Bands
Soul Stealer

The band was established by guitarist Enrik Slavinskis and vocalist Jeronimas Milius in August 2003. From the beginning of their foundation, Soul Stealer (formerly Soul Brothers) participated in live contests and performed in some of Lithuania's biggest festivals such as Naujas Kraujas 2005, Durys 2005, Roko Naktys 2005, Helloween 2005, Roko Naktys 2006, Burning Steel Festival 2006, Krikðto Skonis 2006, Kilkim Zaibu VII, and Roko Naktys 2009.

In 2005 the band took part in Brodvëjus Star 2005, placing second overall in the competition.

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Posted: 01.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Herald

Active since 2000, Herald have brought the heavy metal spirit back to Estonian metal scene. Their catching live shows, adroit use of instruments and thought-provoking lyrics have equally successfully incited the interest and respect of teenage rockers as well as 30-something metal veterans. Band members, several of whom have got both local and foreign audiences headbanging with their other bands, are bound by love towards uncompromising thrashy heavy metal and their will to share it with the rest of the world. Heavy Metal Wakes the Beast!

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Posted: 01.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Ceremonial Perfection

Ceremonial Perfection - five-piece melodic death metal act from Tallinn, Estonia. Band was founded in 2007. First concert was 28.12.2007. During it's first two-years, the group performed in many Estonian cities, as well as Stay Metal Fest in Moscow. In September 2009 we had our first Russian Tour 2009. Debut album was realised 2011 under Nailboard Records in Estonia and Fono Ltd. Russia. February 2012 a new music video is realised and several plans regarding gigs have made for this season! So be ready for some action!

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Posted: 01.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Häive

2002 The idea of Häive starts to take form. The first notes for a primitive pagan metal tune is composed solely with a piano. This tune is to become the song "Yössä vainajien".

2003 "Yössä vainajien" demo is recorded spontaneously in early summer using only a double-deck recorder. The demo gets self-released in autumn without a proper distribution and with a pressing of only 30 copies.

2004 The first demo still gets the attention of a german UG-label N:C:U, which offers to release the second demo on tape. "Vaiti" is composed and recorded again very spontaneously in late summers' rains. The material differs from the previous demo quite noticetably, bringing acoustic guitar to a leading role. The release gets delayed 'till next year because of the label.

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Posted: 01.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Faanefjell

Brainchild (2009) of Norwegian folk and metal guitarist Kim "Grimtroll" Arly Karlsen and Danish black metal vocalist Benjamin "Syrtroll" Isar Jørgensen, Faanefjell is the musical embodiment of an era where the two countries were one kingdom. The lyrical universe of the band is set in late 19th century, where the human civilization had developed electrical lightning and dynamite to once and for all conquer the Scandinavian forests and mountains and drive the Trolls further into oblivion.

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Posted: 01.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Gernotshagen

The band Gernotshagen has now been integrated into the Pagan scene for 10 years and by now plays shows all over Europe. The band was founded in 1999 by B. Techet (guit), D. Möller (voc), S.Beck (bass) and M. Pomplun (leadguit) in consequence of two other band's break -up. In 2000 S. Jung (keys) and T.Völker (drums) completed the quartet. This formation has not changed til now and according to the band should not change at all.

Gernotshagen cannot be assigned to typical Pagan Metal. According to their own statement it is a musically-experimental mix of different Metal genres with classic and folk influences combined with a lot of melody. An atmospheric composition though the vocals, which complete the overall picture with overwhelming clean passages and aggressive growls. It is simply impossible to compare Gernotshagen with other bands since they create their own, totally unique musical style.

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Posted: 01.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Exsecratus

Exsecratus was found by O. Mattila in the early spring 2004. Soon N. Hartikainen joined the band. After a few quick member changes, the first whole line-up was completed. During the following autumn E. Vihma and A. Päivinen were found to complete the new style of Exe.

Soon after New Year '05 M. Niemelä took his place behind the drums and the name eXsecratus was decided to be the new name of the band.

