We thank the following people:
Mike Kischnick - Empyria information
Philip Leite - Philip Leite's information about his work with Empyria
Additional informationFrom PHIL LEITE (05.06.2008):
PHIL LEITE (Vocalist/Lyricist) BIOGRAPHY
Born and raised in Kitimat, B.C. (Canada) Phil's early career started at age 14. Singing and fronting for various bands with countless shows and Canadian tours. He then attended Red Deer College and received a music diploma. Phil then moved to Vancouver, B.C. and joined local progressive metal band "OSIRIS" releasing 2 well crafted demos with Jeff Waters & Paul Blake (Annihilator). Shortly after releasing another full length with the band "MASTERPIECE".
In 1997 Phil joined Canadian prog. metal band "EMPYRIA"and released 3 albums through labels such as Nightmare Records (U.S)., Scrape Records (Canada), and Sanctuary Music (Germany) with distribution worldwide to high accolades in many metal magazines like; BW&BK (Canada), Heavy Oder Was?!! (Germany),Sea Of Tranquility (U.S.), Burrn! (Japan )and 2 heavy metal collector books. Receiving airplay and interviews worldwide on numerous progressive metal radio and web shows.
Currently Phil has just recorded 11 new tracks for a new "EMPYRIA" release slated for release late fall 2008.
Career highlights so far for Phil have been opening for rock giants Nickleback, Colin James, Eddie Money and April Wine.
Phil is a highly adaptable and reliable frontman/vocalist for any musical style or format. Available for studio session work or any full blown live projects. Please check out the websites listed below for sound bytes and or contact me any time for more info.
Phil Leite's vocal style is influenced by many master vocalists, such as Geoff Tate, James Labrie, John Arch, Ray Alder and even Crimson Glory's Midnight. Phil has a strong powerful voice that could bring down walls! ( J. Mariante, Ballbuster Online Metal Review 2003.)
Phil's vocals remind me of a more melodic, progressive version of Harry Conklin (Jag Panzer) mixed with a Bruce Dickinson-like ability to hold a note for what seems like forever. ( Chris Kelter, Roughedge.com 2002.)
Vocalist Phil Leite has a soaring voice which brings to mind James Labrie, Nick Walsh (Slik Toxic), Geddy Lee and even King Diamond. Great range to say the least. ( Aaron Small, Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles 2000.)