Betrayer is unlike any hard rock/metal band in this day and age. These Canadian rockers offer a unique classic vocal style and thrashy riffs that will take you back to when metal was at its finest. In 1996, lead singer and guitarist Jeff Klingbeil and drummer Shawn Bastien formed the band and thereafter Sinan Khalaf (bass) and William Lozon (guitar) completed the line-up. They produced their first LP Rusted Icons in 2001, selling over 2000 copies in the first year. In 2005, EP Shadowed Force was released and in 2007 they released a single “Headed for Disaster” which was featured on BW&BK’s Knuckle Tracks and also gained regular airplay on Detroit’s 101.1 FM WRIF.
Currently, Betrayer has completed their new full length, self titled album including 9 new tracks and a re-recorded song off Rusted Icons. Completed in late 2009 with producer Glenn Fricker at Spectre Sound Studios (Bloodshoteye, Assassinate the Following), this new album represents the dawning of a new age in their evolution and defines the Betrayer experience. Mixing and Mastering took place at Studio Fredman by Henrik Udd and Fredrik Nordstrom (world renowned music producer and guitarist of Dream Evil whose worked with bands such as; In Flames, Arch Enemy, Opeth, Dimmu Borgir, Hammerfall and The Haunted). The album art was completed by 5 time Juno award winner Hugh Syme who's done album covers for bands such as Rush, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Dream Theater and Def Leppard.
Industry professionals have committed their time and expertise to help take Betrayer one step closer to their ultimate goal. They have worked with promotional teams Howard Rosen (Warner, Casablanca, Elektra) and Pete Palazzolo (Polar Bear Music); Mixing and Mastering Engineers Mika Jussila (Nightwish, Edguy, Children of Bodom, Sonata Arctica) of Finnvox; and Phil Demetre of Lacquer Channel; and have also been praised in various publications including Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles and Recording magazine.
Betrayer have opened for such influences as Iron Maiden, Dio, Helix, Motorhead, Anvil and Paul Di’Anno (formerly of Iron Maiden) and have won countless competitions, winning over crowds and judges alike with their combination of skill and showmanship. Their website, www.betrayer.ca has a diverse group of fans and street team members who are located all over the world; achieving over a million hits a month. Tested by the fires of numerous shows, inspired by frenzied audiences, and armed with an arsenal of music that connects to the primal core of their listeners, Betrayer has materialized into an unstoppable force.
Band MembersJeff Klingbeil - Vocals/Guitar
Bill Lozon - Guitar
Shawn Bastien - Drums
Sinan Khalaf - Bass