Combining the musical styles of alternative, hard rock, classical, progressive, and heavy metal, F.H.O.D. has become a band with a sound for everyone. From hypnotic drum rhythms in the vein of Tool and Rush to old school metal bass lines reminiscent of Iron Maiden and Sabbath, F.H.O.D. borrows from the old classic rock and combines current trends and modern hooks to create a sound uniquely their own. Together with dynamic guitar roar and powerful, emotionally charged vocals, this Chicago band is receiving great reviews as a live band with a huge sound and endless musical potential.
Their newest 2008 release "My Great Escape" has been noted as “snarling, chest-pumping, knock-you-on-the-ground heavy-metal” (Dustin Shoof, Express-Times), “material and a level of songwriting and production that makes it hard to believe this is not a "signed" band (Shelly Harris, KNAC.com “The Hunt”), and “an album worth throwing into your music library.” (Bernie Gay, freelance music critic). It is available on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Fandoodle.com, Zoomoozik.com, femmemetalstore.com and many other
digital download sites. “My Great Escape” can be described as somewhat of a dark hypnotic journey, that is sometimes treacherous, but filled with hope. There’s an emotional element to each of these songs that the listener will connect with, and make them their own. From the epic song of survival in “Against the Odds,” to more melodic sounding “In My Shell,” to the upbeat tempos of “False Prophet” and “Kings and Queens,” this album clearly does not leave any stone unturned. Story- telling with a modern sound, an old school feel, skilled musicianship, and credible songwriting abilities, My Great Escape will be an album of which people will take notice.
F.H.O.D. just released their new music video “Unashamed” in August 2009 and was selected as featured band on Chicago’s Windy City Records “Radio One 2009 Compilation” CD. KK was Chicagosrock.com featured July 2009 Rocker Girl. and Dimitri Kontos was Chicagosrock.com featured musician in Dec. 2009. F.H.O.D. was selected as a “featured band to watch” in No Cover Magazine’s March 2007 edition, along with “Unashamed” being selected to appear on No Cover’s Groupies Suck #10 Compilation available at all Barnes and Nobles stores. IN 2007, F.H.O.D. also signed a music licensing agreement with MTV/VH1. F.H.O.D. won Rock 105.5 Public Exposure Battle of the Bands to perform at 2007 Summer To Ride Festival in Terre Haute, IN. They also appeared as featured artists in ChicagosRock.com Magazine, Intense Ink Magazine and Rock Scarz magazine and compilation CD and many other music publications throughout the years.
The current lineup consists of KK(vocals), Tom Howell(guitars), Jason Stiltner (drums/percussion), and Dimitri Kontos(bass guitar).
Some other notable past/future performances achievements include: DAME NATION (Chicago), MECA Midwest Music Conference (Chicago), 100.7 Mix FM's Dr. Dashboard/Summer Kick Off Concert (Indiana), MOBFest (Chicago), Rock'N' Ride Music Festival at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, Six Flags Gurnee, Illinois State Fair Stage X (Springfield), IMC2004 (Philadelphia), Chicks on the Road (Chicago, Milwaukee), Emergenza Music Fest (Chicago), XMG International Label Showcase (Chicago), DiMBY Mardi Crawl (St. Louis), Rock 105.5 Summer to Ride Festival (Terre Haute, IN), Xtreme Midwest (Woodstock, IL), Summerstock 2008 (Colorado Springs) Girls of Metal (Chicago) Take Back the Night Violence Against Women Benefits (Chicago)and opening for the following national acts: Doro Pesch, Warrant, Sponge, Flaw, Dominica, Cage, Enuff Z'Nuff, Jackyl and Chubby Checker.
Musical influences: Metallica, Iron Maiden, Alter Bridge, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Skunk Anansie, Tool and Tori Amos.