IGNITOR, the titans of Texas true metal, return with their scorchingly wicked new slasherpiece "The Golden Age of Black Magick", their seventh studio album. They offer eight newly forged ruthless metal anthems that harken back to the glory days of unrelenting fist-pumping, head-banging, screaming heavy metal electricity, so thick you'll have to cut it with a chainsaw. Strong song structures with dynamic tempo shifts, catchy, rampaging riffs and melodies that will stay in your head for days on end. It's not your typical US power. You can hear nods to NWOBHM and the British tradition in double guitar leads, but the band has a dark edge and sometimes also ventures into epic metal territory. Jason McMaster's distinct vocals with high-pitched timbre are aggressive and unpolished, just like the music. This high-energy, intensely passionate and authentic slab of metal is not to be missed by the fans of ATTACKER, DIO, RIOT, SKULLVIEW, ASKA, CAGE, RAINBOW, IRON MAIDEN, PHANTOM-X, JAG PANZER, SAXON and JUDAS PRIEST!


October 2020

IGNITOR formed in Austin, Texas, in 2003 with legendary AGONY COLUMN guitarist Stuart "Batlord" Laurence, Brendon Bigelow (DEATH OF MILLIONS) on bass, Beverly Barrington on guitar, Pat Doyle (OFFENDERS) on drums and vocalist Erika Swinnich (AUTUMN TEARS). They wanted to write music reflecting their passion for heavy, speed and power metal.

The band quickly attracted a worldwide fan base after releasing their debut album "Take to the Sky" featuring the hit "Demonslayer" in 2004 to rave reviews. Germany's Rock Hard magazine named it "Demo of the Month". Dies Irae (Brazil) said "IGNITOR take the world by storm, playing a furious Heavy/Speed Metal, joining the high class of veteran musicians and the powerful voice of Erika Swinnich."

IGNITOR performed at Mexico's Monterrey Metal Fest in May 2005, appearing alongside MOTORHEAD and DANZIG. Then onto Germany's Keep It True Festival in November 2005, where they stunned the crowd and were named "Best KIT Newcomer" by Mario's Metal Mania magazine.

In 2007, IGNITOR released "Road of Bones" (Cruz del Sur) featuring cover art by legendary MOTORHEAD collaborator Joe Petagno. Beverly was temporarily replaced by Annah Moore on guitar for this album. The band's sophomore effort is a deep dive into themes of pain, death and rebirth, culminating with their triumphant anthem "Reinheitsgebot" and its rallying cry "Metal is the Law!". Blabbermouth described IGNITOR: "This is the energetic, lusty sound of a new and eager band who are ridiculously fired up to be alive, no matter what the decade." IGNITOR toured heavily in support of the album, playing with PRIMAL FEAR and LEAVES EYES, and had a notable appearance at the Valley Thrash Fest in McAllen, Texas.

In 2008, Texas metal veteran Jason McMaster (WATCHTOWER, HOWLING SYCAMORE, DANGEROUS TOYS, BROKEN TEETH, EVIL UNITED) replaced Erika's wraith-Maiden wail with his demonic Texas drawl. The band released "The Spider Queen" (Cruz del Sur/Heavy Artillery) in 2009, a fairy tale of love and redemption. The band toured in support of the album, sharing stages with FATES WARNING and HELSTAR along the way.

In 2010, IGNITOR played the Metal Up Your Tap Fest in Chicago along with Cruz del Sur label mates BIBLE OF THE DEVIL.

2012 saw the release of "Year of the Metal Tiger" (MVD Audio) featuring fan favorite "Heavy Metal Holocaust" and the eerie polytheism of "Shadow of the Needle". "...a fiery album of traditional, hot-wired metal that's intensely passionate and utterly authentic." - Backstage Auctions.

IGNITOR released "Mix Tape '85" in 2013, a cover collection of beloved favorites from Anthrax, Accept, Exciter, Mercyful Fate, Venom, Judas Priest, Exodus and Deep Purple, recalling the peak years for thrash and heavy metal. 2013 also saw the inauguration of IGNITOR's occasionally-annual Iron Fist Fest in their hometown of Austin, featuring WITCHES MARK.

The next two years produced some line-up changes. Beverly was replaced by Robert Williams (WITCHES MARK) and Brendon was replaced by Billy "Chainsaw" Dansfiell (AGONY COLUMN) cementing IGNITOR's current line-up.

In May 2016, IGNITOR performed at the Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse in Chicago along with TYGERS OF PAN TANG, JAG PANZER and LEATHER LEONE. The Iron Fist Fest returned in 2016 too, featuring BYFIST and DEATH OF MILLIONS alongside IGNITOR.

In 2017, IGNITOR released "Years of War 2008 - 2013", an anthology of the band's releases during those years in a limited edition boxed set including rare promo discs and assorted items from their merchandise shop.

2017 also saw the release of the IGNITOR's sixth album "Haunted by Rock & Roll" (EMP Label Group). The song "Hatchet: The Ballad of Victor Crowley" is heard during the closing credits of the horror slasher "Victor Crowley" from Ariescope Pictures. Director Adam Green produced a NSFW video of the song featuring some key gory scenes from the movie. The band produced three other companion videos featuring the songs "No Sanctuary", "Brave the War" and "Haunted by Rock & Roll". Roppongi Rocks said "IGNITOR serves us an extra large portion of terrific heavy metal on its new album." "The New Wave of British Heavy Metal deserves a locally designated acronym thanks to IGNITOR." - Austin Chronicle.

The band returned to Chicago in July 2018 for the Alehorn of Power X festival, appearing alongside ZÜÜL and BIBLE OF THE DEVIL. IGNITOR appeared again in July at the Iron Fist Fest 3 with James Rivera's METAL ASYLUM and Austin's own DUEL. Iron Fist Fest 4's ten-band billing in 2019 featured IGNITOR, HELSTAR and ANGKOR WAT.

In early 2020, IGNITOR finished the work on their seventh album. After contacting Metal on Metal Records and sending the new songs, they got a positive response and soon the agreement was reached. "The Golden Age of Black Magick" was finally released on October 31st this year on CD and all major digital platforms.

US Power/Heavy Metal

USA (Austin, TX), 2003

Jason McMaster (vocals)
Stuart "Batlord" Laurence (guitars)
Robert Williams (guitars)
Billy "Chainsaw" Dansfiell (bass)
Pat Doyle (drums)

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"Take to the Sky" (2004)
Full-length, self-released, Dies Irae Records (2005 and 2016 re-release)
"Reinheitsgebot: Metal Is the Law" (2005)
Single, self-released
"Road of Bones" (2007)
Full-length, Cruz del Sur Music, High Roller Records, Femetal Records
"The Spider Queen" (2009)
Full-length, Cruz del Sur Music, Heavy Artillery Records
"Year of the Metal Tiger" (2012)
Full-length, MVD Audio
"Mix Tape '85" (2013)
Full-length, self-released
"Years of War 2004 - 2013" (2017)
Boxed set, self-released
"Haunted by Rock & Roll" (2017)
Full-length, EMP Label-Group
"The Golden Age of Black Magick" (2020)
Full-length, Metal On Metal Records