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LOCKIN were formed in 2008 in Leeds England.

The band have always been passionate about playing the music they love, saying;

‘We play the music we enjoy to play, because we enjoy playing it. If other people enjoy what we do then that’s great but that cant be all you aim for. At the end of the day we have to have a passion for what we do on stage, we want our music to be honest and true to us and most importantly, we don’t want to sound like anybody other than LOCKIN.’

This uncompromising view has meant LOCKIN have had to work even harder to get themselves out there and make people listen to what they have to say.

That’s not to say the band are inaccessible, or that the music is ear shatteringly heavy; although certainly not a ‘tame’ band with tracks like ‘These Three Skulls’ and ‘Black Horizon’ with their crunching riffs and driving bass, tracks like ‘Night Worker’ and ‘Insignificant’ take us to a far more melodic place, while still managing to maintain the bands unique sound.

And the unique sound they achieve is due, in part, to the bands 3-piece line-up, the lack of a second guitar means the band choose to base their tracks around solid riffs and melodies as opposed to long, drawn out solo’s. This gives a fullness and quality to the bands music that is evident throughout all of their tracks, and it’s clear as much time is spent planning the song’s structure as is spent on the riffs and vocal hooks.

The current line-up consists of:
Dave battle - Vox/Guitar
Ben Dickinson - Bass/Backing Vox
Martin Hills - Drums

Already the band have had tracks played on international radio stations and begun to receive plenty of attention on the undergound metal scene, as well as in the local press.
The band have also had major support slots with ‘InMe’ and ‘Hayseed Dixie’, and are due to support 80’s metallers ‘The Tygers of Pantang’ later this year.
LOCKIN are definitely one to watch!

LOCKIN’s first EP - Black Horizon is due out on independent release June/July this year and the band are hoping to organise a short tour to coincide with its release.

Thanks for supporting original music, thanks for supporting LOCKIN!

Keep it loud!!!!


‘From some particular gruff, but not grunting, style vocals to the catchy, no-nonsense, rolling riffs you could be forgiven for being reminded of an early Metallica. Further cementing this idea came in the form of final song, and their most recent demo, ‘Black Horizon’, which appears to start as a carefully planned attack but transforms into an all-out assault on your ears. An engaging start from Lockin.’
Nicholas Dishington - Metal Discovery

‘One of the best harder bands of the day, we love the music breaks’.
Live and Unsigned Judging panel

‘The brand new demo from thrash metal outfit Lockin starts off with a hollered announcement of ‘This is your black horizon’ before the stomping guitars kick in. It’s not actually as much as an assault on the ears as you imagine it would be, providing a well balanced metal mosh tune – well worthy of its radio air time.’
Sally Altas - Sally’s gig reviews (demo Review)

‘Hayseed Dixie asked for a metal band support specifically and you can do no better than Castleford’s Lockin. Lockin were absolutely spot on, the crowd loved them, and so did Hayseed Dixie, as they were peeping out of the stage side door and rocking along with the rest of us. Tuesday night’s performance proved to me that (Lockin) are ready to step up to a bigger stage.
Steve Joseph - Rock of The North 

General Info

Band Members
Dave Battle, Ben Dickinson, Martin Hills
Artist Name
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Metal / stoner / doom

Contact Info

leeds, UK
Deathcard Management

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