UK heavy metal band SIMULANT dropped a debut EP, Dark Orbit, August 12th, 2022, and it definitely seems like this band is off to a solid start with this set of five tracks. Not only does the EP incorporate themes that are easily relatable, but the songs feature various musical elements that will keep the listener interested throughout.
SIMULANT is a band based in the South Coast of the United Kingdom, and consists of members from previous local bands Drifted and Reign Eternal. The lineup includes: Ell Jones (vocals), Johnny French (guitar), Jobe Whiteman (drums), and Ollie Tapp (guitar).
SIMULANT guitarist Johnny French is the man behind the recording, mixing, and mastering of Dark Orbit. He arranged full songs with guitar, bass and drums, as well as sound design, and frontman Ell Jones wrote most of the lyrics. Jones comments, "Johnny has put countless hours into making this EP the best it can be, and we take our hats off to his craft." Drummer Jobe Whiteman wrote all of the drum parts on the EP, and Jones says, “he absolutely smashed it.”
The Dark Orbit EP was over a year in the making, and Jones says “everyone involved in the process made us feel so at home and made it absolutely plain sailing”. The band wants to credit Charlie Smith of Mind Art Visual (music video whiz); April Bishop of A.M Photography; Daniel Holub of Make North (EP and logo designs); Spaceuntravel (YouTube channel); and the crew that joined the band to help out with the first music video, “DARK ORBIT”, Ella, Matt, Jess, and Sam.