Barbarian Hermit – Solitude And Savagery

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Hailing from Manchester, UK, BARBARIAN HERMIT are scheduled to release their album  Solitude and Savagery on November 16th via APF Records. The quintet play a heady mix of downtuned, fuzz-laden guitars kicking out some of the raunchiest riffs in rock over elephantine grooves to create a sound that is as irresistibly catchy as it is crushingly heavy.

Working with the legendary Chris Fielding at Skyhammer Studios, the producer behind such mammoth sounds as Electric Wizard, Conan, Primordial, Witchsorrow, Winterfylleth and mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate, OLD)BARBARIAN HERMIT’s Solitude and Savagery bares seven bruising tracks of pummelling groove metal that smoulders with swampy rawness and feral energy.

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Comments guitarist Adam Robertshaw: “At its essence, Solitude and Savagery represents an evolution of Barbarian Hermit in more ways than one. The year before the majority of it was written the band went through a weird period where we lost three members for various reasons within about six months. Thankfully Ed, Gareth and Rob stepped in and stepped things up a notch in a big way. Working with Chris Fielding at Skyhammer studio was a dream come true for us. The man is a genius and such a pleasure to work with. His ear is incredible and once he got to know us and what we are about he really got on board, suggesting harmonies or adaptations here and there, which really gave the songs a boost. With anyone else we’d have recorded a good album. With him made a great one. We hope people have as much fun listening to it as we did making it.

Solitude and Savagery is the follow up to the band’s 2016 self titled EP and is bristling with swagger, soul and groove, but the band have ventured further into heavier territory, exploring the darker side to their sound whilst making a conscious effort to experiment more with dynamics and texture. Lead single ‘Reawaken’ for example, takes as much inspiration from Hans Zimmer as it does Sepultura.  And while it’s not exactly a concept album, there are themes and recurring motifs that vocalist Ed Campbell has woven through the album’s lyrical tapestry, such as the struggle between dark and light, the exploration of one’s inner self and the search for truth.

About Barbarian Hermit

Barbarian Hermit are a five piece doom/sludge/Stoner act, based in Manchester, England. Formed in 2013 from former members of disbanded Manchester bands (Bisonhammer, Arke, Severed Fate, Random Act of Violence, Mountains Became Machines and That Sunless Tide) and the disbanded South Korean band FatalFear.

The band have been gigging heavily around the UK for the last few years. Recently, playing at big events like HRH festival, Bloodstock Festival and supporting big names like Raging Speedhorn, Dopelord and Crowbar. Their debut self-titled EP came out in early 2016 and received rave reviews from the press and will follow this up with their debut album Solitude and Savagery which is set for release from APF Records in November 2018.

LEAD TRACK: Reawaken

FOR FANS OF:  Crowbar, Corrosion of Conformity, Raging Speedhorn, Acid Bath

Gareth Manning-Drums
Ed Campbell-Vocals
Mike Regan-Guitars
Adam Robertshaw-Guitars
Rob Sutcliffe-Bass

1. Enter the Hermitage
2. Black Mass
3. No Sleep
4. Beyond the Wall
5. Lifebreather
6. Reawaken
7. Laniakea

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September 8th – Sanctuary Rock Bar, Burnley
November 10th – Cvltfest, Café Independent, Scunthorpe
November 16th – Album Lunch, Kosmopolitan, Manchester
November 17th – Ale Fest, Northern Monk Brewery, Leeds
December 22nd – Rebellion Christmas Party, Rebellion, Manchester

Feb 2nd – APF Showcase II, The Bread Shed, Manchester
March 2nd – Lizard Fest, Bradford
March 30th – Riffolution, Rebellion, Manchester


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APF Showcase Interviews – Rian Gamble of Tronald


Tronald is more than the sum of its parts – but oh what parts they are. Their self-titled debut, released on APF Records last September, featured members of Under, Thing, Boss Keloid, Riggots, Mower and The Hyena Kill. It was mastered by Jack Townley of Elephant Tree. Artwork was supplied by Sam Yates of Ingested. The EP / mini-album contained perhaps the dirtiest riff of 2017 in “Obelisk Ov Hash”, and by far the best vocal of the year in Matt Franklin’s wail at the start of “Vegan Gains”.

The APF Records Showcase at The Bread Shed in Manchester on 3rd February sees the collective perform live for the first time. The EP is being played start to finish, with all five vocalists present and correct: Hurst, Franklin, Battle, Tuck and Dobb.

Tronald’s Rian Gamble spoke to us in advance of the Showcase, which will be his first ever gig.

APF: What was your highlight of 2017?

