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OriginDallas, Texas
GenresTraditional heavy metal, Power metal
Years active2004-present
LabelsPure Steel Records, Mausoleum Records, Perris Records
Associated actsOmen, Aska
  • Kevin Goocher
  • Glenn Malicki
  • Bill Engfer
  • Reese Stanley
Past members
  • Russell D. Contreras
  • Eric Knudson
  • Dave Harvey
  • Richard Tull
  • Steve Nichols
  • Danny White

Phantom-x is an American traditional heavy metal and power metal band based in Dallas, Texas. The band was formed in 2004 by Omen vocalist Kevin Goocher and bassist Glenn Malicki.


Kevin Goocher, vocalist of heavy metal band Omen, formed Phantom-x with bass player Glenn Malicki while Omen was on a two-year hiatus. The group began as a Ronnie James Dio tribute band called Stargazer who performed locally in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metropolitan area. Goocher and Malicki began writing original material for the group, and subsequently renamed the group Phantom-x.[1][2]

Phantom-x signed with Mausoleum Records in July 2005, and released their debut album, Rise of the Phantom, in early November of that year. The album included guest vocal appearances from Robert Lowe (Candlemass, Solitude Aeturnus) and Jason McMaster (Watchtower, Dangerous Toys).[3] Portions of the album, labeled in chapters, introduce a fantasy story about a demon who rises to power.[2] Rise of the Phantom peaked at number 7 on the German heavy metal charts.[4]

The release of Rise of the Phantom coincided with the band's 2005 European tour with Canadian heavy metal band Anvil.[3] The tour, set up by an inexperienced booking agent, was poorly promoted, and fraught with logistical and financial problems.[5] Footage from this tour, including the Phantom-x song "Pain Machine", is featured in the documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008).[6][7]

In 2006, Phantom-x released a follow up album entitled Storm Riders. The album adds an additional three chapters to the story begun on Rise of the Phantom. The band then toured to support the album.[4][6]

In 2008, Kevin Goocher and his daughter, Devon Goocher, appeared in I Know My Kid's a Star, a reality television show hosted by former child actor Danny Bonaduce. The show debuted on VH1 March 20,[8] and aired for one season.[9]

In 2009, Reece Stanley and Bill Engfer joined Phantom-x, solidifying what had previously been a revolving lineup on guitar and drums. The band released This Is War on Perris Records in 2010, which again included chapters on the albums' ongoing story. The band's first headlining tour was in promotion of this album.[1][4][6]

In 2012, Phantom-x signed with Pure Steel Records.[10] The label released the group's fourth album, The Opera of the Phantom, on August 31.[11] The Opera of the Phantom compiles the chapters of the entire fantasy story from the previous albums, and adds new chapters that complete the concept. The album also includes another three new songs that are unrelated to the story.[1][12]


Current members[edit]

  • Kevin Goocher – vocals (2004-present)
  • Glenn Malicki – bass (2004-present)
  • Bill Engfer – guitar (2009-present)
  • Reese Stanley – drums (2009-present)

Previous Members[edit]

  • Russell D. Contreras – Guitar
  • Eric Knudson – Guitar
  • Dave Harvey – Guitar
  • Richard Tull – Guitar
  • Steve Nichols – Drums
  • Danny White – Drums


Year Title Label
2005 Rise of the Phantom Mausoleum Records
2006 Storm Riders
2010 This Is War Perris Records
2012 The Opera of the Phantom Pure Steel Records


  1. ^ a b c Goocher, Kevin (25 September 2011). "Kevin Goocher Of Phantom X" (audio) (Interview). Interviewed by Mike Catricola. New York City: The Heavy Metal Mayhem Radio Show. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b van Poorten, Toine (February 2006). "PHANTOM-X: Metal Warriors". Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b "PHANTOM-X Sign With MAUSOLEUM RECORDS". 20 July 2005. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Silva, Daniel (12 August 2012). "Phantom-X - The Opera of the Phantom". Metal Temple. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  5. ^ Kudlow, Steve "Lips"; Reiner, Robb; Uhlig, Robert (2009). Anvil! The Story of Anvil (1st VH-1/Pocket Books trade pbk. ed.). New York: Vh1 Books. pp. 261–265. ISBN 978-1-4391-7666-5. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "PHANTOM-X: 'The Opera Of The Phantom' Track Listing Revealed". 17 July 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008) Soundtracks". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  8. ^ "OMEN Singer And Daughter In VH1's 'I Know My Kid's A Star'; Promo Spots Available". 6 March 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  9. ^ "I Know My Kid's a Star". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  10. ^ "PHANTOM-X are now 'Pure Steel recording artists'". Pure Steel Records official site. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  11. ^ "PHANTOM-X - "The Opera Of The Phantom" was released worldwide - today". Pure Steel Records official site. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  12. ^ Karagiannidis, Panagiotis (31 October 2012). "Phantom-X – The Opera Of The Phantom". Metal Paths. Retrieved 8 June 2017.