A veteran of the New Jersey metal scene, the formation of Etherius by guitarist Jay Tarantino in 2017 was inspired by extensive recording and touring experience gained as rhythm guitarist for instrumental virtuoso Angel Vivaldi since 2009.
Looking to combine his love of old school metal bands such as Megadeth, Testament, and Iced Earth with neoclassical shred and progressive metal, Jay enlisted the services of drummer/producer Zaki Ali after a chance encounter at the Winter NAMM convention in early 2017. The lineup was finalized a few months later with the addition of bassist Chris Targia and second guitarist Jon Perkins.
In August of 2018 Etherius released their debut EP "Thread of Life," with which they gained recognition as a force in the instrumental guitar genre. Etherius spent most of 2018 and 2019 writing and recording the follow up to “Thread of Life” and playing gigs in the NY/NJ area supporting artists such as Angel Vivaldi, Nita Strauss, Seven Spires, Within the Ruins, Virgil Donati, Tony Macalpine, Marty Friedman, and Michael Angelo Batio among others.
In April of 2020, the band released its first full length album “Chaos. Order. Renewal”. The album's release was supposed to coinside with their first ever tour, supporting modern death metal greats Allegaeon and Fallujah. However, because of the pandemic, the tour has been postponed indefinitely. In the meantime, writing for the next album has gotten under way with a tentative release scheduled for early 2021.