Based in Brandon, Manitoba, Matt Cory has been playing guitar, writing and recording songs for over 10 years. Matt has been playing in bars, clubs and outdoor festivals since he was 17 years old with various Western Manitoba original and cover bands ranging from alternative metal to indie-folk and hasn’t slowed down since.
Matt’s passion for music is staggering, not just as a musician but as a fan as well. Always wearing a band t-shirt with his phone readily available to play music, there isn’t much in the rock world he isn’t aware of. Matt’s earliest influences come from hard and heavy classic rock ranging from bands such as Aerosmith, Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne and Alice Cooper. He isn’t afraid to wear his influences on his sleeves. Matt hosted his own radio show titled Diamonds and Rust through Assiniboine Community College’s radio station. The show discussed hits, deep tracks and music history. He completed 52 weekly two-hour episodes.
In 2017, Matt released 4 EPs under his instrumental rock project titled “Engines of Creation”. He wrote, recorded, mixed and mastered everything himself. “It was my dream to write and release my own instrumental music,” Cory says, “I have always been a big Joe Satriani fan and once I discovered how to write melodies like him I couldn’t stop writing.”
Matt began fronting his own band in 2018 as lead vocalist covering songs from bands such as Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots and Filter. After a year of playing covers fronting a cover band, Matt wrote his solo EP titled “Scars on the Ceiling”. It was once again self-written, recorded, mixed and mastered. “It’s a vocal-driven hard rock EP that showcases my influences, loudly, including Velvet Revolver, Motley Crue and Ghost. Kicking off the EP is the no-nonsense chugging title track and takes you on a hard rockin’ roller coaster withs all the ups and down a music lover could want.” Later in 2018, Matt released his self-recorded followup EP titled Day of Reckoning. The work is guitar driven, reminiscent of something between early 90s grunge and 80s metal.
2020 saw Matt releasing 4 EP’s with varying styles including an instrumental, acoustic, metal and hard rock. Matt had written, recorded, mixed and mastered everything himself on each release. With the onset grinding halt of the music industry during the pandemic, Matt was at a crossroads as to next steps in his career. Taking a break from recording and writing, he decided to jump onto the TikTok social media platform and started releasing daily guitar riff cover videos. With nearly 150 videos posted, Matt had grown a following to nearly 1000 followers.
In 2021, Matt had returned to writing and recording with 3 singles, an electronic inspired melodic foot-tapper titled Goodbye, a cover of the Cheap Trick classic power ballad: The Flame and an instrumental “Surfing with the Alien ” inspired shredder titled Insomnia. He also decided to dive into video editing by putting together two music videos for Goodbye and Concrete Jungle that are available on YouTube.
As 2022 unravels, Matt has been able to return to the stage playing in his alternative hard rock band and acoustic trio playing dates all over Western Manitoba. Matt is looking to take his music to the next level by digging through his collection of demos recorded during the pandemic and plans to put together a new EP for 2022.
Matt Cory is currently an Independent Artist and all of his music is available through various streaming sites including Spotify, Apple Music, GooglePlay, YouTube and many more.