Hailing from Maryland, Cassandra Syndrome is a female-fronted operatic metal band. This passionate, engaging act strikes the perfect balance between playful and sinister. Cassandra Syndrome is an intimate theater of darkness and seduction.
Eschewing the synthesizer-laden stereotypes of symphonic metal, Cassandra Syndrome (formed in 2005) revolutionizes the genre with a unique blend of axe-heavy melodic metal and operatic vocals. The powerful alliance of Joe Cariola's punishing bass, scathing riffs of Jen Tonon's rhythm guitar, and throbbing beats of Jay Jericho's drums create a driving ground assault which weakens your defenses before being met by the searing lead lines of guitarist Chris Kackley. Above it all, radiant as Angelic Death, the resplendent soprano of Irene Jericho soars above the battlefield.
The band is currently touring to support their album. Past performances include Ram's Head Live, the Ottobar, Club Orpheus and The Depot in Baltimore, MD, The Asylum, Bound and DC Midnight in Washington, DC, Alley Katz in Richmond and many more. Cassandra Syndrome has also been featured in festivals at Battery Park, NY, Winchester, VA, North Andover, MA, College Park, MD and Richmond, VA.
Cassandra Syndrome has a Facebook page, a website and a Reverbnation page. All are updated regularly--stay connected to the world of CS with any of them.
Praise for 'Satire X'
"[M]any powerful elements that are both simultaneously dark and beautiful... Vocalist Irene Jericho tackles these topics with an operatic punch that compares with the likes of Tarja Turunen of Nightwish fame. Combined with the amazing guitar work of Jen Tonon and Chris Kackley, with the pulsing bass of Joe Cariola, and the Zendrum beats of Jay Jericho, "Satire X" proves to be a great heavy metal album with high octave operatic vocals, a very punk rock ideal, and music that doesn't compromise its heaviness for the faint at heart!" Mikey Rocha, Shockwave Magazine.
"Every track gives you a new surprise you weren’t expecting... It’s like a musical slap in the face... Irene’s thundering voice is good enough to bring the competition to its knees... Cassandra Syndrome is sure to make it to the top FAST!...Overall: 5 stars. This is coming from a guy that didn’t really like operatic metal before listening to this band… now I love it!" Danny Barrett, Zombie Cat Productions.
"[W]ondrously operatic vocals with a metal soundtrack as well as intelligent lyrical content, Cassandra Syndrome present thrilling musical tapestries...amazing works of sonic art" Kenneth Morton, Highwire Daze.
"[Satire X] features 10 intense tracks with dark, socially conscious lyrics and superb but heavy melodies. Rather than imitating the European style of operatic metal, Cassandra Syndrome’s music is more like traditional heavy metal with an operatic singer... [Irene Jericho] has a soaring and powerful voice, delivering the goods on all levels across her range... Chris Kackley and Jen Tonon ... are fine players who can handle anything from simple riffs to classically-tinged spiraling solos. Bassist Joe Cariola works hand in hand with Tonon’s rhythm guitars and Jay Jericho’s perfectly timed drums making for an incredibly powerful and highly capable rhythm section. Layer Irene Jericho’s fine voice and Kackley’s superb solos over the rhythms gives the band a very polished and veteran sound... The album kicks the listener in the head right from the opening notes... all performances are top notch. Song structure is very good throughout, and the lyrics thought provoking... highly recommended for all fans of operatic metal and those that enjoy strong female voices. Even those who don’t “get” operatic vocals will be able to appreciate the metal talents that stand with Irene... 8.5/10" -- Joe Mis, Hardrock Haven.
"The USA has a winner here... [Satire X] takes the band to a higher level through and through... The action on this exquisite release begins with 'No More Peace Forever', and already the title has made me sit up and take note...a great metal song...this album is awesome and you had better believe me... Highly recommended... 9/10" Dave, Ravenheart Music.
"I love operatic vocals and CS lead Irene Jericho has one of the best... They actually have something to say that’s worth listening to... The music is superior both in terms of the instrumental work and the vocal abilities of Jericho ... Her soprano is first rate, as good as anything out there today. And the addition of Tonon’s crunching guitar adds a component that vastly expands the overall feel of the metal... [A] bigger sound, an almost symphonic direction reflecting the larger scope of the lyrics. And that sound is thundering. Jericho hits the high notes here, the guitars drive the music forward, the Zen drum pounds... CS can do beautiful too... It’s a tough call to come up with a favorite, there’s no weak links here..sung with a vocal hard to forget, over a metal framework hard to duplicate... [A]ny way you cut it, it’s damn fine music. Search as I may, I find it impossible to find fault. Book it Dan’el, it’s a 10." -- Dr. T, Sonic Cathedral.