Saturday, July 3, 2010

GarageBand Profile Mini-Series: Lee Thomas Maines

It's Saturday, and you know what that means: It's time for our second installment of our special GarageBand Profile Mini-Series! As we inch closer to the impending shutdown of, I'm continuing my quest to make sure the local metal bands there don't have their material lost as a result, and today, our attention falls to a prominent local metal frontman's solo projects!

Aside from spelling/grammar edits, link/video updates, and some additional useful artist info and analysis, this is a closely transferred copy of the original GarageBand profile, with everything relevant still intact. Also note that, because this artist had two pages for basically the same project, parts of this profile are combined & others are separately labeled, depending on the content. Enjoy today's second GarageBand profile, and remember, we have four more to go over the next twelve days!
Lee Thomas Maines (also previously under the project name Septicon)

Genre: Progressive/Melodic Death Metal
Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

Bio (Lee Maines): A year after his pioneering release with Canadian metal band Gates of Winter's "Lux Aeterna", Lee Thomas Maines is beginning work on a new progressive solo project. Loaded with crushing rhythms and futuristic themes, Lee hopes to reach a new level of diversity and technicality. Currently, Lee is laying the foundation of an untitled 5 track EP, working with new gear, a new vision, and a sea of new inspiration. For the meantime, go to and check out the posted Gates of Winter tracks ‘From Nothingness (demo)’ and ‘Life Force Rapture’, or visit! For questions or comments, please write to

Bio (Septicon): Septicon is my solo project, which I would eventually like to expand to a full band, when all my songs are recorded and ready for the road.

Members: Lee Maines (Everything)

Artist URL: Lee Thomas Maines on MySpace

Influenced By: Mnemic, Soilwork, In Flames, Wintersun, Dimmu Borgir, Meshuggah, Ihsahn, Strapping Young Lad, Samael

Songs: None. (Lee didn't upload solo material onto either the Lee Thomas Maines or Septicon GarageBand pages. There IS one solo Lee Maines song to share though, which you can check out after the following paragraph.)

SMS Analysis: As the singer and rhythm guitarist of Gates of Winter, Lee Maines has a good level of notoriety in the local scene, and the fact that he was briefly in Woods of Ypres can't hurt either! I'm sure we've all been hoping for some exciting things from Lee's solo projects, no matter what name they've been under. However, we haven't heard much from Lee on his solo stuff since mid-2009, likely because of his work on Gates of Winter's new album. Under the name Septicon, I can't do much other than speculate on it due to lack of material, but it likely would have been similar to his latest solo work. From what little I've heard from his solo stuff, I'm very impressed, and Gates of Winter fans will no doubt enjoy it too! No major stylistic changes, just straightforward progressive metal with lots of dynamics and great instrumentation, but it could use guitar solos and vocals. Though the project's been dormant since 2009, my fingers are crossed that Lee will find his way back to his solo material some day, cause there's too much promise there to just let it go! Check out lots more from Lee Maines at his official MySpace page!

Videos: Your best bet to finding videos of Lee Maines is to search for Gates of Winter on YouTube, there's lots of audio and video recordings there! If you find Woods of Ypres videos from late 2008, Lee will be on guitar for those, but remember that he didn't write any of their material. As for his solo projects, I couldn't find anything, so I have uploaded his only publicly unveiled solo song to YouTube! Entitled "Sol", it was ripped from his MySpace page and uploaded onto the SMS channel with the BEST POSSIBLE INTENT to spread this song to world even further like it deserves! NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT IS INTENDED!!! With that in mind, check out "Sol" below, see what you think!

Two down, four to go in this special mini-series! Hope you guys enjoyed reading up on Lee's solo stuff! Our next entry in the GarageBand Profile Mini-Series will be posted on Tuesday, when we'll take a look at defunct local hard rock band T H E I D, formerly known as MY ID! Stay tuned for that, and much more news on The Sault Metal Scene, especially tomorrow, when I review tonight's Phatstick concert AND we celebrate the SMS' 3rd Anniversary! Big day tomorrow, hope you're here for it! Thanks everyone!

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