It’s just been learned, that on the eve of starting pre-production and drum tracking for his new metal project, ex-Mastery drummer Kevan Roy was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. During the accident Roy suffered third degree burns to his right knee, extensive abrasions and bruises to both legs and hips, a broken rib, a compound clavicle fracture and a torn rotator cuff on his right shoulder. The injuries will require Roy to undergo two surgeries and months of rehabilitation.
“The experience was surreal. I was knocked unconscious for almost 20 minutes and don’t actually remember the accident itself, but the friend who was riding behind me said that as we came out of a turn, I hit debris or something that was on the road, instantly taking the rear wheel out from under me. It happened on an on-ramp to the highway, and he said we were only going between 60-70 km/h, with another vehicle ahead of us, so speed was not a factor. What really did it, however, was that after going down on the right side, the bike hooked up and flipped over top-side, taking me with it. And that’s what really did the damage to me, and the bike. The sub-frame broke right off the back,” said Roy. “Obviously this accident has been a huge set-back to the new music and projects I’ve been working on, but it’s also forced me into a situation where writing is the only thing I can do. I’ll be posting lots of updates along with photos from the accident, as well as video footage and teasers of the demos I’ve been working on.”
Kevan Roy served as the drummer for thrash group Mastery on their debut album “Lethal Legacy”, which was released through Universal/Navarre in North America and Sanctuary in Europe. The album drew critical acclaim from Metal Maniacs who proclaimed, “While ‘Lethal Legacy’ pays homage to the classic thrash of the late ‘80s/early ‘90s with nods to Testament, Forbidden, Vio-lence and Metallica, it doesn’t sound as if the band are pinning for the glory days.” Decibel Magazine also sang praise for Mastery’s brand of “instru-metal”, as they gave the band a whopping 9/10 and called them, “Mastery of Puppets”.
Kevan Roy is currently working on a new metal project and is expected to make announcements in the coming weeks. In the meantime, fans can keep up to date with regards to Roy and his recovery online at www.kevanfnroy.com
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This past June, Toronto metal troupe MASTERY entered Studio 57 at Music Lab in Austin, Texas with producer Tim Gerron and recorded their as-yet-untitled full-length. The album was mixed by Tim Gerron and Dan Korneff at House of Loud Studios in Elmwood Park, New Jersey last month. MASTERY fuses the blazing aggression of hardcore thrash with the technical prowess of progressive metal, leaving fans with a balls-out assault that relives the majesty of old school metal with a sense of originality.
MASTERY was founded by guitarist Markus Armellini in Toronto. With no luck finding a vocalist that could compliment the intensity and aggression of the music, the band’s debut, Lethal Legacy, was unleashed as an instrumental in North America in 2006 and in Europe one year later. Following the release, MASTERY toured the States extensively. It was at a show in Austin where the band met legendary vocalist Billy Milano of M.O.D./S.O.D. Combined with Armellini, drummer Mike Harshaw, bassist Tim “Tank” Casterline, and lead guitarist Kelly Fitzsimmons, MASTERY is finally ready to scorch the ears of unsuspecting metallers globally.
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Toronto’s thrash band MASTERY is no longer an instrumental act, as the band has officially announced the addition of metal legend Billy Milano (S.O.D/ M.O.D.) as the group’s new frontman. A new bass player has also
been introduced, Tim “Tank” Casterline (M.O.D. touring bassist) joins Mastery as a much needed aspect of growth to their music. The band is still looking to fill the position of lead guitar, anyone interested can contact the band through their MySpace page.
“I am officially confirming that Billy Milano has joined MASTERY as a full time member,” commented guitarist and founder Markus Armellini. “Having Billy Milano sing for MASTERY is driving the band in a new direction and to a new level of performance.”
MASTERY has entered Studio 57 in Austin, Texas with producer/ engineer Tim Gerron and begun recording their debut album which should see the light of day in early 2011. The band is currently streaming a new song online at www.myspace.com/masterymetal.
MASTERY’s debut album, “Lethal Legacy”, was released through Corporate Punishment Records. The album was drew critical acclaim from Metal Maniacs who proclaimed, “While ‘Lethal Legacy’ pays homage to the classic thrash of the late ‘80s/early ‘90s with nods to Testament, Forbidden, Vio-lence and Metallica, it doesn’t sound as if the band are pinning for the glory days.” Decibel Magazine also loves Mastery’s brand of instrumental thrash, as they gave the band a whopping 9/10 and called them, “Mastery of Puppets”.
Billy Milano – Vocals
Markus Armellini – Guitars
Tim Casterline – Bass
Mike Harshaw – Drums
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