Savage Messiah (band)

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Savage Messiah
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Savage Messiah at Bloodstock Open Air in 2015
Background information
Origin London, England, UK
Genres Thrash metal, heavy metal
Years active2007–present
Labels Earache, Century Media, Trooper Entertainment, Candlelight
  • Dave Silver
  • David Hruska
  • Charly Carretón
  • Míra Sláma

Savage Messiah are an English heavy metal band formed in May 2007 in London. [1] The band was formed by guitarist and lead vocalist Dave Silver and also consists of guitarist David Hruska, bassist Míra Sláma and drummer Charly Carretón.

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

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Savage Messiah were formed in London in 2007 by Dave Silver. Their debut self-financed EP Spitting Venom was released on 1 October 2007 by SMR Productions (the band's own label) to positive reviews. [2]

<i>Spitting Venom</i> 2007 EP by Savage Messiah

Spitting Venom is the debut, self-released EP from English heavy metal band Savage Messiah. It was released on 1 October 2007 on SMR Productions.

In January 2009, the band was signed to Candlelight Records, [3] and entered the studio with Grammy-nominated producer Chris Tsangarides [4] to record their first full-length album, Insurrection Rising . The album was mixed by Scott Atkins (Cradle of Filth, Gama Bomb, Sylosis), and would be the start of a long term working relationship between the band and Scott Atkins. [5]

Candlelight Records is a British record label based in England and founded by former Extreme Noise Terror bassist Lee Barrett, though it has had a division in the United States since January 2001. Candlelight Records specialises in black metal, and later on melodic death metal and death metal, having bands such as Emperor, Obituary, 1349, Theatre of Tragedy, Xerath, Dismember, Keep of Kalessin, TheLord, Nachtmystium, KKDT42 and Zyklon on its roster. The label is notable for putting out early releases from influential bands such as TheLord, Opeth and Emperor. Candlelight Records is in co-operation with Appease Me Records and AFM Records. In January 19, 2016, Candlelight was acquired by Spinefarm Records.

Christopher Andrew Tsangarides was a British Grammy-nominated record producer, sound engineer, and mixer of Greek Cypriot origin. He was best known for his work with many heavy metal bands, including Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest, Helloween, Anvil, Angra, Anthem, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Tygers of Pan Tang. Tsangarides worked with many pop and alternative artists as well, including Depeche Mode, Tom Jones, Concrete Blonde, and The Tragically Hip.

<i>Insurrection Rising</i> 2009 studio album by Savage Messiah

Insurrection Rising is Savage Messiah's first full studio album and was released on Candlelight Records on 19 October 2009. It was recorded at The Ecology Room studios in Deal, England. The band worked with Grammy Nominated producer Chris Tsangarides, famous for his production on such seminal albums as "Painkiller" by Judas Priest, "Tattooed Millionaire" by Bruce Dickinson as well as notching up production credits for bands such as Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Y&T, Yngwie Malmsteen and more recently Biomechanical as well as many others. Recording for the album was finished in March and Scott Atkins was hired to mix the album.

Insurrection Rising was released on 19 October 2009. [6] The band immediately hit the road as support to Overkill for a 19 date European Tour [7] as well as picking up additional support shows with Sylosis, [8] Death Angel [9] and playing festivals such as Hellfire Festival [10] at the Birmingham NEC with Saxon, Napalm Death etc...and Hammerfest [11] with Iced Earth, Five Finger Death Punch, Suicidal Tendencies etc...

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Sylosis band

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It was announced on 13 August 2010 that Savage Messiah was to be signed by Earache Records, with whom they signed a worldwide multi-album deal. [12]

Earache Records is an independent record label, music publisher and management company founded by Digby Pearson, based in Nottingham, England with offices in London and New York. It helped to pioneer extreme metal by releasing early grindcore and death metal records between 1988 and 1994. The label roster has since diversified into more mainstream guitar music, working with bands such as Rival Sons, The Temperance Movement, Blackberry Smoke and The White Buffalo. The company also hosted the 'Earache Express' stage at Glastonbury Festival in 2017 and will be hosting 'The Earache Factory' at Boomtown Fair 2018.

The band entered Grindstone Studios in July 2011 to begin recording what would become Plague of Conscience , [13] once again with producer Scott Atkins. Taking breaks from recording to pick up shows with Skeletonwitch, [14] Devilstone Open Air Festival [15] in Lithuania, and then embarking on a 15 date UK tour with label mates Evile, [16] for which they released an advanced mix of the song "The Accuser" On 12 October 2011. [17]

<i>Plague of Conscience</i> 2012 studio album by Savage Messiah

Plague of Conscience is the second studio album from British Heavy metal band Savage Messiah, and their first release through Earache Records.

