Spheric Universe Experience
Spheric Universe Experience
The early beginnings of Spheric Universe Experience dates back to 1999, when guitarist Vince Benaim decided to create a progressive metal band together with his friends Sam (on drums) and John Drai (on bass). The band did some local gigs in and around the southern parts of France, going by the name of Gates of Delirium.
They knew that they limited their own repertoire by not incorportating vocals and keyboards, so by 2001 keyboardist Fred Colombo entered the band together with vocalist Alex. Now going by the band name of Amnesya, the guys did lots of liveshows and one demo CD.
In August 2002, the band split because of musical disagreements leaving Vince, John and Fred to continue under the name of Spheric Universe Experience.
During the next 8 months their passion for composing led them to write a complete album, which they recorded at home as a demo in April 2003 with session vocalist Franck Garcia, who came in just a few days before the recordings began. The vocals were recorded in a professional studio, and although Franck didn't have much time with the band prior to recording it, the result is very convincing, which is why he joined the band fulltime.
The 2003 demo, "The Burning Box", was sent to Intromental Management in Denmark, who immediately fell in love with the bands sound, and decided to offer them a management-deal.
Helped by session-drummer Volodia Brice, the band began recording the debut album, “Mental Torments”, in August 2003. In summer of 2004 Spheric Universe signed a worldwide record deal with French label Replica Records. An American license was also inked with Nightmare Records.
Nico "Ranko" Muller joined the band in fall 2004 as their new drummer, and with him on-board the line-up was complete. The debut album, Mental Torments" was finalized by the great mix of Tommy Hansen (Jailhouse Studios, Denmark - a.o. Helloween, TNT, Pretty Maids). The cover artwork was created by famous Swedish artist Mattias Norén at ProgArt Media (www.progart.com).
2005 was spent writing new material plus playing various live shows, opening for acts such as Scorpions and Uli Jon Roth in France.
S.U.E. finalized their 2nd effort, "Anima", which is a strong follow up to the debut, showcasing the band from their finest side. The album was recorded by Charles Massabo during the summer of 2006 in Coxinhell Studio Studio and Kallaghan Studio in France and was mastered at Jailhouse Studios in Denmark by Tommy Hansen, giving the music of S.U.E. the extra powerful touch that is needed in today's music market. Artwork was this time around handled by Bjoern at Killustrations Media in Germany (www.killustrations.com). The album was released in May/June 2007 by Replica Records in France and through Sensory Records in the rest of the World.
2007 also saw the band open the ProgPower Scandinavia festival, which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark. The response from this show was so great that ProgPower USA festival decided to book the band for their edition, and in October 2008 the band hit the stage in Atlanta, Georgia, where they also introduced the audience to the newest SUE member, drummer-extraordinaire Christophe Briand.
With some successful gigs under their belt, the band found time to write and record their third album, "Unreal", which will be released worldwide May 19th 2009 by Sensory Records. The new album sees the band adding another notch to their already spectacular music, which best can be described as technical and melodic metal, possessing a top-notch progressiveness, that can be compared to bands such as Dream Theater, Pain Of Salvation and Fates Warning, but filled with an incredible intensity and an original identity of their own.