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A band that has enjoyed as much worldwide success and acclaim as EPICA should have every right to rest on their laurels and stick to the proverbial “winning formula.” And yet, as their fans across the globe are well aware, EPICA has never been a band to play it safe, and they’ve never made the same album twice. EPICA has earned its reputation as one of the foremost symphonic metal bands by repeatedly shattering expectations and pushing the very limits in the genre.
This spring, EPICA proudly unveiled the next stage of their ongoing musical evolution: The Quantum Enigma, their sixth full-length studio album. This is EPICA like you’ve never #heard them before: The Quantum Enigma sounds larger than life, expertly mixing devilishly sharp guitars, angelic choruses, evocative synthesizers, mind-boggling drum work, and of course, another soaring vocal performance from Simone Simons. The Quantum Enigma is simultaneously the band’s most intense and emotional release to date.
Mark Jansen credits increased collaboration between members of the band – which also includes lead guitarist Isaac Delahaye, keyboardist Coen Janssen, drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek, bassist Rob van der Loo, as a key factor in the creation of what is surely EPICA’s edgiest, most forward-thinking album yet:
“More than any of our previous albums, ‘The Quantum Enigma’# is the result of a group effort.” – Mark Jansen
“More than any of our previous albums, The Quantum Enigma is the result of a group effort. Even though the basic components of each song were still written by individual band members, we sat together to start working on the material as a solid team early in the process, playing the songs in a live setting and dive into the microscopic (quantum) world of the little details, comparing dozens of amps, snares, and mics in order to find the sound that would be able to beat all of our previous albums. A time consuming experience, but the only way to reach our ultimate goal: creating the album that could lift EPICA up to the next level.”
The band’s quest to annihilate artistic stagnation continued with their choice of behind-the-scenes collaborators: after five albums of successfully working with producer Sascha Paeth (who still played an important role during the pre-production sessions), EPICA opted to record The Quantum Enigma with the up-and-coming Joost van den Broek at Sandlane Recording Facilities in the Netherlands.
“After many years, there comes a point at which you want to try out some new methods in order to keep yourself fully motivated, and to refresh your music and mind. This was such a turning point for us. It was time to leave our comfort zone in order to explore new horizons. In producer Joost van den Broek, we found the guy who was able to get the best out of us with his patience, guru-like skills and loads of energy.”
The Quantum Enigma also marks the first collaboration between EPICA and mixer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Hatesphere, Amaranthe).
Jacob really impressed us by giving the band a massive sound without compromising on all the symphonic and orchestral elements which color our music. Every detail finds its way into a perfectly balanced mix, and makes EPICA sound raw and overwhelming.
“The album’s lyrics were inspired by the most mind-bending #scientific proof in all of quantum physics: one that posits that our# physical environment is directly influenced by our consciousness.# We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.”
Given the boundary-defying nature of the music on The Quantum Enigma, it’s appropriate that the album’s lyrics were inspired by the most mind-bending scientific proof in all of quantum physics: one that posits that our physical environment is directly influenced by our consciousness. We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.
Ultimately, everything in the universe is energy and energy is influenced by the mind. Therefore the mind creates and controls reality.
These heady themes reflect in the lyrics of both Mark Jansen and Simone Simons, the latter of whom calls The Quantum Enigma “an exploration of the subconscious mind.” Those lyrical concepts, combined with the undeniable power of the music, ensure that The Quantum Enigma is not just an album – it’s an experience.
The Quantum Enigma released the 2nd of May 2014 in Europe and on the 6th of May in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
EPICA plans to support its release with plenty of touring, once again bringing their grandiose, unforgettable live show to fans across the globe.
Eluveitie’s saga of success began just when mainman and mastermind Chrigel Glanzmann decided to form ELUVEITIE with the goal to fuse gothenburg styled melodic death metal with ancient folk melodies and themes to a powerful mixture that would soon become the „New Wave Of Folk Metal“. That was back in 2002 and Chrigel only meant to form a studio project.
Of course all that is history by now and the so called „studio project“ grew into a respected, well-known and active band. A relentless amount of touring and recording was all the band did in the past two years after having signed to Nuclear Blast Records. Their label debut „Slania“ marked the first chart entry (Switzerland: #35, Germany: #72) and was followed by massive touring activities all around the globe throughout 2008.
