Bands
Magister Templi

Magister Templi first saw the light of day in a pub in Oslo 2008 when singer Abraxas d'Ruckus and bass player Baphomet decided it was about damn time to make some songs together, based on a no rules concept. It started as a strange, slightly folky hard rock group with violin (and no guitars). The lyrics took a more esoteric turn, drawing heavily on imagery from alchemy and ritual magic and a heavier sound and guitars were introduced.

After a few lineup changes and the recording of a demo Lucifer/Restoration, guitarist Patriark and drummer Grimmdun from the black metal band Svarttjern joined, which pushed Magister Templi further in the direction of old school heavy metal and doom. Baphomet took over the second guitar and Akoman joined the band on bass which culminated in the EP Iao Sabao!.

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Posted: 01.02.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Karyn Crisis' Gospel Of The Witches

KARYN CRISIS is a name worthy of more praise and attention. While select circles of people know and appreciate her prior vocals with the critically-acclaimed Crisis from 1993-2006 many are still naive to her influence and impact. This demure girl raged harder than many men slugging it out with impactful live performances at hardcore and metal shows screaming oftentimes like a demon, others singing like an angel. She led the way and has become an influence for female-fronted extreme bands. And then she disappeared… until now.

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Posted: 01.02.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Mayze

Mayze was founded in late 2012 by guitarist and composer Marcel Schiborr and drummer Matt Bauer. It has been completed by singer Maike Flüshöh, keyboardist Arne Timm and bass player Daniel Bauer.

The band has published their longplayer The Land Of Lucid Feathers (Woodhouse Studio with producer Siggi Bemm) and will now present their audiovisual live show.

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Posted: 01.02.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Dirty Shirt

In the middle of the '90s, former members of a rock project (Eclipse) decided to form a new band, called Dirty Shirt. The first demo was released in '96, entitled Alone. Even if the main influences are from alternative and progressive metal, the band adds originality and its personal touch, including very heterogeneous elements.

For the following three years the band performs at several concerts and festivals in Romania, often winning important awards. It is in 1999 that Dirty Shirt receives the first award at Top T Buzau Festival, which consists of a studio record. Furthermore, in 2000, the band released its first album, Very Dirty (Promusic Productions) and performed in a series of concerts and were invited to several national festivals. A new demo was released in 2001, entitled Contradictie.

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Posted: 01.02.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Shattered Skies

Shattered Skies came together after the disbandment of a previous band, Distributor, that Ian (guitars/keyboards), Ross (drums) and James (bass) were in for a few years. The band dissolved in late 2010 and Shattered Skies was born in the beginning of 2011 as the three musicians decided to move forward with new music.

The band found a vocalist in Sean who auditioned for the band in January 2011 and landed the part.

Ian had written some songs originally for the now defunct Distributor most of which were put on the band's first EP, Reanimation. The EP was released in May 2011.

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Posted: 01.02.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Malrun

Malrun is a melodic hardrock band from Denmark, walking the fine line between heavy guitar riffs and melodic harmonies. The band exercises everything from melancholic ballads to up-tempo metallic hard rock.

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Posted: 01.02.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Marriages

The Los Angeles-based trio first began in 2011 as a collaborative effort between former Red Sparowes members Emma Ruth Rundle (guitar, vocals) and Greg Burns (bass, keyboards). Showcasing Rundle's exceptional playing more vividly than the dense architecture of the Sparowes could allow, Marriages' departure from purely instrumental rock, too, helped bring her to the forefront, revealing a voice equally fragile and ferocious. Enlisting Sparowes drummer Dave Clifford, they recorded Kitsune, released on Sargent House in 2012. Subsequent touring with Russian Circles, Deafheaven and others honed their vision while introducing the band to a broad cross-section of heavy music fans. Full time drummer Andrew Clinco completed the equation in late 2012, the final component in Marriages' frequently epic postpunk-by-way-of-stoner-rock sound. While the group busied themselves writing the songs that would become Salome, Rundle issued solo album Some Heavy Ocean in early 2014, earning praise from the likes of Pitchfork, NPR, etc. Promoting that record found her touring the US as direct support to King Buzzo of the Melvins, immediately after which Marriages set out on tour once more, this time with the legendary Boris.

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Posted: 01.02.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Unholy Sermon

Unholy sermon was originally formed in 2006. The band starts rehearsing their own material, first ever Unholy sermon song written is Bleed for the gods of war. The Band Started to work on More originals. Anthony Composes the second song which is called Crown of Lucifer. Unholy Sermon found there path and started working on originals.

2006 Dec Unholy Sermon plays there first ever gig at Bmich western gardens. We went through personal, emotional holocaust," says singer Unholy Sermon "Not just as a band, but individually too. Looking around at some of the things people in this band went through, both personally and professionally, I can say it was a tough.hopefuly our album will be out in end of 2007.

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Posted: 31.01.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Black Shape Of Nexus

"Nexus", the centre of something, or a connection, as any dictionary will tell you. Appropriately for BLACK SHAPE OF NEXUS as the suffocating heaviness of their music functions either way - they can be the centre of your worst nightmares or the connection to all those dark places where you don't ever want to go. Or both. Pummelling you with painfully slow doom and finishing you off with acrid, harsh drones, B·SON give down-tempo a whole new meaning.

