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.

Bands
Soulfractured

Founded by guitarist Jimmy Pappas, vocalist/keyboardist Josh Pincus, drummer Hal Aponte and bassist Arron DiCesare, Ice Age released their debut album in 1999, titled The Great Divide. Liberation followed in 2001, both on Magna Carta Records.

Ice Age are influenced by pop/progressive bands such as Yes, Kansas and Rush, but also by more modern progressive metal bands like Queensrÿche and Dream Theater.

In 2006, the band officially changed their name to Soulfractured. This was accompanied by an announced shift in the band's music - less overt progressive experimentation, with closer attention paid to melodic structure and songcraft. In this incarnation the band released the Soulfractured EP, made available through the band's websites. They had previously released the Little Bird EP as Ice Age. Shortly after the second EP's release, the group disbanded.

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Posted: 31.07.2014 by J. N.

Bands
Monolord

Formed in 2013, this band is made up of Swedish rockers Thomas Jäger, Esben Willems, and Mika Häkki. Both Jäger and Willems were in the Swedish boogie rock band Marulk and started Monolord as a side project as a way to play some more heavier tunes. They quickly added Häkki (The Don Darlings, ex-Rotten Sound) and realized that they had something very special between the 3 of them. Monolord became very real very quickly and recording commenced in early 2013. Thomas Jäger had not sung in a band before this one, but you would never know it by the sound of it. Having met with EasyRider Records head hauncho Daniel Hall over Instagram in May of 2013 when the record was ready to listen to, EasyRider picked up the band immediately after hearing the finished album.

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Posted: 29.07.2014 by Troy Killjoy

Bands
Anthriel

Anthriel is a progressive metal band from Finland. Anthriel's music can be described as sort of a neo-classical band with metal and progressive influences. Still it's Anthriel so it's hard to categorize the music to represent only one genre. Anthriel's music is Timo Niemisto's handwriting from many parts. Timo has usually the basic ideas and song structures in mind to which other band members contribute with their own ideas, arrangements and opinions. Thats what makes Anthriel. The band was formed in 2004 by Timo Niemisto, Antti Hakulinen and Jari Kuokkanen. Anthriel continued seeking balance when Simo Silvan, the new lead singer, joined the group in the end of 2008.

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Posted: 26.07.2014 by Troy Killjoy

Bands
Dodecahedron

Dodecahedron, initially formed as Order Of The Source Below, is a black metal band from The Netherlands, creating an atmospheric and aggressive technical threat to the genreʼs standard. New perspectives and old visionaries joined forces to exploit the black metal landscape, squeezing it dry and transforming it into a sonic horror storm. Taking the genre to a different darkness and technical level, Dodecahedron is ready to conquer all that is above and below.

The band released their self-titled debut on January 20, 2012 via Season of Mist.

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Posted: 26.07.2014 by Troy Killjoy

Bands
Blood Of Kingu

Blood Of Kingu was forged in 2005 by Ukrainian black metal legend Roman Sayenko (Hate Forest, Drudkh, Dark Ages), Thurios (Astrofaes, Drudkh, Hate Forest), Krechet (Drudkh, Astrofaes) and Yuri (Drudkh, Lutomysli). The debut album - entitled De Occulta Philosophia - was recorded in the summer of 2007. It represents intensive, fast, and grim black metal with ritualistic melodies and real shamanistic, freezing voices. The main idea behind Blood Of Kingu is black metal inspired by and paying homage to Sumerian, ancient Egyptian, ancient Tibetan and Indo-Aryan mythology, demonology and astronomy.

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Posted: 26.07.2014 by Troy Killjoy

Bands
Fifth Angel

Back in the glory days of traditional metal in the 1980s, with the likes of Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Ronnie James Dio, Led Zeppelin, and many others as an influence, Ed Archer, Ted Pilot and James Byrd had a vision. This vision was to blend their various musical influences and backgrounds together to form a new version of traditional metal. Thus, the inception of the band Fifth Angel. Ken Mary was brought on board on drums, and would later move on to much success playing in bands such as House Of Lords, Bad Moon Rising, and Alice Cooper, to name but a few.

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Posted: 26.07.2014 by Troy Killjoy

Bands
Scythian

Scythian formed in 2004 - a reaction to the insufferable music of their times. Sworn against the exaltation of "worship-bands" and copy-artists, they took up arms to obliterate the criminal sounds of the UK metal scene - and stamp them into the earth.

Battling with self-contradiction, the band combined its early musical influences to establish an identity that would set them apart from the herd. Though it reeked of Bathory, Sodom and Morbid Angel, the result was one of primitive individualism: Suffering to the Conquered a six-track demo in 2007 would earn the band rave reviews and a series of gig appearances which would take them from London to Crimea, Ukraine - the birthplace of their namesake.

