Bands
Mr. Bungle

Mr. Bungle was formed in 1985 in Eureka, California. The original line-up included Trevor Dunn on bass, Mike Patton on vocals, Trey Spruance on guitar, and Jed Watts on drums. The band took its name from two short films which appeared in early episodes of the "The Pee Wee Herman Show", in which an ill-mannered, un-hygienic puppet clown demonstrated how good grade-school kids should not behave (only later did band members learn, through Faith No More bassist Bill Gould, that the porn flick "Sharon's Sex Party" also stars a character named Mr. Bungle).

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Posted: 24.05.2015 by J. N.

Bands
The Order Of The Solar Temple

There was a time in the history of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal when the boundaries of those genres were blurry and it was natural for them to flow together into powerful musical expressions, very often under the flag of occultism and esoterism. Today, those times of great ardour and creativity revive in the arcane melodies of The Order Of The Solar Temple, a wicked congregation performing strange rituals in the ancient magik of rock and roll.

Conceived in 2012 by Canadian singer/guitarist Matt "Macabre" Emery - once in the ranks of Funeral Circle and other Vancouver's metal acts - The Order Of The Solar Temple plaits the occult-tinged proto-metal of Blue Öyster Cult with the dark, introvert visions of Paul Chain; the doom arabesques of Pagan Altar with the dreadful metal outbursts of Demon and Mercyful Fate; the teachings of Aleister Crowley with the denim-and-leather philosophy of the first metal era.

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Posted: 24.05.2015 by J. N.

Bands
Pantommind

Sometime in the distant 1993, in a small town in the heart of Bulgaria, a few friends gather up to play their favorite music. These are Pete Christ, "Floyd" Rossen, Jiip Randam and Lambie. They call themselves with the strange name Lavender Haze, while their music protrudes influences of Queensryche and shows affinity towards different electronic motives and complex compositions.

Two years later, the band is finally completed with the joining of the emblematic vocalist Tony Ivan, and drummer Drago. 1995 marks the change of the band's name to Pantommind, as well as their first studio recording - the song called "Every Dream Is A Game". Another year passes in recording of new material, and in 1996 the demo EP Unreality.

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Posted: 24.05.2015 by J. N.

Bands
Noûs

Noûs exercise powerful, raw, sludgy, psychedelic, filthy metal. Dark heavy low end rumble, weighty drums, controlled dissonance with harsh, guttural vocals. Painfully chosen words attempting to describe the 5 piece Sludge/Doom Metal band from Ballarat, Australia.

Repulse of cliché is the attitude and focus when writing music.

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Posted: 24.05.2015 by J. N.

Bands
Dimesland

With members' musical past and contemporary placement in a divergent array of bands including The Residents, Wild Hunt and more, abstract metal quartet, Dimesland produces a sound that is the result of a blend of controlled chaos and musical mutation, heavy tension and dark psychedelia. As Dimesland, guitarists Nolan Cook and Drew Cook, drummer/vocalist Harland Burkhart and bassist/vocalist Greg Brace create a place where aggression and imagination merge harmonically, rhythmically and lyrically to explore the terrain of psychological havoc and mental fracture. The band's live performances are frantic and dense and feature songs woven together with shorter pieces and textures for an almost nonstop presentation of sound.

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Posted: 24.05.2015 by J. N.

Bands
Manimalism

Manimalism was founded by Kim Sølve and three others back in 1992. An anomaly in their own time, Manimalism was a silent contributor to the first wave of Norwegian post-Black Metal weirdness when names like Ved Buens Ende and Fleurety, before they became legendary, were their only contemporaries. As Taarenes Vaar, they released two demos, one in 1996 and one in 1997, both to critical acclaim from local magazines. It was hard for conformists to make sense of Manimalism, there was not much there that adhered to the expectations of the already indoctrinated Black Metal scene. Too bizarre to get proper recognition in their own time, too weird to be picked up by the Black Metal demo re-release wave a decade or so back, their two demos stand as the only evidence of their artistic merit.

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Posted: 24.05.2015 by J. N.

Bands
Merkabah

Merkabah is a heavy rock band that also encompasses symphonic and progressive rock music elements. The band was founded in the Beauce region (Quebec) in 2002.

In 2009, the band was awarded the Champlain prize for Best Heavy Metal album for its second LP, which is called The Realm of All Secrets (2007). Over the last years, the band has also played with several international acts such as Lacuna Coil, Hammerfall, and Gamma Ray. Merkabah also took part in the 2008 edition of the Woodstock en Beauce festival.

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Posted: 24.05.2015 by J. N.

Bands
Thy Darkened Shade

The entity known as Thy Darkened Shade was formed nameless in 1999 by Semjaza. The music composed was Black Metal with old school and epic influences. Over the years and after various experimentations, the sound of Thy Darkened Shade changed significantly resulting in Eternvs Mos, Nex Ritvs. Expect a mix of raw yet technical Black Metal with old school, avant-garde and 80's Thrash influences.

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Posted: 24.05.2015 by J. N.

