PNG BIO

PnG Bio - Lineup and changes
Persona Non Grata was formed in 2003, when John Ioannidis (keyboards) and Chris Gatsos (guitars) met and realized that progressive metal was what really inspired them. The material for the band’s premier CD "Shade In The Light" was already in composition when Vasilis Axiotis (vocals) joined the group 2 years later, so recordings started very quickly, with the help of the session musicians Akis Gavalas (drums) and Chris Vogiatzis (Bass). The end of the sessions brought the realization of a synergy within the members who recorded, and thus the original lineup of Persona Non Grata was established.
On November of 2009 PNG’s increased obligations led to the change of vocalist, and Aris Pirris was added to the group, while on 2010 Apostolis Kaltsas (bass) recorded the second album. On 2012 Chris Kollias undertook the …bass responsibilities on behalf of the band, and on 2014 Vasilis Axiotis rejoined to be the voice of Persona non Grata, and hit the studio with them.

PnG Bio - Discography
PNG’s 1st album "Shade In The Light" was characterized one of complex music, but coming from the melodic end of the metal musical spectrum. According to the press, the band has a familiar sound with “Vanden Plas, Sun Caged, late-period Mind’s Eye, and Section A” (www.ytsejam.com), Pain of Salvation (http://noneloudernet.ning.com), and Dream Theater (www.away-team.com). The CD was released under Sensory media (US).
On 2010, between gigs and tours, PNG went to the studio for the recording of their second album named “Quantum Leap”.  With the completion of the production Massacre (US) offered the great contract that made them part of the family. The CD was characterized to be close to the “'Awake'-era of Dream Theater” (www.lordsofmetal.nl), and “Symphony X” (Progressive Metal).  “Quantum Leap” was released on December 2011.
Persona Non Grata’s 3rd album is at the studio, in the hands of Chris Tsangarides; expect news very soon!

 

Line Up

 

Chris Gatsos
Guitars
Gear Ibanez guitars
Interests Gym. cinema, swimming
Previous Bands

Adrenalin surge,Withered agave

Begins playing guitar at an early age and is inspired by J. Satriani, Y. Malmsteen , G. How, and others. At his early teens he plays with bands like Adrenalin Surge, Withered Agave, and a bit later he becomes a session musician, playing different genres of music with several different artists. In ‘03 he meets J. Ioannidis and they form PNG. Currently lives and works in Athens.

 

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John Ioannidis
Keyboards
Gear Yamaha, Ensoniq Synths
Interests computer techology, electronics, squash, tennis
Previous Bands

Ecstacy, Trade Mark, Fatal Error

At the age 6 he begins his classical studies at the National Conservatory on Accordion and Music Theory. Influenced by Kansas, Rush, Deep Purple and other great progressive rock bands, as he was lucky enough to live the technological revolution that hugely impacted the creation of new sounds and musical styles, culminating in the music of the 80's and 90's. After finishing his studies, he creates his first band "Ecstasy". In ‘03 he meets C. Gatsos and they form PNG. He is married with 2 children.

 

Akis Gavalas
Drums
Gear  
Interests computer techology, electronics, politics
Previous Bands

Sound of Silence

He begins playing drums at the age of 10, inspired by bands like Rush, Queen, Yes, Queensryche. He has been working as a session drummer since 1990, with numerous live and studio participations around the industry. In ‘03 his first band “Sound Of Silence” hits the stores with “Spiritual Journey”; in ‘09, after he records the drum sessions for PNG’s 1st album "Shade In The Light", he joins Persona Non Grata as a full member.
Currently lives and works in Athens.

 

Bill Axiotis
Vocals
Gear Sure microphones
Interests computer techology, electronics, theater
Previous Bands

phantom lord,nostalgia for a belief,n.u.r.v,spitfire

A well respected singer in Greece, and an experienced vocal coach. His participation in 17 rock & metal records helped him gain great reviews in Greece and abroad, while his experience with numerous live shows is also enriched by an 8year service in musical theater. Currently lives and works in Athens.

 

 

Chris Kolias
Bass
Gear Warwick Basses
Interests computer techology, electronics, games
Previous Bands

Seduce The Heaven, Human License  

He takes his primary steps in music at the age of 9 by playing the flute, and at the age of 16, being encouraged by his sister, he starts playing the bass so as to create a band with some friends, influenced by progressive metal bands like Dream Theater & Symphony X. Since then, he has been playing in various cover bands, has recorded 13 full length albums, and has extensively performed as a session musician. He is officially endorsed by Taurus Amps, Darkglass Electronics, and 39 custom guitars.
Currently lives and works in Athens.

 

 

 

 

 
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