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Bands
Extreme Unction

In 1987, under the name Guilhotina, the band starts with Paulo Rodrigues, guitar, Koja Mutilator (ex-Incarnated, Festering, ex-Tetraplegic God / Dawn of Ruins…), bass guitar, and António Silva "Zé-Tó", drums, in a punk-oriented style.

In 1988 now with Ricardo Bagulho singing, the band records a rehearsal, "Pregos no meu caixão", including 5 songs.

In 1990 the band changes style, now playing Death Metal, so new musicians are in need. With a new line-up and an altogether different style, the band's name also changes. "Extreme Unction" is born: Pedro Gonçalves "Pedrada" (Festering e ex-Sun Flower) - vox, Paulo guitar; Duarte "Mantus" (ex Morbid God / Moonspell, Filii Nigrantium Infernalium) guitar, Koja - bass and Zé-Tó - drums.

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Posted: 24.04.2017 by Bad English

Bands
Countless Skies

Countless Skies burst onto the modern metal scene with their debut self-titled EP in late 2014. Blending progressive and darkly intense music influenced by their Scandinavian melodeth heroes, the EP began a flood of shows up and down the UK. After winning the Bedfordshire 'Metal to the Masses' competition, they secured a slot on the New Blood stage at the UK's No1 independent metal festival, Bloodstock Open Air 2015. Building upon their rapid momentum, they continue their conquest of the UK to support their debut full-length released last June through Kolony Records. With a tremendous start, the future looks bright for Countless Skies.

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Posted: 20.04.2017 by Bad English

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Mustan Kuun Lapset

The band was found in Hollola, Finland 1993 with line up Kari kinnunen (bass), Mikko Hautala (drums), Pete Lehtinen (voc, guitars), Pete Tamminen (guitars). The first release was a demo called "...Kunnes Loppuu Yö" (limited 100 copies). It included three songs, one of them was played on the Finnish national radio.

The second demo called "Varjomaa" was published in 1997, thirteen months after the first one (limited 150 copies). After the release MKL had some contacts with distributors and record companies, but no deals were done, therefore an idea to make a self financed sd was born.

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Posted: 19.04.2017 by Bad English

Bands
Witherfall

Witherfall was formed in 2013, after Jake Dreyer (guitar) and Joseph Michael's (vocalist) stint in White Wizzard. Adam Sagan (drummer), who had previously worked with Jake Dreyer on the critically acclaimed debut instrumental EP, In The Shadows Of Madness. After forming together, the trio quickly set to recording their debut album, and after three years, the albums production, mixing, and mastering was complete. The album, Nocturnes and Requiems, was released on February 10th, 2017. Sadly, Adam Sagan passed away in December of 2016, before the album's release. The band will, however, continue forward with the music, including touring.

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Posted: 02.04.2017 by Bad English

Bands
Miss May I

A year after breaking out into the scene, Miss May I have returned with their sophomore effort "Monument". Delving deeper into the source of anguish that fueled "Apologies Are For the Weak" (selling well over 25,000 records in 1 year), Miss May I present an even more eclectic side to the organized chaos they have earned a reputation for. Borrowing from a wider range of genres, the new album touche
s upon parts of thrash merged with melody and metalcore goodness. The intensity on Monument is unmatched by any metal release this year and all that emotion will be unhinged live this summer on the "Back To Your Roots Tour" as the band direct supports for The Devil Wears Prada on their full US tour doing sold out days in most major markets. Watch as these young guns become the next big thing in metal in 2010.

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Posted: 28.03.2017 by D.T. Metal

Bands
Enisum

After spending most of last year playing gigs in every corner of Italy and Europe, the band is now switching-off live activities until Spring 2017 (except of course the dates already booked, i.e.25-26.11 at the "Autumn from Hell" fest in Germany and Switzerland) to focus on the last bits of the new album's writing and then start recording. Their popularity increased exponentially after the wonderful 'Arpitanian Lands' (their 2nd album released in physical format after quite many digital-only releases): the D.I.Y. attitude in booking gigs everywhere a chance to play was offered eventually paid off, with the band soon being noticed also abroad by quite a few labels.

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Posted: 22.03.2017 by Bad English

Bands
Gemini Syndrome

Formed in 2010 around the talents of former Otep vocalist Aaron Nordstrom, drummer Steele Medina, guitarists Rich Juzwick and Mike Salerno, and bass player Alessandro Paveri, Los Angeles-based, mainstream metal quintet Gemini Syndrome spent their formative days opening for bands like Nonpoint and Murderdolls on the Sunset Strip. As their reputation within the L.A. hard rock scene grew, so did their audience, and soon after the release of their 2011 debut EP, the band inked a major-label deal with Warner Bros. with plans for a debut long-player. The resulting Lux, which has drawn comparisons to bands like Disturbed, Stone Sour, and System of a Down, was released in 2013.

