Spear Of Destiny

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": post-punk 80s new wave alternative gothic rock goth Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s


Formed from the ashes of Theatre Of Hate in early 1983, Spear Of Destiny took their name from the mythological weapon that pierced the body of Christ, and was supposedly acquired over the years by Attila The Hun, Napoleon, and Hitler. This helped the band to attract quite a volume of destructive commentary in the press. The original line-up featured mainstay Kirk Brandon (3 August 1956, Westminster, London, England; vocals/guitar), Chris Bell (drums), Lascelles James (saxophone), and Stan Stammers (b. 19 May 1961, Saffron Walden, Essex, England; bass, ex-Theatre Of Hate). They signed to Epic Records, but maintained their own label design, Burning Rome, which had appeared on previous Theatre Of Hate releases. The first single, ‘Flying Scotsman’, arrived in 1983, and was featured on Grapes Of Wrath alongside the relentless single ‘The Wheel’.

Critical response to the band was divided. By July, Bell and James had left, for...

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