Galahad – Biography

Posted on January 2, 2012

Galahad formed in 1985 just for fun playing half covers (Genesis, Zeppelin, Rush, Sabbath, Focus, Marillion etc.) and half original material.  Galahad then supported a few fairly well known ‘Progressive’ bands that were coming up at the time including IQ, Pendragon, Haze and later Pallas and Magnum.

After mixing it with the ‘bigger boys’, Galahad decided to take it  more seriously, playing only original  material resulting in the release of  their first proper album in 1991, “Nothing Is Written”,  which was purely self-financed and released independently but which went on to sell several thousand copies.

The success of “Nothing Is Written” was also helped by the fact that the band received substantial air play on BBC Radio One, especially on the ‘Radio One Rock Show‘ hosted by the late, great Tommy Vance.  The band then landed themselves with deals in the UK, Japan and Germany.

The band has now released  sixteen albums including those by band offshoots such as Galahad Electric Company and the Galahad Acoustic Quintet.  The band has played hundreds of gigs in the UK, Europe and America over the last few years, at times in some very  unusual venues!

In 2002 Galahad released “Year Zero” which featured John Wetton (Asia, King Crimson, Family etc.) on guest vocals.

In September 2006 Galahad released their debut DVD “Resonance” which was recorded  live in Katowice, Poland in May 2006.

Their next studio album “Empires Never Last”, which features Karl Groom (Threshold)  on engineering duties, took the band in a heavier, more muscular, guitar orientated direction.  This more contemporary, metallic approach seems to have worked as “Empires”  has proved to be the band’s most successful album to date, both commercially and critically, and resulted in them winning ‘Album of the Year‘ at the 2007 Classic Rock Society awards. “Empires” was also included in many music web sites ‘top tens’ for 2007.

2012 see’s the band re-merging with not one but TWO new studio albums; “Battle Scars” to be released in April and “Beyond the Realms of Euphoria” to be released in September, plus a live CD/DVD “Whitchurch 92/93 – Live Archives Vol. 2” and to top it off, an official authorised biography of the band ‘One for the Record’ written by Andrew Wild.

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