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In the Presence of Wolves is a Progressive Rock band based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An idea that had been brewing in the minds of vocalist/bassist Vini Stamato and guitarist Chris Capitanio since 2009, they wished to do something different from conventional rock and local music; they chose to challenge themselves musically and creatively in a way that is unique to the Philly scene. They embraced the freedom of prog, where they were free to experiment without labels or expectations. Mason Ingling joined as drummer in 2012 followed by Jim Ellis on rhythm guitar in 2015 to solidify the current lineup. Now, they’re making waves and unleashing their own brand of rock.​




“Of Two Minds finds ITPOW not only outdoing itself, but also surpassing what many of the biggest names in progressive metal are coming up these days.”
​(4.5/5) –Rebel Noise

Philadelphia-native progressive group IN THE PRESENCE OF WOLVES rattled the east coast metal scene with their 2015 full-length release, Thalassas, deftly mixing a bevy of classic progressive rock, modern prog-metal, experimental, post-hardcore and jazz rock influences that has since been unparalleled by any up-and-coming local artist of late. Tight live and recorded performances and mind-boggling technical precision have already pushed IN THE PRESENCE OF WOLVES far beyond the limitations of their contemporaries, and they’ve only just begun.

IN THE PRESENCE OF WOLVES further improves upon their addictive sonic blend with their EP, Of Two Minds, Stages 1-2: The Ape and The Cage, a conceptual offering all its own. The EP’s auditory assault reaches far beyond the confines of ITPOW’s experimental predecessors—plainly inspired by the piercing vocal attacks, tasteful theatricality and frantic musical kaleidoscopes pioneered by artists like Rush, Coheed and Cambria, Queen, The Mars Volta and Between The Buried And Me—leaving the listener with something overtly inspired yet fresh and uncharted.

Of Two Minds, Stages 1-2: The Ape and The Cage is a two-in-one part EP in an eventual multi-release story that explores ITPOW’s personal confrontations with mental illness, emotional struggle and the five stages of grief. The EP tells the story of twin brothers, one with paranoid schizophrenia and one without. The sane brother deals with the first two stages of grief as he investigates the reasons behind his twin taking his own life.

Appropriately, Of Two Minds, Stages 1-2: The Ape and The Cage stretches the musical confines of cognitive dissonance personified—chaotic, disturbed, enlightened and energized. Kicking off with a stripped-down, dramatic, retro-inspired introduction track, Of Two Minds… wastes no time soaring into an experimental rock adventure—shifting gracefully from dynamic, emotional passages to borderline aggressive turbulence.

At the helm on Of Two Minds… was producer Kevin Antreassian of Backroom Studios, otherwise recognized as guitarist for kings of metallic chaos, Dillinger Escape Plan. The album was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music.

IN THE PRESENCE OF WOLVES have toured extensively after releasing Of Two Minds, Stages 1-2: The Ape and The Cage, visiting cities from Portland, Maine to Chicago, Illinois, Atlanta, Georgia, and up into Canada.

“It’s such an emotional and personal listening experience that you cannot help to be drawn in their world of interchanging darkness and light”
​(9/10) – Metal Temple

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“Philly’s In The Presence Of Wolves sounds like The Mars Volta and Coheed & Cambria got together and decided that both their sounds individually were pretty great, but things need to be way heavier.”
​- Metal Injection

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Tour History

Spring 2019: Full US Supporting Thank You Scientist and Kindo

Spring 2018: Headlining Tour with Geph (Boston, MA) as support.


Fall 2017: Co-Headlining Tour with Five of the Eyes (Portland, ME)


Summer 2016


ITPOW has Shared the Stage With: 

Ghost, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Thank You Scientist, Haken, Bent Knee, Leprous, Jonathan Davis, Red Sun Rising, Radkey, The Record Company, Dorothy, Scale The Summit, Jolly, Trioscapes, Angel Vivaldi, Galactic Empire, Consider the Source, Gus G, and more…

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