Hailing from the underground Manchester metal scene, Collibus is a progressive metal band of tour-de-force proportions.
Having won the 2013 Parliamentary Rock the House Discretionary Metal Award, Collibus made history by becoming the first heavy metal band ever to play a set in the House of Commons; had the music video for their winning track Dead Inside featured on Scuzz; and released their debut album The False Awakening all in a matter of months.
The debut album launch was impressively followed by a quick succession of major festivals snapping up Collibus onto their lineup with Download Festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, Sonisphere Festival, Wacken Open Air & Bloodstock Open Air all signing the band in 2014. The momentum built up around the band further saw them signed to support The Winery Dogs on their German tour that summer.
Since the success of 2014, the band have further recorded a 4 track EP single released in the summer of 2016, featuring the Fox penned track The Last Time. The EP also included 3 re-worked acoustic tracks from The False Awakening, recorded at the legendary Metropolis Studios. The release was followed by a return to Graspop Metal Meeting.
The band are currently preparing for the release of their highly anticipated follow album to The False Awakening, entitled Trusting The Illusion, followed by a UK tour in February and March 2018, including a performance at HRH Metal at Birmingham's O2 Academy.
Their astronomical rise to prominence has bagged them an increasing number of fans, among whom they count rock legend, Queen's Brian May:
"Collibus is already a phenomenon. Scary musicianship at the most furious end of the metal spectrum, crowned with Gemma Fox's passion and power as a vocalist. Ouch. Impossible to ignore."
Iced Earth's Luke Appleton hailed Collibus'
"Monstrous guitar solos, a grooving rhythm section and a vocalist that just smacks you in the face with melody!"
Malcolm Dome, Prog Rock Magazine, said:
"The False Awakening will be seen as one of the year's best debut albums. It's a work that points the way to a future where they're regarded as one of the master prog metal bands of the era."
Alexander Milas, Metal Hammer editor, said that The False Awakening is:
"A heady dose of full-on, red-blooded British heavy metal."
Dave Ling, Metal Hammer, reviewed them saying:
"You'd expect them to pitch a sound that is several notches above the ranks of British hopefuls [Collibus'] independently released album reeks of future promise... Watch them fly."
Gemma Fox | Lead Vocals
Stephen Platt | Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals, Production
Daniel Mucs | Rhythm Guitar
Arun Kamath | Bass
Seb Sweet | Drums