Intervals (band)

Intervals is a Canadian progressive metal band. Formed in Toronto, Ontario, the band has toured throughout Canada and the United States with bands such as Animals as Leaders,[1] Protest the Hero, Between the Buried and Me and The Contortionist.

Intervals during a live concert in 2016
Intervals during a live concert in 2016
Background information
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresProgressive rock, progressive metal, djent, instrumental rock
Years active2011–present
Associated actsThe HAARP Machine, Raunchy, Skyharbor, Jeff Loomis, Marty Friedman, Monuments, Destiny Potato, Plini
MembersAaron Marshall
Past membersMike Semesky
Lukas Guyader
Anup Sastry
Matt De Luca

Intervals released two EPs, The Space Between (2011) and In Time (2012),[2] and their debut full-length album A Voice Within on March 4, 2014, featuring vocals by Mike Semesky. After the exit of every band member except for guitarist Aaron Marshall, follow-up albums The Shape of Colour (2015), The Way Forward (2017), and Circadian (2020)[3] were released.


Formation and The Space Between EP (2011–2012)Edit

Intervals was formed in Toronto, Ontario in 2011 as a creative outlet for guitarist Aaron Marshall[4][5] after quitting his previous band, "Speak of the Devil".[citation needed] He recorded and programmed all the parts for The Space Between in his home studio, with mixing and mastering by Adam "Nolly" Getgood of Periphery, and released independently on December 20, 2011.[6] Marshall attempted to form a full band including a vocalist, with the intention of turning Intervals into a touring act, but failed to do so.

In Time EP (2012–2013)Edit

With the release of their second EP In Time on October 30, 2012, Marshall was joined by Olly Steele (Monuments) and David Maxim Micic (Destiny Potato). Sputnik Music gave the EP a 4.0/Excellent rating, suggesting that "if they find a bit more creativity and increase their originality, they have potential to go down in history as one of the best instrumental prog metal bands. As of now, they are still not on the same level as Animals as Leaders."[7] The band released a music video for "Epiphany" on April 25, 2013 via Guitar World promotion and YouTube.[8] Following the success of In Time, the band gained endorsement deals from Ernie Ball Music Man, Pearl Drums, Meinl Cymbals, Toontrack, InTune Guitar Picks, and Gruv Gear.[9] Marshall also released playthroughs and lessons for certain songs from the EP.[10][11]

A Voice Within (2013–2015)Edit

On September 14, 2013, Intervals announced they would be entering the studio with producer Jordan Valeriote (Silverstein, Structures, Counterparts) on November 4 to begin tracking their upcoming release.[12] Following the studio, Intervals were scheduled to tour Europe (January - February 2014) with Protest The Hero, TesseracT, and The Safety Fire.[13] On December 30, it was announced that bassist Mike Semesky would be changing his role in the band and provide vocals on the new album; as a result, the album's bass tracks were handled equally by Marshall and Valeriote. The band released Semesky's vocal debut in the form of new single ‘Ephemeral’ via, as well as a revelation that the new album would be titled A Voice Within.[14]

Due to the need for Semesky to focus entirely on his vocal performance live, the band hired Henry Selva (formerly of The Human Abstract) as their live bassist for their upcoming tours.

"I'm extremely happy to announce that I am the singer of Intervals. I joined the band on bass in early 2013, but after writing and experimenting with vocals over demos of the band's new material, the four of us knew that that was the direction we were meant to go. I feel so blessed to be a part of such a talented group of musicians and I'm extremely proud of the album we all worked so hard on. We can't wait for you all to hear it!"[14]

The band released a second song from the album, "The Escape", on January 23, 2014 and announced that the album would be released on March 4, 2014.[15] On February 26, the band announced that they would be releasing one new song from the album per day until the day of the album's release. The first of these songs was "The Self Surrendered".[16]

Departure, The Shape of Colour, and The Way Forward (2015–present)Edit

On November 25, 2014, Mike Semesky was announced to have left the band. An instrumental version of A Voice Within was then released on March 3, 2015. On June 23, three months after, Guyader and Sastry announced on Facebook that they would no longer be a part of Intervals. This separation was caused by different expectations about the direction of the band:

"With one more show in 2014 with Protest The Hero and Unearth, this was the first time in well over a year that we were returning to our roots and performing as an instrumental band again. For me, the show felt like a place that I had been missing for so long. It felt like coming home and I was ecstatic. [...] It was clear that the same sentiment was not shared between us. Anup and Lukas wanted to continue searching for a new frontman, and myself and our manager were not comfortable with this. We went back and forth for some time and there was no clear resolution, but I couldn't deny my instinct to resume playing instrumental music, the way this all began."[5]

Marshall then introduced new studio musicians, bassist Cameron McLellan (Protest The Hero) and drummer Travis Orbin (Darkest Hour, ex-Periphery, Sky Eats Airplane), to work on the band's next album.[17][5] On December 4, 2015, Intervals released The Shape of Colour.[18][19][4]

On October 24, 2017, Intervals announced The Way Forward, a new album with McLellan returning to bass, and new drummer Nathan Bulla, who had been playing live with the band until the release.[20] Marshall continues to be the only official member of the band, despite having returning members for tours and studio recordings.


