Unified Past release Etched in Stone the first of many live videos to come from their performance at RoSfest (Rites of Spring Festival) on May 6th, 2017 at Majestic Theater in Gettysburg Pennsylvania. Etched in Stone is the 3rd track from the band’s critically acclaimed album Shifting the Equilibrium and was the final song performed by Unified Past at RoSfest.
The Rites of Spring festival or RoSfest is an annual progressive rock festival which takes place at the end of April or in early May. Established in 2004, and held the Majestic Theater in historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Phil Naro – Vocals
Stephen Speelman – Guitar
David Mickelson – Bass
Roger Banks – Drums
John Battema – Keyboards
Unified Past have confirmed the addition of two new band members to complete line up. Unified Past are a US/Canadian based heavy melodic prog band with seven albums under their belt including the highly acclaimed album Shifting The Equilibrium released in 2015 and the first album to feature vocalist Phil Naro.
Unified Past had been seeking a permanent keyboard player and enlisted long time friend Jason Hanley who performed some live shows in late fall of 2016 and has also recorded a few tracks with the band, however Jason could not commit for a long term tenure with the band so the search continued for a full time keyboard player. According to the band the search is over, they have welcomed Canadian Keyboardist Mike Sues to the band as well as Drummer Roger Banks also a well respected and popular Canadian musician known for his work with the likes of Billy Sheehan, Tony Levin, Alannis Morisette among other talented artists!.
Both Mike and Roger will make their live debut at ROSfest on Saturday May 6th 2017, Unified Past were confirmed for the prestigious ROSfest (Rites of Spring Festival) in early 2016. ROSfest is held annually in Gettysburg, PA. in the meantime the band continue to write and record new material for their next effort, no title or date have been confirmed.
Stephen Speelman: Vocals, Guitar & Keys Dave Mickelson: Bass Roger Banks: Drums Mike Sues: Keyboards Phil Naro: Vocals
Veteran US band Unified Past will be the second band to play on Saturday at ROSfest 2017.
This New York-based band formed in 1998, with roots going back to early 1990’s band Labyrinth. Although the band was originally aligned towards a progressive metal-oriented sound with inspiration from bands like Rush, in the last few years their style has morphed due to a changing line-up. These days, veteran members Stephen Speelman (guitars, keyboards) and Victor Tassone (drums) have been joined by Dave Mickelson (bass) and Phil Naro (vocals).
Cue the band’s seventh album “Shifting the Equilibrium,” released on US label Melodic Revolution Records in 2015. The bite of progressive metal is still present, with traces of bands such as Rush and possibly even Dream Theater, but it’s now paired with sounds of a more vintage nature that could be compared to bands like Yes. With the excellent lead vocals of Phil Naro as the proverbial icing on the cake, “Shifting the Equilibrium” has been a true-to-life game changer for this band.
Unified Past is a veteran act that has transformed in the last couple years from relative obscurity into a group that could really be going places, and we’re sure that they are one of the bands that will make a really strong impression at ROSfest in 2017. We were surprised and amazed by their latest album, and we’re certain that this fantastic group will surprise and amaze us all on stage as well!
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