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Altered State / Press

"I went to David Geffen and told him I had to sign this band"

“ALTERED STATE just unleashed a 1992 unreleased demo”

"The most diabolically creative person I've ever worked with"

Ben Grosse

"Feb 2, 1992..."Ghost Beside My Bed" caused our Sony and Sanyo stereos to shoot sparks and fill our bedrooms with smoke. Our fingers bled, our heads banged, and we howled.....We, Altered Freaks! 20years (!)

Altered Freaks

"An amazing drummer who has provided the world...a masterpiece"


"Fuck everyone else!"

April Guggiana

"Dude! What can I say about Chip Moreland that hasn't been said before? The guy Rocks!"

Roland Guggiana

"Maniac with sticks!"

Glen Hamilton

"A Mean Drummer"

Ricky Parent (Enuff Z'Nuff)

"Beast!" (Moreland)

Liane Wilkinson

"Fuck!" Matt Johnston's response when asked about Chip Moreland.

Matt Johnston (Dirty Looks, Salty Dog, Kyle Sweet)

"That guys (Mathewson) got it."

Derek Frigo (Enuff Z'Nuff)

"His (Mathewson) leads contain snarling spirals of notes that careen dangerously close to chaos, then collapse into sparkling shards of unexpected beauty.

David Dishneau

"I'm done! Guitar down...I can't play that! Fuck me!"

Bo Mason

"Curtis Rules"

Damon Kerr

"Transcendent voice that has left an unforgettable mark in my mind, heart and soul.”

Berenice Hernandez

““Gregory Markel’s soulful and jaw dropping 4+ octave range, earned him the nickname “The Voice”.”

Michele Hunter - L.A.'s The Place

"Heal Me". 'Sanctuary, hey!'

Jessica Freeman

"He (Markel) was a dynamo on stage with Altered State"

Roy Zortman

"Behind the artistry, he (Markel) has that it thing called soul.?

David Gillette

"Their Chemisty. Your Head."

Warner Bros.

"Mathewson prowls and feints, then strikes.."

David Dishneau - The Albany Herald Oct. 17 1991

"This is smart rock put out by players who seem wise beyond their years"

Observer Reporter - Observer Reporter Oct 25 1993 Pennsylvania :[dos]: review

"A devilishly creative band from L.A."

Ford - Toledo Blade: Dec 22 1991 Debut Review

"Ok, enough post for Altered State. They are on the playlist, you'll just have to keep listening ;-) "

"I really love each song on the CD. ”

Lisa Shea

"It is totally unique and exteremely creative.”

Nick G. Athas

“The best thing that anyone can do for themselves is to not only get this CD, but to also invest in DOS."”

Yummy Bush

"The Waking Dream - a bluesy ballad basically ... but wooooow ... spiked with some striking extras, speaking of the irresistible dynamic, other-wordly vocals, psychedelic guitars - a fantastic solo included - aso aso

"Step Into My Groove" as a lead off is pretty infectious."

Nick C.

"Damn! Curtis really shreds it here!”

Glen Hamilton

"Ralph's Supermarket 5429 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA"

Damon Kerr

"Curtis Mathewson =Rock God!”

Julie Kimbrel

“Lyrically, Markel delves into demons few dare to glimpse: fear ("Made of Gasoline" - notice the car crash, co-inciding with opening CRASH cymbal!), family ("Strong As I Am"), and misanthropy (the sonic barrage that is "Where Is Harrison Ford?"). Lyrical twists abound ("Life on a Skateboard") and the album's closing cut "Thinking..." exposes the frontman nearly on the cusp of artistic madness.”

Anthony J. Oros "Tony Oros"

““William Ruhlman dosen't know a thing!!!””


"This is one album I cannot live with-out."

Brendan Bucan

"Great CD, a must have for sure. I've been to the studio where it was recorded a bunch of times and even found a copy of the CD there."

Wallace Amplification

““The Original Muse””

Brandon Trefero

““I love ur music...always...very AWESOME...””


““Without a doubt, "Dos" is still one of the best CDs ever.””

Jarrett Lambach

““Talented and Original! Beyond Brilliant””

Donna Foster

"I was hooked.”

Dave L. - Dave L.

"It is DEFINATELY a gem. If you EVER get "trace" released, or go out and tour again, I will be Front & Center. Thanks he great music...”

Kerry Leigh - Kerry Leigh

““Since I discovered [dos] in 1993, I must have listening to this dark masterpiece at least one thousand times ! Glad to be part of your virtual friends ! :-) "”

Fabrice Blin Paris France - Fabrice Blin Paris France

““hail to most innovative progressive band in the world!!!””

"There is nothing this band could not do."

Curtis - Curtis

"Altered State effectively carries listeners through funky jams like "Where Is Harrison Ford" as well as "Made Of Gasoline"

Nick Mace - amazon.com

"very unique" -Rock Rage

"Step Into My Groove" is a striking example of how to craft a catchy, market-oriented rock single."

“2/5/12 Tom Mitchell President RE: Ontario Warriors Official Song In reference to your team song, we are hoping you will consider “Made of Gasoline” from Warner Bros. Recording Artist and Orange County, Ca's very own Altered State. We believe this song will represent your team very well during this inaugural season as the Warriors' battle cry when they rampage toward the Championship. The driving guitar, thunderous drums and vocals that engage the strike bring fourth strength, pride and power. The conviction within the song's verse “Set free the myths and monsters in my head/illuminate the faces that I fear/I want to look each terror in the eye”.....Conveys visions of the crowd standing loud in unity as our Warriors storm the field. The electricity throughout the arena will be intense as the cheering and screaming Warriors' fans sing, ”You know the moment is made of gasoline!” Please consider our recommendation and will we end this letter, letting the song sp”

“1/30/2012 Pirate Radio KQLZ 100.3FM RE: Altered State “Ghost Beside My Bed” Single 20th Anniversary. February 2, 2012 is the 20th anniversary of Altered State's #1 Rock Radio Single “Ghost Beside My Bed”. The song chainsawed it's way to #1 early to mid 1992 on Pirate Radio 100.3FM. This prompted your station to set up a special show for the band at The Roxy in Hollywood with a promotional poster containing “Post-It Notes” of actual fan requests for “Ghost Beside My Bed”. Thanks to you not only did “Ghost Beside My Bed” flood your airwaves, your support helped it reach #1 in California. The song went on a furious rampage topping the charts in New York, Michigan, Arizona, Florida and blew up Texas radio stations. Going Top 30 national....THANK YOU!!! In commemoration of their 20th anniversary, this THURSDAY, the 2nd of FEBRUARY, we ask that you bring our guys home and crank our beloved “Ghost Beside My Bed”. Thank you for your support, Berenice C”

"Ghost Beside My Bed!" -Chip Z'Nuff

"an inventive band with unique arrangements, melodic vocals and great harmonies."

Los Angeles Times

"On August 11th 2011: the Altered State Fans who proudly call themselves "Altered Freaks" campaigned for "Made of Gasoline" as the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League to be the "Song heard when the Mountain Lions storms the field" with the slogan "Get Altered (!)". The song dominated on the Sacramento Mountain Lions Facebook page, receiving more votes than any other song including Guns N' Roses "Welcome to the Jungle".

"These guys crush Dream Theater!". -Nick Menza (MegaDeth).

"2004 "Made of Gasoline" was nominated for the team introduction song of the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League."

" ***** If there is any album that I just could not live without, this is it."

"Circus Magazine Readers' Poll 1994 winner :[dos]:"

Circus Magazine