Me

Hello, my name is Ray Holroyd, and I'm a vegan straightedge British-African music lecturer and journalist. Born in the '70s in Cape Town (South Africa), I began playing piano at the age of seven, and guitar at the age of eleven. I went on to form Royd, an original grunge/metal band that received national acclaim. In 1996, along with playing sold-out shows, our debut single reached No.1 on the rock chart of the country's most popular national radio station, and we returned to the No.1 spot in 1998 with our third single. After graduating from high-school and achieving ABRSM Grade 8 in piano, classical guitar, and theory of music, I moved to Los Angeles (USA) in 1999 to study contemporary guitar and voice at Musicians Institute. There I also recorded an album with my original multicultural hip-hop/rock band Gray Race Evolution, and gained valuable experience performing on the Los Angeles music circuit, which included shows on the famous Sunset Strip.

In 2001 I relocated to London (England), where I became the composer/guitarist in 12 Ton Method, my original dodecaphonic metal band. I lectured music theory and composition at a college from 2001-2011, where I was also the course director and accredited lead internal verifier. After writing for Kerrang! magazine from 2009-2010 I moved on to Terrorizer, where I became the editor of their new guitar magazine Sick Sounds from 2010-2011, and I'm still a journalist for Terrorizer as well as Total Tattoo magazine.

I founded and ran the non-profit record label Grade 9 Records from 2008-2012, which exclusively released my students' music worldwide and donated all the proceeds to charity. In 2011 I relocated to Vancouver (Canada) and expanded this philanthropic dream by launching my new and improved non-profit record label Revolution Harmony, which released numerous records including Cryptopsy's self-titled 2012 album. In May 2013 Revolution Harmony sadly ceased operating as a record label due to a lack of funding, and instead focused exclusively on my All-Star charity singles.

I have recently moved to beautiful Salt Spring Island (Canada) to live a simple life in line with my minimalism, so I now spend all my time on the things that make me happy: hanging out with my wife, composing music for charity, listening to music, writing about music, reading, running, meditating, breathing, smiling and hugging dogs! Thank you for your time and support :)
Ray Holroyd (photo by Hayley Holroyd)

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MyMusic

I will gradually, randomly and intermittently upload my entire warts-and-all discography (1995-2013) below, all available for free! If you download some music and have a few spare pennies, I would be most grateful for a small donation. However, if you can't afford to donate anything, just download and enjoy! Thank you for listening to my music :)
 

Ray Holroyd - Cre8athon (2013)

Ray Holroyd - music (composing/arranging/programming)

Vancouver, Canada

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  1. 1 Free Opus 1 (14Jul2013) 04:59
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  2. 2 Free Opus 2 (21Jul2013) 05:06
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  3. 3 Free Opus 3 (28Jul2013) 04:39
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  4. 4 Free Opus 4 (04Aug2013) 05:15
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  5. 5 Free Opus 5 (11Aug2013) 05:06
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  6. 6 Free Opus 6 (18Aug2013) 04:51
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  7. 7 Free Opus 7 (25Aug2013) 07:35
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  8. 8 Free Opus 8 (01Sep2013) 04:21
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  9. 9 Free Opus 9 (08Sep2013) 04:48
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Revolution Harmony - We Are (2013)

Serj Tankian - vocals, lyrics
Ihsahn - vocals, lyrics
Devin Townsend - guitar solos
Abbie Johnson - vocals, lyrics
Stefan Loh - guitars, additional drum programming
Ray Holroyd - music (composing/arranging/programming)

Vancouver, Canada

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  1. 1 We Are (feat. Serj Tankian, Ihsahn, Devin Townsend) 06:38
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Maissiann - Maissiann (2009)

Kamil Mocet Terczynski - vocals, lyrics
Ray Holroyd - guitar, compositions
Joe Copcutt - bass (studio)
David O'Sullivan - bass (live)
Tom Labedzki - drums

London, UK

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  1. 1 Free What We Are 04:23
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  2. 2 Free Burning Time In My Hands 04:00
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  3. 3 Free Heritage 03:47
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  4. 4 Free Forgotten Minds 04:14
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  5. 5 Free Soulless Nation 04:35
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  6. 6 Free Untitled (Instrumental Demo) 04:21
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  7. 7 Free Untitled (First Demo) 03:28
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  8. 8 Free What We Are (Joe Copcutt Remix) 03:56
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12 Ton Method - The Art Of Not Falling (2008)

Duncan Wilkinson - vocals, lyrics
Ray Holroyd - guitar, vocals, compositions
Joe Copcutt - bass
Adrian Erlandsson - drums (studio)
Pat Lundy - drums (live)
Tony Holroyd - drum programming on 'Hear My Cry'

London, UK

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  1. 1 Free Crucify Me 04:33
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  2. 2 Free Justified (feat. Joel Levy) 04:47
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  3. 3 Free Mark These Words 03:27
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  4. 4 Free Skin The Saviour (Remix) 05:02
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  5. 5 Free Hear My Cry (Bonus Track) 05:07
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  6. 6 Free Opus 5 (Instrumental Demo) 06:22
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  7. 7 Free Opus 6 (Instrumental Demo) 05:06
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  8. 8 Free Opus 8 (Instrumental Demo) 02:33
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  9. 9 Free Untitled (First Demo 2006) 02:44
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  10. 10 Free Untitled (Second Demo 2006) 03:47
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  11. 11 Free Untitled (Third Demo 2006) 04:08
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Gray Race Evolution - Ain't Trippin' On Color (2000)

Ric-Hard - rapping, lyrics
Ray Holroyd - guitar, singing, compositions, lyrics
Kyle Kao - bass
Lady B - keyboards
DJ Hectik - turntables, rapping
Tim Leavenworth - drums
Damien Jones - rapping, lyrics (demo)
Brian Sloan - rapping, lyrics (demo)
Dan McVeigh - drums (demo)

Los Angeles, USA

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  1. 1 Free California Got Me Twisted 03:31
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  2. 2 Free Mr Peach Face 03:38
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  3. 3 Free Connected Like Dots 03:22
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  4. 4 Free Simunye (We Are One) 03:29
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  5. 5 Free Dead With You 04:21
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  6. 6 Free Don't Take It Out On Me 04:11
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  7. 7 Free Evolve 03:33
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  8. 8 Free Dead With You (Demo) 04:11
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  9. 9 Free Evolve (Demo) 03:21
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  10. 10 Free Don't Take It Out On Me (Demo) 04:09
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