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Sin recording first EP

July 19, 2012
By MARK J. MILLER - Staff writer , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE -Local heavy metal band Sin is hoping its first four-song EP will lead to new opportunities and a bigger audience devoted to it heavy sound.

The band, which consists of Cyndi Lancaster on vocals; Jake Marker on drums; Jim Lancaster on bass; and Nate Kepner on guitar, are hoping the recording, currently being created at Innovation Studio in Steubenville, will help propel them to heavy metal nirvana. The songs, including "Puppeteer," "Rapture," "Guilty" and "Demon's Day," speak to the band's heavy roots, according to Jim Lancaster.

"There are no limitations," he said, adding all band members contribute material for the band's originals. "I've never been in a band where there are no restrictions. It's a balance of everyone."

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The members of local heavy metal band Sin are getting ready to release their first four-song CD, currently being recorded at Innovation Studio in Steubenville. The members include, from left, Cyndi Lancaster on vocals; Jake Marker on drums; Jim Lancaster on bass; and Nate Kepner on guitar.

Kepner, who is the son of Cyndi and Jim's stepson, said the focus has been on creating an original sound from day one.

"We eventually want to move entirely to originals," he said. "My dad always told me you have to play great songs if you want to write great songs."

The origins of Sin began with the unraveling of local band Mongo Huey, which split up in 2010 after a 13-year run. Kepner had been playing with the band toward the end of its tenure, he said.

"I was basically with Mongo Huey for about a year at the end," said Kepner, adding the trio wanted to find the right person. "We decided to go into a different direction.

Kepner said he met Marker through family members and invited him to audition as the band's drummer.

"I gave him a list of songs," he said, adding Marker was a quick learner. "He burned through them."

Kepner said the band's philosophy from day one was "all or nothing" and "think big."

"I immediately booked us a show at WesBanco Arena," said Kepner, adding the band performed during a Wheeling Nailers hockey game. "That gave us a goal to work toward."

Since then the band has gigged in Pittsburgh, Akron, Cleveland, Youngstown, Alliance and Geneva as well as locally. The band realized they needed product to garner more attention.

"We wanted to get a product so we could get out of just playing bars and clubs," said Kepner, adding the band wants to play bigger venues. "This four-song EP is more toward the hard rock/metal sound we're going for."

Cyndi writes most of the lyrics, although all the band members contribute, and the band is delighted to have Mike Ofca as engineer/producer, said Kepner.

"He's right in the zone of what we're doing with the heavy sound," said Kepner. "Not only is he a great engineer and producer, he's also a fantastic musician."

Ofca said he's enjoyed working with the band.

"I met Cyndi about eight years ago when her car broke down in front of the studio," said Ofca. "I then recognized her from Mongo Huey. We exchanged CDs at the time.

"It's been a long time coming," Ofca continued. "You could tell they were seasoned players. It was a very smooth recording process. The band being prepared made it a great experience. There's been a resurgence of rock bands in the Ohio Valley. I'm honored to have been a part of that."

Sin will be appearing at 3 p.m. Aug. 4 at Friendship Park as part of a fundraiser for the Smithfield Apple Festival. The event will include food venders, a 50/50 drawing, childrens' activities, and the show will be for all ages. Admission is $5 per person with children younger than 4 admitted free.

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