“The Great Gamble” began as “Axeom” in Scranton, PA in the summer of 2001. Al Joseph (Vocals, Guitar), Christopher Joseph (Bass Guitar, Vocals), and Steve “Michael” Joseph (Drums, Percussion) founded Axeom as a Christian Rock Band and played a variety of shows (benefit concerts, battle of the bands, openers, headliners) locally for many years with former guitarists Christian Sunseri and Alex Olivetti. Their influences stemmed from Creed, Joe Satriani, and Pillar at the time but then moved to Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold, Killswitch Engage, and Symphony X as they continued to grow. They were most notably recognized on the “Up-and-Coming” Christian Band scene as top competitors in the Assemblies of God National Fine Arts Festivals of 2006 and 2007 in Austin, TX and Orlando, FL, respectively. Advancing through district-level finals and state-level finals each year offered them the opportunity to compete against the top 50 Christian bands in the country at Nationals. In 2006, they placed 6th overall and played live in front of nearly 15,000 screaming fans! The next year they placed in the top 20 due to a scoring discrepancy, but were well-received by many fans from the previous year. Subsequently, based on their Fine Arts performances and networking, they were invited to be featured at Silent Planet Radio’s annual “Silent Planet Music Festival” in June 2006 in Hughesville, PA. They were well-received once again and fit in with the likes of Metal Blade Record’s own, “Jacob’s Dream”. In 2010, the band changed their name to “The Great Gamble” after hearing Pastor Dan Nold, from State College, PA, call following Christ Jesus and loving others “The Great Gamble of Life”. Soon after, the band met Matt Weaver (Violin, Keyboard) at Penn State University, where they all attended or currently attend school, and finished their first studio album titled, “Book 1” in April 2012. The album reached #2 on the Daily Metal Chart and #4 on the Weekly Metal Chart of Roadrunner Record’s Signmeto website and has received an overall rating of 8/10 from the 120 artists who’ve voted on their music thus far.