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All hail the Lord High Marshall! Formed from the earth and stone of the Middle Ages; burned into the now with the electric strings of the future and limitless time!
Loic Gisselere aka “Lord Marshall” was born in Gournay-En-Bray, a small town up north of Paris, France. Loic comes from an artistic family of 5 boys. His first instruments were the trumpet and the keyboard before picking up the guitar at the age of 14. A year later, he joined his first band and only performed at local schools due to his young age. After several years playing with different bands and musicians, Loic and his brother Samuel (bass), formed Gis’Lere, a thrash/heavy metal band with a futuristic theme. After the band broke up, Loic moved to the States. While recruiting new musicians and promoting his demo cassette to local radio stations and magazines in Los Angeles, Loic is nominated most promising guitar player by “Rock City News Paper”, and appeared on Dwell Records compilation “Hell Bent for Metal 2”.
The origin of Lord Marshall came from a character Loic performed for the Medieval Times show in Buena Park, California. “I performed Lord Marshall, the General of the King’s army who was also the traitor of the realm. I felt that I was entitled to keep the name after wearing the black armor and bearing the snake sword almost every day for the last five years.”
In 2007 Loic started to work on songs he wrote in France as well as new material. In October 2009, Lord Marshall recruited two hired guns: Pete Pace on drums, Hal Berkstresser on bass, and friend Luis Chavez on guitar. Because of the cost of the two paid musicians, this line-up would only performed one show in a small club in North Hollywood. Soon after, Luis left the band and was replaced by guitar player Chris Gilbert aka “Charlie Comet”. In July of the same year bassist Keenan Dawkins and drummer Jaye Shaw responded to an ad posted on Craigslist. Jaye didn’t have the level or experience for the job, but she had the dedication Lord Marshall was looking for. She was willing to battle and rise as a good metal drummer. All spots were filled, but a lot of practice had to be done to match the technical aspects the songs required. It was Jaye’s first time playing the double bass pedal, and the picking technique of Lord Marshall was a challenge for Charlie who needed to become comfortable with, while learning the songs. In October, the band was ready for their first outdoor performance at the 2010 Venice Beach Metal Festival in California.
While performing shows around Los Angeles and Orange County, Lord Marshall started to record five songs with the help of his friend, guitarist Christophe Soulat, and drummer Anthony Augros, located in Central France. The bass and drum tracks were recorded in the French small town of Vierzon, at the Not’Ile Recording Studio and sent to Loic who lived in Los Angeles. Later on, he added the guitars, vocals, arrangements, and also mixed and mastered the songs. The album comprises 5 original songs: Custom Fast Fire, Genome Brother, Oxygen (instrumental), Mr. Mercenary, and Prayer for the Rest. They are colored with a mixed touch of inspired Sci-Fi, and Epic Metal is the driving force. His music is forged into a metal platform for the soaring vocals, with lyrics sometimes in French, and a melodic-orchestral-futuristic feel. Lord Marshall first EP album, “Event Horizon” which is also the name of his custom guitar was released in December 2010.
April 8th, 2011 Charlie Comet played his last show with Lord Marshall in a small venue in South Los Angeles. “After being with the band for over a year. He called me on a Saturday afternoon telling me that he was quitting and he wasn’t going to play the two shows already booked”. Guitarist Luis Chavez came back for a few practices but never committed to the band seriously. Jaye was willing to practice only if the band had shows to perform and didn’t want to be part of the recording for the full length album. It was the beginning of the end for this line-up. Lord Marshall’s friend, drummer Anthony Augros, was already on his way from France. When he arrived, Lord Marshall and Anthony spent the first week working on the drum parts for a two-day budget at Big Fish Recording in San Diego’s North County, where bands such as Megadeth, Wind of Plague, and As I Lay Dying recorded.
In May 2011 Lord Marshall moved from the Los Angeles area to Orange County where he found Shawn Carmer on drums and Peter Demore on guitar. They joined the band for a short time and performed two shows with Lord Marshall, but they were more focused on their own band. Keenan didn’t want to relocate for the band and left soon after playing two shows with the new members.
With no existing band to practice or perform shows, Lord Marshall found another path to march forward (like Lord Marshall’s song “MY WAY, There is only one way to get out of hell, and it’s through it!”). In November, he self-produced, wrote, directed, and financed his first Music Video for the song “Custom Fast Fire”. Even though Keenan and Jaye appeared on the music video, it would be the last project with Lord Marshall. The music video took about a year to finish due to scheduling conflicts as the shooting location was in Palm Spring, California. It was filmed and edited by Alex Ma and released in May 2012.
After many changes of band line-up and shows performed in the Los Angeles area, Lord Marshall met drummer Kyle “SNAGLROT” Stone in 2012 who shared the same interest for heavy and melodic metal. Kyle proved to be a truly gifted musician who could also play guitar, bass, and keyboard. A few months later, Lord Marshall met bassist Tim Stiegler while at a show at the House of Blues in Anaheim. Soon after, Tim joined Lord Marshall’s band, which became a three-piece band. The band played several shows as trio for about a year before recruiting Josh Bartlett behind the keyboard.