Originally a Thrash band from the Bay Area of San Fransico, Mordred are probably best remembered as being one of the bands at the forefront of the "Funk Metal" genre (which also included such diverse artists as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fishbone, Primus, 24-7 Spyz, Infectious Grooves and Mindfunk amongst others). Though much maligned these days, at the time this fusion of styles was a breath of fresh air in a metal scene that had become bloated with too many copycats and too little originality.

Mordred's first full-length Fool's Game was predominantly thrash, but featured two songs (Every Day's A Holiday and a Rick James cover Superfreak which hinted at the way their sound would progress. The follow-up, 1991's In This Life, expanded on this mix of Funk and Thrash creating something completely different. While the very term "Funk Metal" may bring derisory snorts to certain 'purists' these days (as well as not being a particularly accurate or helpful definition), there's no doubt that Mordred were game-changers and, aside from being one of the first bands to feature a DJ, putting out some great and seriously innovative music, they also knew how to put on a Hell of a show!

Sadly, Mordred have been inactive since the mid-90s, with their last release The Next Room, being in 1993, and only very occasional performances...until now! Pretty much out of the blue, Mordred are back, with a UK tour planned for next summer, rumours of new music, and even an Indiegogo campaign being planned with loads of cool stuff on offer. Of the planned tour, Guitarist Danny White says: "Can't wait to come back over again it's been years!", a sentiment shared by vocalist Scott Holderby, who says: "This is fun, playing with my bros and playing for our old friends...Been too long."

Keep in touch with what the band are up to on their facebook page: www.facebook.com/MordredBand.