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From the New England metal scene comes a four-piece juggernaut of outright heaviness and technical musicianship that must be heard and heard loudly to be believed. Priapism is made up of vocalist Paul Marak, drummer Alani Schaperow, and guitarist Michael Schick who have been playing and recording since 2001, and attempting to shatter the boundaries of conventional metal ever since. Combining influences of death metal, hardcore, funk-rock, and even jazz in to their multilayered, dynamic, and often brutal songs. The quartet isn’t bound by any particular genre or style, they’re just dead-set on expanding their boundaries and playing the most powerful, hard-hitting music they can. Influences include Death, Martyr, Atheist, Pantera, Suffocation, and Malevolent Creation, just to name a few. The band formed in 2000, with Marak and Schaperow as two of it’s founding members. Their arsenal of intense, complex songs and their wildly energetic live show earned them, by popular vote, the title of Best Metal Band in Connecticut in the Hartford Advocate’s 2005 Best Of Poll. Priapism has regularly played at such legendary venues as New Haven’s Toads Place and Hartford’s Webster Theatre