Skeletonwitch American extreme metal band

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Evile British band

Evile are an English thrash metal band from Huddersfield, formed in 1999. The band's debut album, Enter the Grave, was produced by Flemming Rasmussen at Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark and was released worldwide in 2007 by Earache Records to critical acclaim by fans and critics alike. The band's first reviews included a hail by Kerrang! as "Carrying the genre's whole 'revival' on their shoulders." Their second album, Infected Nations, was released on 21 September 2009. It was produced by Russ Russell, with artwork from Michael Whelan. Evile's third studio album Five Serpent's Teeth was released in 2011, also on Earache Records. A fourth album, entitled Skull, was released in the late spring of 2013 on Earache. Evile are currently working on a new album.

The band's second album, Plague Of Conscience , was released on 23 January 2012. [18]

The first live activity in support of Plague of Conscience saw the band take part in the HMV "next big thing" series of concerts with Evile [19] at HMV Ritz in Manchester, another appearance at Hammerfest and a string of UK headline dates supported by Diamond Plate [20] as well as an appearance at the UK's Bloodstock Open Air Festival. [21]

In June 2012 the band contributed a cover version of the Metallica song "Of Wolf and Man" to the Kerrang! Magazine "A Tribute to the Black Album" cd which was released on 20 June 2012. [22]

on 12 December 2012 the band premiered their video for the song "All Seeing I" on the front page of Vevo [23]

On 1 July 2013 Savage Messiah entered the studio to record their third studio album, The Fateful Dark , with producer Scott Atkins. [24] Once again taking a break from the studio to support Finish metallers Wintersun [25] on a UK tour. Lead guitarist/vocalist Dave Silver also took part in a Century Media sponsored guitar clinic at Carvin Guitars [26] in West Hollywood, California before returning to the UK to complete recording.

Prior to the release of The Fateful Dark the band joined Denver, Colorado Thrashers Havok and Spanish metal act Angelus Apatrida for a 28 date European tour, taking in UK, France, Italy, Slovenia, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Spain and Belgium. [27]

The Fateful Dark was released on 10 March 2014 in Europe by Earache Records, 12 March 2014 in Japan by Trooper Entertainment and 18 March 2014 in the US by Century Media Records. [28]

on 17 February 2014 the band released a promo video for the track "Hellblazer" [29] directed by Tom Walsh (Bullet for my Valentine, Pendulum) and featuring Game of Thrones star Pixie-Le-Knot. [30] The video received regular play on UK metal Sky TV channel Scuzz. [31]

Upon the release of the album Savage Messiah joined Soulfly for 8 dates across the UK, [32] followed by another run of UK headline dates culminating in another appearance at Hammerfest.

On 10 April 2014 it was announced that the band had been nominated for a Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in the category of "Best New Band" [33]

In 2014, the band was awarded a grant by the British Phonographic Industry [34] and performed on Channel 4 News [35] as well as being interviewed regarding the grant.

The rest of 2014 saw the band take in headlining tours of Europe and the UK. [36]

In October 2014 the band were confirmed as support on a 27 date European tour as an opening act for Amon Amarth and Huntress commencing in January 2015. [37]

In February 2015 Warner Bros. Records announced the Metal Matters compilation disc including songs from Deep Purple, Slipknot, MC5 and many others. The Savage Messiah track "Hellblazer" was amongst the songs included. [38]

In 2016 the band performed on several tours in the UK and Europe, opening for Testament, Trivium, Armored Saint. They also performed at the Download Festival in the UK, Prog Power USA and opened the main stage at Loud Park Festival in Japan. [39]

In August 2017 the band announced that they had signed a new record contract with Century Media Records for the release of their fourth full length album titled 'Hands of Fate'. The album was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth and produced by long time collaborator Scott Atkins. The album was mastered in Los Angeles by Dave Collins (Metallica, Linkin Park, Soundgarden) and has artwork created by Travis Smith (Avenged Sevenfold, Opeth). [40]

In October & November 2017 they toured the UK and Ireland playing 11 venues, supporting Cradle of Filth. [41]

In March 2019 the band released their first single 'Under No Illusions' off their upcoming album titled "Demons" which will be released on 17th May 2019, they also announced 3 special album launch shows in the UK in that month

On April 1st the band announced that they had parted ways with Sam S Junior and Andrea Gorio and announced that David Hruska and Charly Carretón were the new members

On April 26th 2019 the band released a music video for the single 'Down And Out' which was a single for their album "Demons"

On May 17th 2019 the band released a music video for the song 'The Bitter Truth' the same day their album "Demons" was released


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