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Dec
19
Rome Apart @ Baltimore Soundstage

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Oct
12
Rome Apart @ Baltimore Soundstage

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Sep
03
Rome Apart @ Recher Theatre

Towson, Maryland, USA

Towson, Maryland, USA

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Rome Apart, a local Metal / Progressive / Ambient band with influences ranging from Opeth to Dream Theater to The Doors, performed Friday night at Rams Head Live. Concertgoer Dave Picolo was kind enough to send his thoughts on the show:

"As usual for a venue like Rams Head, the sound mix was very well done. The thunderous drumming of Jerry Zamostny cracked your ribs without overpowering the bass backbone supplied by Marco Galsim. There was a clear delineation between the guitars of Toby King and Mike Johnson, but the most pleasing aspect was the funky soulful voice of Kieron Kitson-Walters during the slower parts of the songs. Of course all bets were off when the tempo changed and the growling began.

Showmanship was another nice touch from the band. The audience was engaged from the humorous opening introduction sequence until the very end. There were no dead spots in the set begging for the obligatory bathroom break. Keeping the attention of the audience seemed high on their priority list and they were rewarded with cheers from the hometown crowd. It's nice to see a band appreciate the audience instead of feeling entitled. I'm looking forward to the next show."

You can learn more about the band at their Facebook page, or you can listen to some of their songs at their MySpace page. - Examiner.com


Rome Apart, a local Metal / Progressive / Ambient band with influences ranging from Opeth to Dream Theater to The Doors, performed Friday night at Rams Head Live. Concertgoer Dave Picolo was kind enough to send his thoughts on the show:

"As usual for a venue like Rams Head, the sound mix was very well done. The thunderous drumming of Jerry Zamostny cracked your ribs without overpowering the bass backbone supplied by Marco Galsim. There was a clear delineation between the guitars of Toby King and Mike Johnson, but the most pleasing aspect was the funky soulful voice of Kieron Kitson-Walters during the slower parts of the songs. Of course all bets were off when the tempo changed and the growling began.

Showmanship was another nice touch from the band. The audience was engaged from the humorous opening introduction sequence until the very end. There were no dead spots in the set begging for the obligatory bathroom break. Keeping the attention of the audience seemed high on their priority list and they were rewarded with cheers from the hometown crowd. It's nice to see a band appreciate the audience instead of feeling entitled. I'm looking forward to the next show."

You can learn more about the band at their Facebook page, or you can listen to some of their songs at their MySpace page. - Examiner.com


Vocals that mix melody with anger, dueling guitars that compliment each other perfectly & a rhythm section that's in the pocket 100%, Rome Apart is a band that blends many styles together yet remains on the heavier side throughout their live show.
As a guitar player I couldn't help but notice how the 2 players onstage completed each other in both sound & style.


Toby played a white 7 string & used a Marshall head while Chandler used a black seven string & played through a Mesa head; the 2 opposing guitar tones meshed well together & if you were too close to the stage the sound didn't permeate well but walking back from the stage a bit you could hear the clear distinctions in each players tone & style & throughout most of their set they used the same guitars; I felt like the concept of Toby playing the white while Chandler played the black added a unique balance onstage which, in an odd way, segmented the difference in their playing as well.

Towards the end of the set they both switched guitars & were both using white guitars but by that point it was last song(s) of the set & their product was already presented.


Chandler is the guy you couldn't miss onstage or off...he was dressed like a weird 60's/70's dude, I wasn't sure if he was supposed to be Jimi Hendrix or Sonny Bono but regardless it was comical to see him walk around dressed like that, his personality is really quiet & sullen yet onstage his playing speaks volumes & there in lies the beauty in Mr. Chandler!

The band played a new song in their set that was not yet released & it was actually one of my favorites of the night because it sounded fresh, raw & it featured Toby doing some finger tapping throughout various parts of the song...the tapping added a nice change to the bands sound.

K.anthonY is the bands lead singer & he's an interesting fit for the band, his voice is strong & matches his presence very well; the only thing I will bust him on was something he said onstage...he asked the crowd if they knew what the flag was that he had draped on his mic, then he asked, "Have you ever heard of a band called Bob Marley?" & I laughed at that little slip up because he's a Man, not a band....but to be honest, it's what makes live rock n roll so unique, those little slip ups are what makes it all human & fun!


