Bands
Words Of Farewell

Initiated by lead guitarists Erik Gaßmus and Phillipp Olivier, the German Progressive Death Metal band Words Of Farewell formed in early 2007.

After four months of rehearsing, the 7 track EP Ashes Of The Coming Dawn was recorded at Boombox Studios in Lünen and published in a quantity of 500 units.

In the autumn of 2008 the band recorded the 4 track CD From Now On... for promotional purposes at Total Recall Studios in Herten. It was pressed in limited numbers to be sent out to record labels and venues, distributed at live concerts and additionally offered as free download. Furthermore, the second sampler of the 'European Underground Extreme Metal Front" featured their track "In Fiction".

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Posted: 18.04.2014 by psykometal

Bands
Hellyeah

Although officially formed in 2006, the heavy metal group's story came long before that. In 2003 Chad Gray from Mudvayne approached Nothingface's Jerry Montano and Tom Maxwell to do a work together. Tagging along his guitarist band mate Greg Tribbett, Chad had a band in mind and they needed a drummer to form a complete band and Vinnie Paul Abbot who was at that time already parted ways with Pantera and Damageplan joined.

Anticipating the empty slot of bassist after Jerry Montano departed from the band just weeks after their debut album's release, the band quickly filled it with Damageplan's ex-bassist Bob Zilla.

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Posted: 16.04.2014 by D.T. Metal

Bands
Loss (USA)

In October of 2003, four men sealed a pact to create wretched, mournful art, culled from a collective, bleak experience. It was to be a combined vision, encapsulating depression, anxiety, failure, illness, disease, despair, pain, fear and loss, to express what they felt sonically represented the idea of funeral doom.

Rehearsals began that winter, yielding several rehearsal tapes (spread only to close contacts), followed by the recording of Life Without Hope...Death Without Reason, originally released as a demo cassette by Weird Truth Productions, Japan. The overall response was positive, and this recording, along with additional bonus tracks, found its way to an official CD release via Deathgasm Records in 2005.

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Posted: 16.04.2014 by psykometal

Bands
Psygnosis

PSYGNOSIS advocates freedom, compositions without limit, without barriers, without predetermined format. The perfect combination of Pink Floyd, Origin, Meshuggah and Aphex Twin, the Mâcon group undertakes no rule to expand its atmospheric extreme metal. Intelligent and powerful, both introspective and cathartic, PSYGNOSIS forges its own very original identity As his discography. PSYGNOSIS also has the particularity to have produced its first album in digipack entirely through donations from fans just before the current fashion of crowdfunding.

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Posted: 13.04.2014 by psykometal

Bands
Domains

Night has fallen on us so many times, since August 2005, when the first incarnation of DOMAINS took form for the first time, yet still unnamed for the first months, since the first day it was firmly established with the clear aim of composing occult, violent and gleaming music. Four very young guys, inspired by progenitors such as Morbid Angel, Destruction, Mayhem, old Metallica and the almighty Slayer, started the decisive search to reach the force to compose music with the power capable of bringing magic and fanaticism as the aforementioned ones did, everything framed in the old Metal spirit, but free from clichés and Rock and Roll scenic drama.

"The objective was clear, the invocation of a very spiritual and oppressive art, that was and is still the main the raison d'étre of DOMAINS, and at that origin point, it was still unknown if it ever had to be reached, that was the primary requirement to continue with the band."

Months passed, some riffs were discarded, others were taken forever. After that, the first lineup changes occurred, setting the band as a three-piece weapon, a disposal that persists for today. It was on the second quarter of 2006 and after the completion of "Eucharist Of Relevance" when the entity felt the need to record the first part of their testament, in the form of a private rehearsal, and as it is said here, it happened, Rehearsal 2006 saw the dark of the day and was distributed among very close contacts, it was insufficient in many ways, but it had the potential and very primitive traces of an own style. Months of musical composition followed, a search and refinement in the style of singing and a progression in the making of lyrics, all at a very slow pace, with care and attention to what was being done, because like now, the band never followed a standard working rate imposed by anything or anyone.

It was in those days when two crucial things happened for the band, the composition of Mastery, which was an irrepressible deepening in elegance and darkness (forming together with Eucharist the structure of a recognizable style in the future), and the departure of J. from the formation, which had dealt with drums until then. This led DOMAINS to a dilemma, to disappear or to take a firm step forward and cast in stone the first demo/MCD.

