SYLENT STORM BIO (FEB 2019)
The traditional Heavy Metal band SYLENT STORM was formed in Medford Oregon on March 4th 2013 by lead vocalist (and then drummer) Jym Harris, along with guitarist James Lind, and bassist Matt Foster. After their first gig in July of that year, the band briefly added a second guitarist (first Randy Stevens, then later Jenny Logan) but eventually returned to being a trio. Dozens of shows around Southern Oregon were played over the next two years with acts like RAVEN, UNLEASH THE ARCHERS, SPELLCASTER, NIGHT DEMON, DIEMONDS, WEHRMACHT, SKELATOR and many more.
The band began work their self-titled EP in early 2015. Once all the tracked were recorded, Engineer Chris Slocum closed the doors at Jackson Street Studios and the recordings were left unmixed. The members soon parted ways and Harris decided to focus on different opportunities rather than rebuild the lineup.
While active in other projects, Harris was frequently asked about SYLENT STORM, as the New Wave Of Traditional Heavy Metal movement became more popular. Recognizing a possible demand, he had Doug Hill at Medford’s 60 Psycho Hum Studios mix and master the six-track release. It was picked up by Stormspell Records and a physical CD was made available in December of 2018. Two weeks later, the band’s self-titled EP showed up on many “Best Of 2018” lists online.
As more press releases, favorable reviews and mentions showed up in Heavy Metal publications, interest in the band started to grow. Since Foster appeared uninterested in the project and Lind was now living elsewhere focusing more on becoming a vocalist, it became clear that a new lineup was needed to move forward. Harris brought in two of his BLOODMOON WARNING band mates; bassist Mike Pugh and lead guitarist Michael Ian Brisbane (Smith) plus former Black Halo guitarist Jack Costa. After years of suffering from a type of tendinitis referred to as “drummer’s elbow”, Harris remained on lead vocals but retired from the drum throne, handing those duties to former Aptera drummer Rich Psonak,
As of early 2019, the now “critically acclaimed” EP has gained the band a moderate following in the NWOTHM community, and with their first professional music video in the works, the band prepares for the upcoming year. Live dates have been booked on many stages, big and small, and new songs are being fine-tuned for a hopeful late 2019 full-length release.