21 Octayne was formed officially in 2010, but it was in 2008 that Alex Landerburg (Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody) & Marco Wriedt (Axxis) discovered that they were destined to create music together in a band of their own, after adding Hagen Grohe (The Joe Perry Project) & Andrew “The Bullet” Lauer (Paul Gilbert) to the line up, 21 Octayne was complete. The band’s music is the mixture of Modern & Progressive Rock, with a drop of old school heavy metal on it.
After working on their material and moving back and forth between ideas and demos during the last four years, the band recently released their début album Into The Open. A collection of 9 songs that bring together the vision of what modern rock should sound, without being cookie cutter or boring. Songs like; She Is Killing Me, My Teddy Bear, and Dear Friend, are the best examples of that. The album also presents elements of progressive musicianship without being overwhelming or über technical, just the right amount to make it globally enjoyable. Don’t Turn Away or Turn The World are the songs that best represents that sound.
After a quite of few secret listening parties in Germany, France, and a couple in the United States, that created a significative amount of hype about the new album. 21 Octayne then decided to go on the road for a few shows in Germany and Belgium as supporting act for Pink Cream 69 at the beginning of the year. In order to support the release of their new album further, the band had been confirmed to be the special guests for progressive rock legends Uriah Heep during their European tour this fall.
A couple of days ago, The Age Of Metal spoke with guitar player and founding member Marco Wriedt of 21 Octayne. We talked about the band’s beginning, Into The Open, their live itinerary, and what we can expect from them this year.