In 2009 the band fulfilled their dream of producing an all acoustic folk album without shredding guitars or growling vocals – for the first time in the bands history Hurdy Gurdy player Anna Murphy took over vocal duties. A masterpiece of folk music that fascinated fans and press alike. „Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion“ of course also hit the charts hard – Switzerland: #20, Greece: #23, Germany: #60.
2010 & 2011 saw the band touring even more, but also dropping their most heavy and harsh album to date in February 2010: “Everything Remains… As It Never Was” – a contradictory title that, also in contradiction to its increased heaviness, hit the charts as high as never before: Switzerland: #8, Germany: #19, Austria: #22, Greece: #23, USA: #23 (Billdboard Heatseekers), Finland: #30.
Enter 2012, ELUVEITIE are set to lift the bar once again. With “Helvetios” the band created what is called the essence of their music by combining elements of all their efforts so far – taking them even further. From the raw and dark power of their early works to the anthemic tracks on “Slania” to the acoustic mysticism and beauty of “Evocation” to the heaviness and death metal brutality of “Everything Remains…”. No doubt – “Helvetios” took ELUVEITIE not only one step but a whole lot of steps further!
Over the course of the band’s 10th anniversary, it’s now about time to scrutinize their early days closely, in which the foundation for today’s success of the pioneers of their scene was laid.
It happened in winter of 2002/2003 that Chrigel started ELUVEITIE as a studio project to breathe life into his exceptional musical vision. The first self-financed EP “Vên” was recorded in spring of 2003, was released in the same year – and completely sold out about six months later. The logical conclusion of the rhapsodical public reaction was quickly found: ELUVEITIE had to become a “real” combo with a consistent line-up for the purpose of being able to play live henceforth (the first concert in the band’s history as support act of TRIMONIUM, MENHIR and SKYFORGER took place on the 5th of February 2004 in Winterthur, Switzerland). Quickly, ELUVEITIE were identified as an exceptionally gifted live band which enabled them to indulge in tour life extensively within the next months together with prestigious acts such as AMON AMARTH, FINNTROLL and KORPIKLAANI, before they returned to the studio in winter of 2005 to lay down their eagerly anticipated debut album. This very record named “Spirit” finally came out in 2006 and let the Swiss around maestro Glanzmann go down in the annals of metal as the founders and figureheads of the “New Wave Of Folk Metal”. The rest is history…
Now ELUVEITIE have intensively recapitulated this exciting booster phase of their career. They’ve re-recorded the entire rare “Vên” EP in the line-up of 2012, by which a modern dimension was added to the legendary material, without the slightest loss of its historical splendour. Together with a re-mastered version of the full-length debut “Spirit”, this results in a profound retrospect that will send both long-time followers and nostalgia addicts as well as ELUVEITIE-newbies and those who have been chasing for these releases for years into rapture. So look forward to a very special journey through time!
Fear Factory were one of the first bands to fuse the loud, crushing intensity of death metal with the cold harshness of industrial electronics and samples, producing a more varied sonic palette with which to express their bleak, pessimistic view of modern, technology-driven society. The group was formed in Los Angeles in 1990 by vocalist Burton C. Bell (formerly of Hate Face), percussionist Raymond Herrera, and guitarist and ex-Douche Lord Dino Cazares. Following their contribution of two tracks to the L.A. Death Metal compilation, Fear Factory signed to Roadrunner Records and released their debut album, Soul of a New Machine, in 1992, which featured new bass player Andrew Shives, added to allow Cazares to play guitar on tour. The following year's Fear Is the Mind Killer EP showed Fear Factory's willingness to experiment with their music and broaden its scope by placing tracks from their debut in the hands of remixers Rhys Fulber and Bill Leeb of Front Line Assembly; the EP also marked the debut of keyboardist Reynor Diego, who along with Fulber joined the band as a touring keyboardist. Shives was fired in 1994 and replaced by Christian Olde Wolbers.
In 1995, Fear Factory released their second full-length album of new material, Demanufacture; it was followed two years later by another remix project, Remanufacture (Cloning Technology), which this time featured contributions from a number of different remixers, including many techno-oriented artists, as well as more input from Fear Factory themselves. Steve Tushar replaced Diego in 1996. The members of the band have performed in a number of side projects, the most notable of which is Cazares' and Herrera's Brujeria; others include G/Z/R (Bell) and Nailbomb (Cazares). Fear Factory reconvened in 1998 for Obsolete, a record that found the band's well-established style fitting seamlessly into the growing alternative metal boom. As such, it became the band's biggest hit yet, hitting the Top 100 on the album charts. Fear Factory's profile was further boosted by appearances on several film soundtracks and on the 1999 Ozzfest tour. Their next album, 2001's Digimortal, entered the charts in the Top 40, but by the next year vocalist Bell decided to leave the band. Cazares was the one who eventually left the band, however, while Wolbers moved to guitar and Byron Stroud (Strapping Young Lad) was hired for the bass spot.
