Australian power prog quintet Acolyte reascend with new guitarist and tease Billie Eilish cover

Melbourne quintet Acolyte stand tall in the Australian music scene as a powerful and exploratory presence of modern progressive music and have announced that they have returned and are poised to conquer the world.

Left to right – Brandon Valentine, Jason Grondman, Chris Cameron, Morgan-Leigh Brown, David Van Pelt
Photo credit – Andrew Basso – Electrum Photography

Following a two-year hiatus, the larger than life quintet have returned to announce the arrival of new guitarist Brandon Valentine, and the promise of a new and exciting direction for their music.

Brandon says this about joining Acolyte:

“In the midst of a chaotic time, being creative is one of  the most uplifting things you can do. To try and understand the world around you through your craft. Acolyte is an act that allows and encourages me to indulge in that, both creatively and artistically, and that is something I can’t wait to show you all very soon.”

Painting a vibrant musical landscape of theatrical melodies, crushing riffs, soaring leads, and exemplary technical musicianship, the ascension of Acolyte with this current line-up is inevitable.


Acolyte will release a stripped back version of Billie Eilish’s ‘No Time To Die’ in the coming days to present to fans a side of Acolyte that oozes fragility, rawness, and artistic relatability before exposing their new original material.

Having headlined their own national tours and offered main support slots for Twelve Foot Ninja, Jericco, Sydonia, Leprous and Voyager, Acolyte have also received nominations for “Best Heavy Album” at the 2017 Age Music Awards (‘Shades of Black’), ‘Best Live Performance’ at the 2017 Oz Independent Music Awards and winning ‘Best Music Video’ at Oz International Film Festival in 2018, (“Space & Time” single release),

During their two-year hiatus, the band has been exploring a new musical sound and collective vision. Though full details remain under lock and key, for the time being, vocalist Morgan-Leigh Brown states that:

“This is the most vulnerable, relatable and passionately raw that I and the band have been artistically.”

Brown expresses that the band is primed, rested and more focused than ever, having taken time to finesse all aspects of the band.

“We wanted to be confident in delivering every aspect to the high level we expect from ourselves – and equally what is expected from those who already know us. With the team that now surrounds us, we know and trust that now is the right time for us.”

Acolyte will make further announcements of their forthcoming album and new music in the near future.



Morgan-Leigh Brown – Vocals,
David Van Pelt – Keys and Synths,
Jason Grondman – Bass,
Chris Cameron – Drums,
Brandon Valentine – Guitars.