ABOUT THE BAND
“Like so many people in rock, I started off listening to Status Quo. I went to their alleged last gig “In the Army Now” in 1981– unbelievable!!I then progressed appreciating all traditional rock acts like Purple, Sabbath, Rainbow and Whitesnake et al.
As a young lad I’d wait hours after gigs with all my record sleeves to get autographs from the stars. Over the years my collection has grown and have a great collection from all the rock veterans.
I was an Iron Maiden nut for years and for a while all my pocket money was spent on Maiden memorabilia, picture discs, imports, white labels etc. etc.
I went through the usual ‘difficult’ teenage years. I rebelled, listening to thrash metal, but my appreciation for Metallica never waned.
As broad as the rock spectrum is, my musical influences vary from traditional to the present day. Vocal influences are Eddie Vedder, David Coverdale and Ronnie James Dio.”
“I’ve played guitar for 14 years, had lessons for a short time before going on to teach myself.
I have dabbled in different projects over the years but Nightblade is the most serious one of them all, notable highlights supporting Snakecharmer and Wolfsbane, my early influences were bands such as Nirvana, Muse, Pearl Jam, Rolling Stones but over the years these have grown to incorporate even more styles and varieties of music though I do have a real soft spot for music with good melodic licks and a strong rhythm.”
Music influences: punk rock, metal, indie.
Hobbies: Gym, Rottweilers.
Favourite bands: The Stranglers, Sevendust, Pearl Jam, Discharge, Gbh, Crass, Stonesour, Slipknot.
Favourite musicians: J J Burnel, Eddie Vedder, John Lydon, Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Charlotte Martin, Lajon Weatherspoon, Corey Taylor.
Favourite bassist: Jean-Jacques Burnel of The Stranglers
“Myself and Mark go back many years where we met at Stourbridge College and we immediately clicked having got similar tastes in music. We spent less time at college and more skiving listening to vinyl and cassettes at my house in Kinver.
I’ve drummed in various rock bands since the age of 14. I was influenced especially in the early days by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and the Beatles etc
Over the years I have played the Midlands circuit extensively including the legendary JBs in Dudley, The Robin and the 02 in Birmingham.”
What the press are saying
Since their inception in 2010, the band have consistently gained new friends and fans for their enticing blend of alternative rock. Their critically acclaimed debut album, Servant To Your Lair, incited extensive touring and strong support from Metal Hammer magazine. NIGHTBLADE followed the release with 2013’s, Closer To The Threshold. The album snared the backing of Powerplay, and also introduced the band to the Japanese market with the country’s largest rock magazine, Burn, endorsing the Brit rockers. Throughout 2014 and 2015, the quartet concentrated efforts on live shows, sharing stages with renowned international acts such as Snakecharmer, Wolfsbane and Diamond Head, before dropping their popular EP, Crisis Has No Prejudice, to much praise once again. In 2016, the foursome went into a hiatus, but they successfully resurged in 2020 with the album, Ignorance Is Bliss. The record picked up a raft of coverage and support from: Kerrang! Radio, HRH Magazine, Metal Temple, ERB Magazine, Ramzine and Moshville Times, who all proclaimed the album as a true return to form for the alt rockers.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the band were not able to gig and fully support Ignorance Is Bliss, which prompted NIGHTBLADE to turn their energy to writing and recording. During lockdown, the foursome crafted Unknown Territories, and it’s a true calling for all rock fans. Taking in eleven tracks, the album is an intense affair which gestures towards Alter Bridge, Pearl Jam and Guns N Roses. Vocalist and frontman, Mark Crosby expounds: “This record is a journey into mystery, darkness, and the fearful unknown– a quest to understand the human mind and its minefield of complexities. Diverse, and with a typical disdain for conformity, this album is built with Nightblade’s creativity, confident in the knowledge that it sounds powerful, whilst developing and refining what is ‘The Nightblade sound’ in the process.”