In 2012 a conglomerate of veteran Heavy Metal musicians joined together in North Carolina under the moniker of Walpyrgus. Coming from long running, respected bands, founding members Scott Waldrop (guitar/chief songwriter ? Twisted Tower Dire), Jonny Aune (vocals ? Twisted Tower Dire, Viper), Jim Hunter (bass ? While Heaven Wept, Twisted Tower Dire, October 31), Charley Shackelford (guitar ? Daylight Dies) and Peter Lemieux (drums - Viper) drew upon influences ranging from Iron Maiden, The Scorpions, Black Sabbath to early Slayer and even The Ramones - resulting in a harmonically rich, melodic, energetic take on classic Hard Rock/Heavy Metal.