Bands
Shaolin Death Squad

Created in the northern most section of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, Shaolin Death Squad claims residency in Denton, TX. Prior to their official birth in late 2002, the members of SDS played in various music projects throughout the state. With an interest in theatrical arts, Shaolin Death Squad offers a unique live performance which often leaves their audience intrigued and eager for more. Along with their image, a variety of influences aid in the unique, yet oddly familiar sounds of SDS. The music consistently continues to be distinct and creative as well as commercially appealing, as the band seeks to be profitable in the market place while retaining musical/artistic integrity.

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Posted: 04.09.2015 by Bad English

Bands
The Ransack

Hailing from the north of Portugal their reputation as one of the country's finest exports is well-deserved. With 10 solid years of underground activity, they naturally became the Portuguese flagship of melodeath.

Surfacing in 2001 with a four-track demo, Chaotic, The Ransack commenced with four individuals. Necropolis, the band's official debut, saw the light of day in 2004 and immediately caused a major positive stir in the metal underground. Undergoing a small line-up change, the band entered the Ultrasound Studios at Braga and created Azrael, one of the 2007's most intense and remarkable metal releases in the Portuguese metal scene.

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Posted: 04.09.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
Vexillum

The vexillum, in ancient times, was the flag worn in battle by the armies. It was part of the signs of the people and it was the symbol under everyone was gathering to fight or to bring on his own reason. It was representation of the honor, the reason and the culture of whoever will bring it.

And, following this meaning, the band Vexillum saw the light in 2004 in Pisa (Italy) from an idea of the guitar player Michele Gasparri. After some months, the singer Dario Vallesi joined in, replacing Michele at the vocals and letting him focusing only on the six-chord shredding.

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Posted: 03.09.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
Lothlöryen

In 2002 Lothlöryen was formed, releasing in the next year a demo entitled Thousand Ways To The Same Land, which was the first step towards the creation of the band's identity.

Featuring eight songs, it received great reviews from brazilian press, which led the band to be part of Valhalla Demo Section, a compilation made by Valhalla magazine, featuring the best unsigned bands from Brazil. Due to the good response, Force Majeure Records signed a deal with them to release its debut album.

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Posted: 03.09.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
Profusion

The name Profusion, a combination of progressive and fusion, was chosen by the group at the end of 2002 just after nearly a year since its first formation Mardi Gras Experience (Vladimer Sichinava - drums, Jonathan Caradonna - keyboards, Marco Pieri - electric bass, a trio heavily influenced by American progressive rock of the '90s).

During the first year, the trio's line-up expanded with the entry of the guitarist Alberto Riggi and singer Alessandro Buzzo.

In 2003 flautist Fabiano Biagini joined the group.

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Posted: 03.09.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
Ace Of Hearts

Ace of Hearts started to take shape when Antonio and Andrea decided to join forces to create a band with a sound that would combine dark aggressive metal with beautiful classic arrangements and explosive melodies.

Antonio and Andrea decided to invite a fellow band mate, Federico, whilst Gianmaria was given the role of lead guitarist. Together they started writing the material for Ace of Hearts' debut work.

Whilst working on the tracks, the band started looking for a singer. This proved to be a tough task as the singer they were searching for required great versatility and uniqueness. Finally, after four months, the band made contact with a talented singer from London, Johnny Icon.

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Posted: 02.09.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
Tombstone

The band Tombstone, with the current line-up, saw daylight around year 2006 in the mysterious woods of Ostrobothnia on the Finnish west coast. The band consists of five very different and unique members that together forms the phenomenon called Tombstone. The message of the band is to stay true to what you believe in no matter what.

From day one, Tombstone has been a true heavy metal band and the musical influences are highly affected by great bands from the 70's and 80's, such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Manowar and Dio. With studded leather uniforms, roaring guitars, thundering bass & drums and screaming vocals the band is staying true to the real image and attitude of classic heavy metal. Due to having three guitarists in the line-up, Tombstone does not only offer heavy headbanging riffs, but very melodic music as well.

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Posted: 02.09.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
Shadow Host

Shadow Host is a power/speed-metal act from Moscow, Russia.

Founded in 1993 by Alexey Arzamazov, the band published 4 full-length albums and participated in numerous shows as support for the bands like Blind Guardian, Stratovarius and Grave Digger.

(Source: Facebook, 2.9.2015)

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Posted: 02.09.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
Borgne

Hailing from Switzerland, and thus being the first group from outside of Québec signed on Sepulchral Productions, Borgne plays cold, mechanical and inhumane Industrial/Black Metal, as martial as it is hypnotic. Do not expect any lame techno beats here, only blistering Black Metal done in a more "synthetic" way, with a dense, suffocating sound and some dark ambient passages.

