The Circle of Dead Children

The Circle of Dead Children


The Circle of Dead Children

The Circle of Dead Children


Continue your journey with HOMERIK with the brand new upcoming album, The Circle of Dead Children, inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Dante’s Inferno and brought to life by the epic paintings of David Millgate and a full-fledged novel written by The Mad Composer.

Chapter 1: Godless.



The story takes place in Germany during WWII. Dante, our protagonist is the incestual son of the little girl in A Song of the Night: Part I, Morgana. Her father was abusive and she conceived, but was too weak of a character to run away from his heinous deeds. Ashamed, Dante ran away from home to join the Nazi regime at a young age, indoctrinated by the code of the Führer. The story begins somewhere in the middle of the war, as Morgana wakes to the sirens of an oncoming blitz near Dresden. Her father is dying from tuberculosis as the bombs go off. In their final moments, the devil reaches out to Morgana and offers her everlasting peace in exchange for her blood and kin. The devil has a special interest in Dante, unbeknownst to Morgana…

Dante dies in Normandy by the hand of his lover's mother. Dante's lover, Elaina, was hiding Jewish refugees under his nose. When he finds out, Dante defends himself but kills Elaina's family in the process. With one final blow, Dante falls into oblivion as he enters the next realm: the gates of Hell. His journey into the Inferno is a reflection of his Nazi-favored ideas and decorated in that theme through out. Will Dante be able to overcome the demonic horrors of the Inferno?





Homerik Debut Album


Homerik Debut Album





© 2016, ℗ 2017 Homerik Productions, LLC

As you enter the room, a fire crackling from a burgeoning fireplace, you walk beneath an ornate chandelier; solemnly dimming the walls with a faint yellow eerie glow. The chandelier is quietly fostered by a few small candelabras hanging alongside the walls. You pan around and take notice of the many curiously exquisite paintings that dress them. As you walk by, the paintings emit emotions to you. It is as if you were gazing into the eyes of another soul.

A big, red chair sits in front of the fireplace, and a sword lies on the floor sprawled out of a cane's hidden sheath. Smeared with blood, the sword exhibits the emotions of malicious intent and evil. Nearby, on top of a nightstand, a teddy bear lies lit only by the light of an effervescent midnight moon. It sings to you a familiar song about its rightful owner...

Homerik’s debut album is better described as a major collaborative effort by friends and colleagues in and around New York City. Beyond this iteration, their story expands into the ancient universe of mythology and folklore such as Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy.

This union of talent has produced pieces such as "A Song of The Night: Part I,” which is made possible with the orchestrated force of guitars, drums, bassoon, piano, brass and strings–all complimented by the mystifying soprano and alto vocal work by Carla Candelas and Nilsa Astacio. Combined, they make a chillingly beautiful narrative of a girl with recurring nightmares of abuse and neglect.

Not only does the work show its fruition from the friendships of Homerik’s members, it also celebrates those who have been a great influence but are no longer with us. Among their other works are “An Angel of Darkness” featuring the majestic pipe organ of the Riverside Church in New York City, and “Into the Pits of Oblivion & Unforgotten Kin”, inspired by Mesopotamian lands.

A lot darker by contrast, they revolve around those lost friends; their memories kept alive within the heavy metal overtones of Cory Boyle’s skittish guitars and Anthony Espinal’s (of Divergence) razor sharp riffs. What’s more is not just how talent comes together, but really how Homerik is more of a melting pot of different cultures of musicianship.

While Ken and Andrew derived their inspiration from Metal, the group is certainly not shy about exploring other genres at the production scale equivalent to a film score. "The Balance of Power" is among one of the songs with an international taste; it focuses on two dragons, the representations of Yin and Yang. The song itself has an Asian essence, in relation to its subject matter.

It isn't alone, of course, in its cultural twist - "The 'Ire' of Green" is one about indulgence, enjoying oneself, and simply having a good time, with an Irish spin to it. Meanwhile, “Wendigo” places oneself amiss the haunting scenario of one running from a hungry, relentless cannibal deep within the African Congo.

