Holy Roar Records Founder Alex Fitzpatrick Denies Allegations of Rape and Assault

In a story that has rocked the industry, Holy Roar Records founder Alex Fitzpatrick was accused last week on September 7th, by two women of rape and assault via social media posts, and since then a third woman has come forward with similar claims. Now Alex has denied the allegations against him and vowed to clear his name. “These allegations are false, and I am doing everything I can to clear my name. I immediately instructed solicitors to help me defend my name and reputation. For legal reasons, I am advised by my solicitors, at this stage, to refrain from making further comments. I have also resigned with immediate effect from my businesses to enable me to focus on clearing my name.” HehasresignbedfromHRRtofdocusonhisdefense. Continue reading

UPDATED: Holy Roar Records Founder Alex Fitzpatrick Accused of Rape and Assault

UPDATED: The label has released a statement and many of the bands have weighed in and some have left the label. All of the label staff has resigned. In stunning news Holy Roar Records founder Alex Fitzpatrick has been accused by two women of rape and assault. A post was made to social media on Instagram yesterday (September 7th) and was spread to bands, artists, fans, and industry types. The statements are detailed and reveal; a pattern of abuse. No statements has come down from Fitzpatrick or the label as yet, but silence on this matter or any accusations of sexual assault and misconduct are unacceptable. Alex also owns the Ghost Whale craft beer pub, in Brixton. Ithaca immediately took to social media and remarked they are “weighing their options”. Other bands on the notable label include internationally acclaimed acts Conjurer, Secret Cutter, Respire, Mol, Boss Keloid, Elephant Tree, OHHMS, Slabdragger, Garganjua, Palm Reader and many more. Holy Roar is home to several anti-fascist bands, bands led by women, and bands who have campaigned and raised monies for survivors of sexual assault. We will continue to track this story as it develops.  Continue reading

Watch A New Video From MØL – “Sundrowned”, New Tour Dates Incoming

Danish Blackgaze experimentalists MØL have shared their new video for their track ‘Sundrowned’, taken from the recent re-release of their first two EPs I / II that dropped on 7th June 2019 via Holy Roar Records. The clip is a short montage of footage of MØL shot over the last three years. Continue reading

Employed To Serve – Eternal Forward Motion

With a new label, their own album release shows, and more touring and festival slots than seemingly physically possible, Employed To Serve have grabbed 2019 by the throat and they will not let go until the whole world knows their name. Eternal Forward Motion (Spinefarm Records) is the most apt album title for this band right now as they steamroll through the competition, uncompromising in their sound, there seems to be no slowing down for Woking’ s heaviest export. Continue reading

We Never Learned To Live – The Sleepwalk Transmissions 

Much like Roadrunner Records in the 1990s, a mark of contemporary quality is any band on the Holy Roar Records roster. You are guaranteed an absolute slobber knocker with pretty much everything they have put out over the last decade, whether it’s the all-out Hardcore of Employed to Serve or Secret Cutter, the Screamo of Portrayal of Guilt or the psychedelic Stoner Prog of Boss Keloid. Now turning to Post Hardcore, we as listeners should welcome the arrival of We Never Learned To Live‘s latest offering; The Sleepwalk Transmissions (Holy Roar Records). Continue reading

Conjurer Shares Audiotree Recording Session, On Tour Now

Taking the world by storm in 2019, Conjurer is redefining extreme metal in 2019 on the strength of their 2018 album Mire (Holy Roar Records) and their current US tour with Rivers of Nihil, with Entheos and Wolf King. They have shared a session they did at the vaunted Audiotree studios, six songs you can buy and stream now at on Spotify, Bandcamp, YouTube and more. Continue reading

Dun Ringill – Welcome

It may sound like a whimsical name for a quaint English country cottage but Dun Ringill has a far more serious pedigree, its members grouped from the ranks of Doomdogs and The Order Of Israfel among others. Debut album Welcome (Argonauta Records) drags influence from Nordic Folk as well as other more eccentric fields, while retaining something of a Stoner groove. Continue reading

Minors – Abject Bodies

When Atrophy came out a year and a little bit ago, Ontario Hardcore outfit Minors made a lasting impression in their twenty-minute onslaught of Converge melancholy and frenetic All Pigs Must Die-like energy. It was another home run for Holy Roar Records, but due to its December release it sadly got overlooked by a large portion of the Metal media. Well, it’s a new year and with that comes new material from the Canadians in the form of Abject Bodies; a traumatic continuation of their uncompromising sludgy, Hardcore oppression. Continue reading

A.A. Williams – A.A. Williams EP

It’s a name that will be unfamiliar to many but London-based Alex ‘A.A.’ Williams is destined to rise above the radar before too long. With YouTube comparisons with Chelsea Wolfe and Emma Ruth Rundle already boosting her reputation, the fact that Holy Roar Records are releasing eponymous EP A.A. Williams is a testament to the growing sense of expectation. Continue reading