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The Black Hounds

‘Gallows’ – EP review.

If you’re looking to add some classy heavy rock/metal to your collection and haven’t yet become acquainted with The Black Hounds, then their latest EP release ‘Gallows’ is the perfect opportunity to gain that introduction, as here we have a creation that is definitely borne from the loins of four very talented musicians.


Hailing from the West Midlands, Ant Wright (Vocals + guitar) , Luke Winship (Guitar), Tom Fellows (Bass) and Joe Cleaver (Drums) have become familiar faces on the music scene over many a year past, having cut their canines in a few firm favourite bands of mine including The Whiskey Syndicate and My Great Affliction and without doubt, all that experience has now been placed firmly in the entity known as The Black Hounds.

‘Gallows’ is a four track EP which delivers the kind of experience that makes you wish it was an album, as these four tracks do get under your skin quickly and despite all of the tracks possessing those monumental riffs, vocals and rhythms synonymous to this band, they also all hold their own individual identity.

The opening song and title track of the EP, starts by setting quite a melodic scene but a ballad this is not, as it erupts into an almighty intense experience driven by the primeval rhythms of Joe Cleaver on drum. This song also has a story to be told and Ant Wright certainly makes for a master storyteller in his delivery.

The next two tracks ‘I Animal’ and ‘Generation Forgotten’ follow well in the opening songs footsteps, as they equally deliver that fist full of fury amongst a blaze of intensely rich melody and adrenaline.

The EP comes to a close with ‘Clarity’ which is most fitting as this track reigns down a solid and perfectly executed shower of hard rock that has become the signature characteristic of The Black Hounds. This song was originally written a few years back and even though it has been a regular highlight in the bands live performances, it was yet to be recorded so I’m pretty chuffed to find that it’s finally made the cut, as it’s an absolute scorcher!

The EP as a whole is so well recorded that with each listening of it, a new aspect within each track is unveiled and if I were to pick a favourite track from it, albeit that that is a difficult call to make, I would say that ‘Clarity’ is definitely a repeat player in my book.

You can catch the Black Hounds out on tour from September through to November and I highly recommend that you do as not only are you guaranteed a great live performance but you will also have the chance to purchase a copy of ‘Gallows’ at the same time!

Review by Sue Wardle.

S.O.T.S – Part 2

The Haygate Wellington 11th July 2015.

Today’s S.O.T.S All Dayer is already proving to be a bit of smash, with much praise and thanks deservedly going out to all the bands who have already played in support of this fund raising event for Soldiers Off The Streets and the fantastic work that they do.

And with many great bands and artists still yet to come, it was an absolute pleasure to see Adrien and Em from Cadence Noir take to the stage and filling The Haygate with their pretty impressive gothic folk rock.

Adrien and Em

There was also no holding back the F1-11’s either, who took to the stage for the second time today but this time with a slightly different line up and a new set of tunes much to the enjoyment of everyone.

Next up tonight were Fires That Divide and these guys were definitely hell bent on making their thirty minutes count with a rousing set of full throttle rock ‘n‘ roll.

Fires That Divide

And the great rock kept rolling, with huge appreciation going out to The Black Hounds for a cracking performance!

The Black Hounds

Stone Broken were up on stage next and there was no shortage of fans who came along tonight to see them. Do check this band out on Facebook – you won’t be disappointed.

Stone Broken

When it comes to compiling my fantasy gig line up, it would never be complete without Theia being on the bill so I was definitely doing the happy dance tonight!


It’s been a while since I last saw Captain Horizon but tonight from they were just as outstanding as ever, with ’Patch’ being a particularly fitting song to be included in this evenings set.

Captain Horizon

Midnight had come and gone when our event headliners Liberty Lies took to the stage and one things for sure, these guys certainly brought this great event to a storming end.

Today as a whole, has been fantastic to say the very least and it was so good to see such great support going out to Soldiers Off The Streets in recognition of all the great work that they do.

With the purpose of today being to raise as much money as possible to further aid their cause, the final tally stood a £1,000.00, so much kudos going out to the bands, Garry Foster, The Haygate and ultimately Andy Boden for bringing this all together and actually making a difference!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

The Black Hounds

The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 23rd August 2014.

The rock ‘n’ roll was set to flow freely tonight at The Slade Rooms with a top line up of bands that I had been looking forward to seeing for some considerable time.

I’m kicking myself for only catching the last few songs of Torous’ set as from what I did see and hear, there is a lot to enjoy about this band. Of the songs I did get to see them perform, their cover of Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall’ stood out and got the kind of appreciation this cool trio of musicians, deserved as not only delivered the goods musically but they looked like they were having a great time doing so aswell – so note to self, go see these guys again and next time don’t be late!

GMT - Torous

With the very recent departure of two band members and the new inclusion of Jeff Simmons, our second band of tonight Phoenix Rising seem very aptly named. As with Torous, there was no doubting that this band have a wealth of experience behind them and an interesting future ahead and I look forward to catching them spreading their wings again.

Garry Bennett - Phoenix Rising

Mac, Adam and Rob AKA The Nics, are a band that always seem at home when you put them on a stage together, as this band really just seem to click. With each and every performance I’ve seen of theirs, there has always been that great connection with the audience and just as before, tonight’s crowd just loved ‘em!

Mac Smith - The Nics

There is nothing sweeter than seeing a band grow in confidence and popularity and Singing Towards Disaster have certainly achieved much in both departments this year. Tonight’s set from them was raucously delivered with lead singer Jack Budd owning the mic, the stage and the pit to the delight of the bands fans. I’m not sure about this band singing towards disaster but singing towards success is a very strong possibility!

Robert Harvey and Jack Budd - Singing Towards Disaster

I first encountered The Black Hounds earlier this year when they supported Martyr De Mona at The Wulfrun and a mighty fine job they did of it too! Being a relatively new band but with each band member having an impressive musical background, there is a sure fire guarantee that their rock will be hard, heavy and smart and you’ll have a great time listening to it.

Joe Cleaver - The Black Hounds

The Black Hounds set tonight was an addictive journey through their collective repertoire which left no doubt in my mind that even though the band as a whole have not been together long, they are already delivering something that fits like a hand in your favourite glove. I’m really looking forward to seeing much more of the Black Hounds on the gigging circuit as I’m sure there is still much much more yet to come from them.

Luke Winship and Ant Wright - The Black Hounds

The prospect of seeing The Black Hounds live on stage at The Slade Rooms was one that had brought back many memories from the farewell gig of The Whiskey Syndicate back in June when I last saw Ant Wright leaving the stage for the last time in that incarnation. At that time I’d wished them all much success with future ventures and I’m chuffed to bits in the knowledge that my wish looks to be coming true.

Words and Photography by Sue Wardle.