Their discography so far also shows a band not afraid to step outside the established norms, following the staggering doom of the self-titled 2007 debut with a limitededition drone album, the immensely scary "Microbarome Meetings".

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Posted: 31.01.2016 by J. N.

Bands
Self-Inflicted Violence

The 60s to the 80s was a time of great expression in sound and S.I.V today is that journey to the unknown. Our musical establishment came from these roots which became a mix of modern mediocre. As we see today in 21st century, popular music has ruined freedom. The corporate machine demands you to follow that order. As an indeterminable individual, I stand proud amongst great composers of change on the Earth. This rock is so contempt to help us live, instead we are so willing to destroy ourselves for self pleasure. This is the meaning of S.I.V.

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Posted: 31.01.2016 by J. N.

Bands
Pictures Of Pain

Pictures of Pain is a melodic metal band from the west coast of Norway. The band has a great spectre in their musicstyle, from slow to hard and aggressive sound. The vocals switch a lot between clean, screaming and growling parts.

The band was formed by Frode Gundersen (drums) and Hans Helge Iversen (vocals) back in 2004. Later on, Roy Ostrem (bass), Rune Fredriksen (guitar, also active in Thundra) and Arne Marton Tangjerd (guitar, also active in Evig Natt) completed the band.

18-20 November 2005, Pictures of Pain recorded their first demo "Pictures of Pain" at Black Dimension Studio. The recording and mixing was taken care of by Stein R. Sund (Ex Einherjer, Throne of Katarsis; now active in Thundra & Evig Natt). The band entered the same studio autumn 2006 to record the band's second demo "From the Ashes". One of the songs from this demo was selected to be included on Karmoygeddon Matalfestival's compilation-cd, "Metal from Haugaland", released Nov 2006.

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Posted: 30.01.2016 by J. N.

Bands
Rorcal

RORCAL saw the light in Geneva (Switzerland) in 2006. After four efforts released between 2007 and 2008 - namely "The Way We Are, The Way We Were, The Way We Will Be", "Ascension", "Monochrome" and "Myrra, Mordvynn, Marayaa" - and more than 100 shows played all over Europe, 2010 is marked by the band's fifth block of furious chaos: "Heliogabalus". Highly acclaimed by the public and the critics, this record marks a radical change in the band's music. Obsessively dark and heavy, this 70 minutes monolithic piece sees the five-piece sink even deeper into the abysses of sound.

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Posted: 30.01.2016 by J. N.

Bands
Cetacean

Drawing from various traditions of progressive and extreme metal music, Cetacean's debut EP Breach | Submerge morphs deftly from one mood to the next. Waves of cascading clean guitars and saxophone yield to crushing death marches and lush, blackened blasts. Haunted vocal harmonies and anguished screams meld with intricate chord melodies in a glorious ode to life and death in the cosmic chaos.

Conceived from the mind and influences of L.A. native David Sais, Cetacean was realized in 2015 with a complete line-up that includes Daniel Pouliot (Ancestors, Horse The Band), Trae Malone (ex-Black Sheep Wall), Swansong (Exhausted Prayer), Benigno Esaú, and Stephen Charouhas.

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Posted: 30.01.2016 by J. N.

Bands
Sourvein

Sourvein is a sludge/doom metal band that formed in Cape Fear, North Carolina during the year 1993. The band has released three full-length albums and three EP's and various 7" splits.

As of December, 2012, they were finishing up writing a new full-length album to follow-up Black Fangs.

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Posted: 30.01.2016 by J. N.

Bands
Stormhold

Since the start in 2008, the members in the Swedish band Stormhold had high ambitions.

Before 2015 they bring two demo's, a brutal music video with the self-titled song Stormhold and they shared the scene with great Swedish bands like Electric Boys, Hammerfall, Raubtier, Crash Diet and Bullet. Another video was released in October 2014. This time it was a new song, Fear Your Death, they choose to make a video off and it is brutal.

Stormhold's heavy power metal, with both a touch of Swedish folk music and the classic hard rock we all listen to and enjoyed during the 80's, is strong, energizing and joyful. Stormhold's presence on stage and contact with the audience is high, which makes them a highly appreciated live band.

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Posted: 30.01.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Eight Bells

Eight Bells was formed in 2010 by Melynda Jackson and is a songwriting collaboration with bassist Haley Westeiner and drummer Chris VanHuffel. Based in Portland, Oregon, Eight Bells explores dark sonic realms with a blackened dissonance combining anguished screams with ethereal, haunting female vocals. Debut album, The Captain's Daughter, was recorded by Billy Anderson and released in 2013 by Seventh Rule and on vinyl by The Flenser. In support of the album's release, Eight Bells toured in support of Agalloch and Subrosa, appeared on the Fall Into Darkness festival and also performed at Project Pabst and Crucial Fest.

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Posted: 30.01.2016 by J. N.

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