Circadian Pulse is a progressive metal band from Melbourne, Australia. As far as progressive metal bands go, their influences include the usual classic ones such as Dream Theater, Fates Warning and Symphony X. Beyond this, as musicians and music listeners, they have a wide range of influences. Using this classic progressive metal basis and their varied interests and influences as a starting point, their aim is to create music that is eclectic, proficient, conceptually interesting and incorporates some experimentation.
The band was formed in early 2008 by bassist Simon D’Alfonso. Apart from a passion for creating and playing this type of music, another motivating factor in forming the band was a desire to contribute to the under-represented progressive metal scene in their native Australia.
In the middle of 2008 guitarist Bzen Byanjankar joined the band and the unit continued to developed material. Seeking a second guitarist, the band was able to secure Stephen Stergiadis around the turn of 2008. 2009 was spent casually rehearsing and working on material whilst trying to complete the band line-up.
It took quite some time for the band to find a vocalist, but around the middle of 2010 Adrian Sofia successfully auditioned for the band. Whilst not having a permanent member drummer, with the help of temporary and hired drummers, the band was able to have their first gig in December of 2010 and subsequently gig throughout 2011.
The band had been operating without a keyboardist for quite some time. Whilst they were able to function without a keyboardist, ultimately the vision was for Circadian Pulse to be a band with a keyboardist to contribute to their progressive metal sound and add sonic richness to their music. So fortunately at the start of 2012 they welcomed keyboardist Dave Holley to the fold.
With an almost complete band (minus a drummer), the band embarked upon recording their debut EP throughout 2012. Slowly but surely the EP was recorded and released in December 2012. Totalling around thirty minutes, it contains a collection of five tracks that were developed variously over the previous few years. It was recorded and produced by the band’s guitarist Steve Stergiadis, who is a qualified sound engineer operating from his home studio.
One hindrance for Circadian Pulse as a developing band has been the lack of a permanent member drummer throughout their time. Fortunately this was rectified in 2013 with the addition of Tommy O, a young drummer extraordinaire from New Zealand.
Circadian pulse is a band contributing to the progressive metal tradition whilst offering some novel elements in their own unique way. With a recently completed full line-up, 2013 will see the band playing more live shows, promoting themselves and starting to work on their first full album.