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Holloway / Bio

For nearly a decade, Holloway has been one of Michigan’s premier original rock bands. Combining rock, pop, and metal into a complex melting pot of sublime prog stew of bone shattering riffs, spooky keyboards, layered vocals, pummeling bass, and relentless drums. Holloway has shared the stage with some of the biggest act in the rock world like Sevendust, Katatonia, Queensryche, and more. Holloway's self-produced records and videos have sold in countries around the world.

ILLUSIONS (2009-2010)
Throughout 2008 Ross Morgan, Josh Morgan, and Shawn Julien created and recorded the concept album 'Illusions,' written mostly by Morgan. The records concept follows the death and attempted recovery of a lover through occult means. The recoding process took place in the Morgan brothers home studio, Seaway Sound Studios. Along with guitar and vocals, drum duties were also handled by Ross Morgan. 'Illusions' was sent to the famous Fascination Street Studios in Sweden, to be mix and mastered by metal recording guru Jens Bogren. The album also features a guest guitar solo contributed by guitarist Per Bergqvuist from the swedish metal shred band Closer.

The album was released on March 17th, 2009 to critical acclaim. MUEN Magazine called it “an endearing montage of rock dynamics, usually not within the translation capability of a band creating their freshman L.P.” John Sinkevics wrote in The Grand Rapids Press, “To say Holloway knows just how to balance intricate prog-rock stylings with dynamic pauses, and all-out hard rock would be an understatement...”

2009 through 2010 saw the band embark on a series of tours and high profile shows, including The Carnival of Chaos ‘09, RockStock ‘09 and ‘10, Labor Day Metal Mayhem, The Halloween Harvest of Souls, a Hot Topic in-store acoustic performance and CD signing, and even a TV appearance on WZZM’s Take Five and Company... during this time the band shared the stage with many notible acts, including: Sevendust, Saliva, Hail the Villain, Taproot, Since October, Anchored, Samus Theory, The Last Vegas, Dirty Americans, and more.

Illusions spawned one single, The Visitor, which aired on college radio nationally, and also had an accompanying music video.

THE GAZE ETERNAL (2010-2011)

In the early winter of 2010 the group returned to the studio between gigs and eventually emerged with The Gaze Eternal EP, a three movement, twenty minute long progressive rock odyssey. Once again employing a concept to the album, the story crosses three vignettes all transpiring in a futuristic cityscape.
Ron Fuchs of Prognaut.com said the EP is “...everything a progressive rock fan can want in the music and more. It’ll also hold the fans over for the next full length studio album.” The album once again featured a free lyric book with original paintings by Van Sant.

At the same time, the band released the cover single of Rockwell’s 1984 classic “Somebody’s Watching Me” which had become a fan favorite at Holloway live shows. The single appeared as a bonus track on the digital download version, and was given away free to the bands fan club and mailing list.
The band continued to tour though the year, with even more high profile gigs opening for three international acts - Katatonia (Sweden), Orphaned Land (Israel), and Swallow the Sun (Finland) - as well as a headlining performance at the Carnival of Chaos Nightmare Before Christmas event where the group shared the stage with acclaimed metal act Mushroomhead. The summer of 2011 was highlighted by opening for rock godfathers Queensryche, whom are cited by the band as very influential. Frontman Morgan said from the stage during the show that they have “influenced everything we do.”

Also in the summer of 2011 the band issued the music video DVD that covers all three songs from The Gaze Eternal. The film is structured to be projected behind the band in a live performance and is also a stand-alone piece in its own right, but is not a music video in the traditional sense, as no band members appear on screen. The controversial film was produced almost entirely “in house” by band members and frequent collaborators, on a shoe string budget. The DVD video was released as a limited edition DVD of 50 copies, hand numbered, and signed by the band, available only from the group's website and at live performances. The film has been accepted at at least one international Film Festival (Great Lakes International Film Festival).

HIATUS – (2011-2016)

In the fall of 2011 Holloway went into the studio to start work on a follow up full length record but the progress was delayed and the album was never finished. Band members focused on career and personal life. Ross Morgan also took time to rehabilitate his singing voice.

THE FEEBLE HEARTS OF MAN (2016-present)

In early 2016 it was announced that remaining band members Ross and Josh Morgan, and keyboardist Kevin Schaner had reconvened in the studio during 2015 to complete the unfinished Holloway record. Later in the year it was announced the record would be entitled The Feeble Hearts Of Man. Featuring more artwork from surrealist painter Susan Van Sant that was originally completed previously for the album. The Feeble Hearts Of Man was once again mastered in Sweden by Jens Bogren. The album is loosely based of the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, and features stark black and white imagery of strange apparitions and demonic witches.

Stating on the online press release as the reasons for the albums lengthy delay, Morgan stated: "During the interim I had been building my own studio, studying music theory and technique, taking lessons, and of course handling my real job and “real world” responsibilities."

The highly anticipated album was made available on July 19th, 2016, along with an accompanying lyrics video for the song "Three Kings, Three Crowns".

General Info

Band Members
Ross Morgan - Vocals, Josh Morgan - Bass, Kevin Schaner - Keyboard, Rob Parkkonen - Drums
Artist Name
Holloway
Profile Page
https://www.reverbnation.com/holloway
Active Since
08/06
Genres
Rock / Metal / Progressive

Contact Info

Location
Grand Rapids, MI

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