Bands
Agent Fresco

Sometimes, you can feel where a band is from. Agent Fresco are as untamed, graceful, momentous, dangerous and unpredictable as the land they come from. Agent Fresco are from Iceland - a country almost impossible not to be influenced by. "Living in a country that has summers of non-stop light and winters of almost complete darkness is bound to have an impact on your state of mind," says vocalist, composer and frontman Arnór Dan Arnarson. So that's settled.

Agent Fresco's music is a reflection of this ever-changing landscape, with its overwhelming sense of freedom and vastness. This is a progressive Art Rock band that needs to be experienced from a few steps back to be grasped in its entirety, like a bold work of art. In the last couple of years, their iridescent, propulsive, arty and highly addictive music made the highly esteemed Reykjavik band - comprised of Arnór Dan, Þórarinn Guðnason, Hrafnkell Örn Guðjónsson and Vignir Rafn Hilmarsson - become the favourite of a music-loving nation and an act sparking international interest. Or, to use the words of MTV's own Halley Bondy: "By and large one of the best bands to come out of Iceland". And this in a country with a higher band per capita ratio than most others!

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Posted: 01.02.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Izah

Hailing from the depths of the Tilburg (Netherlands) underground, IZAH takes elements of sludge, noise, hardcore and post-rock and blends these into a dark and melancholic mix of heavy riffing, dynamic sound layering and chaotic drum battering. The band's first and self-produced EP Finite Horizon/Crevice received rave reviews from around the world and IZAH has since then played shows with such diverse bands as Baroness, Mono, Cult Of Luna, Wolves In The Throne Room, Animals As Leaders and The Ocean.

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Posted: 01.02.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster

Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster hail from London, the meeting of five minds who share a love for atmospheric art-metal. Bringing together elements of post rock and progressive metal, as well as diverse influences from glitch to stoner rock, they generate a unique and mesmerizing sound. Moments of reflective serenity and complex spiralling soundscapes mix with massive riffs and crushing climaxes to take audiences on a journey where ego is irrelevant. No pushy frontman telling the audience what to think, no heaviness for the sake of it, TNBD are set to mean something to the people attending their gigs.

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Posted: 01.02.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Magister Templi

Magister Templi first saw the light of day in a pub in Oslo 2008 when singer Abraxas d'Ruckus and bass player Baphomet decided it was about damn time to make some songs together, based on a no rules concept. It started as a strange, slightly folky hard rock group with violin (and no guitars). The lyrics took a more esoteric turn, drawing heavily on imagery from alchemy and ritual magic and a heavier sound and guitars were introduced.

After a few lineup changes and the recording of a demo Lucifer/Restoration, guitarist Patriark and drummer Grimmdun from the black metal band Svarttjern joined, which pushed Magister Templi further in the direction of old school heavy metal and doom. Baphomet took over the second guitar and Akoman joined the band on bass which culminated in the EP Iao Sabao!.

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Posted: 01.02.2016 by Bad English

News
Darkestrah - Releasing Split With Al-Namrood

Black metallers Darkestrah are announcing an upcoming split release with Al-Namrood which will see the light on March this year. The release will feature one song from Darkestrah and two from Al-Namrood. You can start preparing for this black metal union.

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Posted: 01.02.2016 by Karlabos | Comments (2)

Bands
Karyn Crisis' Gospel Of The Witches

KARYN CRISIS is a name worthy of more praise and attention. While select circles of people know and appreciate her prior vocals with the critically-acclaimed Crisis from 1993-2006 many are still naive to her influence and impact. This demure girl raged harder than many men slugging it out with impactful live performances at hardcore and metal shows screaming oftentimes like a demon, others singing like an angel. She led the way and has become an influence for female-fronted extreme bands. And then she disappeared… until now.

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Posted: 01.02.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Mayze

Mayze was founded in late 2012 by guitarist and composer Marcel Schiborr and drummer Matt Bauer. It has been completed by singer Maike Flüshöh, keyboardist Arne Timm and bass player Daniel Bauer.

The band has published their longplayer The Land Of Lucid Feathers (Woodhouse Studio with producer Siggi Bemm) and will now present their audiovisual live show.

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Posted: 01.02.2016 by Bad English

News
Vanir - New Song Launched

Danish Vikings Vanir promised to bring us new battle stories this year and their new album entitled Aldar Rök will be released on the 26th of February and bring just that. As Odin they keep their promises and you can hear the new song ''Broken Throne'' at this location. Check it out if you like folk/death metal.

