Altered Throne is taking things by storm as a new addition to the metal scene in Greater Vancouver.
The band from which Altered Throne arose started in 2008 when Anthony Fantillo formed "Prophet Fulfilled". Prophet Fulfilled went through many member changes during its popularity in the Tri-Cities. Yann Laredo entered Prophet Fulfilled and brought a new precision to the band's drum sound. Yann and Anthony worked together to source the remaining members that stand today as Altered Throne.
Matt Perrin was first. With his entrance of exceptional skill and advanced creative ability, Matt quickly became the star-studded lead guitarist - laying down solos and harmonies that served as foundation for future works.
Attaining Matt Higgins was the next step. Matt H. was acquired through recommendation and joined long after the band had gone through several bass players. Higgins stepped down from traditional guitar playing to fulfill the low-register needs of the band and continues to do so with an ever-increasing knack for musical creativity.
Approaching its fifth year in musical motion, the band realized that in order to step up their live game to the next level, they would put Anthony at ease by hiring a fifth member as lead vocalist. Andrew Hockley, who had befriended Prophet Fulfilled some years before, caught the band’s attention in 2011 when he posted videos of himself doing vocal covers. This was a turning point for Prophet Fulfilled. Immediately after becoming a five-piece ensemble, the band went straight to the studio.
With material of old and new, and lyrics entirely re-written to better suit their music and fans, Prophet recorded their first ever, self-titled album consisting of nine tracks.
Later, in post-production, the band separated from its founding member Anthony. Shortly after the split, they acquired former Artep bass player Tyler Skode as Anthony's replacement as rhythm guitar and decided to lay Prophet Fulfilled to rest and go under the new name Altered Throne.
After almost a year as Altered Throne, the band has had many successful shows including Armstrong Metal Fest where they shared the stage with artists such as: Into Eternity, Thor and local Vancouver bands Archspire and Ninjaspy. Other shows include Altered Throne’s CD release, headlined by Archspire; opening for Threat Signal, as well as many others.
Their show on January 11th, 2013 was headlined by Unleash The Archers and supported by several other local metal bands. Altered Throne recently announced their newest permanent member addition: Kassandra NicPharlain. Kassandra, also a former Artep member, had previously appeared onstage with Altered Throne as guest keyboards. Now a full-time, permanent member of the band, she brings with her over two decades experience on piano and an ear for ambiance, harmony and melody.
With 2012 ending as a great first year for Altered Throne, 2013 is heating up and promising to be better than ever. The band is currently writing new music, as well as rehearsing for shows in March and April. Set to go back into the studio in mid-April, Altered Throne plans on releasing a new single later this year. More surprises are in the works, so keep your ears open or Altered Throne just might pass you by on their way to dominance over the metal scene and beyond!