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VARGA is a Heavy/Progressive/Thrash metal band from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

After some success in the early 90’s, and after a long hiatus, Varga re-united in 2011.

Their two new releases, ENTER THE METAL (2013) and RETURN OF THE METAL (2014), showcase the band’s return to their pure heavy metal roots.

When you’re born and bred in a city that’s nicknamed “The Hammer”, it goes without saying that you will be raised on a healthy dose of metal music. For Sabbath, it was Birmingham, England. For Varga, that place is Canada’s Steeltown - Hamilton, Ontario.

The ties between Joe Varga (bass and vocals) and Dan Fila (drums) are as far reaching as grade school. But it was in their teens when they would begin receiving local recognition as a fearsome rhythm section. After adding Adam Alex (guitar) and later, Sean Williamson (guitar), the once Glendale based outfit did what all aspiring young bands do. They bought an old beat up bread truck and hit the road playing covers on the local Ontario bar scene.

It was during this dues-paying time when the four realized they could make a sound all of their own. “It was a hybrid – we had progressive influences from early Rush and heavy influences from Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer and the classics Judas Priest, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden and fused it into a progressive metal sound,” recalls Joe Varga.

Armed with a couple of cassette releases, Varga caught the attention of the A&R department at BMG Canada and left home to tour the continent. “When we got to the major label, we were a little more streamlined and straight forward metal but they were good songs and we enjoyed doing it.


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