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Ultha

Ultha is a five-piece metal band from Cologne (Germany). The band started in early 2014 after the demise of band members' old bands, such as PLANKS, GOLDUST, ATKA, IRA, etc. Their music can roughly be described as a hybrid of US-Black Metal, (Funeral) Doom and Dark Wave. If you can imagine Ash Borer and Emperor teaming up with Neurosis to play songs by Fields Of The Nephilim you might get an idea of Ultha's sound. Lyrically the band doesn't follow any classical metal cliches, instead ruminating about the inner darkness and sadness of our human struggle to find happiness and getting lost in its failures.

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Posted: Today by Bad English

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Crepuscle

Crepuscle- (pronounced with a soft "sc" like in scent) variant of crepuscule: the time of day immediately following sunset

Crepuscle first came to fruition in the spring of 2006 under the name Draconian Winter in Redwood City, California. The members during that era, aged 14-18, began writing rudimentary songs while trying to find their sound. The intent was always to write honest metal that they themselves wanted to listen to. As a result, the Silent Reverie EP was self released along with a homemade music video for Haunting Darkness (later rewritten as Shattered Sanctum). They played many shows over the years, experienced various hiatuses and set backs, and went through drastic lineup changes.

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Posted: Today by Bad English

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Wrath Of Echoes

Coming from Finland, this band would already be a worldwide phenomenon... Coming from Québec, where this type of metal isn't really popular amongst bands, WRATH OF ECHOES needs to be a spectacular band to compete with the BARREN HEARTH and SWALLOW THE SUN of this planet... and compete they will, on every level. The new album is a spectacular progressive Doom / Death metal masterpiece and one that would fit perfectly well within the aforementioned band's discographies.

Heavy, dark, moody... all the elements are there to make this great local band (featuring members of DOOM'S DAY and DAEDALEAN COMPLEX) one of the best new band in this particular progressive metal style, not only locally, but on an international level.

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Posted: Today by Bad English

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Astralborne

Rising from the wastes of Northwest Ohio, Astralborne saw its inception in the winter of 2016 when bandmates Derik Smith (guitars) and Jayson Cessna (drums) of Hammer Horde embarked on a new musical journey. After the release of Hammer Horde's third album "Fed to the Wolves", the group found themselves on temporary hiatus, giving Smith and Cessna an opportunity to write new music. Soon, the material began to change direction, requiring a side project to be formed to serve as both creative outlet and vehicle for their new sound. Enter the birth of Astralborne. This journey led to a collaboration with friend and musician Paul Fuzinski (bass & vocals) of Blood of the Prophets. Together, the trio entered the studio in April of 2017.

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Posted: Today by Bad English

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Obsidian Tide

Obsidian Tide was founded in the spring of 2012 by Oz Avneya (guitars and clean vocals). After a short search, Erez Nadler (drums and programming) and Shachar Bieber (bass and harsh vocals) joined him to form the current lineup of the band. For a short while in its first year, the band also included Roman Spektor (rhythm guitars and clean vocals), and even auditioned for a keyboardist, but the dust quickly settled and only the original members of the band remained.

Obsidian Tide released their first creation, Debris, in early 2015. This concept EP was recorded and mixed by Erez Nadler independently, and mastered by Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, Scale the Summit). The album was mostly written by Oz Avneya (based on materials he wrote before forming the band; the finishing touches were a joint effort) and produced by Obsidian Tide. Debris was very well received, and sold many copies worldwide. The band's latest studio album, Pillars of Creation, is a 55 minutes long concept album featuring 7 songs. It was recorded on multiple locations, and features several guest musicians - including Mike LePond (Symphony X, Mike LePond's Silent Assassins). This album was written and produced by the trio, and mixed & mastered by Jamie King.

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Posted: 18.10.2019 by Starvynth

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Leather

In 2013 "Surrender To No One" marked the return of original vocalist Leather Leone. Long considered one of the originators of the female power metal vocal style. In 2016 Leather resurfaced with a new band from Brazil. The band includes Vinnie Tex and Daemon Ross on guitars. Thiago Velasquez on bass and Braulio Drumond on drums. After successful tours in South America and Europe, Leather and the band realized their combined inspiration and they wrote and recorded new material. Leather quotes "I'm extremely excited to be back in game we look forward to our new journey together."

