Bands
The Gentle Storm

With a working relationship dating back to 1998, two of Holland's finest musicians have united for a new project dubbed The Gentle Storm.

Ayreon mastermind / multi-instrumentalist Arjen Lucassen and vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen - who rose to fame with The Gathering - originally crossed paths in '98 for Ayreon's breakthrough third album, Into The Electric Castle. Ten years later they teamed up again for Ayreon's seventh album, 01011001, both having established themselves as world renowned heavy metal / rock artists in the decade between releases. Although their respective musical styles went in vastly different directions during that time, Arjen and Anneke retained a common ground that ultimately led to the creation of The Gentle Storm.

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Posted: 20.02.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Abiotic

Abiotic is a Metal Blade Records American technical death metal band from Miami, Florida.

The five-piece group consists of vocalist Travis Bartosek, bassist Alex Vazquez, drummer Brent Phillips and guitarists Matt )Mendez and Johnathan Matos. The band released their debut studio album Symbiosis October 22nd of 2012 and are currently working on new material.

(Source: Facebook, 19.2.2015)

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Posted: 20.02.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
Cønstantine

Cønstantine is one of the most interesting metal bands arising from Finland at the moment. In the heart of Central Finland, emerges a new breed of talent and style, which shakes up the progressive-metal world and its dinosaurs. This quintets sense for melodies, inexcusably tight rhythms and pure musical power are bound to leave any fan of prog-metal desperately on their knees, wondering what hit them.

And Cønstantine doesn't only settle for the traditional progressive paths, but also mixes up modern styles of alternative rock and metal to their music, while staying true to the melodies and atmosphere of the songs itself. Together with their extremely talented and diverse vocalist Lassi Vääränen, Cønstantine is sure to catch the listeners attention, until there's no way out.

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Posted: 20.02.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
Temple

A.J. van Drenth, guitars and vocals, composer of both music and lyrics started Temple with Eric de Windt, high energy blast beat drums creating uncompromising brutal death metal with a sinister atmosphere.

A.J. and Eric, the constructors of Temple recorded the album Structures In Chaos, assisted by some well-known Dutch metal musicians - Michiel Dekker and Stephan Gebedi.

The great long blond haired vox Marloes did some amazing "black metal witch vokills" on the tracks "The Algol Planet" and "Rituals Of Marduk".

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Posted: 19.02.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
Stranger Aeons

Until 28 April, 2009 Stranger Aeons were known under the name of Bestija.

The band started playing in 2002 and their basic purpose was to have as much fun as possible.

As time passed by, band members came and went, musicianship and compositional skills improved and the band realized it was impossible to evolve more within the premises of Bestija. Therefore, after long hours of discussion and contemplation the word became flesh and the band is now known under the name of Stranger Aeons.

(Source: Facebook, 19.2.2015)

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Posted: 19.02.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
So Much For Nothing

The birth of So Much For Nothing dates back to 2007 when Unsgaard wrote some songs, even though the project's name wasn't decided until 2010. However, an album was recorded 2009-2010 with help from drummer Uruz. He later decided to join the solo project as a permanent drummer, and now made it a duo.

So Much For Nothing's debut came in form of a 7" split with Angst Skvadron in 2011 and was followed up with their debut album Livsgnist in January 2012. The album was highly acclaimed by the press, much because of it's originality, blending so called black metal with more pop orientated song structures in a rock influenced manner. Instruments as saxophone, trumpet, cello and violin were provided by several guest musicians and also made an impact on Livsgnist's original sound.

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Posted: 19.02.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
Griffar

Griffar is a black metal band from Paris formed back in 1997 by Drakhian, Hellskrim, Maldoror and Krakken.

In 2000, the band releases it's first demo tape called Of Witches And Celts self-produced and recorded at the MusicLive Studios. The demo received a very good response from the underground scene. Due to the melodic but yet aggressive music Griffar provides, distributors and magazines compared Griffar to the Scandinavian scene and especially to bands such as Dissection.

Thanks to it's great amount of contacts, the band spreads no less than 800 copies of its first demo-tape. In 2002, the Greek label ISO666 offered Griffar to re-issue Of Witches And Celtsin a CD format which came out with a all new layout in june of 2002. The first 1000 copies were quickly sold out through many distributors worldwide. Therefore, ISO666 asked Griffar permission to release a 1000 new copies.

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Posted: 19.02.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
Crypt Sermon

Founded in 2013 by Brooks Wilson (vocals, bass), Steve Jansson (guitars), James Lipczynski (guitars), Enrique Sagarnaga (drums) on the principles of unwavering epic doom metal, Crypt Sermon exists to drive out the current trends choking the scene: fashions and beards. In January 2014 Brooks decided to focus on vocals so the band hired Will Mellor to take over bass duties.

Their first demo, Demo MMXIII, was self-released in June 2013. Their debut LP will be released on February 15, 2015 via Dark Descent Records.

