Bands
Kamijo

Kamijo is a Japanese singer-songwriter, musician, and music producer. He is best known as lead singer of the visual kei bands Lareine and Versailles.

He has also been the head of two independent record labels; the first being Applause Records (formed in 2000), and currently Sherow Artist Society since 2006.

His music covers many genres, Lareine having mainly a pop rock style, and Versailles a clear symphonic metal and power metal sound. He has an extensive discography with Lareine, New Sodmy and Versailles, consisting of 15 albums, and a large amount of EPs and singles.

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Posted: 01.05.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Bonfire

Bonfire has a unique history to them as currently there are two bands who have held the name. The original group started out as Cacumen, became Bonfire and currently performing as Charade. The second group began as Lessmann/Ziller and then purchased the rights to the Bonfire name, which they have used ever since.

In 1972, in the West German town of Ingolstadt a teenaged guitarist, Hans Ziller, put together a rock band called Cacumen with his brother Karl, whom also played guitar, then gathered a bunch of friends to complete the band. The name of the group was from a school test Hans had taken and it translates from Latin meaning "the top of a mountain". For the next six years, the band played at local small venues, but had a fan base in their hometown. In 1978, the group consisted of Hans and Karl on guitars, Horst Maier on guitar (in 1983, Horst's last name would become Maier-Thorn), Hans Hauptmann on bass and Hans Forstner on drums. When the band was seeking a replacement singer at that time, Claus Lessmann, a fellow student of Hans', was hired.

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Posted: 01.05.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Burning Point

Burning Point was founded in the Fall of 1999 in Oulu, Finland. After the recordings of only one promotional CD, the band managed to get a record deal with a well-known German based metal label, Limb Music (LMP), who released the albums Salvation By Fire (2001) and Feeding The Flames (2003).

Despite massive legal problems which ended up in fights through lawyers and the loss of their record deal, the band managed to get live slots on some big festivals such as Tuska Metal Festival and Sweden Rock. In 2004 the band took a new, fifth member to the band. Jussi Ontero was chosen to take over the keyboards and the the band went straight to the studio to record the single "To Hell And Back" which was released only in Finland and Sweden by Poison Arrow Records. Between the late 2004 and early 2006, two members of the original line-up went their own ways. Jukka (guitars) continued his own band NNS and Jöpe (bass) joined Catamenia. In 2005 Burning Point recorded another promotional CD. It was brought to the attention of Metal Heaven in Germany and they offered the band a record deal. Spring 2006 the remaining members, Pete, Jussi & Jari started to record the new album. In the middle of the sessions they asked one of their long-time friends, Pekka Kolivuori to step in and fill the 2nd guitarists place. The line-up was completed by the new bassist, Jukka Jokikokko (who also did the engineering of the album in the HelGate studios) at the end of 2006.

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Posted: 01.05.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Område

Område is an avant-gardist band of music in the confluences of the trip hop and the ambient electronica and metal, to explore later the postindustrial music, in the confluence of the post-rock. The band has a very rich artistic and surrealist sensibility what gives its recognizable feeling.

Område 's music can be describe as being "classical post ambient nocturnal atmospheric neo-electro-progressive industrial metal world rock". Each tracks are a travel between light and melancholy, listener are taken in different sensation, different experience mix of black metal sadness and electro or orchestral light.

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Posted: 28.04.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
Elderoth

Founded in 2007, Elderoth is a metal band based in one of the most active metal scenes in Canada, Montreal, QC. Taking their music and efforts to creative new heights, Elderoth is gearing up for their sophomore release Mystic this coming April 2015 to follow their 2012 self titled debut album.

Engineering a unique style of metal music with oriental instruments from East Asia, Elderoth intertwine modern North American and European styles in a must-hear album with each track flowing across to the next to create a dynamic taste for fans. Featuring intense guitar licks, complex keyboard arrangements and powerful rhythms, Elderoth delivers a challenging sound that is catching the attention of metal aficionados, guitarists and professional musicians around the world for its pinnacle of musicianship, composition and technical ingenuity.

