“Dundees, if not Scotlands best kept secret” – (Andy G, Radio North Angus)

Victorius were formed back in 2007, keeping alive the old school heavy metal sounds. Winning over every crowd they played to, they soon found themselves supporting large acts such as Skid Row, Paradise Lost and 3 inches of Blood. With a growing momentum, Victorius hit creative differences and eventually split, and formed another band known as Pariah. They kept the pot boiling for a while as Pariah, but never fully realised the potential, with more line up changes here and there and then a hiatus for a number of years.

In January 2017 three quarters of the original Victorius line-up (John Brandon, John Gibbons and Ryan Shepherd) decided to get together and with the addition of a new rhythm guitarist (Arroll Kelly) the band rapidly played their way to the Metal to the Masses finals in Glasgow. This spurred them on to get back into the game and start writing new songs and work on recording an album. However, Arroll moved to the States leaving the band needing a new rhythm guitarist and some large shoes to fill. Stewart Kennedy filled the spot with ease and the Band was back to full strength.

While Victorius work on their new material, they have recently released an EP called “To The Death”, recorded at their drummer’s own “Strait up studios”, where they also rehearse. The EP contains new recordings of some older songs that are always crowd favourites at gigs. Looking to release their first Album at the start of 2019, Victorius are working hard in between gigs to keep the old school metal alive and well.



John Brandon – Vocals, Lead Guitar
Metallica, Annihilator, Anthrax, Slayer, Megadeth
Ryan Shepherd – Drums
Early Machine Head, Dagoba, Chimaira
John Gibbons – Backing Vocals, Bass Guitar
 Metallica, Anthrax, Maiden, Motörhead, Slayer
First gig: Sepultura, Glasgow Barrowlands 1992
Previous Bands: Too many
Favourite Musicians: Frankie Bello, Jason Newsted
Stewart Kennedy – Rhythm Guitar
Dissection, Emperor, Annihilator, Sepultura, Slayer
First Gig: Faster Pussycat, Glasgow Barrowlands 1989
Previous Bands: Divinity
Favourite Guitar Player: Jeff Waters (Annihilator)

GLASGOW METAL 2 THE MASSES GRAND FINAL 2017 – Victorius blasted into a frenzied twin-guitar thrash set. You can’t go wrong with old school thrash in that respect! By the second track, they were loose with grins and poses while playing blinding fast riffs. By the third track, they were well in the zone. “OI”‘s were shouted, and horns raised. Definitely the best old-school thrash band of the evening.


Metal / Thrash

Metallica / Anthrax / Iron Maiden

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