Bands
Emerald

We have to go back to the mid 70s to find the origin of Emerald. At this time the 2 school friends Bert Kivits and Allard Ekkel decided to start a band and call it Warrior. Of course there were later a number of bands called Warrior, only in Holland alone there were a few of them. So at the end of '83 the name is changed into Emerald, inspired by a song from Thin Lizzy. It takes until '84 when the band records a 4 track demo. The songs shows the guys are very much into Picture and Ozzy Osbourne. What everyone directly hears is the extremely high pitched voice from singer Bert Kivits. It's a love or hate thing and nothing in the middle. A mix between Geddy Lee and Pat Benatar (really!). But besides Bert's voice also the Randy Rhoads style playing from Allard Ekkel is quite remarkable and gives Emerald their own unique sound. No wonder the band gets good reviews. Megaton boss Bram Kloos gets interested and so it happens that on the 24th of January 1985 the band signs a deal with Megaton (Thank you Bram!!). When later that year the album is released, Emerald got a huge live reputation in their region and is called 'The best Heavy Metal band from the East' (of Holland that is).

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Posted: 22.11.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Final Crusade

The metal-freaks Kevin Walter and Aaron Hartmeier met through their shared guitar teacher in 2011 and the Heavy Metal Band FINAL CRUSADE was called to life. The joint influence of bands such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Accept and Helloween pathed the way for the music style and the first songs of FINAL CRUSADE. In 2013 Marco Wernli on vocals, Marius Tengler on the bass and Timon Briner on the drums joined to complete the band as it exists today. Their live shows are wild, full of energy and a MUST SEE for all Heavy Metal fans!

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Posted: 15.11.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Blood Feast

It all started back in 1985 when drummer Kevin Kuzma and bassist Louis Starita joined forces with vocalist Gary Markovitch and guitarist Adam Tranquilli under the band's original name, BLOOD LUST. BLOOD LUST's maiden studio effort surfaced in February of 1986 in the form of a four song demo tape entitled The Suicidal Missions. Later that month, the talents of Michael Basden were recruited for the band as a second guitar player.

In May of 1986 the band was approached by New Renaissance Records to appear on a pair of compilation albums, Thrash Metal Attack and Speed Metal Hell Volume 3, with two tracks lifted straight off the demo tape. Soon afterwards the band was forced to change their name, and so they did... now calling themselves BLOOD FEAST. In June of 1986, New Renaissance Records offered the band an album contract.

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Posted: 14.11.2016 by Bad English

Bands
The Ottoman Empire

From the valleys of Southern Wisconsin come Luna Mortis. At once melodic and abrasive, technical and engaging, the female-fronted quintet blurs genre lines and transcends convention, carving a niche all their own, providing a new and powerful voice in metal. Since the solidification of their lineup in 2006, the band has consistently set a very high standard for live performance in their native Midwest, delivering precise renderings of their recorded material with unbridled intensity. The strength of the band's live show has allowed them opening spots for such acts as Megadeth, Nevermore, Dream Theater, Children of Bodom, and many more. This, combined with the international acclaim garnered by the 2006 release of their self-produced LP, "Way of the Blade*", established Luna Mortis as the region's premier metal act. By mid-2007, the band had gained sufficient momentum & notoriety to generate significant label interest. They began a period of intensive demo production and showcasing, beginning with the recording of their EP, "The Answer: Does Not Exist*" and culminating with the opportunity to cut four tracks with producer Jason Suecof (Trivium, Chimaira, All That Remains). These efforts ultimately found Luna Mortis a home at Century Media amongst a literal pantheon of some of the band's most respected and admired influences. This end result of years of dedicated work is only the beginning for Luna Mortis. With the backing of one of metal's largest and most enduring labels, the band looks outward, prepared to deliver their music to the world. Luna Mortis released their Century Media debut, entitled "The Absence", on February 10th, 2009.

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Posted: 14.11.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Superjoint

Superjoint Ritual was formed by Phil Anselmo, Jimmy Bower, and Joe Fazzio in the early 1990's. The New Orleans Sludge/Thrash group was later to be joined by Hank Williams III and Kevin Bond. Their sound can be heard as a crossover between hardcore punk and Pantera. Black metal influences can also be heard in trace amounts on their albums. The band name, Superjoint Ritual, comes from lyrics found in the Darkthrone song, "The Pagan Winter".
Bands like Venom, Celtic Frost, Slayer, and Voivod have been noted as major influences.

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Posted: 14.11.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Geoff Tate's Queensrÿche

In September 2012 it was officially announced that Geoff Tate was fired from Queensrÿche. Geoff however refused to be treated in such a manner and started his own version of Queensrÿche which initially included guitarists Kelly Gray (ex-Queensrÿche) and Glen Drover (ex-Megadeth), bassist Rudy Sarzo (ex-Quiet Riot), keyboardist Randy Gane, and drummer Bobby Blotzer (ex-Ratt.

