Dark Mirror is a young band mixing traditional Heavy Metal values with a heavy fresh sound. Inspired by power metal, thrash, rock and traditional styles of heavy metal music, they are truly a band to see live.
Dark Mirror was formed in the winter of 2005. So you might ask, what brought three rockers from all over Iowa and a front man hailing from South America together? The love of heavy metal, that's what!
The Dark Mirror story starts with Marco and Eric back in the late 90’s. Growing up in Des Moines, Iowa these two young metal heads attempting to start a band with qualities and sound that they had never seen live in their area. Their former bands went through many different line up's and try outs in search of the right members to form such a group. Time to attend college came and in 2004, Marco moved to Cedar Falls, Iowa and Eric moved to St. Paul, Minnesota.
During Marco’s freshmen year at U.N.I., he heard the familiar sounds of heavy metal blasting over the radio waves of 94.5 KULT, the Universities’ radio station. He followed the sounds to the DJ booth where he met fellow student Alonso Donoso. Marco and Alonso both hosted radio shows on the station and they connected on their shared admiration of heavy music instantly. Marco soon found out that Alonso had once fronted an Iron Maiden tribute band in his home country of Chile. Marco showed Alonso some tapes that he and Eric had recorded in the past. Marco saw this as the perfect opportunity to form the band that he always wanted. Marco traveled to St. Paul to meet with Eric and discuss the possibility to start this powerful band. The original drummer for Dark Mirror was A.J. Austin, who also was in Cedar Falls attending college.
After rehearsing and playing minimal amounts of shows, the band decided to record a demo. The recording took place in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The four track recording entitled “Dark Mirror” sold over 500 copies not only in the Midwest but also got a great attention from distributors all over Europe, especially Germany. In mid 2005, A.J. decided to leave the band due to personal reasons and Tim Cummings stepped in to fill in the spot.
Tim was a talented and experienced drummer from Waterloo Iowa. Tim gave Dark Mirror a more unique sound and this got them closer to the Metal sound this band was looking for. In early 2007, Dark Mirror enters the studio to record and self-produce/release their first full length entitled “Visions of Pain”. With this release, Dark Mirror was able to break-through to the International Metal Community without help from a record label or distributor, becoming one of the most successful bands in the local scene. Dark Mirror’s Visions of Pain has sold over 1,000 copies world wide. This release was distributed in Germany, Poland, Belgium, Netherlands, and Osaka, Japan.
In 2008 and trying to gain the attention from a label, Dark Mirror enters the studio again to record a four track E.P. entitled “ Immortalized ”. This recording ends a musical chapter in Dark Mirror’s career as some changes occur in the band.
In mid 2008, Tim decided to leave the band to dedicate more time for his family. Shortly after this, Eric also decided to leave to continue his music studies and guitar instruction out in California. These events put founding members Marco and Alonso at a crossroads. At this point in time, personal issues were affecting the reminder members, the departure of the drummer and guitar player also affected greatly. The band found itself at all time morale low and made it hard to keep moving forward.
Marco searched all over the place for the right drummer to fit the spot, finding Clint Blomker from Humboldt, Iowa. Marco and Clint relocated to Des Moines and Clint joined the band in late 2008 as a full time member. Next was the daunting task of finding a guitar player that would be right for Dark Mirror. After many failed try outs, Marco and Alonso contacted a guitar player from Oskaloosa, Iowa. They tried him out in a gazebo in the towns square. Hearing Blitz Creagan play Dark Mirror and The eye of the storm, they knew they had met their match. Dark Mirror was BLAZING STRONGER THAN EVER!
Dark Mirror has made a name for itself as they have played with some great national and international acts such as Into Eternity, After Forever, Vader, 3 Inches of Blood, Skeletonwitch amongst others. They also had the honor of being part of a Megadeth concert and they got to open for their heroes in Overkill.
Dark Mirror could not be happier with the fan base they have acquired in their hometown, the Midwest and neighboring states as well as overseas in Europe, South America and Japan. They are ready to take it to the next level and amplify their sound to bigger audiences. Their sound is unique and they are forging a new path for the Heavy Metal world of music. Dark Mirror embarked on a sole mission: "Show everyone that Heavy Metal is still strong.”
Dark Mirror does not follow any so called musical trends such as, nu metal, hardcore or metal core. They are dedicated to do what they do best: "Play fast and loud.”
Dark Mirror musical influences are all across the Metal genre. Dark Mirror borrows musical inspiration from early Metal movements such as NWOBHM and Thrash, to more recent styles such as Power and Progressive Metal. Dark Mirror has something for everyone that loves Metal. You can hear bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Anthrax, Metallica, Megadeth, Death, Symphony X, King Diamond, Helloween and Dio in Dark Mirror’s music. So, if you have a chance to get out and want more metal than you can handle, check out Dark Mirror live. You will not be disappointed.