In spring '05 Mr. Niemelä left the band due to musical and personal differences. Soon to leave was also E. Hartikainen because of his military service.

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Posted: 01.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Preternatural

Low-tuned guitar riffs, blasting rhytm section, multidimensional screaming vocals and ambient atmosheric melody. These features would probably describe the band's music best.

The story began in 1999, when two school friends Serg and Volod, being obsessed with a long-standing common dream of creating a band, started taking private guitar lessons. Soon, feeling enough skills to make some chords, the guys had recruited a bass player Den and a drummer Gin from the other band that had been rehearsing in a local area studio and started to play together. Each lad in the new band was influenced by absolutely different subgenres of metal and music itself. Instead of arguing upon, who would lead the style, the band had decided to create the unique link between their influences of death metal power, black metal grimness and ambient music's keyboard atmosphere. But with such a musical mixture the band needed a proper theme for lyrics and the name of the band must have been equal, either. Since, Serg (vocalist, guitaris) as a teenager, was drown in the studies of paranormal and psychology, the problem of lyrical theme had dissapeared. (Ever since, every song of the band is a different story dedicated to paranormal and our perception to that phenomenon in our life). The name problem hadn't lasted, either, cause one morning, Serg took the English language vocabulary, opened it at a random page and accidentally saw a word Preternatural.

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Posted: 01.12.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Nycticorax

Group Nycticorax appeared April 17, 2003, in Riga (Latvia). The style of music - Black Metal (raw Black Metal), but the leader and founder of Lodbrok calls the band's style as The Black Death Metal (poyasnenie- see the title).

An excerpt from an interview given group metal portal mustdie.ru in 2007:
Lodbrok: It all started in 1997. After participating in several "basement" of the project, I wanted to start a band, and after many failures with the search of me finally managed to find like-minded people, and in 2000 there was a group of "Nightwing" . It took another two years, but not all the material accumulated during this time in my head, it was possible to implement. And I began to think about the second draft, so there was "one man band": "NYCTICORAX" and the first demo in English. It was a very poor record, but it was different from what I did in "NIGHTWING". Then my main band began to change, change the composition, the star of some participants of the disease began to appear creative pause, during which I fully stocked makeup "NYCTICORAX". (And immediately decided to go for a more complicated way of development, ie. E. The incomprehensible name, raw sound, lyrics in Russian, in the sense that it is desirable to think about it.) "

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Posted: 30.11.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Collide

The Very Beginning
The history of the band begins at the end of 2003. Gutarist Maris Muiznieks (from Ventspils) and drummer Gatis Ruba (from Riga) plays various bands cover versions already for several years when their own first songs come into existence. At the beginning of 2004, when joins the bass player Ingus Purgalis(from Smiltene) and vocalist Ingus Kils (from Liepaja), the band is ready to perform. The first concert is played at the "Brivo kedu saiets".

Year 2004
In the summer of 2004 the drummers change and in autumn, with Edgars Felkers (from Valmiera) as a drummer, the band records Demo CD containing four songs - "Go Insane", "Dead-alive", "Dogma" and "I Don..t Care". Thanks to this, the band starts to prove itself at bigger events. This is why its first serious concert is considered to be the "Fresh Blood 2" in the club Depo (Riga). After that COLLIDE starts active performing with such famous Latvian bands as Sanctimony, Neglected Fields, Huskvarn, and many others.

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Posted: 30.11.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Huskvarn

A band beginning is justified in year 1989, banding together with underground black metal and heavy metal bands. In that time it actively hustles i different heavy music projects on the underground stages. After communism mutinous teenager minds were loaded obvious unfairness, existing social order option and point of view freedom restriction, and absolute inability to accept social standpoint. Band brought together common attitude and desire to express it for a larger public. Latvia's first thrash metal band was created accepting motor-saw company's "Husqvarn" brand for band's name.