Touching on the rhythm section for a moment, Jerry & Marco might blend in the background while the dueling guitarists & K.anthonY command all the attention up front, BUT Jerry & Marco are the glue that hold the band together & you can't ignore what they add to the bands sound.


I was also mildly surprised Rome Apart had no merch table at the show, they have cd's & stuff for sale yet they didn't pimp any of their wears for this show....after the performance they gave I believe they could have sold a few cd's because they played a really tight set!

After the show Toby apologized for not being totally "on" & he explained that he had too much sushi & beer prior to the show & he felt like it hindered his performance BUT to be honest with you, you couldn't tell because when a rock band is playing loud, heavy rock music the flaws get covered with volume! - SEN Baltimore


Vocals that mix melody with anger, dueling guitars that compliment each other perfectly & a rhythm section that's in the pocket 100%, Rome Apart is a band that blends many styles together yet remains on the heavier side throughout their live show.
As a guitar player I couldn't help but notice how the 2 players onstage completed each other in both sound & style.


Toby played a white 7 string & used a Marshall head while Chandler used a black seven string & played through a Mesa head; the 2 opposing guitar tones meshed well together & if you were too close to the stage the sound didn't permeate well but walking back from the stage a bit you could hear the clear distinctions in each players tone & style & throughout most of their set they used the same guitars; I felt like the concept of Toby playing the white while Chandler played the black added a unique balance onstage which, in an odd way, segmented the difference in their playing as well.

Towards the end of the set they both switched guitars & were both using white guitars but by that point it was last song(s) of the set & their product was already presented.


Chandler is the guy you couldn't miss onstage or off...he was dressed like a weird 60's/70's dude, I wasn't sure if he was supposed to be Jimi Hendrix or Sonny Bono but regardless it was comical to see him walk around dressed like that, his personality is really quiet & sullen yet onstage his playing speaks volumes & there in lies the beauty in Mr. Chandler!

The band played a new song in their set that was not yet released & it was actually one of my favorites of the night because it sounded fresh, raw & it featured Toby doing some finger tapping throughout various parts of the song...the tapping added a nice change to the bands sound.

K.anthonY is the bands lead singer & he's an interesting fit for the band, his voice is strong & matches his presence very well; the only thing I will bust him on was something he said onstage...he asked the crowd if they knew what the flag was that he had draped on his mic, then he asked, "Have you ever heard of a band called Bob Marley?" & I laughed at that little slip up because he's a Man, not a band....but to be honest, it's what makes live rock n roll so unique, those little slip ups are what makes it all human & fun!


Touching on the rhythm section for a moment, Jerry & Marco might blend in the background while the dueling guitarists & K.anthonY command all the attention up front, BUT Jerry & Marco are the glue that hold the band together & you can't ignore what they add to the bands sound.


I was also mildly surprised Rome Apart had no merch table at the show, they have cd's & stuff for sale yet they didn't pimp any of their wears for this show....after the performance they gave I believe they could have sold a few cd's because they played a really tight set!

After the show Toby apologized for not being totally "on" & he explained that he had too much sushi & beer prior to the show & he felt like it hindered his performance BUT to be honest with you, you couldn't tell because when a rock band is playing loud, heavy rock music the flaws get covered with volume! - SEN Baltimore


Rome Apart is a Baltimore based rock band who's influences are diverse; the best way to prove that is to say that seeing is believing; when you see their live show they mix up elements of Sevendust, King's X, Porcupine Tree, Killswitch Engage & MuteMath...that's a good description of the sounds the 5 members of Rome Apart create when jammin' on stage!

Singer K. Anthony is a large African American singer who adds soul & sin to the overall sound of Rome Apart, while the rhythm section is sleek & fast, but it's the thick ended, trebled injected tones of the twin guitar attack from "Metal Man" Mike & "King" Tobey that really complete the sound of Rome Apart.

