EMPYRIA is a progressive power metal band, originally formed in 1991 by Mike Kischnick, Paul Falcon, and Simon Adam in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Based in Kelowna, BC since 2003. .The first album (8-song cassette), Ornamental Ironworks, was released in 1993, featuring a progressive rock influence. Behind Closed Doors, which featured a more progressive metal sound and was their first actual label release, was released in 1996 on the Noise Records (Germany) record label.
In 1997, original singer/bassist Falcon left the band and was replaced by Phil Leite (vocals) and Ken Firomski (bass). Changing Currents, was released in 1998 distributed by Nightmare & Rising Sun Records. A progressive metal compilation album, "The Awakening", was released in 1998 by KMI Ent., which featured the title track.
In 2000, The Legacy was released by Nightmare Records (USA). It featured for the first time all four parts of Empyria's The Lighter Sides of Darkness as a continuous 25-minute epic, plus a cover of The Police's "Synchronicity II" & (Bonus Acoustic track) "Years Behind".
The next album, Sense Of Mind (Scrape Records), from 2002, continued the vein of the previous album in general, adding more melody to the songs and a more straight ahead feel.
A compilation album , Westcoast Canadian Metal Feast, was released in 2001, just prior to Empyria's Sense Of Mind album and featured the title track. Empyria has opened for a variety of bands such as Sabaton, Warrel Dane, Firewind & Nickleback.
In 2003, Empyria took a long hiatus due to Kischnick's involvement in 7 albums and 2 tours with Canadian Metal band Thor and various other projects.The three remaining members — Leite, Adam, and Firomski - continued to work on various music projects, shows/bands.
In 2009, Empyria returned & released "The Long Road Home" through Nightmare Records, with the return of Paul Falcon (bass), Phil Leite (vocals),Mike Kischnick (guitars/synth) and new drummer Scott Gamble. The album saw a return to their progressive rock & metal influences.
A New Single "The Sheltering ( 2011 A.D.)" was released July 1 (CANADA DAY) 2011 with long time bassist Ken Firomski.
Currently EMPYRIA is recording one "NEW" single "Beyond The Doors" and a B-side for release January 2014.
Ornamental Ironworks (1993 (8-song cassette))
Behind Closed Doors (1996)
Changing Currents (1998)
The Legacy (2000)
Sense Of Mind (2002, DVD format Limited Edition)
The Long Road Home (2009)
Powerquest (compilation) - The Awakening (1998)
Westcoast Canadian Metal Feast - Scrape Records (2001)
BW&BK Knuckletracks XXVI - BW&BK (2001)
Nightmare Records Sampler - Nightmare Records (2010)
Armstrong Metalfest Sampler - A.O.A. (2012)
Simon Adam: drums (1991–2008)
Paul Falcon: bass (1991–97; 2008–2010)
Ken Firomski: bass (1997–2008)
Troy Taillon: drums (1993 & 1995)
EMPYRIA Side Projects:
NEW HORIZON ( 2000-Present) - Mike Kischnick w/ guests:
Pat Brown (Ten2Nine), Phil Leite (Empyria/Osiris), Ken Firomski (Empyria), Steve Bifford (Severed Serenity, Empyria), Paul Falcon, Randall Robinson (Ten2Nine), John Buck Life, Empyria) Disc: 1 Album 2- Ep's, Currently mixing a NEW album "IV"
Deadblow Hammer (1997-1999) : Mike Kischnick & Troy Taillon. Disc: 1 - EP
K4 - M.K. w/ Scott Gamble, Pat Brown & Jim Ryan. Disc:1 - Single "Our Last Christmas"
List of original bands that have included EMPYRIA members:
Thor, Life, Ten2nine, Severed Serenity, Cradle To Grave, Warjunk, Gradient Profile, Osiris, Masterpiece, Holler & Uncle Sid.
2 EMPYRIA songs named after 2 other respected Canadian Prog Metal bands, "Heaven's Cry" & "False Witness".