Kicking around since 2007, but putting all that work into their debut release this year are Shadows of Violence from Leeds. Formed by drummer Michael Burrows and guitarist Martin Haigh, the band have had a few members come and go until the current line-up (Chris Moules on vocals, George Watts on guitars and new boy Kieran Mitchell on bass) was settled upon.
Heavy enough to be metal, fast enough in places to qualify as thrash, Shadows of Violence ought to be inspiring pits up and down the country based on the five tracks available on their Rise EP. This is no-messing, balls-out, kicking-you-in-the-teeth metal. Very raw, some may argue under-produced, the recording really takes you back to the good old days – Iron Maiden, Fistful of Metal and the like.
What I really like about the songs is that they’re very much written by people who obviously love to be in the crowd. They’re catchy, bouncy, violent and have plenty of gaps for punching the air instead of other people.
With a label, Soundhouse Records, behind them I’d expect to see a bit more of these guys in the future. Check ’em out at the links below.