1. Firesphere bio:
Firesphere is a dynamic industrial rock/metal band combining techno and epic cinematic soundtrack to create a totally different and unique sound. Fireshphere was created and is fronted by the enigmatic dark PRIEST and the equally dark and hypnotizing Japanese beauty ROSEMARY BUTTERFLY.
Joined by “The Messengers”, Blacksmith (guitar), ROADBLOCK (guitar), TSUKIME keyboards), ASMODEUS STONE (bass) and MASON (drums), together they bring a dark ageless quality to their music and live show.
Based on the Japanese model of big music and big visuals (ala X Japan, Hyde, Malice Mizer, Gackt and Ghost), the listener will not soon forget the well-crafted and moving songs of Firesphere nor will they easily forget the intensity of a live performance.
Firesphere will capture you in their dark cold embrace and hold you there forever.
2. Firesphere concept:
Firesphere is a concept band. Each member portrays a particular character with a name and backstory. Each character is an ‘immortal’ in one form or other and have lived a very long time. All members were discovered by Priest and Rosemary Butterfly while recruiting for the dark Order of the Cross and Dragon. This is an order created centuries ago for the purpose of giving individuals like Priest and Rosemary a place of sanctuary and friendship.
3. Characters and backstory:
Priest– Simply called Priest, he has been around a very long time. As the story is told, he was once an Egyptian High Priest to the Pharaoh Amenhotep III during the 18th Dynasty and performed a dark ancient ritual that gave him immortality. Disliking the sunlight and living at night under the cover of the dark, some have said he is one of the undead, a strigoi but, this is only fanciful talk whispered by those who wish to remain unnamed. Priest abandoned his Pharaoh and began his many journeys leading him to every part of the world thru the millennium. Finally, after spending countless years in a Catholic monastery somewhere in the darkest reaches of Eastern Europe atoning for his sins he finally left the solitude of the Church in 1867, traveling to Japan where he found his one true love, the enigmatic Rosemary Butterfly. Dark and brooding, Priest says very little. Rather, he allows the music to speak for him.
Rosemary Butterfly-Rosemary Butterfly hails from the cold dark mountains of Northern Japan. No one is quite sure of her age but, from what little is known about her, she is simply ageless. Japanese legend has it that she was born the child of the Dragon Mother, one of Japans first Gods, and of a human. It is said Rosemary lived a life of solitude on her mountain home, never loving, never knowing love until the day she met Priest. Finally, she had found the other half of her own dark soul. Of course, these are all just rumors quietly spoken of among the Japanese people in the surrounding villages even to this day. Whatever she may be, her love for Priest knows no rival. Rosemary has a haunting and alluring voice that has the power to capture the mind, heart and soul in its snare.
Blacksmith-Forged from the ancient battlefields of time and cast into the world we know. From the fire and steam of his lair emerges Blacksmith. It is told in stories passed down through the ages that Blacksmith was very well known throughout the land. Great armies knew of his craft and his almost supernatural ability to forge steel into weapons of incredible destruction. It is also told Blacksmith carries a great price for creating such weapons. The souls of the innocent who lost their lives because of his creations would forever haunt him. It is said that on the darkest of nights you can hear his strings of steel crying to the heavens a song for those lost souls.
Roadblock-Born to Sir Walter Rittenhouse in the early part of the sixteenth century, the man who many years later would become known as Roadblock, grew to become a famed Knight in the King’s court. Known far and wide for his strength and kindness, overtime he came to detest the cruelty and injustice the King wraught upon his subjects. It is said that, one cold winters night a witch in the guise of a beautiful maiden brought the Knight a small glass vile of a blood red elixir. She told him that it would allow him to continue living long after mortal men had passed on, maybe even forever. He drank the bitter elixir, the burning fluid coursing thru his veins. With a renewed purpose, the Knight set out to fight against his King and for the people he treated with such cruelty. Centuries passed and the age of the Knight eventually came to a close but, for Roadblock, his campaign against injustice continued thru the ages no matter where he found it.
Tsukime-Many many centuries ago, during the full moon, a mysterious man dressed in strange clothes with long wild hair and an unusual wooden staff topped with a brilliant crystal sphere, suddenly appeared in the ancient country side of Japan. No one was sure of what far away land he had come from but, the people quickly discovered that he was of the supernatural world and that he had magical powers. Not knowing his real name, he became known to the people simply as Tsukime, meaning viewer of the moon. He said very little but, when he did speak, the language was strange and curious to the Japanese people. Some who knew of such things believed him to be a powerful Druid. Over time, Tsukime wandered the country from one prefect to another performing incredible things that certainly no mortal man could do. Because of their superstitions the people began to fear his abilities while his reputation for having ancient wisdom and the gift of prophecy grew. Out of fear, attempts on his life were made many times but, the people found much to their astonishment that Tsukime could not be killed. One night, under a full moon, Tsukime traveled to the snow covered top of Dragon Mountain where, it is said, he met the daughter of Dragon Mother, Rosemary Butterfly. That was the last anyone ever heard from Tsukime but, it is rumored that, he stayed on Dragon Mountain for centuries to come finding a kinship in Rosemary.
Asmodeus Stone-It is told that, many centuries ago a man, known today as Asmodeus Stone, was in search for a way to turn base metals into gold. His was a dark art and considered the work of the devil at the time. Asmodeus Stone toiled day and night looking for that one combination of ingredients that would finally help him achieve his dream, the ever elusive Philosopher’s Stone. One dark moonless night, as Asmodeus Stone worked into the wee hours of the morning, he struck upon elements that, when combined, put off a cloud of thick black smoke which filled the room. The smoke filled his nostrils and he quickly passed out. When he awoke the next morning he found everything as it had been the night before but, he was somehow different. As the years passed, Asmodeus Stone found that he never grew sick and did not grow old but, he paid a high price for immortality. Although he had not found the Philosopher’s Stone he so desperately desired he had found, quite by accident, the elixir of life. Now, as bass guitarist for the band Firesphere, he turns metal, not into gold but, into thundering music.
Mason-At dawn on October 13, 1307, agents of King Phillip hungry for gold and treasure, began arresting members of the infamous Order of the Knights Templars. Although many Templars were found and placed in shackles, many more escaped and disappeared into the mists of time with their treasure. As the story goes, hired by the King in 1308, a young but gifted mercenary set out to hunt down the remaining Templars and find the treasure. His task was simple, kill as many Templars as he could lay his hands on and bring their vast treasure back to the King. This talented mercenary’s name was Mason. For centuries, he stalked the secretive and elusive Templars even after King Phillip was long dead. Those who encountered Mason thru the years always noted that he never seemed to age. They would say that he must have surely made a pact with the Devil himself to remain forever young. 700 years later Mason now puts his mercenary aggression and skills into his drums but, he will always be that young mercenary at heart. Fact or fiction? No one really knows.