Break of Reality

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Break of Reality
Break of Reality at Baruch PAC 2009.jpg
Background information
Origin Rochester, New York
Genres Cello rock, Cinematic Rock, chamber music
Years active 2003 – present
Labels Independent
Members Patrick Laird
Adrian Daurov
Ivan Trevino
Laura Metcalf
Past members Philip Borter
Chris Thibdeau
Erin Keesecker
Jeff Hood

Break of Reality (BoR) is an American cello rock band consisting of three cellists and a percussionist. The group is associated with the terms “cinematic rock”, “cello rock”, and "indie classical". Break of Reality's current members are Patrick Laird, Ivan Trevino, Laura Metcalf, and Adrian Daurov. The band's sound consists of many musical influences, such as rock, classical, and indie rock, and expresses a wide range of emotions.[1]


The group was formed while the original members were freshmen at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. At the time of its formation, the band consisted of four cellists. The band gave their first formal concert in a small classical venue at Eastman, where they received complaints for being too loud.[2]

The band soon began performing at local coffee shops and clubs in Rochester, such as Javas Coffee, Spot Coffee, and The Bug Jar.[3]

In 2006, the band released "The Sound Between", a double disc album featuring both electric and acoustic songs.[4] After all graduating from Eastman, the group collectively moved to NYC in 2007, where they developed a fan base through busking in Central Park and various subway stops.[5] The band split a year later, leaving Laird and Trevino as the remaining members.

In 2008, Laird and Trevino began composing and recording music together, much of which is featured on "Spectrum of the Sky", released in May 2009.[1] Soon after, Laird and Trevino were joined by cellists Philip Borter and Martin Torch-Ishii and began touring again.[6] Borter was later replaced by Laura Metcalf.[7]

The band has gained a following through Pandora Radio, where their music has 44,000 daily streams.[8]

In 2013, the band's cover of the “Game of Thrones” TV show theme song appeared on Huffington Post and was called "the best rendition of the theme song you will ever hear".[9]


Break of Reality most recently released their latest album, TEN, in March 2014. The album consists of all original music.[10]

Current Lineup[edit]

  • Patrick Laird - cello (2003–present)
  • Laura Metcalf - cello (2009–present)
  • Adrian Daurov - cello (present)
  • Ivan Trevino - drums & percussion (2003–present)



Released October 2004.

  1. Trogdor
  2. Tragic Visions
  3. Time
  4. Voiceless (feat. singer Marc Goldberg from More Than I)
  5. Chariot to Hell
  6. Muddy Peninsula
  7. Awake
  8. Total Freedom
  9. Epic
  10. The Healing
  11. WSNZBZ (with hidden song)

"The Sound Between"[edit]

Released March 2006.

  1. Beyond Recourse
  2. Parabolic Cosmos
  3. Broken
  4. Sore Arms
  5. Circles
  6. Black Noise
  7. A Blind Purpose
  8. Scarred by Duty
  9. Jade
  10. Rise
  11. Solid Ground

"The Sound Between"[edit]

Re-Released December 2006. Same disc as the earlier plus an EP with 5 "acoustic" songs: 3 celli and Djembe/African drums EP tracklist is

  1. Circles
  2. A Blind Purpose
  3. Parabolic Cosmos
  4. Sore Arms
  5. Solid Ground

"Spectrum of the Sky"[edit]

Released May 2009.

  1. The Farewell
  2. The Accidental Death of Effie
  3. Vintage
  4. Spectrum of the Sky
  5. Comfortable Silence
  6. Che
  7. Anodynia: I
  8. Anodynia: II
  9. Anodynia: III
  10. Anodynia: IV


Covers was released in March 2012. The album is a collection of covers.

  1. Bachianas Brasileiras Nº5 (Heitor Villa-Lobos)
  2. Welcome Home (Coheed and Cambria)
  3. I Will (Radiohead)
  4. Lateralus (Tool)
  5. Suite 6 "Sarabande" (Johann Sebastian Bach)
  6. B.Y.O.B. (System of a Down)
  7. Julie-O (Mark Summer)
  8. The Medicine Wears Off (Karnivool)
  9. My Curse (Killswitch Engage)
  10. Crosses (José González)
  11. Suite 2 "Sarabande" (Bach)
  12. The Day That Never Comes (Metallica)
  13. Ghosts I (Nine Inch Nails)
  14. Welcome Home (Unplugged) (Coheed and Cambria)


Released March 25, 2014.
1. Helix 04:34 (Preview Available)
2. Storm's End 04:08
3. Star 04:40 (Preview Available)
4. Drift Apart 04:27 (Preview Available)
5. Nine Deep 06:22
6. Light the Fuse 03:47
7. Uprising 04:43
8. Levy 03:58
9. Other Worlds 04:29
10. Six 04:51

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Vic Firth News,, 2009.
  2. ^ "Heavy Cello Thunder", Rochester City News, 2005.
  3. ^ "Past Performances",, Retrieved on July, 2009
  4. ^ "Review, Break of Reality - The Sound Between", Wildy's World, 2008
  5. ^ "I Seen It: Reality Moves On", Rochester City Newspaper, April 2007
  6. ^ "Review: Break of Reality - Spectrum of the Sky", Wildy's World Music Review, May 2009
  7. ^ "Members | SALOME Chamber". Retrieved 18 September 2011. [Laura]... has recently been selected as the newest member of the cello and percussion quartet Break of Reality. 
  8. ^ "Pandora Plays Nice As Apple's iTunes Radio Spins Up, November, 2013.
  9. ^ "Game Of Thrones Cover By Break of Reality Is The Best Rendition Of The Theme Song You Will Ever Hear , April, 2013.
  10. ^ "Break of Reality: Ten years of breakthroughs, January, 2014.

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