Bass Guitar / Backup Vocals
Born Jan. 20, 666 AD
Chris Herring has always been deep into metal music with a progressive edge. He started learning classical guitar at the age of 12 and became inspired to play rock in his teens. Chris Herring is a veteran of the DFW music scene, most notably playing bass for Tx-based DREAMSTATE (1989-2008), and both playing and writing music for experimental prog metal band POWER OF OMENS. (2000-2005)
Chris met and befriended Wayne Stokely around 2010 when he played with MILLENNIAL REIGN for one year. They stayed in touch, hoping for an opportunity to write original music together. The timing was not right until 2017 when Infidel Rising approached Chris to fill in as bassist during their support performance for FATE'S WARNING @ Trees.
He had 7 days to learn the material and nailed it! Not long after, Chris joined the band permanently. "Chasing the Sun" was one of the first complete songs he collaborated on. The rest is history!
Keyboard / Violin
Born Jan. 31, 1992
Aaron comes from a classically trained music background and has a Master's Degree in Church Music. Aaron joined the band in 2014 as keyboardist and
is a skilled player in piano, organ and violin and writes his own music.
He left the band in 2016 due to schedule conflicts and went on to finish his degree and play organ for churches. Once things settled down he rejoined the band in 2019. Because of his extensive education, the band dubbed him The Doctor.
The Power of Goodbye
INFIDEL RISING was started in 2012. It was originally a passion project of vocalist and composer Travis Wills. who was inspired to infuse Dallas, TX's metal scene with a more progressive sound in the vein of FATE'S WARNING.
He coerced drummer Wayne Stokely (ex-MILLENNIAL REIGN, ex-PRETTY BOY FLOYD) in 2012 to help him make it happen. Travis and Wayne spent the next two years writing new songs and creating demos. They recruited more players and built a solid lineup to start actively playing live in venues in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and Austin.
Infidel Rising quickly gained notice in Dallas' indie metal community for their energetic stage presence, unique fusion of symphonic and progressive metal, and emotionally-driven lyrics. Infidel Rising is known for experimenting with orchestration and ethnic sounds. They have been main support for Epica, Sonata Arctica, Gloryhammer, Stryper, Fate's Warning, Primal Fear and Luca Turilli's Rhapsody.
In 2015 INFIDEL RISING released its first album The Torn Wings of Illusion independently. In 2016 The Torn Wings of Illusion was re-released by Alone Records as a limited edition DigiPak and made available in the UK. This resulted in positive acclaim and a growing European fanbase. IR was also featured in Metal Invader, a music magazine based in Greece, and has been played on greek Metal Devastation Radio.
The original lineup for Infidel Rising was Travis Wills on vocals, Wayne Stokely on drums, Rafael J Quintana Rivera (PARALLEL DIMENSIONS) on guitar, followed by keyboardist Aaron “The Doctor” Walton and bassist Daniel Almagro (MILLENNIAL REIGN).
In 2016-2017, schedule conflicts, creative clashes and health problems in the band caused INFIDEL RISING to go on hiatus and seek changes in the bass, guitar and keyboard lineup.
It was important for Travis and Wayne to find musicians who could be creative partners, not just players. Fortunately the timing was right in late 2017 with the disbanding of POWER OF OMENS, another Texas-based power metal band. Ex-POWER OF OMENS bassist Chris Herring was recruited in 2017. Eclectic musicians David Gallegos and Rick Read filled in live shows on guitar and keyboard.
Since parting ways, original guitarist Rafael had gone on to fuel his other band Parallel Dimensions. Aaron had finished college and was an organ player for a church. Around summer 2019 Infidel Rising reunited with Rafael J Quintana Rivera, bringing him on as bassist and Aaron Walton expressed excitement to jump back on keyboard.
INFIDEL RISING is actively performing in local Dallas-Fort Worth venues and festivals while finishing recording their 2nd album to be released later this year.