Shortly after this new band's announcement, Glen Drover dropped out of the line-up and in early 2013 Bobby Blotzer also dropped out to return to Ratt. Shortly after Bobby's departure however Geoff Tate announced on his Queensrÿche's official site that Glen and Bobby's replacements were guitarist Robert Sarzo (Hurricane) and drummer Simon Wright (ex-AC/DC, ex-Dio). That same news announcement also announced the world-wide contract signing of Geoff Tate's version of Queensrÿche to Cleopatra Records as well as the 3 guest musicians who would be performing on the new album.

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Posted: 13.11.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Voice Of The Soul

Voice of the Soul is a Kuwait-based melodic death metal band formed in 2007. Coming from one of the weakest metal scenes in the Middle East, Voice of the Soul began their journey as a cover band in 2007. After a series of lineup changes, Voice of the Soul took the time to write and record originals and released their first EP, Winds of Apprehension, in July 2009. The band progressed and released their second EP, Eyes of Deceit, the following the summer. The EP was received very well and featured on Metality.net's 1st compilation album with Middle East metal heavyweights Nervecell, as well as Daylight Dies and Finnish legends Norther.

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Posted: 13.11.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Ashtar

Ashtar is a duo from Basel, Switzerland, formed in 2012 by members of the doom bands Phased and shEver (Witch N. left shEver in 2013). They create a haunting, magic blend of Black Metal, Sludge and Doom - an intuitive, intense hybrid of down-tuned archaic riffing, heavy bass and desperately sick vocals with layered, eerie-saturnine melodies, telling about abyss and beauty, melancholy and chaos.

Ashtar's debut album "Ilmasaari" was recorded between December 2013 and April 2014 at OSA Crypt in Greifensee, Switzerland. It has been mixed and mastered by Greg Chandler (Esoteric, Lychgate) at Priory Recording Studios in Birmingham, UK. Czar Of Bullets is proud to release "Ilmasaari" in June 2015. Along with this CD release there will be a limited tape edition via the French label Antiq. The vinyl version is going to see the light of day in early autumn through Throne Records.

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Posted: 09.11.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Incubus(US-LO)

Back in mid 1982, Moyses M. Howard (drums) and Francis M. Howard (guitar, vocals) moved from their native land of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with their parents and settled down in New Orleans (Metairie), Louisiana USA, after as little as a year Moyses took interest in music and drums, which made an immediate impact on Moyses, he then encouraged his younger brother Francis to take guitar lessons, Francis was instantly interested to learn and practice more and more. For the brothers, from '84 then on, both formed numerous metal bands with friends from school and numerous musicians, playing shows, under quite a few different band names at the time. After a couple a years, after they took interest in the newer underground metal bands and hardcore in the mid 80's that was starting to gain popularity, speed fascinated the brothers. Then on February 1986, they formed Incubus (Opprobrium's old band name at that time). Moyses and Francis put Scot W. Latour on vocals, a New Orleans born bass player, which have been playing also in the same heavy metal bands under different names with the Howard brothers for quite a few years before the birth of Incubus. In May '87, the trio recorded their first demo, entitled, "Supernatural Death", which spread through the underground death metal scene as the band continued on playing shows. A few months after the release of their demo, the band released their first debut album, "Serpent Temptation", through Brutal Records (USA) and Metal Works (UK). This masterpiece made quite and impact in the international metal scene and built up a strong worldwide fan following. At the end of '89, the band was looking for a new label to release their second album. In the meantime, in late '89, bassist/vocalist Scot W. Latour left the band and the brothers found a new bassist in Mark Lavenia, a native of Orlando, Florida. The band moved to Tampa, Florida back in '89, and Francis took over the vocal duties. Both the band a newer label, Nuclear Blast, that was freshly starting out, got in contact with each other in early 1990 in talks for the second band project. Nuclear Blast took the chance, signed the band and released the brilliant follow-up "Beyond The Unknown" in the mid 1990, an album that both Francis and Moyses recorded by themselves as sole musicians at Morrisound recording studio in Tampa, Florida. The second album once again received raving responses by both media and fans worldwide at that time and, in 1991, the band embarked into their first headlining extensive European tour. On February 1992, the band moved back to New Orleans , Louisiana, departing also from bass player Mark Lavenia. A couple of years later, in mid 1994, Francis and Moyses re-released their classic first album, "Serpent Temptation", which one of their songs of this project, "The battle of Armageddon", was featured in the popular Nuclear Blast Records compilation series, Death.....Is Just The Beginning" Vol.III in 1994.

