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IGNITOR – Haunted By Rock N’ Roll

November 20th, 2017

In 2003, former Agony Column guitarist Stuart “Batlord” Laurence , with guitarist Beverly Barrington, bassist Brendon Bigelow, and drummer Pat Doyle, set out to start a Classic Metal band. After a surprisingly short search, vocal powerhouse Erika Tandy was recruited, and IGNITOR was born.

IGNITOR began turning heads in in 2004 after releasing a 6-song EP TAKE TO THE SKY to rave reviews, named “Demo of the Month” by Germany’s Rock Hard magazine. The band made their European debut at the Keep it True Festival in Germany in November 2005, where they stunned the crowd, being named “Best KIT Newcomer” by Mario’s Metal Mania magazine.

After releasing ROAD OF BONES in 2005, and the departure of vocalist Erika Tandy, IGNITOR solidiered on, writing and recording their next full-length release, THE SPIDER QUEEN, while searching far and wide for a new vocalist. Enter Texas metal legend Jason McMaster of Watchtower and Dangerous Toys, who offered to lend his legendary vocal talents to the new album. And just like that, IGNITOR was back in business.

With Jason at the helm (and mic), IGNITOR released THE SPIDER QUEEN in 2009, followed by YEAR OF THE METAL TIGER in 2012, and metal tribute album MIX TAPE ’85 in 2013, followed by more personnel changes in the Ignitor camp. To replace the departed Beverly and Brendon, the band recruited Guitarist Robert Williams (Witches Mark), who was found drinking beer on Stuart’s couch, and Stuart tapped his old friend, Agony Column bassist, Billy “Chainsaw” Dansfiel to fill the vacant bass slot.

With this lineup of heavy metal maniacs, IGNITOR is set to release its 5th full length album this November, HAUNTED BY ROCK AND ROLL, on EMP Label Group.

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WITCHES MARK debut new single “The Butcher’s Bill Comes Due”

November 16th, 2016

WITCHES MARK have uploaded their new track “The Butcher’s Bill Comes Due” via to Bandcamp.

Taken from the band’s forthcoming third album, “The Butcher’s Bill Comes Due” arrives hot on the heels of the band’s previous single“Road Razor” released this past June, the first new studio material WITCHES MARK have released since their last full length “Witching Metal Ritual” released in 2013 via Heaven and Hell Records.

Guitarist and founding member Robert Williams elaborates “After we finished playing out in support of the last record we got a little busy playing in some other bands. I joined IGNITOR on guitar in January of 2015 and Robb Bockman (Guitar/Vocals) recently joined the black metal band UADA on bass and has been touring with them. Both band’s have been doing really well for themselves and we’ve stayed consistently busy but wherever we’d go people kept asking us about WITCHES MARK and we’ve always known that band was something really special so we got together over the holidays and wrote all of the material for the next album. We hope to have this new record completed by the first quarter of next year.”

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IGNITOR – Video premiere for “No Sanctuary”

February 8th, 2016 is proud to be the first to premiere “No Sanctuary”, the new music video from the Austin, Texas based traditional heavy metal band IGNITOR. The first track released from the band’s currently untitled upcoming album “No Sanctuary” was filmed at Emphatic Audio studios and was directed by IGNITOR guitarist and founding member Stuart Laurence (Agony Column). Vocalist Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys) has checked in with the following comment: “We have been writing and recording some new songs, of which a few of them we are looking forward to playing at these upcoming shows that have been long overdue. These confirmed dates will also be used to showcase our new band lineup that features Robert Williams (Witches Mark) on guitar and Billy “Chainsaw” Dansfiell (Agony Column) on bass.



Upcoming IGNITOR shows:

March 5 – IGNITOR w/ Dead Earth Politics, Forcefed @ Sidewinder (Austin)

March 16 – IGNITOR @ Heart of Texas Rockfest (Austin) March 18 – IGNITOR w/ Cage, Aska, Matrekis @ Acadia Bar & Grill (Houston)

April 16 – IGNITOR w/ Grim Reaper, Helstar, Las Cruces @ Rockbox (San Antonio)

May 6 – IGNITOR – Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse @ Reggies Rock Club (Chicago)

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Texas Metal Titans IGNITOR Issues Update

October 14th, 2015

Texas metal powerhouse IGNITOR were recently confirmed as the latest main-stage addition to next year’s Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse festival which will be held at Reggie’s Rock Club May 6th & 7th in Chicago, Illinois.


IGNITOR features in it’s ranks veterans of the U.S. metal scene, including founding guitarist Stuart Laurence (Batlord) from AGONY COLUMN and legendary frontman Jason McMaster of DANGEROUS TOYS & WATCHTOWER alongside co-founding drummer Pat Doyle best known for his work with THE OFFENDERS.

The recently revamped line-up of IGNITOR now includes bassist Billy Dansfiell, (AGONY COLUMN) and rhythm guitarist Robert Williams (WITCHES MARK)

IGNITOR is currently recording the follow up to 2012’s “Year Of The Metal Tiger” full-length at Emphatic Audio Recording Studio in Austin, Texas for a tentative early Spring release.

A free download of the band’s all covers album “Mix Tape 85” can be obtained here

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Festival organizer Jason McMaster comments on Iron Fist Fest

September 5th, 2013
Iron Fist Fest

Iron Fist Fest

The inaugural installment of Iron Fist Fest will take place September 28th at the Dirty Dog Bar in Austin, Texas (505 E 6th St)

Featuring a colossal, studded iron fistful of true underground American heavy metal in a one night only, all-star billing; Iron Fist Fest will showcase scorching performances by Austin’s own heavy-hitting traditional metal supergroup Ignitor, the blackened, grimy gutter thrash of The Blood Royale, the “Bringers Of Heavy Metal Death” Witches Mark, the long awaited return of San Antonio 80’s metal veterans Wicked Angel, the misanthropic, hate-fueled black metal of NW demons Panzergod and the earth shaking rumblings of up and coming, fantasy/epic metal titans Eternal Champion.

Ignitor vocalist and festival organizer Jason McMaster elaborates:

“Bringing metal bands together for shows has been a passion for me personally since my earliest days in Austin. I can remember there only being a few metal bands at all to do shows with, as early as 1982, and dating myself that far back is not an embarrassment, it is an honor. Nowadays, Austin has more metal than ever and more metal map to the rest if the world. The bands we hav playing Iron Fist Fest are either on tour, or are celebrating metal glory in Austin.”

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