Bands
Standing Ovation

Standing Ovation mixes genres skillfully, gluing everything together with a heavy, metallic touch and their own rugged style. The band's strength is that they don't really sound like any other band. Their music is a must-hear for fans of melodic metal music with progressive elements.

Standing Ovation's anticipated debut full-length, which goes by the name "The Antikythera Mechanism", has now seen the daylight. The album partly deals with the ancient, highly sophisticated machine and the story is spiced with historical and science fiction elements. The album also has a wide range of surely surprising songs and themes.

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Posted: 16.01.2016 by J. N.

Bands
Amendfoil

Tampere based Amendfoil is in a huge lift at the moment with their kick-ass energetic live shows and the praised debut album "Skyline Escape" and the band has been titled the new thriver on the rock / metal scene in Finland by the Finnish music media.

Amendfoil published their debut album "Skyline Escape" on November 15th. The record release party was held at sold out and appreciated venue of Yo-talo in Tampere. After the release of Skyline Escape, Amendfoil has been followed tightly by the Finnish media. Interviews and articles have been published in almost every highly appreciated and big music media, for example Radio Rock, Soundi, Rumba, Inferno Magazine and Imperiumi.net

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Posted: 16.01.2016 by J. N.

Bands
Fireproven

The journey of the Finnish progressive metal band Fireproven began in the summer of 2008. The goal was to create unique music with no limits or boundaries. Fireproven's new album Omnipresence was released in June 29, 2013.

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Posted: 16.01.2016 by J. N.

Bands
Shredhead

Formed late 2009 Israeli thrashers Shredhead are the most hyped name in their local metal scene. Throughout 2010 and 2011 the young band toured Israel extensively with Israel's leading metal acts - Betzefer, The Fading, Hammercult among others, their ruthless stage performances and presence earning them an impressive mass of devoted followers and press items. Their debut record titled "Human Nature" was released in Israel in August 2011 to much local and even some international critical acclaim. Produced independently throughout 2011, this record is a rare thrash-metal hell-raiser maintaining the traditional thrash-metal aesthetics of the 80′s combined with modern and relentless sound.

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Posted: 16.01.2016 by J. N.

Bands
Motor Sister

For his fiftieth birthday, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian wanted one present more than any other - the reunion of one of his favorite unsung heroes, Mother Superior - only he wanted to be a part of the lineup.

"They're a great, classic band that hit me in the same spot as all my favorite '70s bands, whether it's UFO, Ted Nugent, Cheap Trick or KISS," Ian explains. "I knew getting to play with them would be like joining KISS and getting to record all my favorite KISS songs with Gene and Paul."

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Posted: 16.01.2016 by J. N.

Bands
The Night Flight Orchestra

"The Night Flight Orchestra" started like so many others as an innocent yet serious drunken idea when Björn Strid (Soilwork) and David Andersson (Mean Streak, session Soilwork) were on the road together somewhere in North America in 2007.

Björn and David were bonding over what they considered "classic" or not, from rock n roll conspiracies to being arrested in a lobby with nothing but leather pants on. All those scenarios, fictional or real, needed a soundtrack. They also came to think that whether you're on a metal tour or not, a lot of classic rock songs say it all and can really lend you a helping hand and make you forget about everything, especially when in motion or travelling.

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Posted: 16.01.2016 by J. N.

Bands
Spylacopa

Formed by John LaMacchia in 2000, Spylacopa was simply intended to be a conduit for his experimental and hypnotic compositions. But that soon snowballed into something more significant. The first Spylacopa release, "Collective Unconscious," appeared on Candiria's C.O.M.A. Imprint in 2002. And some years later, in 2005, with the addition of The Dillinger Escape Plan's Greg Puciato and Jeff Caxide of Isis, another Spylacopa single, "The Duke," was released on Undreradar Records. Feeling chemistry, camaraderie, and a river of creative juices, in late 2006, Spylacopa began to work on its first official release - but not before the addition of yet another member - frontwoman Julie Christmas from Made Out of Babies.

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Posted: 15.01.2016 by J. N.

Bands
Sus Scrofa

Founded in 1991, Sus Scrofa is one of the two first french pagan black metal bands (alongside Prophecy), with strong animistic approach. Emerging from the Pyrenees, the music was described as pyrenean pagan metal in the honor of our powerful and mystical mountains. Influenced by the mystical, animistic strength of the deeps woods and the grandiose charm of the Pyrénées, the band develop on a short period a kind of dark, epic, raw & mystic metal.

