ANTON PATZNER & LEWIS PATZNER String Metaliers
photo © Mike Mesikep
The orchestra nerds have come for their revenge! Anton and Lewis Patzner grew up in Oakland, CA, sons of a symphony violinist and a symphony trombonist. After spending their childhoods relentlessly practicing and perfecting classical music for hours every day, the brothers decided it was time to start a metal band. What began as a two-piece street act on the corners of Berkeley and San Francisco quickly turned into full-fledged metal band with the addition of hard-hitting drummer Jon Bush.
Judgement Day's 2004 debut album "Dark Opus" proved that the Patzner Brothers’ violin and cello could hang with any shredding metal guitar. It also grabbed the attention of acclaimed Omaha indie-rocker , who recruited Anton to tour and record with his band . Finally in 2008, Judgement Day went national and released an acoustic EP titled "Opus 3: Acoustic" and a bad-ass zombie music video, the band began searching for tours. The string metaliers had three US tours under their belt, supporting indie-rock acts Mates of State (Barsuk) and Margot and the Nuclear So and So's (Epic), as well as, the heavier progressive rock ensemble Dredg (Interscope). In under a year Judgement Day had built the foundation for a strong, grass roots national following, all without the support of a label, manager or booking agent. July, 2009 Judgement Day released a new 7" vinyl record titled "Out of the Abyss: Live on Tape" on San Francisco label Third Culture Records. The record showcases the energy and spontaneity of the band's live show and comes with sheet music for one of the songs. Judgement Day has also been featured on the records of Taking Back Sunday (Warner), Pete Yorn (Columbia), The Matches (Epitaph), The Color Fred (Equal Vision), and The Botticellis (Antennae Farm).
Judgement Day's cellist Lewis Patzner (above right) graduated from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore with a BM in cello performance. He has performed with the Baltimore Philharmonia, Berkeley Symphony, Berkeley Opera, Santa Rosa Symphony, Napa Valley Symphony and numerous other classical, jazz, and avant-garde ensembles on both coasts.
Anton & Lewis made their iMEE Debut in June, 2009 at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA.
For tour dates and to hear more of their riveting sound, check out Judgement Day at http://www.stringmetal.com/