Northants rockers STORMBRINGER formed in the summer of 2011, when founding members Jon Quantrill, Dom Wallace, Ash Smith and Darren McCullagh got together to write and create what would become the bands 2013 debut album ‘MMXIII’, recorded with vocalist Mike Stockley. A mix of classic rock and heavy metal with a contemporary edge saw STORMBRINGER quickly set themselves apart.
After successful years gigging, including shows at Download Festival and a main stage appearance at Bloodstock Open Air Festival, inspiration and determination were high when work began on what would be STORMBRINGER’s second album. Jimi Brown replaced the vocals in the line-up, and became part of the band late 2014, completing the recording of ‘Blood and Rust’ which was eventually released in Oct 2015. STORMBRINGER carried on to feature on Scuzz TV, in Metal Hammer and toured extensively all over the UK.
STORMBRINGER’s third album ‘Born a Dying Breed’ was released through Attic Records on November 3rd 2017, to much acclaim, breaking new ground for the band, in both national and international popularity.
For Stormbringer, 2019 heralds a new chapter with the addition of Darren Caven-Quantrill on guitar and the much anticipated return of original vocalist Mike Stockley.
Get ready for one hell of a fourth album!
Mikey Stockley – Vocals
Since the mid-1980s, performance, entertainment and music has been the essence of who Mike Stockley is. Learning to sing from TV soap themes and radio jingles, he developed a love for the arts at an early age. However, it wasn’t until 2001 before he joined his first band (Narkan) and surrendered to the sounds of rock “n” metal.
From 2013 to 2015 mike was the original vocalist of Stormbringer and was an instrumental part in writing some of the bands “now” classic tracks on the debut album “MMXIII”.
Mike is far from a stranger to the stage, he had the fortune of accompanying Stormbringer on some of their biggest shows to-date at festivals such as Hammerfest, Bloodstock open air and Donington Park’s Download festival.
Now, after a 4-year hiatus, Mike is ready to retread the boards with his former bandmates and start working on exciting new material as well as touring with the rock outfit once again.
Dominic Wallace – Guitars
Dom first developed a love of guitars at around the age of 14. After a good couple of years of continually listening to Hard Rock and Metal playing guitar seemed like a thoroughly logical thing to do.
After buying a Fender Stratocaster copy and old amp from an old school friend, he started his journey into the world of music. As with most young kids it wasn’t long before he was in a band. ASJ was the stereotypical band set up by inexperienced kids; they were fucking terrible. After that he was given the opportunity to join another band, again just a local band, but with the musicians being far more proficient. This was when Dom had his first playing experience with Jon Quantrill. The band was called Scavengers Daughter and later The Calling. He stayed with the band for 7 years recording 2 EPs.
With the band changing musical direction, he decided it was time for pastures new. He left the band in 1998 and took a hiatus from band life. However he never stopped playing, meeting up several times a week with different musicians, just jamming and enjoying playing music.
Eventually a core group came forward and a new band Deadeye was formed. With Deadeye, Dom recorded an Album and EP. It wasn’t long before Deadeye became local heroes. Deadeye travelled the country pretty extensively, gigging and having a great time. Eventually Deadeye came to an end with a “never say never” sign off. In 2007 Dom joined Viking Skull – an internationally recognized band. During his time with Viking Skull,Dom recorded two full length albums and toured several times including 2 stints in the USA, one of which was opening for Clutch.
In the summer of 2011 during a Saturday afternoon down the pub with Ash, who had just split up with his band Nekrosis, decided to form another band and Stormbringer was born.
Darren Caven-Quantrill – Guitars
A veteran guitarist of over 35 years, Darren gravitated towards music and performance at the very early age of 8 years old (cue memory of actually enjoying performing wacky Casio keyboard renditions of Booker T. & the M.G.’s Green Onions in school assembly!)
The early 1990s witnessed an evolutionary change in Rock guitar style, moving from NWOBHM and classic/hard rock into something much more technical and innovative and the Rhoads, Satriani, Vai, Gilbert, Malmsteen (insert shredders!) era made a huge impression on Darren, who ended up under the wing of the great Jazz guitarist and orchestrator, Richard Beaumont to study music theory.