The band record its first demo/rehearsal in 1991 called ''Master Of Nightly Forest ''(unpublished) , a second one 'De Paganus' (unpublished) in 1992. Then, in 1993, 'Dins Ech Cel d'Asteartia', sold more than 600 copies over the world. Mixing early 90's black metal, traditional metal & folkloric influences, the demo is considered as a typical dark pagan metal piece or, as said 'a fine piece of unconventional pagan metal'.

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Posted: 15.01.2016 by J. N.

Bands
Wovoka

Formed circa January 2013 among the monolithic concrete sprawl of the greater Los Angeles area, the post-metal quartet Wovoka have been developing a sound that speaks to the ear with a wide range of robust dynamics, fragile melodies, and measured surges of psychedelic color. The music is conceptual and delves deep into the many contrasting elements of human thought and belief, but it is not a sermon for or against anything, rather it is a study of what makes us tick and develop the ideas that we do. As to how Wovoka themselves perceive this great mystery, there are fragments and clues to be found within the songs, lyrics, and artwork of their upcoming debut album. The panoramic scope of the story is too big to be written in stone or sky, so it must be absorbed and imprinted upon the mind's eye of each listener. Wovoka only hopes to open the door and to unveil those possibilities and points of view beyond the narrow sight of thinking oneself to be the center of the universe.

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Posted: 11.01.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Black Horizonz

Black Horizonz was founded in August 1999 by Nocturnus (vocals), Hacky (guitar) and Falko (drums). Reiner (bass) completed the band after a while. Together they recorded their first demo "Lost In Shadows Grim" in 2001. In 2002 Nocturnus left the band and was replaced by Austi. With this new line up they recorded their second demo "Within My Suns Last Shafts" in 2004. A few month later The Butcher replaced Falko behind the drumkit. The third demo "Eccentric Wrath" was released in 2005. With Henning as their second guitarist and Nocturnus on guestvocals, the band recorded their debut album in 2006, which was released through UNHOLYFIRE RECORDS in April 2007. After a lot of playing life Black Horizonz started to work on their second full-length album entitled "krura". The album was finished in October 2008, but due to label issues it will not be released bevor April 2010. They already started to work on material for their third record, which will hopefully follow up closely.

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Posted: 10.01.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Abused Majesty

October 1998 - First rehearsal of the band.

January 1999 - First concert during Zgrzyty In Bialystok (Poland).

August 1999 - Record session of Thee I Worship (demo '99) in Hertz Studio.

November 2000 - First more serious concert outside Bialystok - Helloween Fest in Leszno (Poland) with Christ Agony, Domain, Undish Maniac Butcher, etc...

January 2001 - Record session of 'Gods Are With Us (demo '01) in Hertz Studio.

September 2001 - The band releases a professional tape at its own cost (250 items). It comprises both demos of the band.

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Posted: 10.01.2016 by J. N.

Bands
Destructor

Destructor, Cleveland, Ohio's legendary premier power/thrash band, return to Auburn with their new 2003 "Sonic Bullet" release. The extended EP contains 46 minutes and 9 tracks of ripping, over-the-top, pounding Destructor-style molten heavy metal!

