Origin: USA  
Genres: Progressive Metal
DISBANDED
Page online: January 17, 1999
Last update/review: January 26, 2014

Artension

Highlighted by the outstanding keyboards of one Vitalij Kuprij and featuring several veteran musicians, prog metallists Artension recorded seven albums over a successful decade-long career. Kuprij's work in particular gave the band an occasional Yes or Deep Purple sound, complementing more contemporary influences (the usual suspects such as Dream Theater). Mainstays John West and Roger Staffelbach are involved in a new band as of this writing (Feb 2013) called Artlantica, while Kuprij is now in the very successful Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Last Lineup

John West

vocals (Feinstein, ex-Royal Hunt)

Roger Staffelbach

guitars

Steve DiGiorgio

bass (ex-Autopsy, ex-Control Denied, Charred Walls Of The Damned, ex-Death, ex-Dragonlord, ex-Ephel Duath, Futures End, guest for Iced Earth, ex-Memorain, ex-Painmuseum, ex-Quo Vadis, ex-Sadus, ex-Scariot, ex-Soen, Testament, guest for Vintersorg)

Vitalij Kuprij

keyboards

Mike Terrana

drums (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, ex-Masterplan, ex-Metalium, ex-Axel Rudi Pell, ex-Rage, ex-Savage Circus, guest for Squealer, Vision Divine)

Former Members/Guests

Kevin Chown

bass (ex-Edwin Dare)

John Onder

bass (ex-Michael Schenker Group)

Shane Gaalaas

drums (ex-Diesel Machine, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, ex-Michael Schenker Group)



Discography


Into The Eye Of The Storm  
1996 Shrapnel
  1. World Of Illusion
  2. Into The Eye Of The Storm
  3. Smoke And Fire
  4. The Wind And The Rain
  5. Lost Memory
  6. The Key
  7. Song Of The Desert
  8. Red's Recovery
  9. Let It Ride
  10. I Don't Care
  • John West
  • Roger Staffelbach
  • Kevin Chown
  • Vitalij Kuprij
  • Mike Terrana



Phoenix Rising  
1997 Shrapnel
  1. Area 51
  2. Through The Gate
  3. Valley Of The Kings
  4. Blood Brother
  5. Into The Blue
  6. Phoenix Rising
  7. Forbidden Love
  8. The City Is Lost
  9. Goin' Home
  10. I Really Don't Care
  • John West
  • Roger Staffelbach
  • Kevin Chown
  • Vitalij Kuprij
  • Mike Terrana



Forces Of Nature  
1999 Shrapnel
  1. The Forces Of Nature
  2. Ride Like The Wind
  3. Behind Your Eyes
  4. The Truth
  5. Tall Ships
  6. Shape Shifter
  7. Wild Trip
  8. Guardian Of the Hunt
  9. Lost Horizon
  10. You Are My Heart (Ode To Autumn)
  • John West
  • Roger Staffelbach
  • John Onder
  • Vitalij Kuprij
  • Shane Gaalaas



Machine  
2000 Shrapnel
  1. Machine
  2. The Way
  3. Madness Calling
  4. Mother Earth
  5. Wings Of War
  6. Evolution In Reverse
  7. Time Goes Slowly By
  8. The Loser Never Wins
  9. I See Through Your Eyes
  • John West
  • Roger Staffelbach
  • John Onder
  • Vitalij Kuprij
  • Shane Gaalaas



Sacred Pathways  
2001 Frontiers
  1. Voyage To Nasca
  2. Your Victory
  3. Running Out Of Time
  4. Sacred Pathways
  5. Silent Temple
  6. The Emperor
  7. Nightmare
  8. The Killing
  9. THe Calm Before The Storm
  10. March To Ruin
  11. Flower Of THe Orient
  12. Nightmare (radio edit)
  • John West
  • Roger Staffelbach
  • Kevin Chown
  • Vitalij Kuprij
  • Mike Terrana



New Discovery  
2002
  1. New Discovery
  2. Remember My Name
  3. Innocence Lost
  4. The Last Survivor
  5. Hearts Are Broken
  6. Symphonic Expedition
  7. Endless Days
  8. Call Of The Wild
  9. Story Teller
  10. Endless Days (radio edit)
  11. Prelude in E flat minor
  • John West
  • Roger Staffelbach
  • Kevin Chown
  • Vitalij Kuprij
  • Mike Terrana



Future World  
2004
  1. Dark Before the Dawn
  2. The Day of Judgement
  3. Federation
  4. Tree of Knowledge
  5. Prelude
  6. Future World
  7. Close to the Sun
  8. Take Me In Your Arms
  9. Stand & Fight
  10. I Really, Really Don't Care
  11. Computer Heart
  • John West
  • Roger Staffelbach
  • Steve DiGiorgio
  • Vitalij Kuprij
  • Mike Terrana




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