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Posted: 26.04.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
Gillan

n July 1978 Ian Gillan had become dissatisfied with the jazz fusion style of his band called the Ian Gillan Band and dissolved it, retaining only keyboard player Colin Towns, and formed a new band entitled Gillan. He added Steve Byrd on guitar, Liam Genockey on drums and John McCoy on bass, and initially pursued a progressive rock direction, releasing their eponymous debut in September 1978, although they could only get a record deal in Japan, Australia and New Zealand. This recording has subsequently become more widely available as The Japanese Album as a CD re-issue by RPM Records in 1994. However, the RPM CD issue replaces the original opening instrumental Second Sight with another instrumental, Street Theater. Genocky was unable to commit to the band beyond the recording of the album and the band's live debut at the Reading Festival in 1978. He was replaced for the subsequent tour by Pete Barnacle.

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Posted: 25.04.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Lucifer

Restless creative spirits never sleep and class is eternal. Thus, the timely and welcome return of Johanna Sadonis is only to be expected. Despite the sudden and distinctly premature disintegration of her previous band The Oath in 2014, Johanna's passion for making music that touches the darkest recesses of the soul has blazed on. The result is Lucifer - a new manifestation of the Berlin-based singer and songwriter's extraordinary and potent musical vision.

Although still firmly rooted in the fertile soil first cultivated by Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Blue Öyster Cult, Lucifer exist in a proudly liberated and limitless sonic realm, where the heaviest blues rock is a mere starting point for the band's skyward creative trajectory. Lucifer's instinctive take on the very soul of early heavy metal is the electrified essence of rock'n'roll at its nascent purest. This is Magic Rock - heavy, heartfelt and holistic.

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Posted: 25.04.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Warbeast Remains

Warbeast Remains is a band founded in 2008 with the intent of creating old-school death metal. But as time went by, more and more styles got involved in the expanding mix of genres. Warbeast Remains is not a band that likes to stick to one thing and then keep on with making the same stuff over and over again. Though you don't have to expect an experimental jazz album either.

History

Although we haven't been around for ages, there's a lot we can tell here. We'll start at the beginning.

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Posted: 23.04.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Well Of Souls

Epic Doom Metal band Well Of Souls was formed in December of 1997 by vocalist John Calvin. The band began by following their mentors Solitude Aeturnus, Candlemass, and Black Sabbath among others but quickly developed their own style of classic metal mixed with European metal and doom metal. After a number of line-up changes and a decision to become more serious with the project, all the rough songs were scrapped and the band spent the next eight months writing and recording their original five-song demo CD released in 2000, the now out-of-print and sought after "Black Reign" Demo. The EP contains different versions of what would appear on the debut full length CD as well as unreleased songs.

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Posted: 20.04.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Elyose

French songwriters Justine Daaé (classical vocalist) and Ghislain Henry (bass player) meet in early 2009 in Paris, France. They start working together on the writing of 6-track-EP, released at the end of the summer. Joined by a drummer and a guitarist, they create a metal band with a modern sound based on a mix of electronic, techno, dance, indus, trance and classical, to bring a defiantly fresh take on gothic-symphonic metal.

EP gets instant acclaim from reviewers and music fans around the world. After receiving radio airplay and a big amount of media attention, the band, while still very young, is invited to play and share prestigious stages in Paris such as " La Boule Noire " or " La Scène Bastille ". Elyose shows strongly draw attention and develop a solid core of loyal and passionate fans.

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Posted: 18.04.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Dark Illusion

Back in '82 a bunch of school mates in a southern suburb of Stockholm started the band Dark Illusion, playing at local venues around the area where they lived. The guys struggled on for some years, had lots of ambitions and youthful energy but in the end, despite all their efforts they failed to make a lasting impact on anyone.

In '85 they definitely called it a day and then the saga was over temporarily. The Guys went on to live their separate lives with their daytime jobs and their families. Some continued in the music scene starting a cover band. The years went on and nothing happened, although main songwriter and guitarist Tomas Hultqvist never quit writing new songs.

