The original heavy rock band now known as Raptor School was formed in 2001 by the Kollnot brothers in Grand Rapids, MI. Jon and Jeff Kollnot looked to create a new style of heavy rock that defied narrow expectations prescribed by fans and critics of certain rock genres. Incorporating heavy metal techniques within an uplifting and melodic rock framework, the band played local West Michigan-area shows for two years under the name Vacation Farm. The Kollnots later dismantled the band in 2004 to concentrate on returning to college and building new careers.
After a layoff of two years, they decided to restart the band in 2006, and in late 2007 they received a huge momentum boost with the addition of Ryan Rasikas on drums. The band initially released their debut album "Redefine" for download in September 2008, and they changed their name to the more dinosaur-friendly Raptor School in March 2009. Then the boys re-released "Redefine" on CD and for download in August 2009 and will promote it to media outlets worldwide in their fervent quest to deliver their unique style of rock to as many music fans and budding velociraptors as possible.
--Jeff Kollnot: Guitar and vocals
--Jon "Jonny Boy" Kollnot: Bass
--Ryan Rasikas: Drums
--Influences: Iced Earth, U2, Van Halen, Thin Lizzy, Rage (Germany), Arch Enemy, Metallica, Ramones, Blue Oyster Cult, Opeth, Dream Theater, Slipknot, Motorhead, Iron Maiden, New Wave of British Heavy Metal.
Below is a review from the ROCK N ROLL EXPERIENCE webzine.
Rating: 6 stars out of 6 stars!
This indie metal band sent me their cd & I'll admit, the vocals are kinda Tim Armstrong-ish (rancid)....vocals are not a strong point with this band, BUT, the guitar playing IS! "Star" has moments where it reminds me of "In This River", the guitar (live) version that Zakk & BLS play live (not the piano version)....the solo is touching & obviously inspired by Zakk Wylde & Dimebag....as a guitar player, I enjoyed this disc...."Coverage Denied" was another great song with some interesting lead licks in it as well. The bands theme song was quirky & interesting & I definitely enjoyed this disc...this band is for the guitar players out there, the people who like to hear extended solo's, shred, & the BLS fans will dig this band for sure! Check out more info on the band at www.myspace.com/raptorschool