Ironside (UK) Neutered Innocence; tape (1992)


[suggestion and tape-provider: Vik Bulik]

Ironside cover(Listen!)

‘Ironside’ was a “vegan sXe metalcore” outfit from Bradford. Nick Royles (drums; ex ‘Sore Throat’ & ‘No Way Out’) was in the band; along with Andrew Wright (guitar; later in ‘Unborn’ & ‘Voorhees’; R.I.P.), Doug(las) Dalziel (bass), Tom Chapman (guitar; later in ‘Kito’, ‘Baby Harp Seal’, etc.) and Richard ‘Rich’ Armitage (vocals; later in ‘Voorhees’). Nick released this tape on his label, Sure Hand recs. There was a review in his zine How We Rock (#6): >>Crap; should never have been released. sXe moshcore with ape-like vocals.<< They also contributed a track to (Armed With Anger) Rich Corbridge’s Consolidation compilation.

In 1993 they recorded for a 7″ entitled Fragments Of The Last Judgement (on Ian Simpson/ Helene Keller’s Subjugation recs). They did slow, chugging metal with deep vocals and “no recognizable straight-edge lyrics” (Rich’s words)… Some of the guys in the band started eating meat and were no longer sXe. Nick left (not because of that) and he formed ‘Unborn’ & ‘Cracked Cop Skulls’ (the latter with ‘Ripcord’s Jim Whitely), and was replaced by ‘Rich Militia’ (‘Sore Throat’/’Solstice’) and later Shaun (Taylor-)Steels (drums; later in ‘My Dying Bride’, ‘Solstice’ & ‘Anathema’). James Rushby (later ‘Geriatric Unit’, ‘Hard To Swallow’, etc.) & Clive Hughes were the new guitarists.

The 7″ Damn Your Blooded Eyes was recorded in April ‘94 (“In a studio where a lot of the northern doom-metal bands redcorded”) and came out out on the German label Stormstrike recs (ran by Johannes Schrammel).

They played the Vort’n Vis twice (92-09-05 & 94-07-10).


If people are told that a band is vegan sXe then they expect all the members to be vegan but 2 were veggie, 3 were vegan.

Rushby and Doug were later in ‘Iron Monkey’…

Nick Royles

Ironside lyrics

Ironside pic

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