Iron Monkey (band)

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Iron Monkey
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Background information
Origin Nottingham, England
Genres Sludge metal, doom metal, crust punk
Years active 1994–1999, 2017–present
Labels Earache, Union Mill, Relapse
Associated acts Armour of God, Acrimony
Members
  • Jim Rushby
  • Steve Watson
  • Briggs
Past members
  • Justin Greaves
  • Johnny Morrow
  • Doug Dalziel
  • Dean Berry
  • Stu O'Hara

Iron Monkey is a sludge metal band that formed in Nottingham, England in 1994. The original members were Justin Greaves (drums, ex-Bradworthy), Johnny Morrow (vocals), Jim Rushby (guitar, ex-Ironside, Wartorn), Steve Watson (guitar, ex-Cerebral Fix) and Doug Dalziel (bass, ex-Ironside). The group's sound was influenced by the doom metal and sludge metal genres and in particular by bands such as Grief, Black Sabbath and Eyehategod.

History[edit]

In 1996, the group wrote a six-song EP that was released on the small imprint Union Mill. It was reissued in 1997 when the band signed to Nottingham label Earache Records. Before the deal was made however guitarist Watson was fired and replaced by Dean Berry. The band's second release Our Problem received high acclaim.[1] In July 1999, the band released a split CD/10" with Japanese doom metal band Church of Misery that was put out by Man's Ruin Records.[2] The same year the band played the Dynamo Festival in the Netherlands and shortly after Jim Rushby left the band and was replaced by ex-Acrimony guitarist Stu O'Hara.[citation needed] Due to a variety of personal and industry problems the band split in September 1999.[citation needed]

Post split[edit]

Justin, Jim and Johnny went on to form the short-lived Armour of God while Dean, Doug and Stu formed Dukes of Nothing. Steve has played in Cerebral Fix, Drown, Helvis and Raven's Creed. Johnny then formed My War and Murder One before suffering a fatal heart attack in the summer of 2002. Justin has since played in Borknagar, Silver Ginger Five, Hard To Swallow, Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine, Electric Wizard and now plays in Crippled Black Phoenix. Dean played in Capricorns, while Stu went on to play in Black Eye Riot. He's now[when?] playing with Acrimony members in Sigiriya, a stoner rock band. Jim played in Hard To Swallow, Armour of God, Phantom Limb Management and Geriatric Unit.

Reunion[edit]

Iron Monkey reformed in January 2017 as a trio featuring Watson playing bass, Rushby singing and playing guitar and new member Briggs.[3]

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Jim Rushby - guitar (1994-1999, 2017-present), vocals (2017-present)
  • Steve Watson - guitar (1994–1997), bass (2017-present)
  • Scott "Brigga" Briggs - drums (2017-present)

Former members[edit]

  • Justin Greaves - drums (1994-1999)
  • Johnny Morrow - vocals (1994-1999)
  • Doug Dalziel - bass (1994-1999)
  • Dean Berry - guitar (1997-1999)
  • Stu O'Hara - guitar (1999)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

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