Hey hows it going guys. As the title says, looking to start a metal band that mixes thrash, jazz, groove and a of course, prog. I'm in Hauppauge, Suffolk County My Influences (bandwise): Iron Maiden Megadeth Porcupine Tree The Devin Townsend Band/Project Nevermore Dream Theater (No one saw THAT coming!) Cynic In Flames-Pre reroute Symphony X Artillery White Zombie Children of Bodom Age=21 I been playing guitar for four years and piano for most of my life. I used to teach piano as well Guitar Influences: Marty Friedman John Petrucci Jeff Loomis Dave Mustaine Jay Yuenger Zakk Wylde John 5 Ritchie Blackmore Mike Amott Michael Romeo Marco Sfogli Piano:Frédéric Chopin I'm looking for mature, well read, intellegent but by no means straightlaced musicians. For Guitarists-Someone to can shred tastefully and well as do melodic passages and of course keep in time Haha. Bassists-Capable of being in the pocket as well as doing some standout fills and solos. Drummers-Creative,energetic, can do smooth transitions from different time signature and be able to play fast to slow and vise versa with ease. Gear-Does not need to be crazy highend stuff. As long it doesn't sound like: 1.)A Garbage can being hit with a branch 2.)Mud 3.)A freshfaced guido with a sprayon tan riding his "Tech'd Up" 2001 Honda Civic down 25a. Yeah, that as$hole. then we're good! People who can sing (at least some basic backing) is a huge plus. Ages-I would love to get people who are 20+ because we can play a bars in the near future however if your good 18 or 19 is good. (17 is a bit of a streach but we'll see) Well I hope to hear from some of ya. Sebastian K.