  • Participated in The Contortionist's Canadian tour (October 2012)
  • Participated in a headlining eastern Canadian tour (December 2012)
  • Participated in support of Between The Buried and Me in Canada (February 2013)
  • Participated in support of Structures, Texas In July, and Northlane in Canada (April 2013)[8]
  • Participated in support of Misery Signals in the United States and Canada (June 2013)
  • Participated in support of Protest The Hero, TesseracT, and The Safety Fire in Europe & the UK. (January - February 2014)[13]
  • Participated in support of Protest The Hero, Battlecross and The Safety Fire in America.[16]
  • Participated in support of Periphery and The Contortionist
  • Participated in support of Animals As Leaders (summer 2016)
  • Headlined in Europe with support from Polyphia and Nick Johnston (November 2017)[20]
  • Headlined in US with support from Jason Richardson, Nick Johnston and Night Verses (January 2018)
  • Participated in support of The Contortionist in the United States (November 2018)[21]
  • Participated in support of Veil of Maya in the United States (April 2019)
  • Headlined in Europe with support from Sithu Aye and The Omnific (June 2019)
  • Participated in support of Chon and Between The Buried and Me in the United States (November 2019)

Band membersEdit

Current members
  • Aaron Marshall - guitar (2011–present)
Past members
  • Matt De Luca - bass (2011–2012)
  • Mike Semesky - vocals (now in Rest Among Ruins, Ordinance, Raunchy, ex-Haunted Shores, ex-Star Monarchy, ex-Memoirs, ex-The HAARP Machine) (2013-2014; live bass, 2013)
  • Lukas Guyader - guitar (2011–2015)
  • Anup Sastry - drums, percussion (Marty Friedman, ex-Monuments, ex-Jeff Loomis, ex-Skyharbor) (2011–2015)
Live members
  • Henry Selva - bass (2014) [22]
  • Plini Roessler-Holgate - guitar (Plini) (2016–2018)
  • Simon Grove - bass (2016–2018)
  • Sam Jacobs - guitar (2016–present)
  • Nathan Bulla - drums (2016–present)
  • Jacob Umansky - bass (2017–present)
  • Thomas Griggs - guitar (2018–present)
  • Travis LeVrier - guitar (2019–present)



Studio albums
  • A Voice Within (2014)
  • The Shape of Colour (2015)
  • The Way Forward (2017)
  • Circadian (2020)
  • The Space Between (2011)
  • In Time (2012)
  • "Epiphany" (2013)
  • "Ephemeral" (2013)
  • "5-HTP" (2020)

Music videosEdit

  • "Epiphany" (2013)
  • "Moment Marauder" (2014)
  • "The Escape" (2014)
  • "Siren Sound" (2014)
  • "I'm Awake" (2016)
  • "Libra" (2017)
  • "Touch and Go" (2017)
  • "Impulsively Responsible (2017)
  • "Leave No Stone" (2019)


  1. ^ "Animals As Leaders announce North American tour with Intervals and Plini". AXS. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  2. ^ "Intervals". Retrieved 2013-10-16.
  3. ^ "Intervals return with album Circadian". Louder. September 26, 2020. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  4. ^ a b "Intervals Drastically Revamp Lineup, Working On New Album With Darkest Hour & Protest The Hero Members". The PRP. 23 June 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Kennelty, Greg (June 23, 2015). "INTERVALS Guitarist Ditches Entire Lineup, Goes Back To Being Instrumental". Metal Injection.
  6. ^ Intervals (December 20, 2011). The Space Between. Bandcamp (Media notes). "Mixed & mastered by: Adam "Nolly" Getgood
  7. ^ "Intervals - In Time". 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2013-10-16.
  8. ^ a b "Exclusive: Intervals Premiere "Epiphany" Music Video". 2013-04-25. Retrieved 2013-10-16.
  9. ^ "Guest List: Intervals Guitarist Aaron Marshall Picks His Five Favorite Pieces of Gear". 2012-12-20. Retrieved 2013-10-16.
  10. ^ "Intervals: Aaron Marshall "Mata Hari" Intro Riff Lesson". 2012-11-29. Retrieved 2013-10-16.
  11. ^ "Exclusive Play-Through Video: Intervals — "Alchemy"". 2013-03-27. Retrieved 2013-10-16.
  12. ^ "Intervals prepare to record new album". 2013-09-15. Retrieved 2013-10-16.
  13. ^ a b "Intervals To Record New Album In November". 2013-09-14. Retrieved 2013-10-16.
  14. ^ a b "Exclusive: Intervals Premiere New Song, "Ephemeral"". 2013-12-30. Retrieved 2013-12-30.
  15. ^ "INTERVALS: New Song "The Escape" Available For Streaming". 2014-01-23. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  16. ^ a b "Exclusive: Intervals Premier New Song, "The Self Surrendered" It was announced on November 25, 2014 on their Facebook that Mike Semesky is parting ways with the band". 2014-02-26. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  17. ^ "Lukas Guyader and Anup Sastry Out of Intervals, Cameron McLellan and Travis Orbin Now In". Heavy Blog Is Heavy. June 23, 2015.
  18. ^ Kennelty, Greg. "INTERVALS To Release All-Instrumental New Album The Shape Of Color This December". Metal Injection. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  19. ^ Fanelli, Damian (November 30, 2015). "Intervals Premieres New Album, 'The Shape of Colour'". Guitar World.
  20. ^ a b Pryor, Terrance (October 24, 2017). "Intervals announce new album 'The Way Forward'". axs.
  21. ^ "THE CONTORTIONIST Announce "Reimagined" Tour Dates with INTERVALS". Metal Injection. 2018-08-21. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  22. ^ "INTERVALS". Retrieved 2016-04-17.

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