In 2013 guitarist, singer and songwriter Jozsef Szakacs’s vision of a band with it’s origins in energetic groove and thrash metal became a reality with the inception of Influens. 

Jozsef sought out like minded musicians for his unique sound and he began playing and writing with Patrick (bass) and Johan (drums). In 2017 the line-up was completed with the addition of Owen on lead guitar. We have created a sound that incorporates, as the name suggests, many influences but leads with our own unique brand of metal reflected in the lyrics, heavy riffs, guitar solos, crashing drums and dynamics. 

2017 was an exciting year for us as a band when we were invited to play a festival in Bardejov, Slovakia to over 4000 people who soon understood the message of positivity and release. This spurred us to start recording at Gospel Oak Studios masterminded by engineer/manager Barry Bayliss and engineer/producer Mike Exeter, who took time from working with Black Sabbath and Judas Priest to help create the perfect EP. 

2018 saw the release of music video for “I got enough” and our EP – Identify. Influens keep gaining momentum and are welcoming new friends by the day. We are widening our reach and will be bringing the Influens machine to a venue close to you soon. Please check out our Social media. 

Peace and Metal X 

Full line up:

Jozsef Szakacs – guitar & vocal 
Bigg Patrick – bass 
Johan Mikey Cox – drums 
Owen Hughes – lead guitar 
Based in Birmingham, UK.

No upcoming gigs scheduled

Past Gigs

30 Jun 2018 Coventry
23 Jun 2018 Birmingham Scruffy Murphys Scruffy Murphys
11 May 2018 Derby Victoria Inn Victoria Inn
22 Apr 2018 Birmingham Asylum Asylum
24 Mar 2018 The Flapper The Flapper
04 Feb 2018 Birmingham
30 Dec 2017 Birmingham Scruffy Murphys Scruffy Murphys
17 Nov 2017 Wolverhampton The Slade Rooms The Slade Rooms
01 Nov 2017 Birmingham Asylum Asylum
21 Oct 2017 Wolverhampton The Slade Rooms The Slade Rooms
07 Oct 2017 Birmingham Scruffy Murphys Scruffy Murphys
17 Sep 2017 Worcester Worcester Music Festival Worcester Music Festival
26 Aug 2017 Bardejov, SVK Bardrock Bardrock
25 Aug 2017 Kosice, SVK Colosseum Colosseum
24 Jun 2017 Birmingham, UK Scruffy Murphys Scruffy Murphys
07 May 2017 Birmingham, UK Roadhouse Roadhouse
06 May 2017 Wrexham, UK Wrexham Wrexham
23 Apr 2017 Birmingham, UK Roadhouse Roadhouse
15 Mar 2017 Birmingham
14 Jan 2017 Redditch
13 Jan 2017 West Sussex
15 Dec 2016 Birmingham
10 Dec 2016 Redditch Railway Inn Redditch Railway Inn Redditch
04 Dec 2016 Birmingham The Roadhouse Birmingham The Roadhouse Birmingham



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