

Rocklahoma, now in its third year, brings nearly 100 bands together over four days. Although touted as “an ‘80s Rock festival,” the reality is that many of the bands are very current, and very talented. Bodragaz, with their melodic-rock sound, was a perfect fit.

Bodragaz was selected from a few hundred submissions as one of the “side stage” bands, which included Faster Pussycat and Bang Tango. The exposure potential, with management, label executives and press in such close proximity, was not lost on Bodragaz. “A great impression was the first priority,” says bassist, Jim Wescott.

Knowing song choice was critical, the band carefully crafted their set list. “With six albums of material, it’s never easy to select a 45-minute set,” says drummer Mike Taft. As it turned out, the set was even slightly shorter.

Bodragaz took the Funhouse stage just before 2:00 p.m. on day three of the festival. The temperature at the time was officially 101 degrees, but under the stage tent 120 degrees was likely. Taft, on a drum riser and exposed to very little ventilation, felt every song take a little more from him; each new song was a debate. “We actually decided not to play one song – a heavier one – because we just couldn’t,” says Taft.

One song short or not, Bodragaz gave the crowd exactly what they came for – hard-driving, melodic rock with soaring vocals. Did the band walk away from the experience with what they came for? The answer is a resounding yes. They had the opportunity to check out other bands, meet other musicians and experience the camaraderie of the event, taking time to hang out in the campgrounds with festival goers to really get an idea of what the Rocklahoma slogan — “It’s all about the party!” — really means. “From what I saw, people took that to heart!” says Wescott.

After all the revelry and mayhem, where does Bodragaz go now? With a current album listed on’s Top 32 Most Significant Releases in Metal, an opening gig for Bon Jovi, and now Rocklahoma on their resume, there is nowhere to go but up. The band is working on a follow up to their most recent release “Awaken” and currently booking local and showcase gigs. Perhaps that exposure will pay off.
- StageShottz Magazine


Bodragaz (1996)
Somewhere In Switzerland (1997)
Epoch (1999)
Solid Sound (2002)
MRCD2: The Beast Inside (2004)*
Clear (2005)
Awaken (2008)
Auditory Assault 2 (2011)**
Symphony (2012)

*Compilation disc, featuring The Energy from Solid Sound
**Compilation disc, featuring Lost from Awaken



On the brink of a new era in Heavy Metal Music, BODRAGAZ have established a sound completely their own! Mixing the elements of Power, Symphonic, Progressive and Melodic Rock, BODRAGAZ delivers a Fuel-Adrenaline, Power-Punch of Hard Rock/Heavy Metal unlike any other. This Denver-based Quintet have 7 CDs to their credit, with their most recent release, Symphony, gaining world wide recognition and 4 star reviews!

BODRAGAZ was formed in the mid 90s by Michael Layer, Kevin Shaw and Jim Wescott. Throughout the years, various changes in players have resulted in the addition of Charles J. Dickey (2005) & Dino Cuneo (2013). With a multitude of collective talent and experience, the current line up takes the band to the next level!

Performing a variety of live shows including, stadiums, arenas and national festivals, BODRAGAZ is no stranger to playing the Big Stage! Whether opening for Bon Jovi @ the Pepsi Center (Denver, CO) during their 2006 Have a Nice Day Tour, or sharing the stage @ the 2009 Rocklahoma Festival, BODRAGAZ have upped their game over the last several years. Additional performances include a myriad of opening shows for National Acts, as well as a wealth of local and regional showcase performances. 

BODRAGAZ are currently seeking additional distribution, representation and performance opportunities.

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