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Posted: 12.10.2019 by Bad English

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Byzantine

Hailing from the backwoods of West Virginia, BYZANTINE was formed in the spring of 2000 by singer and guitarist Chris "OJ" Ojeda, bassist Cid Adams and guitarist Tony Rorhbough. Following the demise of their former bands, Byzantine was just a tool to knock the dust off of their prospective instruments, write some songs and have a little fun away from their day jobs. During this time they employed a simple drum machine to practice with and write their tunes.

During the winter of 2002, BYZANTINE headed into Broadmoor Studios in Huntington, WV to record their first full-length demo with Wolfe on drums. With a very limited budget, this demo was rough around the edges but had a certain aggressiveness and attraction to it that BYZANTINE would soon harness and use to take on the metal world soon after. Their break came when the band's webmaster gave an mp3 of the group's music to Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler. He soon invited them to open a show in Virginia, which led to a small east coast tour and eventually to landing a record deal with Prosthetic Records. Soon after, BYZANTINE released their Prosthetic debut, The Fundamental Component, in February 2004. Coming across like a hybrid of Meshuggah, Pantera and Testament with more than a smidgen of southern groove, The Fundamental Component combined angular guitar riffing and unconventional tempos with roaring thrash rhythms and bellowing vocals which would quickly become the band's trademark sound. During this time BYZANTINE landed high profile gigs with Lamb of God and Shadows Fall as well as playing the main stage of New England Hardcore and Metal Festival in both 2004 and 2006.

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Posted: 09.10.2019 by RaduP

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Within The Ruins

Recognizing the talent and passion of Massachusetts natives, Within The Ruins, it's no wonder Victory Records added them to their growing roster. This quintet is armed with a unique take on blending technology and metal together to write music that sets their band apart from the numerous metal bands today. Within The Ruins have mastered their technique of bringing breakdowns, riffs, tempo and a dash of personality together in order to form one cohesive entity. The development of Within The Ruins first began in 2002. That was when founding members Joe Cocchi (Guitar) and Drummer (Drums) began taking a more serious approach and started heading out on the road, doing DIY tours from 2006 - 2009. At that point in time the line-up was comprised of Tim Goergen (vocals), Mike Beaujean (bass), and Kyle Marcoux (guitar), in addition to Joe Cocchi and Kevin Drummer. As things progressed for the band, January of 2010 brought change when Jay Van Schelt (guitar) was brought in to replace Marcoux; this change refueled the band to write their best record to date, entitled Invade.

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Posted: 09.10.2019 by RaduP

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White Ward

WHITE WARD, from Odessa, Ukraine perform intensely deviant music of a noir shade.

Formed in 2012 and taking root in raw depressive black metal, the band rapidly shed all boundaries, taking inspiration from an array of additional dark atmospheres including the writings of H.P. Lovecraft and I.M. Banks. The band's excellent early recordings were compiled into the "Origins" compilation released in 2016.

Exploring themes of borderline death states, aberrant afterlife worlds and strange mental disorders, the WHITE WARD sound spans the expansiveness of instrumental jazz and the depths of pitch black existential despair. After recording their first full-length album "Futility Report", WHITE WARD signed to Debemur Morti Productions and are primed to embark much further on their divergent sonic journey.

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Posted: 09.10.2019 by RaduP

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Soreption

Hailing from Sundsvall, Sweden, SOREPTION have come to claim their throne atop the mountain of technical death metal with their new album MONUMENT OF THE END. The band has made their name on their trademark take on technical groove, effortlessly blending slamming groove and blistering technicality. In the eyes of their contemporaries, SOREPTION are the archetype of precision, and have become one of the most imitated and borrowed-from bands in the sub-genre.

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Posted: 09.10.2019 by RaduP

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Rings Of Saturn

The otherworldly triumvirate known as Rings Of Saturn made their presence known in the late Fall of 2009, posting a track entitled "Abducted" online for the world to take notice. The goal was to indoctrinate the metal masses using the world's most massive social networks to their advantage, and the project has been a huge success. From the launch of the first track to the unleashing of the virus known as Embryonic Anomaly in the following months, it didn't take long for the Aliencore infection to spread, creating a loyal following of 'minions' who's devotion to the band was immediate and remains steadfast.