Amidst the lineup changes, Roadrunner dropped the band and, in 2002, issued their original 1991 recordings on the compilation Concrete. Fear Factory moved to Liquid 8 for 2004's Archetype. The equally merciless Transgression followed in August 2005. Disappointed with Transgression and feeling that they had been pressured into rushing the album out, Fear Factory went on hiatus while the bandmembers pursued other projects. Eventually, Bell and Cazares reconciled their friendship, and in 2009 the pair re-formed Fear Factory with Byron Stroud on bass and Gene Hoglan (who also played with Devin Townsend, Death, and Dethklok, among others) on drums, much to the surprise of Herrera and Wolbers. Again fully operational, Fear Factory began once again manufacturing records, releasing Mechanize in 2010, followed by the 2012 concept album The Industrialist. In late 2014, the band announced that they had signed with Nuclear Blast and would be releasing their ninth studio album, Genexus, later that year. Tony Campos (formerly of Static-X) replaced Stroud on bass, and Malignancy's Mike Heller took over the drum stool. The album, produced by longtime collaborator Rhys Fulber, dropped in August 2015.
From their humble beginnings in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Sepultura went on to become the most successful Brazilian heavy metal band in history. Over a ten-year period, the band grew from strength to strength, transforming itself from a primitive death metal ensemble into one of the leading creative trendsetters of the international aggressive music scene. Unfortunately, a bitter internal crisis almost destroyed the band, and Sepultura struggled to recover their previous momentum.
Hailing from Brazil's third largest city, Belo Horizonte, Sepultura (which means "grave" in Portuguese) were formed in the mid-'80s -- a time when that country was beginning to emerge from a 20-year military dictatorship. Max Cavalera (vocals/guitar), Igor Cavalera (drums), Paulo Jr. (bass), and Jairo T. (lead guitar) had a hard time even finding rock & roll albums, and especially "socially unacceptable" genres such as heavy metal and punk. Their early influences were Iron Maiden, Metallica, and Slayer (literally the first three records purchased by Max on a visit to the "big city" São Paulo), but the band soon progressed toward a death metal sound, inspired by emerging bands such as Possessed and Death. Their drive and determination (they sang in English from day one) more than made up for their geographic isolation and inexperience, and though they were only in their teens and still learning how to play their instruments, the band quickly evolved into underground contenders. After landing a deal with independent Cogumelo Records, Sepultura recorded four songs for a split LP with fellow Brazilians Overdose. Reissued on CD and named for its first track, 1985's Bestial Devastation was self-produced and recorded in just two days -- and it shows. Recorded with minimal time and money in August 1986, their first full-length album, Morbid Visions, showed little improvement, but contained their first hit, "Troops of Doom," which attracted some media attention and convinced the band to relocate to São Paulo (Brazil's largest city and financial capital) in order to further their career. They also replaced guitarist Jairo T. with São Paulo native Andreas Kisser, whose greater musical ability would help take the entire band to the next level.
In 1987, Sepultura's technical proficiency finally caught up with their creative vision, and their second full-length album for Cogumelo, Schizophrenia, displayed an incredible evolution in terms of production and performance. It also became a minor critical sensation across Europe and America, drawing the attention of Roadrunner Records, which promptly released the album worldwide and signed the band to a long-term contract. No longer restrained within Brazilian borders, the band set about composing 1989's Beneath the Remains, the first of four albums which would solidify Sepultura's position as perhaps the most important heavy metal band of the '90s. Recorded in Rio de Janeiro under the guidance of leading death metal producer Scott Burns, Beneath the Remains was an immediate critical and commercial success, and the band's ferocious performances on the subsequent European tour (which saw them systematically blowing headlining German thrashers Sodom off stage) further cemented Sepultura's reputation. The band also filmed its first video, for the single "Inner Self," and finished the year tour with a triumphant set of shows in its homeland.