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Posted: 05.11.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Severed Crotch

n 2004 Severed Crotch was formed in Reykjavík from the ashes of the two death metal bands Lack of Trust and Nocturn. The four members(Gunnar, Kjartan, Þórður and Torfi) started writing material for this new band. In late summer 2004 vocalist Ingólfur joined the band, and Severed Crotch played their first batch of shows, with great response from the local scene. In early 2005 Severed Crotch parted ways with guitarist Torfi, and the band abandoned their brutish old-school Death Metal roots and grew into a far more brutal and technical beast. While new songs were being written, Ingvar(Momentum) joined on live guitars and the band continued to play several shows in Reykjavík with both local and international acts. Ingvar left in late 2005 and Severed carried on as a 4 piece. Not letting the departure of a guitarist hold them back, Severed kept playing plenty of shows and getting responses as good as ever. During the summer of 2006 the band recorded their debut Ep entitled Soul Cremation which wasn't released until almost a year later. In march 2007 the young guitarist Marvin joined the fold and Severed Crotch was back to a quintet. During the fall of 2007 the band recorded a 3 song Ep for promotional purposes. Early the following year Marvin left the group due to some personal reasons. After that Ingvar reunited with Severed Crotch and they are currently preparing to hit the studio to record their debut album.

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Posted: 05.11.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Cnoc An Tursa

Cnoc An Tursa are a Scottish Metal Band forged in 2006 by Alan Buchan and Rene Hill in Falkirk, an ancient borough whose motto is, "Better Meddle wi' the De'il than the Bairns O' Falkirk."

Cnoc An Tursa create intense, epic ballads combined with the tales of a much neglected art form: old Scottish poetry. Their sound represents a totally unrivaled form of heavy Scottish metal with ravenous melodic undertones and ancient rhythmical lyrics, capturing a sound deeply rooted in ancient heritage, giving a fresh perspective on what Scottish metal has to offer.

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Posted: 31.10.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Aletheian

Blending the intensity of modern brutality with the innovation and experimentation of the pioneering extreme metal bands, ALETHEIAN gracefully combines elements of technical, progressive, European, and melodic metal into a unique brand of American death metal. ALETHEIAN was originally formed in central Pennsylvania in 1997 under the name CRUTCH, founded on the goal to bring a fresh sound and a positive message to a dark, dry scene. CRUTCH released a few independent albums and built a loyal following before changing the name in 2003 and maturing into a legitimate contender in the progressive/melodic death metal scene. In 2005, ALETHEIAN recorded the self-produced Dying Vine album and has subsequently toured around the country promoting the independent release. Catching the attention of Ironclad Recordings, Dying Vine proves to be the elite caliber of album worth re-releasing for national distribution.

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Posted: 25.10.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Crutch

CRUTCH was founded in 1997 and became ALETHEIAN in 2003. The name change came when CRUTCH underwent a major transformation acquiring two new members, and made the decision to take the band to the touring level for the first time.

The style and material of the band has not changed with the name. Combining elements of technical, progressive, European, and melodic metal; ALETHEIAN hopes to bring a fresh sound and a positive message to a dark, dry scene.

Influences included: Death, Cynic, Carcass, Emperor, Extol, Fates Warning, Dream Theater, Meshuggah, At the Gates, etc...

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Posted: 24.10.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Atrophy

Tuscon, Arizona's Thrash masters Atrophy came to be in 1986 under their original name Heresy but by '87 their name had changed and they'd recorded a 6 song Demo cassette titled Chemical Dependency. That Demo was soon followed up with 1988's 3 song Advanced Promo which was soon followed up with their inclusion on the Metal Forces Presents: Demolition - Scream Your Brains Out compilation that was issued by Chain Reaction Records. At the time the band consisted of vocalist Brian Zimmerman, guitarist Chris Lykins, guitarist Jesse Callin, bassist James Gulotta, and drummer Tim Kelly and their two Demos garnered them the attention of Roadrunner Records which signed the band in 1988. The bands' brand of straightforward technically proficient Thrash Metal was quite a popular thing at the time of their first official full length album, 1988's Socialized Hate, which also featured their new second guitarist Rick Skowron who had replaced the departed Callin. The bands' popularity began to rapidly increase with the record label's backing and promotional efforts, all of which resulted in slots on national and European tours alongside acts such as Sacred Reich, Coroner, and Forced Entry.

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Posted: 24.10.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Auroch

Spawned from Vancouver's underground back in 2008, Lovecraftian death metal trio Auroch is on a mission to give Canadian extreme metal traditions the respect they deserve, bringing them to the countless maniacs always anticipating the next epic death metal assault.

Following a number of smaller releases, Auroch will finally be unleashing its soon to be titled first full-length album in summer 2012.

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Posted: 23.10.2016 by Bad English

Bands
Athelstan

Athelstan is the eponymous side project of Forefather guitarist Athelstan. Recording for Athelstan's first solo album began in 2010, in between the release of Forefather's Steadfast and The Last Of The Line, and was completed in 2012. The Ride was released on February 5, 2013, on Forefather's Seven Kingdoms label. Athelstan performed all of the instrumentation himself, with guest vocals on two tracks from his brother and Forefather co-leader Wulfstan.

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Posted: 20.10.2016 by ScreamingSteelUS

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