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

Bands
Crimson Shadows

"In the frozen reaches of Canada, where the mountains meet the sea; a band of young men locked in steadfast tenacity have assembled to live out their worldly dreams. The dawn of 2014 has seen Crimson Shadows borne to international praise and repute by their unwavering delivery of boundary-crushing and genre-defying modern death and power metal.

'Combining the fiercest elements of power and death metal with crushing guttural vocals, three-part vocal harmonies, seraphic guitar-work, formidable bass and miles of breakneck drumming; Crimson Shadows have unveiled a new breed of extreme metal both ironclad and spellbinding, leaving Crimson Shadows sights set for the stratosphere!'

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Posted: 17.08.2014 by Troy Killjoy

Bands
Embers

Embers, formed in 2004 from Oakland, CA has emerged on the fringes of the north-west cascadian Black Metal scene. They have shared the stage with bands such as High On Fire, Eyehategod, Ludicra, Nachtmystium, Wolves In The Throne Room, Withered, Book Of Black Earth and many more groundbreaking crust and metal acts.

As a serious project, Embers has been on two extensive European tours that spanned over 11 countries. They have also completed one national tour and five west coast tours.

Embers has been noted as one of a number of prominent San Francisco Bay Area metal acts to feature women. The fact that current and past members of the band are female is notable due to the historic lack of female representation in heavy metal music.

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Posted: 17.08.2014 by J. N.

Bands
Jupiter

n April 2013, a new heart-throbbing band is officially born! Versailles' amazing instrumentalists and band-mates, guitarists Hizaki and Teru, bassist Masashi and drummer Yuki discovered a talented singer Zin. Now they are all ready to play new music of Jupiter.

Zin's mysteriously beautiful voice just gives the unexpected chemistry to their already established gorgeous yet extremely intense heavy metal sound. Jupiter is one and only full of infinite potential of pomp-filled universe.

Their debut single Blessing Of The Future is to be released in the coming summer of 2013 on Universal Music LLC/Thunderball667. As one of the most technical leading visual-kei bands, Jupiter embarks internationally for the new horizon only they can take you to.

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Posted: 15.08.2014 by J. N.

Bands
Ancestors Revenge

Ancestors Revenge is more than a typical death metal band. It's a complex addition of styles and influences that leads to a diversified metal.

Passing through melancholic black metal riffs, through destructive and technical death metal, or memorable melodies, Ancestors Revenge will blow your ears!

Since the creation of the band in May 2008, AR has quickly climbed the ranks and has established a good reputation in the Quebec scene.

In July 2009, they released their first EP/Demo Heretical Halitosis and began a great series of shows with artists such as Nile, Dying Fetus, Shadows Fall, Loudblast, Anonymus and many other local and international bands...

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Posted: 13.08.2014 by psykometal

Bands
Nervosa

Nervosa is an all female thrash metal power trio from São Paulo, Brazil, formed by Fernanda Lira (Bass and Vocals), Prika Amaral (Guitars and Backing Vocals) and Pitchu Ferraz (Drums).

Even joining bands from different styles previously, such as death metal and crossover, all the band members see in Nervosa's songs the same passion: thrash metal. With strong influences coming from bands of the style's classic school, the girls seek to bring up what is best on heavy music.

Prika Amaral started the band in February 2010, but only in July 2011 Fernanda Lira took over the bass and lead vocals in Nervosa.

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Posted: 09.08.2014 by J. N.

Bands
Noctum

In the town of Uppsala, Sweden in the year 2009 a band called Séance was formed. Moving at breakneck speed the band formed in September, recorded a two-song demo after adding guitarist Per Wikström to the lineup in October, and by November had changed their name to Noctum. Within those three months, the band signed an LP deal with High-Roller Records, and a CD deal with Stormspell Records.

Noctum's debut album, The Séance, was released in September 2010 via High-Roller and in December by Stormspell. The band finally embarked on their first European tour in July of 2011, and followed that up with a new EP, The Fiddler.

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Posted: 09.08.2014 by J. N.

Bands
Anguish

The idea of Anguish came up in the winter of 2007-2008 when David and Jacob discussed their interest of Candlemass, Black Sabbath, and other heavy bands. Some time went on and they soon decided to start up a doom metal band. So they began to write some heavy doom metal riffs, which after a while became full-length songs. Martin joined the band first as bass player, but soon changed instruments with Jacob. Later, Robin joined the band as drummer and after maybe two months of rehearsal without vocals, the band found a singer called J. Dee.

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Posted: 09.08.2014 by Troy Killjoy

Bands
Sonic Reign

Sonic Reign is a German black metal band consisting of two members: Ben (vox, strings) and Sebastian (drums). The band hails a very cold and modern variant of Black Metal influenced by bands such as Satyricon, Emperor and Thorns. The band was initially formed in 1997 under the name of Megiddo, but began to use Sonic Reign in 1999.

