Bands
Brimstone Coven

Brimstone Coven is a retro-hard rock / doom band that hails of out Wheeling, WV. They began brewing their own blend of "dark occult rock" in the early months of 2011. Corey Roth (Guitarist) wrote the first five songs, which would later become the band's self titled album. Roth went on to handpick three seasoned musicians from the local scene. Andrew D'Cagna (Bass), Justin Wood (Drums), and "Big John" Williams (Vocals) were recruited to carry out Roth's plan for sonic domination.

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Posted: 14.09.2014 by Troy Killjoy

Bands
Funerary

Funerary is an American funeral doom metal band formed in Phoenix, AZ. The band first started performing at local gigs in 2013, supporting bands such as Lycus. They also took part in several local festivals before playing alongside acts like Red Fang and Subrosa at Southwest Terror Fest.

On August 12, 2014, Funerary released their debut album, Starless Aeon. While the band is still searching for a label, they have begun writing new material with hopes of releasing a new album in 2015.

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Posted: 08.09.2014 by Troy Killjoy

Bands
The Graviators

The Graviators was formed deep in the woods of southern Sweden in 2009, with a vision to write and record music inspired by the sounds of the great rock 'n' roll groups of the 70's. With a mix of heavy, yet melodic riffs, that will take you on a trip back in time, when bands like Black Sabbath and Pentagram took heavy rock to new heights, The Graviators caught the ear of Swedish label Transubstans Records who signed them in early 2009. On December 11th, The Graviators self titled debut hit the stores. Their first music video, for the song Back to the Sabbath, was shot by renowned music video director Thomas Tjäder who have made videos for In Flames, At The Gates, The Haunted, and Soilwork etc. The band was featured with the track The Magician, which also appeared on the vinyl release, on the Planet Fuzz compilation Cowbells & Cobwebs. In 2010 Dutch label Clear Spot/ Headspin Records released the album as an exclusive double splatter vinyl. The artwork for this vinyl release (and the 2nd press of the album on CD) was made by the incredible artist Vance Kelly.

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Posted: 05.09.2014 by Troy Killjoy

Bands
Megaton Leviathan

In October 2007, Andrew James Costa set out to start a band that reflected his broad musical and spiritual inspirations. Spanning the circumference from psychedelia, noise, shoegaze, doom, dark wave, blues, punk, and old school rock and roll. It was agreed upon by founding members drummer Matt Brim and Guitarist/Synth player A. Costa, that it would be loud, reverberated and magical. After a year and half of working out ideas, recording and auditioning; Chris Beug, an Olympia WA native joined the group, bringing his own multi-genred influences with strong ties to the spirit world. The result was a sound and experience that fit the moniker Megaton Leviathan, taken lovingly from the Judas Priest song; Delivering the Goods, which subsequently became the bands motto. The music lives in a world of it?s own, a manifestation by its members of a spiritual-astral plane. As shaman priests they worship at their amp alter, slowly taking the senses and haunting the imagination, as love, light, and sacred smoke fill the room.

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Posted: 05.09.2014 by Troy Killjoy

Bands
Project Pain

Project Pain is a thrash metal band from The Netherlands, formed in 2011 by guitarist Guido den Hoed and vocalist Bauke Goudbeek. The band managed to release a demo recording the same year in spite of several lineup issues. After several tryouts, however, Project Pain finally became a stable unit with the addition of Stephan Sewsingh on bass and Sander Kroonsberg on drums. Niels van Lier would later join as the band's secondary guitarist.

With this lineup, the band is preparing to follow up their full-length debut, I Have Sinned, which was released in 2012.

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Posted: 02.09.2014 by Troy Killjoy

Bands
Mion's Hill

Formed in April 2012, Mion's Hill is a Norwegian trio playing old school extreme metal. In July of the same year, they released a 5-track demo by the name of Festering Curses, which was eventually followed up by their debut full-length release, Black Death, in November 2013.

Mion's Hill have performed live with the likes of Aura Noir and Deathhammer in a few countries across Europe since forming.

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Posted: 02.09.2014 by Troy Killjoy

Bands
Hatriot

Steve Zetro Souza has once again stepped into the thrash metal world, and has made an immediate impact on the thrash metal scene. The veteran metal singer from such proven bands, i.e., Exodus, Legacy (Testament), Dublin Death Patrol, Tenet, AC/DZ and now with his newest band Hatirot takes his musical roots back in time to the 1980's when metal was fast, furious, yet still melodic. Still from the Bay Area (which happens to be the evolutionary birthplace of thrash metal) is what sets Hatriot apart from today's metal world. Not many bands have been able to establish themselves as contenders in this genre since the biggest bands emerged from this time period, but few bands have the musical direction of Steve Zetro Souza, who have been there and done it with global success.

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Posted: 02.09.2014 by Troy Killjoy

Bands
Earthship

Earthship surge ahead like a nuclear-powered icebreaker through the Barents Sea, laden with mighty riffs, tons of groove, and home-brewed whiskey.

Earthship was launched by former The Ocean drummer Jan Oberg in 2010, who was joined by his colleagues Dennis Boettcher (drums) and Bastian Gutschke (bass) after a long drinking night in Berlin. The Ocean main-man Robin Staps joined the band as a secondary guitarist shortly afterwards. "I have not been involved in the songwriting at all though, it is entirely Jan's creative work", comments Staps.

