The Messiah Complex
From: Kansas City, MO, United States
Last Known Status: Active
Many things belong in a band biography. An endless drone of background details that chronicle a band’s formation is not one of them. Moving on.
The Messiah Complex is a melodic metal band based out of Kansas City, Missouri. Rikk Wolf commands vocal duties, Chris Frost & Ryan Hundley play guitar, Mitch Peters is on bass, with Knate Harter on the drums.
The band claims influences as varied as Between the Buried & Me, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Soilwork, to Dizzy Gillespie, Victor Wooten, and even Meshuggah.
Likewise, The Messiah Complex’s brand of music weaves itself in and out of the tapestry of the metal sub-genres that echo in our eardrums to no end. The sound is heavy, merciless, beautiful, eclectic, even sometimes jazzy, and always growing more technical. Evolution.
Lyrical content is deep, lamenting, tragic, and even sometimes metaphorically violent, but never without shedding a beckon of reluctant hope at the end of the torturous tunnel.
Winter – 2004: Band inception. Birth. The band was quick to record a two song demo. That spring, the group brought the recording in mass quantity to SMNnews.com’s Dwell in Darkness II metalfest in Dayton, OH, their first performance of national note, and only their third performance to date at the time. Playing alongside bands such as Into Eternity, Bobaflex, and Dog Fashion Disco, the band held their own.
Returning to Kansas City, the band immediately began work on self-producing “Black September”, their debut album. Recorded in Wolf’s studio, and then mixed & mastered at nationally respected studio, Chapman Recording, the band released “Black September” in September 2006. Album sales were immediate and in high quantity.
In the time between Dwell in Darkness, and their album release, the group managed to play all over the Midwest, carving out their fan base, even playing arenas as impressive as Kansas City’s own Bartle Hall.
Almost simultaneously, a compilation CD produced by Kansas City’s metal webzine, Heavy Frequency, was released, featured The Messiah Complex with their exclusive & latest track, “When CPR Becomes Necrophilia”.
Heavy Frequency also awarded Peters with a “Best Bassist” award for the year of 2005, as well as nominating the band for “Best New Band” in the Kansas City scene. Results were based purely off fan votes.
The band is already approaching the fourth quarter mark of the writing process for their follow up album, never at a lost for new and inventive material.
Editing for the band’s second music video, “A Storm of Fireflies”, is currently in its final stages, and the super high quality, high-definition 1080i video will soon be viewable on the band’s sites. Wolf wrote, directed, produced, edited, starred, and performed make up & lightning effect duties for the production himself.
This band refuses to go unnoticed.
Latest The Messiah Complex News
Below is our complete The Messiah Complex 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.
After months of “entirely unacceptable” behavior, THE MESSIAH COMPLEX has officially fired and immediately replaced their long time drummer, Knate Harter, with Trynt Kelly, previously of Prosthetics Records recording artist CREMATORIUM.
“The band’s been friends with Trynt for years, and I even flew out to Los Angeles with him when he got the gig in CREMATORIUM, so there’s this kick ass friend vibe finally going for us all, whereas before we were just always visibly mad about this or that with our old drummer. Everything’s different now”, said Wolf.
The band is taking a month off with Kelly to write new material for the as-of-yet untitled follow up to their successful first release, “Black September”.
Fan voting continues for the band, who is nominated for an impressive 8 Heavy Frequency Awards.
Read the full article at SiN's Metal News.
Highly respected Kansas City metal webzine, HEAVY FREQUENCY, holds a very prestigious yearly award ceremony for native bands in the Missouri and Kansas area, and this year, THE MESSIAH COMPLEX has managed to earn a total of 8 nominations through fan voting.
The band is up for:
Best Guitar Duo
And Album of the Year for “Black September”
Voting polls are officially open on www.heavyfrequency.com, and close on Jan. 27th. The band is extremely honored for the nominations, and would like to extend a public thank you to those who voted, and ask that you cast your vote for them in at least one category.
The award ceremony will be held in the lavish Overland Park convention center on Sunday, February 11.
Other great Kansas City nominated bands include MOIRE, OUT OF THE SUFFERING, AT THE LEFT HAND OF GOD, THE LEO PROJECT, & INSIGNIFICA.
Read the full article at Sin's Metal News.
The Dwell in Darkness festival will take plance in Elbos, Ohio from June 10-11. Bands are as follows:
Friday, June 10:
CIRCLE OF DEAD CHILDREN
DAY I DREAD
Saturday, June 11:
DOG FASHION DISCO
All Shall Perish
4 IN THA CHAMBER
TWISTED TOWER DIRE
A WAKING NIGHTMARE
THE MESSIAH COMPLEX
I Died Trying
SECONDS FROM DISASTER
ESLAVED TO MERCY
NEEDLESS GUILT, REWIND
WOE OF TYRANTS