D-Rok was a British Hard rock band notable for its Warhammer 40,000-influenced lyrics.
At the beginning of the 1990s, Games Workshop began to diversify its activity, including by combining its game world with music.
As well as collaborating with grind/death metal band Bolt Thrower, whose Warhammer 40,000 themed 'Realm Of Chaos' album was released on Earache, Games Workshop set up their own label Warhammer Records signing hard rock acts such as Wraith and D-Rok.
In 1991 the band released its only album Oblivion. The songs have the common theme of the universe in Warhammer 40,000 and the inlay reflected this by including black and white illustrations from Games Workshop's extensive portfolio of paintings next to the lyrics for each song. The cover was painted by artist Wayne England, and has subsequently been used on the cover of the Black Library collection of short stories named "Let the Galaxy Burn".
The band undertook a lengthy club tour to promote the record and secured a support slot with UFO and Wraith.
The CD inlay of Oblivion
names the members simply as:
"Sigh" is actually a pseudonym for Simon Denbigh, formerly of the March Violets
D-Rok owes some popularity to the fact that Brian May
, guitarist of Queen
played on two of the songs (Get out of My Way
and Red Planet Blues
). In an interview with Kerrang!
Magazine, lead singer Sigh explained that May had visited a Games Workshop store with his son, met the band, and offered his services. Sigh went on to say that May had been offended when he was asked to tune up his guitar before recording his parts.
- 1991 - Oblivion - Vinyl,Cassette and CD releases
- Noise Marines
- King Hibited
- Turn This Ship Around
- Litany - Into The Void
- Stealer's Kiss*
- Red Planet Blues
- Welcome To My World
- Chainsaw Man
- Get Out Of My Way
(* Early releases of the cassette version were missing this song)