Bands
Sinmara

Formerly named Chao, and under that name the three track cassette Spiritus Sankti was released in 2012 by Norwegian label Terratur Possessions, Sinmara is a Black Metal band from Reykjavík and Mosfellsbær featuring members of Svartidauði, Wormlust, Rebirth Of Nefast and Slidhr.

Musically Sinmara contrast chaotic agression with haunting melodies and dramatic build-ups, with a focus on musicianship and attention to detail.

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Posted: 27.05.2015 by J. N.

Bands
Bloodway

Bloodway was born in July 2013, from the ideas of 3 musicians, Costin Chioreanu (guitar, vocals), Alex Ghita (drums) and Mihai Andrei (bass). The three merged their past musical experiences, challenging themselves to reach new borders of creativity, in order to shape a special band with an extremely coherent speech. The name Bloodway comes from the idea of experiences and paths that somebody can achieve and discover during a lifetime.

The reason why the band kept everything secret - from its own existence to any updates concerning creative progress - until this very moment it is simply the band member's desire of presenting just the results of their creativity, completely ignoring the nowadays social aspects of having a band. "We were totally focused on developing what we wanted to build together, so we just locked ourselves in the cell and kept everything away from the world outside. Our main goal was first to find our own path and to record a debut material as concentrated as possible. We simply left outside the door any possible influence from the people around us", Costin Chioreanu explains. "Even our closest friends had zero information on our existence as a band, until today... but our purpose demanded that precisely."

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Posted: 25.05.2015 by J. N.

Bands
Mr. Bungle

Mr. Bungle was formed in 1985 in Eureka, California. The original line-up included Trevor Dunn on bass, Mike Patton on vocals, Trey Spruance on guitar, and Jed Watts on drums. The band took its name from two short films which appeared in early episodes of the "The Pee Wee Herman Show", in which an ill-mannered, un-hygienic puppet clown demonstrated how good grade-school kids should not behave (only later did band members learn, through Faith No More bassist Bill Gould, that the porn flick "Sharon's Sex Party" also stars a character named Mr. Bungle).

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Posted: 24.05.2015 by J. N.

Bands
The Order Of The Solar Temple

There was a time in the history of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal when the boundaries of those genres were blurry and it was natural for them to flow together into powerful musical expressions, very often under the flag of occultism and esoterism. Today, those times of great ardour and creativity revive in the arcane melodies of The Order Of The Solar Temple, a wicked congregation performing strange rituals in the ancient magik of rock and roll.

Conceived in 2012 by Canadian singer/guitarist Matt "Macabre" Emery - once in the ranks of Funeral Circle and other Vancouver's metal acts - The Order Of The Solar Temple plaits the occult-tinged proto-metal of Blue Öyster Cult with the dark, introvert visions of Paul Chain; the doom arabesques of Pagan Altar with the dreadful metal outbursts of Demon and Mercyful Fate; the teachings of Aleister Crowley with the denim-and-leather philosophy of the first metal era.

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Posted: 24.05.2015 by J. N.

Bands
Pantommind

Sometime in the distant 1993, in a small town in the heart of Bulgaria, a few friends gather up to play their favorite music. These are Pete Christ, "Floyd" Rossen, Jiip Randam and Lambie. They call themselves with the strange name Lavender Haze, while their music protrudes influences of Queensryche and shows affinity towards different electronic motives and complex compositions.

Two years later, the band is finally completed with the joining of the emblematic vocalist Tony Ivan, and drummer Drago. 1995 marks the change of the band's name to Pantommind, as well as their first studio recording - the song called "Every Dream Is A Game". Another year passes in recording of new material, and in 1996 the demo EP Unreality.

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Posted: 24.05.2015 by J. N.

Bands
Noûs

Noûs exercise powerful, raw, sludgy, psychedelic, filthy metal. Dark heavy low end rumble, weighty drums, controlled dissonance with harsh, guttural vocals. Painfully chosen words attempting to describe the 5 piece Sludge/Doom Metal band from Ballarat, Australia.

Repulse of cliché is the attitude and focus when writing music.

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Posted: 24.05.2015 by J. N.

Bands
Dimesland

With members' musical past and contemporary placement in a divergent array of bands including The Residents, Wild Hunt and more, abstract metal quartet, Dimesland produces a sound that is the result of a blend of controlled chaos and musical mutation, heavy tension and dark psychedelia. As Dimesland, guitarists Nolan Cook and Drew Cook, drummer/vocalist Harland Burkhart and bassist/vocalist Greg Brace create a place where aggression and imagination merge harmonically, rhythmically and lyrically to explore the terrain of psychological havoc and mental fracture. The band's live performances are frantic and dense and feature songs woven together with shorter pieces and textures for an almost nonstop presentation of sound.

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Posted: 24.05.2015 by J. N.

Bands
Manimalism

Manimalism was founded by Kim Sølve and three others back in 1992. An anomaly in their own time, Manimalism was a silent contributor to the first wave of Norwegian post-Black Metal weirdness when names like Ved Buens Ende and Fleurety, before they became legendary, were their only contemporaries. As Taarenes Vaar, they released two demos, one in 1996 and one in 1997, both to critical acclaim from local magazines. It was hard for conformists to make sense of Manimalism, there was not much there that adhered to the expectations of the already indoctrinated Black Metal scene. Too bizarre to get proper recognition in their own time, too weird to be picked up by the Black Metal demo re-release wave a decade or so back, their two demos stand as the only evidence of their artistic merit.

