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Nevergreen (FIN)

SINISTHRA has been in existence for a good five years by now, formerly operating under the name NEVERGREEN. The band comes from Helsinki Finland. Their brand of music is basically metal, drawing from a wide source of different influences and blending them to a sound that can't really be compared to any one single band.

An apt description would be metal with all the most common metal clichés removed. The members have a long history of playing in various Finnish metal bands, starting from Protected Illusion who caused quite a stir in the thrash metal circuit in the early 90's, and most recently with Amorphis. Their musical past is not forgotten but it's not heavily present in their sound, either.

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Posted: 27.03.2020 by Bad English

Bands
Solitary Sabred

.: The Early Days

Solitary Sabred were formed by Jimmys Demetriou (guitars - the only surviving original member) in the year 2000 and went through several member changes up to the year 2004 when he left Cyprus to continue his studies abroad, leaving behind some rehearsal demos from that era. The basic structure of some of the band's songs (like "The Trojan Hero" for instance), dates back to those days.

.: The Reawakening and the Promo DvD

Fast forward to the summer of 2007, when Jimmys met Petros Leptos (Bass&Vocals) during a local gig. They soon became best of friends and found out they shared the same passion for deranged old school U.S. epic/progressive/power metal, and the same vision of performing this type of music live. They promptly re-recruited Antros Ioannou (the original Sabred drummer), and started rehearsing periodically due to the fact that Jimmys was still studying abroad, while at the same time working on writing original material by exchanging mp3 demos. In May 2008, Jimmy completed his studies and the band went in full motion, rehearsing hard to fine tune their songs, in time for Power of the Night Festival III, they were set to perform in. Due to time and distance limitations, they parted ways with Antros, and Achilleas Michael (x-drummer of Cypriot metallers R.u.s.t.) stepped in to pledge his arsenal to the Sabred cause, and pound the drums of war! Solitary Sabred gave their first live performance at Power of the Night III, receiving an overwhelming feedback from the crowd! The concert was recorded and released as a DVD promo entitled Solitary Sabred - "Live", which stirred an interest around the band and turned a few record label ears in their direction.

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Posted: 27.03.2020 by Bad English

Reviews
On Thorns I Lay - Threnos

After the return to form that was Aegean Sorrow, On Thorns I Lay insist on fusing the seemingly clashing concepts of catchy melodies and mournful soundscapes by unleashing Threnos upon us.

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Posted: 27.03.2020 by nikarg | Comments (17)

Articles
Abattoir's Concert Hunt - Round 35 & 36 (Concert Review)

The next edition of the concert blog series is here again, getting close to an inevitable end. It's two gigs reviews as usual, this time mixing the genres a little bit. Australian melodic hardcore / punk rock performers Clowns have the first word; the next stop, which was (coincidentally) on the same day as the first one, features the American stoner doom destroyers Conan.

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Posted: 27.03.2020 by Abattoir | Comments (0)