Band description: New York based group, Porphyra, is an eclectic modern Rock band whose musical styling incorporates Hard Rock and Symphonic Metal with Greek folk, progressive and classical textures. The name Porphyra “Πορφύρα” means the Purple or Porphyry Chamber; a pavilion of the Great Palace of Constantinople where no child born anywhere else could legitimately be called Porphyrogénnētos (born in the purple)-the birthright of all Emperors and Empresses of Constantinople. Porphyra the band is able to mix timeless themes of Greek history, Mythology and Science Fiction and offer them to a new audience seeking something exotic and fresh.
About the album: Billy Chrissochos and the band being avid history and mythology enthusiasts have crafted two modern historical and educational epics. The first epic centers on the life and legend of Alexander the Great. The second is based on the momentous year of 988 AD. 988 AD is the year Vladimir the Great , Grand Prince of the Kievan Rus, married the sister of Basil II, emperor of Byzantium, thus bringing Russia to the cultural sphere of Christian Medieval Greece.
Not since Iron Maiden’s “Alexander the Great” epic has there been a worthy follow up. Billy Chrissochos and Chris Pollatos have had a long history crafting classic epics. Their previous band Phoenix Reign’s 14 minute opus Constantinople 1453 (On the Eve of the Fall) was hailed in Greece’s War and History (Polemos & Historia) magazine as “the band that fused Rock with the Fall of Constantinople.”
There is plenty of other material on the new Porphyra album covering everything from the loneliness of a Cosmonaut in space to songs of overcoming obstacles, seizing the day, and the unstoppable passing of time. Of course the title song, Porphyra, tells the tale of an emperor of Constantinople, with its stylized ethnic Bouzouki , Violin and Doumbek touches. With your donations we will be able to print the CD’s, finish our music video, acquire merchandise, promote, and be able to tour to spread this wonderful music.
We are also getting ready to record our new album featuring two more epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey, as another epic follow up to this album too; an ambitious project even involving orchestral instruments. We have performed with the Astoria Symphony twice in our previous band so we are not strangers to merging a symphony orchestra with metal.
Here are links to some of our work with our previous band Phoenix Reign and one remix from our new band Porphyra:
Phoenix Reign "Constantinople 1453 (On the Eve of the Fall)": Part Two http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSeMk21Mlqc&feature=related
Phoenix Reign - Masquerade Angel (Video) off my movie action, adventure comedy Attila Attacks. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLnHBqO8NB4
Phoenix Reign performing "The Odyssey" accompanied by the Astoria Symphony under the direction of Grant Gilman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMttB83AWwI
And our Porphyra Greek club remix song: Porphyra "Min Asholiste" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSeMk21Mlqc&feature=related
Risks and challenges
The perk here is that the album itself has been mixed and mastered. I have also secured at least three different cd makers. With the funding we can send it out to be mass produced and begin touring to play for our fans.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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