Children of the New Sun
The Upstate New York power metal band 'Children of the New Sun' began as many bands do... from the ashes of other bands and with talented musicians looking for a project to call 'home.' In the early 1990s a Rochester, NY based original metal band called Justin Tyme released their only studio work in the form of a four song self-titled demo. Within weeks of it's completion the band dissolved leaving singer Peter Andrews, bassist Steven Wright and drummer John Payton lacking guitarists and doubting their future as a band. Peter had met and corresponded with a very fine guitar player by the name of James Allan a couple years earlier and decided this was the time to see if he might be looking for a new project. A couple phone calls later a jam session was set up and an inconspicuous warehouse room was the birthplace of Rochester, NY's own metal monster 'Monolith.' James brought many things to the table beyond an incredible talent as an instrumentalist. Drawing on many diverse influences he helped revitalize a bland project and gave it flavor and substance and a whole new life. His amazing riff writing and intuition for song structure made it possible for the rest of the band to excel as they never had. Peter found it much easier to create melody and be himself vocally with James' guitar work. The rhythm section also blossomed with more space to create and room to breathe musically. Throughout the 90s Monolith struggled through many trials that many bands have to face. Careers interfering with the music, drummers coming and going and slow (if any) progress. Through it all the music endured and continued to bring the guys back together and to this day is the binding force that makes the band what it is. Heavy, melodic, and powerful. The final piece of the puzzle was put in place in 2005 in the form of drummer Mike Parus. After working with many players and projects such as 'The Value of X,' who were great in their own right, Mike stepped in and filled a void in many ways. His playing and writing were just what the doctor ordered and his personality was a perfect fit for this diverse group of individuals. In 2007, after realizing there are a few bands worldwide named Monolith, the name was changed to 'Children of the New Sun' (one of the band's songs based upon a concept from the movie 2010... The name can also be linked to the Lord of the Rings trilogy). The band released their first full length CD offering in October of 2008 and they're psyched and ready to take their music to a larger audience. Watch for CotNS to make their mark on the music scene near their home in Upstate NY and beyond.