Bands
Alkaloid

Alkaloid is a new band created by five good friends, who happen to be well-known musicians of the metal genre (including current and former members of bands like Obscura, Spawn Of Possession, Aborted, Dark Fortress, Necrophagist, God Dethroned, Blotted Science and Noneuclid). Their intention is to go beyond any limit that metal music sub-genres might have these days and create the world's most extreme Prog Metal band.

They define themselves through the field of tension created between musical opposites. All band members are active death metal musicians who nevertheless all have a much broader view of music than blast beats and growls. They establish from the beginning that they have many faces, and that oscillating between (seemingly) contrary or mutually exclusive styles is an important factor.

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Posted: 06.03.2015 by D.T. Metal

Bands
Trauma (USA)

TRAUMA was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1980 as one of the first of the New Wave Of Bay Area metal bands. The group's original lineup included Michael Overton on guitar, George Lady on guitar, Dennis Shafer on drums, Cliff Burton (METALLICA) on bass, and Donny Hillier on vocals.

TRAUMA quickly became well known throughout the California Bay Area and beyond, playing legendary venues like The Stone, Bill Graham's Wolfgang's, Whisky A Go Go, and The Troubadour. The first track TRAUMA ever recorded, "Such a Shame", was included on Metal Blade Records' "Metal Massacre II" compilation in 1982.

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Posted: 06.03.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Myopia

Myopia began as the ambiguous dream of Mark Grey and Charles Woodruff. Forming in late 2003, the band began as a simple three piece group with a very undefined and humble sound. After several months of writing opening material, the two would recruit younger brother William Woodruff on the drums and Christopher Ferretti on bass. This first age lineup would go on to record their first EP "The Rising," under independent auspices. We sincerely hope no one still has a copy of this.

Michael Cavadini came on board in 2005 as the group's sorely needed keyboardist. By this point, Myopia had been moving in a far more epic direction than on its previous material, and Michael's classic piano education made him a worthy addition. Writing and touring would continue throughout that year, culminating with the release of the band's first, self-produced full-length, "The Straightway." Bassist Chris Ferretti would depart shortly after this release. The band emerged halfway through 2006 from the throes of uncertainty with Kyle Longley as the new bassist.

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Posted: 06.03.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Gun Barrel

Gun Barrel is a German heavy metal band formed in 1998 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia. Gun Barrel was founded by Guido Feldhausen and Rolf Tanzius and released their first EP Back To Suicide (2000) with the line-up consisting of Guido Feldhausen (vocals), Rolf Tanzius (guitar), Holger Schulz (bass) and Florens Neuheuser (drums). They play traditional/old school heavy metal and they personally call their musical style "Power dive rock 'n' metal". So far they have released five studio albums, Power-Dive (2001), Battle-Tested (2003), Bombard Your Soul (2005), Outlaw Invasion (2008) and Brace For Impact (2012). Rolf Tanzius is currently the only original band member.

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Posted: 02.03.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Convulse

Convulse current lineup features the band's original vocalist, guitarist and bass player, and their brand of classic old-school death metal still sounds like it's 1991. With a new full length album scheduled for autumn 2013, this is the first recorded material by Convulse since their demise in the mid-Nineties.

"Our new material has a strong old-school death metal feel to it, and the band is tighter than ever before," says Convulse guitarist/vocalist Rami Jämsä. "When recording, we concentrated on the energy brought on by playing everything live no triggers or Pro Tools. Nothing beats a well-rehearsed band playing live, be it on stage or in the studio."

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Posted: 02.03.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Dysrider

Dysrider is a symphodeath metal band from Morges, Switzerland. Originally created under the name Trophallaxy in 2007, the band has released two studio albums and a demo.

Playing initially an effective but traditional symphonic metal, the band has continued to evolve in a more aggressive style by incorporating more elements specific to death metal. The contrast between the sweet voice of the singer Joëlle, her cello and the keyboard, with the death vocals of Jonathan, rapid and violent rhythmics of the guitar, the bass and the drums, is even more striking and original.

