Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine
L-R: Justin Greaves, Stephen O'Malley, Greg Anderson, Lee Dorrian
Background information
Genres Drone Metal
Years active 2001
Labels Rise Above Records, Southern Lord Records
Associated acts Electric Wizard, Sunn O))), Cathedral, Iron Monkey, Crippled Black Phoenix, With The Dead, Burning Witch, Thorr's Hammer

Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine were a one-off drone/doom collaborative project formed in 2001. The project featured Greg Anderson (Sunn O))), Goatsnake, etc.), Stephen O' Malley (Sunn O))), Khanate, etc.), Justin Greaves (Iron Monkey, Electric Wizard, Crippled Black Phoenix) and Lee Dorrian (Cathedral, Napalm Death, With The Dead). This lineup composed an album entitled Rampton, released in 2002 on Southern Lord and Rise Above Records. Rampton featured two original songs and a cover of "New Pants and Shirt" by Killdozer. This project never performed live.

Notably, the title of the band's name originates from a song by the band Earth and a track on "2: Special Low Frequency Version". Also one of the original songs "The Smiler", shares the same riff as "Mocking Solemnity" by Sunn O))).[1]

In two different interviews, Justin Greaves has given insight into the formation of the band, the process of recording Rampton and the unlikely possibility of a follow-up.

‘I love that, it’s one of my most proud moments. Not a lot of people like it, I don’t think people get it and I understand that because it is a very difficult record to listen to. It was born out of me and Stephen O’Malley, we were having a conversation, talking about our love for The Melvins. So after that conversation he came over and stayed at my house for a while. At first it was me and Stephen and Marvin from The Varukers playing bass, just the three of us. We had a show in Nottingham and we had just had one rehearsal. We wrote the songs and rehearsed them in one day, and that night we were playing a show with Armour Of God, and Stephen was there so we just played the set that night. That was like early on in the year.’

(On the crowd's reaction to the Armour of God set) ‘Uhm, they were pretty much crushed, people falling over and stuff haha! Stephen of course brought a stack of Sunn 0))) amps, so it was like a wall of sound. Even recording it man, we recorded it in a fairly small room, and the sound was just so oppressive you could heard the compression. You could feel your chest pound when we were playing and recording it. It was a very thick sound, and it wasn’t even in a big studio or something. We recorded it in a studio of a friend of mine which was literally around the corner from my house.’

(On the line-up of choice) ‘No, but Stephen came over again and at this time Lee from Cathedral was down with doing the vocals, and we wanted to have Mark Deutrom who used to be the bass player in The Melvins. But Mark was really really ill, so Stephen asked Greg Anderson to play with us and he came over to do it. We rehearsed the songs the night before and then had a discussion about how we were gonna record it since we all live in different countries and play in different bands and such. So we decided to record the whole thing the next day. It really destroyed us all to record that record, I mean at that time, this was before all the drone sort of bands, like five or six years ago, at the time it was so extreme. It was experimental doom stuff, it had the pedal walls, where Stephen and Greg would just fool around with their pedals creating all sorts of sounds. There was no way we could record that sound the way we experienced it in that rehearsal room. But it is what it is and I love that album.’

‘Hopefully. I’d love to do it. I mean I’ve spoken to everybody about it, it’s been mentioned. I was talking to Lee about it too actually, he has some ideas about it as well. But next time we gotta do it right, with more time and such, so we can think about what were doing.’

— Justin Greaves, MetalRage[2]
That was one of those things where we were all in a certain place at a certain time. I met Steve before Sunn O))) had even released their first album, and I think they were supporting Goatsnake on one of their tours – they were playing in some really small little clubs and I think I met him in Derby. So we got talking and we thought it would be cool to do some ridiculous band that would “out-Melvins the Melvins’ first album,” y’know? We just thought it would be a cool thing to do. And then Steve came over and stayed at my house and we got to jamming and talking about ideas; originally the plan was to have Mark Deutrom (who was in the Melvins at the time) to play bass on it and we booked a studio around the corner from my house which was like a broom-cupboard. But then Mark went AWOL – he just sort of disappeared – but as it happened, Greg was in the country at the time and he said “I’ll play bass on it” so he came and played the bass. And then because we were all friends with Lee (I’d known him for a long, long time) we said “Come do some shouting on it” and that’s how it happened. We just basically jammed it in the evening, just made it up as we went along and then recorded it the next day – we just did it all live in one day and that was it.

(On being asked about the band) Yeah, occasionally, but the question is always: will there be another album? But who knows? I mean, me and Steve have talked about it and if we were ever in the same situation again and it was spur of the moment and it was spontaneous then it could happen but we wouldn’t want to plan it because that would turn it into something else and we’d probably be thinking about it too much. We’ve both been so busy with our own things over the last few years anyway that it’s rare that we see each other but every time we talk we sort of mention it. We came close to doing a second album – that was right before I started Crippled Black Phoenix. In fact, some of the really early CBP demos that we never used I originally did for the Teeth of Lions thing, it was really slow and heavy but then I got into CBP and that was the last time we really made an effort to do it. But who knows? I would never rule it out but I think it’s very, very unlikely [laughs].

(On Earth being an influence) I don’t think they were a particular influence on the music that we made but Steve was the one who brought the idea forward of using that name and it was a kind of a tribute to Earth. But we didn’t sit down and discuss that we wanted to do a band like Earth or anything, it was just a cool idea.

— Justin Greaves, The Sleeping Shaman[3]


  • Rampton (2002, Rise Above Records and Southern Lord Records)


External LinksEdit

References Edit

  1. Metal Archives
  2. Metal Rage Justin Greaves - A Trip Down Memory Lane, accessed 7 January 2017
  3. The Sleeping Shaman Justin Greaves: Interview With The Infamous Musician, accessed 7 January 2017
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