Spear Of Destiny
29th Apr 2017
Hard to believe we know but it is true, Kirk Brandon has now been leading SPEAR OF DESTINY for over 30 years.
2014 saw the release of the band’s 13th studio album “31 (Thirty-One)” These brand new studio recordings were released on Vinyl, CD and Digital via , Bay Music Distribution and The Orchard Digital Platform. The lead track from the album “Fascinations” is the title song from a feature film “Mob Handed” which is to be released in June 2106.
SPEAR OF DESTINY were formed in 1983 after the demise of Kirk Brandon’s post punk iconic rockers THEATRE OF HATE. (Brandon had also, before TOH, been the main man in every punk rockers favorite band of that era The Pack)
The current line up of Spear is the longest serving to date and features Adrian Portas (New Model Army / Sex Gang Children), Craig Adams (Sisters of Mercy / The Cult / The Mission) and Phil Martini (Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind) on drums. Long time Brandon cohort Steve Allan-Jones will be covering the keyboards.
During 2015 SOD headlined over 50 UK club shows as well as topping the bill at October’s Whitby Goth Festival. Brandon’s own fan club event “Westworld Weekend” sold out for the 3rd year running in May 2016..
The current live show pulls on songs from all 30+ years of SOD. The classic’s Liberator, Mickey, Rainmaker, The Wheel, Never Take Me Alive etc… are all found sitting closely alongside newer fan favorites such as Age of Unreason, Prison Planet, Judas, Lucky Man, Last Man Standing and of course a handful of songs from ‘31’.
A new studio album has been started and is expected to be released in 2017.
Comments on Kirk Brandon and Spear of Destiny:
The BBC’s Jeremy Vine says, “@kirkbrandon is one of our greatest musical geniuses”
John Robb’s Louder Than War “Spear of Destiny are criminally underrated and are one of Britain’s best, Boys Own, punch the air, grandiose Rock’n Roll bands.
Mojo wrote: “Kirk Brandon is on of the UK’s best kept secrets”.
BBC Radio’s Jools Holland: ‘possibly [Spear of Destiny’s] best album in 20 years’
Louder Than War: 9/10 Brandon puts his all into every songwith epic bombast, coming across as a tragic rock n roll anti-hero. He is the Wagner of rock n roll. And the haircut’s still pretty cool.
Aberdeen Voice: Thirty one years together makes for flawless instrumentals, a unique sound, and some remarkable riffs and harmonies.
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