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Guitarist Zak Glossop played in a band whilst in school with bassist Danny Stevenson under the guise of Distorted. When Distorted went their seperate ways, Zak and Danny decided to start up a band of their own. After finding a singer and a drummer, they put out an advert for a second guitarist. They found that guitarist in Aran Grant after watching videos on YouTube of Aran covering Metallica's 'One' and Pantera's 'Cowboys From Hell' and 'Domination'. Aran auditioned for the place and presented them with an idea he had for a song which later became 'The Pilgrimage of Screams'. As the singer they had didn't turn up to that first practice, Aran took on vocal duties for the day, singing 'Pilgrimage', Metallica's 'Seek and Destroy' and 'For Whom The Bell Tolls' and Judas Priest's 'Breaking The Law'. After that practice, Zak and Danny decided Aran should stay on vocals. A little later, the drummer at the time left due to commitments to his other band and was replaced with Richard Jackson. Thus Epitaph was born! Within a short time of being together they released their debut EP, Judgement Day, which included 'The Pilgrimage of Screams', 'Abomination Overdrive', 'Judgement Day' and the track 'Thunder and Lightening', which was later dropped from the set due to the massive difference in style to the rest of the bands songs. Epitaph entered and won the Sheffield Corporation's 'Battle of the Bands' contest in 2012, and went on to support established artists such as Wolfsbane and Absolva. However, the Absolva show would be Rich's last show with Epitaph. After a long period hunting for a new drummer, Zak, Aran and Danny found Jean - Luc Chavaudra. After a few shows with the new line up, Danny decided to leave to focus on other aspects of his life. He stayed with Epitaph whilst they found a replacement and played his last few songs to an amazing crowd at Epitaph's first headline show at the Sheffield Corporation where he passed the bass off to Ziyos' resident bass monster, Rob 'Tini' Patterson. The latest incarnation of Epitaph then recorded a second release entitled 'The Demos', which included 'Written In Stone', 'The Last Storm' and a re-recording of 'Abomination Overdrive'. They now play a steady stream of shows and played support slots for Wolfsbane, I Am Giant and Absolva as well as playing Rocksector Records' own SOS festival. The band are gathering a dedicated fan base throughout the U.K and are extremely thankful for their continued support.
Epitaph are heavily influenced by classic bands such as Metallica, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Dio, Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath as well as newer bands like Bullet For My Valentine, Trivium, Firewind, Hammerfall and Five Finger Death Punch.
With hooks that'll be stuck in your head for days, it's essential that you hear this band!