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BENEATH THE EMBERS
UK METALLERS UNLEASH DEBUT ALBUM AND VIDEO!
Pitching edgy metalcore against rampant thrash, Brit heavyweight crew BENEATH THE EMBERS have put down a definitive marker with their brand-new album, Condemned, out now everywhere via Metal Massacre Records. The Essex riff merchants will also deliver a ferocious new video for the track, Set Me Free, on Friday 2nd December.
Born in 2016, and hailing from Colchester, England, BENEATH THE EMBERS started life when singer/songwriter Lewis Roland met lead guitarist Clint Bredin, and they instantly connected on the heavier elements of metal. The band wasted no time and were soon signed to independent record label, Metal Massacre Records, and began work on their debut EP. Lewis states: “It was pretty early on when everything clicked, and we knew we were really onto something.”
The wide-ranging influences from each member have bonded together to create a dynamic force. Clint’s ferocious Maiden/Metallica-esque riffery is aptly framed by the raw power and groove of the band’s exceptionally tight rhythm section with Q (Quentin Radburn) on rhythm guitar and Liam Gloster on bass. Spencer Churchill drives the band’s pacy groove on drums. BENEATH THE EMBERS are illuminated perfectly by Lewis’ deft ability to unleash brutal verses and hooky choruses.
The ascending metallers dispatched their debut EP, Ashes, in 2017, and backed the release with a glut of headline tours. The record helped to place the band on the map whilst cultivating a dedicated following for the UK riff slingers. With live work shelved for 2020 and beyond, the quintet set to work on their debut album, Condemned. Clint Bredin comments about the release: “‘Condemned’ has been in the making for a while but having come so far from our last EP, Ashes, we really needed this release to reflect where we are musically. We recruited the skills of producer Chris Clancey to ensure we hit a very high standard from the get-go. ‘Condemned’ is our “line in the sand” and musical statement of what BTE are all about”. The band’s debut album is destined to take BENEATH THE EMBERS to a higher plain. The metal crew plan to kick on with a full assault in 2023, starting with a UK and Paris tour supporting TARJA. Big things lay ahead.
‘Condemned’ track listing: 1. Contact; 2. Set Me Free; 3. Battleborn; 4. Drag You To The Grave; 5. Heaven And Hell Can Wait; 6. Undead; 7. Condemned; 8. Breaking Down The Walls; 9. Lesson Learned; 10. What You’ve Become; 11. Demonised; 12. Fade Away.
BENEATH THE EMBERS support Tarja on her forthcoming UK tour: Feb 1st, Glasgow – Garage; 2nd, Wolverhampton – KK’s Steel Mill; 4th – Manchester – Academy 2; London – Electric Ballroom; 6th, Paris – La Cigale.
For tickets, see - https://www.beneathembers.com/tour
From The Vaults is extremely proud to announce the signing of British unsung NWOBHM heroes, TRESPASS. The band, led by guitarist/vocalist Mark Sutcliffe, formed in Suffolk in the late 70s as Track IV, will release its fourth studio album in May 2023. The set of songs, written at Mark's home studio and recorded at Crooks Hall Studios (all in the wilds of Suffolk), will feature the signature twin guitars of Sutcliffe and Joe Fawcett, alongside the energy provided by new bassist Wil Wilmot and drummer Jason Roberts. The cover artwork will be provided by Mark Wilkinson (Marillion, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest).
“We are very pleased and excited that our new album is to be released on the From The Vaults label”, Mark states. “This is a very special album of songs that are very personal to me, both in subject matter and feel. We wanted to show more facets of the music of Trespass and I am confident, we have achieved that. The current lineup is a joy to be part of and it shows in the music!”.
“I hope very much that loyal Trespass fans, that have followed us since those great days of the NWOBHM, loving songs such as “One Of These Days” and “Stormchild” will find something here among these new songs they can enjoy every bit as much. We can’t wait to share them with you, be it on CD, vinyl or download. And of course live!”, the musician concludes
Photo by Joseph Fairs
Trespass was formed in 1979 in Sudbury, Suffolk by Mark Sutcliffe (guitar, vocals) and his brother Paul on drums. The band enjoyed success and critical acclaim as part of the New wave of British Heavy Metal in the early 80s, although it has only released a few singles and an EP - the cult "Bright Lights", from 1981. Songs such as "One Of These Days", "Stormchild" and "Bright Lights" have made their mark.
In the 90s, Trespass was back in full action and in 1993 the band finally released their long-awaited debut album "Head", helping keep the NWOBHM flame alive in a dark decade for traditional metal. The second album, self-titled, surfaced in 2015, and the group didn't need another decade for a follow-up, with "Footprints In The Rock" being released three years after, with reactions, confirming that Trespass music is still enjoyed by rock and metal fans all over the world. While preparing the next full-length release, Trespass is currently rehearsing a set of classics old and new, for UK and European shows next year.