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Throughout the period of 2008 the band diligently worked on their first musical output focusing on creating classic British black metal fused with the passion and atmospheres created by British folk tales. Crafting each song carefully the band prepared several songs of which five were recorded. Of these three were put forward for the demo. During this year the band also launched a very successful MySpace website along with its own dedicated website.


On Friday 13th March 2009 Old Corpse Road unleashed their first demo "The Echoes of Tales Once Told" in a limited 1st Edition of 1000 hand numbered copies. Reviews of the demo were outstanding (click here to view them) and we gained much support including a slot on the Zero Tolerance covermount CD.

On the strength of the demo the band were offered the chance to record a split EP with The Meads of Asphodel to be released on Godreah records. The Old Corpse once again entered the studio to record three more songs for the split EP which are Hob Headless Rises, The Witch of Wookey Hole and The Devil’s Footprints.

In addition the band featured on the UK Black Metal Vol. 2 compilation with the unreleased demo track “Hell’s Kettles” and also contributed guest vocals on The Meads of Asphodel xmas special track for Terrorizer magazine “The Song of a Thousand Roars”. During the later half of 2009 the band played several successful live dates, including the well renowned Gathering of the Clans festival.


In March Old Corpse Road unleashed the split EP with The Meads of Asphodel entitled “The Bones of this Land are not Speechless” which received excellent reviews and press.

The band toured the UK extensively playing alongside Hecate Enthroned, Wodensthrone and many fellow UK bands with a live highlight at Bloodstock Open Air. They also hosted their own mini festival 'Fires of Rebellion' in Nottingham and were aksed to return to Gathering of the Clans Festival.

Amidst the touring Old Corpse Road continued to write new songs in the studio.


A cassette reissue of the 'Echoes...' demo was released through Darkness Shade Records featuring bonus tracks form the demo recording sessions.

This year also saw the band tour heavily playing with the likes of Fen, Alcest, Winterfylleth, Skyclad, Hecate Enthroned and also hosting another mini festival named 'Witching Hour Festival'. It also saw the bands first visit to Scotland.

Towards the end of the year Old Corpse Road participated in The Great Exhibition UK mini tour with The Prophecy, Northern Oak and Eibon La Furies. Finishing touches were made to the songs which would soon be recorded for the album.


The band entered the studio to record their debut album to be released in the later part of the year. During the recording sessions they also covered the Bathory classic 'Equimanthorn' for a tribute album named 'Voices from Valhalla release via Godreah Records alongside many great bands such as Sigh, The Meads of Apshodel, Nokturnal Mortum and Skyforger.

Old Corpse Road played a series of gigs including several headlining shows and also had a special guest slot at Warhorns Festival, a viking/folk/pagan/black metal gathering in York which featured bands from Latvia, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, America and of course Scotland and England.

In August a brand new track from the upcoming album named 'The Cauld Lad of Hylton' featued on Terrorizer's Secret History of Extreme Metal covermount CD. This served as the first chance for fans to hear the new material and was received with excellent praise.

The end of the year saw the release of the debut album 'Tis Witching Hour... As Spectres we Haunt this Kingdom' via Godreah Records.


In January the 2012 end of year polls for Terroizer Magazine saw the band get best newcomer and 2nd best unsigned act. 'Tis Witching Hour also got great reviews in Terrorizer, Zero Tolerance and Metal Hammer.

In Feburary and May the band toured the UK in support of the album from our hometown down to London. After this spate of gigs, sadly The Dreamer was unable to perform live drums so we recruited Tom (Box Head) Warner on session drums and played some fantastic gigs incuding Beermageddon, a 2 day mini tour of Ireland and also a gig supporting Sweden's Shining amongst many others.

Towards the end of the year the band began work on the track 'The Sockburn Worm' to feature on the 7" split with The Infernal Sea.


In February the band supported Danish Viking metallers Svartsot a the Jorvik Viking weekend alongside Jaldaboath. March saw the return of The Dreamer on live drums following his recovery. It also saw the return of The Revenant on guitar and vocals, making Old Corpse Road a 6 piece.

May saw the release of the limited 7" split with The Infernal Sea on Three Swords Records along with a mini tour supporting Finnish symphonic death metallers Whorion. We played a few of these shows with Box Head as a final send off and a thanks for his time with the band.

We were asked to be the guest headliner at the Brighton Metal to the Masses final in Brighton which ultimately lead to us being aksed to return to Bloodstock to play the Sophie Lancaster Stage. This turned out to be our biggest gig to date as we played to a packed out tent.

Throughout the year to date the band continued work on the second full length album and launched a new website. Expect more news very soon!


During 2015 the band put finishing touches to their second album and secured a new record deal to be announced very soon.

The band also continued to play gigs, including Eradication Festival in Wales and a return to the legendary Warhorns Festival in Yorkshire. They also co-organised The Blackwood Gathering event in Cumbria, playing an acoustic track by firelight in the woods.

Towards the end of the year The Seer departed from the band and thus we returned to our original 5 piece line-up.


In preparation for the new album the band launched the new 'Sigil of Herne' t-shirt. Shortly after, they hit the road supporting old friends Northern Oak on their farewell tour in February and March.