Employed To Serve to tour with MARE, 'Greyer....' vinyl repress incoming.

Posted on April 13th, 2016

Following on directly from their appearances at the awesome Temples Festival, our very own Employed To Serve will head out into mainland Europe to play some very special shows with the legendary Mare (Hydra Head Industries)!

A second pressing of the bands critically-lauded debut album 'Greyer Than You Remember', is now available for preorder on blue suede/cream merge vinyl, in a new art gloss sleeve

June 2016 - MARE/Employed To Serve

4th Temples Festival - Employed To Serve, Bristol, UK
5th Temples Festival - MARE, Bristol, UK
7th El Diablo, Lille, France
8th Magasin 4 , Brussels, Belgium
9th ACU, Utrecht, Netherlands
10th Musik & Frieden, Berlin, Germany

Departures join Holy Roar Records, new album due this summer....

Posted on April 11th, 2016

We are very happy to announce that we will be releasing Departures forthcoming third album 'Death Touches Us, From The Moment We Begin To Love' this summer. Having been fans of the band for some time, when the opportunity arose to work with the band we jumped at it. At this point the band might be considered almost stalwarts of the UK hardcore scene, something that hasn't gone unnoticed by the world: the band have successfully toured Japan (as well as all the usual territories), been handpicked to support Modern Life Is War and American Nightmare, as well as shows and tours along the way with Your Demise, Moose Blood, More Than Life, Funeral For A Friend, Shai Hulud, Stick To Your Guns, Balance & Composure, Seahaven, Pianos Become The Teeth and many more.

This new record streamlines, crystallizes and solidifies Departures' already achingly melodic post-hardcore sound into something truly formidable. Existing fans of the band will not be disappointed, whilst new ears will be treated to a record that blurs the line between high-energy alternative/indie and emotional post-hardcore.

Tracklisting, artwork and more new music will be revealed soon.


Hang The Bastard to play 'Hellfire Reign' in full at HRX with original vocalist Chris Barling....

Posted on April 5th, 2016

Despite having been sent some early demos, I first truly became aware of Hang The Bastard upon the release of their debut ep ‘Raw Sorcery’ - a devastating mixture of mid/late 90’s hardcore and thrash metal. It was a great time - with the band rising in popularity seemingly in tandem with Brutality Will Prevail, culminating in the bands releasing a split 7” and playing many shows together. Both bands went on to release the seminal ‘Hellfire Reign’ and ‘Root Of All Evil’ albums on Holy Roar.

Of course, Hang The Bastard mutated over time in terms of personnel and sound - slowly arriving at a courruscating sludge metal sound, that never lost sight of The Riff or the bands early energy. Sadly, Hang The Bastard have now announced their imminent split, after 9 years and 17 bassists. Before sailing off into the sunset the band will be playing ‘Hellfire Reign’ in full for the first and last time with original vocalist Christopher Barling at HRX.

To say this is, and will be, bittersweet is somewhat of an understatement. This is your chance to give the band the send-off they deserve, as one of the cornerstones of the history of Holy Roar Records…..


More Than Life & Giants albums released today!

Posted on April 1st, 2016


BIG day here at HRHQ with 'Break The Cycle', the awesome debut album by GIANTS out direct via us, in all good record shops (with exclusive orange vinyl in stores!) and on all download/streaming services. LTD LP/LP/CD/DD.

Also out today is the reissue of 'Love Let Me Go', the seminal debut album by More Than Life, remixed and remastered. Once again shops have an exclusive ultra-clear vinyl (ltd 100!), and this release is available direct from us, in all good stores and all good digital services. LP/CD/DD

Stream both releases in full www.holyroarrecords.com orholyroarrecords.bandcamp.com