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Persona Non Grata

Formed: 2003
From: Athens, Greece
Last Known Status: Active

Background

The band was formed in 2003 when John Ioannidis (keyboards) invited Chris Gatsos (guitars) to join his group FATAL ERROR. It didn't take long for John and Chris to realize that they had to move on to progressive metal music which was a mix of rock that John loved to play and heavy metal that Chris grew up with. In order to achieve this, they had to change the band's line-up. During this period they focused on writing music, which ended up becoming the material that appeared on the "Shade In The Light" CD. It was two years later when vocalist Bill Axiotis joined PERSONA NON GRATA and they started recording this album. They asked session musicians Akis Gavalas (drums) and Chris Vogiatzis (bass) to help record the release. When the sessions were over, they felt a synergy with the three members of the band and came on board permanently, completing the lineup of PERSONA NON GRATA. Nowadays the band’s vocals are handled by Aris Pirris after he stepped in to replace Bill Axiotis.

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Latest Persona Non Grata News

Below is our complete Persona Non Grata 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.

Persona Non Grata Posts New Music Video

Greek progressive metal act Persona Non Grata posted a new music video for the track "Lend Me A Hand." The song appears on the band's 2011 Massacre Records release entitled "Quantum Leap."

Check out "Lend Me A Hand" here:

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Persona Non Grata Discusses New Album

Persona Non Grata's new album "Quantum Leap" - produced by John Ioannidis and Chris Gatsos - was recorded, mixed and mastered at the Goldmine Studios in Athens, with Marina Tzima responsible for the design and the artwork. The band's vocalist Aris has now opened up about the background of the album:

"The idea of Quantum Leap came from the following example: Some people think that a quantum leap is a particularly large leap.

"This is incorrect or better it's not completely correct. In fact, in quantum physics, where the expression came from, a quantum leap is usually a very tiny leap indeed, often smaller than the diameter of the nucleus of an atom.

"But the major characteristic that makes a leap 'quantum' is that this leap from A to B point is made without passing through any of the points between A and B.

"Imagine that you enter a bus in A-city. You sit in your seat, and the bus is instantly transported to your destination of B-city. You just made a quantum leap. The bus didn't pass through any point between A-city and B-city.

"Now, in real life you can't see a 'quantum leap' just because it really does not exist. So, why is this all related with PERSONA NON GRATA? More...

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Persona Non Grata Parts Ways With Bassist

Greek Progressive metal band Persona Non Grata has parted ways with bassist Chris Vogiatzis. He will be replaced by Apostolis Kaltsas. The band had the following comments on the departure:

"Because of the increased obligations of PNG we had to take a difficult decision to stop having Chris in our group. We had to leave him walk away, one of the greatest bass players in Greece. We wish Chris good luck with his carrier. Apostolis Kaltsas took his place and is now our new bass player!"

Bass duties on the forthcoming album "Quantum Leap" were handled by Kaltsas. "Quantum Leap" will be released on December 9, 2011 through Massacre Records.

The track listing for "Quantum Leap" is as follows:

1. Imaginative Mind
2. Lend Me A Hand
3. Evil Feelings
4. 9 AM News
5. Redemption Of Sins
6. Captive
7. Grief
8. Diversity
9. Inertia
10. Journey Ends
11. Journey's End

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Persona Non Grata Streaming New Song

As was previously announced, Greek act Persona Non Grata will be releasing the band's second album “Quantum Leap” on December 9th, 2011 via Massacre Records. Persona Non Grata is now streaming a track off the upcoming release via the Massacre Records Facebook page. Navigate to this page to check out the song "Imaginative Mind."

According to the record label, Persona Non Grata's second album will "offer progressive metal at a high level and won’t disappoint fans of bands like Dream Theater, Symphony X or Fates Warning."

The "Quantum Leap" track listing is as follows:

1. Imaginative Mind
2. Lend Me A Hand
3. Evil Feelings
4. 9 AM News
5. Redemption Of Sins
6. Captive
7. Grief
8. Diversity
9. Inertia
10. Journey Ends
11. Journey's End

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Persona Non Grata Announces New Album Release

Greek act Persona Non Grata will be releasing the band's second album “Quantum Leap” on December 9th, 2011.

“Shade In The Light,” the debut album of Persona Non Grata, was released in 2009 and now, 2 years later, the band will deliver a second album which will "offer progressive metal at a high level and won’t disappoint fans of bands like Dream Theater, Symphony X or Fates Warning."

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Persona Non Grata Signs To Sensory Records

Greek progressive metal act Persona Non Grata has signed to Sensory Records and will be releasing their debut album, "Shade In The Light" on February 24th next year. A statement from the label reads as follows:

"Greece has always had some of the most fervent metal fans in the world. Although the main interest has been so called “true metal” bands in the style of MANOWAR and IRON MAIDEN, progressive metal started to take hold of the country in the 90s. Bands such as DREAM THEATER and FATES WARNING routinely perform in Athens and both have released live CDs and DVDs from their Greek performances. Greek bands such as FRAGILE VASTNESS and Sensory’s own WASTEFALL have generated a buzz worldwide and the scene continues to expand. Persona Non Grata will surely continue this tradition of great progressive metal.

"Persona Non Grata’s formation began in 2003 when John Ioannidis (keyboards) invited Chris Gatsos (guitars) to join his group FATAL ERROR. It didn’t take long for John and Chris to realize that they had to move on to progressive metal music which was a mix of rock that John loved to play and heavy metal that Chris grew up with. In order to achieve this they had to change the band’s lineup. During this period they focused on writing the music, which would be the material for their first CD Shade In The Light. More...

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