In addition to putting on live gigs in Belfast, The Distortion Project currently managed the affairs of 3 bands based in Northern Ireland, to include booking and organsing shows and tours, handling press queries, strategy planning, marketing and PR, coordinating release schedules, merch assistance, video and photography and much more. See below for information about all 3 bands.
RABID BITCH OF THE NORTH
Rabid Bitch of the North are a three piece heavy metal band from Belfast Northern Ireland. They are very much inspired by traditional heavy metal bands and associate themselves with the NWOBHM and it’s descendants. The bands musical character and individuality is very important to their ethos and ultimately they aim to be themselves. They like to play fast, hard, heavy and with fury!
They have toured and played with a long list of Metal legends including Angel Witch, Raven, Diamond Head, Blitzkrieg, Hell, Portrait, Tim Ripper Owens, Acid Reign, Xentrix, Pagan Altar, Primordial, Solstice, Dark Forest, Age Of Taurus, Asmovel and Argus. They toured Europe in 2016 with Lord Volture and the UK with Toledo Steel and Midnight Force in 2018, and headlined the Friday night of the Fullmetal Osthessen in Germany in March 2020.
The band have played Bloodstock (twice) Full Metal Haggis (twice) and SinFest in Malta. Their well received debut album (Nothing But a Bitter Taste, Hostile Media Records – released on CD and all digital formats in August 2017) saw a vinyl release in February 2019.
Rabid Bitch are currently writing and recording their 2nd album, which is due for release in May 2021.
Born in 2002, Skypilot have been following their own distinct path through the past 18 yrs. Drawing their influences from a wide and varied collection of bands and genres Skypilot simply play what feels right, making them notoriously hard to pigeon hole into any one area of the rock music spectrum.
This approach has served them well so far. Numerous tours have come and gone with bands such as End Of Level Boss, Firebird, Gentlemen’s Pistols and Suns of Thunder. Full UK tours with fellow NI band Stand-Up Guy saw Skypilot cement their reputation on the mainland and win new fans wherever they played. More high profile gigs followed with the like of Brant Bjork and the Bros, Planet of Zeus and the mighty Corrosion Of Conformity, shows that boosted the bands profile and proved Skypilot are comfortable in the big venues as well as the regular club stages.
With 4 EP’s and a full length debut album under their belt, Skypilot showed no signs of slowing down. 2017 saw them play extensively in support of their 4 tracker, “EP4”. Not content to rest on their laurels, 2019 saw the release of the bands second full-length album, entitled “The Affront” which came out on Friday 7th June worldwide on CD, and digitally via Spotify, Amazon, Deezer, iTunes and all digital formats. An accompanying single and video entitled “Superdupernaut” was released on Friday 24th May. The band undertook 3 short tours of the UK (one of which was with up-and coming London Heavy Rockers Blind River) and played the prestigious Siege of Limerick and Bloodstock Festivals, gaining new fans all over the UK and beyond. Bloodstock in particular was a remarkable achievement and the band turned in a stunning performance to great acclaim.
2021 should hopefully see the band broaden their horizons still further in a post pandemic age and plans are afoot for new music and new tours towards the middle of the year.
Sinocence are Ireland’s premier Metal act, based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The band have just completed a trilogy of EP’s under the ‘No Gods, No Masters’ banner. Volume 3 was released in the summer of 2018 to widespread critical acclaim, which culminated in a well-received performance on the Jager stage at Bloodstock 2018
The Sinocence sound is a veritable tour-de-force in vicious, hook-laden, melodic metal. The band continue to focus on their solid song writing skills and intense rhythm section. With new singer Duane Watson now added the dynamic and energetic sound the public have come to expect from Sinocence will be now be delivered with an added punch. Being based in Northern Ireland, reaching any kind of musical status can be an exhausting task. Undeterred, Sinocence have gone from strength to strength with their collective drive, determination and cast iron will to succeed.
On the live circuit Sinocence have been making one of the biggest noises in the Irish underground. The band have been playing in a thriving Irish scene for over 17 years and have secured endorsements from Peavey and Trick Drums. Now a firmly established staple of the Irish scene the band will once again be looking at live work in the UK and further afield. The band have shared the stage with heavyweights such as Machine Head, Soulfly BFMV, Prong, Lacuna Coil, Soil, W.A.S.P., Staind, Armoured Saint, Sacred Reich and Paradise Lost – the list goes on and on. Invaluable learning experience from some of the absolute best in the business. Sinocence also have gained slots at the UK festivals Bloodstock, Wildfire, headlined the 2nd stage at the Bulldog Bash and travelled to Glasgow to win their Hammerfest Slot (2014) through the Hard Rock Hell competition.
Formed in the winter of 2014 against the bleak concrete backdrop of Lisburn city, Northern Ireland, The Crawling use a guttural vocal to combine melancholy with weight, churning out a heavy, doom/death ensemble.
January 2015 saw the debut single ‘Choking On Concrete,’ which put the band on the scene, followed in October 2015 by the critically acclaimed In ‘Light of Dark Days‘ EP. In April 2017 the bands debut album ‘Anatomy Of Loss‘ was released via Grindscene Records, accompanied by five music videos, receiving excellent reviews worldwide, and was streamed exclusively by Metal Hammer UK.
The Crawling have spread the misery drenched album through a strong live performance, with support from a loyal fan base; most notably appearing at Inferno Metal Festival (Norway), Bloodstock Open Air (UK), Seige of Limerick (IRE), Metal Days (SLO), Shellshockfest(Malta), Uprising (UK), Incinerationfest (UK), Mammothfest (UK) and Full Metal Mensa(GER).
2018 is the year for the sophomore release; ‘Wolves and the Hideous White’ featuring six brand new tracks, building on the sound of their debut. The album reflects upon the human desire to belong, the sacrifices made to be part of someone, disillusion from loss of self, and the final inability to escape.