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A New Darkness Upon Us
1/27/2004
 
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Stampin' Ground Hanging It Up
September 9, 2006
After over a decade of treading the boards, Stampin' Ground have released the dates of their last-EVER tour.

Commented the band: "We slogged our hearts out for 11 years; harder than any band we've ever met, and we loved every minute of it. It's been the greatest ride and we're proud to have been part of it, but all good things come to an end and so has SG. This has nothing to do with musical differences, personal stuff or any other lame ass excuse you've heard a million times, truth is we just feel the time is right to hang it up. We never set out to win the world title, we just wanted to go the distance for 15 rounds and get some good punches in."

Frontman Adam Frakes-Sime added: "On behalf of Stampin' Ground, I'd like to extend thanks to all the great bands we've shared stages with, anyone who's given us a floor to crash on, those who've fought our corner at Century Media, ex-SG members Ian and Ade (now of Suicide Watch), and, of course, to all those who've bought our records and come to see us play. To celebrate the last 11 years of Stampin' Ground we've lined up a few shows, playing live has always been what SG's about and we'll be using these shows to reinforce the SG legacy."

Guitarist Scott Atkins had the following to say: "SG were always the underdog, striving against the odds, it's what kept us going.

"It will come as no surprise that the majority of SG still has a foothold in U.K. metal. Ben Frost has taken to the role of manager for Cinders Fall as well as running his own promo company for struggling U.K. talent Frostbite Promotions. Adam is recording with his new project Breedapart; he can't wait to get back to the stench of piss of those filthy bars and clubs we've been playing for the last decade. I now run my own studio, Grindstone, where U.K. bands (Denounce, Archaian, Uncerta, Fallout) get pulled into shape without being ripped off and end up sounding like shit for the privilege."

Jens Prueter of Century Media Records Europe commented: "Stampin' Ground was one of the leading European hardcore bands combining the energy of hardcore with the musical heaviness of metal. They developed their style long time before it became fashionable in today's metalcore scene and earn our biggest respect for staying true over so many years. It was a pleasure for us at Century Media to work with them and we want to wish all current and former band members the best for the future."

Stampin' Ground, Cinders Fall and Kingsize Blues tour dates:

Oct. 15 - (UK) Manchester, Jilly's Rockworld (Damnation Festival)
Oct. 26 - (UK) Newcastle, Trillians Rock Bar
Oct. 27 - (UK) Sheffield, The Corporation
Oct. 28 - (UK) Merthyr, The Studio Bar
Oct. 29 - (UK) London, The Carling Academy Islington
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 1995
HOME TOWN: Cheltenham, England
MEMBERS:
Adam Frakes-Sime (vocals)
Antony Mowbray (guitar)
Scott Atkins (guitar)
Ian Glasper (bass)
Neil Hutton (drums)

Stampin' Ground have long been a band with the vision, dedication and perseverance required to take themselves to the peak of the international metal world. Arising from a joint hardcore/metal background this UK quintet have toured with the likes of Sepultura, The Haunted, Hatebreed and Biohazard; enabling them to reach a bigger market of both the hardcore and metal scenes combined. As one of the most threatening and energetic live bands around, they have earned a loyal, solid following and attracted a wealth of media attention in the process. Formed in Cheltenham, England, in 1995, Stampin' Ground are no strangers to hard work, and have since released an impressive back catalogue that illustrates both their staying power and their determination to climb the ranks to the top of their genre. The group released two successful independent albums, Demons Run Amok and An Expression Of Repressed Violence, but it was 2000ís Carved From Empty Words that would turn them into a national force. Their success is entirely due to two things, their relentless power and aggression mixed with their ability to keep a sharp eye on their all-important songwriting appeal. Always more than willing to push the musical boundaries, Stampin' Ground were the first English band of their kind to tour in America in 1998 without having an album available to the public, as they were eager to find out whether their success in Europe could be applied to the U.S. The group received rave reviews and knew that that this was a market that they could easily have success in. Their energetic live show has always been their biggest strength, as they understand that audience participation is a fundamental factor in any ultimate gig experience, and frontman Adam Frakes-Sime is a master of his craft. While he whips an audience to boiling point, the rest of the band energetically cover the stage, nailing their songs down with confidence and aggression. Itís with this approach to playing live that has gained them successful tours across Europe including Iceland, Spain and Greece, again, the first of their kind to do so. Soon enough their live reputation had generated enough impact internationally to be invited to play such prestigious European events as the Dour Festival (Belgium), With Full Force (Germany), Pressure Festival (Germany), Kerrang! K Fest (England), and more notably, a main stage appearance at the 2003 Download Festival at Englandís Castle Donnington. Stampin' Groundís latest masterpiece, A New Darkness Upon Us, sees the band continue to challenge the listener with their innovative and viciously infectious hooks. Produced and engineered by Andy Sneap (Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage, Testament) the new album boasts one of the most convincing and massive production efforts to date. Capitalizing on the sound theyíve already built, Stampin' Ground deliver twelve new tracks that transcend the barriers set by current trends. From the offset, A New Darkness Upon Us is a rollercoaster of an album that changes pace and experiments with delivery and dynamics until its raging conclusion. This is a must for Slayer, Lamb of God, Chimaira or Hatebreed fans. In an age where hype and industry politics produce bands of unworthy overnight success, Stampin' Ground are the antidote. Never has a band been more ready to step up to the next level of the game.