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Posted: 25.07.2014 by Troy Killjoy

Bands
SinHeresY

SinHeresY rose officially in May 2009 in Trieste when the bassist Davide Sportiello met the guitarist Lorenzo Pasutto and the Friulian singer Cecilia Petrini. In the following months, the drummer Alex Vescovi and the vocalist Stefano Sain joined the band. With this line-up, SinHeresY started in May 2010 their live activity in Friuli and in the near-by Slovenia and in September the band realized a home-made demo containing two original songs with power metal influences on the wake of Nightwish, Edenbridge, and After Forever.

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Posted: 25.07.2014 by D.T. Metal

Bands
Narrow House

The first name of the band was Funestum, and it was started in Kiev in 2008, being the first band to introduce atmospheric funeral doom in Ukraine. Under this name the band took part in a number of shows sharing stage with Cemetery Of Scream, Inferno, and Apostate, and releasing an EP called The Gates Of Eon, which is available online.

In 2009 the band changed its name to Narrow House, continuing its funeral doom legacy and taking part in multiple Ukrainian doom fests, playing with Skepticism, Mournful Gust, Stoned Jesus, and Mozergush. All live performances by Narrow House were supported with psychological visuals and ambient music, which merges all songs into one solid and depressive structure. The original lineup of Narrow House was:

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Posted: 25.07.2014 by Troy Killjoy

Bands
Cock And Ball Torture

Cock And Ball Torture was founded back in early 1997 by those three lads who still keep the wheel turning after more than 15 years in existence. Shortly after the foundation the band already recorded the first songs which were a teaser of what was to come the following years: CBT became one of the forerunners of goregrind. Influenced in the beginning by bands like GUT, Hemdale, and others, the band soon developed their very unique style of groovy grind.

After great response in the worldwide underground scene from day one, the band made several EPs and split releases before releasing the first full-length. Opus(sy)VI. In support of the album CBT played several shows in their home country as well as the first European gigs in the Netherlands, Czech Republic, France and Great Britain, culminating in an appearance on the infamous Ohio Death Fest in the USA.

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Posted: 25.07.2014 by Troy Killjoy

Bands
Entombed A.D.

Read the bio before the split since in 2014 Entombed has split into two separate bands. Furthermore, frontman LG Petrov will only perform with Entombed A.D. and not take part of any upcoming shows announced under the other band name.

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Posted: 23.07.2014 by D.T. Metal

Bands
Taatsi

The members have been involved in the BM-scene making and publishing music and zines since the mid-nineties, and it is indeed the feelings surrounding the musical agenda of the mid-nineties Taatsi wants to convey today.

The lyrics and overall theme of the band deal with the majesty of nature as well as Scandinavian folklore and fairy tales, with a deeper psychological twist. The relationship of man with the woods.

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Posted: 03.07.2014 by J. N.

Bands
Skraeckoedlan

Skraeckoedlan is a fuzz rock quartet from Norrköping, Sweden. The band name reflects on the sound; heavy and groovy rock'n'roll with touches of doom, sludge and pop. The influences span over a wide variety of bands such as Kyuss, Weezer, The Sword, Melvins, Mastodon and Dozer, but also mysticism and cryptozoology inspire the song writing. With powerful lyrics all in Swedish, long riffs with multi layered melodies and strong choruses, the band started their voyage in 2009.

During the fall of 2009 Skraeckoedlan recorded a five track demo to be called Flykten Från Tellus (Eng. The Escape From Earth). When it was released, critics from all over the world rated it high and even P3 Rock - the largest radio metal show in Sweden - played a few songs from the EP. Later the same year, a second digital EP was released with the title Världarnas Fall (Eng. Fall Of The Worlds) that was a spin-off on the first demo.

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Posted: 01.07.2014 by J. N.

Bands
Kalidia

In September 2010, Kalidia was born by an idea of Nicoletta, Federico, Alessandro and Nicola. In April 2012, Roberto (bass) joins the band.

At the end of April 2012, Kalidia started to record its first 4 tracks at Eden Studios (PL) with Alessio Lucatti (Etherna, Vision Divine); the EP Dance Of The Four Winds was released in Novembre 2012 and recieved very good reviews from all over the world.

In 2012/13 Kalidia shared the stage with famous musicians as Vision Divine, DGM, Timo Tolkki, Etherna, Fabio Lione and Saints Or Sinners.

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Posted: 01.07.2014 by J. N.

Bands
Siaskel

Siaskel was born in 2003, starting as a project between K'hmal Jauke on bass and Sinn Hayek on drums. After 2 years of a changing line-up, the band recruited Ma'hai Jippen, who became an essential member of Siaskel. Years passed and different members as well, giving birth to a demo released on the year 2010. Second guitarist, Oblimink, was added on the line up in 2008 and the present vocalist, Gorrge, was recruited in the year 2011.

On this complete and final line-up, a full-length album was recorded between the years 2010/2011. After different logistic problems, the band decides to self-release the first album. Jatenentolpen Thejin finally saw the light on March 21, 2014.

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Posted: 01.07.2014 by J. N.

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