The origin of the band
The first attempts were made in the second half of 1999 in Jedlicze.
The band was founded by Robert Węgrzyn (guitar, texts). In the beginning, the composition of the group was unstable and it was not until the second half of 2001 when it became fixed.
This year is assumed as the official date of the foundation of ARDOR band. At the end of September 2001, in a recording studio in Sanok, the band recorded its first demo entitled „. modlitwa”.
The music style performed by the band was set in the gothic rock mood. Having recorded the album, the band starts to promote itself not only by sending the material out to music publishing companies but also by giving performances. It is invited to radio stations, local music previews and other music competitions, where it receives awards and recognition.
June 2002 brought the metamorphosis of the whole group – after the significant personnel changes, the band consisted of seven persons.
As a result of these changes, the band modified its music character and started to play more aggressive and dynamic gothic metal. The band received a number of commendations and positive reviews of recognized in music environment, polish and foreign magazines and music companies such as: Metal Hammer, Thrash’em All, Pagan Records, Mystic Productions, Metal Blade Records
and some additional independent fan magazines.
ARDOR strengthened its position on an independent music scene with the release of the subsequent and much better developed material. In October 2002, in the recording studio HERTZ in Białystok, the band recorded the second demo, entitled „. prayer”. This material was the English version of the first demo, purposely recorded for one of the Polish music companies.
To promote itself, the band followed the release with a series of shows in the clubs, which were on friendly terms with the band, visited some of the local radio stations and music magazines companies, distributing the recorded material. The first serious propositions started to appear.
In April 2003, the band composition changed again but the core remained the same.
What is equally important, the band changed its name: ARDOR became CIRYAM.
And so. the band prepared to record its debutant album. In August 2003, the band signed a contract with Warsaw art-rock music company ARS MUNDI to record two albums
(next to such bands as: Armia, Quidam, Lizard, Mordor, Amarok). In the same month the band began to work in the recording studio LYNX MUSIC in Cracow,
recording the material for the first official album. Premiere: 7 June 2004.
The debutant album entitled „Szepty dusz” („The Whispers of souls”) shows its art-rock character, circling around progressive rock, not forgetting about its metal roots and fascination with gothic ambience at the same time.
The second half of 2004 and 2005 was all about promotion, including live performances and other media appearances. The band made new acquaintances and gained much experience.
In August 2005, the band entered the Cracow LYNX studio again and as a 6-person group recorded the material for the second album. In September the band created a video clip for one of the composition – „W ciszy” („In silence „) – to promote the second album.
The band did not become idle though, giving preview performances to promote the new material.
January 2006, the band gave three (within two days) final performances on the occasion of WOŚP (the Great Christmas Aid Orchestra),
in Sanok, Ropczyce and Krosno – where the performance was given live coverage on TVP2.
January/February/March 2006 – the performances promoting preview material from the new album. The band received an invitation to the famed club (Akademia – Rzeszów) where it supported the legend of the Polish heavy metal scene – Roman Kostrzewski & KAT. The graphical work on the album layout and the new website was finished. In April 2006, the band signed a contract with
TC MUSIC/METAL MIND PRODUCTIONS music company for recording,
releasing and promoting subsequent albums by CIRYAM.
The premiere of the second album, entitled „W sercu kamienia” („In the heart of the stone”)
took place on 22 May 2006.
„W sercu kamienia” album
„Phenomenal compromise between progressive rock and gothic metal!
It’s an over one-hour poetic tale about compassion and humanity.
Within the amazingly atmospheric composition – „W ciszy”, which promotes the new album;
there is much hidden tension and dynamic strength. Surprising pace changes, captivating power of keyboard and guitars passages! Perfect tunes, good cooperation of rhythmic section.
The whole composition is complemented with the truly charismatic, deep female vocal.”
TC MUSIC / METAL MIND PRODUCTIONS
June-July-August 2006, outdoor music performances with Radio Rzeszów and other shows promoting the latest album, including participation in prestigious, international festivals: Hunter Fest – Szczytno (next to world-famous music celebrities of the genre),
Art Rock Fest – Lubin
Presentation of the video clip „W ciszy” at YACH FILM 2006 – the most significant video clip festival in Poland (the presentation took place at the several, largest cinemas in the country)
November-December – „Kamienna Trasa CIRYAM 2006″
(Ciryam Stone Tour 2006) – the tour promoting the latest album – „W sercu kamienia”
December 28. 2007- KTS 2006 finale and V foundation anniversary of the band, finale performance with a friend – ANKH band
After the sumptuous birthday, the band entered the new year 2007 in a flash.
In January 2007, the Nowiny newspaper published a ranking of the most promising bands of 2006 from the whole region. The band was presented for the first time and. took the third place (the bronze scenic 2006)
(.) Bronze for Ciryam, the band from Krosno. Their album, which was released in 2006, was received very well by the audience. They gave performances in many places in the country.
The album was released by Metal Mind, and that tell us something about their music skills.
May it be so in the future as well. (quotation taken from Nowiny – Thursday 18 January 2007)
Yet in January a new composition under the title of „Hatif” had its own premiere on the hit list of Radio Centrum in „Czad lista” audition, where it held the first place for 8 weeks!!!