Rian: Personally, 2017 was a really big year. I finished university, had some short but eventful trips into Europe, became self-employed and joined two bands. One, obviously, is Tronald, which has surpassed where I thought that project would go already, with more plans in the future. The absolute highlight has to be releasing our debut EP. I had so much fun recording and working on that record, and it got real weird at certain points but that’s kind of what it’s all about.

I also got to see some of my favourite bands live including Sunn O))), Big Business and The Melvins. These guys have influenced me a lot and it was incredible to see such hardworking bands still playing.

APF: As a member of Tronald what’s your proudest moment so far?

Rian: For a band with such a brief existence we have some interesting history. I think for us it has to be the EP (sorry to repeat myself). Creating something that was meant to just be a little fun for an assignment and watching it snowball into something much bigger was great, so having members of great bands feature on it (Under, Boss Keloid, Riggots, The Hyena Kill, Mower), getting label interest and eventual release was an additional bonus. It kind of solidified my faith in the scene and in people’s friendliness and willingness to just be a part in something for the fun of it. Its also sick being a part of APF and such a diverse roster.

APF: Which of your label mates are you most looking forward to seeing at the 3rd February APF Records Showcase, and why?

Rian: Obviously Under and The Hyena Kill! I’m also looking forward to BongCauldron, Nomad, Mastiff, Ba’al and The Wizards of Delight especially, but all the bands are great, I’m just going to bathe in the riffage.


APF: What’s the best gig you’ve ever played? What made it special?

Rian: Well seeing as I personally haven’t played a gig as of yet, it’d have to be the prospect of this showcase. I’m giddy. Expect high decibel levels, high blood alcohol levels and pure riffs throughout.

APF: What was your favourite release of 2017? What are you looking forward to hearing in 2018?

Rian: My favourite has to be “Dear” By Boris, such an incredible sonic range with power throughout. Telekinetic Yeti’s debut was pretty awesome, as was Monolord’s “Rust” and the new Melvins release “A Walk With Love and Death”. I’ve not listened to a lot of brand new music but a lot of music I’m listening to now is new to me: like finding Earth, METZ, Mums and Part Chimp among others. It’s been a noisy year.

For new releases I’ve seen Conan have been at it again. I can’t wait for new stuff from them and only magic comes out of Skyhammer Studio; Chris Fielding is a wizard. Ingested are also due to release their 4th album soon and the tracks are slam-tastic so look forward to hearing the finished work. I’m also working with Under for their new album which I must say has some incredible writing and as always they’re smashing it out of the park in the studio. Bands like these remind me why I got into studio work.

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APF: What are your plans for 2018 personally and professionally?

Rian: 2018 has some big things to come from Tronald, I wont say too much but we have plenty going on behind the scenes. As for personal who knows, I’ll probably buy too much gear again and hate myself for being a relentless hoarder of loud things.

APF: Tell us something we don’t know about you or your band?

Rian: Tronald was supposed to be a vibe-tastic psych-rock project… yeah.


APF: Anything to declare?

Rian: All hail Satan (a.k.a Andrew Field). No but seriously, all the guys from Tronald would like to thank him for everything he has done for us.

“Tronald” is out now on APF Records and can be bought from:

The APF Records Showcase takes place at The Bread Shed in Manchester on 3rd February. Tickets available from:

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APF Showcase Interviews: Drian Nash & John Carberry of Nomad

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You’re all in for a shock when Nomad drop their new album on 30th May. It marks a giant leap forward for the band, and is going to turn many a head: because of both the killer songs contained within and the frankly stunning front cover artwork. All the other bands on APF are going to have to be on their game if they want to prevent the new Nomad record being everyone’s album of the year.

But before that comes along, Nomad are headlining the second stage at the APF Records Showcase on 3rd February at The Bread Shed in Manchester. In advance of that, Drian Nash (vocals) and John Carberry (bass) had some stuff to say……

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APF: What was your highlight of 2017?

Drian: Signing to APF Records and finally making moves on getting the album done. I can’t wait to get it out.

John: Without a doubt signing to APF, and recording a full length! And getting to see Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff live!

APF: As a member of Nomad what’s your proudest achievement so far?

Drian: That’s hard to say but it’d probably be sharing the stage with Eyehategod who are a band I had loved since High school, so that was pretty surreal and a big deal for me.

John: Being in the band is an achievement for me; playing shows up and down this island, actually selling merch, meeting people who actually dig what you’re doing! Not everyone gets to do what they love, and here I am doing it. Also, being asked by Wort and BongCauldron to join them on stage – those moments were really cool. 


APF: Which of your label mates are you most looking forward to seeing at the 3rd February APF Records Showcase, and why?

Drian: I’m gonna say The Hyena Kill, as it’s been a while since I last saw them, and I have only seen them a handful of times – whereas I think I’m pushing double figures with most of the APF roster. I am also looking forward to finally seeing Tronald.

