In The Library of Horrific Events
There are precious few British metal bands that could count a stunning performance at the legendary Download Festival (Donington Park), video of the week in Kerrang! magazine and a live session at London’s famed Maida Vale Studios by invite of BBC Radio […]
There are precious few British metal bands that could count a stunning performance at the legendary Download Festival (Donington Park), video of the week in Kerrang! magazine and a live session at London’s famed Maida Vale Studios by invite of BBC Radio One as mere notches on the proverbial bedpost. Truth be told, most bands would probably view such achievements as career pinnacles, but for Brighton’s JOHNNY TRUANT it’s all in a months work.
Indeed, ever since the 2002 release of their debut statement of ill intent ‘The Repercussions Of A Badly Planned Suicide’, JOHNNY TRUANT have positively basked in plaudits from fans, peers and critics alike; slowly but surely clawing and snarling their way to the forefront of the British metal underground via vigorous roadwork and nose to the grindstone commitment. Tours alongside the likes of Isis, Raging Speedhorn, Napalm Death, SikTh, Fear Factory, Black Dahlia Murder, Hondo Maclean, Twelve Tribes, As I Lay Dying and Killswitch Engage have aided the five-piece in establishing an impressive reputation and engaging identity; not to mention a widespread, dedicated fanbase.
And with all this in mind, it’s almost exhausting to fathom that it’s only now, with the unveiling of new album ‘In The Library Of Horrific Events’ set for October 2005, that things are about to get really interesting.
The inception of ‘In The Library Of Horrific Events’ dates back to 2003, where JOHNNY TRUANT found themselves invited by Kerrang Editor-In-Chief Phil Alexander to play at the Kerrang! Weekender. Following a roof raising performance, the quartet were approached by Killswitch Engage guitarist and renowned producer Adam Dutkiewicz, and an unholy partnership was born that, coupled with the bands ambition and artistic vision, would lead to countless drunken debacles and, most significantly, one of the most staggering metal records created by a British band in modern times.
Darker, heavier and infinitely more expansive than its predecessor, ‘In The Library Of Horrific Events’ (recorded in Henley-Upon-Thames, Colchester and Boston, Massachusetts) will see JOHNNY TRUANT cement their status as trustworthy leaders of the UK scene and, more pertinently, announce their arrival on the international stage. Inspired by love and loss, pain and hope and the tragic death of a close friend, ‘…Horrific Events’ – the title a reflection of the turbulent personal struggles the band endured during the albums creation – is an involving journey of twists and textures, both maniacal and beautiful in its rendering, that bridges the gap between uncompromised brutality and accessibility to intoxicating effect.
Hell, lead single ‘The Bloodening’ has already achieved in excess of 100,000 downloads, proof already that the material of ‘…Horrific Events’ is turning heads and breaking necks. JOHNNY TRUANT couldn’t be more ready to take on the world.
Be excited, and be very afraid.