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Wolfsbane burst out of the Midlands in the mid 80’s, signed to Rick Rubin’s Def American label in 1989, built up a massive following of (self-titled) ‘Howling Mad Shitheads’ (HMS) and released three raucous albums before imploding in 1994, when singer Blaze Bayley joined Iron Maiden.
Wolfsbane are an English rock band formed in 1984 hailing from Tamworth, Staffs. They started out as a young band playing the local pubs on the rock circuit in Tamworth and soon built a huge following of fans! From the Tavern in the town to the Tamworth Rock Festival they played every gig possible.
It wasn’t long before the biggest band in Tamworth became the biggest unsigned metal band in the UK.
They were the first unsigned band to make the cover of Melody Maker since AC/DC.
After supporting new American band Faith No More across the UK they were discovered by Rick Rubin. He’d read a review in Kerrang from a King Diamond show in the UK and mentioned his interest to Faith No More guitarist Big Jim. Jim had a demo from the dates that Wolfsbane had played with them and passed it on to Rick who called the band and signed them! The band flew out to Los Angeles to record their first album ‘Live Fast Die Fast’ at Sound City Studios.
The band went on to record another two albums on the Def American label with producer Brendan O’Brien.
Wolfsbane’s popularity in the UK continued to build with them playing their own headline tours as well as support slots with Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper. Then the call came from Iron Maiden for Blaze and the band split.
But now they’re back!! With the 100% original line up. After touring with Saxon, The Wildhearts and The Quireboys they embarked on three successful headline UK tours including a storming set at Hard Rock Hell V, headlining the Sophie Lancaster stage at Bloodstock and headlining the New Tamworth Rock Festival. With three new recordings from the reformed band ‘Did It For The Money’, ‘Wolfsbane Save The World’ and ‘Rock’, Wolfsbane are most definitely well and truly back!
Leave all the boring mundane shit at home, raise a glass or three and join the band for a night of Howling Madness!
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Formed in 2009, this five piece rock band from Alton Hampshire have been bringing their brand of fuzz-soaked stoner rock and metal grooves to ears all over the south of England for the best part of a decade.
In recent times they've shared the stage with Monster Magnet, Karma To Burn, Wolfsbane, Blaze Bayley (ex Iron Maiden) and Nick Oliveri (ex Kyuss and ex Queens of the Stone Age).
2017 heralds a new chapter for the band with a new line up and a new ep.