DISTRICT 97 is undoubtedly the most musically-adventurous rock band in the world to feature an American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist. Since 2008, this quintet from Chicago has melded an adventurous, uncompromising instrumental prowess with the look, sound, and stage presence of vocalist Leslie Hunt. Through world tours and a stream of studio and live releases, the band has garnered a worldwide fanbase; collaborating with iconic singer/bassist John Wetton (King Crimson, Asia, UK) and drawing praise from Bill Bruford (drummer of Yes/King Crimson/Genesis), Mike Portnoy (drummer of Dream Theater/Transatlantic) and other rock luminaries along the way. Their new album Screens and its accompanying live show are their most ambitious efforts to date.
ACT OF DESTRUCTION
In 2007 the idea began to manifest physically. The two brothers instigated several public performances with a drum machine. Quickly drawing attention, Glenn Mendoza was discovered by way of the internet. Bringing Ed Ingram into the team, Mendoza allowed the group to engage in weekly Sonic Destruction of much larger audiences, including support on sold out performances at The Pearl Room, legendary for providing the greater Chicagoland area with an elite Metal experience.
At this point the band began to closer observe their reality. This allowed them to lead entire audiences to complete Aural Satisfaction at once, stated by some fans to be, “Bringing the glory back to Metal!”
Experiencing 200 live performances by early 2010, including multiple encounters with “Chicago’s Finest” for various noise complaints and power outages, ACT OF DESTRUCTION™ began working on their yet unreleased debut full length: ‘EXTINCTION’. Ed Ingram had left the band to pursue personal goals, making way for Keith Pedziewiatr to join for a brief period. Writing was completed and drums were tracked in Summer of 2010.
As work progressed, both Mendoza and Pedziewiatr left the band in search of personal aspirations. During that time, ACT OF DESTRUCTION™ signed an exclusive deal with the ‘Scariest Man in America’ Hart D. Fisher and the American Horrors network for use of a re-recorded demo track, “Die”, for theme song and promotional purposes.
Pushing forward to bring this Music to as many people as possible, John and Nigel Bravo completed the album. Early 2012 witnessed a handful of live performances featuring Will Lange, cousin to the Bravos, filling in on Drums, and Alex Baggio, now a permanent Guitarist.
In 2014, on recommendation from a Chicago metal veteran, Jason Caruana was contacted and quickly became a permanent member of the band. Final mixing and mastering of ‘Extinction’ was completed during the summer at Lo-Tech Laboratories. ‘Extinction’ was released publicly on February 6th 2015 in Chicago and is now available at every live performance!
Will your city be next to lie upon the Path Of Destruction?
Mindwarp Chamber, based in Chicago, IL. is composed of musicians well respected in the industry. They have all joined forces, blending their unique styles to create a very progressive and melodic style of music, filled with technical prowess, mellifluous passages, and displays of virtuosity.
With 2 full length releases under their belts, the band has carved out their own style and approach to the Prog Metal genre. Currently, they are writing and recording new music for an upcoming full length release, slated for 2013, that promises to establish them on the international scene.