But Rock music, band comradery and songs have always been the ultimate reason of it all for Darren, who has co-written and performed (along-side Twin brother drummer Jon and oldest mate/guitarist/legend Dom) with The Calling on their debut EP (1993) and For Radio (1997 – critically acclaimed by the one and only Tommy Vance) and also AudioEinstein’s debut album (2001) before taking time out for family and Uni commitments.
Darren’s first stint with Stormbringer came out of the blue in 2014, when Jon asked him to be stand in guitarist for two shows. Realising the music bug was back in a big way, Darren went onto form Numb in 2015, subsequently co-writing and releasing their debut album in 2017 – culminating in a UK tour with Stormbringer the same year.
Late 2018, Darren was approached to join Stormbringer full time and jumped at the chance!
“It’s great to be back working with both Jon and Dom and I’m really excited about what can be achieved with Mike back in the band”. Album four is going to be killer!”
Darren McCullagh – Bass
Throughout Darren’s upbringing, he was always surrounded by music, with his parents blasting out Zeppelin, Floyd, Deep Purple and of course Sabbath. It didn’t take long before he became interested in musical instruments, more so the Bass Guitar. The Precise techniques of Waters & Jones and the guttural thump of Geezer Butler proving too much of a temptation. It wasn’t till the age of around 13, that Darren got his first bass guitar, a Marina Fender Precision copy. Graduating from his mum’s trusty old tennis racket.
All up and coming musicians have an idol, right? Darren’s just happened to be Steve Harris of Iron Maiden. To quote ‘it was an unhealthy obsession to try and perfect his technique’. Darren joined many school bands, rehearsing in Village halls, band members bedrooms and his Grans Barn. His first gigs in a band were played in and around Northampton with a band called the Screaming Eagles. Darren helped form numerous bands, of which usually petered out after a month or so. When not playing in bands he spent most of the time jamming and learning from anyone who could put up with the endless amount of questions and ‘show me how’s’.
Darren Joined Zoot Allures in the mid 90’s, who mainly played instrumental music from the likes of Zappa, Satriani and Steve Vai. Then came the Hiatus, Kids and Marriage etc. before joining Poison Zoomak briefly. After advertising in numerous online music sites, Darren finally got a call from Dom asking if he was interested in joining a pointless side project. That project flourished to become Stormbringer. Finally meeting 4 guys that lived, breathed and believed in the same musical ideals as himself.
Jon Paul Quantrill – Drums
Jon first started playing drums in 1986 aged 12 years old. His twin brother, who was already an amazing guitar player, inspired him to start playing drums as he was forming a band and needed someone to take up the rhythm section. Jon finally got his mother to agree the first purchase of a Premier drum kit from a good friend for just £65.
After a year of playing The Who covers, Jon and his band, called The Squad, decided to write their own songs and played their first gig together in July 1987, aged 13 years old. Many years went by and now listening to Rock Music and covering just about every Ozzy Osborne and Iron Maiden song ever written, the band became more professional and the line-up changed. In 1991 Dom Wallace was drafted in to play guitar in the brand new band, now called ScavengerZ Daughter, which went on to be called The Calling. All told, Jon played in this band for nearly 17 years, and recorded singles, EPs, and an Album with the band which was now named AudioEinstein.
In 2004 Jon decided to call it a day with the band, and concentrated on his Music Venue/Pub he now owned. He was also a tour F.O.H sound engineer, and toured with many signed bands. He also started a small record company and signed two bands called Nekkrosis and Deadeye. This is where he tied friendships with Nekkrosis guitarist Ash Smith and also stayed in connection with his past colleague Dom Wallace, who was now the guitarist for Deadeye.
Five more years went by and Jon had now sold his Music Venue and Record Company, and out of the blue came a phone call from his long-time friend Dom Wallace. Deadeye and Nekkrosis had split, and Dom fuelled by the need to play music, asked Jon if he would join his new band, which was really just a pointless side project as Dom was now playing in Viking Skull.
Dom had also managed to draft in Ash Smith. Jon thought long and hard to see if he wanted to come out of retirement and said… NO THANKS. A few days went by, and Jon thought what the hell! Let’s jam! Dom had already found a guy called Darren McCullagh to play Bass, and they started jamming. New good songs were written and came naturally. The new band ended up writing a full length album and the mighty STORMBRINGER was born.