|The Bulgarian melodic death/black metal band Claymore is formed in the summer of 1999 in the city of Ruse. Founding members are Kamen (drums, ex-Viper), Martyn (guitar, ex-Vomitory) and Velislav (bass, ex-Viper). Since then the band underwent radical member changes, but Tzvetelin (keyboards, ex-IK-1) and vocalist Svetoslav (ex-Coprophag, Zealotry) joined to form the current line-up.
Claymore quickly became popular among Bulgarian fans with unique and pure style of melodic death/black metal combining aggression and melody in one with influences from other styles like heavy, thrash, grind as well as a good amount of classical music. Their first ever performance is in September 1999 to start a long tour in many cities across Bulgaria captivating audiences everywhere. This earns them a place at the biggest Bulgarian Underground Music Festival (Bourgas 2000).
At the end of 1999 Claymore recorded their first demo tracks. They are quickly followed by an EP entitled Warriors Of Claymore in 2000, which is posted on many web magazines and played on radio shows in Bulgaria and abroad.
During 2002 Claymore worked hard on the sound quality for the recording of the actual EP, Released, which contains 5 songs. These songs represent their style and part of their live shows. Claymore's remarkable popularity and success earns them a place in a variety of festivals where they played alongside well-known international bands like Destruction, Napalm Death, Sinister, Graveworm, Negura Bunget etc.
In 2007 the vocalist received editor's choice award for outstanding achievements in poetry by presenting the lyrics to the International Library Of Poetry in Maryland, USA.
Claymore recorded and self-released their first full-length album, Prolonged Active Antagonism and took part in the Black Curse Over Europe tour in 2008. The album was then distributed by D.O.P. and the band signed with Toxity Records to release the songs on Vodafone Live!. The following year Claymore signed with Forces Of Satan Records from Norway (owned by Infernus of Gorgoroth and Vile Horg). Claymore is currently working on new material.