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Posted: 09.10.2019 by RaduP

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Heavens Decay

Having had a long career in Death Metal as a guitarist in bands like Tormentor, Shub Niggurath, Cenotaph and The Chasm, Julio Viterbo decided to reconnect with heavy metal which was the style of music that, from an early age, enveloped him and gave meaning to his life. August 2013 was the launch of Acerus, a Heavy Metal band for which Julio Viterbo composed half the songs on the first album.

This work was a turning point in his career as a guitarist as it explored new sounds and scope in its composition. By 2015 he decided to make a personal project of Heavy Metal oriented NWOBHM but retaining other influences that have accompanied him throughout his life as a musician. Thus was born Heavens Apart, with its own identity and style, evoking the old sounds whose roots are the essence of metal. After composing several songs Julio invited Oscar Clorio (Damned Cross, Cenotaph, Shub Niggurath, Denial) as the drummer to undertake this new journey, with whom he had previously worked in Cenotaph and Shub Niggurath.

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Posted: 08.10.2019 by Bad English

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Eddy Malm Band

Eddy Malm gained success with Swedish metal pioneers Heavy Load in the early 80's. Before these deeds he was lead singer in Highbrow, a hard rock band that would later feature future stars Yngwie Malmsteen, Mats "Dalton" Dahlberg (Treat, Dalton), Eero Koivisto (Red Baron, later successful designer) and guitarist Christopher Ståhl (Power). Heavy Load gained momentum due to their true commitment to their fans and via their self-financed, successful albums, all of which are regarded metal classics today. After Heavy Load, Eddy tried his hand with Challenger, a more pop sounding project that included late Heavy Load bass player Andreas Fritz. After that: Nothing. None of the members from Sweden's metal pioneers released anything for more than 30 years.

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Posted: 07.10.2019 by Bad English

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Stormburner

The idea of Stormburner and its inception was formed by Mike Stark (ex Steel Attack, ex Starblind, ex Sadauk ) and Metal Mastermind Tommi Korkiämäki (ex Blazing Guns). The legend begins at Odins day on one fateful summer night in the year of 2016. Mike and Tommi met over a few beers to lay out the plan how to best bring this idea into a band.

After the plan had been agreed Mike called Stefan Essmyren (ex Skellington), well known for his extrememly hard hitting and and accurate playing style. After a first jamming session Stefan was immideatly welcomed to the Stormburner family.

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Posted: 03.10.2019 by Bad English

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Attika

Integrity and authenticity two key components required to ensure a band's long-term survival on the highly-competitive, global metal music scene. Inspired by the hard-driving, classic NWOBHM movement, American metal stalwart, Attika, has claimed both components boldly since day one.

First launched from Florida's Space Coast in 1983, co-founding frontman, Rob Van War, and drummer, Jeff Patelski, led the brash four-piece brigade to numerous accolades in short order. The band's self-titled 1988 debut record received a jaw-dropping "5-K" review from Europe's foremost metal publication, Kerrang! In 1989, Attika was named "Best Metal Band" by Florida's JAM! magazine at the prestigious Jammy Awards ceremony held in Orlando. The band's acclaimed sophomore slab, When Heroes Fall was released internationally by Massacre Records in 1992. Attika saw its 1988 debut set experience a second life when it was re-issued by CMC records in 2004.

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Posted: 03.10.2019 by Bad English

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Power Theory

Power Theory was envisioned and created in 2007 by Bob "BB" Ballinger with the intention to form a True Metal band with a mix of the NWOBHM, 80's German Power Metal, and a little bay area Thrash thrown in to shake it up.

Dave Santini (RiffRaff, Monzterzero and Evil Jester) and Bob "BB" Ballinger (Colossus, Night Myst) met in 2008 have become like long lost brothers who've reunited, and found a missing extension of each other with a déjà vu like ability to write music together. Bob and Dave spent the last quarter of 2008 writing and arranging material and along with original bassist, Jason Tete, and a few different temporary drummers, hit the Philadelphia, PA and Trenton, NJ area stages in early 2009 and started playing what would amount 30+ shows in the next year and a quarter, and also completed writing, arranging, and recording the debut album Out of the Ashes, Into the Fire at with Jason Grosse at 1021 Studios in Tullytown, PA.

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Posted: 03.10.2019 by Bad English