2018 marks the return of Oxford-based sludge-metal titans Desert Storm as they prepare to follow the release of 2014’s critically-acclaimed Omniscient album with their new opus Sentinels, confirmed for release this coming March 16th via APF Records.

Recorded with engineer Jamie Dodd (Orange Goblin) at Flesh & Bone Studio’s, Hackney and tracked by Steve ‘Geezer’ Watkins at Woodworm studios (which has also been used by legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi), ‘Sentinels’ is a colossal sounding record,  it’s ten tracks punching the listener with an oppressive towering monolithic sound that batters, but never dulls the senses.

“This album is a natural progression from our previous releases,” explains guitarist Ryan Cole. “It has the Desert Storm sound, but has moved in a much harder, darker and heavier direction.”

Today we get to hear the first rumblings from ‘Sentinels’ in the shape of ‘Too Far Gone’, a brutal, pounding powerhouse of a track that tackles the bleak subject of excessive binge drinking. “It’s the paradox of hard liquor being both the cause and the remedy of the sickness,” states vocalist Matt Ryan. “Self-destruction and punishment of the body. It’s inspired by the tragic tales of Bon Scott and John Bonham, along with fictional characters Ben Sanderson of Leaving Las Vegas and to a lesser extent, Jim Lahey of Trailer Park Boys. It’s a miserable outcome as our song begins with alcoholism and ends in death.”

Stream ‘Too Far Gone’ here: https://soundcloud.com/apf-records/desert-storm-too-far-gone/s-oelmn

‘Sentinels’ Track Listing:

Journey’s End

Too Far Gone

The Brawl

Kingdom Of Horns



The Extrovert




In addition to the album’s release, the band will be hitting the road hard throughout February, March and beyond in the UK and Europe. This is a band that have never been afraid to get in the van and have shared stages with a who’s who of heavy talent over the years, including Karma To Burn, Corrosion Of Conformity, Red Fang, VoiVod, Orange Goblin, Crowbar, Weedeater, Valiant Thor and many more.

Desert Storm European Tour Dates:

03.02.18 | United Kingdom | Manchester | The Bread Shed

17.02.18 | United Kingdom | Birmingham | o2 Academy

22.02.18 | United Kingdom | London | The Devonshire Arms

23.02.18 | Netherlands | Rotterdam | Baroeg

24.02.18 | Netherlands | Eindhoven | The Jack Cafe

25.02.18 | France | Douai | Red Studio

26.02.18 | Belgium | Antwerp | Kids Rhythm & blues bar

27.02.18 | Germany | Berlin | Urban Spree

28.02.18 | Germany | Weimar | Gerber3

01.03.18 | Germany | Dresden | Chemiefabrik

02.03.18 | Czech Republic | Prague | Theremin

03.03.18 | Poland | Warsaw | Hydrozagadka

04.03.18 | Slovakia | Bratislava | Fuga

05.03.18 | Slovakia | Kosice | Collosseum

06.03.18 | Poland | Katowice | Klub Faust

07.03.18 | Poland | Wroclaw | Black Moon

08.03.18 | Germany | TBC

09.03.18 | Netherlands | Zwolle | Jacks Bar

10.03.18 | Belgium | Brussels | Rock Classic

07.07.18 | United Kingdom | Bradford | Underground

28.07.18 | United Kingdom | Bournemouth | The Anvil

04.08.18 | United Kingdom | Abingdon | Abingdon Town F.C

25.08.18 | United Kingdom | Bolton | Alma Inn

29.09.18 | United Kingdom | Sheffield | o2 Academy

Pre-order ‘Sentinels’ here:  http://apfrecords.bigcartel.com/

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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