Aaron Edgar – Drums Justin Bender – Guitar / Keys Mike Young – Bass / Keys Dave Padden – Vocals
Third Ion is the product of a mutual love of prog, video games, and science. Formed in 2014 and spread across Canada, the band finished their first full length record by the end of the year – “13/8Bit” was release worldwide on Glasstone Records, May 25 2015.THIRD ION
Peaking at #14 on iTunes Metal Charts, “13/8Bit” was fully embraced by press across the globe, receiving 9/10 at metal.de, 8.5/10 in Aardshock Magazine, as well as featured streams at Bravewords.com, and Metal Hammer Norway. Unfortunately, shortly after the release of “13/8Bit”, Tyler Gilbert decided to leave the band to continue focusing on his own original music.
In January of 2016, Third Ion announced that the mighty Dave Padden had stepped in, and has recorded all the vocals for their sophomore album “Biolith”, due July 8 2016 on Glasstone Records. Dave’s years of experience with Annihilator and the many records he has recorded on has already proven to be a major asset, and has brought the band to new level of space-time supremacy.
Justin is a guitar player, producer/engineer and song-writer, most known for playing with and producing the Canadian heavy metal veterans Into Eternity. Over a decade of live playing, live sound and studio experience, and has toured the U.S., Canada, Mexico and southeast Asia. The main focus of his career has been studio production, which he currently putting the bulk of his time and energy into.
Mike has been a professional session bassist for the past 15 years. He is well versed in all styles of music, and has played everything from metal (Devin Townsend Band, Terror Syndrome) to rock (Jet Black Stare, Ten Ways, the Matinee), to funk, pop, country and jazz. He has toured North America and Europe with a variety of projects, and currently resides in Vancouver, where he gigs, plays sessions and occasionally teaches. Mike also loves coffee, cartoons and all things nerdy.
Aaron lives drums. He teaches, records, gigs, does clinics, and is a published author (drum related – of course). On top of all that he is a regular poly-rhythm columnist for Modern Drummer, and has a weekly broadcast show on Drumeo. His educational material on Youtube has 1.4 million views, and more than 9,500 subscribers to his channel.
Dave is known best as the frontman and guitarist for Canadian thrash legends Annihilator, from 2003 to 2014 with whom he toured the world, played major festivals such as Wacken, 70000 Tons of Metal and more. Also served as front man for Silent Strain, and Terror Syndrome in the late 2000’s and is currently singing and playing guitar in a house band in Vancouver BC. Dave joined Third Ion in January 2016, and first appears on the record “Biolith”.