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The Gatherer of War


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The Gatherer of War


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THE Gatherer

(Of War): Obed Gonzalez

Obed Rene Gonzalez-Matos is The Gatherer of War; a lyricist and vocalist for Homerik. Born to Zaida Matos and Nelson Gonzalez in San Juan, Puerto Rico and raised in Bronx, NY since the age of two, Obed always wanted to be part of music when he fell in love with writing at an early age. His father was a gigging salsero in the local scene for many years. Growing up, Obed attended several concerts and studio sessions alongside his father. However, an influence in his writing development, Obed never truly showed his father the interest he had in music. It became a private hobby. Instead, Obed performed in school plays and considered pursuing drama. He decided to use that inspiration towards his personal writing.

During his downtime, Obed listened to a variety of music. Gravitating to his urban roots in Reggaetón, Reggae, Rock, Hip Hop, Rap, and Freestyle, Obed was introduced to Homerik by Andrew Petriske and Ken Candelas and is living proof that listeners outside of the Metal genre can truly appreciate and love Homerik's work. Andrew, a life long friend to Obed, was convinced to incorporate him in the music. Obed entered the studio to record vocals for "Unforgotten Kin" and his overwhelmingly successful delivery inspired a fruitful endeavor for years to come.

Today, Obed writes for Homerik as a lyricist and is currently working on new material for the band. In his words, "Homerik started with a family that never knew they were a family; Friends dream -- brothers do." Obed seeks to make a difference and give back to his community. His goal is to continue pushing Homerik's message for peace and artistic integrity out into the world and looks forward to performing live epic shows on stage internationally. 

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The Mad Composer of Pestilence


Friendships were made out of a Gears of War match on Xbox Live.

The Mad Composer of Pestilence


Friendships were made out of a Gears of War match on Xbox Live.

THE MAD COMPOSER

(Of Pestilence): Ken Candelas

Kenneth Bryan Candelas is The Mad Composer of Pestilence; the musical director, composer, lyricist, vocalist and the drummer for Homerik. He is also the head recording and mixing engineer on the band's debut album, "Homerik". As a boy, Ken grew up in an artistic home where creativity was encouraged. He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico to his mother, Abigail Valle and Hector Candelas. During his teenage years, Ken studied fine art at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, and received several awards for his artwork and designs including the Milton Glaser Award and First Place in the Directory of N.Y.C. Public High Schools Design Competition. Upon graduation, Ken decided to pursue his deep interest in rhythm and music production, following in his father's footsteps.

Graduating with an Associate in Applied Science degree from Queensborough Community College in Music Production and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music & Audio Technology at The City College of New York, Ken now currently operates in New York City as a full-time freelance audio technician for broadcast television and live production events among studio work. He is also the drummer for the melodic hard-rock band, Four Trips Ahead.

Homerik began with Ken and one of his earliest closest friends, Cory Boyle (a.k.a. The Night Walker). Together they came up with the name alongside Andrew Petriske and produced their first piece, "The Legion", during Ken's time as a student at The Sonic Arts Center at the City College of New York. Ken is determined to inspire the Metal genre, create a community of positive reinforcement with hope, and bring forth a revolution to the music industry to change the world.

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The Daemon of Famine


Homerik is a derivative of the word "Homeric"; to be super epic - in the manner of the great poet, Homer.

The Daemon of Famine


Homerik is a derivative of the word "Homeric"; to be super epic - in the manner of the great poet, Homer.

The Daemon

(Of Famine): Andrew Petriske

Andrew Michael Petriske is The Daemon of Famine; a lyricist as well as the lead vocalist of Homerik. Andrew was born in San Diego, California to Iris Tirado and Michael Paul Petriske and grew up in Bronx, NY since the age of three. Playing in multiple local bands including Angelic Rapture, Slaughterific, Decimate the Living, and Omen Faculty (among others), Andrew is a self-taught vocalist. Andrew listened to thousands of records in order to learn from and mimic those he admired. Starting with Korn's "Issues" release in 1999 and the song "Falling Away From Me", he would practice alone and with his bandmates in numerous Metal styles. His philosophy on the matter, "I just go with what feels natural," is also how Andrew approached performing on every Homerik title.

Andrew became a part of Homerik about a year later after lead composer, Ken Candelas, met him for the first time at their day job. Ken had offered to record Andrew's audition tape for another band and, soon afterwards, Andrew returned the favor for Ken's own school project in The City College of New York. It wasn't long after that when the two wrote the lyrics to "The Legion" while at work. Bonding many times over a pint of Guinness, the two never looked back.

Andrew believes that Homerik gives their recordings the authentic energy that is missing in many records today, akin to how records were made before the digital revolution. "There are not a lot of bands out there that like to take risks -- to jump -- and make the extra step to go the extra mile. What Homerik tries to do is be different." Currently hard at work on the next album, Andrew wants to continue to enhance the original sound and storytelling of Homerik through more in-depth stories and lyrics and include a darker, even more blackened musical palette.

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The Night Walker of Death


The Night Walker and The Mad Composer had musical ideas for Homerik since 2008.

The Night Walker of Death


The Night Walker and The Mad Composer had musical ideas for Homerik since 2008.

The Night Walker

(of Death): Cory Boyle

Cory Anthony Boyle is The Night Walker of Death; a composer and the lead guitarist of Homerik. Born in Waterford, Michigan and raised by Lori Haas and Robert Boyle, Cory was always bouncing between The Bronx and Virginia Beach in his elementary years—adapting to new environments but often feeling alone in his childhood. This developed a close bond between his siblings.

Cory began his creative ventures in the fourth grade. Awarded with the Senator’s Award in his fifth grade class, he was on track to developing his artistic tendencies throughout middle school and into high school. He picked up the guitar as a hobby during his education in Fine Art at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts where he discovered many musical influences including Alexi Laiho, Jason Becker, Jeff Loomis, Yngwie Malmsteen and many more legendary guitar virtuosos. Soon after, his parents transferred him from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School to PNW BOCES Technical School in Yorktown Heights, NY where he became valedictorian of his class upon graduation—a testament to his adaptability.

Cory and Ken Candelas began planting the seeds of Homerik in 2008 while they were still in high school. Their first iteration of collaborative work was produced under the name “Opus”. Soon after, Cory transferred from their high school to another and reunited with Ken during their collegial years. Their reunion gave birth to their first official Homerik title “The Legion” in the summer of 2014 at the Sonic Arts Center in The City College of New York, just before Andrew Petriske joined the group. After working on Homerik for several months, Cory went on hiatus with the project. His return during the autumn of 2017 conjured fresh, new ideas to develop with the band.

A stickler for technique and completely self-taught, Cory listened to many records at a time, transcribing guitar solos and rhythms to grow in his musicianship. Finding creativity within melancholia, Cory is heavily inspired by classical and video game music. His insomnia allows inspiration to flow in the abnormally late hours of the night. With very impulsive ideas, Cory tries to keep it as organic as possible. Nothing is forced. Everything is intentional. Currently working on Homerik’s next release, Cory wants to create something that will influence the lives of others. He also believes that the world needs to stop worrying about the choices of others, and start thinking on a grander scale on what will help the world grow and prosper.

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