You Will Never Get To See Them Live: Outworld



The site’s latest weekly column shines a spotlight on some awesome bands you’ll likely never, ever get to see live — something we think you should definitely feel quite bad about.

Why do a column like this? We like to rub it in, folks. Plus, we figured it’d start an ongoing conversation amongst the site’s readership in the comments section and on Facebook about other bands we’ll probably never see take a stage again, and we were right. The column continues today with Texan outfit Outworld.

Outworld was a phenomenal progressive metal band formed in Houston in 1997 by shred guitarist Rusty Cooley and keyboardist Bobby Williamson that included Darren Davis on drums and Brent Marches on bass. The band initially started off as an instrumental group, but eventually the decision was made to include vocals, and this move saw the addition of Kelly Sundown Carpenter to the fold.

The history and storyline of Outworld is a confusing and convoluted one: Cooley departed the band in 2001 to pursue interests in Atlanta, but returned to Houston and Outworld in 2003 and the band signed a management deal with Intromental Records shortly thereafter.

The following year, bassist Brent Marches was replaced briefly by Shane DuBose until the final addition of Shawn Kascak, and in 2005, drummer Darren Davis was replaced by Matt Smith.

Outworld recorded their self-titled debut album in 2004 after signing with Replica Records. During this time, Carpenter joined Danish metal act Beyond Twilight but stayed on with Outworld until they hired vocalist Carlos Zema as a replacement in the fall of 2006 — the same year the record was released.

The music of Outworld was at the top of its class. Here was one of those rare projects where every single member of the final lineup was truly a master of his craft.

Influenced heavily by bands including Nevermore and Dream Theater, their debut album is jam-packed with track after track of face-melting guitars, vocal acrobatics, eloquent keyboards, blistering drums and mind-bending bass riffs, and in August of 2007, the band won the Famecast Fenom contest in the Metal category, being voted #1 in all six rounds.

In 2008, Williamson announced that he and Zema were leaving Outworld. The band planned to forge on with a new vocalist and the addition of a second guitarist in place of keys “for a heavier sound.” However, a year later, Cooley announced that Outworld had officially disbanded, with members going on to pursue other endeavors.

He and drummer Matt Smith formed Day Of Reckoning, Williamson and Kascak formed Eumeria, and Zema joined Immortal Guardian. All three projects are currently active.

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