"Reins were took, it was firmly believed on it, and Towards Pleroma was bled for the glory of Black / Death Metal, putting the band on the map and drawing attention from across the underground, more and more letters and interviews befell."

The fact that Towards Pleroma saw the light was but the hint of a bigger idea, which previously had been brewing in the core of the band, to create an oppressive opus whose malignancy and whose demeanor were simply totalitarian, an opus on which frame the eerie riffing and hateful vocals the band had been developing since the first day. Then the search for a drummer began , with high amounts of skepticism regarding finding someone suitable, and meanwhile, started the task of composition for the first parts of the new songs that would compend the full length. In April 2010 the band finally find the kind of person it was looking for and Nocturn converts DOMAINS again in a three-headed serpent. For the next month (and you can even speak of years) the band is still working on writing material for their first full length, which shows a change about their first compositions, an evolution, a continuity that leads to a more sinister hue with the inclusion of keyboards and faster parts, in addition to this, the constant work with the vocals approaches them to the standard the band was aiming for since the beginning, and the lyrics, they submerge deeper and deeper into the occult...

It is on the eve of 2012 when a crucial event for the band is produced when joining forces with The Sinister Flame to bring to this world the solemnly dark and satanic beast that Sinister Ceremonies is, the determination and dedication shown by both parties is complete, and it is decided that no matter when, Sinister Ceremonies will only see the light when it is the hateful piece of art that it has been promised to be. After an arduous recording process full of unexpected events and an enormous self-imposing, just when the result has become so enough dark and deep as originally intended, that is when DOMAINS and The Sinister Flame join forces for something that goes far beyond of any band-label relationship, and unleashes into this world, here and now, Sinister Ceremonies.

The future? ... uncertain in the content, certain in the form.

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Posted: 13.04.2014 by psykometal

Bands
Menace

MENACE are the brainchild of Mitch Harris (Napalm Death, Meathook Seed)

"The band is called MENACE, but to me, it is more than just a band or a solo project", comments the musician. "It is the result of my life's work."

Not surprisingly regarding such an adventurous and prolific musician, the result is stunningly eclectic and absolutely unique. Within their driving, creative heavy rock or audio-installationism (A.I.) in the artist's own words, Harris and MENACE explore dissonance, melody, relating the width and breadth of human emotion and experience. This delicious musical cocktail contains many tasty ingredients ranging from the mystery and emotionality of Tool to eccentric Voivod and even delivering thrashy riffs.

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Posted: 13.04.2014 by psykometal

Bands
Rosa Ígnea

The band's history started in July of 2003, when came up the idea of working on some songs originally made for another band, Magna Carta which had some of the members from Rosa Ígnea. The original proposal was to have our own work. Concerts invitations came before expected and among these presentations, where the band played covers and some of its own songs, the composition and recording's work were continuing on what later would become Ancient Eyes album.

It was necessary to stop the concerts at a certain moment so we could dedicate entirely to the compositions and recording, because we faced a lot of difficulties during this process specially when some of the members left the band, and when the singer Isabela Santos and the drummer Guilherme Mitre started to make their line-up.

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Posted: 11.04.2014 by psykometal

Bands
Rise Of Avernus

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Rise Of Avernus are quickly becoming a well known entity throughout the Australian metal scene.

Within the short time frame since the release of their debut EP in 2012, Rise Of Avernus have relentlessly toured around the country sharing the stage with bands such as Apocalyptica, Mnemic, Hypno5e and recently supported Enslaved on their first ever national tour of Australia. In 2014 Rise Of Avernus will be performing with Rotting Christ, Septicflesh and Fleshgod Apocalypse during their respective Australian tours.

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Posted: 04.04.2014 by psykometal

Bands
Blood Farmers

Blood Farmers formed back in 1989, strongly influenced by Black Sabbath and adding many other early 70's influences to their heavy sound. Their first official release, the 1991 demo Permanent Brain Damage (re-released on Leafhound Records in 2004), immediately showed the psychedelic influences in the music of Blood Farmers. Having a playtime of more than 47 minutes, this one could easily be considered as the band's first full length, but the time still wasn't right and the band still in search for a decent record deal, so they entered the studio to record another demo, entitled Bury The Living, Harvest The Dead before being noticed and picked up by Hellhound Records from Germany.

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Posted: 22.03.2014 by J. N.

