DENDURA Vocalist 'Taking A Break'

Vocalist Aziza A. Poggi has announced that she is "taking a break" from her singing duties in the Grand Rapids, Michigan progressive metal band DENDURA in order to "rejuvenate and evolve into other musical projects." She comments in a statement, "DENDURA has been at a standstill with our album on Killzone Records produced by Neil Kernon (NEVERMORE, QUEENSRĊ¸CHE, DOKKEN). Due to the economy, Killzone, like many other record labels, simply doesn't have the funds to complete our album; therefore, we are not able finish the album within a reasonable time. We all have the determination to complete this album, but realistically it may be up to a few years. In the meantime, we are working more on a self-produced album.

"Since realizing the Neil Kernon album will take longer than any of us anticipated, I have decided that I need to focus on other singing opportunities and projects. With that said, I am taking a break from DENDURA for a while. I am not quitting the band, but I have to keep on a path that is healthy and positive for me. For the benefit of all involved, I need to take a step away and rejuvenate and evolve into other musical projects..

"This fall I will be performing my last show or two with DENDURA before I go on break and will be recording our self-produced album, as well. I have told the band that if they decided to still perform during my hiatus, they have my blessing hiring a session singer as long as I had a hand in the selection process.

"On a positive note, I have joined the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus and will be performing four shows with them this year including the music to 'The Lord of the Rings', and have also started a Middle Eastern fusion band with AL-ASDEKA members (in essence, I joined AL-ASDEKA). In addition, I am a classical singer vocal student in college. I also be doing some recording work for other bands and projects.

"I hope you all understand and will continue to support DENDURA and the projects I am involved in. We will keep you posted on our album's release, show information, and other news as it comes in."

DENDURA previously put out a self-released album, "New Life", and contributed a song to the award-winning film "Broken".

For more information, visit www.myspace.com/denduraband.

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