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BIOGRAPHY

VICTORIUS – a NWOBHM / Thrash inspired band
hailing from Dundee and Glasgow.

Starting in 2006, the band quickly made their way through the Scottish ranks, playing venues up and down the country and developing a solid fan base. In 2007 things really took off for the band as they were invited to support acts such as 3 Inches of Blood, Skid Row and Paradise Lost.

More interest was gained – however the band suffered a set back which then required a line up change. With a new guitarist joining the band, they continued on for a while playing gigs in and around Scotland, however it was not to be, and due to personal differences, the band parted ways with some members forming ‘Pariah’ and others going on to their respective life choices.

Fast forward to 2016 and with the powers of social media, drummer Ryan Shepherd made contact with vocalist / lead guitarist, John Brandon and bassist John Gibbons saying quite literally, “Lets get the band back together”.

All 3 members jumped at it and within days were back in the studio relighting the fire. At this point, and still requiring a second guitarist, the band hired Arroll Kelly who stepped in and made the role his!

An application was made to Glasgows’ Metal to the Masses Tournament in 2017. A series of gigs that led them to the finals and competing for a place to play at the Bloodstock Festival. It was not to be and the band narrowly lost out to ‘Titan Breed’. Following the run of gigs, unfortunately, Arroll had to quit the band to pursue a new life in the USA. Enter Stewart Kennedy. Stewart was thrown in at the deep end right away, gigging almost instantly. And since his appointment the band have went from strength to strength, playing up and down the UK.

The band struck up a relationship with Dundee born warhorses ‘Satans Empire’. The bands played several dates together in London, Glasgow and Dundee which then led to Victorius being invited to play a festival in London in June 2019. The band have since played gigs supporting Oliver Dawson Saxon and Absolva and have recently played their first post lockdown gig “Stormbreakers” at the Dreadnought Rock venue in Bathgate along with the Wildfire Festival the week after.

They recently released their debut 8 track album, ‘Rise From The Flames’ in October 2020.

 

John Brandon
Vocals, Lead Guitar

Influences:
Metallica, Annihilator, Anthrax, Slayer, Megadeth

First Gig:
Sepultura, Glasgow Barrowlands 1993

Previous Bands:
Intrinsic, Divinity, Pariah

Favourite Musicians:
Doug Aldritch, DIO, James Hetfield, Tony Iommi, Ritchie Blackmore, Dave Mustaine, Jeff Waters, Kirk Hammet, Scott Ian, Dan Spitz, Adrian Smith

Ryan Shepherd
Drums

Influences:
Early Machine Head, Dagoba, Chimaira

First Gig:
Deftones, QMU 1996

Previous Bands:
Excellent Cadaver,
Darkened Place

Favourite Musicians:
Cozy Powel, Gene Hoglan, Mike Mangini

John Gibbons
Backing Vocals, Bass Guitar

Influences:
Metallica, Anthrax, Maiden, Motörhead, Slayer

First Gig:
Sepultura, Glasgow Barrowlands 1993

Previous Bands:
Intrinsic, Ramp

Favourite Musicians:
Frankie Bello, Jason Newsted, 
Cliff Burton, James Hetfield, Brandon Bruce, Charlie Benante

Stewart Kennedy
Rhythm Guitar

Influences:
Dissection, Emperor, Annihilator, Sepultura, Slayer

First Gig:
Faster Pussycat, Glasgow Barrowlands 1989

Previous Bands:
Divinity

Favourite Musicians: 
Jeff Waters,
Chuck Schuldiner,
Jon Nödtveidt,
Ihsahn

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TESTIMONIALS

Oliver/Dawson Saxon & Victorius

Attic Bar, Glasgow Garage

 

Tonight, the venue welcomes Oliver Dawson Saxon – arguably the most accessible of the two bands enjoying Saxon DNA. Their local support for the night couldn’t be any more local. Glasgow metal merchants Victorius (spellcheck doesn’t like the spelling!) have been together for more than a decade and it’s clear they were pleased to share the stage with genuine legends.

A local support will always do well if they acknowledge the crowd and Victorius did just that. Calling out to various locations across Scotland and beyond, frontman Brandon raised smiles and didn’t take himself too seriously (between songs at least).

Their material has some clear nods to Iron Maiden with twin guitar melodies but the feel is a touch heavier and that heavy element is rammed down the audience’s throat with a cover of  ‘Creeping Death’ later in the set. I did think their own material was strong enough to stand alone but the Metallica ingredient went down well.

Closing with a track from the new album, the Iron Maiden influence was as clear as a bell and the response from the crowd fuelled an energetic performance.

I liked them and they are engaging.

Go check them out if you can.

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CONTACT

All contact in the first instance should be done by contacting the Band’s Management:

FORGED IN SCOTLAND
Email fis@scotlandrocksradio.com or call 07428 150 380

To contact the Band direct, email
admin@victoriusmetal.co.uk or fill in the form below

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