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NorthTale

NORTHTALE was born out of the desire of three world class musicians to work with each other in creating a new Power Metal band, blending melodic, anthemic choruses with fast paced rhythms and technically challenging, often harmonized solos.

In the words of guitarist Bill Hudson, "We want to bring back the amazing golden years of Power Metal. Like in the late 90s, when STRATOVARIUS, HELLOWEEN, HAMMERFALL and all those bands were at their peak! Those bands, alongside with IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST have been inspiring me to write music my whole life".

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Posted: 20.08.2019 by Starvynth

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E-X-E

Formed in New York City as a Heavy / Speed Metal band called Executioner in 1984. They had to rename themselves to E-X-E after they signed to Shatter Records in 1986, as to not be mixed up with Executioner from Boston, who were signed to New Renaissance Records at the time. The debut LP incorporated traditional metal elements from their early days as well as a dark & brutal thrash metal style. After releasing a follow up thrash metal album in 1990 they split up in 1991.
In 2015 E-X-E was reformed by two members & songwriters of the original line up, now playing an alternative rock/metal crossover style.

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Posted: 19.08.2019 by ScreamingSteelUS

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Coven

Coven was formed in the late 1980s just north of Seattle Washington. The classic lineup featured Dean Babbitt, Paul Hash on Guitar Neal Babbitt on drums Gary Peebles on bass & Jay Clark on vocals.

The band recorded three albums between 1985 & 1993 'Blessed Is The Black, 'Death Walks Behind You' & 'Boneless Christian' these continue to be international classics because of their blending of several metal genres and unique style.

Coven is back again in 2012 like a malignant tumor again! Dean & Neal Babbitt are joined by lunatic front man Jamie Carter, thrasher extraordinaire bassist Eric Close and the diabolically sinful guitar work of The mysterious UnderBishop!

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Posted: 19.08.2019 by ScreamingSteelUS

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Grinder

During the height of the worldwide thrash movement there were several epicenters of activity. While New York and the Bay Area were perhaps the most prominent, Germany's big three; Sodom, Kreator and Destruction were leading the charge on the European front. However, what some thrash fans may not be aware of is that there was a secondary stratum to that scene which had some phenomenal, albeit lesser known, acts recording some ambitious material. Grinder were one of those bands who released three albums worth of "in your face" thrash/speed metal during their brief existence.

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Posted: 19.08.2019 by ScreamingSteelUS

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Pyracanda

Pyracanda formed in Koblenz, Germany in 1987—just a group of local friends out to have a good time and jam out some thrashing heavy metal. The five-song 'Welcome To Crab-Louse City' demo quickly materialized in 1988, but it would only be a few short months before Rolf Koch (bass) and Dirk Pützfeld (vocals) were replaced by Dieter Wittbecker and Hansi Nefen, respectively—rounding out the lineup founded by guitarists Sven Fischer and Dennis Vaupel, and Elmar Gehenzig behind the kit.

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Posted: 19.08.2019 by ScreamingSteelUS

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Paladin

Fast, melodic, and technical, Atlanta's Paladin is on a mission to bring some European flavor to the US metal scene. The foursome blends soaring vocals, harsh rasps, catchy melodies, and fiery guitar work reminiscent of the 80s to create their own brand of thrashy power metal.

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Posted: 14.08.2019 by Bad English

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Agonize

Agonize is one of the most important bands to form after the war in Bosnia, and is greatly recognised for their role in the survival of Bosnian metal scene.

The band started in Tuzla in 1997, and after two years in 1999 they recorded their first 5-song demo. 2001. saw the band's first full-lenght album The Chosen One which was self-released. After some line-up changes (original singer Elvis Trakić left the band, and guitarist Adnan Hatić stepped in for vocal duties) a lot of live shows, and a slight change in their music, the band released their second album When Memory Dies. This album was a great push for the band, and while promoting it, they did two tours, with Obscura in 2007, and Bloody Sign in 2008.

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Posted: 14.08.2019 by nicaZe

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Mad Max

It all began in 1982 when the New wave of British heavy metal stormed in from Great Britain all over Europe.

This was the starting point for the passionate and young German band from Muenster. Heavy metal music was the rule, and sending the first demos ever to the recently founded company Roadrunner Records made them get one of their first signings.

Mad Max were in good company. Bands like Metallica, King Diamond or Lee Aaron were signed to the nowadays very highly acclaimed metal label as well. The deal ran over three albums, and suddenly the band started touring intensively with bands as Pretty Maids, Yngwie Malmsteen, Uriah Heep or Stryper and playing the legendary Dynamo Open Air festival in Eindhoven.

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Posted: 14.08.2019 by nicaZe

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Véhémence

Emerging in 2013, little is known about Véhémence's conception. A debut album, Assiégé was self-released digitally in February 2014, before being re-released by Aeternitas Tenebrarum Musicae Fundamentum in 2015. Appearing to be primarily a project helmed by Tulzcha, who is credited with all instruments short of vocals on the debut, the end result resembles the Second Wave of Black Metal with a medieval setting. As far as the first album is concerned, this was limited to the lyrical content.

