Brian Weston (born November 19, 1979) is a rock musician based in London, England. His music is themed around horror and the macabre, often making use of samples from other similarly themed media.
|Birth name||Brian Michael Weston|
|Born||19 November 1979 (age 40)|
|Occupation(s)||musician, songwriter, producer|
|Years active||2008-2020 (hiatus)|
Weston played guitar for rock band The Reapers from their formation in 2017 until their disbandment in 2020.
2008-2013: Musical beginnings
Weston works as a mechanical engineer and creates music during his free time. He released his first single "Corpse Cocktail" in 2008 as a free download. He continued to compose music and released a collection of demos as his first extended play, titled "Number of the Beast" in late 2008. The release was relatively unnoticed and sold poorly. Weston continued to compose new tracks for the next few years and eventually produced enough material to release a full album. "Terrors" was released in 2012 and again sold very poorly. His second EP, "Campfire Tales", was released as a free download in 2013. It was also briefly available for purchase as an album titled "Campfire Terrors" in which the tracks from the EP were added onto the end of "Terrors" to form a 15-track album.
2015-2017: Assimilation, Bloodlines and The Reapers
Weston spent three years working on his sophomore album, wanting to expand on the horror themed rock sound he had established on his debut album. "Assimilation" was released in 2015 and featured tracks inspired by classic horror films. Half of the ten tracks feature short samples from popular horror films. "Assimilation" sold three times as well as his debut album, spawning two successful singles. It remains his most successful album release to date.
Following the success of "Assimilation", Weston made several attempts to write music for a third album. Working titles included, "Fear Factor" and "Hellscape", but these concepts were dropped partway through production and tracks produced for these projects were released as the first and second parts of the Thrillogy series of mixtapes. He eventually released his third album "Bloodlines" in 2017. During final writing sessions for the album, Weston formed a rock band with fellow musicians Nick Walker and Mark Wolfe called Brian Weston & The Reapers.
In mid 2017, Weston teased the release of a cover EP titled "Halloween", its October release was postponed to the following year as the project was expanded into a full album. Since 2018 the project has been mentioned by Weston sporadically, sometimes seeming to confirm the inclusion of several tracks but as of 2020 a new release date has not been set.
2018-Present: Mortis, Pitch Black and hiatus
In 2018 Weston released "Grindhouse", the third and final mixtape in the Thrillogy series. Brian Weston & the Reapers released their debut album "The Reveal" and changed their name to The Reapers shortly after. In early 2019, Weston formed an electronic pop project group with longtime collaborator Nick Walker called Double W. They released an extended play and a studio album before disbanding in April 2020.
Weston released his fourth studio album "Mortis" in 2019. The album was not received well, partly due to the inclusion of more pop oriented tracks and the reduction of the heavier rock elements of his previous material in favour of a more electronic sound. The negative reception of the album prompted Weston to cancel the re-issue of the album. Material intended for the re-issue was re-recorded, removing electronic elements and released as a free to download EP titled "Noir".
In February 2020, Weston released a single, "Murder One". His fifth studio album, "Pitch Black", was released with no prior announcement in July 2020. Shortly after the album's release, Weston announced that he would be taking an extended hiatus from music in order to focus on his career and family.
Weston is a mechanical engineer. He married his high school girlfriend Michaela Weston (nee. North) in September 2009. They have two children together, the first born in September 2011 and the second in July 2020.
Weston usually releases some form of new music at midnight on Halloween night. This practice spanned from 2008-2020, until Weston entered a hiatus from releasing music.
|2008||Ouija Board||digital single||appears on "Number of the Beast"|
|2009||Evil (demo)||digital single||final mix appears on "Terrors"|
|2010||Instrumentals of the Beast||extended play||limited release, currently unavailable|
|2011||Shadow People||digital single||appears on "Terrors"|
|2012||Grave Danger||digital single||appears on "Terrors"|
|2013||Campfire Tales||extended play|
|2014||Exit Wound||digital single||limited release, currently unavailable|
|2015||Darkness||digital single||appears on "Assimilation"|
|2016||Sever||digital single||appears on "Bloodlines"|
|2017||Midnight Movie (demo)||digital single||final mix appears on "Bloodlines"|
|2020||Pitch Black (deluxe edition)||studio album|
Main article: Brian Weston discography
- Terrors (2012) (re-issued as Campfire Terrors in 2013)
- Assimilation (2015)
- Bloodlines (2017)
- Mortis (2019)
- Pitch Black (2020)