Homerik went through great lengths to produce their debut album. Over the course of two and a half years, the duo worked equally as hard on the music as they did on the content of their lyrics. “Curse of the Black Nile” features soprano Anita Hilaly, singing in Ancient Egyptian. Translated from verses in the tomb of the pharaoh, Unas, this Egyptian piece screams loudly about isolation and the desire to remain undisturbed.

Bread and Circuses” is a political statement against tyrants, sung with the passion of a persecuted gypsy, as Forsakken's Brittany Diaz finishes off the album in “The Legion”, where we experience the overthrowing of that corrupt government. What Homerik seeks to accomplish is an opening statement to others. Unsatisfied with mainstream Metal and the massive number of "regurgitated" Metal, Homerik wants to invite others to look into the possibilities of Metal music. To see how such a brutal and extreme genre can become something so beautiful in a new, unique way.



Homerik's debut album is a collection of World, Classical, and Metal genres. Each composition is a unique story, illustrated by Anton Rosovsky. Indulge yourself by listening to each of the tracks, and reading the tales of Homerik...

Into the Pits of Oblivion & Unforgotten Kin

A man experiences life beyond death. Terror lies deep within the pits of oblivion, but not all who traverse are forgotten in the overworld.

An Angel of Darkness

Suicide damned his soul as the angel of death takes its prize. For fire is a crown to the untimely passing of the young, brave heart.

Curse of the Black Nile

Tomb raiders beware! The pharaoh's curse is upon ye. Leave him to rest in peace, or fear the blackened river that will drown your legacy.

The "Ire" of Green

Rejoice in the company of your sisters and brethren! Sharing this life on Earth with those you truly love is more important than all of your superficial company.

Bread and Circuses

Political struggle and tyranny prevent the ambitions of this disheartened gypsy, who sings and dances to the people she tries to inspire.


A hungry cannibal feasts on an innocent victim as an unsuspecting village carries on what seems to be an ordinary day under the African sun.

A Song of the Night: Part I

A young girl readies herself for bed as nightmarish ghouls linger in the shadows, waiting for her to sleep and enter her dreams.

The Balance of Power

Two powerful dragons fight for might and mind. Passion and wisdom are at stake. Who will win in this epic duel of strength?

The Legion

Rise against your oppressors, the time is now! Clashes of iron, metal, and steel are around you as you overcome the daunting revolution!

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Production for Homerik:

All music composed by Kenneth Candelas, except for “The Legion" by Cory Boyle and Kenneth Candelas, "Bread and Circuses" by Kenneth Candelas and Eran Polat. All music arranged by Kenneth Candelas.


All lyrics by Andrew Petriske and Kenneth Candelas. “Bread and Circuses” by Carmen Estevez, and “Unforgotten Kin” by Amanda Cintron.


Executive Producer: Kenneth Candelas

Produced by: Kenneth Candelas and Andrew Petriske


Engineering for Homerik:

  • Kenneth Candelas: Recording and Mixing Engineer

  • Robert Anderson: Recording Engineer for “An Angel of Darkness" pipe organ

  • Scott Young: Recording Engineer for “Wendigo” drums

  • Jordan Purvis: Recording Engineer for “The Legion" drums

  • Andy VanDette: Mastering Engineer


This record was recorded in various recording studios and locations: Big Yellow Duck, Dojo Taiko MasalaReal Brave Audio, The Riverside Church of New York CityThe Sonic Arts Center at the City College of New York, Spin Recording Studios, and home recording studios.

Artwork for Homerik:

  • Dan Capeau: Animated Logo

  • Jennifer Tully: Logo

  • Kenneth Candelas: Logo & Director

  • Anton Rosovsky (warlocklord): Digital Paintings

  • Lazar Bulic (braInIac)/Zolax Productions: Music Visualization Video Editor

  • Anas Ismaili: Music Visualization Video Editor

Assistant Engineering for Homerik:

PHOTOGRAPHY for Homerik:


Additional thanks to:

Family & friends, the Riverside Church of New York City, Peter Benjamin, Ronaldo Carter, Brian Crowe, Curtis Frasca, Yosimar Gomez, Daniel Graugnard, Jake Haimowitz, Dimitri Hatzisavas, Ruby Henao, Ernie Jackson, Jacqueline Jean-François, Allan Kashkin, Paul Kozel, Haley Larson, Kris MaxxJay Messina, Christopher Molfetas, Joseph Nagler, Jonathan Perl, Joe PoppSteve Remote, Javier Roldan, Brian Schorr, Paul Special, Quentin Vidal, and Peter Wilson.


