Cloven Hoof

Cloven Hoof

Cloven Hoof
is a Heavy Metal band from Wolverhampton (UK) that was active from 1979 to 1990, and again from around 2000 onwards.
The band were associated with the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement, alongside bands such as Motörhead, Iron Maiden and Diamond Head. Enduring many line-up changes through their career, only founding bassist Lee Payne has existed as an ever-present member.



Cloven Hoof went through a few early line-up changes, including a brief spell with vocalist Steve Sammon, before settling on a steady line-up that would last their first few recordings. Theatrical from the beginning, the four band members took up pseudonyms after the four elements - David "Water" Potter, Steve "Fire" Rounds, Lee "Air" Payne and Kevin "Earth" Poutney. This line-up recorded the band's successful demo tape from 1982, along with The Opening Ritual EP, and Cloven Hoof.

Following the release of their self-titled debut, David Potter left the band to be replaced by Rob Kendrick, who took up the "Water" pseudonym. This line-up only managed to record the live album Fighting Back, before splitting up completely soon after the release of the album. Lee Payne was the only member left, and soldiered on through the years.


Lee Payne started the band again in 1988, hiring vocalist Russ North and guitarist Andy Wood from the split up band Tredegar along with drummer Jon Brown.

With a whole new set of musicians in place, the band dropped the stage names and went on to record two more albums - 1988's Dominator and 1989's A Sultan's Ransom. Former member of Sweet Andy Scott was brought to the band for the role of second guitarist soon after the release of these two albums, but contractual difficulties caused the band to split up in 1990.


In the summer of 2001, Lee Payne began putting a new line-up together for the next reincarnation of Cloven Hoof when Andy Wood had phoned him about the contractual difficulties that had utlimately caused the band to split up for a whole decade.

After a few years work and failure to entice back any previous Hoof members, Eye of the Sun was recorded and released in 2006 with the help of studio musicians Matt Moreton on vocals, Andy Shortland on guitars, and Lynch Radinsky on drums. According to Payne, it was the first Cloven Hoof album to have been produced without any obstacles that plagued them in the 1980s, but even though he was proud of the album's successful production, he still wanted Russ North to provide his own vocals for it instead of Moreton's.

Following the successful comeback release, the three hired musicians by Payne left once Russ North returned to the fold after finally taking care of the obstacles that prevented him from rejoining a few years earlier. A brief period of line-up fluctuation could be seen on the band's website over the following few months, with former member Jon Brown briefly listed as being back on board.

Eventually the line-up seemed to settle with Mick Powell, a guitarist almost hired by Cloven Hoof in the early '80s. In another unannounced change, Jon Brown rejoined.


A collection of re-recorded songs The Definitive Part One was released in early 2008, with a new album to be called Throne of Damnation scheduled for release in 2009. Mick Powell played guitar and keyboards on The Definitive Part One but had left the band by the time it was released. Cloven Hoof continued for a few months as a four-piece again before Powell briefly rejoined in April 2008 and was eventually replaced by Christian Horton.


* Russ North - Vocals
* Ben Read - Guitar
* Christian Horton - Guitar
* Lee Payne - Bass
* Jon Brown - Drums

Former Members


* David Potter (1982-1986)
* Rob Kendrick (1986)


* Steve Rounds (1982-1986)
* Andy Wood (1988-1990, 2004)
* Mick Powell (also keyboards)


* Kevin Pountney (1982-1986)

Guest Musicians

* Matt Moreton - Sang for the band's 2006 comeback album Eye of The Sun.
* Andy Shortland - Played guitar for the band's 2006 comeback album Eye of The Sun.
* Lynch Radinsky - Played drums for the band's 2006 comeback album Eye of The Sun.

Cloven Hoof Discography


RR 9857 Cloven Hoof Cloven Hoof (Album) Neat Records RR 9857 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
CH 002, CH002 Cloven Hoof Fighting Back(LP, Album) Moondancer Records, Moondancer Records CH 002, CH002 UK 1986 Sell This Version
HMR LP 113 Cloven Hoof Dominator (Album) Heavy Metal Records HMR LP 113 UK 1988 Sell This Version
HMR XD 129 Cloven Hoof A Sultan's Ransom (Album) FM HMR XD 129 UK & Europe 1989 Sell This Version
ESM - 133 Cloven Hoof Eye Of The Sun (Album) Escape Music ESM - 133 UK 2006 Sell This Version
EM-M001 Cloven Hoof The Definitive Part One (Album) Elemental Media EM-M001 UK 2008 Sell This Version
DUST019 Cloven Hoof The Opening Ritüal (Comp, EP) Buried By Time And Dust Records DUST019 US 2011 Sell This Version
HRR 365 Cloven Hoof Resist Or Serve (Album) High Roller Records HRR 365 Germany 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

E.M 001, TOA 1402 Cloven Hoof The Opening Ritüal(12") Elemental Music, Elemental Music E.M 001, TOA 1402 UK 1982 Sell This Version


EM ‎– M002 Cloven Hoof Throne Of Damnation(CD) Elemental Media EM ‎– M002 UK 2010 Sell This Version