CANOBLISS is a San Diego, CA based five-piece progressive hard rock/metal band originally founded in 1997 by Samson Pedroza and Chenzo Vidalez. After releasing the album Wicked Necessary in 1998, there were years of turbulent times and multiple lineup changes until the band added brothers Mike and Jon Russo in early 2004. The band released their second album Demon Angel later that year. Unsatisfied with their vocalist at the time, Canobliss began looking for a new front-man in early 2005. After an exhaustive search and hundreds of auditions from hopefuls all over the world, Canobliss added Johan Maldonado in the summer of 2006. His talent, versatility and range as a vocalist complimented Canobliss’ style and sound perfectly. With their newly found line-up, Canobliss independently released their full-length CD Liberation of Dissonance on July 21, 2007. Beginning in March '08 Canobliss launched a successful national college radio campaign to promote L.O.D., and hit the #1 slot at KSLU-1 (St. Louis, MO) and KSAU (Nacogdoches, TX) in addition to breaking the top 10 at several others. Already, Canobliss has recorded a brand new 7-song EP that was released on July 19, 2008. The EP, entitled Psychothermia, is the sophomore release for the existing lineup and the band feels that it is their strongest release to date. Canobliss is proud to have completely self-produced their last three albums from start to finish including all tracking, editing, mixing as well as layout and assembling of the artwork. However, despite many excellent reviews of their albums, it is their high energy live show that fans say keep them coming back for more. Over the past few years Canobliss has spread their name and music by playing dozens of live shows, handing out thousands of free demos, tagging up countless stickers, developing a strong online presence, receiving radio airplay across the country and creating a full line of merchandise. By exercising extensive promotion and the ability to market themselves, Canobliss has developed a broad and continuously growing fan base without compromising their musical integrity.
Canobliss has been played on over 150 radio stations and podcasts across the country (for a full list, please go to the band bio at www.canobliss.com). Canobliss has also enjoyed many radio plays, interviews and appearances on San Diego's ROCK 105.3 Missi’s Loud and Local Show in addition to a TV appearance on KOCT in Oceanside, CA.
Canobliss has many shows under their belts at a variety of California, Arizona, and Nevada clubs including House of Blues, Cane’s Bar & Grill, Whisky A Go Go, Brick By Brick, The Knitting Factory, The Cell Block, The Sets, Cheyenne Saloon, The Gig, The Good Hurt, and Dream Street with excellent response to their energetic live shows.
Canobliss’ influences are very wide and diverse ranging from hard rock and metal, to classical, jazz and hip hop. They have been compared to System of A Down, Metallica, Tool, Godsmack, Rage Against the Machine, Megadeth, Slipknot and Disturbed, among many others.
Samson Pedroza (UCSD Alumni; Musician’s Institute, GIT Alumni) / Mike Russo (UCSD Alumni) / Jon Russo (UCSD Alumni), Control Volume Studios owned/operated by J. Russo.
Johan Maldonado - Vocals
Samson Pedroza - Lead Guitarist
Chenzo Vidalez - Bass
Jon Russo - Guitars
Mike Russo - Drums
“Psychothermia” – EP released July 19, 2008
"Skratch Magazine" - Compilation - 2008
“Liberation of Dissonance” - 2007
"No Cover-Groupies Suck" Compilation - 2007
"Demon Angel" - 2004
"Wicked Necessary" - 1998
Canobliss is currently streaming 4 of their song from their 2007 Liberation Of Dissonance album as well as 2 songs off their new 2008 "Psychothermia" EP just released now on www.myspace.com/canobliss. Canobliss has enjoyed several radio spots, interviews and appearances on various broadcast radio stations, podcast stations, television spots and college radio stations where their self released “Riot” of their Liberation of Dissonance album has rated #1 on various charts. Previous CD releases were featured on the nationally syndicated Mikey show, Tijuana's Radio Frontera 102.5, Montana’s KBEAV 96.3, Phoenix’s KASR 1260 and New Mexico's KCLASSIC 98.3 demonstrating their appeal to a wide and diverse audience.