From L to R: Andy Page : Ben Allen : James Moore : Alex Hagues
Seregon are a Thrash Metal band from Bristol in the UK.
Founded in late 2004 by Singer James Moore and Guitarist Alex Hagues, long-time best friends, had been in bands throughout their childhood and after a short break from playing, they decided to start a new band. They enlisted Ben Allen, another old friend, to play Bass. They we’re introduced to Rich Shillitoe who was drafted in to play Lead Guitar and began writing material while searching for a drummer. Some material, mainly a song based around Alex’s love of The Legend of Zelda, was sent to Drummer Steve Shaw, who joined the band. Alex likes to think that it was because of Zelda that the band came together, he is wrong, and the others think Zelda is lame. ‘Screw you!’ says Alex. They began writing material and practicing at ATM Studios in Hengrove, Bristol in the early months of 2005. The name Seregon was decided upon during this time, after Alex was looking through his Lord of the Rings A-Z (while sat on the toilet) and found three names to choose from, Seregon coming out top of the pile. Rich left in 2005 even before their first gig and the band decided to carry on as a four piece.
Everyone had their own styles and interests but the style of music being written was based around Thrash, with a slice of Death Metal for good measure, influenced by bands like Sepultura, Kreator, Testament, Vader, Megadeth and Metallica to name a few.
After playing gigs in and around Bristol in July 2005, they soon would be playing up and down the UK, playing anywhere and everywhere they could, defining their style and live show. Coming up with a catch phrase of some sorts from some promoters as being ‘Polite and rarely late’. After a show in May 2006, Steve Shaw left the band on good terms. Within a week of Steve’s departure, Andy Page was asked to try out, and soon joined the band.
Andy’s arrival really kicked things into gear and Seregon’s sound went from strength to strength, culminating in the recording and self financed release of April 2007’s ‘Kingdom of the Blind’, a 5 track E.P recorded at White House Studios in Weston Super Mare in January 2007. The year panned out with more live shows including a tour taking in the South of the UK with good friends Irony of Christ. Kingdom of the Blind received high praise from magazines such as, Terrorizer, Metal Hammer, Zero Tolerance and Rock Sound, along with live reviews including Kerrang also. Terrorizer readers voted them the 5th Best Unsigned Band of 2007.
2008 saw the recording of a two track demo entitled ‘A Future Expired’, an online only release to showcase new material in February 2008, recorded with Charlie ‘Chuck’ Creese (Burning Skies), with artwork again by friend Dave MacLean, who has worked with Bolt Thrower and who also designed the Seregon logo. 2008 also saw shows with Onslaught, Municipal Waste, Evile and Origin. Terrorizer voted them the 6th best Unsigned Band of 2008. In late 2008 Alex broke his wrist whilst wrestling and the band had to cancel a number of shows.
So they all sat about picking them bums for a few weeks....
When 2009 rolled around, a host of new material was being written for a new EP, planned for later that year as well as the chance to play at Norway’s prestigious ‘Inferno’ festival in Oslo with bands like Paradise Lost and Dew Scented, as well as a one off show in Bucharest, Romania and another festival appearance alongside Sepultura and Korpiklaani at Ilha do Ermal in Porto, Portugal. October of that year saw the release of the much anticipated ‘Disposable Suffering’ EP, again recorded with Chuck Creese in Bristol and this time with artwork by Mike McQuilton. 2009 ended with a hometown show in Yate, Bristol, donating all proceeds to the family of late Evile Bassist Mike Alexander (RIP 1977-2009). A subsequent UK tour for Disposable Suffering followed with good friends Flayed Disciple (bunch of c-nuts) and a slot on the two special tribute shows for Mike Alexander in Leeds and London in December. Disposable Suffering again garnered some huge praise, getting a 9/10 in Terrorizer, 5/6 in Zero Tolerance and 9/10 in PowerPlay. The band was also voted as the 2nd Best Unsigned Band of 2009 and 8th Best Newcomer of 2009 by Terrorizer also.
2010 everything went to shit and Seregon broke up. The end.....
Jokiiiiiing! Yeah, pretty funny eh. No, ok, moving on MATES.
Two thousand and ten, (fed up with numbers), the year of the Tiger, and also the year that Seregon celebrated their 5th Anniversary! 5 years since their first gig on July 2nd 2005. They’re a little bit older, a little bit wiser, and starting to grow hair in really weird places man. A four date mini tour of the UK was arranged to spread the love and South West Cider shenanigans as well as a slot on the Bristol date of Sepultura’s 25 year anniversary world tour. With a review in Venue magazine saying ‘Blimey, when did Seregon get so good?’ ‘We’ve never been good’ says James. Endorsements started to fly in, with Go To Hell Clothing, Dove Tail strings and the mighty Engl Guitar Amps.
October 2010 was spent travelling across Europe to Germany to play the 5th annual ‘Way of Darkness’ festival in Lichtenfels with Napalm Death, Pestilence, Kataklysm and the one of European show of newly reunited thrashers Evil Dead.
The band has plenty to be looking forward to in the background and as always you will all be the first to know. Keep your eyes peeled as the rest of 2010 and into 2011 is looking pretty f**king awesome.
Rich Shillitoe : Lead Guitar : 2004-2005
Steve Shaw : Drums : 2004-2006