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Shows, Videos, Records, and More!Published on Oct 27, 2012

Comrades, I must first apologize for the lack of updates. The nuts and bolts of our new website are still being tightened, so news has not been as forthcoming as I would have liked. That being said, please join our mailing list on the right, to get a once-a-month newsletter with all the latest EA news. You can also follow us on facebook!

Fear not, the Ethereal Architect machine has still been churning on all fronts, so there are many exciting new developments in utero. Firstly, and most importantly, we have many upcoming shows booked throughout central Texas, so be sure to catch one! Our next show will be on Halloween night in Austin at Headhunters where we will be performing a special set of classics from the 60's, 70's, and 80's in our signature progressive metal style!

If you have the misfortune of not being able to attend one of our fine upcoming productions, direct yourself to our videos page to take part in all the progressive metal festivities. If you have not yet had the pleasure of seeing our music video for the 60’s classic, MacArthur Park, I highly recommend your indulgence. If you have already experienced it, a repeat viewing is probably in order.

We are also happy to announce that we are in the midst of production of a limited edition, vinyl pressing of Monolith. The double LP will feature some brand new bonus material and a reimagining of the artwork. We don’t have a release date yet, but it should be available around the end of the year. Updates will be forthcoming.

Progression Magazine (USA) and Legacy Magazine (Germany) have Ethereal Architect features in upcoming issues (Fall and December), so be sure to grab a copy! The critics have been very kind to us – check out a couple recent quotes from these revews of Monolith: "ETHEREAL ARCHITECT have created with 'Monolith' a challenging progressive metal work, which covers virtually all facets of heavy music" – Metal Inside. "Going from a babies lullaby to a pummeling orchestra wreaking havoc on your senses" – Rockeyez. Read these reviews and many mores on our press page!

And finally, the temperature is dropping as the cold winds of winter are rolling in. Wouldn’t an Ethereal Architect beanie be the perfect (and most stylish) protection from the chill?

New Website LaunchedPublished on Aug 27, 2012

Welcome to the new Ethereal Architect website!  We have new videos, album reviews, stores, and many more EA goodies lurking in these pages.  Be sure to head over to our shows page as we've added many new dates around Texas.  Many exciting things are happening behind the scenes over here, so follow us on facebook to stay informed about the latest gossip of your favorite progressive metal playboys.

Monolith /2012


Track Listing

  1. Kalinago
  2. Mercury
  3. Obsidian
  4. Oceans
  5. Final Escape
  6. Revolutions
  7. Obscura
  8. Bardo Becoming
  9. Submission
  10. MacArthur Park


Produced, engineered, and mixed by David Glass at Thrown Stone Studios in Kyle, TX • Acoustic guitars and additional vocals recorded by Lori Trevino at Thrown Stone Studios • Drums recorded by David Glass at Penny Creek Studios in Austin, TX • Mastered by Nick Landis at Terra Nova Digital Audio Inc. in Austin, TX • All music written by David Glass and all lyrics written by Adam Contreras • Except "MacArthur Park" written by Jimmy Webb and arranged by David Glass • All songs registered with ASCAP • Spanish translations by: Jorge A.gWooki, Rosie Rangel, Adam Contreras, and David Glass • Design, layout, artwork, and photography by Adam Contreras • Band photography by Gonzalo E. Pozo

Guest Vocalists (in order of appearance)

  • Aaron Welch
  • Serafia Jane
  • Ken Liao
  • Raynor Choate
  • Rick Clark
  • Drew Heaton

Dissension /2007


Track Listing

  1. Phrygian
  2. Still Waiting
  3. Slip
  4. Thief
  5. Nevermore
  6. Driven
  7. Undone
  8. Choke
  9. Negative Two-Thirds


Produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by David Glass • Programming by David Glass • CD layout by Adam Contreras and Darby Wen • Artwork by Adam Contreras and Dori Thompson • Photography by Aaron Welch • All music written by Glass • All lyrics written by Contreras • Except "Nevermore" and "Choke" written by Glass • All songs registered with ASCAP • Copyright 2007

Guest Musicians

  • Raynor Choate - Backing vocals
  • Drew Creel - Final guitar solo in "Negative Two-Thirds"
  • Tim Hall - Final guitar solo in "Thief"
Ethereal Architect

Ethereal Architect proves that it is possible to be catchy without being cliché, experimental without being meandering, and technical without being self-indulgent. The progressive metal quartet hails from Austin, Texas, where they have cut their teeth competing for prominence in the live music capital of the world. Comparisons have been made to the likes of Opeth, Dream Theater, and Tool – and although the band has pioneered something altogether unique, the diversity of styles of the aforementioned groups appropriately conveys the breadth of Ethereal Architect’s soundscape.