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Posted: 30.11.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Legacy ID

Legacy ID is a Latvian metal band from Riga, Latvia. Formed in late 2012, the group consists of guitarist Artis Apinis, vocalist Andis Jekabsons, drummer Ivars Logins and bassist Andrey Nikitin.
Genre; Legacy ID is considered a progressive metal/rock band. Influenced by a wide variety of genres, Legacy ID takes the best of everything to create their distinctive sound and progressive arrangements.
Influences vary from death metal, heavy metal, djent, trash metal to progressive rock/metal, nu metal, hard rock, funk, alternative.
Lyrical themes; Co-written by Andis and Ivars. The earlier songs expressed more interior subjects like the inner struggle, overcoming disbelief in oneself, waking from utopian dreams to a harsh and unforgiving reality of life.
Some of the latest songs express more general issues, like one's role in a society, playing by it's rules, remaining undaunted and unbroken by the pressures of mainstream culture and the ruling economic systems.
A brief history; The core duo - Artis and Ivars - have been playing together for more than a decade. Meanwhile, in search of comrades, several band members have changed. The current front man Andis joined the band in the end of 2012 and bassist Andrey in the end of 2013.
In first year of existence, the band did 9 gigs and a festival appearance, several studio recordings, getting a grip on the local rock/metal scene, making friends with the clubs they played at and the bands they played with, making an impression with their every performance.

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Posted: 30.11.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Timo Tolkki

Timo Tolkki is one of the most respected guitar players in Heavy Rock scene with the sales of 2,5 million records, a Finnish Grammy and 3 Gold Discs with his band Stratovarius. In the the renowned American "Guitar World" magazine, Tolkki has been ranked the 27th fastest guitar player in the world, as well as placing 84th of the 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time.

He is the pioneer in creating a highly copied Stratovarius production sound producing all the Stratovarius albums. As an active producer with his own production company Goldenworks, his productions have sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.

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Posted: 30.11.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Armagedda

Armagedda was created in the mind of A in early 2000, but then went by the name Volkermord. Their idea was to create some spiritual disease through music that would infect and destroy human minds. Soon (couple of months later) A spoke with Graav and Phycon about this idea and all were in agreement... A rehearsal tape was recorded, but remained unreleased until 2008. The band entered the studio in mid-2000 for the recording of the Volkermord demo which enjoyed a grim and raw production; released in October, limited to only 30 copies. This demo was to be released on MCD format, but postponed indefinitely. In the very beginning of the year 2001 they entered the studio once again for the recording of the full-length debut-album The Final War Approaching.

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Posted: 30.11.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Shadowgarden

The idea and name of Shadowgarden saw its infancy already in the mid 90's, as a possible side-project to then, the quite new-fangled Draconian. Original Draconian members Johan Ericson and Andy Hindenäs took an idealistic journey in honor of the Swedish and Finnish gothic metal scene with highly inspirational outfits such as Cemetary, Sentenced and a good dose of heavy riffing. An extensive revival and a second step was taking place in the preface of the new millennium. Songs such as "Sorrows' Kitchen", "Murky Waters" and "With Love and a Bullet" begun to take shape, but it would take years before the public would hear the final outcome.

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Posted: 30.11.2014 by Bad English

Bands
Wolvserpent

Boise, Idaho's mysterious occult duo Wolvserpent formed in 2009 and consist of Blake Green and Brittany McConnell. The duo play a masterful mix of apocalyptic doom, avant-orchestral drone and blackened, sepulchral ambience. 2010 saw the release of their debut full-length Blood Seed which was met with immense critical acclaim and quickly sold out of its limited edition pressings. In 2012 the band signed to renowned indie label Relapse Records and will record their sophomore full-length entitled Perigaea Antahkarana, a four song 80 minute opus, this November with producer/engineer Mell Dettmer (Asva, Boris, Earth, Sunn O)))) in Seattle and in Idaho at their home studio.

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Posted: 30.11.2014 by J. N.

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