Band Photo: Magna-Fi (?)
Last Known Status: Active
Lead vocalist Mike Szuter originally kick-started the band in Cleveland with his brother and lead guitarist, C.J., gathering a local following across Ohio performing as the Szuters. The band later moved west to Las Vegas and changed their name to Magna-Fi. Not immune to the struggles facing any young band, Magna-Fi soon suffered the fallout from a record deal with Gold Circle that went south. The band later signed to EMI Music Marketing-distributed Aezra Records in 2003.
When the Las Vegas-based quartet of hard and heavy alt-rockers known as Magna-Fi opened for Puddle Of Mudd at The Joint at The Hard Rock in late 2003, the Las Vegas Sun called them "the show's chief revelation." The paper added, "The band served up its brand of thunderous music with great energy, sounding more like the future of heavy rock than its past." Influenced by bands ranging from Cheap Trick and the Beatles to Alice In Chains and Failure, Magna-Fi's alt-metal skewed debut album on Aezra/EMI, Burn Out The Stars, was produced by Paul Lani (Megadeth, Failure, Motley Crue).
Latest Magna-Fi News
Below is our complete Magna-Fi news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Ozzfest alumni, Magna-Fi has finished recording the new album "Versechoruskillme" and have posted three new songs and a B-side on their new MySpace page. You can also hear the whole album on the band's newly redesigned website.
The track listing of "Versechoruskillme" is:
WHO I AM
FALL FROM GRACE
YOU MISERABLE FAILURE
FAN THE FLAMES
WHEN I'M AWAKE
KISS IT AWAY
PRETTY F*ING IRONIC
DREAM DENIED DESTROYED
In related news, the band has parted ways with C.J. and found a replacement. Here's what Mike had to say about it: "Yep, my brother C.J. done left the band. I could say it was "musical differences" but that ain't it. We wish him well on whatever he chooses to do. Our new guitar player is Christian Brady, and you can hear what he's up to on the new album!"
I've finally got my photos from the second stage of Ozzfest on Sunday July 18 in Bristow, VA posted. You can check them out in the photo gallery.
On Sunday, July 18, 2004 I enjoyed one of the best Ozzfests I've witnessed at the Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Virginia, despite a day that started off pretty bad. To put it all in perspective, I'll start at the beginning. I awoke to prepare for the day and immediately noticed that my right eye which was slightly irritated the day before was swollen half shut. After 30 minutes or so of being awake, I was developing a serious headache from the pressure of my swollen eyelid being open. Although I had fully intended to arrive at Ozzfest by 9:30 and see every band perform, I quickly resigned to going in to the hospital to have my eye checked out. The decision was an easy one because the headache was already terrible and I could only imagine the situation worsening throughout the day as dust, rain, sweat, and/or sun screen got into my eyes.
After two hours in the hospital to get some antibiotic eye drops, I was on my way. One side effect of the eye infection was that I was forced to wear glasses instead of contacts, which totally sucks - it's kind of hard to headbang with glasses on.
Factoring in travel time, I arrived at Ozzfest just two hours into the show. The weather was overcast and comfortably cool 70's. They were calling for a 60% chance of rain, but the weather was holding, despite passing through some rain on the drive to Bristow. More...
So, after quite some time and many doubts I have finally decided to share my thoughts about this year's Ozzfest. Actually, it's my first time on this festival since I'm from Europe and I've only been living in U.S. for two years now. Please, do consider this as you read along :)
I got to the Tweeter Center around 10:15 in the morning. Being my first time there, I wasn't sure how the whole thing was gonna go. The first thing that looked very weird were all those people on the parking lot who had brought BBQs and coolers and were hanging out by their cars. Very American, I thought. More...
Our very own Gothique was at Ozzfest in Mansfield, Massachusetts at the the Tweeter Center on July 12 and sent a load of pictures from second stage of the show (hardly anyone is allowed to take pics of the main stage bands). Check em out over at the gallery page.