"Metal Man" & "King" grew up together & have been friends since childhood; I'd compare their onstage & offstage relationship to a rock n roll pro wrestling tag team...what I mean is that these 2 guys are really in-tune with each other, they interact like 2 brothers both on & off stage, they can complete riffs together & finish each others parts, they both have a similar sense of humor that's really out there, they are silly to no end, yet they are also dead serious when it comes to their music & their professionalism!

I was chatting with "Metal Man" Mike post show & I've always compared his playing with Tobey to that of Killswitch Engage & Mike pointed something out to me that was rather interesting; Mike said, "Tobey and I have been playing together for so many years, we were actually playing together before Killswitch Engage came out, so I'd like to think we were not just influenced by that band since we were doing this before they were a band." Mike was telling me that his hyper stage persona is part of his positive attitude & if you ever chat with Mike, he's a total optimist, he believes in everything working out for the best, he doesn't party or drink before a show so he can give it his all & perform 100% to the best of his ability & his persistence in being positive really shows onstage. As Mike put it to me, he's usually the one who winds up looking stupid onstage because he's smiling & having fun while everyone else is totally serious & trying to be cool.


Three not so random facts about this particular show are:

#1, this show was actually Mike's first real show with the band, he was asked to join by Tobey after the bands previous guitarist left.

#2 Guitarist Tobey played this show with a broken hand...apparently the night before the show he had an accident & broke his hand, but being the trooper that he is, Tobey cut the cast off his hand & played the show regardless of the pain...that's REAL dedication to rock n roll if you ask me!


#3, "Metal Man" Mike got no sleep at all prior to this show because he was worried to death that the show would be horrible since Tobey had just broken his hand, therefore Mike was all nerves, dead tired & stressed beyond belief.

To be honest with you, the show was amazing...the band played just about 30 minutes, the set was far too short, but with these smaller local shows the bands get to play about 6 songs & they get full stage sound, but the show itself is limited time wise so it's over early & they can pack several local bands into one billing. Rome Apart has a keyboard player on the side of the stage that's hidden from the crowd & he's utilized 2 times during the bands show, but the core of the bands live show is the Heavy Metal tag team guitar duo & I don't mean that as a slag on the other band members, it's just how it is...that's due partially to the fact that King & Metal Man put themselves out there...they are not just hams while on the stage, they are the entire pig & they are smiling & enjoying every moment of it too!

The bands set opened with a funny intro tape from the nighttime DJ's on 98 Rock...apparently there was some sorta incident when the band played Morgan State University recently & the guys in Rome Apart decided to make the bad situation into a joke & use it as their intro for the show.


The bands set closed with a song so new that they have yet to title it & it's not even officially recorded yet, but regardless, the new song, whatever the title might end up being, rocked hard!

After Rome Apart's set ended, the band members hung out & celebrated a strong set with their fans & fellow local musicians...it was interesting to note that alot o' the local music scene came out to support Rome Apart & see the bands set...apparently this band was originally a studio only act that just recently started to play live shows!

For more info on Rome Apart, go to www.romeapart.net & if you ever wonder why the bands guitarist "Metal Man" Mike might look REALLY familiar, it's because he's also the guitarist for Forgive The Fallen as well....Mike detailed for me how busy his life is at this point; he's playing live shows with Rome Apart, in the studio with Forgive the Fallen, working a day job & the man does a kick ass job at juggling it all. I might also note to all the ladi - Sen Baltimore


Rome Apart is a Baltimore based rock band who's influences are diverse; the best way to prove that is to say that seeing is believing; when you see their live show they mix up elements of Sevendust, King's X, Porcupine Tree, Killswitch Engage & MuteMath...that's a good description of the sounds the 5 members of Rome Apart create when jammin' on stage!

Singer K. Anthony is a large African American singer who adds soul & sin to the overall sound of Rome Apart, while the rhythm section is sleek & fast, but it's the thick ended, trebled injected tones of the twin guitar attack from "Metal Man" Mike & "King" Tobey that really complete the sound of Rome Apart.

"Metal Man" & "King" grew up together & have been friends since childhood; I'd compare their onstage & offstage relationship to a rock n roll pro wrestling tag team...what I mean is that these 2 guys are really in-tune with each other, they interact like 2 brothers both on & off stage, they can complete riffs together & finish each others parts, they both have a similar sense of humor that's really out there, they are silly to no end, yet they are also dead serious when it comes to their music & their professionalism!

