Hailing from Joliet, Ill. is the heavy metal band Skull King, whose music is influenced from Avenged Sevenfold to Killswitch Engaged to Queensryche. The band was formed in late 2010. Its members include Nick DiNardo (vocals), Paul Button (guitar), Clifford Hunt (bass), and John Savage (drums). Before the birth of Skull King, vocalist Nick Dinardo had been into music since the age of 8 and had his first band in 6th grade. Later years brought about original band No Romeo of whom he stayed with for six years. Bassist Cliff Hunt has played in a variety of bands ranging from a montage of heavy metal, rock, blues and various other genres. Drummer John Savage and 26 year guitarist Paul Button have played in numerous bands with influences towards Iron Maiden and Queensryche, but before joining Skull King formed a friendship while playing together in Red Headed Step Child. After joining each member confirmed a common goal: stay faithful to original music filled with the intentions of: uniqueness, occasional screams, intense melodic melodies and the potential to start a mosh pit at any given time.
Skull King has currently recorded new original material at the University of St. Francis Digital Recording Arts Studio. They have been working with producer Alby Odum on the project. The titles of the five new songs recorded are Whistleblower, Punching Water, Separate Ways, Never, and Wishing Well. Since its inception, Skull King has rapidly climbed the metal charts at Reverbnation. The band is currently ranked 2 on the Chicago metal chart and 90 on the national metal chart. The band appreciates each and every one of its nearly 10,000 fans for propelling them up the charts in such a short period of time.
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