Dendura

Dendura

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Dendura are a female-fronted, progmetal band that takes a very unique approach to the genre focusing on Ancient Egypt and Egyptian Mythology. They present an unforgettable approach to progressive metal that builds and weaves dark themes with the allure of sensual mystery.

Biography

Dendura, who formed in 2004, are a haunting, progressive metal band who recently signed to KillZone Records. The warmly seductive, almost gritty, vocals of Aziza Poggi draw from the rich cultural heritage of her Egyptian and Lebanese roots, while the combined talents of Steve Wethy and Paul Stein couple classical guitar melodies with metal virtuosity. Together, the band transcends the boundaries of progmetal to create a mysterious, unforgettable soundscape.

2005 was primarily a year of hiatus due to the lack of a full-time drummer, but Dendura funneled their creative energies into various outlets including songwriting and film scoring.

In April 2006, Dendura released New Life, their debut album that attracted several film directors who licensed tracks for various projects including the award-winning film Broken, Perception and InZer0, a popular made-for-TV sci-fi series. Meanwhile, the press continued to praise their originality and Egyptian-infused sound. Dendura also hit the buzz bandwagon in Brazil, Egypt, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy and the USA.

Two months later, Dendura added a second guitarist which proved to be the missing ingredient to their ever-evolving, increasingly heavier sound. The band vaulted into high gear. Dendura was filmed for an episode of a reality TV series, penned a metal version of In the Hall of the Mountain King for the Comedy Central series Monsters Ballz and appeared on the ABC TV affiliate (WZZM) in their hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. They also played with Edguy (who recently did some European dates with Aerosmith), Light This City and Lennex (featuring Phil Ritchie, a finalist on the CBS TV series Rock Star Supernova).

Always driven to imbue fresh elements into their sound and stage performances, Dendura again looked to the Middle-East for creative stimulation. They brought their inspiration to the stage for selected live shows by incorporating belly dancers who evoke an air of exotic mystery.

2007 started with a big dose of adrenaline when New Life gained distribution through Sonic Cathedral, one of the largest online stores for female vocal music. By August, New Life became one of Sonic Cathedral’s top-ten best-selling albums and the band captured the attention of KillZone Records who signed them shortly thereafter.

In addition, Dendura has tracks on three upcoming CD compilations. In October, watch for Symphony (from New Life) on the official ProgPower 2007 festival compilation distributed to more than 50,000 people attending the sold-out event starring Sonata Arctica, After Forever and Firewind. In November, watch for the acoustic version of I Have a Gun (previously unreleased) on the Bootleg compilation for WGRD FM 97.9 in Grand Rapids, MI.

Dendura is excited to continue their journey as they borrow from the past and dream into the future with their moody, powerful, and mesmerizing brand of progressive metal

Discography

Debut cd - "New Life" released April 2006
Music being streammed on Sonic Cathedral Sirens Radio www.soniccathedral.com, WZUU in Kalamazoo, and WKLQ The Metal Show.

Accomplishments

Interview on ABC TV (WZZM) in Grand Rapids. Spins on the major rock stations WKLQ (Grand Rapids) and WZUU (Kalamazoo). Ink in the Grand Rapids Press, Lansing State Journal, Kalamazoo Gazette, Real Detroit, Hastings Reminder, Advance Newspapers, The Observer and Eccentric as well as online metal/progressive rock sites. Licensed music for seven films/made-for-TV series’. Filmed for a reality TV show. Dendura’s CD, New Life, is one of the ten best-selling CDs at the Sonic Cathedral Female Music Store.

November, 2007
Dendura joins Fuel and other bands on the Bootleg CD compilation sponsored by WGRD radio in Grand Rapids.

October, 2007
Dendura’s track Symphony appears on the 2007 ProgPower US festival compilation distributed to the 50,000 people who attended this sold-out national event in Atlanta, GA.
Dendura plays with Edguy, a national recording artist who recently did some European dates with Aerosmith.

September, 2007
Dendura licenses a song for Terra, a new sci-fi series.

August 2007
Dendura signs to Killzone Records, a strong indie label in Austin, TX.
Dendura’s debut CD New Life is one of the top 10 best sellers at the Sonic Cathedral Female Music Store
Watch for Dendura’s music in the upcoming made-for-TV pilot New Directions.

July, 2007
Broken, a movie starring Aziza and featuring I Have a Gun and Mummified by Dendura, wins three awards at two film festivals (in two states) in one weekend.

May, 2007
Comedy Central adds Monsterz Ballz, a popular series, into weekly programming on national TV. The show features Dendura’s version of In the Hall of the Mountain King as the theme song.

April, 2007
Aziza’s voice is featured on Sonic Cathedral Sirens Radio.

February 2007
Dendura plays with Lennex, a national act featuring Phil Ritchie, one of the 12 finalists on the CBS TV prime-time series Rockstar Supernova.
Sonic Cathedral, the largest online female vocal store in the USA, distributes Dendura’s debut CD New Life.

January 2007
The Take Five show on ABC TV in Grand Rapids (WZZM) interviews Dendura who also performs Sacred Gateway.
WKLQ radio in Grand Rapids invites Dendura to play at The WKLQ Heavyweight Championships for 500-600 people.
Dendura scores another movie soundtrack deal with the film Path Of The Dead and a music video featuring I Have A Gun.
The band performs with national recording artist Black List Union, as seen in Metal Edge Magazine.

December 2006:
Dendura is taped for an episode of the reality TV series I Too Want To Be A Star for WMYD TV (My Network TV) in Detroit.
InZer0, a made-for-TV sci-fi series, features Dendura’s song I Have A Gun for Episode 7. www.thoughtcollide.com

October 2006:
A Dark Victory, an upcoming independent film, includes Dendura’s song Isis.

September 2006:
Broken, an independent film, stars Aziza as an emotionally- and physically-abused newspaper reporter. The film also features the Dendura songs Mummified and I Have A Gun. www.broken-movie.com

April 2006:
Dendura performs Nemesis and I Have a Gun, as seen in the Canadian horror film Cycle of Fear, during the Grand Rapids premiere of the movie. The band is featured in The Grand Rapids Press (twice), Advance Papers, Michigan VUE, Recoil, Revue and On The Town Magazine. www.myspace.com/mannydirector

February 2006:
Dendura’s song Nemesis is featured in the drama Perception. www.perceptionthemovie.com

January 2006:
The Devil’s Eye, a horror film, includes Dendura’s song Rage. www.fingeredfilms.com

April 2004:
For their first show, Dendura opens for national band Level/C in Detroit.

Set List

Typical set list includes 45 minutes including a couple covers. Currently have 1 1/2 hours of material for live performance. Are working on getting that up to 2 hours.
Songs currently in set list:
I have a gun (metal version)
I have a gun (acoustic)
Nemesis
Sympony
Isis
Shadowman
Afterlife
Walk with the living
Sacred Gateway
Rage
I, Nephthys
Mummified
and cover songs

Working on:
several new songs