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The Denial Stage

Genres: Alt / Indie rock, Industrial

Formed: 2008 in , Youngstown, OH

Current status: Playing shows in Youngstown and surrounding areas

Web site: http://www.myspace.com/thedenialstage

(Disbanded)

Influences

Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Tool, Skinny Puppy, Orgy, Radiohead, Aphex Twin, Ministry, Meat Beat Manifesto, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Wax Trax, Peter Murphy, Garbage, Bjork, OHGR, Alice in Chains, STP, White Zombie, Korn, Soundgarden, Neil Young, Nirvana, Tom Petty, Smashing Pumpkins, Metallica, A Perfect Circle, Black Sabbath, David Bowie, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, U2, Mozart, Beethoven, Handel, Chopin, Bach etc.

History

The Denial Stage is a stage in which all rational thought is frozen by longing to maintain a false emotion. A concept Canfield native Steven Rubosky expanded on in 2005 when him and drummer Ryan Mehle twisted it into a matter of artistic expression via dark industrial-rock; thus The Denial Stage was conceived.
The Denial Stage is the work of mastermind writer/producer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Steve Rubosky. Shortly after Rubosky began working with Mehle in 2005, the creative wheels began to spin. And after a year and a half of writing and experimentation, the album Facing Extinction was given life in 2007.
Facing Extinction is a collection of 15 industrial-alt-rock heavy hitters which only further rounds out the recurring theme of The Denial Stage. Written entirely by Rubosky with beats and percussion provided by Mehle, Facing Extinction is a melting pot of layered soundscapes, tormented lyrics, dark piano lines and grinding guitar riffs. Cuts like "Am I Still Alive" and "Ten Times More" contain a moody blend of piano-driven melody and bone-chilling emotional lyrics while upbeat rockers such as "Virus" and "Miles of Nerve" showcase a heavy guitar ass-kicking. The albums provides a refreshing withdrawal from the typical bland, safe route taken by many of today's common rock outfits and middle finger to that general formula.
In late 2007, Rubosky and Mehle decided to take their monster to the next level by assembling a live band to perform tracks from Facing Extinction. Rubosky's childhood friend Ryan McCullough was first recruited for keyboards and sythesizers. Shortly thereafter lead guitarist Justin Edwards and bassist/keyboardist Rick Polo joined, rounding out the line-up with Mehle on drums and Rubosky taking on lead vocals and rhythm guitar. By February of 2008 the live version of the Denial Stage began rehearsing and preparing to take the Youngstown scene by the balls.
The Denial Stage made their live debut on June 21, 2008 at the Cellar in Struthers. The show was a huge success and following quickly began to grow. The band continued to perform in the area throughout the remainder of 2008, including noteworthy high-profile gigs at Peabody's in Cleveland and Barley's in downtown Youngstown.
The end of 2008 saw the departure of guitarist Justin Edwards, but new beginnings are on the horizon for the band. As of early 2009, the band have been rehearsing with new guitarist Angelo Scordo. The Denial Stage plans to continue their assault on the scene well into 2009 and beyond and spit in the face of rock and roll!

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