Bands
Armenia

Armenia Sarkissian is a singer, songwriter, composer, and orchestrator, living in Toronto. Performing since the age of 10, and composing since the age of 8, Armenia has become a seasoned performer by the age of 21. Her performance styles and training range from classical, middle eastern, metal, jazz, bossa nova, and musical theatre.

Categorized as a high spinto soprano, Armenia has a warm and dark timbre, which spans over 3 octaves, giving her ease in high registers but fullness in her lower range. Armenia has just released her first original symphonic metal album, Lopsided Moon, which embodies the hybridity she seeks in all aspects of her musical identity - lush and captivating melodies (inspired by Armenian folk music) soaring overtop epic symphonic orchestrations and heavy power metal.

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Posted: 16.03.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
Aethernaeum

Alexander Paul Blake released his black metallic solo debut Die Rückkehr Ins Goldene Zeitalter in April 2012 under his own name - and already in April 2013 he is back with the successor. This album surprisingly appears under the project name Aethernaeum.

The multi-talented artist from Berlin (Germany) made this unusual step directly after the debut album and now he clearly expresses Aethernaeum's concept, as it is a newly coined word from Athenäum (a literary magazine from the times of romanticism) and the term "ether".

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Posted: 16.03.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
Grand Master

Grand Master is an energetic progressive heavy metal band from Winnipeg Manitoba. They have played truck loads of shows since their inception in 2007, including higher scale shows and tour dates with established acts such as 3 Inches Of Blood, Into Eternity, Devin Townsend and more.

Grand Master does not discriminate, maintaining both an acoustic set and a show for the headbangers. With a line up coming from all sorts of musical backgrounds, including both classical and modern, the name of the game is diversity. Their repertoire is wide enough to frighten small children and endear even the most jaded of hipsters, sometimes simultaneously.

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Posted: 13.03.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
Tummler And Solomon

Tummler And Solomon is the heaviest, loudest band in Tacoma, WA. Fans have described various paranormal disturbances and phenomena during performances which seem to be of extraterrestrial origin. These phenomena fuel the themes of Tummler and Solomon's songwriting, a conduit to the unknown based on resonance and dynamics. They are also club sandwich enthusiasts.

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Posted: 13.03.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Wyruz

Wyruz was formed in early 2002 by Vegar Larsen and Kim Nybakken. Embret Johnsen joined in on drums and Per Kristian Skogli bass. Started to rehears Death, Metallica, Slayer covers and shortly after got to play their first gig at Hamar Open Park Rock. In 2003 Odd Arve Nicholaisen joined as new drummer, who gave the band new inspiration and boost, which resulted in the demo Sleep When You're Dead.

In 2006 they recorded their second demo Your Angel wich was released 06.06.06. Played with bands like Stonegard, Showdown and Manifest and got a spot at Hamar Music Festival in 2007.

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Posted: 13.03.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
Astral Tears

This France based band was co-founded in the late 2009 by Max & Beyza on the concept of a progressive & melodic metal genre - to be best described by the band that is heavily influenced by the well known bands such as Dream Theater, Killswitch Engage, Avenged Sevenfold and Lacuna Coil.

Soon after releasing several songs and videos covering their influences and a few original productions, G-Rem and Jelly joined the band and immediately entered an Independent studio where they recently have written & recorded 12 new songs to be released as their first album.

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Posted: 13.03.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
Southern Cross

Progressive metal band Southern Cross formed in 2001 by Jean-Francois Boudreault and David Lizotte. Though a number of lineup changes followed, Olivier Perrier and Antoine Guertin joined the band. Southern Cross released their first album Rise Above in 2006. This first album received mixed reviews and the band decided to concentrate more on their progressive roots for their future.

Southern Cross' second studio album Down Below was released on June 2009. This album indicated this more progressive approach for the band. It was praised by the critics as the band established itself in the prog-metal fanbase all around the world. The album release has been followed by many gigs for the band in Canada.

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Posted: 12.03.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
Jack Starr's Burning Starr

It is said that there is no substitute for experience and guitarist Jack Starr can certainly attest to that fact. His band Burning Starr debuted in 1986 and released their sophomore effort, No Turning Back!, that same year. It's an album Rockadrome.com calls a "classic," an "essential blend of Judas Priest and Riot style melodic mid '80s traditional power metal." Now, after a 20 year hiatus, Burning Starr is back with Defiance, the band's first release on Magic Circle Music. For Starr, Defiance is a testament to both his perseverance and his influence.

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Posted: 12.03.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
Emmeleya

Cornerstones are - dedicated songwriting, delightful arrangements, multidimensional musical catalog, well applied keyboards and a noticable presence of death metal content. Those are the ingredients to forge what they call 'massive mega metal'.

