Luke Davies: Vocals
Leon Kemp: Lead Guitar
Steven Nixon: Lead Guitar
James Britton: Bass
James Cook: Drums
Anterior developed swiftly on the encounter of four 17 year old school friends, a realization of potential produced a tight line up, composing and playing in their own ferocious style. Anterior successfully captured local promoter’s interest bringing about some memorable early shows, and bigger supports with the likes of 3 Inches Of Blood and Skindred soon followed. Their first official songs were recorded with producer Tim Hamill and were released online via the band’s myspace.
Social networking sites gave Anterior immediate attention worldwide, sparking offers from labels, which ended with finally signing a worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records in December 2006. With Tim Hamill once more producing, they recorded their debut album. During the writing process Luke encountered problems that left him unfit to play guitar. Consequently, all guitars were recorded by Leon. The storming This Age Of Silence was released worldwide on 12th June 2007.
The album received vast critical acclaim from magazines such as; Kerrang, Metal Hammer, Terrorizer and Rock Sound. Soon after their first tour in support of the album with The Black Dahlia Murder, former Mendeed lead guitarist and long time friend, Steven Nixon, was made a permanent addition to Anterior.
They continued to play shows all over the UK during 2008 with the likes of Devildriver and Dragonforce, along with a slot at Ghostfest, two festival appearances in India, a European tour with Himsa and UK tours as main support to Dying Fetus and Children Of Bodom. Shortly after all of the touring, their original drummer departed Anterior, which forced the band to use fill in drummers on the remaining shows.
Capitalizing on the success of their debut album, the 2009 touring schedule included a sold out UK tour with All That Remains and The Haunted, a Metal Blade tour with label mates The Rotted and Malefice, and a festival appearance at Bloodstock Open Air. While writing new material, they successfully completed their first few headline dates in December with James Cook filling in on drums. From these dates, the band garnered astonishing live reviews and a bigger following, which aided in confirming James Cook as the new full time drummer.
In 2010, Anterior took time off to complete writing for their second album. They played a one off special show in October to air their new material, which received vast appraisal. This show was also used to record the official video for the single Dead Divine. Shortly after, recording for their second album began with acclaimed producer Scott Atkins (Behemoth, Sylosis).
The new line up recorded together for the first time and with a new engineer at the helm, the album soon took a new direction. After months of recording and concise engineering, Anterior ended up with a more refined record and a huge progression from their previous offering. The result – a thundering new album entitled Echoes Of The Fallen.
The campaign to begin promotion for Echoes of the Fallen began on a high note when the band were part of the sold out Metal Hammer Razor tour in February and their first official UK headlining tour in May. Anterior will also be a part of the Sonisphere Festival in the United Kingdom on the Jagermeister Stage with Black Breath, Orange Goblin, Fozzy and more.
With a more mature and focused outlook, their strongest recorded material to date, and the touring to back it all up, Anterior have put themselves into the position as a band to watch in 2011 and beyond.