Comprised of some of Chicago’s most accomplished musicians, The Cyberiam have come together to create their own unique brand of hard/heavy progressive rock. The Aaron Clift Experiment has described their music as the “heavy, atmospheric prog of bands like Porcupine Tree and Tool with a good melodic and pop sensibility”. Their CD, EP, Blu-ray, and stunning live shows have them rapidly building a rabid following.
The Cyberiam began in 2016 when keyboardist Frank Lucas, was looking to form a progressive rock band. At a show one night, he struck up a conversation with well-known Chicago performer Keith Semple after noticing his Dream Theater tattoo.
Semple had crossed paths with Lateralus drummer Tommy Murray on numerous occasions. The trio had already begun writing what would become the band’s first album when Murray invited Full Moon Fire band mate, Brian Kovacs, to lend his beefy bass skills. With the band fully formed, writing and recording was completed. The Cyberiam’s self-titled debut was released in February 2018. That year was filled with producing videos, performing live shows including a set at Progtoberfest IV, and receiving a host of accolades.
- Debut Prog Metal Album of the Year – Sonic Perspectives
- Best Debut Album – Progrock.com
- Best Chicago Prog – Progrock.com
- Best Dr. Who Plot – Progrock.com
- #6 Heavy Prog & Progressive Metal Album – Dutch Progressive Rock Page
Following the success of 2018, The Cyberiam spent 2019 focusing less on their live shows and heading back into the studio. They released “The Butterfly Effect”, an epic 21-minute track, as an EP in May. They released “Live in The Cyberiam”, their full production, live performance from The Copley Theater on Blu-Ray in October. The band have also largely completed their next album, due for release in 2020.
While the band did perform a few live shows in the Chicago area in 2019, The Cyberiam’s main performance focus was at ProgStock 2019, an annual progressive rock festival held in Rahway, NJ on Columbus Day Weekend. Fans were “blown away” by their performance which was heralded as “the biggest surprise” of the weekend and some even said they were “best band of the weekend”. They are looking to get out and play more live shows, especially festivals in 2020 and 2021.
The Cyberiam are:
Brian Kovacs (Bass Guitar, Vocals) is a multi-instrumentalist from the Chicago area. His voice has been heard all around the Chicago area for more than 2 decades – as a radio DJ, voiceover artist, DJ/karaoke host, festival MC, podcaster, and member of Libido Funk Circus. He can also be found around town performing as a solo artist or with Kovacs & Friends.
Frank Lucas (Keyboards) is a Chicago-based classically trained pianist, composer, and educator. He has been studying piano, synthesis and theory with Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess for 25 years. Frank has performed and recorded with members of well-known acts including Pat Metheny Group, Dixie Dregs, UFO, Journey, Destiny’s Child, and War, as well as solo artists Brandi, Jennifer Lopez, and Dee Snider.
Tommy Murray (Drums) is a native Chicagoan who started hitting the skins when he was just 3 years old and has never stopped. He has performed in countless bands, notably Lateralus and Aziola Cry, on Chicago stages for decades. After a failed attempt to join the Blue Man Group (because he was too tall), he turned to acting and landed roles on Chicago PD, Mind Games, and Chicago Fire.
Keith Semple (Vocals, Guitar) is easily the most well-known member of the band, having been performing professionally since the ripe old age of 16. The native Irishman has appeared on no less than three talent shows – winning UK’s Popstars: The Rivals in 2002 and appearing on American Idol in 2006 and The Voice in 2012. He has toured the world – playing in prestigious venues like London’s Royal Albert Hall and O2 Arena and opening for Bon Jovi and Kid Rock.
A Snapshot of Album & ProgStock Reviews:
“The biggest surprise of ProgStock 2019 came on Sunday morning, when Chicago quartet The Cyberiam channeled influences such as Dream Theater, Tool, and Porcupine Tree into wildly tight, dynamic, and gripping compositions. Images of nature, B&W faces, candles, spiders, and more adorned their sophisticated, slightly futuristic pop/rock odes of social commentary, with the highlights being the epic “The Butterfly Effect” and the Doctor Who-inspired “Don’t Blink.” They definitely deserve to be a household name for prog enthusiasts…” – Jordan Blum, The Prog Report
“The other bands were very good, but The Cyberiam just stood out above all the others. Each musician in the band was phenomenal. The vocals, the instrumentals, the lyrics, [the] stage presence, the balance of the instrumentals and vocals. I can’t say enough about how awesome they were” – Pete Maroulis
“Their debut and self-titled effort is a very interesting and well-constructed set of ten tracks, bursting excellent modern progressive-metal delivered in dynamic fashion. highlighting a solid slab of technical songwriting dexterity. Ranging from emotional to purely technical – and everything in between – and featuring a deep variety of styles, feelings, time signatures and sentiments, this is undoubtedly a promising band that will surely achieve international recognition and deserves your attention.”
~ Sonic Perspectives
“one of [the] best discoveries of 2018… a blend of world class vocals, amazing musicianship, complex-yet-accessibly-memorable song writing, and a polished diamond of a production and mastering job… a freshness, energy, self-confidence and excitement that just pours out of every note here. Combine that with superb melodies… and you have an album that with the right promotion really could reach huge audiences. The crossover potential here is massive.”
~Dutch Progressive Rock Page (DPRP.net)
“heavy, atmospheric prog of bands like Porcupine Tree and Tool with a good melodic and pop sensibility”.
~The Aaron Clift Experience
“a comprehensive project full of tuneful, hard driving modern guitar arrangements interspersed with a refined balance of both atmospheric and very subtle keyboard embellishments”
“This is such a cool band, full of great concepts and brimming with brilliant ideas that all become revealed when listening to the colossal amount [of] musical output integrated into this ten track album”
~ Prog Planet
“They have a great balance between the mellower and more metallic, the retro and the modern. There isn’t a weak track here, and it never feels tired or repetitive. The field is beginning to get crowded, but this will be a contender for my best of 2018 list of ten releases. It’s that good.”
~ Music Street Journal Review
“an intricately designed development of heavy-hitting Prog Rock/Metal distinctions… a solid stab of progressively technical songwriting adroitness”
~ Metal Temple
“break out of the speakers with funky metallic guitar walls and loud drums, but also with bell-clear and crystal clear vocals arranged in a multi-voiced manner and a heavily distorted, booming organ”
~ Music Newsletter (Germany)
“2020 Visionary… was great. The message of the song and vocals cut through the track while maintaining the hard rock and prog feel with the instrumentation. The music complimented the content and vice versa. The song felt big from the first note.”
~Stonecutter Records Recording Studios
“This is an exciting young band that gives me hope for a new generation of progressive rock. I am thinking very optimistically about progrock’s future”
“Whether you are a fan of Tool and Opeth or like the more classic tones of Dream Theater or Symphony X, not to mention the alternative deeper feel of Porcupine Tree, this album has something for every progressive rock fan out there today.”
~ NEH Records
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