Fusing elements of old school rock and new school soul, I'm currently writing and recording my first explosive album, King of the Night, with songs featuring guitar marvel Jimi Bell. My style has been described as Danzig, with a little Hetfield, meet Clutch.
(Album release date to be announced, August or Sept 2006)
Dave Spidel - Bass
Played with Bochepus King, Three Doors Down. Recorded with Chad Kroger and Kid Rock on the song Saturday Night.
Jay Hagan - Drums
Played with Edges of Seven and toured with Skinny Puppy and Noise Therapy.
Doug Naugler - Rhythm Guitar & Co-writer
Doug is a classically trained musician and noted local sound engineer and producer in Vancouver. He currently fronts Hybrahma.
Jimi Bell - Lead Guitarist
Played with Dio, Rob Rock, Hammerfall, Diamondback. Runner up for guitarist slot with Ozzy Osbourne. He holds an endorsement agreement with Kramer Guitars and has received multiple MVP awards in Guitar Player Magazine. Showcased with Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) in London, UK
Keston Barker - Guitar Virtuoso
By the age of two, Keston seemed mesmerized by the guitar, and spent hours rhythmically strumming the instrument. He continued his own experimentation until he began to craft a style and an amazing technical ability never before witnessed in a 14-year-old. Keston is comfortable shredding neo-classical licks alongside Yngvie Malmsteen, wailing blues riffs a la Jimi Hendrix, or smooth Santana-style phrasing with deep expressive vibrato. 14 year old guitar virtuoso is also jamming with us now. He will not be featured on the recorded tracks though possibly on a cover if we add one to the album.
Paul Lepik, a/k/a Black Paul, was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada by his adoptive parents who originated from Estonia. From an early age, Paul showed a special interest in various musical instruments including the keyboard, guitar and saxophone. His affinity for music was strongly encouraged by his musically inclined mother and entrepreneur father. Along with his parents encouragement, years of formal music instruction and a sharp ear helped Paul on his musical journey.
As a young rock musician, Paul was inspired by ACDC, Van Halen, Ratt, Motley Crue, JudasPriest, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, Yngwie Malmstein, Whitesnake, Great White, Skid Row, Neil Young, Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne. After performing with many Vancouver-based bands, Paul formed his own band that won a “Battle of the Bands” contest leading to his recording two songs at Little Mountain Studios in Canada. These opportunities enabled Paul to cross paths with rock legends such as Bob Rock, Aerosmith, Darby Mills and Dee Snyder.
After graduating from high school, Paul continued to sing and play while focusing on academics in Seattle and Europe. Shortly thereafter, he discovered his large biological family in Bermuda, including his renowned professional singer biological father and pianist biological mother. Finding his biological parents inspired Paul to further explore his musical abilities. He began singing in a gospel choir, and when he reached a four and a half octave range, he knew he could apply his vocal skills to his passion for rock to create a unique sound. His style is best described as Danzig with an edge, with the power of Tom Jones and a hint of David Coverdale.
Fusing elements of old school rock and new school soul, Paul is currently writing and recording his first explosive album, King of the Night, with songs featuring guitar marvel Jimi Bell. The album promises to rock your world with songs like Conduit, Nothings Gonna Stop ME! and Sacred Flow, all of which have already received rave reviews from fans (through the site rankings) and the heavy metal industry. Nothing can stop Black Paul, King of the Night.