Background information
Origin Kingston Upon Hull, Yorkshire, England
Genres Sludge Metal
Years active 2010 - Present
Labels Hambercy, APF Records, Black Bow Records
Associated acts Mastiff, Pitiful Reign, Introrectalgestation, Guthrum, Mavet, Infernal Creation, Ravenage, Winterfylleth, Heathen Foray
Website Battalions Facebook

Battalions are a sludge metal band based out of Hull.[1] Forming in 2010, this quartet would compose what they would describe as "heavy rock with extreme vocals". Building themselves up in the UK scene, the band has released three studio albums to date and are currently signed to APF Records.

History[edit | edit source]

Battalions would form in 2010 the founding lineup of Phil Wilkinson, Pete Cross, Matt Dennett and Matt Walker. The band would perform occasional shows in their beginnings alongside the likes of Lazarus Blackstar,[2] Dopefight, Conan and Cough[3] among others. However Dennett would not stay with the band for long and guitarist Pete Cross would switch to bass. Working with engineer and session guitarist Half Deaf Clatch, Battalions would release their debut EP Warnings Have Been Issued on 11 July 2012.

Battalions would perform sporadic shows, eventually recruiting a new guitarist in Mark Wood. With Matt Dennett returning on bass and Pete Cross returning to bassist, the band would briefly become a quintet. This lineup would record with Chris Fielding at Skyhammer Studio, working on a debut album. Nothing To Lose would see release on 21 January 2016, gaining positive reception. This same lineup would quickly begin work on a follow-up, returning to SKyhammer Studio in February 2017. Moonburn would see release on 5 August 2017 to further critical praise.[4][5][6]

Gaining momentum, work on a third album would quickly follow albeit as a quartet as Mark Wood would leave the band. Following appearances at the likes of APF Records Showcase and The Sophie Lancaster Festival[7] among other events, along with signing with the Manchester label. Forever Marching Backwards would see release on 30 November 2018 to positive reviews.[8][9][10]

Founding member Matt Walker would part ways with the band in 2020.

Discography[edit | edit source]

Studio Albums[edit | edit source]

  • Nothing To Lose (2016, Self-Released; Harmancy Records)
  • Moonburn (2017, Self-Released)
  • Forever Marching Backwards (2018, APF Records)

Other Releases[edit | edit source]

  • Warnings Have Been Issued (Extended Play) (2012, Self-Released)
  • Amazonian Woman (Digital Single) (2017, Self-Released)
  • Forever Marching Backwards (Digital Single) (2018, Self-Released)
  • Pure Humber Sludge (Compilation) (2020, APF Records)

Members[edit | edit source]

Current Members[edit | edit source]

  • Phil Wilkinson - Vocals (2010 - Present)
  • Pete Cross - Guitar (2010 - 2011, 2015 - Present; Bass (2011 - 2015)
  • Matt Dennett - Bass (2010 - 2011, 2015 - Present)

Former Members[edit | edit source]

  • Matt Walker - Drums (2010 - 2020)
  • Andrew McClatchie - Guitar, Slide Guitar (2010 - 2013)
  • Mark Wood - Guitar (2013 - 2018)

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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