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Artist biography Antoine Baril
Antoine Baril was born on October 21, 1981, in a suburb of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. He grew up in a family of musicians who quickly sparked his fascination towards music in general. After growing tired of hearing Antoine beat on everything he could from saucepans to garbage bins, his father finally decided to buy the 6-year-old his first drum kit. That day marked the beginning of a great story…
The first 10 years of his young musical career were mostly dedicated to family concerts in the province of Quebec. At the age of 12, Antoine Baril was already playing in clubs as a member of his father's band. Later on, he went to High School where he registered in a program specifically dedicated to musical studies. In addition to learning different styles of music and mastering the basics, the program gave him the chance to benefit from the private lessons of some of the greatest percussionists in the area.
After several gigs in local bars and venues performing cover songs, Antoine Baril had the opportunity to put his skills to the test with bigger projects. In 2005, he became a session drummer for MAG Project, a guitar virtuoso from Quebec City. This new challenge lead Antoine to tour with great bands such as; Sonata Arctica, Yngwie Malmsteen, Therion, Angra, Arena and much more.
Motivated by all these great experiences, Antoine Baril was ready to take his musical career one step further. Indeed, he decided to put together a unique concert to pay tribute to one of his greatest hero; Chuck Schuldiner. Held in Quebec City on December 12, 2007, the show featured some of the greatest musicians who played with Death such as Shannon Hamm, Scott Clendenin, Bobby Koelble, Nicholas Barker and more. This once-in-a-lifetime experience turned out to be more than just a one night success – the show was recorded on tape with a view to eventually release a dvd.
Antoine Baril's passion for music pushed him to study in the field of multimedia in order to increase and diversify his skills as a studio engineer. Since he obtained his degree, he has been working full time in a recording studio where he has the chance to make the most out of his knowledge of music and technology.
In parallel, Antoine Baril was offered to be the new drummer of Augury, a technical death metal band from Montreal which was signed by Nuclear Blast Records in January 2009.
After Antoine Baril left Augury, he joined Canadian death metal act Deviant Process in January 2013.