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Posted: 12.08.2019 by Starvynth

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Fjørt

The three piece post-hardcore outfit Fjort from Aachen released their critically acclaimed debut 12″ on True Love Entertainment in late 2012. The record shows a wide range of modern heavy guitar music - leading from postrockish delay parts to heavy and drum driven dark hardcore parts. Think of a more "emo" version of Jungbluth without the fast/d-beat-parts. The lyrics are mostly screamed in german.

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Posted: 12.08.2019 by Bad English

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Cloak

Unyielding darkness and brutality emerge from the deep south of the United States. Atlanta, GA based quartet Cloak blend the sounds of black metal, rock 'n' roll, and homegrown Southern sludge to create their own unique and menacing sound.

Their debut full-length, To Venomous Depths (2017), was met with critical acclaim upon its release. Decibel Magazine placed it at #20 among their "Top 40 Albums of 2017," solidifying the band's place among the heavy metal elite. Now, Cloak is back with The Burning Dawn, a riff-heavy and groove-laden follow-up that proves the band are still rife with fresh ideas.

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Posted: 11.08.2019 by Starvynth

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Krokus

Formed in Solothurn, Switzerland, Krokus appeared in 1974 playing symphonic rock similar to Yes, Genesis and Emerson, Lake And Palmer. After four years and two rather lacklustre albums, they switched to a hard rock style and dropped the frills in favour of a back-to-basics approach in the mode of AC/DC. The most stable early line-up of the band featured Chris Von Rohr (vocals), Fernando Von Arb (guitar), Jörg Nägeli (bass), Tommy Kiefer (guitar) and Freddy Steady (drums). The songs were formulaic numbers based on simple riffs and predictable choruses that were chanted repeatedly. With Von Rohr's voice lacking the necessary vocal range, he stepped down to become the bass player in favour of new arrival 'Maltezer' Marc Storace. Nägeli occasionally played keyboards and subsequently took over the technical side of the band. Metal Rendez-vous was the turning point in the band's career; released in 1980, it was heavier than anything they had done before and coincided with the resurgence of heavy metal in Britain.

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Posted: 10.08.2019 by Starvynth

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Wednesday 13

Though best known for fronting the Murderdolls, Wednesday 13 is a rock veteran who's been playing in bands since he was 15-years old. He adopted his stage moniker in 1995, naming himself after Wednesday of The Addams Family and the address, 1313 Mockingbird Lane, of The Munsters. A year later he formed his now-deceased horror-core band Frankenstein Drag Queens From Planet 13, named in the spirit of legendary B-movie director Ed Wood. The band put out four independent albums between 1996 and 2001, and played countless local shows.

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Posted: 10.08.2019 by Starvynth

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Goregäng

Born where the giant swamp mosquitos go to die, Goregäng was thrust into the world in the early months of 2016 with one purpose: to stampede people with sound. The group is comprised of a duo of audio engineers from Smoke & Mirrors Productions in Spring Hill, Florida. The self-produced, self-titled, self-released EP was released in early 2017, and caught the attention of Transcending Obscurity Records, who released the band's first full-length album, "Neon Graves" on May 20th, 2019.

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Posted: 10.08.2019 by nikarg

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Znowhite

Znowhite is definitely not another typical 80's spped metal band. This speed metal band comes with style. Formed in 1982 in Chicago, Illinois by three relatives (Ian Tafoya - guitars, his brother Sparks - bass and cousin Nicky - drums), the group centered their musical interests around the fastest and wildest genre of metal. The name they took on was a complete puzzle, though. Not only didn't Snowhite sound aggressively and heavily, it was certainly a rather ironic choice for three Afro-Americans. Nevertherless, their music gained much popularity - the only missing link on their ladder to success was a good singer. Suprisingly, the band's manager (who was also Ian's classmate) unrevealed her skills as a metal vocalist. The line-up was finally complete, now lead by a gold-haired beauty with snow white skin, at last giving the group's name a proper meaning.

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Posted: 09.08.2019 by Starvynth

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Sentinel Beast

Sentinel Beast was formed in Sacramento, CA in 1984 by Debbie Gunn (vocals), Michael Spencer (bass), and Scott Awes (drums). During this time, the axes were played by Greg Williams and Jerry Frazier, later to be replaced by Barry Fischel and Mark Koyasako. Discovered by Kerry King of Slayer and Kenny Powell of Omen, the band recorded and released the influential 'Depths Of Death' album, on Metal Blade Records, in 1986. Sentinel Beast opened up for the likes of Slayer, Exodus, Megadeth, Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Motörhead and others.

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Posted: 09.08.2019 by Starvynth