Collibus Announced for Wacken 2014 – Press Release (21st April 2014)

Press Release

April 21, 2014 at 2:15pm
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Hailing from the underground Manchester metal scene, Collibus is a five-piece female-fronted progressive metal band of tour-de-force proportions.

Having won the 2013 Parliamentary Rock the House Discretionary Metal Award, Collibus made history by becoming the first heavy metal band ever to play a set in the House of Commons; had the music video for their winning track Dead Inside featured on Scuzz; and released their debut album The False Awakening all in a matter of months.

The January debut album launch was impressively followed by a quick succession of major festivals snapping up Collibus onto their lineup – with Download, Graspop Metal Meeting, Sonisphere, & Wacken Open Air all signing the band so far in 2014.

The album and their historical Parliamentary live set have bagged them an increasing number of fans, among whom they count rock legend, Queen’s Brian May:

“Collibus is already a phenomenon. Scary musicianship at the most furious end of the metal spectrum, crowned with Gemma Fox’s passion and power as a vocalist. Ouch. Impossible to ignore.”

Iced Earth’s Luke Appleton hailed Collibus’

“Monstrous guitar solos, a grooving rhythm section and a vocalist that just smacks you in the face with melody!”

Although The False Awakening has only just been released, the British rock press has stood up and taken notice.

Malcolm Dome, Prog Rock Magazine, said:

“The False Awakening will be seen as one of the year’s best debut albums. It’s a work that points the way to a future where they’re regarded as one of the master prog metal bands of the era.”

Alexander Milas, Metal Hammer editor, said that The False Awakening is:

“A heady dose of full-on, red-blooded British heavy metal.”

Dave Ling, Metal Hammer, reviewed the album saying:

“You’d expect them to pitch a sound that is several notches above the ranks of British hopefuls [Collibus’] independently released album reeks of future promise…Watch them fly.”

Rock the House Founder (and metal fan) Mike Weatherley MP who hand-picked Collibus for the Rock the House award, said:

“The Collibus sound is profoundly unique. They glide seamlessly through heavy in-your-face riffage, astounding technical sections, thought-provoking melodic passages, symphonic string arrangements and powerful vocals…I literally have not been able to listen to anything else since I got The False Awakening. They were fantastic in Parliament and I cant wait to see them play the 2014 metal festival circuit!”

Collibus is:

Gemma Fox | Lead Vocals

Stephen Platt | Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals, Production

Daniel Mucs | Rhythm Guitar

RJ Kershaw | Bass

Aaron Youd | Drums

The False Awakening is available on CD and digital download at, BigCartel, iTunes, Amazon & Spotify.

For more information on Collibus and their album The False Awakening, contact or visit


About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!