Bands
Tome Of The Unreplenished

Tome Of The Unreplenished is an artistic musical project created as a source of self expression and visualization, combined with a soothing yet dismal form of language and execution. The representation of conceptual philosophy, progression, and elevation through sound.

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Posted: 24.05.2015 by J. N.

Bands
Majestic

MAJESTIC was formed by Richard Andersson under the name of LAB RAT. He started writing songs with focus on strong melodies and heavy guitar riffs with turbo-charged solo parts. Richard called up some old friends and the line-up was completed with Joel Lindér (drums), Martin Wezowski (bass) and Jonas Blum (vocals). One month later the recordings took place.

The debut album "Abstract Symphony" was recorded during November, December 1998 and was released worldwide by Massacre Records (Europe, except France - released by NTS Records), Toshiba/EMI (Japan) and NEMS (South America, Mexico). This neo-classical metal album received tremendous attention worldwide and achieved excellent reviews (Aardshock, Force, Powerplay, Metallium, Spin City etc.). 7 out of 7 in Metal Hammer (Germany). 9,5 out of 10 in Metal Heart among others.

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Posted: 23.05.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Dawnless

Early in the year 2003, somewhere at the far end of a valley lost in the Swiss Alps, Dawnless takes shape in the silence of an icy cold January month. The band's name's meaning is related to the area where the members come from which is forsaken by the sun throughout the long winter months.

The will to share its passion for Metal and Hard Rock is beyond any doubt the main goal of theses five close friends. Through time and work Dawnless grows and builds up confidence. New songs appear, gigs follow one another, the crowd, always following, shares the motivation that each member has for what he's doing.

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Posted: 23.05.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Frightmare

Frightmare are a sharp and deadly metallic force like no other! The band came together in mid-2002 when "Maniac" Neil Smith asked some friends if they would be interested in forming a new band. With the goal being to create the catchiest, heaviest most original hybrid of old school Death Metal, Grindcore, Punk and Thrash they could. The lyrical influence came from Neil's life-long obsession with late 70's/early 80's slasher films like The Burning, Friday The 13th, Maniac, My Bloody Valentine, Slumber Party Massacre and Sleepaway Camp. That same year the band wrote and recorded their first Slashterpiece appropriately titled Midnight Murder Mania. Midnight Murder Mania was released in the winter of 2003 with rave reviews from both magazines and fans. People noticed right away that these freaks didn't care about the current trends happening in heavy music and that they were all about writing ultra catchy, blood drenched metal. Death Metal, Grindcore and Punkers alike all dug the "Stalk And Thrash Grind" that Frightmare acheived on Midnight Murder Mania. It was a breath of fresh air in the stagnant underground metal scene. It was a reminder of the days when Slayer thrashed, Terrorizer grinded like no other and Impetigo were the kings of gore.

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Posted: 23.05.2015 by J. N.

Bands
Author & Punisher

Iconoclastic in the truest sense of the word, Tristan Shone inverts the tenets of doom metal completely, relying on cold steel and soulless machinery to sonically replicate the despondency of life. Described most succinctly as "industrial doom", this one-man project utilizes primarily custom designed and fabricated machines and speakers. From Shone's background and current position as a mechanical engineer, his designs and devices draw heavily on aspects of industrial automation and robotics with also a focus upon the eroticism of interaction with machine. The machines are designed to require significant force from the performer, aligning he/she with the plodding doom-influenced sounds that are created.

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Posted: 21.05.2015 by J. N.

Bands
The Infernal Sea

Formed in early 2010, The Infernal Sea's style is rooted in the traditional Black Metal sound. Not afraid to experiment and push the boundaries, The Infernal Sea bring an eclectic mix of influences to their sound. The Infernal Sea's sound and intense live performances have carved them into something unique and terrifying.

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Posted: 21.05.2015 by J. N.

Bands
Gruesome

Gruesome is a respectful a celebration of the sound of the early Death records. The band was borne out of guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey and drummer Gus Rios' mutual involvement with the DEATH TO ALL tours (Harvey serving as frontman for the original nine-member mini-tour and Rios performing "Baptized In Blood" and working with DTA drummer Sean Reinert on the following US tour where Exhumed filled in as support on a few dates).

The pair stayed in touch and discussed their mutual love (obsession?) for the early half of Death's catalog. After discussing and discarding the idea of putting together another incarnation of DTA to focus exclusively on the first two albums, Harvey half-jokingly suggested writing their own songs in that vein. It wasn't long before the idea gained traction, and the "band" had five songs written. With Harvey writing in California, Rios recruited Possessed guitarist Daniel Gonzalez and Derkéta bassist Robin Mazen to record the material in Florida, while Harvey tracked his vocals on the west coast.

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Posted: 21.05.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Old Corpse Road

The band hail from the north-east of England, an area rich with ancient tales and rife with folklore. The line up consists of five members who have played together in various other projects over the last decade, most notably the dark metal band Nemain. We consider our individual identities to be unimportant, although those who ask shall be told. The members of the band are long time friends who form a part of the Nemain collective. On a personal level the band follow the entire metal scene passionately and regularly attend gigs and rock nights whilst indulging in fine ales and beverages.

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Posted: 21.05.2015 by J. N.

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