The band has been performing and producing their own music for just over a year, having steadily evolved from a classic rock band. Black Moon Rising make music straight out of the eras of classic rock and metal, drawing on influences from Iron Maiden, Motley Crue and Metallica, as well as more contemporary bands such as Trivium, Sylosis and Avenged Sevenfold.
The combination of influences makes Black Moon Rising a truly innovative and complex band to listen to, but don t be fooled - this is metal with a sense of humour. No strangers to confetti cannons and smoke machines, the band tries to bring back the drama and theatre from 80s rock in their live performances whilst simultaneously blasting out a much more modern and heavy style of music.
Tracks from their new EP, The Awakening show off the band s fast progression and influences: drummer Box Head s skillful and dynamic drumming on From Within provides the ideal bedrock for Dr Niks heavy riffing as the track twists and turns from start to finish.
Claw Fox s intense lead guitar on 'Demons' and the EPs title track further demonstrate the perfect blend of newer wave metal with classic 80's thrash.
The new material sees the band turning to more personal subjects, creating a collection of songs centred on various stages of depression. The final track 'Die Alone is even more musically developed and explosive, featuring even heavier riffs and breakdowns held together expertly by bassist Van Rockingham.
Over a short amount of time, the band has cultivated a large and committed fan base through their dedication to live performance, amongst headliner and support slots at venues such as Sheffield s Corporation, Plug, and the O2 Academy. With an impressive gigging presence and one EP* already under their belts, the arrival of the second can only cement their position as one of Sheffield s best loved metal bands.
* Tracks from the first EP 'Cyanide' can be downloaded for free via Reverb Nation. Links available on our homepage.