Cryptic Vision is a progressive rock band from Sarasota Florida. The band was formed in 2003 by multi-instrumentalist/producer Rick Duncan and vocalist Todd Plant. Rick had produced several albums for local and national artists and Todd had fronted the bands Eyewitness and Millennium as well as working with former Doobie Brothers and Chicago members. CV’s first album started primarily as a recording project with Todd, Rick and keyboardist Robert Van Dyne. It featured several guest musicians such as Kansas violinist David Ragsdale, guitarist Ralph Santola (Iced Earth, Sebastian Bach, Deicide) and keyboardist Howard Helm (Ian Hunter, Zon, Refuge). In 2004 the band signed with Progrock Records and released their first album “Moments of Clarity”.
In 2005 CV became a live act adding bass player/vocalist Sam Conable, guitarist/vocalist Tim Keese and keyboardist John Zahner. They started the year opening for Kansas and in May they performed at the Rites of Spring festival in Phoenixville PA. The performance was recorded and became their second release “Live at ROSFest 2005”. In 2006 Cryptic Vision returned to the studio and started work on their third album “In A World”. Due to schedule conflicts John Zahner who was also recording and touring with Jon Oliva’s ‘Pain’ was not available. Howard Helm was brought in to track keyboards and stayed on as a permanent member. The album was recorded more as a band project but also featured special guests David Ragsdale, Ralph Santola and Spock’s Beard guitarist Al Morse. In June of 2006 Cryptic Vision released “In A World”. They debuted the new live show at Calprog 2006. They also did opening shows for Toto, Kamelot and The Flower Kings. In 2007 Cryptic Vision helped Asia kick of their 25th anniversary tour by opening their first show in Sarasota’s Van Wezel Performing Arts Center. In 2010 Cryptic Vision finished tracking for their fourth album “Of Infinite Possibilities”. Currently the band is working on new material for a new EP set to be released in the spring of 2019.