Bands
Primitive Graven Image

Primitive Graven Image was formed in 2006 by guitarists and brothers Rob and Luke Lehane, out of a love for the traditional black metal style. Immortal, Darkthrone and Emperor were the flavour of the day and a six-track demo of spontaneous, infectious blackness was swiftly kicked into shape.

With just two tracks uploaded their MySpace page, the band were offered a deal and signed to Pennsylvania-based Open Grave Records, who released the band's completed demo to the press as a sign of things to come. The band's debut album Traversing The Awesome Night was released shortly afterwards in May 2007, in the midst of the enthusiasm, provoking great responses from the black metal underground and beyond in the USA, Europe, Australia, and the UK alike, putting the band on the black metal map almost immediately.

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Posted: 29.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Armageddon

Sweden's ARMAGEDDON are the melodic metal project of Arch Enemy guitarist Chris Amott and "Embrace The Mystery & Three" finally sees the band's albums number two and three getting a release outside of Japan, where they originally came out in 2000 and 2002, respectively. This 2-CD package gathers a total of 26 classy tracks, including the full original albums as well as bonus material like demos and cover songs in a total playing time of 100+ minutes for the price of a regular disc and marks a must-have addition to any high-quality metal collection.

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Posted: 28.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Execration

Execration released their first EP Language Of The Dead on Entartete Musik in 2007. In August 2008 the full-length album Syndicate Of Lethargy was released on Vendlus Records.

Execrations second album Odes Of The Occult (2011) parts with the percussive style of previous releases in favor of a wider set of influences drawing from death metal, doom and cult black metal.

On their third full-length album, Norwegian experimental death metal band Execration take a step forward and to the left, incorporating new elements to their sound, spanning a wide set of genres, from black to heavy metal. Refining their already unique take on doomy, atmospheric death metal, and throwing in a multitude of refreshing twists and turns, Morbid Dimensions is the document of a band carving out their very own niche. Unafraid of opting for unusual and daring solutions to get exactly where they want to be, delivering death metal that draws clear influences from the old days without being "retro", and that sounds fresh without ever resembling the mass-produced and soulless, modern technical death metal.

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Posted: 28.12.2014 by J. N.

Bands
Douce Morphine

- October 2000 : Creation of the project Douce Morphine by the duet Matthieu (guitar, programmations, vocals) and Flore (vocals). This project is a synthesis between ametaphorical vision of Nature, reflection of all kind of feeling, Poetry, way of feelings, and an atmopherical metal that we called " spleen metal ".

- 2001 : recording the demos " Douce Morphine " (july) and " Coeur Sombre " (october).
We began the work on the album " Du Mal de Vivre ". The duet played few gigs.

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Posted: 28.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Laster

Laster (meaning libel) is a Dutch black metal formation founded and located in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The band consists of N. (Northward) and W. Damiaen (Nevel, White Oak, Willoos, Sea of Trees, Ten Onder, ex-Left in Agony)

Coming off the band's impressive 2012 demo Wijsgeer & Narreman, Laster returns with its debut full length De Verste Verte Is Hier. Four enthralling songs in perfect balance between superior composition, harsh mood and black metal, which the band lives to the fullest. Laster's style stays true to black metal despite its atmospheric enthrall.

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Posted: 28.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Evohe

Evohé is a French Pagan/Black Metal band formed in 2000 by Abssyd, Furthass and Dalgrïn. The band was influenced by a diverse range of musical styles and bands such as Enslaved, Helheim, Kampfar...

The first demo entitled "Non Serviam came out in 2001.

Thanks to strong live perromances and well-received demo in the underground scene, Evohé signed its first deal with the label Oaken Shield (Blut Aus Nord, Nehëmah, Temple of Ball, Blodsrit...) and got its first album, "Tellus Mater" out in 2005.

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Posted: 28.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Horncrowned

HORNCROWNED born in the year of 2001 from the join of Demongoat (Guit.) and Blast-phemer (Vox.) in Bogotá D.C - COLOMBIA, with the firm purpose to create the most fast and pitiless Black Metal from Colombia, full of war against christianity; purpose to which join forces Bombardier (Drums) in the 2002, months later Diabolium (Guit.) and at last, InfernAK-47 (Bass). With the force complete, Horncrowned begins to create his style and gains his own identity. Afterward a local gigs, placing the band in a outstanding position like the most aggressive within the scene, HORNCROWNED enters in 2003 to Hellcult Studio to record his first attack, called ¨The Rise of Satan´s Artillery¨, released through Demonic Attack Recs and Re-issued by Goathorned Productions on 2004. The line up was: Demongoat(Guitars), Infernak-47 (Bass), Blast-phemer (Vox) Bombardier (Drums) and Diabolium (Guitars).

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Posted: 27.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Kistvaen

Kistvaen is the first Romanian band which adopts a sort of black metal following the path of some European acts who shaped and established the genre of Depressive Black Metal. Bands like Silencer, Shining or Bethlehem are to be mentioned as sources of inspiration.

The five members of the project have related connections with other bands of the Bucharest underground. They were involved in AKRAL NECROSIS, SINCARNATE, DOMINATION, DWARF PLANET and ABIGAIL.

