Stampin Ground Bio
Adam Frakes-Sime - Vocals
Antony Mowbray - Guitar
Scott Atkins - Guitar
Ian Glasper - Bass
Neil Hutton - Drums
STAMPIN' GROUND have long been a band with the vision, dedication and perseverance required to take themselves to the peak of the international metal world. Arising from a joint hardcore/metal background this UK quintet have toured with the likes of Sepultura, The Haunted, Hatebreed and Biohazard; enabling them to reach a bigger market of both the hardcore and metal scenes combined. As one of the most threatening and energetic live bands around, they have earned a loyal, solid following and attracted a wealth of media attention in the process.
Formed in Cheltenham, England, in 1995, STAMPIN' GROUND are no strangers to hard work, and have since released an impressive back catalogue that illustrates both their staying power and their determination to climb the ranks to the top of their genre. The group released two successful independent albums, Demons Run Amok and An Expression Of Repressed Violence, but it was 2000's Carved From Empty Words that would turn them into a national force. Their success is entirely due to two things, their relentless power and aggression mixed with their ability to keep a sharp eye on their all-important songwriting appeal.
Always more than willing to push the musical boundaries, STAMPIN' GROUND were the first English band of their kind to tour in America in 1998 without having an album available to the public, as they were eager to find out whether their success in Europe could be applied to the U.S. The group received rave reviews and knew that that this was a market that they could easily have success in. Their energetic live show has always been their biggest strength, as they understand that audience participation is a fundamental factor in any ultimate gig experience, and frontman Adam Frakes-Sime is a master of his craft. While he whips an audience to boiling point, the rest of the band energetically cover the stage, nailing their songs down with confidence and aggression. It's with this approach to playing live that has gained them successful tours across Europe including Iceland, Spain and Greece, again, the first of their kind to do so. Soon enough their live reputation had generated enough impact internationally to be invited to play such prestigious European events as the Dour Festival (Belgium), With Full Force (Germany), Pressure Festival (Germany), Kerrang! K Fest (England), and more notably, a main stage appearance at the 2003 Download Festival at England's Castle Donnington.
STAMPIN' GROUND's latest masterpiece, A New Darkness Upon Us, sees the band continue to challenge the listener with their innovative and viciously infectious hooks. Produced and engineered by Andy Sneap (Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage, Testament) the new album boasts one of the most convincing and massive production efforts to date. Capitalizing on the sound they've already built, STAMPIN' GROUND deliver twelve new tracks that transcend the barriers set by current trends. From the offset, A New Darkness Upon Us is a rollercoaster of an album that changes pace and experiments with delivery and dynamics until its raging conclusion. This is a must for Slayer, Lamb of God, Chimaira or Hatebreed fans.
In an age where hype and industry politics produce bands of unworthy overnight success, STAMPIN' GROUND are the antidote. Never has a band been more ready to step up to the next level of the game