Absolva’s new music video ‘Stand Your Ground’ is revealed today, featuring a tongue-in-cheek satirical look at the music business, filmed at the fabulous Eleven venue in Stoke-on-Trent. The audio, taken from the band’s ‘Fire In The Sky’ album, was recorded at Rocksector Records HQ in North Manchester and mastered by Ade Emsley, famous for his work with Iron Maiden, amongst others.

The video is available to view now on youtube ?

The narrative introduces the fictitious character by the name of Timothy Swindler. Frontman Chris Appleton comments “We decided it was about time we take a different approach. Apart from ‘Code Red’ from our debut album ‘Flames of Justice’, our videos have been almost entirely performance based, so we thought why not have a bit of fun with the next one? Gradually the ideas developed into this music business scenario and the Timothy Swindler character emerged. We had an absolute blast shooting the video, our guest actors did a great job, and the guys at Lion Island Media have done us proud.”

‘Stand Your Ground’ is from Absolva’s latest album ‘Fire in The Sky’ which is the band’s 6th studio release, celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2022. During that year the band toured extensively in Europe and UK, with a fitting climax in December at Planet Rockstock.

In January Absolva confirmed UK tour dates for March 2023, including their flagship show at Camden Underworld on the 11th. See below for the full UK itinerary, plus European shows. The band plays this tour as special guests of Blaze Bayley(Iron Maiden singer 1994-1999). Tickets are on-sale now and links are available at

Band members…
Christopher Appleton – lead vocals, lead guitar
Luke Appleton – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Martin Mcnee – drums
Karl Schramm – bass, backing vocals

Guest actors in the music video…
Tom Atkinson (from Vice)
Stig Chell (from Quiet The Thief)
Gareth Harding (from Quiet The Thief)
Dean Cowen (from The Event)
Tim Cooper (as Timothy Swindler)

‘Flames of Justice’ 5th November 2012
‘Beyond Live’ 30th September 2013
‘Anthems to the Dead’ 5th May 2014
‘Never a Good Day to Die’ 12th October 2015
‘Defiance’ 28th July 2017
‘Side by Side’ 17th April 2020
‘Live in Europe’ 4th December 2020
‘Fire in the Sky’ 18th February 2022

‘Stand Your Ground’ Tour 2023…
3rd UK, Grimsby, Yardbirds Rock Club
4th UK, Glasgow, Ivory Blacks
5th UK, Newcastle, Trillians
9th UK, Crumlin, The Patriot
10th UK, Peterborough, The Met Lounge
11th UK, London, Underworld
12th UK, Cannock, The Station
16th UK, Norwich, Brickmakers
17th UK, Sheffield, Corporation
18th UK, Blackpool, Waterloo
19th UK, Stoke, Eleven
29th Germany, Cham, LA
30th Austria, Vienna, Viper Room
31st Czech Republic, Brno, Melodka
1st Czech Republic, Pilsen, Serikovka
2nd Germany, Erfurt, From Hell
20th France, Lille, Black Lab
21st Belgium, Verviers, Spirit of 66
22nd France, Nancy, Chez Paulette
24th France, Lyon, Rock n Eat
26th France, La Rochelle, Crossroad
27th France, Toulouse, L’Usine A Musique
28th France, Marseille, Jas Rod
29th France, Clermont-Ferrand, Chorus

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