Having played several live performances with, amongst others, Volbeat, Korpiklaani and Redlake Circus, the band has proven to unite a fierce and frantic live show with an excellent playing performance. The word Emmeleya derives from the greek word "Emmeleia" meaning "gracefulness" or "harmonization" which also is the name for the dignified dance of tragedy in ancient greek theater. It also is a song written by the band "Dead Can Dance".

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Posted: 12.03.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
Deadly Carnage

Deadly Carnage born in late 2005 by will of Adres and Marco - within some months Nicholas and Marcello join the band. That line-up releases the first demo sessions Noise Of War, Noise Of Doom and Sentiero I - Empi Inni Alla Consapevolezza Di Sè EP.

After the early recordings, Deadly Carnage leave the classic black metal sound to embrace more atmospheric and doom influences. By this change, the band releases the debut full-length Decadenza, first auto-product then re-released by Dark Babel Records.

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Posted: 12.03.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
Altars Of Grief

Hailing from Regina, Saskatchewan, Altars Of Grief was conceived in the frigid, winter months of 2013. The band draws from an eclectic musical background, weaving soaring choral arrangements with powerful, driving death metal; morose, gothic doom and frantic, uptempo black metal passages.

In 2014, the band released it's debut album, This Shameful Burden and followed up with a tour of central Canada in it's support. Ever since, the band has been building it's audience through fierce, passionate live performances and has shared the stage with the likes of Fuck The Facts, Insomnium and Dark Tranquillity.

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Posted: 12.03.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Windhand

Founded in 2009 in Richmond VA, Windhand is a stoner, doom metal band made up of Aschiah Bogdan, Parker Chandler, Dorthia Cottrell, Garrett Morris, and Ryan Wolfe. They have been compared to Electric Wizard, Blood Ceremony, the Devil's Blood, and Black Sabbath.

In March 2012, Windhand released their self-titled debut which quickly became an underground hit, selling out of multiple vinyl presses in a matter of months. It was recorded and mixed at the Dark Room by Garrett Morris and mastered at Slipped Disc Audio by Bill McElroy in 2011. After a steady touring schedule, the band collaborated with Richmond brethren Cough on a split entitled "Reflections of the Negative" due out on Relapse Records in April 2013. Windhand officially signed to Relapse Records in March 2013 and will release their highly anticipated sophomore debut later this fall.

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Posted: 11.03.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Iskra

Iskra is a Canadian blackened crust band founded in Victoria, British Columbia in 2002. Iskra performs and contributes to the anarchist underground musical tradition, which emerged via anarcho-punk in the late 1970s and 1980s with bands like Crass, Amebix, Antisect, and Conflict.

Iskra includes former members of the crust band Black Kronstadt, who in the 1990s also described their music as "blackened crust", thus coining the phrase.

Lyrically, Iskra's material generally follows in the anarchist punk tradition, with topics including criticism of government, war, economics, social issues such as homophobia, sexism, racism, and the struggles of indigenous peoples. The effects of political organization (both right and left wing) is also a common theme. Some songs discuss the global effects of capitalist institutions such as the World Trade Organization, World Bank, the Central American Free Trade Agreement, the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Independent Task Force on North America.

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Posted: 09.03.2015 by J. N.

Bands
Ethereal Shroud

Formed anonymously in 2013, later revealed to be Joe Hawker (Of Solitude and Solemn, Aludra), Ethereal Shroud is a black metal/funeral doom metal project formed in the UK with 2 album releases under his belt since formation. Bleak, epic, emotional and challenging compositions with lo-fi, cavernous production.

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Posted: 09.03.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Kongh

Out of different musical backgrounds ranging from blues to grindcore, David Johansson and Tomas Salonen met in the spring of 2004 to set the grounds for what later would become Kongh. The ambition back then wasn't really specific - they only knew that they wanted to play very loud and heavy, and to have a good time. For almost a year, the guys spent a couple of weekends a month in the rehearsal space, cranking out never-ending jams of loud riffage and sludgy heaviness just for the fun of it. It wasn't until early 2005 that real songs with an actual flow came to life, and by early 2006, the beast had gotten itself the name Kongh, and with 4 mammoth songs ready to be exposed to the world, the first and only demo was recorded at Teknikkompaniet in Vetlanda.

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Posted: 09.03.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Audiovision

Christian Liljegren, known for his work in Narnia and Divinefire, started up Audiovision in 2003 as his solo project. The first album, The Calling, was released in late 2004 in Europe and Japan, produced by Lars Chriss (Lion's Share, Road To Ruin). The guest list on the album was impressive, featuring Bruce Kulick (Kiss, Grand Funk Railroad), Jeff Scott Soto (W.E.T., Talisman, Yngwie Malmsteen, Journey), Mic Michaeli (Europe), Tony Franklin (Blur Murder, Whitesnake, and Mats Levén (Treat, At Vance, Krux, Yngwie Malmsteen), among others.

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Posted: 09.03.2015 by Bad English

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