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Background information
Origin Melbourne, Australia
Genres Alternative rock, progressive rock, alternative metal, progressive metal.
Years active 1997–present
Website Official website
Members Dana Roskvist
Adam Murray
Sean Bailey
Ant Connelly

Sydonia is an alternative rock/metal band formed in 1997 in Melbourne, Victoria. The band consists of Dana Roskvist, Adam Murray, Sean Bailey and Ant Connelly.

The band has released 4 EPs (Sojourn, I'd Say No, Subordinate, (Man)ipulate), the full-length album Given To Destroyers through MGM and Reality Kicks through MGM as well. Several singles have had airplay on Triple J, Triple M and Channel V. Their third album is in production now, with Tom Larkin from Shihad assisting on production alongside the band.

They have toured with notable bands such as Stone Sour, Slipknot, Machine Head and Lamb of God, as well as fellow Australians Dead Letter Circus and Mammal.


Early history (2003-2005)[edit]

Sydonia was originally formed in 1998 in Noosa Heads, Queensland Australia. They released three EPs, "Id Say No" in 2003, "Subordinate" in 2004, and "(Man)ipulate" in 2005. All EP's have become quite rare.

The band's current line up, consisting of Dana Roskvist (vocals, guitars), Adam Murray (bass, vocals), Sam Haycroft (guitars, vocals) and Sean Bailey (samples, drums) has existed from St Patrick’s Day in 2003.


Following the 3 EP's and many years of honing their sound and identity as a band, Sydonia recorded their debut album in April 2006. "Given To Destroyers", taking its name from single "No Woman's Land", was recorded over 14 days in Backbeach Studio with producer DW Norton. Despite offering distribution deals to several independent labels, Sydonia eventually elected to release the album independently in September 2006 with distribution through Green Media (MGM) Australia.


  • A headlining national tour of Australia
  • Personally invited to tour Australia with Lamb of God (USA).
  • First "Given To Destroyers" single "Sorry" video received multiple screenings on Channel V and RAGE.
  • "Sorry" and second single "No Woman's Land" received regular airplay on Triple J.
  • Received awards at the "Noisies" Award Night.
  • Toured the east coast of Australia with Stone Sour (USA).
  • Subsequently invited to tour the USA with Stone Sour and Dirty Little Rabbits (USA). This is later documented on the band's DVD "Through A Lens Is All We Are".



  • Toured the east coast of Australia to launch "Through a Lens Is All We Are", a DVD that documents their United States tour with Stone Sour and Dirty Little Rabbits, as well as various Australian tours.
  • Toured around Australia with Dead Letter Circus on the "Space on the Wall" tour.
  • Another headlining tour of Australia.


  • Played the "Rock the Bay" festival with acts such as .hinge, Full Scale, Twelve Foot Ninja and Sleep Parade.
  • Toured the east coast of Australia with American act Between the Buried and Me.
  • Began work on upcoming second full-length album.
  • Had single "Oceans of Storms" from new album mixed by Colin Richardson (Slipknot, Machine Head, Trivium) with assistance from Martyn 'Ginge' Ford and Carl Bown.
  • Toured Nationally with Dead Letter Circus for their 'This is a warning' Album tour.[1]
  • Toured Nationally with Korn for their "Korn III: Remember Who You Are" tour.


Sydonia released their 2nd Full-length album Reality Kicks in 2014 (with crowdfunding help through Pozible) through MGM Distribution and signed to Pricewar Music for Management. They toured the album with Helm and Red Bee and then went on to play shows with Trivium and In Flames, as well as Snot and Hed PE in Melbourne and at El Grande Festival in Brisbane alongside Dream On, Dreamer and Voyager. 2014 saw them play at Bigsound in Brisbane, Australia's largest Music Conference. 2016 saw them sign to Premier Artists for bookings in Australia/NZ.



  • Sojourn (1998)
  • Id Say No (2003)
  • Subordinate (2004)
  • (Man)ipulate (2005)
  • Waiting for Words That Don't Exist (2012)


  • Given To Destroyers (2006)
  • Reality Kicks (2014)


  • "Sorry" (2006)
  • "No Woman's Land" (2007)
  • "Taste More" (2008)
  • "Ocean of Storms" (2010)
  • "Reality Kicks" (2014)


  • No Woman's Land (2008)
  • Through A Lens Is All We Are (2009)
  • Words That Don't Exist (2012)


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