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Posted: 27.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth

Keeping up a long-held tradition of bringing forth some of the heaviest music from the darkness of the Pacific NW, Seattle's legendary Tad Doyle (formerly of TAD, Hog Molly), delivers his strongest songwriting and playing to date with his newest band Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth. This powerful trio of musicians, with Tad on guitar/vocals, veteran bass player Peggy Doyle and drummer Dave French (The Annunaki) is set to release their long-awaited debut LP in February 2015 on Neurosis' own Neurot Recordings.

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Posted: 27.12.2014 by J. N.

Bands
Eastern Front

With an interest in the Second World War, and its effect on Europe, Eastern Front were interested in exploring the history, through music; and from a subjective, personal and emotional, point of view. 

Eastern Front takes a new approach to Black Metal - which has been labelled "War Torn Black Metal". Musically, they retain a traditional Black Metal sound but experiment with other genres, like doom, death, folk and classical, to create a range of different atmospheres in their songs. Each song evokes the emotional experiences of battle, encompassing hope, pride, comradeship, misery, sorrow and victory.

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Posted: 27.12.2014 by J. N.

Bands
Pissing Razors

The band originally was named "Back Door Cyclops" but decided to change its name and style of music to incorporate more raw sounding vocals.

In the early 90s, the band's original drummer, Danny Garcia, decided to move from El Paso, TX to New York City, NY. Danny's brother Eddy took this opportunity to switch from playing guitar to drums. Matt Lynch then moved from bass to lead guitar and Rick Valles was then hired as the new bass player. Together with Joe Rodriguez who was hired on vocals about six months before, this line-up proved to be progressive and on the cutting edge, touring constantly in support of their self produced CD Psycho Punko Metal Groove. In 1997, the band was signed to German/Los Angeles-based FAD/Noise Records and released their self-titled CD the following year in 1998. Five more albums were released in the band's four year existence and the band got the opportunity to participate in several festivals and shows across the world. In 2000, the band was asked to contribute a song for a Pantera tribute album, entitled Panther: A Tribute To Pantera from Eclipse Records. They provided the opening track, Domination.

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Posted: 26.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Árstíðir Lífsins

The idea to approach medieval Icelandic literature in a musically and lyrically sophisticated way gave birth to Árstíðir lífsins ("the seasons of life") which was founded by Stefán in 2008. Due to his earlier experiences, Black Metal was chosen as the musical form, although traditional Folk as well as Ambient were to be incorporated right from the beginning. Though Metal and Folk are the most dominant musical influences in the music of Árstíðir lífsins, several other forms also add their qualities to the final result. Music and lyrics are tightly interwoven and change continously, closely following the story told. That is why harsh, uncompromising Black Metal parts fade into folkloristic choir passages, Ambient elements mix with sound samples of Nature and piano and vibraphone add their characteristics, creating a 70 min entity taking the listener to a harsh, unknown part of Iceland's history full of intrigues and blows of fate. Great care was taken not to include any of nowadays Viking (Metal) clichés in Árstíðir lífsins' lyrics. Instead, the lyrical content was based on careful research and scientific literature.

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Posted: 26.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Dialectic Soul

The idea of making a band appeared long ago, but exact terms of creating "Dialectic Soul" as a fully complete, united group are rather vague. It was connected with the search for constant seriously-minded musicians, who don't lack creative ideas. That is why only by 2000-2002 there began to frame out the final (for that moment) cast:

- Slava Znakharenko - the guitar, texts (an accordion player having two-years' experience)
- Alexander Kluchnikhov (an ex-bass of Russian groups "ЦК" and "Gravii" who came to Belarus from Murmansk region in 2000) - the guitar, bass, drum programming.

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Posted: 26.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Autumn's Dawn

Autumn's Dawn is a new musical collaboration between two musicians by the names of Sorrow and Anguish. Both having played in numerous bands over the years, the idea for Autumn's Dawn came about in 2013 while Anguish was playing session live guitar for Sorrow's solo project.

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Posted: 26.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Gospel Of The Horns

Gospel of the Horns formed in Brisbane, Australia, in 93 and in late 94 they released their cult demo The Satanist's Dream on Einstand Records from Italy. In 96 Howitzer moved to Melbourne where he teamed up with Destroyer 666, playing drums for the Unchain the Wolves album. During this period, Howitzer was seeking adequate heathens to reform Gospel of the Horns.

Finally emerging in June 97 with Marauder taking over the guitar duties. Their second demo Sinners was recorded in May 98, once again selling well and gaining extremely positive reviews. After much consideration, the band decided to sign a deal with Damnation Records from Holland.

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Posted: 26.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Corrupt Moral Altar

Corrupt Moral Altar are an angry band. "Mechanical Tides" is an angry album full of angry songs. 'Anger is an energy', sounded the battle cry raised by former SEX PISTOLS frontman Johnny "Rotten" Lydon in PIL. Well, what do you expect, when a band is hailing from Liverpool, one of these former industrial northern cities raped and left to rot by Thatcherism. While the fat cats parade around in their white powder keg Porsches in the City of London, the rest of the country is happily left to queue for a charity bowl of soup.

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Posted: 26.12.2014 by Bad English

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