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NeverWake’s music is a sinew of rock and metal which forms a pathway for dark guitar harmonies to unwind into shredding leads. Symphonic choruses and melodic vocals pull the listener into a haunting trance and awaken them with undeniable guttering of heavily distorted breakdowns. NeverWake consists of Johnny DiCarlo on lead vocals/lead guitar, Marcus Giannamore on drums/vocals, George Scott on bass guitar/vocals and Justin Sanford lead guitar/vocals.
NeverWake was chosen by the AEG Live promoters to play on the first ever ReverbNation stage at the annual hard rock and heavy metal music festival Carolina Rebellion 2015. Kicking off the weekend for 60,000 fans, NeverWake had the incredible opportunity to share the spotlight with bands such as Korn, Slipknot, Nonpoint, Periphery and many more. In April, NeverWake rocked alongside various artists from Iron Maiden, Disturbed, and Twisted Sister, (The Foundry), at The Hard Rock Cafe in Pittsburgh and had multiple shows at the SXSW Heart ofTexas Rock Fest. Earlier in 2015, the band played at The ReverbNation Stage for the Millennium Music Conference Showcase, Altar Bar in Pittsburgh and several other local and nationwide venues.
Described as “smashing ‘Bullet For My Valentine’ and ‘Trivium’ together,” NeverWake’s second and most recent studio album is “SleepWalker,” crafted at Innovation Studios with producer/engineer Mike Ofca and mastered under legendary engineer Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound. Their debut full-length album “Vitality” was released in August 2011 and the single “Cut You Down” on Halloween of 2012.
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Volk is an amazing Drummer and Vocalist with a unique style and sense of music. He’s an artist, musician, composer, clinician, entertainer, and educator…NOW his latest creation: Vovkulaka.Singing while Drumming,Volk,is taking his Drumming career to another level. A real Paranormal Investigator,Volk mixes his music with his Paranormal experiences.Ghost Hunting around the World,Volk’s fans read about his Ghost Hunting stories while enjoying the music.
The first single written for Ukraine,”Glory to the Heroes”,Vovkulaka (Ukrainian for Werewolf) is already on the charts in Kyiv (www.radioroks.ua). Featuring Keith Lynch on Guitar (Bill Ward Band,Ozzy Osbourne), based on his travels in Ukraine after Maidan,the song has been dedicated to Ukrainian Soldier Nadiya Savchenko [jailed in Russia and subsequently released in May 2016].Along with thousands of other Ukrainian Patriots,Vovkulaka participated in a three month Twitter campaign,focused on the Kremlin,to release Savchenko.’Glory to the Heroes’ was given to the Ukrainian People as a gift for Freedom.Currently,the song is being played in Ukraine,France,Russia,and the States.The second Single released,’my Devil’,is much darker and based on VolK’s Paranormal experiences.
In October 2016,Vovkulaka finished reording new music.Again,working with Producer Darian Rundall (Pennywise,Suicidal Tendencies),Vovkulaka released 4 new singles in 2017. Based in Odessa,Ukraine, Vovkulaka is a true ‘International Metal Band’. Vovkulka’s members come from Ukraine,Bulgaria,and the United States…naya G and juleZ(Ukraine) dance,play percussion, and Drumset and Ivan(Bulgaria) plays Guitar [live]. The Band is committed to creating “Dark…Angry…Evil…Metal”. Volk explains what Vovkulaka is all about. He say’s,”…Pain never sounded so good…”.