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Posted: 21.03.2017 by Bad English

Bands
Cultes Des Ghoules

A mysterious collective with a full lineup but no facts fully revealed about it, CULTES DES GHOULES have always let their music speak for itself. Their early demos and Odd Spirituality EP, all highly sought after upon their initial release, eventually culminated in CULTES DES GHOULES' classic debut album, Häxan. Released in 2008 but eventually reissued by HELLS HEADBANGERS in 2011 after its first two versions quickly sold out, Häxan was a mesmerizing monolith beyond compare - ghoulish, gibbering, and ghastly in equal measures - although its sinful stench fondly recalled the likes of earliest, evilest Necromantia, Beherit, Mayhem, and Mortuary Drape. Also in 2011 came the Spectres Over Transylvania EP, which was an epic 25-minute track that suggested the ambitious direction to come. And come it did with 2013's Henbane, a five-song/58-minute monster of mesmerizing power. Dread and disease wafting up from the abyss like fumes of the most potent sulfur, coiling and releasing in a tense coitus of godless abandon, the unremittingly repulsive sounds of death worship: Henbane soon became a modern classic for a new generation of black metallers hungry for foul sounds with fathomless depth(s).

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Posted: 21.03.2017 by Bad English

Bands
Exmortus

The Southern California quartet EXMORTUS — whose invigorating twin-guitar mix of neoclassical shred, Bay Area thrash, progressive death and traditional heavy metal has earned the group a devoted following.

Co-founded a decade ago by then-teenage cousins Conan (vocals/guitar) and Mario Moreno (drums), EXMORTUS self-released several demos and EPs before signing with Heavy Artillery Records in 2007. The group's 2008 debut "In Hatred's Flame" and 2011 follow-up "Beyond The Fall Of Time" earned praise for their "frighteningly aggressive thrash blended with both death metal and NWOBHM bluster" (Blabbermouth), and their exuberant, shred-heavy live performances can convert even the most jaded heshers into enthusiastic headbangers.

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Posted: 18.03.2017 by Bad English

Bands
Temple Of Void

Temple of Void is an uncompromising collaboration from the depths of Detroit. Comprising of five musicians who have put in decades of time in the Detroit underground, ToV entered this world with singular focus and methodical execution from the start. ToV harkens back to the somber sound of early British doom, while channeling the energy and devastation of old school American death metal. But ToV is far more than the sum of its parts. Temple of Void destroys.

Temple of Void self-released their demo in May 2013. Four weeks later and they had signed to four different record labels to produce and distribute their demo across the world. The demo was met with staggering support from the underground. And now, just over a year later and ToV is unleashing their debut album on double LP and cassette on Saw Her Ghost Records, as well as on CD through Rain Without End Records. This slab of barbarity is titled, "Of Terror and the Supernatural."

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Posted: 18.03.2017 by Bad English

Bands
Akoma

Akoma, the leading symphonic metal act from Denmark for over a decade now, have just finished up making their first full-length album, Revangels.

Akoma was formed in 2004 by vocalist Tanya Bell and guitarist Morten Bell, and have with the release of Lost Forest (Promo), and The Other Side in 2012 (EP) proven more than once that they belong among great acts such as Nightwish, Xandria and Within Temptation.

In 2006 the band released their first promo-ep Angels Of Revenge. In the subsequent period, the lineup was changed to have Daniel Nielsen on bass and Peter Buur on drums. In 2007, Akoma released the promo Lost Forest which was mixed by legendary Jacob Hansen (Aborted, Night Rage, Invocator, Volbeat). Lost Forest received several good reviews and was in April 2007 declared the promo of the month in Denmark's largest music magazine Gaffa. Furthermore Akoma was named "Band of The Week" at Denmark's biggest upcoming music community bandbase.dk (ex mymusic.dk) and also nominated for the unheard! Award. Akoma has performed several times at the largest underground scene in Denmark "The Rock", where they have played with acts like Veni Domine and Nightlight among others.

The 17th of March 2012, Akoma released the EP The Other Side, which consists of six atmospheric songs full of Tanya Bell's spherical voice. The Other Side is recorded and produced by Morten Bell and also this time Jacob Hansen has mixed and mastered the EP. The Other Side featuring, five new and fresh shot at Akoma song strain, added a remake of the song "Guardian Angel", which was previously released on Angels Of Revenge, but on The Other Side it appears in an updated version.

