Awakenings

80’s influenced original Metal

What do you do when a pandemic puts a hold on all your performance commitments for the foreseeable future?

Forming the band

Drummer, Elliott Porter, guitarist, Karl Bauers and bassist, Nigel Davies, had been playing together in hard-working covers and tribute bands playing regular gigs up and down the UK.

They’d been discussing the idea of putting together an originals band to honour the styles of music they were playing in their other various outfits. Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, in particular the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, played a huge influence on all three during their formative years and has remained a passion ever since. Drawing on their wide range of influences and previous band experience (Elliott and Nigel had known each other from the age of 19 and had played together as the rhythm section for popular Bristol-based Voodoo in the late 80s and early 90s; Karl played literally hundreds of gigs through his time with many rock and metal outfits) their aim was to recreate the feel of the early and mid-80s bands if not the exact sound.

“When you listen back to albums from that era, you hear something that has mostly been lost since,” comments Nigel. “Things are so much more two-dimensional these days. Whether that’s due to commerciality or label pressure isn’t important, but we decided we wanted to get back to that concept: to be able to play fast-paced balls-to-the-wall rockers alongside mid-paced anthems and ballads.”

They began writing sessions in February 2020… just three weeks later, in March, everything stopped.

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