The band's foundation formed when guitarist Rod Mariani answered an ad placed by drummer Mike Paradine. Having just left his previous band, BALISTIK KICK (Brennus Thunder, a division of MUSEA Records), Mike was looking to start a new group influenced by the traditional metal of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Motorhead Rod, who lived in Clinton, N.J.Arctic Flame, was a fan of modern power metal bands like Symphony X and Primal Fear as well as the pioneers like De EP Purple. Getting together with Mike, the two hit it off immediately and started jamming on some old classics. The two got together with now d EP arted guitarist, Don Dioro, in a run down studio in Jersey CityArctic Flame, N.J. and it was soon obvious that their musical styles were compatible and that they could create original music they would enjoy playing. After a year spent mostly in rehearsal studios, writing, practicing and honing the material, it was time to find a voice for the project. Several false starts set the band back a bit but in the cold month of February 2003, Dave Lowe st EP ped up to the mic. Ambling into the audition on crutches with his left foot in a cast (the result of a mishap with a warehouse hi-lo) Lowe proved his voice was in fine working order and impressed with his rendition of Judas Priest's "Victim of Changes." With influences running the full spectrum of heavy music, Dave had previously fronted the bands Atmosfear and Warped Reality in his native Staten Island, N.Y. John Spears joins as AF's first bassist. As the band continued working on their Demo a chance to perform their first gig surfaced. The venue was Don Hill's located on the lower west side of Manhattan. The date was Tuesday, Oct. 14 and they were to open for the legendary hard rock band, Thin Lizzy. Along with Mike being a huge Lizzy fan, it seemed like a good initial show because Lizzy is considered one of the greatest Irish rock bands and ArcticFlame had been dabbling with the Celtic sound. Since John had only been in the band less than a month rehearsals were many.