Sonic Reign signed a deal with Metal Blade Records in December 2006. The first release in this collaboration is the re-release of the band's first full-length album Raw Dark Pure which was originally released by the band's own label Sovereignty Productions on the 21st of July 2006.

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Posted: 07.08.2014 by J. N.

Bands
Wolfmother

For those not familiar with the genesis of Wolfmother, a potted history is provided below.

Andrew Stockdale met Chris Ross at a party at his house through a mutual friend early in the new millennium. Upon Stockdale's observation of Chris' synth collection and general home studio setup, the two got together a week later for a jam. The music created was as far from what one might call "rock'n'roll" as you would expect - more a French disco jam with various people jamming in and out on instruments over a sampled beat. Not much happened for the next few months except for the original creation of "Woman".

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Posted: 04.08.2014 by Troy Killjoy

Bands
Sargeist

Sargeist was born during the summer of 1999 as a clandestine solo project of Shatraug. The project's first offering was captured at the Ruins of Cachtice entirely performed by Shatraug himself.

In the year 2000, Lord Volos, the ex-drummer of Blutrache, joined Shatraug and the first ritual was re-assembled. Both manifestations were released on Shatraug's label, Warmoon Records, in a limited edition of 111 copies.

In 2001 Sargeist was enforced with Gorsedd Marter and Makha Karn, both of them leaving shortly after. With this line-up the Tyranny Returns tape saw its creation at the Ruins of Cachtice again, emphasizing the brotherhood that had formed between Shatraug and Torog. In late 2001, Moribund Cult signed Sargeist to curse this world with their depression.

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Posted: 04.08.2014 by Troy Killjoy

Bands
Solbrud

The foundation of Solbrud began taking shape in mid-2009 as the three remnants of a short-lived thrash-punk band; brothers Troels and Tobias Hjorth and friend Adrian Utzon Dietz started rehearsing in Ungdomshuset Dortheavej (the new youth house) in the outskirts of Copenhagen, Denmark.

From the beginning the aim has been to forge melodic and evocative compositions in a raw, storm-like expression; a sound generally achieved by coupling unrelenting drumming with harmony and chord-based guitar riffs through an array of effects, creating an intense and atmospheric soundscape ― or in fewer words: Black metal.

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Posted: 03.08.2014 by J. N.

Bands
Tales Of Dark...

Tales Of Dark... is a death doom metal band from Novi Sad (Serbia), which has been active for four years already. In that time the band has recorded a demo CD, played many interesting concerts (some of which have been very important for the band's further career), had appearances on several national radio and TV shows, and did a number of interviews published in various magazines, fanzines and webzines - all with the purpose of introducing the band to a wide national audience.

The mentioned demo CD, bearing the title U Kori Tame, was recorded in early 2003 in Novi Sad and it is the first studio recording of the band. It was well received by the audience and the webzines and fanzines, as well as some radio stations promoting it. The CD contains 4 songs (3 in English and 1 in Serbian), the total running time of which is 27 minutes and it represents the first period of the band's creative efforts. This material was done when the lineup was somewhat different than it is now; consequently, the genre of music was somewhat different - namely, the demo contains quite a bit of gothic metal influences alongside doom and death metal riffs.

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Posted: 02.08.2014 by Troy Killjoy

Bands
Lustre

Since the fiery birth of its second wave in early '90s Scandinavia, black metal has sought to be a portal to the otherworld, the beyond - and often, beyond The Beyond. Divergent strains have certainly cropped up since, but Sweden's Lustre has long explored the hinterlands of the black metal imagination and consistently with breathtaking results. A lone dreamer, mainman Nachtzeit solidified his unique muse with his very first release, the Serenity EP in 2008, and never looked back once... only beyond.

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Posted: 02.08.2014 by Troy Killjoy

Bands
Wo Fat

You can wade through as many press quotes about "Texas-sized" as you want or see how many top-whatever lists Wo Fat have made since the Dallas trio got started in 2003, but none of that is going to be the same as staring down their swampadelic fuzz groove for yourself. If you want to know the monster, shake its hand.

In 2014, Wo Fat will release The Conjuring, their fifth full-length and second through Small Stone Recordings. Like their last two, 2012's The Black Code and 2011's Noche Del Chupacabra, it's a heavy-riff/heavy-jam blast of a time - the kind of record that turns the vaguely interested into converts and that makes the corners on squares look even sharper. Guitarist/vocalist Kent Stump, bassist Tim Wilson and drummer/backing vocalist Michael Walter are jazz-combo tight and their roll is easy and natural, like you remember Fu Manchu being, but bigger-sounding and in the case of The Conjuriing, darker as well.

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Posted: 01.08.2014 by J. N.

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