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Posted: 30.08.2015 by J. N.

Bands
Arion

Finland's newest melodic metal sensation Arion came out from the woodwork and dropped on the scene like a bomb. Comprised of a trio of 17 and 18 year old music students from Sibelius Lukio and their equally accomplished muso friends, Arion wrote their debut song "Lost" - a versatile piece of symphonic melodic metal - in the summer of 2012, entered it to the Eurovision song contest's Finnish qualification and found themselves in the nationally televised qualification rounds. Perplexed in the midst of the TV hoopla and everything therein, still trying to get to know each other as a band mates, Arion were already getting the first taste of celebrity treatment. After 3 televised performances, Arion's song sensationally wound up 5th among 540 songs and got nationwide applause and airplay.

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Posted: 29.08.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Lorna Shore

The group consists of vocalist Tom Barber, guitarists Adam De Micco and Connor Deffley, bassist Gary Herrera and drummer Austin Archey. The band's first EP entitled Triumph, released in 2010, carried a distinct metalcore sound before leading into the band's progressively heavier style into deathcore. The band's second EP Bone Kingdom was the first to carry their current deathcore sound and was released in 2012. Maleficium, the band's third EP, reached number 3 on the iTunes Metal Chart and was the first non-digital only Lorna Shore release.

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Posted: 28.08.2015 by J. N.

Bands
Utstøtt

Utstøtt is a single member Epic Black Metal project based in Oregon. Musically, the songs draw from the raw, dark sound of classic Norwegian and Swedish black metal, while heavily featuring the solemn, expansive sound of Norse traditionalism, all backed by a series of orchestral accompaniments.

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Posted: 28.08.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Harlott

Forged in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, Harlott are the finest example of the thrash metal genre in recent years taking most of their influence from the 80's bay area thrash, they focus on high energy, up tempo music with lyrical influence from the human condition.

Unrivaled live concerts, an aggressive recognizable sound and professional musicianship have earned Harlott a strong and dedicated fan base in the Melbourne metal scene which still continues to grow to this day. Harlott will not only impress new audiences in and outside of the heavy metal genre, but they will also succeed in taking the fans back to the golden age of metal.

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Posted: 27.08.2015 by nicaZe

Bands
Kabát

Band was founded in Teplice (a 50,000-citizen spa city situated 100 kilometres northwest of Prague) in 1983 by bassguitarist Milan Špalek and guitarist Tomáš Krulich. Drummer Radek "Hurvajs" Hurèík a singer Josef Vojtek joined the band later on. Another guitarist Ota Váòa completed the line-up in 1990. It is working to date.

In the beginning, Kabát operated as a local rock band just in hometown Teplice and its neighbourhood. The breaking point came in 1991, when the first album "Má ji motorovou" (She has it engine-driven) was released, followed by "Živì" (Live). On grounds of fan response, the band signed exclusive contract with the Monitor/EMI ÈR publishing.

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Posted: 27.08.2015 by Bad English

Bands
Void Of Sleep

Void Of Sleep is a band hailing from Ravenna, Italy. Formed in 2010 by Gale (guitar), Burdo (vocals and guitar) Allo (drums) and Paso (bass). In a few months the result of many rehearsal is a blend of sludge, psychedelic, stoner and progressive sound where epic rhythms melt with doom slowdowns, complex time signatures and "musical storms".

By the end of the year, after almost eight months since the new line-up had been defined, the band makes its first live appearance and in the following months it shares the stage with many international bands. In June 2011 it's time for the band to enter the Studio73 to record their debut EP under the direction of bass player and renowned producer Paso (winner of an Independent Music Awards in 2012 and also producer for Ephel Duath, Extrema, At The Soundawn, The Secret, The End of Six Thousand Years...). The three-songs Promo EP called Giants & Killers EP immediately generates excellent and positive reactions.

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Posted: 26.08.2015 by D.T. Metal

Bands
Arcane

Arcane formed in 2006, releasing their debut (now out of print) album 'Ashes' in 2007, followed by the 2009 concept album 'Chronicles Of The Waking Dream', an 11 track album featuring a dense narrative and the lead single 'The Seer'. Arcane's immersive sound, and the vocals of Jim Grey quickly found favour throughout Australia, headlining the annual Progfest Australian tour, providing touring support for Ne Obliviscaris, and performing to a capacity crowd at Sonic Forge Festival in Melbourne.

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Posted: 24.08.2015 by Bad English

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