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The "Genesis" (sorry for the pun!) of Metaphor: In 1993, San Jose guitarist Malcolm Smith placed the following advertisment in BAM Magazine (San Francisco Bay Area):

"Hackett seeks Banks, Rutherford, Gabriel, Collins.
Object: Suppers Ready."

Only a very few people either 1) understood the ad, and/or 2) responded. Despite the cryptic nature of the ad, Metaphor was formed with keyboardist Marc Spooner, drummer Bob Koehler, and brothers Vince and Robert Montia on bass and vocals. This first version of Metaphor specialized in performing the music of "classic" Genesis, from the so-called Gabriel Era of 1970 to 1974.

Though rehearsals were sporadic and "real life" continued to interrupt, Metaphor fully realized over three hours of this very creative and challenging music, as a tribute to the music of classic Genesis.

Here is Metaphor's song list from that time:

Return of the Giant Hogweed
Can Utility and the Coastliners
The Fountain of Salmacis
Watcher of the Skies
Suppers Ready
The Knife/The Musical Box (medley)
Dancing With the Moonlit Knight
Firth of Fifth
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
In the Cage
Back in New York City
Hairless Heart
Chamber of 32 Doors
Lillywhite Lillith
The Lamia
Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats
The Colony of Slippermen

Following two successful performances, the band decided to drop the Genesis material and pursue original, uncompromising, progressive music. In 1996, a search began for a new bass player and singer, to replace Vince and Robert who left to pursue other creative endeavors.

In 1997, Jim Post joined as the bassist, and John Mabry as vocalist/lyricist. Rehearsals began with much of the music written by Malcolm and Marc, as well as a piece penned by Bob and two by John. Recording for Metaphor's debut CD began in fall of 1998.

In 1999, Metaphor completed recording its debut CD, Starfooted, at Suspect Studios in Sunnyvale, California, and subsequently signed a record contract with Galileo Records, a Swiss progressive rock record label. Galileo released Starfooted in April, 2000 to very positive reviews.

In July, 2000 bassist Jim Post decided to leave the band in order to focus on other endeavors. The band fortunately found a wonderful replacement in Jim Anderson, who now handles all bass and bass pedals duties, as well as some composition.

In 2001, Metaphor focused its limited time on writing and arranging a lot of new material. At the same time, recording of two new songs took place, one of which appeared on the BayProg compilation CD (distributed in the Spring, 2002 issue of Expose Magazine).

After the recording sessions for the two new songs, in late 2001 drummer Bob Koehler, one of the original members of Metaphor, informed the band that he was ready to move on and focus on other priorities in his life. Metaphor in 2002 auditioned a number of drummers to fill the spot, and welcomed Jeff Baker as guest drummer for its second CD, "Entertaining Thanatos" released in spring of 2004.

In 2005, the lovely and talented Greg Miller (from the Bay Area neo-prog band Mind Furniture) kindly agreed to join Metaphor as its resident skin-beater.

In 2006, Metaphor wrote, arranged, rehearsed, and recorded their 3rd CD, The Sparrow, which they expect to release in the summer of 2007.




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