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.

Bands
Hjel

Started in 2013 from the ashes of a two-man project, songwriter Max took his self-written songs with him to form Hjel. As instruments were already recorded with only vocals missing, Munin was hired to complete the tracks that made up the first EP, Gedanken aus dem Grab. It was released both digitally and on CD by Senseless Life Records in the same year.

In 2015 the recording of the first full-length took place, this time with Max on vocals. The album is set to be released in 2016, while a first song "Ruinen" saw the light of day as a Single already in January.

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Posted: 29.01.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Graves At Sea

Graves at Sea was formed in 2002 by friends Nick Phit and Nathan Misterek, with then members Roger Williams & Steve Klatz (RIP). After self-releasing the demo titled Documents of Grief, they toured extensively and were quickly noticed by Greg Anderson of Southern Lord/Sunn, who released their 7" Cirrohosis/Atavist Arise in 2004. Later in 2005 the band released a split with friends Asunder on Life is Abuse (cd) and 20 Buck Spin (vinyl).

In 2007 Graves at Sea went through a line up change when Nathan moved to Oakland and Nick moved to Portland, OR. After playing two final shows with Chiyo Nukaga (Noothgrush) on drums and Miguel Veliz (ex-Sourvein, The Roller) on bass, the band broke up in 2008.

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Posted: 29.01.2016 by J. N.

Bands
Skuggsjá

When renowned musicians such as Enslaved guitarist/composer Ivar Bjørnson and Einar Selvik - the mastermind behind Wardruna, which gained attention far beyond the world of music for their contributions to the score of the acclaimed Vikings TV-series - join forces, the outcome is far too easily dismissed in advance as a "super project".

Yet with Skuggsjá the two Norwegians have clearly not only successfully combined their musical handwriting, but the sum of the duo's craft is more than its already outstanding parts. Both are adding sonic expressions to the other's sound that are enhancing their excellent songwriting into something new. Harsh metal guitars seem to effortlessly connect with ancient instruments and the emerging intricate patterns are reminiscent of the intertwined, whirling and deeply fascinating Viking age animal styles translated into songs. The result is a richly evocative sonic tapestry for the mind to wander on and create images of a long gone past without any misplaced nostalgia.

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Posted: 29.01.2016 by J. N.

Bands
The Devil's Blood

The myriad of influences, both artistically and spiritually, that creates the overall aesthetic of The Devil's Blood takes the listener into a labyrinth of wondrous amazement and dark realization. Using the tradition of rock n roll music as being a mouthpiece for the influence of The Devil to evoke a powerful, sensual and energetic mixture of Musical Theatre and Ritual Practise.

Using the power of their written material, which traditionally holds common ground with, for example, 70s hard rock and 60s psychedelia among many others, as a steppingstone from which the band moves into complex improvisational drifts that drive, clash, shake and force their way into the subconscious of the listeners while at the same time opening up their senses with the use of fire, blood, incense and other ritualistic ingredients.

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Posted: 28.01.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Kaine

Kaine is a leading force in the British Metal Revival formed in 2009 by Rage Sadler (rhythm guitars & vocals). The band is a NWOBHM inspired 4 piece which offers a tri-guitar attack.

Kaine have played close to 200 shows and has supported some of the best known acts past and present such as NWOBHM legends Praying Mantis, Dennis Stratton (Iron Maiden), Deep Machine and American Thrash legends Mordred as well as current acts such as Savage Messiah, Absolva (ex-Fury UK) and ZP Theart's I-AM-I (ex-Dragonforce).

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Posted: 28.01.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Sunburst

SUNBURST was formed in 2010 by Gus Drax (Biomechanical, Paradox, Black Fate, Suicidal Angels), Vasilis Georgiou (Innosense, Black Fate) and Kostas Milonas (New Day Slave, Foray Between Ocean, Paradox, Outloud).

Inspired by bands like Dream Theater, Nevermore, Conception and Symphony X, Sunburst started to write songs and play shows. Until now they have played European festivals like PPM, Moonlight Metalfest and R-mine Metalfest, supporting and sharing the stage with bands like Symphony X, Saxon, Fates Warning, Amorphis, Vanden Plas, Therion and others. Early 2014 Nick Grey joined the band as their permanent bass player.

The debut album "Fragments of Creation" was mixed and mastered by the up and coming producer Panagiotis Katsaounis (P.K Productions) and the result is very impressive. The album consist of ten songs full of 7 string crushing riffs, melodic hooks and heartbreaking vocals mixed up with technical instrumental parts and guitar solos. The album will be released on February 26th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings and in Japan through Bickee Music.

Guests on the album includes John K , Bob Katsionis , Mina Giannopoulou and Astrous .

The sound of Sunburst can be described as Dream Theater meets Nevermore and Conception and with "Fragments of Creation" they show that they are a force to be reckoned with! Sunburst are currently preparing for more touring, so keep your eyes open.

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Posted: 27.01.2016 by Demonic Tutor

Bands
Woman Is The Earth

Woman Is The Earth consists of three members, Jon Martin (drums, vocal chants), Andy Martin (guitars, bass effects) and Jarrod Hattervig (guitars, vocals). The project, based out of the Black Hills of South Dakota, was started in 2007.

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Posted: 26.01.2016 by J. N.

Bands
Grimner

Sweden's six-headed hird Grimner incorporate folk instruments such as flutes, Swedish bagpipes and the mandola into their own melodic, yet aggressive brand of metal. With lyrics that honour the norse gods and fallen warriors of old, they have taken enthusiasts of both metal and folk music by storm. With some songs dark and brooding; others fast, jovial and folkish, Grimner will never fail to entertain.

In 2008, Grimner was conceived in the Swedish town Motala by lead guitarist and vocalist Ted Sjulmark together with the drummer Henry Persson. With the line-up changing throughout the years, the six housecarls you now see is Grimner. The first demo "A Call For Battle" (2010) was sung explicitly in English but was soon to be replaced by their native tongue Swedish. With the EPs "Färd" (2010) and "De Kom Från Norr" (2015) together with their debut album "Blodshymner" (2014) under their belt, Grimner has so far conquered the lands of Germany, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, and Sweden. In addition to playing at German folk metal festivals, Grimner was the supporting act to the legendary Korpiklaani during their shows in Sweden in 2015.

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Posted: 26.01.2016 by J. N.

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