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Posted: 19.02.2015 by psykometal

Bands
Astral Sleep

Astral Sleep is a Finnish Doom Metal band formed in the summer 2004 when Markus Heinonen, fed up with his former band's inactivity decided to start a new project. He recruited his old friend Rolle Heinonen (despite having the same family name the guys are not related) and the two started writing music.

Inspired by the late, great Unholy, Markus wanted to have a full line-up able to play live and so they invited another old friend Jaakko Oksanen to play the bass. The three had played together in a band around 2002. After a few rehearsals the band got their first gig on Kauksu-Rock 2005 (a small local festival) where they used Rolle's younger brother Roope as a session drummer.

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Posted: 19.02.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Stigmhate

Stigmhate are active since almost 15 years in the Italian black metal scene and have already releases 3 full length albums. Through the years of commitment and professional approach the band has reached a stable lineup and experienced a strong evolution in its sound which has brought to the release of The Sun Collapse, a mixture of negative emotions, brutality and melody.

The band is well known in the underground scene for its Swedish influenced type of black metal with a more obscure and oppressive attitude and with this third release forges nine brand new tracks into an apocalyptic tale about the end of human existence.

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Posted: 19.02.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
Psychostick

Most high school friends lose contact and drift apart when they graduate from high school. But what would happen if two crazy friends who loved metal went on to create a metal band? Not just any metal band, but a metal band infused with comedy?

The 'stick!

The result is Psychostick: a comedic metal (self-proclaimed "humorcore") band with a reputation for having hilarious lyrics, heavy riffs, notorious stage antics, and a high energy performance. The music successfully crosses a level of heaviness and aggression found in bands such as Chimaira, Machine Head, and Hatebreed with the wit and humor of The Bloodhound Gang, Tenacious D, and Weird Al Yankovic.

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Posted: 18.02.2015 by psykometal

Bands
David Maxim Micic

David Maxim Micic is a guitar/keyboard player, composer and producer from Belgrade, Serbia.

At the time of writing, David is a student at Berklee College of Music, but has also studied classical piano and jazz/rock guitar. His early achievements include the composition, recording and production of over of 8 hours of original music, composition of music for commercials, movies and TV series, but also production and arrangements for many musicians, mostly from Eastern Europe - and all this up to the age of 20.

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Posted: 18.02.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
Tyrant's Kall

In the history of fantastic literature, there was only seldom an author as great and inspiring as Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937). His stories are of a mysterious kind and, though they cover a wide range of subjects, they all are engulfed by one overall epic and intrigueing atmosphere.

Also today the Lovecraft-mythos still fascinates people. In Flanders it even summoned a real-life cult, for in honour of H.P. Lovecraft, the band Tyrant's Kall was formed. The musicians of this collective try to grasp a little of the aforementioned wretched and occult atmosphere, and subsequently channel it through their heavy and enthralling music.

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Posted: 18.02.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Trinakrius

The Trinakrius project, a Power Heavy Doom band, was formed in Palermo in 1995. In 1996 we recorded our first output, a demo tape entitled "Intrinakrius". It received quite good reviews in several heavy metal magazines. Notwithstanding the reasonable success and the numerous performances in various pubs of the city and its province, we split up because of various reasons at the end of the same year. During the six years we all had our own musical experiences in some other bands (e.g. Holy Knights,Acacia, Synthesys, Black Twilight, and others).

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Posted: 18.02.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Girugämesh

Girugämesh is a 4-piece band with members Satoshi, Nii, Shuu and Яyo. Formed in 2004 and spent their first years performing live around their native Chiba prefecture. Their sound is an evolution of western loud music and nu-metal styles. In particular, they are well-reviewed in Europe and play large festivals.

Girugämesh has experienced three European tours, and went on a U.S. tour in 2011. They disappeared from the spotlight after the performance at Hibiya Open-Air Concert Hall in October, 2012. However, they came back to the stage and released the single Incomplete and 6th album Monster in 2013.

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Posted: 18.02.2015 by Bad English

Bands
D'espairsRay

Hizuma, Karyu, Zero, and Tsukasa who make up D'espairsRay formed on 09/09/1999 in Tokyo. They garnered vast attention in the indies scene since their formation with their distinctive sound, unique visual concept, and enigmatic live performances. Their maxi single Garnet, released in 2003, topped the Oricon Indies chart.All of their releases that came after also ranked well.

In 2004, they made their way for the first time to Europe, headlining successful shows in Berlin and Paris, kickstarting their activities abroad in both Europe and North America. In 2006, they played in a total of nine countries: Germany, France, England, Italy, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland and the United States, garnering tremendous support from an accumulated audience count of 15,000. In August of the same year, they became the only Japanese band to play at one of the biggest metal festivals in Europe, Wacken Open Air.

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Posted: 18.02.2015 by Bad English

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