Bands
Killer Be Killed

The bevy of sub-genres associated with heavy metal and hardcore punk have often given birth to one-off partnerships, guest appearances and duets, but rarely is there an entire band assembled with the primary purpose of getting in a room together to watch what happens when their respective creative muses danced, fucked or fought.

Fast friends Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy) and Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan) spent a marathon three-day session in the desert together, working up over a dozen demos with the same drum machine and four-track recorder Max had used to work on Sepultura's Chaos A.D., among others. After recruiting drummer Dave Elitch (ex-The Mars Volta) and bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Killer Be Killed became a real band in a small rehearsal room.

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Posted: 15.03.2014 by J. N.

Bands
Conquering Dystopia

Conquering Dystopia is a 4-piece instrumental progressive metal band formed by Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore) and Keith Merrow (Merrow, Demisery). The band is completed by infamous bassist Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse, Blotted Science) and drummer Alex Rüdinger (Ordinance, The Faceless, ex-Threat Signal).

Jeff and Keith had known each other for some years (Loomis guested on Merrow's 2011 album Conquering The Stone King), and decided they wanted to collaborate together in a band. Jeff formally announced the collaboration in January 2013. In July the band began a crowdfunding campaign to cover the costs of the album and also revealed the name of the collaboration would be Conquering Dystopia, as well as revealing they had been joined in the band by Alex and Alex.

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Posted: 11.03.2014 by psykometal

Bands
Aurora Borealis

Aurora Borealis originated when Ron Vento parted ways with his former band Lestregus Nosferatus in 1995. Looking for new players he ventured to Florida where he met Tony Laureano (Nile, Dimmu Borgir, Angelcorpse). In 1996 the two then recorded the first MCD Mansions Of Eternity. The CD was recorded, mixed and mastered at Morrisound Studios by Scott Burns. Upon completion Ron relocated to Maryland and began work on the second CD.

In 1998 Aurora Borealis began working on the first full length CD, and being that Tony was very busy with other projects Ron called long time friend Derek Roddy (Hate Eternal, Malevolent Creation, Nile) to fill the drum position. Derek agreed to record the drums on the CD and Praise The Archaic Lights Embrace was recorded at The Sound Lab with Bob Moore.

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Posted: 08.03.2014 by psykometal

Bands
Harakiri For The Sky

Harakiri For The Sky is a young Post-Black Metal band from Vienna, Austria. The band was formed by M.S. in December 2011 with the idea to perform Black Metal, that's rough and melodic at the same time. M.S. wrote and recorded a couple of songs and asked his friend J.J. for lyrical input. That's when J.J. joined the project as vocalist and Harakiri For The Sky was born.

In spring 2012 the band recorded their self-titled debut album, which was released via Art Of Propaganda Records in October 2012. In the end of 2012 and in the following year, the band already played a handful of shows with bands like Fäulnis, Heretoir or Whiskey Ritual, that lead them to Austria, Germany and Italy.

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Posted: 04.03.2014 by J. N.

Bands
Cripper

Hanoverian whizz kids Cripper deliver Thrash-Metal with both classic old-school and modern influences, spiced up with some Swedish Death-Metal ingredients. Cripper stands for an individual groove-oriented mixture of ass-kicking moshparts and technical refinement - always hard-hitting.

Since 2005, the quintet around cow-elk Britta burns a swath of destruction through the European metal landscape, making marks as being a rousing live band, thrilling with dashing songs and sweaty shows.

The first EP Killer Escort Service is released in 2006, followed by larger performances including the Metalcamp Festival.

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Posted: 04.03.2014 by D.T. Metal

Bands
Serpent Omega

Serpent Omega is a doom/sludge metal band from Stockholm, Sweden, formed by the sole intent of mediating gargantuan earth-splitting heavy tunes. The band was vomited out of the innards of the Great Serpent in 2011, ever since exploring the beyond side of the void and worshipping the power of the riff.

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Posted: 03.03.2014 by J. N.

Bands
Omnizide

The story of Omnizide goes back to 1995 when Nox and Anders formed the black metal band Belzen together. A few years later Belzen split up. Nox joined Craft and Anders started the band Avsky. When Nox did some guest vocals on Avsky's album Scorn, Anders and Nox decided to start Belzen again. They changed the name to Omnizide and recruited drummer Gaddur from the band Kafziel.

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Posted: 22.02.2014 by J. N.