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Obed Gonzalez


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Obed Gonzalez


Obed Gonzalez

The Gatherer

Obed Rene Gonzalez-Matos is the official hype man, a lyricist and vocalist for Homerik. Born to Zaida Matos and Nelson Gonzalez in San Juan, Puerto Rico and raised in Bronx, NY since the age of two, Obed always wanted to be part of music when he fell in love with writing at an early age. His father was a gigging salsero in the local scene for many years. Growing up, Obed attended several concerts and studio sessions alongside his father. However, an influence in his writing development, Obed never truly showed his father the interest he had in music. It became a private hobby. Instead, Obed performed in school plays and considered pursuing drama. He decided to use that inspiration towards his personal writing.

During his downtime, Obed listened to a variety of music. Gravitating to his urban roots in Reggaetón, Reggae, Rock, Hip Hop, Rap, and Freestyle, Obed was introduced to Homerik by Andrew Petriske and Ken Candelas and is living proof that listeners outside of the Metal genre can truly appreciate and love Homerik's work. Andrew, a life long friend to Obed, was convinced to incorporate him in the music. Obed entered the studio to record vocals for "Unforgotten Kin" and his overwhelmingly successful delivery inspired a fruitful endeavor for years to come.

Today, Obed writes for Homerik as a lyricist and is currently working on new material for the band. In his words, "Homerik started with a family that never knew they were a family. It's authentic, real, and it changed my life. Friends dream. Brothers do." Obed seeks to make a difference and give back to those in need and around him. He wants to broaden Homerik's message and perform epic shows on stage as the hype man. He strongly believes the world will appreciate everything Homerik has to offer.

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Ken Candelas


 

"EPIC... YOU CAN GO THERE WITH IT LIKE A LITTLE MOVIE. IT'S EXACTLY WHY WE DO THE 'METAL MOMENT'."

- Tully Dio; Stone & Steel

Ken Candelas


 

"EPIC... YOU CAN GO THERE WITH IT LIKE A LITTLE MOVIE. IT'S EXACTLY WHY WE DO THE 'METAL MOMENT'."

- Tully Dio; Stone & Steel

Ken Candelas

The Mad Composer

Kenneth Bryan Candelas is the lead composer, a lyricist, a vocalist and the drummer for Homerik. He is also the recording and mixing engineer of the band. As a boy, Ken grew up in an artistic home where creativity was encouraged. He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico to his mother, Abigail Valle and Hector Candelas. During his teenage years, Ken studied fine art at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, and received several awards for his artwork and designs including the Milton Glaser Award and First Place in the Directory of N.Y.C. Public High Schools Design Competition. Upon graduation, Ken decided to pursue his deep interest in rhythm and music production, following in his father's footsteps.

Graduating with honors from Queensborough Community College as a Music Production major, Ken also studied Music & Audio Technology at The City College of New York. He operates in New York City, associated with studios all around the city, and working full-time as an audio technician. He is also the drummer for Four Trips Ahead.

Homerik began with Ken and one of his closest friends, Cory Boyle. Together they came up with the name alongside Andrew Petriske and produced their first piece, "The Legion", during Ken's stay at The Sonic Arts Center at the City College of New York as a student. After Cory left the band on hiatus, Ken and Andrew continued to build upon their creation. They are currently working on Homerik's next collaboration with Obed Gonzalez. Ken is determined to inspire the Metal genre, create a community of positive reinforcement, and bring forth a revolution to the music industry to heal the world.

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Andrew Petriske


 

"THE VOCAL WORK INVOKES A DEVILISH CHOIR FROM LIMBO, WHICH SOUNDS LIKE HADES, PERHAPS CHANTING TO BEELZEBUB HIMSELF."

- Paul J. Wolfle Music Interview Magazine

Andrew Petriske


 

"THE VOCAL WORK INVOKES A DEVILISH CHOIR FROM LIMBO, WHICH SOUNDS LIKE HADES, PERHAPS CHANTING TO BEELZEBUB HIMSELF."

- Paul J. Wolfle Music Interview Magazine

Andrew Petriske

The Daemon

Andrew Michael Petriske is the lead lyricist as well as the lead vocalist in Homerik. Andrew was born in San Diego, California to Iris Tirado and Michael Paul Petriske and grew up in Bronx, NY since the age of three. Playing in multiple local bands including Angelic Rapture, Slaughterific, Decimate the Living, and Omen Faculty (among others), Andrew is a self-taught vocalist. Andrew listened to thousands of records in order to learn from and mimic those before him. Inspired by Korn's "Issues" release in 1999 and the song "Falling Away From Me", he would practice with his bandmates in numerous Metal styles. His philosophy on the matter, "I just go with what feels natural," is also how Andrew approached performing on every Homerik title.

Andrew became a part of Homerik about a year later after lead composer, Ken Candelas, met him for the first time at their day job. Ken had offered to record Andrew's audition tape for another band and soon after that session, Andrew became involved with another project, this time for Ken's own academic needs in the City College of New York. It wasn't long after that when the two wrote the lyrics to "The Legion" during their time at work. At that point, the two never looked back.

Andrew believes that Homerik gives their recordings the authentic energy that is missing in many records today, akin to how records were made before the digital revolution. "There are not a lot of bands out there that like to take risks... to jump, take the extra step, and go the extra mile. What Homerik tries to do is be different." Currently hard at work on the next album, Andrew wants to continue to enhance the original sound and storytelling of Homerik through more in-depth stories and lyrics and include more musical influences from around the globe.