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Posted: 01.03.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Intestine Baalism

In 1991, Intestine Baalism was formed in the suburbs of Tokyo, Japan by Seiji Kakuzak and other local musicians.

They started as a thrash metal band, but soon changed their style to true death metal and began playing at local clubs in Tokyo. Intestine Baalism's first milestone was the release of demo The Energumenus in 1994, which quickly sold over 500 copies. Encouraged by the good response to the demo, Intestine Baalism got an album deal, and in 1997, their first album, An Anatomy Of The Beast, was released by Repulse Records. An Anatomy Of The Beast was lauded by underground metalheads around the world.

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Posted: 28.02.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
As Blood Runs Black

As Blood Runs Black is a band from Los Angeles, California that embraces a variety of music subgenres such as death metal, black metal, thrash and even metalcore. The band is similar to The Black Dahlia Murder and Protest The Hero with a breakdown-heavy hardcore precision sound. The band formed in 2003 and have released two albums with a third slated for 2014.

The band's lineup has changed almost constantly since 2003. Drummer Hector "Leche" De Santiago is the only remaining founding member. Nick Stewart has been the bass player since 2005. Guitarist Greg Kirkpatrick left Gift Of Prophecy to join the band in 2010. Dan Sugarman, formerly of Fallen Figure, joined As Blood Runs Black in 2010 to aid with the guitar work. Christopher Bartholomew replaced Sonik Garcia as vocalist in 2012.

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Posted: 28.02.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
Sea Bastard

Sea Bastard are a doom band from Brighton on the south coast of the UK formed in July 2011 from the ashes of two Brighton doom bands, Jovian and Funeral Hag and their sound is a fusion of the two bands' styles; the uncompromising lethargy of Jovian meeting the groove of Funeral Hag.

The band recorded a demo in October 2011 and played their first gig on Halloween withdoom legends Pagan Altar

source; http://seabastard.bandcamp.com/

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Posted: 27.02.2015 by Bad English

Bands
The Living Fields

2002
In the autumn of 2002, The Living Fields was born as an outlet for guitarist Jason Muxlow's doom inclinations and populist beliefs. Fed up with both the tuneless brutality of the late '90s and right-wing idiocy pouring out of the metal community after September 11th, work began on initial compositions with the intent to combine doom-fueled songwriting with the progressive politics metal once stood for.

2003
The music progressed quickly, and before long, Muxlow was looking for a partner to bring a voice to the score. Jon Higgs was contacted on the basis of his energetic vocal performance with Monsterworks, but it was his similar world view and undiluted passion for metal that ultimately sealed the deal. Within weeks, Higgs had cut vocals for the newly-christened Empires Fall, and though far from perfect, the song clearly had legs. Higgs also proved dead-on lyrically, and both The Miseries Never Cease and A Leveling Spirit grew out of the ensuing enthusiasm.

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Posted: 27.02.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Ghost Iris

The Danish progressive metalcore band GHOST IRIS is to release its debut album Anecdotes Of Science & Soul on February 23rd 2015.

With growing segments in the international metal scene recently turning their attention towards increasingly technical and innovative bands, the Copenhagen-based quartet GHOST IRIS is now ready to present a Danish take on the genre, with their debut album Anecdotes Of Science & Soul. Having previously gathered experience in popular local bands like As We Fight, Road To Manila, Shaped Like Swans and A Sheltering Sky, the band members of GHOST IRIS combine elements from metalcore and progressive metal in a sound that balances complex and powerful heaviness with ambitious and technical melodies.

