ALL THE BANDS APPEARING AT SARCOMAFEST 6(66) - APRIL 25TH 2020 @ LEO'S RED LION, GRAVESEND
Virus were one of the pioneers of British Thrash Metal. Formed in 1986 by H Heston & Tez Kaylor, members of the punk/oi! band Criminal Damage.
They brought in John D Hess in their forming year & called on the services of Coke Finlay in 1987. Their first recording (PRAY FOR WAR) was completely funded by the Band itself, it wasn’t till their 2nd album (FORCE RECON) in 1987 that people really started to take notice of the true potential of the band.
Virus hit the stage for the very first time supporting Suicidal Tendencies & punk outfit Chelsea at the Clarendon in London, they gigged & toured with some of the most influential outfits of the late eighties; Megadeth, DeathAngel, Nuclear Assault, Lazz Rocket, Cro-Mags, Kreator,Celtic Frost, Voi-Vod, Sabbat, Acid Reign, Overkill, Lawnmower Deth, Deathwish, Nalpalm Death, Sacrilege BC, and Carcass.
In 2008 & after much deliberation Coke Finlay decided to reform the band to do a one off show..unfortunately the other members of Virus declined his offer, so he was forced to find “new blood” that came in the form of Dave Sherwood(Amulet), Matt Cooper (Cellbound) & Sam Brandon (Matron) this ensemble was later changed to Matt Cooper going on rhythm guitar & bringing in Steve Taylor on bass…after a short time Steve Taylor was replaced by Max Edwards.
The band played several shows that year namely with Lawnmower Death, Gama Bomb, Savage Messiah & Discharge & in 2009 released their first recording in over 25 years entitled “Raped by Mutants” This was very well received by the press namely “Terrorizer ” & was the shape of things to come!! In 2012 the band started touring outside UK after more than two decades (Malaga, Spain Oslo, Norway Sofia, Bulgaria) & a third slot on the 2nd stage at Hammerfest 2012, The Bulldog Bash 2012, & 2 shows supporting D.R.I ... In 2013 the band was chosen to open for Suicidal Tendencies only UK date that year at the Electric Ballroom in London, also sharing the Stage with Evile ... In 2013 we saw the band stablize there line up with Lukasz Kozlowski on Drums , Adrian Serrano "Litro" ( Itself, Cypher16, Chaosanct ...) on Bass and Tommy Jacobsen on guitar (Konsortium) The current line-up shows the band to be a very integral part of the thrash genre today..”a force to be reckoned with ” “Metal Hammer Sept 2012″
With a new album out in 2020 on Combat Records (sleeve shown to the left) the band is ready to contaminate the planet with a new strain of Thermo Nuclear Nuclear Thrash Metal!!!!.
One of the Pioneer Uk thrash bands of the late 80's thrash, now revived with a blistering new sound & dedicated line-up. Check them out at https://www.virusthrash.com
Spyder Byte are a five piece hailing from Kent, and they formed back in late 2011 set on joining the ever-growing resurgence of new wave sleaze rock and glam metal bands in the UK.
Heavily Influenced by the bands of the late 1980's sunset strip movement including bands like Hanoi Rocks, Motley Crue, Poison, Cinderella, Guns N Roses, Skid Row, Ratt and Warrant the band set out writing their first E.P 'Love Bomb Ticking' released in the summer of 2013, (No imagination needed to guess what that means) set on creating a heavier, raw sound whilst sticking to the stereotypical 80's themes.
Having had a successful response to the E.P from the local underground music scene in Kent the guys set their eyes on releasing their first album. With this goal in mind, they headed back to the writing room and through a gruelling years work came out with 7 tracks for the new album with a much heavier and grittier sound having drawn on Motorhead and AC/DC's work as the main inspiration for the album.
In August 2018 the band played the Hard Rock Hell Sleaze festival in Sheffield! Alongside bands like L.A Guns, Tigertailz, Midnite City, Shiraz Lane, Toxic Rose and Santa Cruz!
In early August 2018 the band also supported 'Doyle' from the legendary horror punk band 'The Misfits.'
