Recently it was the 10th anniversary of an album we all feel is one of the best sounding records produced in Australia over the last decade. To celebrate this occasion, the team wishes to announce that for the first time since Karnivool’s ‘Sound Awake’ & Dead Letter Circus’ ‘The Warning’ & ‘Catalyst Fire’, Acolyte have managed to bring the very same production team together with a little twist!
After a monumental gig at the Melbourne leg of PROGFEST 2018, the reviews are in and there's lots to love about Acolyte's new music and their quintessential strong live performance!
"Acolyte were perfectly suited to the Atlantis Stage. Delivering the next set with an epic performance of a handful of their longest songs. This is a band with clear aesthetic visually and a distinct style. A style which for most of the time is crushingly intense. Every member of this band has the ability to play in a multitude of styles however which makes the overall performance very diverse...
This month, we unleashed an 8-minute, epic, prog, filmclip, set in desert dunes and featuring the mesmerising vocals of Morgan-Leigh Brown and an undulating, light and shade track that showcases all the talents of the musicians within for SPACE AND TIME. We are also announcing that throughout September to November, we will be touring it up Australia's East Coast finishing the run in the band's home town, Melbourne. This will be the last of the album cycle for "Shades of Black" before the band releases new music in 2018. Tickets for the tour will be on sale soon. Keep an eye on the
This week ACOLYTE released a very special documentary to the public, taken from the bands first show as a complete unit, the documentary contains close quarter interviews with each member, behind the scenes and special live footage. Shot with a professional 'home video' approach by Gary Robertson of Jarrah Film, the documentary has been making waves both nationally and internationally exceeding all hopes and expectations.
PHOTO CREDIT: Electrum Photography
'Then just before Crystal hit the stage the crowd was put under a mesmerising spell by Acolyte led by Morgan-Leigh Brown who delivered a set so powerful and atmospheric that I went straight out and hunted down their music… seriously if you have never seen this band live then you simply must check them out when they play near you sometime soon'
'A sweet symphonic wash heralds the arrival of the mighty Acolyte to the stage as main support. Frontperson Morgan-Leigh Brown certainly commands attention with her full-throated vocal histrionics and extrovert performance, and the band's lengthy, adventurous compositions are ever-compelling, culminating in soaring closer Perceptions. This band is now an absolute mainstay of the Melbourne and Australian rock scene and some new music from them would be embraced'
Acolyte will be bringing their full live show to cities and towns along the East Coast of Australia during March, April & May this year. Hitting the road in support of Crystal Ignite's (former 'Bellusira' front woman) new single release -Everything You Break! Also featuring powerhouse rocker Brad Marr (front man for Melbourne band MASSIVE)!
We are pleased to announce that French based prog publishers, 'Neoprog Magazine' have added ACOLYTE as a feature artist this week, stating that they believe we are a band to watch for 2017! Their team originally reviewed 'Shades of Black' for its release late last year, however have since decided that we are worthy of a full feature & highlight!
We are extremely proud to announce that the titanic Musicians Rock Network USA have added ACOLYTE to all platforms as a feature artist this week. Acolyte Band now holds their very own page on the amazing teams website.
We have worked closely with the American team in the past however this week we were identified as a band worthy of being recognized and featured! Thank you so very much for your ongoing support.
'Melbourne's Acolyte come on to (literally) much fanfare and proceed to beguile The Workers Club crowd with their lavish take on progressive rock. Apparently drummer Chris Cameron sprained the ankle on his kicking leg that day and vocalist Morgan-Leigh Brown is suffering a case of tonsillitis this night. Much kudos to both of them for soldiering on through these ailments, but none in the crowd would have guessed and both nail their performances with great aplomb. The lucid lines of keysman David Van Pelt remind one of an Animals-era Rick Wright (from Pink Floyd) and add so much colour, wash and vitality to an already broad palette of sound. This band is at a similar stage to where Figures are: just about ready to explode. In fact, both sound and perform like they are now in need of stadiums to play in.'
Following the release of single's and video's for 'Perceptions' and 'The Message'; The release of anticipated album 'Shades of Black' to a SOLD OUT 'Evelyn Hotel' crowd; Completing 2 headlining East Coast tours; Winning over industry and punters as main support for National hero's 'Twelve Foot Ninja' across Australia in August, and receiving nominations for 'Best Heavy Album' & 'Best Live Performance' at 2016's 'Oz Independent Music Awards' and 'The Age Victorian Music Awards'... ACOLYTE ARE BACK at the helm of 2 massive shows!
The kind and revered team at 'Metal Ignition' recently caught up with team 'Acolyte' just before one of their live shows to discuss their bright future, the past and everything in between.
Pat Greer of 'Metal Ignition' stayed back after the interview to continue filming the live performance and backstage, pre-show rituals the members have in place to unify them before each performance...
Jerrico have built themselves a mini empire within the Australian music industry over the past decade. Linking in with prog greats Karnivool, alternative legends Mammal and one of the most influential new sounds to come out of prog rock alternative over the past few years Dead Letter Circus! And that's just to name a few.
With a business model that in part mimics our own, highlighting hard work, great vibes, music that has a point of difference whilst keeping full integrity in oneself and sharing kindness with all that surround you!
The band were completely blown away to be greeted by a near packed Evelyn Hotel crowd, cramped up the front, eagerly awaiting their set in the bands home town of Melbourne on Friday night.
'It has been a year of major challenges for many of us, however, somehow we found our way through, pulling together an amazing lineup of artists who truly bring our creative body of works to life. From the amazing success of the launch both Nationally and Internationally, to the whirlwind 'Twelve Foot Ninja' East Coast Tour. We did not know what to expect for our return show... Melbourne you are incredible! Thank you for all of your ongoing support'... Morgan-Leigh Brown
'As the supporting act for internationally acclaimed Twelve Foot Ninja we did not know what to expect from our home town. We were blown away by the near full house that errupted in applause as we took to the stage for our opening track. These moments are the ones you never forget as a performer/artist' that will stay with you for the rest of your life - Morgan-Leigh Brown (Lead Vocalist)
HEAVY MUSIC MAGAZINE's Bailey Graham reviewed the performance:
After the much anticipated release of Acolyte's dubut record 'Shades of Black', launched to a near sell out crowd at Melbourne's Evelyn Hotel, the team are at it again recently announced by Premier Artist Management, Heavy Music Magazine and Collision Course PR as the highly coveted main support act for all National dates across hometown hero's Twelve Foot Ninja's 'Outlier' tour.
A massive thank you from the bottom of our hearts Melbourne for helping us launch our album to a very packed out Evelyn Hotel last night! Your energy was truly inspiring - you made it a night we'll never forget!
Introducing our newest resident melody maker and chordal shredda, Mr Pete Borzęta. This man has honestly moved effortlessly straight into the group and we cannot wait to show you the magic. Help us give him a warm welcome crewsters to the 'Lyte' fam as we move into owning some of the biggest moments this band has been a part of to date.
Introducing DAVE VAN PELT to the ACOLYTE family on keys, synths and effects. Dave is a powerhouse performer and writer, best known for his work in Melbourne based melodic metal band, Divine Ascension.