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Posted: 25.02.2015 by psykometal

Bands
Guardians Of Time

Guardians Of Time was formed in 1997 when a handful of musicians drinking beer at the local metal pub came up with the idea to form a band. Their first demo landed them a record deal, and the debut album Edge Of Tomorrow was released in 2001. The album received great reviews and the band made loyal fans all over the world. Both a Brazilian- and a German fan site were made by devoted fans. The band did shows all over Norway and played almost every metal festival in the country.

The second album Machines Of Mental Design was released in 2004 by Massacre Records, receiving great reviews from all over the world. The music was by many labeled as "thinking man's metal" and were often compared to the epic masterpiece Operation: Mindcrime for its well thought composition and lyrics.

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Posted: 24.02.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
Hatchet

Growing up in the San Francisco area suburbs as young metal heads can make it quite likely to take influence from the pioneers of metal that spanned the area in the 1980's. So it's no surprise that Hatchet describes their sound as "Pure, Uncompromising, Bay Area Thrash Metal".

Since hitting the Bay Area metal scene in early 2007, Hatchet quickly made a name for itself. They worked hard to gig as often as they could and also not compete with, but group together bands of the like to help strengthen the scene. Focusing on playing with other young starting thrash bands in their area, the fan base grew. Eventually they reached out to the neighboring Los Angeles thrash scene which was also flourishing and invited various bands up to the bay area to diversify their shows, and spread overall thrash metal awareness.

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Posted: 23.02.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Cold Body Radiation

Cold Body Radiation is a one-man band, hailing from the Netherlands, blending the dreamy and/or hallucinating melancholy of shoegaze with the grieving, tormented aesthetics of depressive black metal

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Posted: 23.02.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Nox Aurea

Nox Aurea formed in early fall 2005, after guitarists Peter Laustsen (Rimfrost, Urginnthul) and Grim Vindkall (Domgård, Urginnthul) decided to take their friendly jam sessions a step further. They soon began writing songs together. The material was quite different from both of their earlier musical endeavors, as it was their goal to move in an unexplored direction. Thus, the dark seed of Nox Aurea was sown and the flower of death took hold.

In early 2007, Peter and Vindkall completed their line-up with the expertise of bass player Robert Persson, vocalists Patrick Kullberg and Alice Persell, and drummer Joakim Antonsson. Nox Aurea presents an abstract approach to the darker emotions of the human mind and soul and a search that extends beyond the physical world to the realm of Chaos theorists and Gnostics. For Nox Aurea life is not a gift of truth, but a curse of illusions and an offending imprisonment of the higher spirit.

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Posted: 23.02.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Seamount

Seamount formed in 2007 with the meeting of German guitarist Tim Schmidt and American singer Phil Swanson. After demoing songs together via long distance they eventually recorded an albums worth of material that originally appeared as a free executable digital download that included in its files an interactive program with complete artwork, lyrics, credits and audio. As it gained popularity with its numerous downloads Seamount and Merciless Records joined forces in 2008 to release a hard copy debut in double gatefold vinyl format with added bonus tracks under the name "ntodrm" an abbreviated term standing for "new torch of doom rock music" which originally stemmed from Tim and Phils first discussion when Phil critiqued Seamounts music as carrying "the new torch of doom", the term also appeared in the song from the album titled "Torch of Doom".

After a short European tour in Germany that included the opening of the first Hammer of Doom festival Seamount came to make a deal with the highly respected Church Within Records to quickly release their lengthy and ambitious sophomore effort "Light II Truth" in 2009 on CD format as well as Merciless release the long-awaited CD version of "ntodrm". Another tour followed that made way for a successful opening of the legendary Doom Shall Rise festival and there after the release of third and most acclaimed release "Sacrifice" in 2010.

Once again Seamount took to the road in Europe under the lead of Church Within records and labelmates Serpent Venom and Orchid before beginning work on their latest 4th release and first concept effort titled "Eartmother" schedule for release in the later part of 2012.

Source: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Seamount/144409725631012?sk=info#!/pages/Seamount/144409725631012?sk=info

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Posted: 22.02.2015 by Bad English

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