In September 2019 the band are released their long awaited second album "When The Lights Go Out!' this record has more hooks, more melodies and more harmonies to sink your teeth into than ever before.
They played at the very first SarcomaFest for which there isn't even a poster, but welcome back guys, we're looking froward to seeing you again.
More details at https://www.spyderbyteband.co.uk
Northamptonshire five-piece Siderian pay no heed to musical trends and fads, favouring massive riffs and thought-provoking lyrics welded to their relentless signature groove. It is a recipe that has proved to be as effective live as it is on record.
Having smashed out a debut EP and unique music video within three months of forming in 2015, Siderian returned to further stamp their mark on the local scene with the austerity-bashing standalone single Noses in the Trough, before a series of line-up changes briefly hampered progress.
The band reconvened in 2017 with an aim of expanding their sonic palette, making their sound faster, heavier and more complex, releasing the Lizard Method Statement EP early in the year, the title track showcasing a hugely progressive evolution in their sound and receiving worldwide airplay, including several spins by BBC Introducing.
Siderian continued to push their boundaries by releasing an acclaimed music video for the crushing track Oleum in February 2018, which garnered thousands of views in the first few weeks of release and was featured on BBC national radio.
The debut albuim Origins was released in mid 2019 to great acclaim.
SarcomaFest is delighted to welcome them back - last time they played for us, they destroyed. We're looking forward to that again!
Check 'em out at http://www.siderianband.com
Christgrinder are a blackened death metal formed in the West Midlands in 2010.
The band build their sound on deep foundations of black and death metal, while deftly guiding the listener through a cabinet of musical curiosities gathered from the full spectrum of extreme music. Crawling, tar encrusted sludge, primitive, primeval folk and raging, crusty D-Beats are just a few of the treasures to be found in Baron Von Christgrinde's wunderkabinet.
Christgrinder are currently in the studio working on their second full length album following 2015's well received Whence Cometh Evil.
They now return with a full set of new material to bring terror to the UK death metal scene once more.
How good does that sound?!
Check out their back catalogue and a not entirely serious Christmas single at
Tribe Of Ghosts is a Post-Metal band based in Brighton, UK.
Formed by Adam and Abby Sedgwick, Ben Kitching and Rob Kuhler - Tribe Of Ghosts marries a love of wall of sound atmospheric soundscapes with a barrage of aggressive guitar melodies, punishing drums, thundering bass and screaming vocals, to create music that is both intense and heartfelt.
With comparisons to Bossk, The Ocean, Cult Of Luna and ISIS, Tribe Of Ghosts is a collection of noise loving individuals and with perfromances at Doomsday 2019, Unearthed Festival, Mosh Against Cancer, Leofest and more under their belts, and with the release of their Debut EP '1' - Tribe Of Ghosts will be bringing their sonic soundscapes to venues across the UK for 2020.
Bringing contrast to the proceedings, we'e delighted to welcome back Adam and Rob in their new band; they were both in King Leviathan, a frankly brilliant band currently on hiatus. Really, really looking forward to this.
Spotify links and such on their wite at
Spawned in A.D. 2007, by guitarist TK and later joined by guitarist Tom, drummer Chris, bassist Jake and vocalist Pat, Cacodaemonic created unholy, daemonic music that fuses neo-classical and middle eastern styles, along with various black and death metal influences.
The 'Neither God, Nor Master' EP, of 2009, launched them onto the extreme music scene and play with such luminaries as Defeated Sanity and Chthonic and gain notoriety in the underground scene.
This was then followed up with the release of 2013 EP 'Forever Devouring The Righteous'. The EP itself is 4 tracks of unbridled venom towards a false messiah and the nature of the ideology and belief system which enshrouds it. Released May 27th, it was recorded, mixed and produced by TK and artwork done by noted artist Matthew Vickerstaff of Darkwave Art (Cradle Of Filth, My Dying Bride, Dark Throne, etc.).
Following this release we have toured with Trifixion and Merciless Terror, and supported bands such as Psycroptic, Extreme Noise Terror, Desecration, as well as playing our own headline gigs in Nottingham and Manchester.