With their new album, Revangels, Akoma wants to show their fans a new side of themselves, but are still true to their old sound. Revangels is produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Alexander Krull at Mastersound Studios in Germany. Revangels seems more authentic and real in its sound, but still has epic symphonic elements. The title track, "Revangels," also features Liv Kristine (Leaves' Eyes) which have given the song an extra dimension.

Release details will be announced shortly.

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Posted: 11.03.2017 by Bad English

Bands
Départe

DÉPARTE were formed in Hobart, Tasmania as a black metal quartet at first under the name ØRANNIS in 2011. The Australians intended to create dark, brooding atmospheric black metal with a focus on an intense, hypnotic live performance. Yet with the addition of a second guitarist, their sound developed further.

DÉPARTE started to drift from the more traditional black metal ethos, shed their face paint and incorporated elements from various other genres, such as post metal, drone, doom and death metal. The combination of these ingredients resulted in something unique, emotive and truly powerful.

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Posted: 11.03.2017 by Bad English

Bands
Free Salamander Exhibit

Current research indicates that within 2 years of use, a pillow's weight increases by 30% due to the accumulation of dead skin cells, dust mites, and their droppings. In a similar fashion, Free Salamander Exhibit has gradually augmented its own weight through an accumulation of musical and literary droppings, distilled these into creative impulses- -impulses committed to memory and subsequently forgotten.

Originally called the Rock Springs Six, Free Salamander Exhibit makes no bones about being influenced by the early work of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. "Yeah, we all have that first record," they mutter nonchalantly. Their new name is taken from the Sleepytime Gorilla Press's 1916 leaflet distributed by Pentecostal snake-handler George Went Hensley of Tennessee, wherein the gospel dictum "They shall take up serpents and salamanders" was treated to more or less literal interpretation. "Yeah, we all handle them, salamanders that is," they confess. Yes, they have renounced their snake handling ways in favor of the modern hair-shirt, i.e. the burlap gown. Certainly their outfits are uncomfortable and make playing difficult, especially for the non-rock instruments they sometimes employ, but what price beauty?

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Posted: 11.03.2017 by Bad English

Bands
Nebulae Come Sweet

Nebulae Come Sweet started by Igor Kovalyov in Minsk, Belarus in 2012, when his running post-metal band Anna Coralie disbanded after unexpected death of the vocalist. The new band quickly got public attention due to memorable live performances, which are usually accompanied by the entire staging of light, stylistically matched video background and the images of the musicians. Their sounding can be described as a single melancholic canvas of heavy monolithic riffs and touching lyrical tunes. The first recorded songs appeared on split with a project Difleger (Belarus) released on June, 2013 together with the video for an acoustic cover of Converge's "Homewrecker". The title song "Ophelia" was subsequently used as an official soundtrack to the movie "Граф в апельсинах". In April, 2014 Nebulae Come Sweet announced a tour around Russia together with Challenger Deep (Belarus), and after it the band entered the studio to record their first full-length album. During the next year the trio played several shows in their hometown and performed as a supporting act for Sólstafir and Plebeian Grandstand. On June, 2016 the band released an acoustic and a piano single, which was almost immediately added into the rotation of Belarusian radio "Stalica" and became the song of the month for July, 2016. On November 17, 2016 Nebulae Come Sweet releases their debut studio album "It Is Not The Night That Covers You". The album features two special guests who provided vocals on the songs: Christopher Bennett of Minsk and Kristoffer Bäckström of Moloken.
Nebulae Come Sweet's lyrics is mostly inspired by ethereal poetry by T.S. Eliot.

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Posted: 11.03.2017 by Bad English

Bands
Raspail

Raspail is the nature mother and stepmother, who oversees the destiny of men, a shrine of ancient traditions, which constantly regenerates itself.
Is the vision of the lost roman countryside at dusk, when the shadows of the aqueducts in ruins stretch over the fields, that poets and artists of the grand tour yearn as a muse.

Is the ineffability of fate, the futility of human affairs, the whispers of the nymphs and fauns in the undergrowth.

Is the fall of Bacchus covering everything with its bright colors, which quickly gives way to winter pallor.

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Posted: 11.03.2017 by Bad English

Bands
Helleborus

Conceived within the womb of Execration, Helleborus is the latest emanation of Jerred & Wyatt Houseman. Like the enigmatic and deadly winter flower from which the project takes its name, Helleborus pushes the exploration of traditional black metal into the uncharted territory of sensual duality and mysticism. Building on their professional experience with Execration and personal experiences through Akhenaten, the Houseman brothers sought a deeper expression of their experiential-driven musical style that audiences can connect with through a union of opposites.

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Posted: 11.03.2017 by Bad English