Biography

In the summer of 2015,  Jonathan Hayward started forming a band that would be inspired by the great shredders of decades past. In a time and place where metal had become a sort of melting pot, the band slowly emerged and each member came together to turn back the clocks and rediscover the roots of heavy metal. That band would become what is now known as Dark Messiah.                                                                                                                                                                      Jonathan recruited a drummer, a bassist and a rhythm guitarist. Together they started to craft the sound that would make the band. On a recommendation from the drummer, Stephen Chubaty was given an audition to become the vocalist and lyricist to give voice to what it would become.                                                                                                                                                                                          The band jumped onto the scene quickly. A very established bar in the city that had been around almost as long as rock and roll itself "The Zoo" announced it was closing.  Jonathan and Stephen had never played the iconic venue before so the band set out to land a gig, Even to know they did not have a name yet and had barely been around a month, they decided to push forward.                                                                                                                                                                          With the show fast approaching the need for a name was getting frustrating. In a conversation with a friend Jonathan was asked what kind of band he was putting together. "A classic metal inspired band but one that's different than anyone else." He said. His friend responded with "Kinda like a chosen band" as a joke. "Yeah but an evil one. Kinda like a.......Dark Messiah." The name was solidified and the gig was officially booked.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In preperation for the show the band worked hard together to make it happen. Conflict and personality clashes led to the bassist quitting. They found a replacement to join a mere 12 days before the performance. Dark Messiah took the stage and the show was deemed a success. They would go on to play another couple of shows throughout the next few months but also had some more lineup changes. Lawrence Reimer  was brought in and they found themselves with 2 lead guitarists which brought them to a whole other level.                                                                                                                                                                     The band was shook to the core when they were forced to use the services of a fill in drummer due to unforseen circumstances. Even with all these issues arising the band never cancelled a show and never missed a beat. They eventually recruited the naturally talented Robert Schau to play drums. A few months later they were once again forced to replace a bassist, this time right in the middle of recording. they brung in Lagg Walker and the E.P was finished.                                                                                                                                            It debuted at #4 in Winnipeg on Reverbnation for metal , the next day hit #2. and eventually reached #1.  

In February 2017 Robert decided to leave the band to pursue other styles of music. He was replaced with Ole Larson from another Winnipeg band called Dome..

Shortly after Ole joined, DM simultaneously released a music music video for their song "No Soul To Sell"  and announced the "Converting The Masses" summer tour across western Canada.

On July 18th, 2017, five days after releasing the music video and tour announcement the band opened for Wednesday 13 at The Pyramid Cabaret in Winnipeg.

Two weeks before the summer tour Lawrence Reimer left the group due to personal reasons. Dark Messiah has chosen to continue and fulfill the tour as a four piece for the time being. Plans for a replacement guitarist will be made after the tour commences. 











Photo by Amy Lee Zinn
Photo By Amy Lee Zinn