Raging Speedhorn were formed in 1998 from the merging of the bands Soulcellar and Box.
Through a ‘frightening’ stage presence and minor re-working of riffs reminiscent of Iron Monkey, the band quickly established itself as a major presence within the UK’s metal scene.
Raging Speedhorn featured two vocalists, a style largely inspired by the UK hardcore band Hard to Swallow, second vocalist Bloody Kev’s former band. The band’s first single, “Thumper” (produced by industrial veteran, Marc Heal) was released in 2000 to significant critical acclaim.
In 2001 they charted in the UK Singles Chart with “The Gush”.
On early Raging Speedhorn recordings the music can be characterised by pounding basslines, heavily distorted riff-thick guitarwork and subject content consisting generally (but certainly not exclusively) of hedonism, drug-use, violence, antipathy for major band labels and depression.
Before The Sea Was Built was the only album the band produced with Larry Hibbitt, of Hundred Reasons.
It was released on 11 September 2007 through Steamhammer, a subsidiary of SPV Records.
On 25 March 2008 it was announced the band was to split after a final tour. The band are now spread far and wide, including Cardiff, Wales and Stockholm, Sweden.
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