Since launching in January of 2022, Tailgunner have taken the world of underground Heavy Metal by the scruff of the neck, and grasp with an iron first. “I would call Tailgunner a Heavy Metal band. There is quite a bit of speed metal, and old school power Metal in there too”, says bass player and founder Thomas Hewson and names the bands main inspirations with Helloween, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, King Diamond and Judas Priest. You can feel their love for the 80s in every moment!
“We are proud n’ thrilled to share the news with you that we have signed a deal with Fireflash Records – a brand new label launched this autumn that will be a subsidiary to Atomic Fire Records (Helloween, Opeth, Meshuggah, U.D.O, Michael Schenker, The 69 Eyes and many more)”, says the band.
“When I heard ‘Shadows of War’ on Spotify, I fell in love immediately. What a hymn! This is Heavy Metal the way I love it: powerful, fresh, melodic, raw and catchy. Along with Power Paladin, they are the hottest and best metal newcomer act in my opinion, with the same spirit that I found on the early albums of my teenager faves like HammerFall, Blind Guardian and Helloween, or younger faves like Enforcer and Skull Fist. Let’s say, I was addicted from day one, adding their singles to our playlists and ordering their first shirt. Right after, we got in touch, talking about a possible collaboration and were on the same level from the beginning on. The first result now is the 5-track EP ‘Crashdive’ in a limited digipak edition of 500 copies worldwide – for all the metal maniacs, collectors and treasure hunters out there. Tailgunner will go their way, this is the beginning of something big”, comments Markus Wosgien, owner/founder of Fireflash Records. The five tracks of the “Crashdive” debut EP were mixed and mastered by Olof Wikstrand of Enforcer, another perfect match for Tailgunner. A release date and pre-order kick off will be announced soon.
“The greatest revelation British Metal has had in a decade and a half”, states “Metal Rules” and praises their unique cocktail of power, speed, aggression and huge choruses. If you wanna know what to expect, simply imagine pure fucking Armageddon!
“In just 7 months we have gone from launching this band, embarking on 2 UK headline tours, playing multiple sold out shows, all leading to this moment – a killer step forward, and an honour to work closely alongside such experience in Heavy Metal at this early stage of our career. After talking extensively on our plans together for the next step of the band, we are very excited n’ can’t wait to get started! As Markus states, Fireflash will now re-release our debut EP ‘Crashdive’ including our latest single ‘White Death’, in digipak form including lyric n’ photo booklet, strictly limited to 500 copies”.
To sum it up, Tailgunner stand for pure Heavy Metal made for eternity!