Comprised of Adam Contreras on vocals, David Glass on guitar, Jake Koenig on drums, and newcomer Thad Stevens on fretless bass, the ensemble’s specific style is difficult to pin down. They are very much a guitar-driven band – skillfully intermixing ballistic riffs, soulful solos, and moving acoustic passages, while maintaining a sense of purpose and structure. The commanding voice of Contreras takes center-stage, transitioning seamlessly from an evocative whisper to a belting roar, yet avoiding both the guttural and falsetto fanfares common to the genre. The band is rounded out by an accomplished rhythm section, which unites a thrilling sense of unpredictability with a polished cohesion. The group is best summed up as a fierce symbiosis between the innovative and the melodic.

In May 2012, Ethereal Architect released their sophomore album, Monolith. Featuring ten new songs (as well as a Spanish-language bonus track available digitally), Monolith carves a distinct niche in the progressive metal scene. The band made waves in 2007 with their critically acclaimed debut effort, Dissension, but has taken significant strides in maturity, musicianship, and composition, culminating in a record which one reviewer described as “absolutely breathtaking.” Ethereal Architect will continue to pursue an aggressive touring schedule locally and nationally through 2012, before launching their first international tour in 2013.


  • Instrument: Voice
  • Born: May 7, 1984 in College Station, TX
  • Musical Background: Cello and snare - pre-high school; acoustic guitar and voice - post-high school
  • Side Projects: None
  • Favorite Bands: Mastodon, Mars Volta, and Tool
  • Favorite Singers: Maynard James Keenan and Serj Tankian
  • Favorite Albums: Leviathan, Amputecture, and Lateralus
  • Favorite EA song: Submission
  • Equipment: Shure and AKG microphones, and Alvarez guitars
  • Movies: Total Recall (the original), The Matrix (part 1 only), and Akira (with sub-titles)
  • Books: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  • Hobbies: Hiking, camping, mountain biking, and running
  • Eats: Sushi, wings, meat and veggies from my bbq pit
  • Drinks: Whisky on the rocks with lime
  • Random Fact: At 28, I still can't grow a proper mustache
  • Historical Figure You'd Want As A Drinking Buddy: Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Greatest Fear: Waking up from what I thought was reality
  • Favorite Smell: My pillow
  • Dream Vacation: Climbing New Zealand then scuba diving Australia


  • Instrument: Guitar
  • Born: July 12, 1985 in Stirling, Scotland
  • Musical Background: I played trombone and sang in choir in school, but shifted my attention to metal when I picked up the guitar at age 13.  I played guitar and bass in a lot of bands throughout college (rock, jazz, metal, etc.), but eventually focused all my musical attention on Ethereal Architect.  I shifted into writing progressive music after learning a lot of music theory and being introduced to synthesizers in college.
  • Side Projects: None
  • Favorite Bands: Opeth, Symphony X, Dream Theater, and Blind Guardian
  • Favorite Guitarists: John Petrucci and Andre Olbrich
  • Favorite Albums: Transatlantic – The Whirlwind, Symphony X – Paradise Lost, Blind Guardian – Nightfall in Middle-Earth, Opeth – Ghost Reveries, Dream Theater – Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
  • Favorite EA song: Submission
  • Equipment: Caparison Horus with DiMarzio pickups, Taylor 310ce, Ernie Ball and Elixir strings, Dunlop picks, Engl E570 pre, Mesa 2:90 power, Mesa 4x12, and Line 6 Spider Valve 112
  • Movies: Serenity, The Two Towers, and The Fifth Element
  • Books: Letters to a Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens, The Moor’s Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie, and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
  • Hobbies: I train and compete in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  I've also started swimming recently - really, any activity that gets me out of the Texas sun.  I like to watch sci-fi while running through guitar drills.
  • Eats: Breakfast tacos, hummus, and PBJ sandwiches.  Fried chicken is my guilty pleasure.
  • Drinks: Copious amounts of water.  I also enjoy the occassional Coca-cola, white russian, margarita, Guinness, and Dos Equis.
  • Random Fact: I'm most often compared to Jesus Christ in apperance and demeanor.
  • Historical Figure You'd Want As A Drinking Buddy: Jean-Luc Picard.  He went back in time so it counts.
  • Greatest Fear: Drowning while being hit in the cojones.  That would be the worst.
  • Favorite Smell: Garlic roasting in butter.  I wish they'd make THAT body spray.
  • Dream Vacation: Adventure, excitement, and coitus.