I was chatting with "Metal Man" Mike post show & I've always compared his playing with Tobey to that of Killswitch Engage & Mike pointed something out to me that was rather interesting; Mike said, "Tobey and I have been playing together for so many years, we were actually playing together before Killswitch Engage came out, so I'd like to think we were not just influenced by that band since we were doing this before they were a band." Mike was telling me that his hyper stage persona is part of his positive attitude & if you ever chat with Mike, he's a total optimist, he believes in everything working out for the best, he doesn't party or drink before a show so he can give it his all & perform 100% to the best of his ability & his persistence in being positive really shows onstage. As Mike put it to me, he's usually the one who winds up looking stupid onstage because he's smiling & having fun while everyone else is totally serious & trying to be cool.


Three not so random facts about this particular show are:

#1, this show was actually Mike's first real show with the band, he was asked to join by Tobey after the bands previous guitarist left.

#2 Guitarist Tobey played this show with a broken hand...apparently the night before the show he had an accident & broke his hand, but being the trooper that he is, Tobey cut the cast off his hand & played the show regardless of the pain...that's REAL dedication to rock n roll if you ask me!


#3, "Metal Man" Mike got no sleep at all prior to this show because he was worried to death that the show would be horrible since Tobey had just broken his hand, therefore Mike was all nerves, dead tired & stressed beyond belief.

To be honest with you, the show was amazing...the band played just about 30 minutes, the set was far too short, but with these smaller local shows the bands get to play about 6 songs & they get full stage sound, but the show itself is limited time wise so it's over early & they can pack several local bands into one billing. Rome Apart has a keyboard player on the side of the stage that's hidden from the crowd & he's utilized 2 times during the bands show, but the core of the bands live show is the Heavy Metal tag team guitar duo & I don't mean that as a slag on the other band members, it's just how it is...that's due partially to the fact that King & Metal Man put themselves out there...they are not just hams while on the stage, they are the entire pig & they are smiling & enjoying every moment of it too!

The bands set opened with a funny intro tape from the nighttime DJ's on 98 Rock...apparently there was some sorta incident when the band played Morgan State University recently & the guys in Rome Apart decided to make the bad situation into a joke & use it as their intro for the show.


The bands set closed with a song so new that they have yet to title it & it's not even officially recorded yet, but regardless, the new song, whatever the title might end up being, rocked hard!

After Rome Apart's set ended, the band members hung out & celebrated a strong set with their fans & fellow local musicians...it was interesting to note that alot o' the local music scene came out to support Rome Apart & see the bands set...apparently this band was originally a studio only act that just recently started to play live shows!

For more info on Rome Apart, go to www.romeapart.net & if you ever wonder why the bands guitarist "Metal Man" Mike might look REALLY familiar, it's because he's also the guitarist for Forgive The Fallen as well....Mike detailed for me how busy his life is at this point; he's playing live shows with Rome Apart, in the studio with Forgive the Fallen, working a day job & the man does a kick ass job at juggling it all. I might also note to all the ladi - Sen Baltimore


Discography

Others - 2006
(available on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody)

Self - 2009
(available on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody)

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Baltimore based Progressive Metal artists Rome Apart pride themselves in their high energy and power-packed live shows. Showcasing their unique blend of what they coined as "the lazy mans progressive" metal, the band taps into musical elements and influences that not only span the genre but destroy all boundaries entirely. Their balance of electronica and thrash metal is easy to digest and leaves no sticky residue. Even your girlfriend will enjoy blasting their music in the car.

The bands debut album, "Others," pays homage to their progressive roots with songs like "Swan Song" and "Connections" while the epic "The Rift" dives violently into the murky waters of drone and death metal. Initially released via the internet as a free download in late 2006, "Others" later became available from the bands iTunes store page.

Their 2009 follow up album, "Self," took to a greater contrast by infusing the polar extremes of progressive metal and electronica. The concept album, based on the struggles to remain true to yourself, is laden with moments of brutality seamlessly married with drifting ambiance.

Currently, the band is hard at work on their third release which has been noted as being the heaviest and most complex work they have produced to date.