John: Too hard to pin it down. Under, because they’re just amazing. Bongers, because I love those guys and the album – I can’t wait to hear it live! T’Hermit, because I haven’t seen them since their shift and I love seeing Gaz play. Diesel King – all round nice lads would you believe! Then there’s Redeye – they make me feel like Andy Field when he sees every band – Joe, Shaun, Joey, Paul, I love your band!!! xxx

APF: What’s the best gig you’ve ever played?

Drian: Probably the first Riff Fest or the first Red Sun Festival. Both fests had a line up packed with our mates and just general decent people floating around. Or the gig we played in Cardiff where towards the end of the set a bunch of people wandered into the venue grinding their jaws off. Then at the start of the last tune when I looked up there was a guy painted yellow, dressed like the Simpsons Sea Captain and Par Man from Wort started shooting a water pistol like a fountain over the crowd.

John: Too many to mention. Playing Cardiff, and Coventry has always been a treat, the Riff Fests we’ve played. And opening for some of my favourite bands (and bands I’ve known for years!) like Dopethrone, Conan, Church of Misery, Eyehategod, My Ruin, Prong, and RaginfuckinSpeedhorn! 


APF: What are your plans for 2018?

Drian: Release the Pop Songs. Play the Pop Concerts around the country and hopefully outside the country. We have a few things in the pipeline for next year that I’m really looking forward to.

John: I really really really can’t wait to release the Album. Then touring and playing live… …A video maybe??? If a big time promoter sees this I will suck dick to to play with Body Count/Slayer… …well maybe not fellatio, but I will give thanks, hugs, and many emojis.

APF: Tell us something we don’t know about you or your band?

Drian: We actually won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1976 but the decision was overturned at the last minute and we were edited out of the final aired program. We still think this is an injustice and that is the reason we refuse to share a stage with Marie Myriam.

John: Hmmmm… …this is my first ever band. Like I’ve not even played in a school band!!!

APF: Anything to declare?

Drian: Too much.

John: Bill Jacobs is a sex god.


The APF Records Showcase takes place at The Bread Shed in Manchester on 3rd February. Tickets available from:

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APF Showcase Interviews: Jason Hope of BongCauldron

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BongCauldron finally saw their album ‘Binge’ released on APF Records at the end of November 2017. The Leeds trio have often talked of their bad lack and thus it was so again this time round: vinyl delays, merch issues, having to deal with Andrew Field of APF on a daily basis. It’s turned out well though. The album was released to ace reviews, sold like stink, and they let me put out their pre-Riff fest tracks ‘Scrubber Cider’ and ‘I’ve Been Sick’ plus their Acid Cattle EP appeared on Spotify via APF for the first time.

BongCauldron are best experienced after both they and the audience have had an industrial vat of alcohol. As they will be appearing at around 10pm at the APF Records Showcase at The Bread Shed in Manchester on 3rd February another killer set is almost guaranteed. In advance of that, drummer Jay agreed to answer a few question.

Photography by John White.


APF: What was your highlight of 2017?

Jay: Getting the BongCauldron album out. Giving depression the boot. Cutting down on booze and cracking on with real life. Rancid and Marilyn Manson releasing new albums.

APF: As a member of Bongers what’s your proudest achievement so far?

Jay: Six years in and we’ve accepted this band is cursed. Nothing ever goes as it should and we live in fear of turning a tap on and burning the house down. But despite that, our proudest achievement is we can still laugh when we crash hire cars hired for pointless gigs. Or when we get robbed. Or when we forget the money tin and leave it in London after a decent night on merch. Or when our EP doesn’t arrive in time for our EP launch. Our when our vinyl doesn’t arrive in time for our album launch. Its nice to have another thing to worry about.

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APF: Which of your label mates are you most looking forward to seeing at the 3rd February APF Records Showcase, and why?

Jay: It would be impossible to pick favourites, but I have. Pist, Mastiff, Battalions, Redeye Revival. Looking forward to hearing new Desert Storm, Nomad and Barbarian Hermit.

APF: What’s the best gig you’ve ever played?

Jay: The first Riff Fest was the first time we ever saw it properly kick off for us which was a proper buzz. Desertfest and HRH Doom Vs Stoner have also been superb.

APF: What are your plans for 2018?

Jay: Touring and writing for whatever we release next. Writing is slow as we’re at our most creative just before we’re too pissed to play.

APF: Tell us something we don’t know about you or your band?


APF: Anything to declare?

Jay: “That’s another old trick, spike the drink, pop you in the boot of the Lexus and dump you in the North sea. I’d tie a jack to your leg, you’d sink like a stone.”


BongCauldron’s “Binge” is out now on APF Records and can be bought from:

The APF Records Showcase takes place at The Bread Shed in Manchester on 3rd February. Tickets available from:

Event information:

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