Shadows of Dawn combines heavy riffs and a technical dual guitar attack accented by strings, synths and brutal percussion. A conglomeration of influences ranging from early thrash metal to modern experimental. A wall of sound meant to stimulate, entice, titillate, and tease every sense, leaving the observer with a welcome addiction, salivating for more. With a wealth of musical history from each performer, Shadows of Dawn brings a variety of musical styles together to create a new chapter in the history of heavy metal.

Jay Tarantino

Guitar / Arrangement

Dan Lassen

Lead Vocals

Since he was four years old, Dan knew he wanted to be the lead singer in a band. A lover of music, whether from his parents or MTV and radio, he would begin a life-long passion into music performance. A few members of a local band at the time - what would eventually become Shadows of Dawn - convinced him to pick up the bass, though he'd never played one before. After 6 years of practice and performance, Dan left Shadows of Dawn to pursue a degree at the Musician's Institute of Hollywood, CA. When he returned, he immediately re-joined Shadows of Dawn as frontman, lending his furious growls & baritone voice to the band he helped build for over a decade with some of, what he calls, "the best musicians on this side of the Multiverse."

Originally wanting to be a drummer, Jay opted for an acoustic guitar when his parents told him drums were out of the question. Jay took to the instrument right away, learning classical guitar and basic sight reading until he got his first electric guitar 6 months later. It was soon after that his life would change forever when he discovered the incredible classically influenced playing of Randy Rhoads on Ozzy Osbourne's "Blizzard of Ozz" album. From then on the guitar became an obsession, with Jay often practicing for many hours each day, working toward his goal of mastering the instrument, and deciding from then on that music would be the path we would take with his life. A member of Shadows of Dawn since 2004, Jay has become an important figure in the band, taking over duties as the main songwriter, and shaping the band's sound with his technical, but melodic riffing. In addition to playing in Shadows of Dawn, Jay is also a private guitar teacher and rhythm guitarist for instrumental shred virtuoso Angel Vivaldi.

Rob Vicari

Guitar / Vocals

Dylan Roberts

Keyboards / Programming / Vocals

Rob started his music career in the 5th grade when he picked up the saxophone. After playing for 2 years he then picked up the guitar. While at first learning songs by ear, guitar did not become a main instrument until a few years later. After becoming serious on saxophone and auditioning for all regional and state wind ensemble and jazz bands, guitar followed soon suit. At the time Rob was listening to bands such as Iron Maiden, Slayer, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica and Judas Priest. He was then introduced to bands like Death, Iced Earth, In Flames and Opeth to name a few. This projected his guitar playing into new horizons. In 2003, Rob was asked to join Shadows of Dawn to play rhythm guitar and help with writing new songs. After about 7 years with the band, Rob decided to take a hiatus to further his studies for a degree and become an audio engineer. Upon completing school, Rob was asked to come back to Shadows of Dawn. 

Dylan is no stranger to the entertainment industry.  A composer and multi-instrumentalist, he is a widely-talented performer and showman.  Performing under the name "Dementis', with the world famous 'Bros. Grim Sideshow' as a bally talker, fire performer, contact juggler, and designer, Dylan honed his skills on the road with ventures in previous musical projects and heavy metal bands in the tri-state area, starting his musical career at the age of 14 as a session player with various NYC Industrial bands.  Shortly after college, he spent years training in the sideshow arts and building up a reputation as a magnetic force in front of a crowd. Dylan brings melodic Industrial influence and symphonic elements to Shadows of Dawn to help craft a new sound in Heavy Metal.

Chris Targia


Tom Cooke

Drums / Percussion

Although he dabbled in playing piano as a kid, Chris did not take much interest in music until he was a teenager. In 2002, a time when a band was more likely to have a DJ than a piano player, Chris took to the bass, liking its sound more then the guitar. In 2005, he joined up with instrumental guitarist Angel Vivaldi, as well as playing with some other locals acts in this time. In 2011 Chris joined Shadows of Dawn filling in the slot left from Dan's move to lead vocals. In addition to playing in Shadows of Dawn, Chris also plays in the horror punk band Deadly Nights, and has played as a session player for Tommy Vext (Formerly of Divine Heresy).

Tom is a versatile drummer with an intensity that must be experienced. A full-time and devoted member of Shadows of Dawn, Tom brings with him experience from numerous heavy bands in the Tri-State area.  In addition to his percussion talents, Tom is a highly sought-after tattoo artist in NJ with an extensive range of work.  Whether in the studio, or on the stage, Tom is a prefessional and eager showman who is always looking to evolve his playing style.