In memory of:

Kenneth Amadeus Batista, Konrad Duvall Cunningham, and Edward Nathan Nicolas.

Copyright © 2016 Homerik, Published ℗ 2017 Homerik Productions, LLC





  • Kenneth Candelas: Drums, Vocals

  • Andrew Petriske: Vocals

  • Anthony Espinal: Electric Guitars

  • Phillip Ortiz: Acoustic Guitars, Cuatro, Electric Bass

  • John Ryan: Penny Whistle


The Balance of Power:

  • Kenneth Candelas: Drums & Percussion, Background Vocals, Tuvan Throat Singing

  • Andrew Petriske: Vocals

  • Anthony Espinal: Electric Guitars, Vocals

  • Dario Baez: Electric Bass

  • Zhizhi Dong: Monk Vocals

  • Jonathan Block: Violins

  • Julian Langford: Celli

  • Laiyona Nakahishi: Taikos and Gong

  • Miku Hatsune (Vocaloid): Japanese Vocals

  • Yuki Kaai (Vocaloid): Japanese Vocals

  • Hiyama Kiyoteru (Vocaloid): Japanese Vocals


A Song of the Night: Part I:

  • Andrew Petriske: Vocals

  • Kenneth Candelas: Vocals, Drums

  • Brian Eisenpresser: Electric Guitars

  • Nyajah Souder: Bass Guitars

  • Carla Candelas: Little Sister Vocals

  • Nilsa Astacio: Big Sister Vocals

  • Cindy Baez: Bassoon

  • Michael Sellas: Piano

  • Joseph Salem: Trumpets

  • Edward Rodriguez: Trombones

  • Nick Anton: Celli

  • Isabel Salane: Soprano Vocals

  • Charlotte Bennett: Alto Vocals

  • Jack Fuller: Tenor Vocals

  • Jason Mitchel: Bass Vocals

  • Jean Marie Collatin-Faye: Chimes



Into the Pits of Oblivion & Unforgotten Kin:


Curse of the Black Nile:

  • Kenneth Candelas: Vocals, Drums & Percussion

  • Andrew Petriske: Vocals

  • Cory Boyle: Electric Guitars

  • Kolson Pickard: Cornets

  • Jaime Marcelo: Violins

  • Julian Langford: Celli

  • Robert Ehrlich: Electric Bass

  • Anita Hilaly: Vocals



  • Kenneth Candelas: Drums, Vocals

  • Andrew Petriske: Vocals

  • Jonathan Block: Violins

  • Julian Langford: Celli

  • Jean Marie Collatin-Faye: Percussion

  • Anthony Espinal: Electric Guitars

  • Lance Holloway: Electric Guitars

  • Dario Baez: Electric Bass



  • Andrew Petriske: Vocals

  • Kenneth Candelas: Background Vocals, Drums & Auxiliary Percussion

  • Carmen Estevez: Vocals, Cajon and Palmas (Claps)

  • Lance Holloway: Electric Guitars

  • Eran Polat: Flamenco Guitars

  • Dario Baez: Electric Bass

  • Jonathan Block: Violins

  • Julian Langford: Celli



  • Kenneth Candelas: Background Vocals, Drums & Percussion

  • Andrew Petriske: Vocals

  • Cory Boyle: Electric Guitars & Electric Bass

  • Kolson Pickard: Cornets

  • Jaime Marcelo: Violins

  • Julian Langford: Celli

  • Brittany Diaz: Vocals

  • Monica Rodriguez: Soprano Vocals