Dark Sky Choir
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BRIAN ALLEN

VOCALS

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IRA BLACK

GUITAR

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PERCY TRAYANOV

BASS

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MIKE SAKOWSKI

DRUMS

DARK SKY CHOIR: BEHIND THE MUSIC

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Dark Sky Choir is an original hard rock/metal band from NJ. Formed in 2016, the band originally consisted of four veterans of the local music scene, playing the classic metal music they all grew up listening to. As their local popularity increased as a tribute band, it was inevitable that they soon began writing their own music. Founding members Fred Gorhau and Mike Sakowski are the only two remaining original members in the current lineup. Gorhau has spent the last 7 years touring the USA and Canada as a lead guitarist for the holiday-themed progressive band The Wizards of Winter, playing alongside some of the original vocalists from Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Sakowski has been a drum teacher and career drummer for the past few decades, performing in the local scene with countless cover bands. Both have also toured the US and Europe with the metal band Exxplorer.
In late 2017, original vocalist, Hollywood How, and bassist Joe Stabile were replaced with Brian Allen and John Moyer, respectively. Allen has been the voice of various bands throughout the years, most notably as the frontman for Vicious Rumors for almost a decade. Moyer is best known as the Grammy-nominated bassist for the world-renowned metal group Disturbed, with whom he has recorded and toured since 2004. When John is on tour with Disturbed, Percy Trayanov from Madame Mayhem takes over on bass duties. Inspired by a lifetime love of metal, Dark Sky Choir brings years of live and recording experience to the stage with their own brand of hard rock and metal. Earlier this year they released an EP titled Reboot, and embarked on their first national tour, opening for Fozzy. Their brand-new full-length album End of Days was just released in conjunction with their five-week national tour with Monster Magnet.

BRIAN ALLEN

Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Brian Allen is currently the front man for the Bay Area thrash-metal band Vicious Rumors. He has long been a staple of the metal scene, singing with such bands as Last Empire (who signed with the Underground Symphony Label in 1999), and Two-Headed Beast, since 2015. He joined Dark Sky Choir in the fall of 2017 to record their self-titled EP.

IRA BLACK

DARK SKY CHOIR is pleased to announce our new guitarist IRA BLACK! Ira is best known for his work with I AM MORBID, LIZZY BORDEN, DOKKEN, METAL CHURCH, WHERE ANGELS SUFFER, HEATHEN and VICIOUS RUMORS. Ira endorses Dean Guitars, Floyd Rose, EMG, Stone Tone, Mezzabarba Amps and Rockwood Clothing. Ira joins us from Los Angeles, CA and will be a huge part of the Dark Sky Choir family and music. Please help us welcome him to the Dark Sky Choir family and check him out on the upcoming Bobaflex tour!

PERCY TRAYANOV

The latest addition to Dark Sky Choir is Bulgarian born bassist, Percy Trayanov, who began his musical training at the age of 6, studying to be a classical pianist! Later, he also studied the bass guitar at the Bulgarian Academy of Music, which lead to him playing with Burning Sound, one of Bulgaria’s top rock bands in the 1990s. After relocating to the United States in 1999 he was a founding member of CYLAB. He would later go on to play with such bands as RBD, Acey Slade & The Dark Party, Ace Frehley, Combichrist, and Black Light Burns. More recently he could be seen with The Dirty Pearls, and on stage with Lady Gaga, before touring extensively with Madame Mayhem from 2016 through 2018. He joined Dark Sky Choir in September of 2018 for their fall tour.

MIKE SAKOWSKI

Drummer Mike Sakowski has been a member of the local NY/NJ music scene for almost four decades as a performer and instructor. In 1983, Mike co-founded the metal band Exxplorer, with whom he played and toured for more than 30 years. Since the early 1990’s he has played with various groups including, Tin Pan Alley, Yesterday’s Child, and numerous cover bands. He is a founding member of Dark Sky Choir.

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