Aria Flame is an American neo-classical symphonic metal band with European flair hailing from Michigan. Utilizing operatic and rock style vocals, powerful guitar riffs and solos, symphonic keyboards and intricate bass and drums, the members of Aria Flame are truly professional performers. Their musical compositions are characterized by eerie diminished chords, occasional circus-like melodies, well formed bass and percussion. The lyrics describe ones journey from being taken into the darkness only to be reborn as the mythological phoenix. The word Aria comes from the classical word meaning “song” and the word “flame” represents the phoenix. Combining the two words reflects the combination of styles in their music.
Aria Flame was formed after the disbandment of singer and composer Aziza Poggi’s former band Dendura. Dendura was a successful Egyptian themed metal band that was heard on The Comedy Central network, seen in magazines such as Metal Hammer, and opened for international touring acts such as Epica, Doro Pesch, Edguy, Scar Symmetry, Unexpect and The Agonist.
Aria Flame was created in spring of 2011 by singer and composer Aziza Poggi and drummer Erik Sales. Guitarist Daniel Cruzan joined the group in early 2012. Keyboardist Joop De Rooij (ex-Magion) was added to the group late 2014 and will participate on select USA concerts and all European dates and bassist Kevin Turner joined in late 2015.
From their inception, Aria Flame has enjoyed success with Aziza becoming a member of Eve’s Apple (a worldwide community of professional metal singers), opening for international touring acts such as Delain, Xandria, and Trillium, releasing a music video for their song “Divine World”, and releasing their debut EP in 2014 titled "A World of Silence”. The EP was mixed and mastered by Grammy award-winning producer Neil Kernon (Judas Priest, Nevermore, Queensryche, etc.). Following the debut release was an accompanying performance in Europe's prestigious “Metal Female Voices Festival" which introduced the band to a worldwide audience sharing the stage with Therion, Leave’s Eyes, Diabulus en Musica, Serenia, and more.
2015 was a big year for Aria Flame. We were able to take the world by storm working with Dark Fortress Pictures on our latest music video “Realm of Hate.” Our year opened sharing the stage with Amanda Somerville’s “Trillium,” we added show dates in Europe (The Netherlands and Belgium) touring with Skeptical Minds and performing at the international female fronted event, FemMe. Finally, our first US tour with Mercy Isle took us through some great cities and landed us rocking out at the DeLand Rock and Music Festival (headed up by Seven Kingdom’s, Camden Cruz). Aria Flame has received stellar reviews from Sonic Cathedral, Powerplay Rock Magazine, Metal-Temple and has been seen in many international magazines being praised for their unique sound and performance.
"...a score of 10 out of 10." "...It’s not often we have an American release that can compete with the best from Western Europe. . .or Eastern Europe. This one can. In a word, this is killer material, maybe the best American production I’ve ever heard. And on a par with the best material in the genre anywhere in the world."
-Doctor T, Sonic Cathedral.
Currently, the band is working on their new album due out in late 2016 and are preparing to film more music videos in the meantime.