Following the success of their first single, ‘Sun Stroke Heart’, multi-national hard rock blues group SAMARKIND have announced their self-titled debut album will be released on 24th November 2017. Featuring eight tracks and clocking in at 33 minutes, this short (but most definitely sweet) album release is set to be one of the highlights of the year for music fans who enjoy rock that’s to the point and crafted with talent, passion and care. Ahead of their debut album release, Samarkind are guests to INGLORIOUS when they play The Academy in Dublin on the 4th of October. Samarkind, which features charismatic Irish frontman David Paul Byrne (formally teenage wunderkind singer for successful hard rock band Assassin – a time that saw them tour with Def Leppard, Status Quo, WASP, Manowar and more – and featured vocalist on 80’s cult movie ‘Trick Or Treat’ starring Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons), showcase sublime vocals which are accompanied by the talents of sensational Polish guitarist Michal Kulbaka, Ireland’s Mark Dempsey on bass guitar, and South African born drummer Marius Appelgryn. Recorded at Westland Studio in Dublin with producer Alwyn Walker; Samarkind’s self-titled debut album is a classy affair that delivers quality soundscapes and stunning, memorable hooks weaving a tapestry throughout the eight tracks. “We hope to have created a work that creates many pictures, with intertwining textures, emotional highs and lows while still maintaining the energy of a full on rock n’ roll album” says David Paul Byrne. Guitarist Michal Kulbaka comments, “This album is the most expansive work of my career, using a vast array of guitar sounds , Strats, Telecasters, Flying V’s and my trusty Les Pauls. Our goal has always been to keep the listener engaged and enthralled, I hope you enjoy the album.” Don’t miss this – Samarkind’s debut album is released 24th November 2017.

Samarkind voted number 10 on Planet Rock Top 20 albums of 2017 + debut UK shows confirmed for March 2018


One of last year’s “ones to watch” rock bands; Samarkind have charted on Planet Rock’s Top 10 albums of 2017, which sees the multinational self release artists feature alongside the likes of Europe, Inglorious, Black Star Riders, Gun, Thunder, and Wayward Sons. The prestigious chart position, as voted for by the station’s listeners, follows Samarkind’s recent first live show in Dublin as guests to Inglorious, and the release of their self-titled debut album this past November.

Not to be missed: Samarkind make their debut in the UK this March with a series of live shows.

Vocalist David Paul Byrne says, “Myself, Michal, Mark and Marius are overwhelmed by the love and support we have received for our album and are chuffed to bits to be sitting at no.10 on the Planet Rock album of the year chart! We are so excited to be hitting the road this year and are looking forward to doing what we do best live and meeting everyone in person.”

Samarkind’s self-titled debut album was released on the 24th November 2017 to widespread praise from the media and music fans alike.

Samarkind live in the UK:

16th March – Glossop, The Globe Inn
17th March – Evesham, The Iron Road, Evesham
18th March – Newport, The Patriot
30th March – Leicester, Firebug
31st March – Birmingham, The Asylum

1st April – London, The Black Heart


2017 Highlights:

Playlisted by Planet Rock Radio / Voted number 10 by Planet Rock listeners on Top 20 Albums Of 2017 chart.

“Rousing bluesy-rock blending classic rock influences with contemporary energy.” Classic Rock Magazine


Voted no.2 ‘Tracks Of The Week’ / “Tasty, riffy debut… soulful.” Classic Rock Magazine / Team Rock

“A really impressive debut album.” Black Velvet Magazine

As featured in Top 30 Bands Of 2017 by Great Music Stories

“Impressive… you need to check this out.” Stencil Mag

“Samarkind is crammed full of memorable songs, excellent musicianship and is a brilliant debut… the album is an essential purchase for classic rock fans.” My Global Mind

“Ignites the sort of gust that only a flex of Zeus’ bicep could produce.” HEAVY Magazine
“An amazing album… and this is only their full-length debut… Incredible.” Hardrockheavymetal
“Buy this album. It will blow you away… the best debut of 2017.” Jace Media
“Every song is well written, thoughtfully produced and performed with feeling and a standard of musicianship that is truly amazing.” ROX Rock n Metal

“Samarkind are pretty special… the debut album is ace! Simple as that.” Maximum Volume Music

“These songs are sure to blow the roof off live. A cracking debut album.” Midlands Rocks

“Well executed… this is a worthy debut… definitely ones to watch.” Get Ready To Rock
“Samarkind embraces classic blues rock to perfection.” Dedicated Rocker Society
“There’s something about Samarkind that sets them apart and deserves your attention.” The Rockpit
“Right from the off they looked hell bent on making this opportunity count. Their delicious blend of blues and straight up in your face hard rock kicked off with a rousing bluegrass treated ‘Black Rain’ which took a few punters by surprise and made them put away their smartphones…” (live with Inglorious at The Academy)
“An album that is going to light a fire.” GBHBL
“Samarkind have produced an awesome album… it’s nothing short of incredible.” Market Square Heroes
“This debut album has represented itself admirably… Samarkind are ready to take on the world.” AC Rock Reviews
“This album showcases a brilliant combination of blues rock and traditional rock music, as well as occasionally morphing into a completely unique sound laced with elements of country/Irish music.” Midlands Metalheads
“Epic sounding… a bonafide classic in-waiting.” Devils Gate Media
“A WOW effect… from Classic Rock to Country Rock and Folk Rock, this album has earned a place alongside Def Leppard, Status Quo and co.” Hellfire-Magazine
“Samarkind’s passion runs through the veins of their debut and you should have fun with it.”
“Turn off the light, relax, grab yourself a bottle of bourbon with and enjoy this bad-ass classic blues heavy rock album.” Heavy Paradise

Samarkind – Sun Stroke Heart

Samarkind – Fire and Blood

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