Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
We began in 2009 under the name, Merciless Fail. This originally began as an original/covers band that primarily played thrash music. We gradually became more interested in writing more melodic music and started to fuse different styles, such as: doom, NWOBHM and of course thrash. We changed our name to Forged in Black in 2013. Kev (drums), Stoz (vocals), Andy (guitars) and I (Kieron, bass) have been with the band since then. We've recently added Chris Bone as a second guitarist and we are going from strength to strength.

How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music? 
As aforementioned, we like to blend a variety of classic metal styles. Combined with this amalgamation, we also like to add a contemporary twist with some growled vocals.
Bands which influence our sound include: Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Iced Earth and Machine Head. 

Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
We're a hard working underground band that is trying to release a fusion of metal that may not have been necessarily tapped into before.

What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media? 
We have released: an album called Forged in Black; an EP called The Tide; a single entitled, The Exodus (produced by Romesh Dodangoda: Motorhead, Sylosis, Bullet for my Valentine) and now our new EP, Fear Reflecting Fear (produced by Chris Tsangarides: Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Yngwie Malmsteen). All recordings have done fairly well considering we have released them independently. Media reaction to the recordings has been overwhelming and we are currently becoming inundated with positive press for Fear Reflecting Fear. 

Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
We love to play live and have a variety of gigs lined up throughout the year. Check out our Facebook page for further updates on upcoming events. Our most notable gig so far, was a slot on the New Blood stage at Bloodstock. www.facebook.com/forgedinblacks

What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
Labels, zines and promoters should know that we're a hard working band with a genuinely broad appeal. We cater to a wide range of metal tastes and have an extremely energetic live show. 

What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
We hope to record some more songs by the end of the year and combine them with the tracks on Fear Reflecting Fear to create a new album. Aside from this, we are looking to extend our reach across the continent and hopefully play in new areas. 

Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
Downloads of our music can be purchased here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fear-reflecting-fear-ep/id1110465912
Physical copies can be purchased here: http://www.forgedinblack.bigcartel.com/


May 2016

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