Deep in the woodlands of Hertfordshire, one band looks to the north-east for inspiration. Drawing from the same wells as Finland’s incredible melodic death metal bands, Countless Skies pay fair tribute to such class acts as Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum, Ghost Brigade and Dark Tranquillity.
Their début self-titled EP was well-received both near and far, from Worship Metal commenting “Countless Skies resist the urge to hammer the listener with relentlessly technical showboating, and instead the songs ebb and flow, winding their way through carefully constructed paths of brutality and beauty,” to Dead Rhetoric saying it’s “full of beautiful and sorrow-filled melodies and atmospheric keyboards, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into.” The band are currently working on a full-length album, which is tentatively announced for the end of 2015/early 2016.
Initially starting as Hatespire in 2009, the band came to be in the summer of 2009 in a small flat in England. Long-time friends Ross King and James Pratt worked together to create a three-track demo, which blended progressive and intensely dark music influenced by their Scandinavian heroes. While complications caused the band to temporarily lose their momentum, they returned stronger after a four year slumber under the new guise of Countless Skies. Taking their previous sound and blending it with new influences whilst keeping the same dark twist, their first EP is a bold step in the right direction, reclaiming England’s stake in the melodic death metal field.
Countless Skies EP is available on Bandcamp, Google Play and iTunes. Bandcamp link is here: https://countlessskies.bandcamp.com
Countless Skies are also due to hit the road several times in the next couple of months:
March 28th – The Castle Tavern, Luton w/ Laterala, Satellites, Tacitus
April 2nd – Level 2 Esquires, Bedford w/ Aghast!, Perdisian, Basilisk
April 19th – South Sea, Sheffield w/ The Infernal Sea, Fireblade, Ulfaar, Myth of a Life
May 16th – The Old Angel, Nottingham w/ Sephirothic
May 30th – The Boathouse, Cambridge w/ Shrapnel, Black Polaris, Ten Ton Tabby, ScarCity
June 12th – The Portland Arms, Cambridge w/ Abhorrent Decimation, King Leviathan, Dismanibus
Countless Skies is:
Ross King – Vocals and Guitars
James Pratt – Guitars
Phil Romeo – Vocals and Bass
Nathan Robshaw – Drums