City Of Souls formed in August 2015 by Guitarists Trajan Schwencke (Cold By Winter, In Dread Response) and Steve Boag (In Dread Response, Blacklistt). Together they sought out like-minded players within the Auckland heavy music scene to develop the concept of blending huge cinematic soundscapes with the emotive depth many of their previous bands pushed into the background.
With the addition of Vocalist Richie Simpson (New Way Home), guitarist Marcus Powell (founding member of multi-platinum bands Blindspott and Blacklistt), Daniel Insley on Bass (Solstate) and Drummer Corey Friedlander (In Dread Response / 8 Foot Sativa), the band cast their first stone with the song “Sleep” which juxtaposed explosive energy with the cinematic soulfulness that has become the band's signature.
Mixed by producer Clint Murphy and mastered at Sterling Sound in New York. The track was received strongly by the band’s growing fanbase and went straight to number one on the iTunes rock chart. Following singes “Water” and “Long Gone”. Were added to The Rock FM (NZ highest rating radio station) and kicked off extensive local touring and high profile opening slots for international acts like Bring Me to The Horizon, Stone Sour, and Dead Letter Circus.
Recently, the group have been writing their debut album under the guidance of producer Forrester Savell (COG, Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus) and have debuted new tracks to huge response at festivals such as Homegrown and Storm The Gates (alongside Limp Bizkit and Suicidal Tendencies).