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Cloven Hoof

Band, 1979-1990 GB, Wolverhampton

Heavy Metal band from Wolverhampton, West Midlands (United Kingdom). Cloven Hoof was part of the N.W.O.B.H.M. movement. The band was active from 1979 to 1990, and again from around 2000 onwards. The band were associated with the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement, alongside bands such as Motörhead, Iron Maiden,Diamond Head (2) and the likes. Enduring many line-up changes through their career, only founding bassist Lee Payne has existed as an ever-present member. Biography 1979-1987 Cloven Hoof went through a few early line-up changes, including a brief spell with vocalist Steve Sammon, before settling on a steady line-up that would last their first few recordings. Theatrical from the beginning, the four band members took up pseudonyms after the four elements - David "Water" Potter, Steve "Fire" Rounds, Lee "Air" Payne and Kevin "Earth" Poutney. This line-up recorded the band's successful demo tape from 1982, along with The Opening Ritual EP, and Cloven Hoof. Following the release of their self-titled debut, David Potter left the band to be replaced by Rob Kendrick, who took up the "Water" pseudonym. This line-up only managed to record the live album Fighting Back, before splitting up completely soon after the release of the album. Lee Payne was the only member left, and soldiered on through the years. 1988-1990 Lee Payne started the band again in 1988, hiring vocalist Russ North and guitarist Andy Wood from the split up band Tredegar along with drummer Jon Brown. With a whole new set of musicians in place, the band dropped the stage names and went on to record two more albums - 1988's Dominator and 1989's A Sultan's Ransom. Former member of Sweet Andy Scott was brought to the band for the role of second guitarist soon after the release of these two albums, but contractual difficulties caused the band to split up in 1990. 2001-2007 In the summer of 2001, Lee Payne began putting a new line-up together for the next reincarnation of Cloven Hoof when Andy Wood had phoned him about the contractual difficulties that had utlimately caused the band to split up for a whole decade. After a few years work and failure to entice back any previous Hoof members, Eye of the Sun was recorded and released in 2006 with the help of studio musicians Matt Moreton on vocals, Andy Shortland on guitars, and Lynch Radinsky on drums. According to Payne, it was the first Cloven Hoof album to have been produced without any obstacles that plagued them in the 1980s, but even though he was proud of the album's successful production, he still wanted Russ North to provide his own vocals for it instead of Moreton's. Following the successful comeback release, the three hired musicians by Payne left once Russ North returned to the fold after finally taking care of the obstacles that prevented him from rejoining a few years earlier. A brief period of line-up fluctuation could be seen on the band's website over the following few months, with former member Jon Brown briefly listed as being back on board. Eventually the line-up seemed to settle with Mick Powell, a guitarist almost hired by Cloven Hoof in the early '80s. In another unannounced change, Jon Brown rejoined. 2008 A collection of re-recorded songs The Definitive Part One was released in early 2008, with a new album to be called Throne of Damnation scheduled for release in 2009. Mick Powell played guitar and keyboards on The Definitive Part One but had left the band by the time it was released. Cloven Hoof continued for a few months as a four-piece again before Powell briefly rejoined in April 2008 and was eventually replaced by Christian Horton. Line-up * Russ North - Vocals * Ben Read - Guitar * Christian Horton - Guitar * Lee Payne - Bass * Jon Brown - Drums Former Members Vocals * David Potter (1982-1986) * Rob Kendrick (1986) Guitar * Steve Rounds (1982-1986) * Andy Wood (1988-1990, 2004) * Mick Powell (also keyboards) Drums * Kevin Pountney (1982-1986) Guest Musicians * Matt Moreton - Sang for the band's 2006 comeback album Eye of The Sun. * Andy Shortland - Played guitar for the band's 2006 comeback album Eye of The Sun. * Lynch Radinsky - Played drums for the band's 2006 comeback album Eye of The Sun.

David Potter
voc GB
Steve Rounds
g GB
Kevin Pountney
dr GB
PortraitLee Payne
b, eb *1960 GB
Andy Wood
PortraitJon Brown
PortraitRuss North
voc *1965 GB
Rob Kendrick
g, bvoc GB
Orlin Radinsky
dr GB
PortraitRich Wilson
Popular Tracks   
Reach for the Sky on The Definitive, Pt. 1 by Cloven Hoof
Nightstalker on Cloven Hoof by Cloven Hoof
Call of the Dark Ones on Resist or Serve by Cloven Hoof
Cloven Hoof on Cloven Hoof by Cloven Hoof
Laying Down the Law on Cloven Hoof by Cloven Hoof
Gates of Gehenna on Cloven Hoof by Cloven Hoof
Bathory on Age of Steel by Cloven Hoof
Touch the Rainbow on Age of Steel by Cloven Hoof
Victim of the Furies on Age of Steel by Cloven Hoof
Alderley Edge on Age of Steel by Cloven Hoof

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Title Artist Year Type
The BBC SessionsCloven Hoof2018Album
The Definitive Part TwoCloven Hoof2018Compil.
Who Mourns For The Morning StarCloven Hoof2017Album
Resist Or ServeCloven Hoof2014Album
The Opening RitüalCloven Hoof2011Compil.
Throne Of DamnationCloven Hoof2010Album
A Sultans Ransom Video ArchiveCloven Hoof2010Album
The Definitive Part OneCloven Hoof2008Album
Eye Of The SunCloven Hoof2006Album
The Opening Ritual / Cloven HoofCloven Hoof1993Album
A Sultan's RansomCloven Hoof1989Album
DominatorCloven Hoof1988Album
Fighting BackCloven Hoof1986Album
Cloven HoofCloven Hoof1984Album
The Opening RitüalCloven Hoof1982Album
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