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York, Pennsylvania, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2018 | SELF

York, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2018
Band Metal Hardcore





"York’s Gallowglas finished the night with their demonstration of furious power metal. Lead snarler J. William Heitmann, guitarists Don Belch and Brian Faychak, bassist Duy Loufik and drummer Brian Durost brought the ruckus with their mix of rage, intensity and precision. The group did several numbers off their EP “Let The Fire Dine,” including “43 Gods” and “Declivity,” as well a few other original numbers. J. William displayed the feral rage, while Don showed amazing precision on tense guitar riffs and solo work. It was impressive power metal brutality that kept onlookers riveted and cheering."

-Jim Price, PA Musician Magazine - Pennsylvania Musician

"Chameleon Club"

Next up was the metal band Gallowglas from York. Members include J William Heitmann: vox, Don Belch: lead guitar, Brian Faychak: guitar, Brian Durost: drums and Duy Loufik: bass. This is also a new band that just formed this spring and already released their first CD ‘Let The Fire Dine” and can be found on all major streaming platforms and can be followed on Facebook. They have a full-length release in the works, so keep your eye out for this. To see where they will be next look them up on Bandsintown.

-Michelle Rider, PA Musician Magazine - Pennsylvania Musician


Let the Fire Dine EP



Gallowglas is a York, PA based American Metal band that formed in the spring of 2018 when two musical soulmates, J. William Heitmann (vox), and Don Belch (guitar), both formally of Ninetail, rekindled their partnership after a six year hiatus. J, and Don along with Brian Faychak (guitar) began the writing process while searching for the right talent to round out the band. After a long, arduous pursuit for the right musicians, the original trio were happy to announce the addition of Brian Durost (percussion) formally of Burning the Hospice, and Duy Loufik (bass). The group wasted no time and got into the studio, recording their debut EP titled Let the Fire Dine, which was independently released on all major music platforms in May of 2019.

To date, Gallowglas has gained respect in their own backyard while playing many local venues, but are looking to expand their territory to bolster exposure and drive up demand. In their short time on the circuit, the band has shared the stage with industry titans such as All That Remains, Unearth, Flaw, Green Jelly, and Anthrophobia. Their versatility within any line-up is noteworthy as they are able to play to many different crowds.

Gallowglas' stage presence is undeniable and has been described by the music media as "feral" and "precise". Heitmann's lyrics have been labeled "crucial" as he howls of institutional failure, discontent, and theories of the afterlife among other spirited subject matter. They take the stage with a purpose no matter the crowd size or level of participation. Whoever stands before them will witness a gut-wrenching, all-out performance sure to make a lasting impression. 

Gallowglas were nominated for "Best Metal Act", and their EP Let the Fire Dine nominated for "Album of the Year" by the Central PA Music Hall of Fame in 2020. They are currently in the studio writing and recording their sophomore effort and intend on taking the stage again beginning in April 2020 with an electric, more enduring set list. 

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