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Posted: 24.05.2015 by J. N.

Bands
Merkabah

Merkabah is a heavy rock band that also encompasses symphonic and progressive rock music elements. The band was founded in the Beauce region (Quebec) in 2002.

In 2009, the band was awarded the Champlain prize for Best Heavy Metal album for its second LP, which is called The Realm of All Secrets (2007). Over the last years, the band has also played with several international acts such as Lacuna Coil, Hammerfall, and Gamma Ray. Merkabah also took part in the 2008 edition of the Woodstock en Beauce festival.

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Posted: 24.05.2015 by J. N.

Bands
Thy Darkened Shade

The entity known as Thy Darkened Shade was formed nameless in 1999 by Semjaza. The music composed was Black Metal with old school and epic influences. Over the years and after various experimentations, the sound of Thy Darkened Shade changed significantly resulting in Eternvs Mos, Nex Ritvs. Expect a mix of raw yet technical Black Metal with old school, avant-garde and 80's Thrash influences.

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Posted: 24.05.2015 by J. N.

Bands
Tome Of The Unreplenished

Tome Of The Unreplenished is an artistic musical project created as a source of self expression and visualization, combined with a soothing yet dismal form of language and execution. The representation of conceptual philosophy, progression, and elevation through sound.

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Posted: 24.05.2015 by J. N.

Bands
Majestic

MAJESTIC was formed by Richard Andersson under the name of LAB RAT. He started writing songs with focus on strong melodies and heavy guitar riffs with turbo-charged solo parts. Richard called up some old friends and the line-up was completed with Joel Lindér (drums), Martin Wezowski (bass) and Jonas Blum (vocals). One month later the recordings took place.

The debut album "Abstract Symphony" was recorded during November, December 1998 and was released worldwide by Massacre Records (Europe, except France - released by NTS Records), Toshiba/EMI (Japan) and NEMS (South America, Mexico). This neo-classical metal album received tremendous attention worldwide and achieved excellent reviews (Aardshock, Force, Powerplay, Metallium, Spin City etc.). 7 out of 7 in Metal Hammer (Germany). 9,5 out of 10 in Metal Heart among others.

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Posted: 23.05.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Dawnless

Early in the year 2003, somewhere at the far end of a valley lost in the Swiss Alps, Dawnless takes shape in the silence of an icy cold January month. The band's name's meaning is related to the area where the members come from which is forsaken by the sun throughout the long winter months.

The will to share its passion for Metal and Hard Rock is beyond any doubt the main goal of theses five close friends. Through time and work Dawnless grows and builds up confidence. New songs appear, gigs follow one another, the crowd, always following, shares the motivation that each member has for what he's doing.

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Posted: 23.05.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Frightmare

Frightmare are a sharp and deadly metallic force like no other! The band came together in mid-2002 when "Maniac" Neil Smith asked some friends if they would be interested in forming a new band. With the goal being to create the catchiest, heaviest most original hybrid of old school Death Metal, Grindcore, Punk and Thrash they could. The lyrical influence came from Neil's life-long obsession with late 70's/early 80's slasher films like The Burning, Friday The 13th, Maniac, My Bloody Valentine, Slumber Party Massacre and Sleepaway Camp. That same year the band wrote and recorded their first Slashterpiece appropriately titled Midnight Murder Mania. Midnight Murder Mania was released in the winter of 2003 with rave reviews from both magazines and fans. People noticed right away that these freaks didn't care about the current trends happening in heavy music and that they were all about writing ultra catchy, blood drenched metal. Death Metal, Grindcore and Punkers alike all dug the "Stalk And Thrash Grind" that Frightmare acheived on Midnight Murder Mania. It was a breath of fresh air in the stagnant underground metal scene. It was a reminder of the days when Slayer thrashed, Terrorizer grinded like no other and Impetigo were the kings of gore.

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Posted: 23.05.2015 by J. N.

Bands
Author & Punisher

Iconoclastic in the truest sense of the word, Tristan Shone inverts the tenets of doom metal completely, relying on cold steel and soulless machinery to sonically replicate the despondency of life. Described most succinctly as "industrial doom", this one-man project utilizes primarily custom designed and fabricated machines and speakers. From Shone's background and current position as a mechanical engineer, his designs and devices draw heavily on aspects of industrial automation and robotics with also a focus upon the eroticism of interaction with machine. The machines are designed to require significant force from the performer, aligning he/she with the plodding doom-influenced sounds that are created.

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Posted: 21.05.2015 by J. N.

Bands
The Infernal Sea

Formed in early 2010, The Infernal Sea's style is rooted in the traditional Black Metal sound. Not afraid to experiment and push the boundaries, The Infernal Sea bring an eclectic mix of influences to their sound. The Infernal Sea's sound and intense live performances have carved them into something unique and terrifying.

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Posted: 21.05.2015 by J. N.

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