2003 – 2013 (10 Jahre)
RAMESSES' original and devastating sound embodies torrential riffing, freeform psychedelic jams and enigmatic spells. Emerging from the murky forests of Dorset, England, this three piece formed in February 2003 when ex-Electric Wizard drummer Mark Greening and guitarist Tim Bagshaw hooked up with Adam Richardson (bass + vox), formerly of Lord of Putrefaction, Spirmyard, and Hexed.
Within 24 hours of being holed up at London's Fortress Studios in August 2003, the band had recorded 4 tracks. Limited demo versions of 'Ramesses II' and 'Master Your Demons' were pressed on CD and vinyl in Europe and the USA. Promo videos were also produced, with the short for 'Ramesses II' getting multiple airplays on MTV Brasil and featuring in the Doomed Nation DVD magazine. Later Doomed Nation also featured the video for 'Master Your Demons'.
Legendary producer Billy Anderson re-mixed all 4 tracks for Ramesses' acclaimed debut EP 'We Will Lead You to Glorious Times' released on This Dark Reign Records in January 2005. On the back of this, the band hit the road to play spleen rupturing shows across the UK and Europe, mustering a legion of dedicated fans, reams of rave reviews in the major metal press as well as features in Metal Maniacs and Terrorizer(x2). Ramesses have also been play-listed on radio stations in over 30 countries including Total Rock, P3, KNAC and Resonance FM.
Halloween 2004 saw the band entering State of Art studios in Bristol and teaming up with Billy Anderson again to lay down 'The Tomb' EP, and their first full-length album (working title 'Misanthropic Alchemy'). 'The Tomb' was released in August 2005 on Geoff Barrow's (of Portishead) label Invada. 'The Tomb' was featured as February's Record of the Month on Head Heritage at: http://www.headheritage.co.uk/unsung/albumofthemonth/1475.
Ramesses kicked off 2006 playing with Julian Cope (Lord Yatesbury) at Bournemouth's Opera House on February 15th, to over 500 hundred of their local peers, and soon followed it up with a very successful headlining UK tour in April 2006. Kerrang Magazine was present at the Nottingham show and the following KKKK review was published on May 27 2006: "Ramesses' is more of a drawn-out, fucked-up trio than a bar fight, although that doesn't stop Mark Greening pounding his skins so hard he has to be taken out of the PA and bassist Adam Richardson has to move onto the floor to get away from his rhythmic thunder. And even then, his battery is still louder than the rest of their primeval, psychedelic sludge. Given how formless and plodding such fare can sound, it's awesome how exhilarating Ramesses make it, even when they're going slower than a pensioner in a Skoda, dragging the listener through black, musical hell. Whether you like it or not is irrelevant, when it's this powerful, you'll feel something, be it complete revulsion or macabre joy." (by Nick Ruskell). In its August 2006 issue, Metal Hammer (UK) magazine reviewed the last gig of the tour, the sold out London show: "You can now safely drop the 'ex-Electric Wizard description as they have established their own identity as a great British post-doom band. The reverberations are still rumbling in our skulls long after they have left the stage. It's a night to be pissed or wrecked or otherwise out of it: and even if you are the only person in the place sipping Diet Coke, you leave staggering under the influence of a potent contact high, vaguely aware that you've just seen one of the gigs of the year." (Tommy Udo, 7/10)
A very special performance at the stunning Colchester Arts Centre on 06/06/06 was filmed and Ramesses plan to eventually release a DVD with lots of unseen live footage, gathered over the last 3 years.
Ramesses covered Eyehategod's 'Lack of Almost Everything', for a tribute CD released on Emetic Records, in February 2007. It was an honour for the band to represent the UK on this disc. 'Misanthropic Alchemy' is the title of their debut album, which will be released in Europe June 2007, via FETO Records. FETO is a new UK label owned by Mick Kenney (Mistress / Anaal Nathrakh / Exploder) and Shane Embury (Napalm Death / Lock Up / Brujeria).
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