Dark Sky Choir is an original hard rock/metal band from NJ. Formed in 2016, the band originally consisted of four veterans of the local music scene, playing the classic metal music they all grew up listening to. As their local popularity increased as a tribute band, it was inevitable that they soon began writing their own music.
Founding members Fred Gorhau and Mike Sakowski are the only two remaining original members in the current lineup. Gorhau has spent the last 7 years touring the USA and Canada as a lead guitarist for the holiday-themed progressive band The Wizards of Winter, playing alongside some of the original vocalists from Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Sakowski has been a drum teacher and career drummer for the past few decades, performing in the local scene with countless cover bands. Both have also toured the US and Europe with the metal band Exxplorer.
In late 2017, original vocalist, Hollywood How, and bassist Joe Stabile were replaced with Brian Allen and John Moyer, respectively. Allen has been the voice of various bands throughout the years, most notably as the frontman for Vicious Rumors for almost a decade. Moyer is best known as the Grammy-nominated bassist for the world-renowned metal group Disturbed, with whom he has recorded and toured since 2004. When John is on tour with Disturbed, Percy Trayanov from Madame Mayhem takes over on bass duties.
Inspired by a lifetime love of metal, Dark Sky Choir brings years of live and recording experience to the stage with their own brand of hard rock and metal. Earlier this year they released an EP titled Reboot, and embarked on their first national tour, opening for Fozzy. Their brand-new full-length album End of Days was just released in conjunction with their five-week national tour with Monster Magnet.
Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Brian Allen is currently the frontman for the Bay Area thrash-metal band Vicious Rumors. He has long been a staple of the metal scene, singing with such bands as Last Empire (who signed with the Underground Symphony Label in 1999), and Two-Headed Beast, since 2015. He joined Dark Sky Choir in the fall of 2017 to record their self-titled EP.
Fred Gorhau is a veteran guitarist of the local NY/NJ music scene. Fred spent 20-plus years performing live throughout the US & Europe with the metal band Exxplorer. Since 2011, he has also toured the US & Canada as lead guitarist of the holiday-themed Wizards of Winter, and is a founding member of Dark Sky Choir.
John Moyer is best known as the Grammy-nominated bassist and back-up vocalist for the heavy metal band Disturbed. Taking over in 2004 after Steve "Fuzz" Kmak was fired, Moyer has played bass-guitar with the group since their third studio album, Ten Thousand Fists. Moyer was also the bassist for the Texas-based Union Underground, before joining Adrenaline Mob from 2012 through 2014. After his departure from A-Mob, he was a founding member of the metal supergroup The Foundry, alongside former Iron Maiden vocalist Blaze Bayley, guitarist Rick Plester, and legendary Twisted Sister drummer, the late AJ Pero. In 2015 he joined Operation: Mindcrime, featuring former Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate. Following stints with Art of Anarchy (with Scott Stapp), and Stereo Satellite, Moyer joined Dark Sky Choir in the fall of 2017, and can be heard on their Reboot EP. John also produced Dark Sky Choir’s latest CD, End of Days, before departing to go back on tour with Disturbed.
Drummer Mike Sakowski has been a member of the local NY/NJ music scene for almost four decades as a performer and instructor. In 1983, Mike co-founded the metal band Exxplorer, with whom he played and toured for more than 30 years. Since the early 1990’s he has played with various groups including, Tin Pan Alley, Yesterday’s Child, and numerous cover bands. He is a founding member of Dark Sky Choir.
The latest addition to Dark Sky Choir is Bulgarian born bassist, Percy Trayanov, who began his musical training at the age of 6, studying to be a classical pianist! Later, he also studied the bass guitar at the Bulgarian Academy of Music, which lead to him playing with Burning Sound, one of Bulgaria’s top rock bands in the 1990s. After relocating to the United States in 1999 he was a founding member of CYLAB. He would later go on to play with such bands as RBD, Acey Slade & The Dark Party, Ace Frehley, Combichrist, and Black Light Burns. More recently he could be seen with The Dirty Pearls, and on stage with Lady Gaga, before touring extensively with Madame Mayhem from 2016 through 2018. He joined Dark Sky Choir in September of 2018 for their fall tour.
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