Raging Speedhorn

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Raging Speedhorn
Origin Corby, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
Genres Heavy metal,[1] sludge metal,[2] nu metal[3]
Years active 1998 (1998)–2008, 2014–present
Associated acts Defenestration Gutworm
Website www.myspace.com/ragingspeedhorn
Members James Palmer
Jamie Thompson
Gordon Morrison
Frank Regan
John Loughlin
Dave Thompson
Past members Bloody Kev
Gareth Smith
Tony Loughlin
Darren Smith

Raging Speedhorn are a British heavy metal band, founded in Corby, Northamptonshire.


Raging Speedhorn were formed in 1998 from the merging of the bands Soulcellar and Box. Through a 'frightening' stage presence and minor re-working of riffs reminiscent of Iron Monkey, the band quickly established itself as a major presence within the UK's metal scene.[citation needed]

Raging Speedhorn featured two vocalists, a style largely inspired by the UK hardcore band Hard to Swallow, (which featured Bloody Kev who would join Raging Speedhorn as their second vocalist after the departure of Frank Regan in 2005). The band's first single, "Thumper" (produced by industrial veteran, Marc Heal) was released in 2000 to significant critical acclaim.[citation needed] In 2001 they charted in the UK Singles Chart with "The Gush".[4]

On early Raging Speedhorn recordings the music can be characterised by pounding basslines, heavily distorted riff-thick guitarwork and subject content consisting generally (but certainly not exclusively) of hedonism, drug-use, violence, antipathy for major band labels and depression.[citation needed]

Before The Sea Was Built was the only album the band produced with Larry Hibbitt, of Hundred Reasons. It was released on 11 September 2007 through Steamhammer, a subsidiary of SPV Records.

On 25 March 2008, it was announced the band would split after a final tour. Members joined other bands elsewhere, including Cardiff, Wales and Stockholm, Sweden.

John Loughlin, Jay Thompson and Dave Thompson were in metal band, The Death Of Us as of 2013.

On 18 February 2014 it was announced that the band would reform to perform at Damnation Festival in November 2014. Both John Loughlin and Frank Regan would feature on vocals, with the band showcasing tracks from their debut and sophomore albums.[5] The band have also been confirmed to play the UK leg of the 2014 Sonisphere festival.[6]

On 3 July 2014, the band played a sold-out hometown show with support from The Darkhorse and Heart of a Coward as a warm-up prior to playing at Sonisphere two days later.[7] On 7 July 2014, an eleven-date UK tour was announced.[8]

Current line-up[edit]

  • John Loughlin - vocals
  • Frank Regan - vocals
  • Jim Palmer - guitar
  • Jamie Thompson - guitar
  • Dave Thompson - bass
  • Gordon Morrison - drums


  • UK Tour with earthtone9 in 1999
  • UK Tour with Will Haven and Skindred in 1999
  • UK Tour with Tribute To Nothing and Charger in 2000
  • UK Tour with Medulla Nocte in 2000
  • UK dates with Kittie in 2000
  • UK Headline Tour with Brutal Deluxe and Defenestration in 2000
  • Europe Tour with Biohazard and Nucleus in 2000
  • Europe Tour with Amen in 2000
  • UK Headline Tour with Charger and Vex Red in 2001
  • Europe Tour with Mudvayne in 2001
  • Japanese Tour with Amen in 2001
  • Europe dates with Slipknot in 2001
  • Ozzfest in the UK in 2001
  • UK Headline Tour with Misdemeanor and Scurge in 2001
  • "Tattoo The Planet" UK dates with Slayer, Pantera, Cradle Of Filth and more in 2001
  • UK Headline Tour with Candiria and Clutch in 2002
  • Summer Sonic Festival in Japan in 2002
  • Scandinavia Tour in 2002
  • Japanese Tour in 2002
  • UK Tour supporting Rammstein in 2002
  • Europe Headline Tour in 2003
  • Download Festival in the UK in 2003 and 2005
  • With Full Force in Germany in 2003 and 2005
  • UK Headline Tour with Johnny Truant in 2005
  • US Tour with Nile, Hypocrisy, Soilent Green and more in 2006
  • Europe Tour with Twelve Tribes and Bridge To Solace in 2007
  • UK Headline Tour with Shaped by Fate in 2007
  • UK shows supporting Dir en grey in 2007
  • Europe Tour with Carnivore in 2007
  • Scandinavian Tour with Victims in 2008
  • Final Europe Headline Tour with My City Burning in 2008
  • Final UK and Ireland Headline tour with Take A Worm For A Walk Week and The Mirimar Disaster in 2008
  • Final Japanese Tour with Palm in 2008
  • Reunion Tour - UK 2014 [8]



  1. ^ Ward, Simon P. "Raging Speedhorn – Overview". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "AUDIO: Raging Speedhorn – Half Way To Hell". Dead Press!. 18 March 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  3. ^ McIver, Joel (2002). Nu Metal: The Next Generation of Rock & Punk. Omnibus Press. p. 34. ISBN 978-0-7119-9209-2. 
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 448. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ [1] Archived 23 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Wilko Johnson, Electric Wizard, Dog Eat Dog, Anti-Flag And More Join Bill « Sonisphere Festival UK". Sonisphere.co.uk. 2014-02-24. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  7. ^ "Raging Speedhorn at The Zombie Hut (Corby) on 3 Jul 2014 –". Last.fm. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  8. ^ a b "Raging Speedhorn". Kililive.com. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  9. ^ "Raging Speedhorn: New Album". Pledge Music. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 

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