I Am I (band)
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|I Am I|
|Genres||Heavy metal, hard rock, AOR, Power metal|
|Associated acts||DragonForce, Power Quest|
I Am I.(stylized I ΛM I) is an English heavy metal band led by former DragonForce vocalist, ZP Theart. The band released their debut album Event Horizon in 2012, followed by two singles, one of which is a cover of John Farnham's You're the Voice and the other is an original song titled See You Again. The band are currently in production of their sophomore album, which was expected to be released in November or December 2015, but as of January 2017, it hasn't been released yet.
The album, Event Horizon, was set to be released on 26 May 2012 with their debut show following the next day at the Birmingham O2 Academy 2. Unfortunately, due to shipping issues, the copies of the album which were available for online purchase only were sent out nearly 5 days late.
On 22 June the band announced that they had parted ways with drummer Paul Clark Jr via Facebook because of "Personal Reasons", this was later removed. His replacement Phil Martini joined the band as their new drummer on Friday 20 June 2012. Former Power Quest guitarist Andy Midgley was announced as the new guitar player for I AM I on 18 April 2013 following the departure of Jake Thorsen. Drummer Phil Martini failed to show at the band's appearance at Download festival 2013, and has not been seen live with the band since April 2013. The band confirmed Martini's replacement to be Rich Smith, formerly of Power Quest.
Although the band had already gone through various line-up changes in its short lifetime, ZP filed this as being 'normal' and 'a process which every band goes through, we (the band) have had media focus because of myself since the beginning'. He also commented saying that if not for his presence in the band, not as much attention would have been paid to the various line up changes.
On 1 February 2014, it was announced via the members social media pages that guitarists Jacob Ziemba, Andy Midgley and bassist Neil Salmon left the band due to "internal struggles and ongoing issues within the band".
Event Horizon and "See You Again" (2011–13)
After ZP Theart left DragonForce in 2010, he took a year off from doing music, but his friends and family[clarification needed] encouraged him to get back into the musical scene. He found a group of musicians which felt fitted the idea for the band he wanted for his new project which would be later named I Am I. ZP came across Jacob and Neil whilst looking for other musicians on the internet and was particularly interested in Ziemba's songwiting and playing style. Event Horizon was recorded during late 2011 to early 2012 with the album being released independently on 26 May 2012. I Am I are the first metal band ever to release an album solely on USB.
At their appearance on the main stage at Bloodstock Open Air on 11 August 2012 it was announced that "Event Horizon" would receive a worldwide physical CD and digital release. This would also include a separate Japanese edition of the album which would contain a bonus track titled "Inside of Me".
The album was released through ZeePeeTee LTD in 2012 (Zee Pee Tee being a play on lead vocalist ZP Theart's name).
During the Access Small Area's UK tour of 2012, the band played a cover of the hit single 'You're The Voice' by John Farnham. A cover version of this song was released at Christmas 2012 from online purchase only.
In 2013, the band released a hard rock power ballad titled "See You Again". Although it did not appear on any charts, it is the band's highest rated and most popular song to date.
Second studio album (2014-present)
On 15 August 2014, drummer Rich Smith confirmed I Am I is preparing a new album that might be finished by the end of the same year. It was later discovered that this would not be the case, and the album would be finished, and released in 2015, most likely sometime between May and August. The album will be recorded at Abbey Lane Studios in Derby and will "include a collection of hard rock songs, progressive metal tracks, some soft ballads, too", according to Smith. A sneak peek at a new song on the album was made during an advertisement for a tour in late 2014 with Fahran and Ajenda (the song was later revealed to be "We Are One"). It can be seen on their YouTube page, on a video titled "*UPDATE". On August 10, 2015, the band played two songs that will be on the album at Bloodstock Open Air entitled, "Goodbye to Innocence", and "We Are One". Fan-filmed videos of them can be found on YouTube. The band was interviewed by PlanetMosh and Theart says that the album is finished and the release date of the album depends on the label that it is released on, since they are still deciding on one. It will most likely be released towards the end of 2015 (November–December).
- Event Horizon (2012)
- TBA (?)
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