Influenced by musicians such as Bill Ward, John Bonham, and Cozy Powell, Marc Jackson started playing the drums seriously from the age of 13, going on to study at Newcastle College, gaining a Distinction in Performing Arts and also a Distinction at Grade 8 in Drumming.
As a drummer Marc has played for bands with many different musical genres including Jazz, Blues, Pop, Rock and Metal.
During this time Marc gained a strong reputation and a lot of respect from his peers in the local music scene, and started playing with a local covers and original band Minnikin in 2003. They released the album ‘Europa’ in 2004. This was to be Marc Jackson’s debut album in music.
After parting ways with Minnikin, Marc was approached by members of Beyond the Grave to audition for a place in the band, joining in 2005. Beyond the Grave then went onto notch up some notable achievements, including closing out the first ever Hard Rock Hell festival in Minehead in November 2007. This followed on from a successful summer tour of the UK, which saw the band sell out their home town venue the Carling Academy in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Beyond the Grave played with bands from across the metal genre worldwide, including Cradle of Filth, Cult of Luna, Sylosis, Dry Kill Logic, Beyond All Reason, Sacred mother tongue and Weapons. Beyond the Grave also released an EP ‘Sands of Desolation’ in 2008 which received a 9/10 review from Terrorizer Magazine. In 2009 Beyond the Grave recorded and released the album ‘The Human Tide’which also received glowing feedback, including a review from Malcolm Dome, on Classic rock magazine’s website. Many of which included reviews stating that at the young age of 22 Marc was being rated as a rising star, encompassing both modern and traditional styles of drumming.
After recording ‘The Human Tide’ and touring extensively with Beyond The Grave, word went out that Sabbatica (Black Sabbath Tribute) needed a drummer. Being a lifelong Sabbath fan, Marc auditioned and soon brought his own take on Bill Wards drumming to the band.
While still playing the local haunts with Sabbatica, Marc was approached by Blitzkreig front-man Brian Ross who asked Marc to cover for his side project Metalizer. Marc gladly took the offer, enjoying his time playing with the band, before moving on to focus on other commitments.
In 2010 Sabbatica became part of The ‘Classic Rock Legends’ show, headlining a packed out O2 Academy in Newcastle Upon Tyne on numerous occasions while starting to gig further afield.
It was following a hugely successful Classic Rock Legends gig in December 2011, Marc was approached by Ex Venom legend Jeff Dunn (Mantas) who stated that his new upcoming band (M:Pire of Evil) were planning to tour the USA, and asked Marc if he would be interested in joining them on the tour as a stand in drummer.
After a successful U.S tour Jeff Dunn (Mantas) and Tony Dolan (The Demolition Man) approached Marc to join on a permanent basis.
Marc officially joined M:Pire of Evil in 2012, following on with tours to Japan, Sweden and Europe.
Marc was heavily involved in the production of a new album with M:Pire for 2013. ‘Crucified’ was released world wide, featuring 9 covers of Venom and 2 original M:Pire of Evil tracks. The band then toured Europe extensively and also to South America and Brazil promoting the release of Crucified.
Marc was then approached by UK thrash band Acid Reign and got asked to join Acid Reign permanently. Marc gladly took the offer and soon after joining recorded the first Acid Reign song in 25 years called Plan Of The Damned with producer Ginge Ford who has produced bands such as Trivium and Bullet For My Valentine.
Marc is set to play Bloodstock this year headlining the Sophie Lancaster stage with Acid Reign and is currently working on a new album with Acid Reign which is set to be released in early 2017.