GraveReign is the brainchild of David "Shred Demon" Shankle (Manowar, DSG) and Tony "I don't need no damn nickname" Engel (Veilside, ASC) Longtime friends found the opportunity to write and the resulting effort, "Destination: Aftermath" will be their debut title!
After a short stint in the early 90's, Tony has been a fixture on the Chicago music scene since 2006. Originally a drummer in Altered State of Consciousness (ASC) from 1990 to 1992, he moved to lead vocals when joining VEILSIDE and has played shows throughout the country and shared the stage with many of the artists he admired growing up. With Veilside, Tony is on five commercial CD releases. He has also formed a project called Honor Amongst Thieves that does sync licensing for film and television, and has songs that have appeared in several independent films. VEILSIDE also hosts Breaking the Silence, a concert series which raises money for autism awareness and helps families navigate the system for assistance and the concert series has raised over $200,000 for the cause.
Tony also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Lewis University, and an MBA in Finance from Kellogg School of Management. (Northwestern University)
Tony is endorsed by Shure Microphones, Hercules stands, and Affliction clothing.
David Shankle, known to fans around the world as The Shred Demon, is one of the most respected guitarists there is. He is also among the fastest guitarists in the world, and can play over-the-neck guitar faster than most guitarists can play normally. Having begun his music career in Chicago, David was “discovered” from the local band scene and offered the opportunity to join New York based power metal band, MANOWAR. Almost immediately upon joining, David was thrust into a world tour and only when that ended did the band begin work on the certified-platinum album, The Triumph of Steel. After several world tours, David left MANOWAR and attended Roosevelt Music University where he obtained a Bachelors Degree in Music. From there, David put together his own project, the DAVID SHANKLE GROUP (DSG), and has released 3 discs under that name and toured the US as well as Europe. David has done work for film, with the inclusion of his Demonic Solo in the independent film Jezebeth. Currently, David co-owns the Milwaukee Music Academy where he teaches guitar, and also writes with the Italy-based HOLY TIDE and the Argentina-based FEANOR.
David is endorsed by Viper Guitars, and has a signature model 6 and 7 string, Fractal Audio System, Kahler Tremelo Systems, EMG Pickups, Ernie Ball Strings, Lizard Spit Guitar Polish, Sinister Guitar Picks, Morley Pedals, Digitech, The Shred Academy, and even has a signature line of Hellfire Hot Sauce.
Mick Lucid, who was born and raised in Chicago, has worked tirelessly to cement his place in the Chicago music landscape as a formidable force of thunderous, hard hitting bass playing!!! Playing with some of the best musicians in the country over the years, Mick has honed an unmistakable tone and style with influences such as Geezer Butler, Bob Daisley and Tony Franklin. He's brought a huge sound and attitude to every band he's been a part of which includes Damien Thorne, Vicious Circle and Devil Land . When Mick strikes the strings, be prepared to not only hear the bass....but feel it too!!!!
Gabriel is one of the most respected rock/metal/thrash drummers in the Chicago music scene. He's been playing drums since he was four, and playing on stages since he was only twelve years old! Gabriel has national and international tour experience throughout his career with TYRANT'S REIGN, DSG, PAMELA MOORE (Suite Sister Mary of QUEENSRYCHE), RADAKKA, and has also contributed several tribute acts over the years as well.
Gabriel is endorsed by XCEL drumsticks, SOULTONE cymbals, CYMPAD, Beat Boogie Custom Drums, VAM, Guitar Wheel, and Cymbal Wizard