Stormforge was originally formed in Auckland by guitarist Flynn Fredriksson and vocalist Courtney O’Leary in January 2011.
The two were looking to form a power metal band and had previously been members of Vallum Incendium and Horde Lorde respectively, both bands of a similar style that the two could draw on their experience from.
Drummer Antony Mifsud-Houghton and guitarist Beau Auelua soon joined the ranks, although both left after several months of songwriting. Their spaces were filled by Sebastian Emir Llapur Gandulfo on guitar and Jeremy Chapman on drums, and with the addition of Tom O’Leary on bass in late 2011 the lineup was now complete. The group settled on the name Stormforge in January 2012, and played their first gig in July of the same year.
More lineup changes were soon to follow, with Jeremy and Sebastian leaving the band to travel overseas. Their two spots were filled by original members Antony and Beau (albeit with Beau on a temporary basis until a more permanent member was found.) In January 2013 the group played in an opening slot for Finland’s Nightwish, which saw them playing to 700 people in what has been the largest gig for the band to date. Beau once again departed the band to be replaced with Miro Kao who had travelled to New Zealand from Taiwan for a year in search of a band.
With this lineup, the group set to recording their debut EP “Sea Of Stone” in July 2013 at Temple Of Sol studios. The recording was done by Cameron Sinclair, who in addition to playing drums for Diocletian has also done work recording, mixing and mastering for a number of bands including Exordium Mors, Witchrist, Bolzer and more. With an EP now under their belt, the group are returning their focus to gigging.
In March of 2014 the group will play as special guests for the legendary ICED EARTH from Tampa, Florida as part of their Worldwide Plagues Tour. 2014 will also see begin work begin on the recording of a new EP and of course, taking their brand of power metal all around New Zealand and beyond.[divider]Video[/divider]