Scrollkeeper are a Traditional Heavy Metal band from Houston, Texas that specialize in high energy, anthemic original material that is reminiscent of Metal's halcyon days. The band is comprised of: Simon Marfleet on drums (Coffin Grinder, Calculus), AlexanderK on guitar (Descent Into Madness, Final Xit), Justin McKittrick on vocals (Saxon King, What Lies Beneath) and William Sullivan (bass).
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Scrollkeeper are a Traditional Heavy Metal band from Houston, Texas that specializes in high energy, anthemic original material that is reminiscent of Metal's halcyon days.
After a revolving door of guitarists, Simon Marfleet (drums) and Justin McKittrick (vocals) asked Alexander K. to join on guitar in November of 2016.
Out of these rehearsals eventually emerged the bulk of songs on the band's current set list. William Sullivan (bass) came to the band in March 2017.
During rehearsals for their debut show, Scrollkeeper recorded a 2 song EP titled “Fortune Favors the Bold” which was tracked live in their Downtown Houston rehearsal studio and mixed and mastered at Nocturnal Sound Studios (Houston, TX).
The band’s debut show was as support act for Delain and Hammerfall in June 2017. Since then, Scrollkeeper has shared the stage with Manilla Road, Dirkschneider, Angra, Cloven Hoof and kept a busy show schedule.
The song “Surrender” was selected for the “Doomed and Stoned in Texas” compilation, featuring doom legends Solitude Aeturnus, deadhorse and other Texas stoner/doom bands with proceeds going towards hurricane relief.
The band finished an EP "Path to Glory" in 2018, recorded at Sound Arts Studios and Nocturnal Sound Studios (Houston, TX), engineered by Brian Baker and the band's guitarist, Alexander K. The EP was mixed and mastered by Ricardo Camargo @ Tidalwav Studios, Queens, New York. For the artwork, the band chose German illustrator Helge C. Balzer.
"Path to Glory" is available for sale on Bandcamp, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and other media and streaming platforms. Houston residents can also buy a physical copy in CD format at Cactus Music, Sound Exchange, Vinal Edge (Houston), Music Millenium (Portland, OR), Waterloo Records and End of an Ear Records(Austin, TX), Radio Active Records (Fort Lauderdale, FL), Hog Wild Records (San Antonio, TX), Amoeba Records (Los Angeles, CA). “Path to Glory” is also sold in select US cities and in the EU though German label Underground Power Records.
The band is also tracking its first full length LP with tentative release data of January 2020.
Started playing air guitar in 1982 after getting a fifth generation cassette copy of Kiss "Alive!".
Quickly graduated to more "legit" metal bands, AC/DC, Accept, Twisted Sister and W.A.S.P. thanks to my older cousins and tape trading with classmates. Somewhere around 1984 I started pestering my parents for an electric guitar, they eventually relented and to my dismay bought me an acoustic.
After hearing the horrendous racket from a "cover" of Slayer's "Black Magic" on an out of tune acoustic guitar, my dad, an accomplished accordion player, decided that "it was long overdue to get the kid some lessons". That resulted in me getting signed up to study guitar, music theory and composition with a well known National Opera French horn/guitar/mandolin player, Ivan Maslev. He provided an interesting curriculum and concentrated heavily on theory, which is what I wanted to pursue as I was interested in songwriting.
At about that same time I met some like-minded kids and we dabbled in punk, then we formed the Hellhammer-inspired Barbarian, which eventually transformed into prog thrash outfit Dissident. Dissident had surprisingly quick success on the hungry for metal local Bulgarian scene, culminating with sold out festival Metal Fest at the Circus (1989). Due to economic and other circumstances I moved to the US and have been residing in Houston, TX since the early 90s. I've been in numerous bands/projects since, most notably founding and running prog. thrash band Descent Into Madness for over 13 years, starting in 2001. Around that time I also got on the other side of the glass as a recording engineer and still do occasional freelance recording/production as time permits.
Favorite bands: 80s thrash, mainly the German scene. Sodom, Coroner, Sepultura, Opeth, Arch Enemy, Testament, Carcass, W.A.S.P., Scorpions. 70's classic and hard rock bands, early Black Sabbath, Nazareth, Uriah Heap, Thin Lizzy, Gary Moore, Jeff Beck, Uli Roth, Deep Purple.
Favorite drinks: Rakia (Bulgarian high octane drink similar to Pisco), Irish single malt (Sexton), Scotch Whisky (preferably Macallan or Dalmore Cigar Malt), Scrollkeeper Brain Eraser (email us for recipe), Beer (Paulaner, Franziskaner, Diebels, Grolsch, Pilsen Urquell, 8th Wonder Intellectuale). On the non-alcoholic side: espresso, the darker and more potent, the better :)
Equipment: I am not particularly locked in on anything, at the moment I like to torture Mesa Boogie amps, LTD guitars on stage. My all time favorite axe is a Music Man Steve Morse. Currently endorsing Gravity Picks and Italia leather straps.
I was introduced to the amazing world of drumming at the grand age of 17 while living in England. My first ever performance was at a blues jam at my high school. My main influences at that time were The Cult, Billy Idol, Van Halen, and AC/DC just to name a few. I fully embraced Metal in 1990 jamming to Slayer, Pantera, Metallica, and Anthrax.
When I moved back to the States I hooked up with a band call Wickerman Zoid from Houston, TX which I quickly got fired from due to my terrible inability to play double bass. Ha! Since then the bands I have played in are Antisocial from New Orleans LA, Yaldabaoth, Coffin Grinder, Natas, Calculus, all from Houston TX, AD/HD, Dethlahem, L.A. Slumlords, Mercenary Angel all from Los Angeles CA and now Scrollkeeper back in Houston, TX.
Favorite Bands: Death, Morbid Angel (David Vincent era), Hypocrisy, The Cult, Absu, Alestorm, Melechesh, Coroner, Gama Bomb, Immortal, Iron Maiden, Emperor, Warbringer, and Grand Magus.
Equipment: Premier Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Pearl Eliminator Pedals, Promark Sticks, Evens Drum Heads, Pearl Drum Rack, and PDP Cymbal Stands.
Favorite Drink: Wexford Irish Style Cream Ale, Buffalo Bayou 1836, Fullers London Pride, Tequila Sunrise, and Kendall Jackson Chardonnay.
Favorite bands: 70’s Judas Priest, Voivod, Overkill, Queensryche
Favorite drinks: Scotch, Dunkel Beer
Equipment: Shure Microphones and Yamaha PA’s
King Crimson - Larks’ Tongues In Aspic/Thrak
Bathory - Blood, Fire, Death
Genesis - Trick of the Tail
Van Der Graaf Generator/Peter Hammill - Pawn Hearts/The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage
Voivod - Killing Technology
Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
Aphrodite’s Child - 666
Hawkwind - Warriors on the Edge of Time
Motörhead - Ace of Spades
13th Floor Elevators - Easter Everywhere
Morbid Angel - Gateways to Annihilation
Savatage - Hall of the Mountain King
The Stooges - Fun House
Pink Floyd - Ummagumma/Meddle/Animals
Kate Bush - Hounds of Love/The Dreaming
King Diamond - Abigail
Candlemass - Nightfall
Soft Machine - II
Yes - Yes Album/Fragile/Drama
Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden/Piece of Mind/Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Slayer - Reign in Blood
Judas Priest - Stained Class/Defenders of the Faith
The Zombies - Odessey and Oracle
Favorite alcoholic drinks:
Kavalan single malt and classic Tiki cocktails
Equipment: Fender Precision Bass Special