Bands
Car Bomb

Car Bomb first came to be around the year 2000, when Greg Kubacki and Michael Dafferner of the band Neck shared a rehearsal space under a Rockville Center, New York butcher with Elliot Hoffman and Jon Modell of the band Spooge. Over time, the bands became great friends and frequently visited each other's practices. In 2002, Modell, unsatisfied with the music his band was making, recruited Kubacki and Dafferner to form what a side project called Car Bomb. In 2004, Car Bomb began recording. Their first full-length album Centralia was released on February 6, 2007 via Relapse Records.

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Posted: 31.12.2014 by J. N.

Bands
Mass Hysteria

Created in 1993, the band recorded their first album, Le Bien-être et la Paix ("Well-being And Peace"), four years later. After this album, Mass Hysteria's breakthrough album came in 1999 with the release of Contraddiction which sold to over 50 000 copy. The album itself is still widely regarded as the band's iconic Black Album. It was produced and mixed by Colin Richardson.

In 2001 the band returned after intensive touring with a different approach with the release of De Cercle en Cercle. This album received mixed feelings with the arrival of new guitarist Olivier Coursier. The album's new pop/rap experiment approach left the band isolated from the metal scene. Michel Houellebecq, met in Québec, was supposed to write one of the songs but the agreement was never concretized. In 2005 the band released Mass Hysteria confirming the band new soften pop/metal approach.

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Posted: 31.12.2014 by J. N.

Bands
Vista Chino

In 2010, a European "John Garcia plays Kyuss" tour was announced, starting with a gig at Roadburn Festival. His backing-band was composed of Belgian and Dutch musicians from Agua De Annique, Kong, Celestial Season and Arsenal. The setlists were almost exclusively Kyuss songs.

In June 2010, former Kyuss members Nick Oliveri and Brant Bjork joined John Garcia onstage to perform "Green Machine" and "Gardenia" during a headlining appearance by "Garcia Plays Kyuss" at Hellfest in Clisson, France and they also appeared onstage with Garcia in other concerts on the tour, representing 3⁄4 of Kyuss' Blues For The Red Sun line-up.

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Posted: 31.12.2014 by J. N.

Bands
Disaffected

Disaffected were formed in 1991 in Cascais, Portugal as a death/thrash band by the drummer Joaquim Aires and the guitarist Sergio Paulo. Later adding Zakk (guitar) and Sergio Monteiro (bass), the band released the ...After... demo in '92, and later that same year they were included in The Birth Of A Tragedy (MTM '92), a vinyl compilation of Portuguese metal bands with the song "Echoes Remain".

In 1993 line-up changes ensued as they recruited the bass player Antonio Gião, the vocalist Gonçalo Cunha and the guest vocalist Nuno Loureiro (Exiled) to perform a lot of shows with.

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Posted: 31.12.2014 by J. N.

Bands
Frozen Winds

Frozen Winds begun in early 2007 in Limassol (Cyprus) by founding members Goatlord and Chaos. The band went through several line-up changes, with the current one being: Goatlord, Cerberus, Samhain, Deathriser and Goiko Maric.

After recording a demo in 2009 and an EP in 2010, the band will enter the studio in 2012 to start recording their first full length album.

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Posted: 31.12.2014 by J. N.

Bands
Thrown To The Sun

Thrown To The Sun are a progressive death metal band from Turkey. Formed in 2010, Thrown To The Sun released their debut Of Oceans And Raindrops in 2011 and currently working on their sophomore release Out oOf Themselves Things Will Come, which will be released in autumn 2014.

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Posted: 31.12.2014 by J. N.

Bands
Galar

Galar, hailing from Bergen, Norway, was formed in 2004 by M. Kristiansen (screams, guitars and bass) and S. B. Johnsen (lyrics). They released their first and only demo early the next year. A. B. Lauritzen (clean vocals, bassoon and grand piano) participated only as a session member at the time, but joined the band on a permanent basis shortly after the completion of the demo.

The demo received good reviews, and soon after its release Galar signed to the German label Heavy Horses Records for one album. Drummer Tordenskrall joined the band in time for the recording of the debut during the summer of 2006. "Skogskvad", which is a fine mixture of furious blast beats, slow parts, and both grim and clean vocals, received great reviews after its release on the 11th of October the same year. On the album Galar explored new ground by adding the great sound of the bassoon to their music. Not to long after the release of "Skogskvad" Tordenskrall left the band to focus on his studies back in his native Germany. S. B. Johnsen also left the band at this time.

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Posted: 31.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Mencea

Mencea (at that time know as Godja stands for groove oriented, intense modern metal that bends the listener's perception of the various genres of extreme music. Formed in the beginning of 2004 in Athens, Greece, Mencea went through a period of experimenting with various formulas in order to develop their present unique musical identity. Their music oscillates in between fast, aggressive moods, melodic hooks, and is executed with punishing precision. Big and spacey melodies, over raging riffs and extreme drumming, ear-grinding vocals, and atmospheric passages, demonstrate the band's songwriting skills and technical prowess. 

