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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Roaming lyrics
    2Life Is Death lyrics
    3A Battle In My Mind lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1The Sound of Things to Come [2008]
    2Death Valley Dwellers [1995]
    3Lost Souls Union [1999]
    4Broken, Damaged And Uncalled History [2006]
    5Dementia [2002]
    6Skyward Bound EP [1997]


    Dementia is a stoner metal band from Palm Springs, California. The band was formed in 1991 by Matt Calarico (vocals), Jim Brynar (guitar), Joe Espinosa (bass), and Granger Thompson (drums).

    Dementia released their debut album, Death Valley Dwellers, in May 1995 on a local imprint, Burning Sun Productions. The band played local shows in support of the album, and by 1996, Joe Escamillo had left the band. Stu Pico joined the band to replace him, and the band began work on their second album, tentatively titled Dream Machines.

    Halfway into recording, Granger Thompson departed from the band. In early 1997, the group was offered a major label contract through Geffen Records. June 1997 saw the release of the EP Skyward Bound, consisting of the songs already recorded for the planned album. The band began touring in support of the record with new drummer Tracy Zanes.

    In 1999, the band released their breakthrough album, Lost Souls Union. The singles "Surrounded" and "Unconscious" found airplay on MTV2 and rock radio, eventually leading the album to sell upwards of 250,000 copies. The album peaked at #110 on the US album charts, and at #1 on the Heatseekers chart.

    February 2002 saw the release of the follow up, the self titled album Dementia. The album saw the band take a more progressive shift in sound, and had widespread airplay with the hit single "Mental Image", which went top 10 on US rock radio. The album charted at #19 in it's debut week and was eventually certified gold in March of 2003.

    In late 2002, Geffen reissued the band's 1995 debut Death Valley Dwellers and the 1997 Skyward Bound EP, after the entire stock of those printed originally by Burning Sun and Geffen had been sold. The touring for Dementia was both demanding and rigorous, and following a year of nonstop touring, the band announced their breakup at the start of 2003.

    In 2006, the collection of unreleased material Broken, Damaged and Uncalled History was released through the Independent Media Group. This collection contained 3 discs of demo material, live material, and unreleased material gathered from 1994 to 2002.

    In early 2007, Jim Brynar and Matt Calarico began performing together again, and in May of 2007, Dementia announced their reunion with 3 of the previous 4 members (Matt, Jim, and Stu Pico), along with new drummer Richard Alomar.

    In May 2008, the band released their first album in 6 years, The Sound of Things to Come. The album featured a brooding, doomy sound, with many of the songs reaching over 6 minutes in length. The album debuted at #15 in the US and #57 in the UK, with the lead single "Sunrise" hitting #4 on the US Mainstream Rock chart. The band toured all the way until the fall of 2009 in support of the album, which has sold over 200,000 copies to date.

    In 2011, Matt Calarico revealed the group has been on an indefinite hiatus, as personal issues in his life have been preventing him from touring and recording.


    Matt Calarico - Vocals, Guitar (1991 - 2003, 2007 - present)
    Jim Brynar - Guitar (1991 - 2003, 2007 - present)
    Stu Pico - Bass (1996 - 2003, 2007 - present)
    Richard Alomar - Drums (2007 - present)
    Joe Espinosa - Bass (1991 - 1996)
    Granger Thompson - Drums (1991 - 1997)
    Tracy Zanes - Drums (1997 - 2003)


    Death Valley Dwellers - 1995
    Skyward Bound (EP) - 1997
    Lost Souls Union - 1999
    Dementia - 2002
    Broken, Damaged and Uncalled History (Compilation) - 2006
    The Sound of Things to Come - 2008

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