Black Moth
Black Moth
Photo by Kristy Garland.
Background information
Origin Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Genres Stoner Rock, Hard Rock, Grunge, Heavy Metal
Years active 2010 - 2019
Labels New Heavy Sounds, Candlelight Records
Associated acts The Bacchae, X Ray Cat Trio, Centurions Ghost, Hybris, Cougar, Rat Salad (UK)
Website The Moth Pit

Black Moth is a heavy/hard rock band from Leeds. Active since 2010 the band has released two full-length albums via New Heavy Sounds. They cite Black Sabbath, The Stooges, Mastodon, Red Fang, Pissed Jeans, Drunk in Hell, Kvelertak, Uncle Acid and the deadbeats, Turbowolf, Blacklisters, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Swans, Bo Ningen, Goat and Arabrot and L7 as influences.


Black Moth formed in the summer of 2010 in the wake of the dissolution of their previous band The Bacchae, releasing a single for The Articulate Dead and performing a "launch gig" on 8 October 2010 at Santiago Bar in Leeds (With support from Vile Imbeciles).[1] From there the band would sign to New Heavy Sounds and begin work on material for a studio album with a split release and a short European tour coming beforehand in 2011.[2]

With ten songs under their belt the band would release their debut studio album The Killing Jar on 7 May 2012 to positive reviews. With touring and festival appearances to follow the band's growth as songwriters began to grow though only a tease of further developments came in 2013 with a single featuring two songs in "Savage Dancer" and "Tree of Woe". In an interview with Louder Than War, Harriet Bevan would state in terms of growing songwriting:

"Well we were extremely busy with touring and festivals for a while. We wrote a few new songs for our Too Pure single (Tree of Woe and Savage Dancer) but really had to focus our efforts on songwriting in just a few months before recording our second album. I think we learned so much from the first one that our songwriting skills were much better this time around, and we had a clearer idea of who we are and what we want to do. We’re also not kids anymore… we’ve had a lot to contend with as humans, and I’m sure the growing intensity of our lives has fed into our songwriting.
— Harriet Bevan, Louder Than War [3]

The band's sophomore album Condemned to Hope would see release on 15 September 2014 via New Heavy Sounds, featuring artwork by legendary artist Roger Dean. Overall the album would see positive reviews from the likes of TeamRock[4], PopMatters[5] and The SludgeLord[6] to name a few. Nico Carew would leave the group in 2015 and be replaced by Centurion's Ghost guitarist Federica Gialanze.

In regards to recent events the band toured with The Sisters of Mercy in 2015 and recently appeared at Bloodstock Festival in 2017. The band would also tour in the fall of 2018 with Fireball Ministry, Orange Goblin and Corrosion of Conformity. This would be in support of the band's third album Anatomical Venus, released circa 2 March 2018 via Candlelight Records.

On 20 September 2019 it would be announced that Black Moth would be "hanging up their wings" and announcing that they would be calling it a day after nearly ten years. The band would announce a farewell show at Brudenell Social Club on 6 December 2019, with a London show to follow.[7]

Black Moth - 'Blackbirds Fall' - Official Video Metal Hammer

Black Moth - 'Blackbirds Fall' - Official Video Metal Hammer


  • The Articulate Dead (Single) (2010, High Magick)
  • Black Moth / XM-3A (Split with XM-3A) (2011, New Heavy Sounds)
  • The Killing Jar (Studio Album) (2012, New Heavy Sounds)
  • Savage Dancer / Tree of Woe (Single) (2013, Independent)
  • Condemned to Hope (Studio Album) (2014, New Heavy Sounds)
  • Anatomical Venus (Studio Album) (2018, Candlelight Records)


  • Harriet Bevan - Vocals (2010 - Present)
  • Federica Gialanze - Guitars (2015 - Present)
  • Dave Vachon - Bass (2010 - Present)
  • Dominic McCready - Drums (2010 - Present)
  • Jim Swainston - Lead Guitar (2010 - Present)
  • Nico Carew - Guitar (2012 - 2015)


External LinksEdit


  1. FacebookAccessed 22 August 2017
  2. FacebookAccessed 22 August 2017
  3. Louder Than War Louder Than War Interview: Harriet Bevan from Black Moth, accessed 22 August 2017
  4. TeamRock
  5. PopMatters
  6. The Sludgelord
  7. Black Moth Facebook
  8. FacebookAccessed 22 August 2017
  9. FacebookAccessed 22 August 2017
  10. FacebookAccessed 22 August 2017
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