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Posted: 01.02.2016 by Bad English | Comments (0)

Bands
Dirty Shirt

In the middle of the '90s, former members of a rock project (Eclipse) decided to form a new band, called Dirty Shirt. The first demo was released in '96, entitled Alone. Even if the main influences are from alternative and progressive metal, the band adds originality and its personal touch, including very heterogeneous elements.

For the following three years the band performs at several concerts and festivals in Romania, often winning important awards. It is in 1999 that Dirty Shirt receives the first award at Top T Buzau Festival, which consists of a studio record. Furthermore, in 2000, the band released its first album, Very Dirty (Promusic Productions) and performed in a series of concerts and were invited to several national festivals. A new demo was released in 2001, entitled Contradictie.

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Posted: 01.02.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Shattered Skies

Shattered Skies came together after the disbandment of a previous band, Distributor, that Ian (guitars/keyboards), Ross (drums) and James (bass) were in for a few years. The band dissolved in late 2010 and Shattered Skies was born in the beginning of 2011 as the three musicians decided to move forward with new music.

The band found a vocalist in Sean who auditioned for the band in January 2011 and landed the part.

Ian had written some songs originally for the now defunct Distributor most of which were put on the band's first EP, Reanimation. The EP was released in May 2011.

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Posted: 01.02.2016 by Bad English

News
Rorcal - New Album On The Way, Details Unveiled

Three years after the monstrous and blackened Világvége, Swiss metallers Rorcal are back with a brand new full-length entitled Creon. All the details are available below, including cover, tracks and album description. Mark your calendars for March 25th.

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Posted: 01.02.2016 by Bad English | Comments (0)

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This Ending - New Label, Releasing New Album

This Ending, the Swedish death metal band featuring former Amon Amarth drummer Fredrik Andersson, has inked a deal with Apostasy Records. The group's forthcoming album, Garden Of Death, will be released this spring and you can already hear new material.

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Posted: 01.02.2016 by Bad English | Comments (2)

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Third Storm - Lineup Changes

Swedish black metal blasphemers from Uppsala Third Storm have announced that guitarist Jimmy Eriksson has left the band due to other projects. Hasse Hansson will replace him. They have also announced new drummer Simon Winroth. Currently, the band is writing material for their first full-length album expected at the end of this year.

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Posted: 01.02.2016 by Bad English | Comments (0)

Bands
Malrun

Malrun is a melodic hardrock band from Denmark, walking the fine line between heavy guitar riffs and melodic harmonies. The band exercises everything from melancholic ballads to up-tempo metallic hard rock.

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Posted: 01.02.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Marriages

The Los Angeles-based trio first began in 2011 as a collaborative effort between former Red Sparowes members Emma Ruth Rundle (guitar, vocals) and Greg Burns (bass, keyboards). Showcasing Rundle's exceptional playing more vividly than the dense architecture of the Sparowes could allow, Marriages' departure from purely instrumental rock, too, helped bring her to the forefront, revealing a voice equally fragile and ferocious. Enlisting Sparowes drummer Dave Clifford, they recorded Kitsune, released on Sargent House in 2012. Subsequent touring with Russian Circles, Deafheaven and others honed their vision while introducing the band to a broad cross-section of heavy music fans. Full time drummer Andrew Clinco completed the equation in late 2012, the final component in Marriages' frequently epic postpunk-by-way-of-stoner-rock sound. While the group busied themselves writing the songs that would become Salome, Rundle issued solo album Some Heavy Ocean in early 2014, earning praise from the likes of Pitchfork, NPR, etc. Promoting that record found her touring the US as direct support to King Buzzo of the Melvins, immediately after which Marriages set out on tour once more, this time with the legendary Boris.

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Posted: 01.02.2016 by Bad English

News
Metal Storm Awards 2015 - Now Open

Ladies and djentlemen, it's that time of year again - the Metal Storm Awards 2015 are open for business.

The voters are about to swarm like gundarks, so be prepared to withstand the onslaught of chatter and indiscriminate, early bird vote-lobbing that will soon unfold.

For the next however many days are in February this year (lousy indecisive month), the Awards are all yours to paw through and explore. We've got an impressive array of nominees, as usual, so don't be afraid to consider the other candidates before purposefully striding right past them and voting for your favorite band anyway.

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Posted: 01.02.2016 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (172)

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