Rinoa (band)

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Origin Essex, England
Genres Post-metal,[1] post-rock,[2] hardcore punk[3]
Years active 2007–2010
Labels Eyesofsound
Associated acts Ancients, Tek-One, Crydebris, Chariots, Symmetry, Devil Sold His Soul, Hospitals.
Website www.myspace.com/rinoauk
Past members Perry Bryan
Matthew Holden
David Gumbleton
Jozef Norocky
James May

Rinoa were an English post-metal group, formed in Essex in 2007. Their line-up consisted of vocalist Perry Bryan, guitarists Matthew Holden and Jozef Norocky, bassist David Gumbleton and drummer James May. The band split in November 2010, with most of their members going on to different musical projects.


Rinoa was formed in Essex in 2007, following the break-up of the members' previous bands, Crydebris, Chariots and Symmetry.[4][5] They named themselves after Rinoa Heartilly, a character from the video game Final Fantasy VIII.[6]

The band released their self-titled EP, Rinoa, in 2008.[7] This was followed with a split EP with Bossk, released in 2009.[8] The band performed at Damnation Festival later that same year.[9] Their debut full-length, An Age Among Them, was released in 2010 to positive reviews,[2][4] including being named one of the best albums of 2010 by Rock Sound.[10]

In October 2010 Rinoa announced their intention to split at the end of their headline UK tour[11] and played their last ever show in Bristol in November.[12]

Following their split James May joined dubstep group Tek-One,[13] and Jozef Norocky joined London band Devil Sold His Soul, with Matthew Holden and David Gumbleton joining a new supergroup called Ancients.[14]

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  1. ^ Pertola, Aleksi (3 August 2010). "Rinoa - An Age Among Them". rockfreaks.net. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Clark, Peter (12 March 2010). "Rinoa - An Age Among Them". Rock Sound (133). London. p. 91. ISSN 1465-0185. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Shipman, Chris (August 2008). "Live: *Shels [7] Support: Latitudes [6] / Rinoa [9] / Malcolm [5] Freebut, Brighton". Rock Sound. London (112): 114. ISSN 1465-0185. With the right mixture of ambience and hardcore rhythms, Rinoa remind you of why you love music in the first place. 
  4. ^ a b Parker, Andy (15 March 2010). "Rinoa: An Age Among Them". thrashhits.com. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  5. ^ May, Phill. "S/T - Rinoa". rockmidgets.com. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  6. ^ Robertson, Oli (August 2008). "Exposure, The Best New Music: Rinoa". Rock Sound (112). London. p. 36. ISSN 1465-0185. Naming yourself after a princess from first-wave manga heaven, Final Fantasy VIII, may form a set of preconceived judgments in the potential listeners’ mind... 
  7. ^ "Rinoa: Rinoa". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Bossk/Rinoa Split Announced". altsounds.com. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Damnation Festival – Jesu and Rinoa Confirmed". allmetalfest.com. July 9, 2009. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "Top 75 Albums of 2010". Rock Sound. London (143): 16. January 2011. ISSN 1465-0185. 
  11. ^ "Rinoa Announce Split". Rock Sound. London. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  12. ^ "Rinoa Are Splitting Up? That Sucks Major Balls". thrashhits.com. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  13. ^ "Tek-One Confirms New Drummer". Rock Sound. London. 17 January 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  14. ^ "Rock Sound Introduces New Supergroup Ancients". Rock Sound. London. 24 January 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2011.