Hailing from the underground Manchester metal scene, Collibus is a five-piece female-fronted progressive metal band of tour-de-force proportions.
Having won the 2013 Parliamentary Rock the House Discretionary Metal Award, Collibus made history by becoming the first heavy metal band ever to play a set in the House of Commons; had the music video for their winning track Dead Inside featured on Scuzz; and released their debut album The False Awakening all in a matter of months.
The January debut album launch was impressively followed by a quick succession of major festivals snapping up Collibus onto their lineup – with Download, Graspop Metal Meeting, Sonisphere, & Wacken Open Air all signing the band so far in 2014.
The album and their historical Parliamentary live set have bagged them an increasing number of fans, among whom they count rock legend, Queen's Brian May:
“Collibus is already a phenomenon. Scary musicianship at the most furious end of the metal spectrum, crowned with Gemma Fox's passion and power as a vocalist. Ouch. Impossible to ignore.”
Iced Earth's Luke Appleton hailed Collibus'
"Monstrous guitar solos, a grooving rhythm section and a vocalist that just smacks you in the face with melody!”
Although The False Awakening has only just been released, the British rock press has stood up and taken notice.
Malcolm Dome, Prog Rock Magazine, said:
“The False Awakening will be seen as one of the year's best debut albums. It's a work that points the way to a future where they're regarded as one of the master prog metal bands of the era.”
Alexander Milas, Metal Hammer editor, said that The False Awakening is:
“A heady dose of full-on, red-blooded British heavy metal.”
Dave Ling, Metal Hammer, reviewed the album saying:
“You'd expect them to pitch a sound that is several notches above the ranks of British hopefuls [Collibus'] independently released album reeks of future promise...Watch them fly.”
Rock the House Founder (and metal fan) Mike Weatherley MP who hand-picked Collibus for the Rock the House award, said:
“The Collibus sound is profoundly unique. They glide seamlessly through heavy in-your-face riffage, astounding technical sections, thought-provoking melodic passages, symphonic string arrangements and powerful vocals...I literally have not been able to listen to anything else since I got The False Awakening. They were fantastic in Parliament and I cant wait to see them play the 2014 metal festival circuit!”
Gemma Fox | Lead Vocals
Stephen Platt | Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals, Production
Daniel Mucs | Rhythm Guitar
RJ Kershaw | Bass
The False Awakening is available on CD and digital download at www.collibus.com, BigCartel, iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.
For more information on Collibus and their album The False Awakening, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.collibus.com
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