North Carolina’s Hephystus is one of those bands that was destined to appear. After years playing together in different variations guitarist/singer Brandon Miller and drummer Troy Surratt formed the core of the band. Musically speaking they had a certain chemistry that just worked but it took some time to find the missing elements. Keyboard and bass players came and went before settling on a four-piece line up. Then bassist Aaron Yow arrived and raised the bar. In fact they was so pleased with Yow they re-recorded all the bass parts on their debut album, Burn The Page. Guitarist Justin Newman now completes the band.
The name Hephystus is an adaptation of Hephaestus, the ancient Greek god of metal forging and fire, but don’t mistake the band for old school standard metal. Fans of Evergrey, Opeth, Avenged Sevenfold and Tool will find much to grab ahold of here. Hephystus has been making a regional name for themselves through tight performances of their brand of metal with a progressive flair that manages to be both radio friendly and technically interesting without going over the top. Once dubbed one of the best kept secrets of the American progressive metal scene, Hephystus aims to change that perception through their 2015 album Fragmenting Shadows.