Having raised the eyebrows of some well known European, as well as U.S record producers, their pre-production demos also reached the hands of Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, In Flames, Soilwork, SYL etc), who instantly expressed his interest in working with the band

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Posted: 31.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Altar Of Betelgeuze

Altar Of Betelgeuze was formed in late 2010 by Matias Nastolin (Decaying), Olli Suurmunne (Stream Of Sorrow, ex-Decaying) and Juho Kareoja. Actual songs began to form up in the autumn of 2011...

The first EP At The Shrine Of Light was released January 1st 2012.

As Matias and Juho entered the Finnish army nearly right after the release, the band was put on hold for half a year. Late summer 2012 new material started to emerge. The aim was to record another EP release in the near future.

The band was signed to Spanish label Memento Mori in the spring of 2013. Drummer Aleksi Olkkola joined AOB during the summer 2013 to record the upcoming debut album.

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Posted: 31.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Tuomas Holopainen

Known primarily as the mastermind behind Finnish symphonic metal collective Nightwish, composer, multi-instrumentalist, screenwriter, and producer Tuomas Lauri Johannes Holopainen was born in the town of Kitee on December 25, 1976.

An ardent student of jazz, classical, heavy metal, and film music, Holopainen began playing live in 1993. He formed Nightwish in 1997 and, as of 2014, has issued seven studio albums with the group.

He issued his debut solo album, a musical based on the popular Walt Disney graphic novel The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck, in early 2014.

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Posted: 31.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Satyrian

Danse Macabre, a musical journey through darkness, was born when the Belgian Gunther Theys (Ancient Rites) met the Greeks Sotiris (Septic Flesh) and George Zaharopoulos (ex-Rotting Christ) in Athens. In 1995 two songs for a 7' EP were recorded, but soon after that their label went down and the recordings were not released. The project threatened to end even before it had really even started. Gunther kept the idea and the concept still on his mind and in 1997 he luckily found musicians who shared his artistic views.The Finnish Jan 'Örkki' Yrlund (ex-Lacrimosa, ex-Two Witches, ex-Prestige, SinMasters, Ancient Rites{/band]) and the Belgian Raf Corten (ex-Ancient Rites) wanted to continue the Story.

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Posted: 30.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Shadow Of The Torturer

Shadow of the Torturer is a Seattle, US-based metal band fronted by ex-Aldebaran frontman Mikey Brown. The band was formed by Brown in 2006, together with Isamu Sato (H.C. MINDS, ex-YOB) and Gabe Morley (ex-Rye Wolves). The project originally served as an outlet of Brown's wish to pursue the "deathier sound of doom", and since Brown left Aldebaran, it has now become his full time band.

The current members are Mike Brown (guitar/vocals), Thor (drums) and B-Bench (bass).

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Posted: 30.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Serious Black

It all happened on a sunny 23rd of August in Spain, when Roland Grapow (ex- Helloween, Masterplan) and Mario Lochert (Emergency Gate, ex - Visions Of Atlantis) had a conversation backstage over a cool beverage, talking music business - you know, what musicians usually do.

For quite a while, Mario had had the idea of bringing together 6 musical masterminds to form a band floating around his head. After a few initial concerns about igniting various conflicts when getting together in that configuration, eventually Mario was able to convince Roland of his intentions.

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Posted: 29.12.2014 by D.T. Metal

Bands
Nibiru

Nibiru is a massive trio formed in Italy by Ardath, RI, and Siatris, with a huge abuse of watts, tribal rhythms and Enochian chants. Nibiru redefines the concept that underlies "psychedelic sludge." From the debut album "Caosgon" released in February 2013 until the explosive "Netrayoni" out in February 2014, the watchword is: ritualising improvisation. What makes Nibiru an individual project compared to the mass is that every single piece is born from improvisation. No preconceived notion, pure primal instinct, frenetic drum and gaping bass lines create plots on which harrowing guitars give a new meaning to the word "psychedelic", all enriched by ancient vocals born to open your mind and see beyond.

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Posted: 29.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Wind Rose

Wind Rose is a Symphonic/Power Metal Band born in Italy in 2009.

In 2010 the band released an EP under the production of Cristiano Bertocchi (ex-Labyrinth, ex-Vision Divine) earning a lot of good reviews.

In 2012 WindRose released their first full-length 'Shadows Over Lothadruin' via Scarlet/Bakerteam Records again earning a lot of excellent results in the international metal scene. (Album details: art production by Cristiano Bertocchi, cover artwork by Felipe Machado Franco (Rhapsody of Fire, Blind Guardian...), mastering by Goran Finnberg.)

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Posted: 29.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Withershin

The vile entity known as Withershin was spawned in 2006. Firmly rooted in the acrid soil of the underground, the bands ambition was to explore and channel darkness and chaos with no limitations. It remains so to this day.

The first offering, Chaos Discipline, was recorded and released roughly a year after the bands cursed birth. A few months later Withershin recruited the powerful vocalist Nine and sealed a pact with American label Canonical Hours for the release of the debut album. The seals had been broken, the point of no return passed.

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Posted: 29.12.2014 by Bad English

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