We also had the amazing experience of winning Bloodstock’s Metal 2 The Masses in 2014 and going on to play on the New Blood Stage that year which helped to get us out to a much wider audience.
In 2016 the band went on hiatus when Chris and Jake both left the band, with the other members playing in several other projects. Now after 3 years out, Cacodaemonic are back with new drummer Jordan (Evil Scarecrow) and bassist Joel (Promethean Reign) and a real urge to make up for lost time.
With a new EP planned for release in 2020, and a sold out return gig at The Chameleon in Nottingham, Cacodaemonic are aiming to make this year a year to remember with a furiously energetic live show and a brutally heavy sound.
"I see thy weakness and smite thee with fire..." - Forever Devouring The Righteous
Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cacodaemonic/
Formed in 2007, Elimination had one vision; to create pure metal devastation. They have laid crowds to waste with their live performances throughout the UK, decimating audiences while supported such esteemed bands as Forbidden, Accept, WOLF, Evile, Gama Bomb, Criminal and Cauldron.
After a hiatus from 2014, Elimination returned in 2017 with a new line-up and a thirst for getting back to the stage to wreck necks.
Elimination are currently busy booking live shows for 2020 and writing new material for an up-coming release.
Again, they're on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/eliminationuk/
They sound amazing live. Do NOT be late to the gig, you'll miss this!
Hailing from Kent, Crostpaths were only formed at the
later end of 2018, but they’ve quickly fine-tuned an
accomplished and formidable sound, thanks to countless
rehearsals, and intense writing.
The rising crew are ascending through the ranks of the
UK scene, aided by a slew of singles; they
dropped Bulldozer - https://youtu.be/0JJdnBbPKck over
the Summer, followed by Meridian -
https://youtu.be/iv9CV8CFDcM , and more recently,
Pariah - https://youtu.be/jLZRnoErRio .
To date, the genre-bending crew have also received the support and backing of Moshville, Total Rock and Hard Rock Hell Radio, to name just a few.
Pooling influence from Linkin Park, Papa Roach, Fever 333 and Skindred, Crostpaths offer a fresh outlook on the metal/metalcore crossover genre. In their self-titled debut EP, the band have laid down a
body of work that instantly goes for the jugular, bursting with blistering brutality and engaging riffery. The record offers three stout cuts of prime metal, oozing ferocious beats, inventive licks, and raging vocals.
With a collection of live dates in the works for 2020 and with a further EP on the way, you need to watch this space.
Clearly, these guys are working hard to achieve the dream - so why are they on first? Because they have ANOTHER gig in the evening and are doing us a solid by playing! Do NOT miss the first band on!
You could drive I guess, but that means No Beer. (Don't Drink & Drive. Seriously.)
If you don't drink, bonus for you. The address is:
Leo's Red Lion, Crete Hall Rd., Gravesend, Kent DA11 9AA
There is parking outside but it's a bit limited and you might end up in a line of cars parked up on the pavement. There's never nowhere to park, you might just need to walk for a bit. Not too much, mind.
Catch a train, get a cab. Gravesend station is just over a mile away on foot and can be walked (I've done it!) or take it easy and get a cab - and then get their number to get a cab back as well! Easy trains from London (Charing Cross, Waterloo East), the Medway Towns, and Dartford . Check https://www.thetrainline.com/ for a time that works for you.
Splash out on a hotel.
There's a Best Western and two Premier Inns in Gravesend in addition to a few
non-chain places and B&Bs, plus slightly more upmarket slightly further out.
I've stayed in both the BW and the Premier up by the M2 and they're both fine.
Eight bands, ten quid on the door, eight quid in advance (plus 92p in fees!), and a cracking way to spend a day in an excellent pub with wonderful beer at decent pub prices, not ripoff venue ones, for some top notch entertainment and some truly epic people, because that's what the SF crowd is. That means you. Round up your friends and come and have fun!
But what's that below? The buy in advance button conveniently placed for your purchasing pleasure? Why ambassador, you are spoiling us. Where else are you going to spend such a wonderful Saturday? Get your tickets in advance because they're cheaper.