Auburn president Bill Peters' first encounter with Destructor was seeing the band perform their very first 'live' show in 1984 at The Pop Shop, a club managed by Chris Andrews and located beneath the historic Cleveland Agora. Already working with bands such as Breaker and Shok Paris at the time, Peters fell in love with the band's untamed energy, great songwriting, wild spirit and charismatic stage presence. The Cleveland metal scene was dominated at the time with 'technically' great sounding bands. Many questioned why Peters would choose to work with a band such as Destructor and how he could possibly record and capture the band's energy in the studio. After all, Destructor were considered to be one of the area's most 'anti-technical' of bands at the time. Despite the rough edges and regardless of the criticisms, Peters had a vision that Destructor could develop into something special and saw something in them most of his industry peers did not. He took a chance and moved forward, signing Destructor to his Auburn label in 1984. The band entered Suma Recording Studios to begin recording their debut album with engineer Paul Hamann at the helm. Destructor's "Maximum Destruction" album, released the following year in 1985 on Auburn Records, is considered by many to be an underground metal classic and quickly silenced the critics. It became Auburn's biggest seller and catapulted the band to international success in the metal underground. The album was licensed to Roadrunner Records in Europe several months after the initial release and later reissued by Listenable Records in 1999. Destructor's crushing 'live' performances in the area, both headlining and opening for national acts such as Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth, became legendary. The band received rave reviews and full features in prestigious metal publications like Metal Forces, Kerrang!, Hit Parader and Metal Hammer. In 1987, Destructor entered Beachwood Studios with engineer Jim DeMain to begin recording their second album "Decibel Casualties". The album, along with Jag Panzer's "Chain Of Command", was going to help launch a joint venture between Auburn and major label Island Records. Unfortunately, both projects never saw the light of day. Several months into the Destructor recording sessions, bass player Dave Iannicca was innocently murdered on January 1, 1988. The incident devastated both the band and Auburn president Bill Peters, who had been a good friend of Dave's over the years. Coping with losing a 'family' member was very difficult for everyone to overcome. Destructor needed time to recover from the tragedy and were in no condition to begin playing music again. Peters struggled with his emotions and his dealings with Island Records, who took more of a business stance on the whole situation. Peters eventually decided to walk away from the entire 3-year label deal. It was a tough decision but the right one he felt to make at the time.

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Posted: 10.01.2016 by J. N.

Bands
Titaan

Too often raw Black Metal has been associated to ambitious conceptual horizons. Too often the first impression has been disappointed by a lack of integrity.The Titaan project proposes a merging guise of a concept dealing with the ancient Mesopotamic culture and a musical experience transcending the occult black metal feelings with ambient and noisy shadings.

The same concept of black metal patterns are melted into an evolving flux drowned into the abyss of an ancient abysmal culture.

Conceptually speaking as explained by the mysterious Titaan mastermind: "From the deeper and most ancient past of the Mesopotamic Culture, those who live heavens and subsoils, Gods and Demons, fight one against the other to reach the Eternity, sustaining the entire balance of the Universe; spreading their ancestral message to the mankind through Lalartu, the Greatest Herald, the one who is the Spectre Essence, the Mask Carrier of Fecundity, the Traveller of the Heavens Gate Kadingir, Itinerant Spirit of the Twelfth Planet.

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Posted: 10.01.2016 by J. N.

Bands
Nonsun

Nonsun is a doom/drone metal band from Lviv, Ukraine. Formed in 2011 by Goatooth (guitars, bass, vocals) and Alpha (drums).

Started with a 4-track (but 48-minute) demo EP "Good Old Evil" which was self-released in December 2012. The second EP "Sun Blind Me" was released in September 2013 via Breathe Plastic Records (Netherlands) and Drowning (Denmark).

In September 2014 the band played in Wroclaw (Poland) opening the show for Yob & Pallbearer. Yob have chosen Nonsun out of 22 bands.

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Posted: 10.01.2016 by J. N.

Bands
Anima Tempo

Initially in 2005, Dante Granados (Guitars /Synths), Gian Granados (Vocals /Guitar) and Pedro Vera (Bass) belonged to a progressive metal cover band called "Caustica X" with which they obtained many positive reactions in their presentations around México City.

With that encouragement, in 2009 this three long-time band mates decided to create an original project with their own material taking diverse influences from progressive metal/rock and melodic death metal, built over a cinematic orchestra - inspired on Hans Zimmer- and a mixture of clear melodic and heavy growls vocals, passing through groovy/djenty heavy riffs in odd time signatures.

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Posted: 10.01.2016 by J. N.

Bands
Pavor

Pavor was founded in 1987 near Bonn, Germany by guitarists Armin Rave and Holger Seebens. Constant improvement and increasing professionality led to three changes in the early line-up: Successively, Michael Pelkowsky (drums), Rainer Landfermann (bass) and Claudius Schwartz (vocals) replaced their predecessors.

Pavor's uncompromisingly high demand of quality in all concerns resulted in the delay of a first official release. Finally, during winter 1992/93, 28 minutes of "bemauling dark virtuosic underground music, insane blackness and brutality on a towering technical level" were recorded and released some months later as an untitled tape EP, which was sold out soon and is no longer available today. Due to its brilliant and highly professional music, lyrics and presentation, this product entailed euphoric responses from the worldwide scene.

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Posted: 09.01.2016 by J. N.

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