Altered State (band)

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Altered State
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Background information
Origin Huntington Beach, California
Genres Progressive rock
Years active 1990–1995
Labels Warner Bros. Records
Members Gregory Markel
Chip Moreland
Bob Knarley
Christian Nesmith
Past members Gregory Markel
Chip Moreland
Curtis Mathewson
Paul Edwards
Riz Story (Debut Tour)

Altered State was a progressive rock band based in Huntington Beach, CA. Influenced by Pink Floyd, Rush, Led Zeppelin and U2. Altered State has been described[1] as "an inventive band with unique arrangements, melodic vocals and great harmonies."


Altered State was formed in 1990 in Huntington Beach, CA by vocalist/guitarist Gregory Markel, drummer Chip Moreland and guitarist Curtis Mathewson, previously performing together in the band Show of Hands. In 1990, Altered State signed with Warner Bros. Records. With the loss of bassist Howard Ulyate, Mathewson covered both bass and guitar duties on the debut record.

In 1991, the band released their eponymous debut album and the first single, Step Into My Groove. Their second single, Ghost Beside My Bed, was their biggest hit, reaching #1 on Rock Radio and went top 30 nationally.

In 1993 the band released :[dos]:. The album garnered some minor hits for the band with "Strong As I Am" (Top 5 Phones), "Life on a Skateboard", and "Darkness Visible" all of which received regular airplay at Pirate Radio. The album won that year's Circus Magazine Readers' Poll, over Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots.

Warner Bros. dropped the band in late 1994, after the departure of Curtis Mathewson and bassist Paul Edwards. The band broke up in 1995.

In 2006, the band announced their return with Markel, Moreland, bassist Ulyate and Christian Nesmith on guitar.


  • Gregory Markel - Lead vocals, guitar (1990–1995)
  • Chip Moreland - drums, vocals,(1990–1995)
  • Curtis Mathewson - Guitar, vocals, keyboards (1990–1994)
  • Riz Story - Bass (Debut tour) (1991-1992)
  • Paul Edwards - Bass (1992 - 1994)



Special Releases

  • Step Into My Groove - magic single
  • Step Into My Groove - psychedelic mix
  • Step Into My Groove - psychedelic instrumental
  • Strong As I Am - acoustic


  • Step Into My Groove - version 1
  • Step Into My Groove - version 2


  • Show of Hands - 1988 Live @ Club Lingerie
  • Altered State - Live @ The Fullerton Hop


  1. ^ "Gregory Markel RockRage Interview 11/2000". RockRage. Retrieved December 5, 2016. 

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