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Raging Speedhorn
Raging Speedhorn in 2017
Background information
OriginCorby, Northamptonshire, England
Genres
Years active1998 (1998)–2008, 2014–present
MembersGordon Morrison
Frank Regan
Daniel Cook
James Palmer
Daf Williams
Andy Gilmour
Past membersDave Leese
Jamie Thompson
Dave Thompson
Bloody Kev
Gareth Smith
Tony Loughlin
Darren Smith
John Loughlin
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Raging Speedhorn at Swampfest in Berlin, 2017

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

Career

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Raging Speedhorn were formed in 1998 from the merging of the bands Soulcellar and Box. The band quickly established itself as a major presence within the UK's metal scene.

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 Marc Heal), was released in 2000 to significant critical acclaim. 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.

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.

Tour dates were announced with Trophy Scars on 8 March 2008.[5] Weeks later, on 25 March 2008, it was announced the band would split after a final tour. However, the tour was uncerimoniously canceled that same day[6] reportedly due to an inability to confirm dates or properly promote.[7] Members joined other bands elsewhere, including Cardiff, Wales, and Stockholm, Sweden. John Loughlin, Jay Thompson and Dave Thompson were in the 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.[8] The band was also confirmed to play the UK leg of the 2014 Sonisphere festival.[9]

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.[10] On 7 July 2014, an eleven-date UK tour was announced.[11]

In January 2016, the band recorded their new full-length record, Lost Ritual, with Russ Russell at the Parlour Studios in Kettering.[12]

On 14 September 2018, it was announced that guitarists Jim Palmer and Jamie Thompson had left the band.[13]

On 6 October 2018, the band performed a 20th-anniversary show at the Electric Ballroom in London with the original lineup (John Loughlin, Frank Regan, Gordon Morison, Tony Loughlin, Gareth Smith & Darren Smith).[14]

On 19 December 2018, it was announced that James Palmer and Dave Leese had joined the band on guitars.[15] It was announced in September 2019 that Daniel Cook would be replacing John Loughlin after 21 years.

Members

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Current

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  • Frank Regan – vocals (1998–2008, 2014–present)
  • Daniel Cook – vocals (2019–present)
  • James Palmer – guitar (2018–present)
  • Daf Williams – guitar (2022–present)
  • Andy Gilmour – bass (2019–present)
  • Gordon Morison – drums (1998–2008, 2014–present)

Former

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  • Dave Leese – guitar (2018–2022)
  • Tony Loughlin – guitar
  • Darren Smith – bass (1998–2006)
  • Gareth Smith – guitar
  • Bloody Kev – vocals
  • Jay Thompson – guitar
  • Dave Thompson – bass
  • John Loughlin – vocals (1998–2008, 2014–2019)

Discography

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Studio albums

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Live albums

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  • Live and Demos'' (2004)
  • 20 Year Anniversary Show (2018)

References

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  1. ^ Ward, Simon P. "Raging Speedhorn – Overview". AllMusic. 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. ^ "UK DATES w/ Raging Speedhorn". Myspace. Trophy Scars. Retrieved 19 August 2023.
  6. ^ Jones, Jerry. "UK-CANCELED. DREAMS-SQUASHED. TROPHY SCARS-BROKEN". Myspace. Trophy Scars. Retrieved 19 August 2023.
  7. ^ "Give Yourselves a Round of Applause! Bad Luck Foundation article". Myspace. Trophy Scars. Retrieved 19 August 2023.
  8. ^ "Metal Hammer | Louder". Metal Hammer Magazine. Archived from the original on 23 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Wilko Johnson, Electric Wizard, Dog Eat Dog, Anti-Flag And More Join Bill « Sonisphere Festival UK". Sonisphere.co.uk. 24 February 2014. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  10. ^ "Raging Speedhorn at The Zombie Hut (Corby) on 3 Jul 2014 –". Last.fm. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  11. ^ "Raging Speedhorn". Kililive.com. Archived from the original on 18 September 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  12. ^ "RAGING SPEEDHORN To Release 'Lost Ritual' Album In July". Blabbermouth.net. 7 March 2016.
  13. ^ "Raging Speedhorn". facebook.com. Archived from the original on 26 February 2022.
  14. ^ "RAGING SPEEDHORN's Original Lineup To Reunite For 20th-Anniversary Show In London". Blabbermouth.net. 7 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Raging Speedhorn". facebook.com.
  16. ^ "Raging Speedhorn: New Album". Pledge Music. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
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