We say :- Hammerfest is rapidly approaching, and as usual there are loads of bands that CackBlabbath want to check out live. Some because they are old favourites, some because they are hotly tipped newcomers and some, like Cambridge’s -AR-, because they asked us to :-).

Now, given the typical clientele that descend on Prestatyn every March we predict that -AR- will go down an absolute storm. The band play out and out heavy metal with a really cool “traditional” feel reminiscent of early-but-post-thrash-era Metallica and Megadeth. You know the sort of stuff, heavy crunching riffs that just make you want to bang your head and killer hooks that get stuck in your head.

-AR- have recently released a double A side single that you can pick up on iTunes. It’s well worth checking out and make sure to catch them if you’re at Hammerfest.

We’ll be down the front….

Band Name : -AR-

Home Town : Cambridge

Year Formed : 2003

Current Lineup :
Jhon Isaac – Guitar/ Vocals
Simon Edwards – Bass
Lox Magilton – Drums

Brief History :
The early years saw the band making a few line up changes until finally taking a break to establish the direct and sound of the band. After returning to the live scene and touring with the likes of Kyrbgrinder, EnTro-P & Sacred Mother Tongue, -AR- are back and better than ever before.

Career Highlight :
13 date tour with Sacred Mother Tongue. This saw the band unleashed back onto the live scene and picking up fans all across the country. Also recently supporting InMe in their home town of Cambridge… and of course Hammerfest!

Future Plans :
To follow up the Double A Side, the band are currently writing and recording a new record due out soon.

Tell us something interesting / amusing / stupid about the band :
During their eccentric live shows, the band like to have a lot of fun on stage. Including making stupid noises during songs, trying to annoy each other as much as possible and talking all sorts of nonsense to the audience.

It’s something that just has to be seen!

Who would be your ideal tour-mates ?
Metallica / Primus / Iron Maiden

And what would be on the rider ?
12 pigeon feet

-AR- On the Web :
Facebook URL : http://www.facebook.com/arband

Reverbnation URL : http://www.reverbnation.com/arworld

Bigcartel URL : http://arworld.bigcartel.com/

iTunes URL : http://open.spotify.com/artist/36ykHfsCGYTPS0ptL0OGMF /http://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/ar/id441700522?uo=4