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Cryptameria is a progressive, melodic metal band that strives to remain true to the spirit of the genre and create thought-provoking lyrics coupled with dark melodies, powerful riffs and pounding drums. Founded by drummer Tim "Smurf" Parks in 1996, the group has evolved into a musically mature line-up guaranteed to satisfy their listeners.
Cryptameria completed their EP Shadows Apart last April and will be back in the studio in March 2005 to record its follow up. Please check back often for updates and visit our official site to check out our news and events, sign our forum, and view photos.

Why this name?
The name Cryptameria originated with drummer Tim Parks before the band was ever formed. The name is derived from the tree 'cryptomeria japonica', an evergreen, symbolizing perpetual life in the face of any circumstances.
Do you play live?
Cryptameria LOVES to play Pamela for booking information.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Band History:
Cryptameria is a progressive, melodic metal band from Southwest Virginia. The band was formed in 1996 by Tim Parks (drums) and Patrick Redd (guitars). Tim came up with the name Cryptameria, taken from the Japanese evergreen "Cryptomeria japonica". Patrick and Tim began writing songs and lyrics but had no one to sing for them. In 1997, Dennis Warren came in and began to sing. From December of 1997 through March of 1998 the trio recorded a demo entitled "Root". In August of 1998, Cryptameria became a five-piece band with the addition of Harley Smith on guitar and H.C. Hodge on bass. As a two-guitar lineup, the band began to develop a unique style. In November of 1999, Cryptameria began recording their first full length CD entitled "Obelisk". It was finally complete in May of 2000. In July of 2000, Patrick decided to leave the band.
As a four piece, the band started going in a new musical direction. In the next two years, Cryptameria played many local shows, distant local shows and two Metal Festivals (Milwaukee and New Jersey). In July of 2002, Dennis decided to leave the band. In August of 2002, Bobby Hicks (former singer for Mystic Force) came in as his replacement. Once again songwriting took on a new direction. In January of 2003, Cryptameria once again went through a lineup change as H.C. left the band. In March of 2003, Kevin Lewis (former guitarist for October 31) decided to play bass and come in and fill the open spot. Things were looking good for the band until, once again, another member decided to leave. Being with the band less than a year and not even playing a live show with them, Bobby left in July of 2003.
After this, Cryptameria decided to remain a trio as Kevin took on the dual role of bassist and lead vocalist. This lineup was consistent for six months until the band decided that, since the music was going in a more progressive direction, a keyboardist would be a valuable addition to the lineup. In January 2004, Pamela Carpenter was asked to join the band full time on keyboards and began writing music and lyrics with the existing members. The new creativity and musicianship of the members became even more unique and exciting. Finally the members of Cryptameria are all on the same page and have the same goals.
Your influences?
Dream Theater, Symphony X, Rush, Last Tribe, Angra plus individual member influences, which can be found on our Official Web Site
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