Tommy Giles Rogers Jr.

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Tommy Giles Rogers
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Rogers in 2015
Background information
Birth nameThomas Giles Rogers Jr.
Born (1980-12-30) December 30, 1980 (age 40)
Morganton, North Carolina, United States
Origin Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Genres Progressive metal, progressive rock, metalcore, thrash metal, technical death metal, death metal, electronica, industrial, alternative rock
Instruments Vocals, keyboard, guitar, bass guitar, drums, mandolin
Years active1999–present
Associated acts Between the Buried and Me, Thomas Giles, Prayer for Cleansing, From Here On, Undying

Tommy Giles Rogers (born December 30, 1980 [1] in Morganton, North Carolina) is an American musician, most notable for being the lead vocalist, keyboardist and lyricist of the American progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me, which he co-founded in 2000. His vocal style combines death growls and screams with peaceful clean singing melodies, sometimes including falsetto. In 2005, Stylus Magazine named Rogers one of the three most versatile rock singers at the time. [2]

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Musical career

Rogers grew up playing guitar but he sang for a hardcore punk band in high school. In 1999, he became the guitarist for the metalcore band, Prayer for Cleansing; when they disbanded, Rogers co-founded the progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me in 2000. Although he intended to be their guitar player at first, the band could not find a vocalist which prompted him to take that role. [3] After acquiring a full lineup, Between the Buried and Me released their three-song demo and then their self-titled debut album in 2002. In 2004, Rogers released a self-titled debut album for his electronica side project, named Giles. Rogers was one of the vocalists for the metal band From Here On and has appeared in numerous other musical projects, including the metal band Undying. [4] He was part of a clothing line and a small musical duo project with Jacob Troth that is known as Jacob Rogers.

He has made numerous vocal guest appearances since the success of Between the Buried and Me, such as his featuring on the Devin Townsend Project album Deconstruction and the Ayreon album The Source, portraying The Chemist.

Rogers recorded a solo album under the name of Thomas Giles, entitled Pulse , which was released February 1, 2011. [5] His other solo albums are Modern Noise, released November 25, 2014, Velcro Kid, released November 4, 2016, and Don't Touch the Outside, which was released on November 9, 2018 via Sumerian Records. [6]

Artistry

Influences

Rogers' biggest influence is experimental singer Mike Patton, including his bands Mr. Bungle and Faith No More. [7] [8] [9] [10] Other artists that have greatly influenced him are Radiohead, Pink Floyd, The Mars Volta, [11] Nine Inch Nails, and Muse. [12] Since high school, one of his biggest inspirations has been electronic music; some of these artists include Adult, Funker Vogt, Air and Dieselboy. [13] [7] The singer has constantly named the Beatles among his favorite bands. [14] [15] Furthermore, Rogers draws techniques from directors and filmmakers of works like The Twilight Zone , The Hateful Eight and The Godfather series. [14]

Rogers grew up a big fan of extreme metal, but only once he discovered metallic hardcore bands such as Earth Crisis he began to write music devotedly. [16] After being in hardcore bands until his early 20s, Rogers realized that his tastes were much wider and decided to explore many musical avenues. [10] He has a long-standing fascination with the Scandinavian black metal scene, admiring its experimentation around the turn of the millennium and bands like Ulver and Leprous. [14]

In 2019, Rogers named Radiohead's OK Computer , any Beatles record and Mr. Bungle's California his three favorite albums. [17]

Personal life

Rogers currently resides in Laguna Niguel, California with his wife and son. [3] He is vegan and straight edge. [18]

Discography

With Between the Buried and Me
With Jacob Rogers
As Giles
As Thomas Giles
With Prayer For Cleansing
With From Here On
As a guest

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