Sacred Mother Tongue

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Sacred Mother Tongue
Also known as SMT
Origin Northampton, England, UK
Genres Melodic Death Metal (early), Metalcore, Heavy metal (later)
Years active 2004–2013
Labels Transcend Music, EMI Label Services
Members Darrin South
Andy James
Craig Daws
Lee Newell

Sacred Mother Tongue was a four-piece British heavy metal band from Northampton initially formed in 2004. The line up consisted of Darrin South (vocals), Andy James (guitar), Josh Gurner (bass guitar) and Lee Newell (drums).

The band has performed at music festivals throughout the UK including Download Festival 2009 and 2011, and Sonisphere Festival in 2010. Metal Hammer magazine described them as "the most convincing young British metal band to emerge in a long time".[citation needed]

The band released a 4-track EP, A Light Shines..., on 3 September 2012[1] and the Out Of The Darkness album on 15 April 2013 through EMI Label Services and Transcend Records.[2]

In May 2013, Gurner announced that he was leaving the band to pursue his career with Hacktivist. The band ran open auditions for a replacement and, after a short search, Craig Daws was announced as the new bass guitarist, making his first appearance with the band at Download Festival 2013. In October 2013, the band decided to split up, citing an inability to reach a larger audience.[3]

Andy James[edit]

Apart from his activities with the band, guitarist Andy James has released several solo albums including "In the wake of Chaos" (2007), "Machine" (2009), "Andy James" (2011) and "Exodus" (2017). He also collaborated with Canadian guitarist and producer Alan Sacha Laskow to produce the EP "Psychic Transfusion". James has a background in guitar instruction for soloing techniques for hard rock and heavy metal via a range of tuition DVDs. He is a contributor to[4] and has also started his own guitar instructional website called the Andy James Guitar Academy.


Sacred Mother Tongue's first single, "Two Thousand Eight Hundred", reached number 4 in the UK Rock chart receiving excellent reviews, making their first album one of the most hotly anticipated metal releases in a long time.

The first album, The Ruin of Man, was released on Transcend Records in 2009.

The band released the A Light Shines... EP on 3 September 2012 through Transcend Records and EMI Label Services.[5] The second full length album was Out Of The Darkness, was released in 2013.[6]



  • The End
  • Two Thousand Eight Hundred
  • Seven
  • Evolve/Become
  • А Light Will Shine

Music videos[edit]


Final line-up[7]
  • Andy James – guitars (2004–2013)
  • Darrin South – vocals (2008-2013)
  • Craig Daws – bass guitar (2013)[8][9]
  • Lee Newell – drums (2008–2013)
Previous members

Josh Gurner – bass guitar (2008–2013)


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