ATLAS is a Melodic Rock band from the North of England that is comprised of 5 musicians, James Thorley (Keyboards), Howie Little (Lead Guitars), Chris Redfearn (Bass Guitar) Craig Wells (Lead Vocals) and Ryan Briggs (Drums). Keyboard player Thorley founded the group in early 2017 with the intention to create a band that centered its roots around the AOR and Melodic Rock genre whilst delving into other areas of Hard Rock, Metal and Progressive Rock. Atlas independently released their debut EP “World In Motion” in 2017 and received a great response from the AOR community (‘Independent album of year 2017ʼ - Powerplay Magazine) the band built on their early success with a 2018 tour supporting Vega and Midnite City, followed by a record contract with German label AOR Heaven. Atlas released their debut album “In Pursuit of Memoryʼʼ through AOR Heaven (Europe) and Andersteins (Japan) in late 2018. The album was produced by Keyboard player James Thorley and mixed and mastered by Christoffer Borg (Art Nation, Taste) The success of ‘In Pursuit of Memoryʼ was evidenced by top reviews in Classic Rock, Fireworks and Burn magazine. 

2019 saw the band promote “In Pursuit of Memory” with UK tours and festival appearances before stopping in the winter of 2019 to start work on a follow up album. 2020 will see the band release their second album “Parallel Love” through AOR Heaven, once again produced by Thorley and mixed and mastered by Borg; the band spent longer on the writing process for the second album, more time was spent polishing the demos prior to the album recording sessions. The band have described the second album as having a ‘heavier sounding and tighter productionʼ than previous efforts, while still staying true to their AOR and Melodic Rock roots. 

ATLAS are endorsed by Ernie Ball and Blackstar Amps.  

 James Thorley / Keyboards

Howie Little / Lead Guitars
Chris Redfearn /Bass Guitar
 Craig Wells / Lead Vocals
Ryan Briggs / Drums


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