February 22, 2017 |

Blackmayne are back 30 years later

Blackmayne are back 30 years later

February 22, 2017 |

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Blackmayne are back, and are playing their first gig since 1985 at The Red Lion in Gravesend on February 21st.

Blackmayne formed in the 80's and quickly found success - getting signed, recording an album, and gaining quite a large fanbase. They had a five-album deal, and were preparing for a tour. However, this fell apart just eight months later, before the release of their debut album. They then went their separate ways (some left the country) - but, they're now back together with a re-release, new music, and a string of shows to join the resurgence of the new wave of British heavy metal.

We caught up with the band to chat about their comeback.

Why did you split up originally, and what made you guys want to get back together 30 odd years later?

Just as we started off, it fell to bits. We got the record deal, and it imploded. The album came out and they said "get out, promote it!" and we'd already split up. We were only 20 years old, and we could have taken it further, but we didn't. So we went our separate ways, and the new wave of British heavy metal was finished. Our album actually sold well, but we didn't promote it, coz it all sort of stopped.

We were asked to get back together. There were two record companies who approached us, one of them we're with (Eat Metal Records). They said "would you be interested in re-releasing the original album?" and then from that, I talked to the band who were like "Phil, we ain't got a band". Petty details! So then we met with these five people ans got going. It's almost like there's an itch we never scratched.

There's a new interest in stuff from the old days, and people were finding these hardly heard albums on the internet. There's been a resurgence of British heavy metal. Record companies have been trawling through all the hundreds of bands that we saw locally, right up to Saxon and Iron Maiden. It's a bit of an underground movement with this new wave of heavy metal bands, and people are revisiting them.