ABOUT THE BAND
OSCAR CARLSON (Guitars, Vocals)
Oscar started playing guitar at the age of 6 and shortly thereafter mastered his first cover tune - Yngwie Malmsteen's
"I Am A Viking". His early appreciation of Neo-classical metal led him to focus on black and death metal bands from Scandinavia, along with thrashers from the Bay Area.
His interest in metal has allowed him to meet his mentors like Alexi Laiho & Janne Wirman (Children of Bodom), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Johan Söderberg (Amon Amarth) Buck Dharma (Blue Oyster Cult), TYR, Yngwie Malmsteen, Marty Friedman, Ace Frehely (KISS), Jungle Rot and John 5.
Oscar's current rig includes a customized Strandberg Boden OS6, Alexi Laiho 600 Greeny by ESP, Ibanez RGIF8 all through Marshall Amps! His current pedal favorites are the Tosin Abasi Pathos, EVH5150 and the Kirk Hammett Crybaby!
BRENDAN BAHAN (Drums)
There had always been a drum set in Brendan's house, and at the age of 8 he picked up the sticks for the first time and never looked back. By the age of 11 he started rocking out with his neighbor and schoolmate Oscar Carlson.
Growing up, Brendan was into rock, pop, punk and jazz, but when he was exposed to the metal genres it opened up his drumming style to a whole new world of musical patterns and intricacies. He is self taught on the classic double bass pedal and uses the slide technique to deliver Vargbyte's beat!
His rig includes Pearl Drums & Rack, Tama Stands, Zildjan Cymbals, DW Pedals and Vic Firth American Classic Extreme 5A Nylon Sticks.
NICK MASTRAPA (Vocals)
Nick Mastrapa's interest in live music began at a young age as a singer in a local band organization, performing for countless shows prior to high school.
Nick is passionate about creative writing, specifically short stories. His songwriter influences include the socio-political songs of Bob Dylan and recently his newfound interest in the lyrical themes of Joe Duplantier (Gojira), yielding intense metal lyrics on modern issues he cares about.
In 2018, Nick joined Vargbyte and began collaborating as a lyricist.
BENNETT BLAKE (Bass)
Bennett Blake grew up in San Francisco and later moved to Chicago. He picked up a bass after being introduced to the Grateful Dead, and uses their eclectic fusion influence to bring something improvisational to the metal scene.
Bennett currently play a custom bass with a Samick body, Sx neck, P-bass pickups, and round-wound La Bella strings.