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Artist of the day: Dementia




Tampa Bay is known for death metal, and considering their name, you know Dementia are up to the task.

The Pinellas County sextet -- vocalist Eli Woodlief, guitarists Kevin Henesy and Frank Sellman, keyboardist Paul Skwierawski, bassist Tim Fanning and drummer Shaun Henesy -- play an eerie, glammy, almost theatrical breed of metal, with earth-scorching vocals and strong musicality. For example: The nearly 6-minute metal opera Living With The Dead is a hurricane of synths, pianos, percussion and freakish cabaret stylings.

"We consider ourselves very experimental because we try to reach almost every style of metal and mix it up with classical piano and a bit of Pink Floyd-style guitar," said Woodlief, who also works with Tampa Bay Metal Scene.

On March 20, Dementia will play at Gasoline Alley with Before the Tide, Promethean Horde, Lost in Eternal Sleep and A Broken Machine. Tickets are $8-$10. Woodlief said the band will raffle off prices ranging from band merch to an autographed guitar.

"It's sort of a celebration for us being in the local music scene as a full band for two years now," said Woodlief. "This show is sort of an example of how the metal music scene around here is getting stronger and stronger."

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:17pm]


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