24 March 2007, the band gave performance at the largest music festival in Central Europe – Metalmania!!! Over 500 applications were sent from local as well foreign bands,
25 hours of music and only 8 Polish bands were invited, including CIRYAM – that was a great distinction for the band.
7 March, a video clip „W ciszy” promoting „W sercu kamienia”, appeared on 4Fun.tv – the commercial TV station (during an audition entitled „Rockowanie.”).
Since that time the video clip has been broadcast over 70 times!!!!
at the turn of March and April the band gave 10 performances during CIRYAM TOUR 2007 in Poland
14 June, the band presented itself in the legendary club „Stodoła” in Warsaw, as a support to the world-famous star – TYPE O NEGATIVE, which was another success of CIRYAM.
The band has close to 100 performances under the belt, two officially released albums, and what is important, they do not want to stop yet. They are giving performances and preparing material for the next album.
The year 2009 was a breakthrough year, the band played interesting gigs promoting the „Człoweik Motyl” album, expanded its activities in virtual and media world, changed its image I the end
of the year, the most intriguing…
The year 2009 is the promotion of „Człowiek Motyl” LP, conquering other fields of promotion and marketing. The „Okoart” company and Ciryam gained new partners: PetroMechanika, Metal Centre, PrzybytekUciech Muzycznych, Radio ProRock, Projekt „Q”, Radio Dla Ciebie, kaliskie
Radio Centrum, Pro Radio, Only Good Music, Perfect Prog, Restyle.pl,polskie Radio Szczecin.
Many articles in the press and the web have appeared. Also a lot of good comments of live and the last record were given, among others in significant magazines in Poland (Teraz Rock, Gitarzysta).
The concerts – after a year of hiatus, on the stage again. The band has performed numerous gigs (Piecowisko Festival, Jarmark podhalański, RzeszOFF Art Festival, Rock Autostradaor Festival)
and the most memorable show with Sabaton in Lisia Góra).
One of the undoubtful successes last year was, though passed with no attention but worth reminding, is that among 200 offers the band was chosen as one of the 15 to the main casting and invited to Warsaw to th Hit Generator program. It is quite a big achievement bearing in mind a precise and fussy jury. It was an interesting adventure, from which a short report was published in TVP.
There was a significant change in the line-up at the end of the Lear. The result being: the band has parted ways with Sławek (bass) and Mateusz (keyboard),a nd after a few months with Grzegorz (guitar); rehearsals with substitute members and cancelled gigs were unbearable to others. In the meantime Blady (drums) goes away abroad and he doesn’t guarantee the stability needed.
After a month of intense searching and a few rehearsal with few candidates the new Ciryam line-up
was set and the new rocking 2010 was fired up.
2010, currently the band is performing and working on the new material… The new people,
the new vision…
The band shared the stage with:
HARLEM, APOGEUM, LESZCZE, MONIKA BRODKA, CLOSTERKELLER, DELIGHT, ROMAN
KOSTRZEWSKI & KAT, ANKH, TYPE O NEGATIVE, MAŁGORZATA OSTROWSKA, ŁZY, IRA,
KOMBII, PTAKY, QUIDAM, HUNTER, ACID DRINKERS, ALASTOR, BLINDEAD, BRIGHT
OPHIDIA, COMA, FARBEN LEHRE, FRONTSIDE, HAPPYSAD, ILL NINO, ILLUSIONARY
WORLD, JARYBAND, DESDEMONA, MERRY POP INS, MOLLI’S GUSHER, NONE, ORBITA
WIRU, TOXIC BONKERS, TSA, VIRGIN SNATCH, WEED, WRINKEL FRED,AMETRIA,
AMORPHIS, ARCHEON, BUTELKA, CHAINSAW, DECAPITETED, FEAR FACTORY, HURT,
NAIV, ORKIESTRA DNI NASZYCH, OUT OF CONTROL, RADIO BAGDAD, RAST,SEDES, SICK
OF IT ALL, SJEL, TESTOR, TOTEM,ALIENACJA, AL SIRAT, ARAKAIN, BATALION
D’AMOUR, BRON FROM PAIN, CARNAL, CHASSIS, ENEMY MINE, HABAKUK, INDIOS
BRAVOS, JUDE 4, LIPALI, MAROON, NAPALM DEATH, NIKT, POWER OF TRINITY,
PROLETARYAT, SHIZMA, SMIRNOFF, WU-HAE, YPSYLON, WITCHKING, SPHERE,
CARNAL, DEIVOS, HORROSCOPE, TYR, ROOT,
FOREVER WILL BURN, ANATA, BENEDICTION….
And many others in music industry.
The current 2010 line-up:
vocals – Monika ( Midiam) Węgrzyn
guitar – Robert ( Morfeusz) Węgrzyn
guitar – Kuba (Kubek) Czubik
bass - Darek ( Matz ) Mac
violin - Agata ( Żyleta ) Żylińska
drums – Mateusz ( Nietoperz ) Krupiński
ofiicjal site: www.ciryam.pl
contact: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
mobile: +48 605 103 072