SHADIA (female, 19)

Shadia is a talented and beautiful young woman. She grew up in an abusive household, but was able to escape with help from her boyfriend, Ivan, with whom she now lives. She manages his band, and is determined to repay his kindness by helping him achieve his goals,...

IVAN (male, early-20s)

Ivan is the tall, rail-thin guitarist and leader of his death metal band, Abyssinister. His parents died in a drunk driving accident when he was a teen; he first met Shadia in Al-Anon. But, with talent and hard work, he was able to earn a full- ride musical...

FLEMING (male, mid-40s)

Fleming was a teenager when the Second Wave Black Metal scene got serious, and was at ground zero of that scene. His own bands never quite hit, but he found his real talents lie with producing. Years ago, his live-in girlfriend tried to murder him; he accidentally...

DEVIN (male, 20s)

Devin is Abyssinister’s bass player. He’s an ironic, sharp-tongued guy who doesn’t take anything too seriously, including the band, his prodigious drug use, or his relationship with Anya. He loves to get under Ivan’s skin. Devin enjoys playing metal because he thinks...

RAMSEY (male, 30s)

Ramsey is the kind of guy who fell into the industry through friend connections, but everyone likes him, so he’s stuck around and made a career out of it. The bands dig him because he’s actually relatively honest (though he still has to pass along bad news at the...