Nigel Durham quits Morpheus Rising
31/07/2016. As you may already be aware, health issues have led Nigel Durham to take the decision to step down from Morpheus Rising and stop drumming altogether. We are very sorry to see Nige go, especially so for these reasons. It has been a pleasure to have him as part of the band. But obviously his health is the priority and we will miss him and wish him all the best.
Given the circumstances, and current work and touring commitments, we feel we have no choice but to withdraw from the remaining dates we had in the diary for this year to devote our time to completing current writing and recording projects namely a third studio album and an acoustic album. While the timing of recent events will make little difference to writing timescales, the need to replace Nige and also find a second guitarist will inevitably have an impact on the recording process.
But more importantly, we want to be sure to return to the live scene with the right line up, all guns blazing with a show which lives up to our own expectations of the band as well as do justice to the support and loyalty of our die hard fans. We are very sorry for this enforced live hiatus, but rest assured, we are writing and regrouping… We will be back in the New Year!
In the meantime, watch this space!
Working on new material
01/06/2016. After a cracking run of shows earlier this year with Black Rose, Saxonized and Heaven or Hell, and a little acoustic set at the amazing Panic Room Weekend over at Bilston, we’re getting stuck into writing and preparation for the next album which will be available through Cherry Red Records which we’re hoping will be later this year.
Tourdates to be Rescheduled.
30/03/2016. We are very disappointed to announce that due to tragic and unavoidable circumstances, our show in Carlisle at The Brickyard on 8th April has had to be withdrawn and will be re-scheduled for later in the year. This has also had a knock-on effect with the Glasgow show on the 9th of April at Stereo Cafe Bar with Black Rose which will also be re-scheduled.
Scopyons and Morpheus Rising regret having to re-schedule these dates. A bereavement and a funeral has to be taken into consideration and there is no other option available at such short notice.
For refunds on tickets – please contact your venue or vendor.
Morpheus Rising agree own label deal with Cherry Red Records
20/02/2016. Morpheus Rising is very pleased to announce that the band has agreed the launch of its own imprint label, via Cherry Red Records (with thanks to Daniel Earnshaw) for our third album, MR3 as it’s been nicknamed for the moment.
We’re hard at work writing this next opus and are very excited about the prospects for this next album with this deal in place. We will keep you posted as things progress, but suffice it to say that we’re really pleased with what we have so far!
In the meantime, don’t forget there’s lots of shows coming up in March and April, all the info is here. See you on the road soon!
04/02/16. All the latest tourdates and show information for the upcoming dates in March and April are all on the tour page. We are double headlining shows with Vice, Black Rose, Scopyons and Heaven or Hell, plus special guests Symphony of Pain and Howard Sinclair on some shows.
Check out the dates here, and grab tickets early to show the venues you’re coming!
Simon Brett joins Morpheus Rising
30/01/16. We are very pleased to announce that our new guitarist will be Simon Brett. We got together with Simon last week to see how things would work out and we’re excited to be able to announce that Simon has now joined the band.
We’re really looking forward to getting cracking rehearsing with Simon ready for the upcoming tourdates in March and April, and getting out on the road. Back to full strength – let’s Rock!
Nigel Durham is back behind the kit
11/10/2015. Great news from Nigel Durham, who is fighting fit and raring to go. Nige has been recovering and rebuilding his strength after a long period of injury and an operation to replace a disc in his neck. He’s back behind the kit and has declared himself match fit! Great news – welcome back Nige!
This news is perfectly timed too, as we can also reveal that we now have a new guitarist! More on this very soon, watch this space…
New! Morpheus Rising Hipflasks and Lighters
22/09/2015. Really excited by these two new Items in the MR shop… A fantastic stainless steel hip flask and a Zippo style lighter – these will make great gifts. We have limited numbers of the these to try but we thing they’re great and we’ll supply any back orders as soon as we have more!
Check them out right here…
MR parts company with Daymo Sweeting
15/09/2015. We are sorry to announce that Morpheus Rising has parted company with guitarist Daymo Sweeting. Daymo was a part of the band almost from the very start and we are immensely grateful for everything he contributed to the band over the years. Personal differences in recent months have unfortunately led to a parting of the ways. We wish Daymo well, and every success in the future.
Meantime, we are concentrating on creating MR3 – and initial ideas and song roughs are already sounding very exciting, though there is some way to go yet! We’ll keep you posted on progress – and on the vacancy stage right – as we have more news!
Great mini tour with Hi-on Maiden
21/07/2015. Great weekend out on the road with Hi-on Maiden. We played Newcastle Cluny, Edinburgh Bannermans, Carlisle Brickyard and Bilston Robin 2 over four nights with the Maiden boys, and had an absolute scream.
If you haven’t caught Hi-on Maiden, we highly recommend that you check them out as soon as possible – fantastic band and a great bunch of guys. We enjoyed their show and company on the road immensely and are thoroughly looking forward to a chance to work with them again.