Opiate For The Masses Bio:
Opiate for the masses has broken up! The members have decided to go separate ways and are individually pursuing new projects. "We thank you all for all the support you've showed over the years. We had a blast hanging with you all on tour and thank you for all the good times!" Jimmy is producing bands and scoring movies in his studio in Hollywood, CA. Ronny is back in his hometown of Phoenix, AZ. Seven is currently playing with the German metalbands Â¨Leaves EyesÂ¨ and Â¨AtrocityÂ¨ aswell as performing drum clinics around the world. Anna K is writing music for a yet undisclosed new project." In an ever-changing and volatile music industry, it remains a constant challenge for new bands to break out and make a name for themselves on their own. However, one quartet from Los Angeles that simply refuses to let the state of the industry deter them is OPIATE FOR THE MASSES, whose undying, unparalleled work ethic and captivating live performances ultimately caught the attention of Century Media Records. The label has never seen anything quite like OPIATE FOR THE MASSES, whose sheer collective talents and hunger to succeed is refreshing to find in this day and age. Century Media quickly signed the band to a worldwide deal and are beyond ecstatic to bring something this innovative to the forefront of the scene. The group's talents and determination are also well respected by their peers. CHESTER BENNINGTON (Linkin Park) states: "OPIATE FOR THE MASSES...I think they'e going to be big." SYNYSTER GATES (Avenged Sevenfold) agrees: "This is the band to look out for in 2008. They are a great rock band with an edge, and certainly a must see live. They will f*ck you up." JOEY JORDISON (Slipknot) further comments: "OPIATE FOR THE MASSES is nothing short of hypnotic. Tracks such as "21st Century Time Bomb," and the somber lull of "The Habit,"; make this new album a must have for fans of industrial, goth, metal and new wave." "MANIFESTO IS IN STORES NOW!!!" LOS ANGELES, CA United States View: Pics | Videos RON UNDERWOOD - VOCALS JIM KAUFMAN - GUITAR, SYNTHS, PROGRAMMING SEVEN ANTONOPOULOS - DRUMS ANNA K. - BASS MySpace URL: myspace.com/opiateforthemasses
The Alternative-Metal Industrial troop Opiate For The Masses was formed in the late '90s in Phoenix, Arizona USA, by vocalist Ron Underwood, guitarist+synth player Jim Kaufman, guitarist Dustin Lyon, bassist Ryan Head and drummer Elias Mallin.
Over the next three years the quintet would tour constantly and release three EPs, but in 2003 Lyon left the fold; one year later Seven Antonopolous was introduced as their new drummer to replace departed member Elias Mallin.
Opiate For The Masses continued on as a four-piece creating a solid buzz and diehard fanbase with its self-produced first full-length album, "The Spore", which was released in April 2005, backed by a slew of major tours alongside Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, My Chemical Romance and Static-X, among countless others.
In the years to follow the band moved out to Los Angeles to start work on their second album. They inked a deal with Century Media Records and replaced bassist Ryan Head with Anna K. -a.k.a. Anna Kjellberg- who came to the band with 12 years of recording and touring experience and an international Hard-Rock pedigree.