Hollow Ground


Hollow Ground (1979-1981, 2007-present): a NWOBHM band from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.


lthough they have since reformed they have yet to record again. The membership of Brian Rickman (ex-Fist; bass), Jon Lockney (drums), Martin Metcalf (ex-Fist; guitars) and Glen Coates (vocals) formed in the North East of England in the late 1970s, Hollow Ground became one of the cutting edge groups of the NWOBHM period. Although they only released six tracks, these have come to be considered a classic example of the style of the era. In 1980 they released the Warlord EP, containing the tracks Flying high, Warlord, Rock on and Don't chase the dragon. This 7-inch record is difficult to find and fetches a high price should you be fortunate to find one. Later in 1980, a further two tracks in the form of Fight with the devil and The holy one were recorded and were used along with Rock on and Flying high on the Roksnax split album along side Saracen and Samurai. Four more tracks were recorded, Rock to love, Promised land, Easy action and Loser, but were never released. In 1990 the track Fight with the devil was included on the Lars Ulrich/Geoff Barton compilation album NWOBHM '79 Revisited. The original Warlord EP tracks can also be found on the compilation CD Rare Metal: N.W.O.B.H.M. Metal Rarities, Volume 1.

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Singer Glenn Coates left the band to join Fist in 1982 for their Back With A Vengeance album. This defection signalled the end for Hollow Ground.

Lead Guitarist Martin Metcalf later recorded the classic rock album POWERHOUSE with former Geordie vocalist Dr.Rob Turnbull in 1986.

In 2007 the band were asked to reform and play at the Headbangers Open Air Festival in Germany being received favorably by fans of NWOBHM, who were delighted to see one of the 'lost' bands of that era perform live.

Hollow Ground also appeared on the bill with Jameson Raid and Cloven Hoof for a gig at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on 30 March 2013.

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Nation UK
Location Newcastle upon Tyne
Other Genres Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Formations 2
Active Years 1979-1981, 2007-
Last Modified 2023-07-19
Diskery ID 2705

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