Friday, August 17, 2007

30 Seconds to Mars

30 Seconds to Mars is a band hailing from Los Angeles, CA. Created in 1998, 30 Seconds to Mars currently consists of the following members:

Jared Leto (Vocals, Guitar)
Shannon Leto (Drums)
Tomo Milicevic (Lead Guitar)
Tim Kelleher (Bass)

Solon Bixler left the band before the production of A Beautiful Lie, but is subsequently credited for his work touring with the band after the release of their debut self titled album 30 Seconds to Mars.

Matt Wachter was previously the bass player post-debut. At the March 1st 2007 Taste Of Chaos date, in El Paso, Texas, he announced that he was leaving the band to spend more time with his family. This was later confirmed by Virgin and the band's official website. Tim Kelleher is offically Matt's replacement on the Bass

Their sound is somewhat unique, on occasion described as '' - with a very deep use of synthesisers - particularly on the debut self titled album. The space rock reference comes from the theme of the first album, which seems to deal with space travel, astronauts and the universe, although these references are often known to be metaphors for personal growth, change, and renewal. The sound is often fitting. Cryptic, obscure lyrics combine heavy guitar melodies to drive a sound compared to the likes of Tool, Pink Floyd and Depeche Mode.

Unknown to most, Jared performed all of the instruments and vocals on the self titled release with the exception of drums, which his brother Shannon took care of. The additional members of the band joined after the release of the CD and began to tour thereafter.

A Beautiful Lie was released in 2005 after the band spent several years collaborating and travelling the world for inspiration. More information can be found at their official website.

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