"And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?" -Thomas Babington Macaulay
In the summer of 2011, a Dallas, Texas metal band disbanded after three years of music, tours, and companionship. This separation created a void in the musical ambitions of guitarist Brett Jones. With a passion for music still burning deep inside him, that winter, Brett officially became "Penthos The Omega," turning his sights to a genre of music he had previously ignored: Hip-Hop.
Even at the early stages of life, Penthos was involved in facets of musical exposure he, himself, couldn't control. His mother sought musical freedom through lending her voice to the local church choir, and his father was a self-proclaimed connoisseur of 20th century music. This combination built a nurturing environment for Penthos to discover himself within. In 1994, a young Penthos, his sister, and his parents emigrated from Tyler, Texas to Dallas, opening him to an entirely new, city setting. The people, the places, the expanded horizon of music all permeated his mind and mentality. Music was something that had to be pursued.
The first year of high school for Penthos was also a year of self-discovery. In fall 2005, he was accepted to and attended Booker T. Washington High School For The Performing and Visual Arts. Majoring in visual art, he inevitably realized that his true love was music. He began teaching himself to play guitar and played in several bands over the years, all of which never truly went anywhere past the garage, but it was what he loved. The more he played, the more ambitious he became. In early 2009, Penthos started Unto Acheron, a metalcore/death metal hybrid band with lyrics based in Greek mythology. Recruiting long-time friend and drummer Eli Jimenez, the band impacted the local scene, though they would go on to break up for mutual reasons in 2011. During this time, Penthos was lost musically and needed a new way to fill the void both his band and his now deceased mother had left. It was then that he had a new idea.
Penthos decided to pursue his art through hip-hop.
Due to his love of greek mythology, the alias "Penthos" was chosen. "He's the god of grief. To me it just symbolizes me overcoming the negative things in life," he explains. Over the next two years, he spent his time honing his craft, aspiring to the likes of such local artists as Spaceboifresh, Rhythm The M3, I.Q., and others. He studied different aspects of hip-hop, eventually becoming heavily influenced by the style of the Midwest rap culture. Having no prior experiences or bias with hip-hop, Penthos was able to blend several styles of rap to form the uniqueness that is his style. It was at this time that he also studied audio engineering.
In 2013, Penthos was contacted by Rhythm The M3, an artist he had both aspired to and had been working with in the studio for some time. Rhythm was interested in him being a part of his independent label, Beast Mode Records. Having had his eye on a position in the label for some time, Penthos gladly accepted and began his new journey.