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earthtone9 is an alternative metal band hailing from Nottingham, UK. Their line-up on most of their major releases was Karl Middleton on vocals, Owen "Oz" Packard, Joe Roberts on guitar, Graeme Watts on bass and Simon Hutchby on drums (the latter replaced for their final EP Omega by Alex Baker).

Signing to Copro records in 1998, the band's first major release was the album lo def(inition) discord, which comprised re-recorded songs from their two demos with a few new tracks. Read more on

Earthtone9 on Thrash Hits

Go download Earthtone9’s free compilation. NOW.

June 1st, 2010

Yeah yeah yeah, we’ve been rabbiting on about earthtone9 getting back together a lot recently. Well, what do you expect, given that we were the one’s who confirmed the rumours were true and the band was playing together again?

Anyway, the band have brought forward the release of the free-to-download compilation album, Inside, Embers Glow…, and you can get your grubby mitts on it right damn now. If you head on over to, all you have to do is hand over your email address and BANG – you’ll be sent a link to download the whole thing for nowt.

Of course, we’d also recommend shelling out the ludicriously cheap asking price of £5.99 for the limited-run digipak version of the album. It might encourage the band to, y’know, maybe record something new?


EXCLUSIVE! earthtone9 reform – interview & photo gallery

May 27th, 2010

Yep, you read that right – earthtone9 have reformed. Andy Parker found himself invited into their not-so-secret rehearsal space for an afternoon of Lo-Def(inition) Discord. WOOO!

By the time an aggravated tourist flew a plane into a skyscraper in New York in 2001, earthtone9 were struggling with the transition from the minor league underground stars to the major league of  UK metal. Despite being one of the most significant British metal bands of the past decade, it proved a gap they were unable to bridge. Their 2000 masterpiece, arc’tan’gent – a record which garnered universal critical praise, interest from across the pond, and saw them spend several years on the road – would prove to be their last full-length album.

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There’s STILL no Metal in the Mercury Prize

July 22nd, 2009

The 2009 Nationwide Mercury Music prize shortlist has been announced, and once again Hugh Platt finds himself screaming at the sky, shaking his fist like an ineffectual caveman cursing the Gods for making it rain.

No Metal Mercury Prize 2009 Barclaycard Thrash Hits

Once again, the great and the good of the UK music media are hunched over, hands clasped around their critical appendages, and are furiously word-wanking their opinions onto betting slips. That’s right: the shortlist of albums fighting for the 2009 Mercury Prize have be announced, and yet again – for the 18th year running – metal has been denied a presence on the final shortlist.

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