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Posted: 15.04.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Svarttjern

Svarttjern was formed by HansFyrste and HaaN as a two man project in 2003. The two brothers decided to bring more musicians to the band to be able to start doing some live shows, and to bring the band to new levels. Later that same year Skabb, Grimmdun and Fjellnord were taken in to the band, and Svarttjern started to work towards their first demo recordings. Over the next years two demos were recorded, Blasphemic War and Raped By Svarttjern, but Svarttjern were still working towards their own sound, so not much time were given to the demos after the recordings. 2007, Svarttjern parted ways with Skabb, and Terror came in on the bass, bringing fresh blood to the band. The band was now ready to record a three track demo, to finally show the sound they had been working on for so many years. Demo 07 was only sent out to labels, and only printed in very few numbers for sale. Svarttjern signed with Schwarzdorn Production and were ready to record their first full-length album Misanthropic Path Of Madness. The debut album was released on the 13th day of February 2009. The Misanthropic album reached great feeback and reviews. In 2009 Svarttjern signed with Agonia Records.

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Posted: 15.04.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Darkened Souls

Jani and Eke met each other in a pub, and then many times after that in 2006. Each time they met, they talked about how much they would like to form a band. One day they decided to put their plan into action and for almost 1.5 years they played as a duo.

After August 2007, Sauli joined the band. Rehearsing didn't happen often, but when we had been confirmed to play at Dokata Uprising (Private party) 22.3.2008, rehearsing became more professional. Two weeks before the Dokata Uprising gig, Jani asked Joanna (his younger sister) to join the band as a keyboard player. Joanna accepted and became the fourth member of the band.

Our fifth member, Vesku joined just 3 weeks before our second gig at the BlackOut Pub in Mikkeli on 1.11.2008. Soon after the BlackOut Pub gig, Joanna left Darkened Souls. She lives quite far away from Mikkeli and getting to the rehearsals was often quite difficult.

It was the end of phase one. Darkened Souls started to search for new keyboard player immediately after Joanna left, but it seemed to be a lot harder than we thought. Maybe keyboard players are some kind of mythical creatures or something like that? We played one gig without a keyboard player, but it just didn't feel or sound right, so we decided to start record some demo and promo material in early 2009. Somehow Sauli woke up from his hallucinations and remembered his good old friend Samuli.

Samuli came to the rehearsal chambers and proved to all of us that he is the right man to stand behind our keyboard. It felt like a light at the end of a dark tunnel to us. January 2009 Eke decide to left the band and once again Sauli got solution our problem. He asked his friend Kalle and he gladly took the place behind drums. In September 2011 Sauli decide to leave DS and Hannu step in. In September 2012 DS was forced to kick Hannu out of the band.

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Posted: 15.04.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Railway

Everything started in Munich, back in 1977. Five school boys decided to become rock stars, founded a band and called themselves RAILWAY. Concerning the name there was a certain evidence because their rehearsal room was located in the cellar of a railway station. In the beginning, they covered the music of their idols, but later, their desire to create songs of their owns became stronger.

In 1979, the newspaper "Abendzeitung" started a competition for bands to find out Munich's newcomer N° 1. More than 250 bands tried to conquer, until finally six of them were allowed to perform in front of a jury at the "Theatron" and at "Circus Krone". At the end, Railway came second with only 13 votes missing (from 2000 voters) for the victory.

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Posted: 12.04.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Alunah

West Midlands based Alunah are not part of any scene; instead they carve their own path merging elements of doom, psych and classic heavy rock with earthy hypnotic vocal melodies.

They will release their third album Awakening The Forest on Napalm Records in October, 2014, which follows Call of Avernus (2010) and the critically acclaimed White Hoarhound (2012).

Alunah consist of Soph Day (vocals and guitar), Dave Day (guitar), Dan Burchmore (bass), Jake Mason (drums), and have spent the last 8 years building up a reputation for being one of the most hardworking and consistent live bands. They have played European dates with international artists such as Saint Vitus, Trouble, Paradise Lost, High on Fire, The Sword; and prestigious festivals such as DesertFest (Berlin and London), Heavy Days in Doom Town (Copenhagen) and Hard Rock Hell (North Wales).

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Posted: 10.04.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Nordor

NORDOR were founded in 1989. In their early years (1989-1995), they released 3 demo tapes, songs from which were included in several underground metal compilation tapes. The band went into a creative halt shortly after, still distributing their material to their fans.

The band signed with Sleazy Rider Records in 2003, and all three demos were brought together and released in the form of a CD, titled Nordorian Manifestations. After that, "False Prophet" decided to take the band further, making it a full-time priority.

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Posted: 10.04.2015 by Bad English

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