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Posted: 01.09.2014 by Troy Killjoy

Bands
Angrepp

The band was formed in 2005 with the ambition to create black metal with thrash and punk influences. The band had been around a couple of years before but as Draug playing more melancholic black metal. Founding members where Dawid Dahl and Karl Olsson, together with the first drummer Kristian Eidefeldt. Outlaw was recruited as vocalist and Kristian left the band and was replaced by Fredrik Widigs. Progress of recording a demo started quickly, and in 2006 Prepare for the Attack was-self released. Within two years Angrepp was picked up by the American label Abyss Records to record the full-length album, Warfare, that the band had been working on. The well-known Swedish musician Dan Swanö was connected with the band to mix and master the album. Also, Andreas Fröberg joined the band to handle the bass. Warfare got a very good response for the combination of performing blackened thrash with musicality and technique.

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Posted: 30.08.2014 by Troy Killjoy

Bands
Iron Reagan

Iron Reagan are no strangers to the art of crossover. Comprised of Tony Foresta (vocals), Phil Hall (guitar), Mark Bronzino (guitar), Rob Skotis (bass), and Ryan Parrish (drums), between them they fill, or have filled the ranks of Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse and Darkest Hour alike.

Formed in 2012, they've already released a demo EP, the Worse Than Dead full length via A389 Recordings, and most recently a split with gore-masters Exhumed through Tankcrimes. The gang are currently in the process of recording their sophomore release and Relapse debut at Blaze of Torment studios in Richmond, VA. Self-produced and mixed by Kurt Ballou (Converge), the record looks set for a fall (ed.2014) release date.

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Posted: 27.08.2014 by D.T. Metal

Bands
Fornicus

Birthed in the heart of America's Bible belt in early 2013, Fornicus was conceived to cast darkness over the ignorant masses and their foolish dogmas. Blending qualities of black, thrash, and even a taste of death the band creates a vicious aural assault that will quench the listener's thirst for all things metal. Throughout the first year of the group's existence the songs that would become their debut album were meticulously crafted by members Scott (guitar/vocals), Chris (bass), and David (drums) and eventually were completed with the addition of Kelly (lead guitar) at the beginning of 2014. The tracking began shortly thereafter in Scott's own Velocity Studios for the album that is now known as Storming Heaven, a bold statement chastising Christ and his blind sheep for their "righteous" ways with the ultimate goal of destroying God's Kingdom. With live rituals now beginning, the force that is Fornicus will strengthen to take its place as one of Kentucky's premier practitioners of metal.

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Posted: 25.08.2014 by Troy Killjoy

Bands
Colombian Necktie

Colombian Necktie was established in the fall of 2010 in Los Angeles County by Scott Werren (vocals), Juan Hernandez-Cruz (guitars), Ben Daniels (guitars), Ben Brinckerhoff (drums), and Alex DuPuis (bass). The band believes in the DIY spirit and writing music for personal satisfaction.

On August 19, 2014, Colombian Necktie released their full-length debut, Twilight Upon Us. They performed several local shows in order to promote the new album, which follows up two EPs and a few split releases with local acts.

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Posted: 24.08.2014 by Troy Killjoy

Bands
Destrose

Destrose are an all-female Japanese heavy metal/hard rock band.

Destrose's album Destrose reached 7th place on the Oricon Weekly in Indies Artist category in April 2013.

Often compared with X Japan and praised as a female version because of their similar band set-up: twin lead guitars and double-bass drums.

New vocalist Lisa joined April 2014.

(Source: Facebook)

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Posted: 21.08.2014 by Troy Killjoy

Bands
Aldious

Originally started with vocalist Rami and guitarist Yoshi in Osaka, June 2008.

Their music was contained in the compilation album Red Hot Burning Hell Vol.16. Guitarist Toki joined the band in January 2009 and released their first independently-produced EP Dear Slave, which contains 4 songs, in November. This EP was well-received and sold out in many metal music stores. Aldious was officially formed when bassist Sawa, who was playing in the band originally, came back and drummer Aruto also joined the band in January 2010, and they founded a Girls' Metal Label Bright Star Records.

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Posted: 20.08.2014 by Troy Killjoy

Bands
Astra (USA)

Born in San Diego but bred in the mists of Avalon, Astra have fast-become a synonym for the ethereal, the sublime, and indeed the genuinely progressive. Ever since 2009's The Weirding put these analog-inflected San Diego visionaries on the map alongside the likes of co-conspirators Earthless, Diagonal and Dungen, who - like some lost tribe of prog faithful - have brought this unwieldy and much maligned form of music out of the dark ages and in front of a new generation of Mellotron-loving cognoscenti. But if this was merely a case of exhibitionism, or some demonstration of holier-than-thou musical knowledge then perhaps Astra would not be discussed in such hushed, reverential tones. But it's the very humility of their beginnings and the grace of what they've created that's given them the respect of starry-eyed peers, fans, and indeed critics alike who in unison seem to have embraced both the band's sound and the undeniable integrity of their aspirations.

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Posted: 18.08.2014 by Troy Killjoy

Bands
Miseo

Miseo was founded in January 2013 by the scene known musicians Ferli Thielmann (guitars/vocals, also Milking The Goatmachine, Carnal Ghoul), Timo Claas (drums, also Lay Down Rotten) and André Rink (bass). The musical direction is Death Metal with U.S. and old school influences of the 90's. Full of energy, the three musicians have composed the first songs for an EP, which were recorded in March 2013 at the "Desert Inn" recording studio (Lay Down Rotten, Milking The Goatmachine) in Edingen, Germany. The sound and lyrics are a brutal response to the pressures of reality in our age. Lyrical topics are the effects of greed, envy and ruthless egoism packed in a garment of hate.

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Posted: 17.08.2014 by Troy Killjoy

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