  • Name: Jake Koenig
  • Instruments: Drums and percussion
  • Born: July 8, 1985 in Uvalde, Texas
  • Musical Background: My dad introduced me to classical music when I was very young. I then began putting together makeshift drum sets with old coffee cans and pots. I studied music in the school band for a few years, playing the baritone, trombone, and finally percussion. After quitting the marching band, I kept with studying music in my own way.
  • Side Projects: None
  • Favorite Bands: Frank Zappa, Waylon Jennings, Willy Nelson, Ween, Tool, The Talking Heads, Lamb of God, and The Beatles.
  • Favorite Drummers: John Bonham, Gene Krupa, Danny Carey
  • Favorite Albums: Core-STP, Appetite for Destruction-GNR, Animals-Pink Floyd, Ænima-Tool, Overnight Sensation-Zappa
  • Favorite EA Song: Kalinago
  • Equipment: I’m currently playing on a Tama Starclassic 6 piece. I use Remo Roto-toms, and Zildjian and Sabian cymbals. As far as percussion, I play djembe, doumbek, tablas, and other shakers.
  • Movies: No Country for Old Men, The Wizard of Oz, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Big Fish
  • Books: Where the Red Fern Grows, Into the Wild, The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, White Fang, Be Here Now
  • Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, camping, and gardening.
  • Eats: Best Wurst, Pad Thai
  • Drinks: Bourbon and Soda, Cerveza
  • Random Fact: I was a fancy dancer
  • Historical Figure You'd Want As A Drinking Buddy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Greatest fear: I have reoccurring dreams of my teeth falling out, so I guess I would have to say gum disease.
  • Favorite smell: I love the smell of an old leather bound book.
  • Dream Vacation: I would love to spend a couple of weeks in orbit on the International Space Station.


  • Instrument: Bass
  • Born: May 8, 1989 in Beaumont, Texas
  • Musical Background: I started out on French horn, but I abandoned it for bass after two years. I didn't really take bass seriously until I discovered Iron Maiden about a year in. Then "Hey You" by Pink Floyd inspired me to take up fretless. I took lessons until university, where I played in jazz combos and a couple of bands (The Tonewheels and The Mecca Drive).  Bass has been my focus for eleven years.
  • Side Projects: I'm currently (still) working on a funeral doom metal concept called Stoic.
  • Favorite Bands: Iron Maiden, Hieronymus Bosch, Rush, Devin Townsend, Skepticism
  • Favorite Bassists: Steve DiGiorgio, Geddy Lee, Steve Harris, and Doug Keyser
  • Favorite Albums: Hieronymus Bosch - Artificial Emotions, Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, The Moody Blues - In Search of the Lost Chord, Edge of Sanity - Crimson I & II, Gorod - Leading Vision
  • Favorite EA Song: Obsidian and Obscura
  • Equipment: I'm now playing a custom Clement 5-string fretless (#279) through a Genz Benz Shuttle 6.0-12T + STL-210T. My other main bass is a 5-string fretless Ibanez BTB. I use DR and D'Addario nickel roundwounds, respectively.
  • Movies: Memento, The Departed, Shutter Island, Reservoir Dogs, Battle Royale, Oldboy, Monty Python
  • Books: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, John Dies at the End by David Wong, anything by Samuel Beckett or Viktor Frankl.
  • Hobbies: Dramatic Transformation Principle (DTP). Taking art too seriously. Collecting (read: paying stupid amounts of money for) CDs and more recently, vinyls. Also, I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, so I may psychoanalyze you during conversation.
  • Eats: Protein shakes/Chicken, only chicken
  • Drinks: Smithwick's, Xingu, many stouts, Bombay Sapphire, and Earl Grey
  • Random Fact: During university, I worked in an anxiety disorders lab treating snake and spider phobias.
  • Historical Figure You'd Want As A Drinking Buddy: Timothy Leary
  • Greatest Fear: Unemployment (reference the Bachelor of Science in Psychology)
  • Favorite Smell: Victory
  • Dream Vacation: Hotel California

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