Born from a shared passion for metal music in all its forms, Cardiff-based band HUNTED began life as a four-piece covering the bands that first inspired them to play. The band's early quest to develop their own unique sound led to several changes of personnel but developed over time into the rock-solid core of guitarist Steve Barberini, bassist Jon Letson, drummer Matt ‘Animal’ Thomas and vocalist Chris G. In Autumn 2010, the band were very pleased to announce that their search for a second guitar player had culminated in the arrival of virtuoso player Daniel Owen, whose addition makes HUNTED a five-piece force to be reckoned with.
Having begun to cement a fierce live reputation on the British gig circuit, they also received an excellent response from several early demo releases, leading to further exposure and further massively well-received shows. HUNTED’s momentum continued to build when the release in early 2009 of demo EP 'Alone' attracted excellent reviews from the likes of Metal-Rules.com ( ‘in a few years…I would suggest you are listening to the next Dream Theater’) and led to hugely successful support slots with other rising stars of the metal scene. This brought them to the eager attention of many new fans and led to them taking to the Unsigned stage at the legendary Bloodstock festival in the summer of 2009 for another explosive performance. Further appearances in, amongst others, Terrorizer magazine and on the official ProgPower USA promo CD kept the HUNTED machine marching forwards while the band focused on preparing and recording their full-length debut, ‘Welcome the Dead.’ The album received a limited self-release in November 2010, and has garnered much praise in reviews from all over the metal world (‘colossal progressive metal to prize…’-metalodyssey.com, ‘nothing short of brilliant…’-metalcrypt.com), leading to Hunted signing a deal with German giants Massacre Records for its official release and global distribution in July 2011. Taking influences ranging from Dream Theater and Iron Maiden through to Opeth and Blind Guardian, HUNTED distil the essence of their inspirations into a new and powerful direction for metal music. With their heavily anticipated debut full-length scheduled for official release via Massacre Records on July 29 2011, they aim to take their unique sound and blistering live shows to new heights and new audiences everywhere
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