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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, UK. For Varga, that place is called Hamilton, Ontario. Canada.

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 van 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. So 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.

“It was a hybrid – we had progressive influences from 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. “It was a great experience and the songs were written well. We got to tour a lot through Canada and the States with White Zombie, we opened up for Metallica and we got a lot of roadwork. 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. The ‘90s were a crazy time for heavy metal – it was kind of clashing with the whole grunge thing so we just did what we wanted to do at the time. We started incorporating a little more of an industrial sound to it.”

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