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We are ‘Baleful Creed’ – a name that first popped up in the early 90’s for us to use but didn’t become a
Baleful Creed from Belfast, Northern Ireland, started when Fin and John got together to play some cover tunes, just to blow the dust off the old guitars and amps. The covers didn’t last too long through with Fin starting to write some original material to try out instead. Knowing John was a huge fan of Black Sabbath, Danzig and Fireball Ministry, they became the core influences as the pair worked on the fledgling songs. The goal – to create head nodding, foot tapping chunky riffage with powerful vocal lines.
With Stephen Fleming on bass the trio used a session drummer to record the debut EP – ‘Killing Time’ in 2009. When in late 2010, Mark Stewart joined on drums, this lineup of Baleful Creed, recorded the sonically improved 2nd EP – ‘Buried Beneath’ recorded at Manor Park Studios by Neal Calderwood in late 2011. Delivering songs in 5 track EP’s was proving successful for the band – with budgets always being a key factor in today’s musical landscapes. So it was natural for Baleful Creed to return again to Manor Park in late 2012 to record the simply titled ‘III’ EP. All three EP’s at this point were released on the band’s Bandcamp digital online store.
With increasing interest from fans at gigs asking for a hard copy CD of the songs, the band took the decision to merge the last two Manor Park recorded EP’s, remix and remaster them into a debut album for final release on CD. The self-titled debut album was delivered making a stand that this is Baleful Creed! It packs in the head nodding tunes with a huge guitar tone, the whiskey soaked bluesy vocals backed by powerful bass and drums. Throwing in other influences from Alice In Chains, Soundgarden and Kyuss – Baleful Creed are intent on hitting audiences with a huge sounding Classic/Stoner Rock assault. The CD album was released on 29 December 2013.
The tail end of the 2014 year saw both Davy Greer (bass) and Dave Jeffers (drums) revamp the engine room of the band. Throughout 2015, the band were back out firing on all cylinders touring on the back of the debut album delivering the Baleful Creed tunes in fired up performances, and working towards building a new set of songs for the next album. Recording commenced on the follow up to the debut album in late December 2015, with the plan to return to complete the album for release in late 2016. Naturally the band returned to Manor Park Studios to capture their huge sound.
The band have experienced many highs along the way, being humbled how their tunes have spread across rock stations from initially Northern Irish DJ’s to around the world! They have featured in international interviews and reviews in magazine such as Powerplay and Fireworks. A real highlight was playing as support to Bill Steer’s (from Carcass) blues rock power trio ‘Firebird’ in Belfast. Getting to grace the stage in the incredible Mandela Hall venue, Belfast as support to the American Ronnie James Dio tribute – ‘Rising’. Another goal is to return to the UK mainland, following their debut offshore gigs as finalists in the Hard Rock Hell - Highway to Hell 4 in Glasgow, and debut full gig as part of Wildfire Festival 2016 also in Scotland. Baleful Creed are the only band to be Top Ten finalists in two TBFM Factors (2012 and 2014) – beating off hundreds of other bands in tightly fought competitions. The only regrets by the band are not getting the chance to play their old favourite rock venue, the Rosetta Bar in Belfast was has sadly closed.
Fin Finlay: Vocals / Guitar John Allen: Guitar Davy Greer: Bass / Vocals Dave Jeffers: Drums