"Old Corpse Road have been toiling away for a long while now, playing gig after gig of their blackened folk metal across the country. Their work ethic shows tonight with an exceptionally polished performance that has the venue going all out in appreciation."
Insidious Art and Serpentine Rites
"Old Corpse Road are in a sense doing a job in black metal what Tolkien did with literature. Trying to preserve and carry on a “mythology” that England has long since lost and forgotten. These guy’s should be national treasures! Who say’s metal can’t be educational and informing?! There is no such other intellectual and sophisticated genre of music and Old Corpse Road know their stuff and they have so many layers and dimensions that you always end up finding more."
Jorvik Viking Fest - Feb 2014
"a highly atmospheric set and it really was fantastic to see just how into the music they were – when a band really makes an effort with their performance, it really pays off and it was incredible to see near-enough the whole crowd head-banging in tandem with one another"
The Bones of This Land are not Speechless
"Encompassing elements of folk, black metal, doom and progressive music, Old Corpse Road are arguably without peer in the UK at this moment in time and with careful nurturing and the support of their fans have the potential for a long and fascinating career ahead of them"
'Tis Witching Hour... As Spectres we Haunt this Kingdom
"Perhaps the unifying factor is something shadowy and unique to the English soul... 'Tis Witching Hour... is wonderfully evocative, eerie and - above all - uniquely English"
With the unfortunate news of four bands having to cancel their appearances for various reasons, Red Rum’s vacated slot goes to Old Corpse Road, a band who are no strangers to this very festival, having performed at Warhorns twice previously. I’ve never been entirely convinced by the Darlington sextet’s gothic black metal approach, yet every time I see them becomes another piece of the puzzle to what will hopefully become their fully realised — and much deserved — bigger picture. Their work ethic and strong fan base have together proven to be their guiding light over the years, and with choice cuts played tonight from acclaimed début album ‘Tis Witching Hour… as Spectres We Haunt This Kingdom, their tales of British folklore are as captivating as they are ear-piercing. Bass guitarist and spoken word vocalist The Wanderer guides the band from the front, and from well-executed keyboard melodies through to the high-pitched black metal screams emanating from various members, all six of the troupe feel fully utilised amongst the sprawling, and often ambitious, compositions. Closing with an older fan favourite, ‘The Old Corpse Road’ induces mass headbanging before receiving a well-deserved ovation.
It is great regret that we must bid a hearty hail and farewell to Josh 'The Seer' Danby, who will be performing his final rituals with Old Corpse Road at the end of this month in Scarborough (30th) and Wakefield (31st).
Here is a final message from The Seer to all of you...
While I have had a fantastic few years with Old Corpse Road, playing up and down the country alongside some of the best acts the underground has to offer, I have decided that due to my now permanent relocation to West Yorkshire I can no longer give the band the level of time and commitment they deserve. I also feel while we have enjoyed experimenting as a 6-piece, it’s time to give the recently returned Revenant his full space in the spotlight again, so they can revert to their “classic” line-up our oldest fans are most familiar with, and give amateur sound engineers marginally less of a headache.
While leaving the band as guitarist, I have known the guys for many years previously, and will continue to support them in a variety of endeavours - whether it is production work which was my original role, or supporting events such as the Blackwood Gathering and others in the underground metal scene. I have of course also left my mark on the upcoming album, both as producer and guitarist/vocalist, so hopefully the impending release of this will be a fitting send-off.
Officially I will be leaving at the end of this month, so will have the pleasure of ushering out this era at one of our favourite and most frequented venues - the Snooty Fox in Wakefield, on Saturday 31st. We’re also playing in Scarborough the night before so get yourselves down to one and witness it!
Over the past few years I’ve met some of the best musicians and nicest people on the underground, and I look forward to whatever glorious bastards my next musical project will include. Unfortunately you have not seen the last of me, so you can expect me to resurface in the future somewhere from the tangled undergrowth of the Leeds and Bradford extreme music scene!
To my brothers in Old Corpse Road, I shall quote the final lines of our album – “I BID THEE HAIL, AND FAREWELL!”