After obtaining new management and relocating to Phoenix, Arizona, Sepultura entered Tampa's Morrisound Studios with producer Burns to record 1991's highly acclaimed Arise album. First single "Dead Embryonic Cells" proved to be another resounding hit, and the title track would gain even more attention when its video was banned by MTV America due to its apocalyptic religious imagery. The world tour that followed elevated the album to platinum sales worldwide (a figure rarely achieved by bands of such extreme nature) and, in a strange twist, found singer Max Cavalera marrying band manager Gloria Bujnowski, who was almost twice his age. Such was the band's success that its label, Roadrunner, obtained a co-distribution deal with Epic Records for its next recording, 1993's Chaos A.D.. By incorporating social issues (especially relating to Brazil) into their lyrics, as well as displaying some of their punk and hardcore influences for the first time, the album was another worldwide smash thanks to singles like "Territory" and "Refuse/Resist." After touring for over a year, the members of Sepultura took a well-deserved break before starting work on their most ambitious album yet, 1996's Roots. The introduction of native Brazilian percussion and musical styles into their trademark down-tuned guitars and increasingly sociopolitical themes resulted in a highly unique record which could be loosely described as heavy metal world music. Roots marked Sepultura's creative peak, and the band's continual rise to ever-greater fame seemed guaranteed until a family tragedy set off a series of events which would break up the band.
Just hours before taking the stage at England's Monsters of Rock festival, the band discovered that the teenage son of manager (and singer Max's wife) Gloria had been killed in a car accident. A shocked Sepultura took the stage as a trio while Max and Gloria boarded the first plane back to America. Only a few months later, the band confronted Max about severing ties with Gloria and finding new management. Still recovering from the recent trauma of a death in his extended family, Max viewed this as a huge betrayal and left the band amid much bad blood and acrimony. As the band's creative leader, many expected his departure to spell the end of Sepultura, but the band announced that it would carry on and soon began looking for a replacement.
After a long search, Sepultura recruited Cleveland native Derrick Green as their new singer and began laying down tracks for 1998's Against. Though it retained much of the intensity and diversity of its predecessor (including a collaboration with Japan's Kodo percussion ensemble on the track "Kamaitachi"), the album lacked the unique spark which had characterized the band's prior work. It also sold only half as many copies as Cavalera's first album with his new band, Soulfly, clearly showing with whom fan loyalty remained. Undaunted, Sepultura returned in early 2001 with Nation. The album followed in the footsteps of its predecessor, despite better reviews and a more seasoned Green on vocals. In order to reach out to its slowly shrinking fan base, the group released one of its last live shows with Max, Under a Pale Grey Sky, in the fall of 2002. An EP of covers, Revolusongs, was released in 2003, followed by the full-length Roorback, 2005's Live in São Paulo, and 2006's Dante XXI, and 2009's Clockwork Orange-inspired A-Lex. The following year the band announced they had signed to Nuclear Blast, where they would go on to release 2011's Kairos, as well as their 13th studio album, The Mediator Between the Head and Hands Must Be the Heart, in 2013.
Moonspell is a Portuguese gothic metal band. Formed in 1992, the group released their first EP Under the Moonspell in 1994, a year before the release of their first album Wolfheart. The band quickly gained status and became one of the most recognizable metal bands from Portugal.
Moonspell reached the Portuguese top first with their album Sin/Pecado, and were, along with Metallica and Iron Maiden, the only metal band to reach the first place of the Portuguese charts after the release of their album, Memorial, in 2006. With Memorial, Moonspell also became the first Portuguese heavy metal band to have a record certified gold status. They are also popular in Germany, where their albums consistently enter the Top 100 Chart.
Delain is a Dutch symphonic metal band formed in 2002 by former Within Temptation keyboardist Martijn Westerholt, and Charlotte Wessels. The name of the band comes from the Kingdom of Delain in Stephen King's novel, The Eyes of the Dragon.
Delain started in 2002 as a new project for former Within Temptation keyboardist Martijn Westerholt. That same year they also released the demo "Amenity". Afterwords things got a little quiet. But in 2005 Westerholt joined forces with Charlotte Wessels and the band got signed to Roadrunner Records. The group quickly released a single, "Frozen" and their debut album "Lucidity" followed in 2007.
Successor "April Rain" was launched in 2009. In support of the album the band toured extensively, with gigs at festivals like Graspop Metal Meeting and Lowlands. In February 2010 the band announced they were working on their third album, which was released in June 2012.
The band dropped their latest record, The Human Contradiction, last year in April. In promotion of the album the band have announced an extensive EU headline tour. Be sure to check them out at Biebob Concerts on October 30.
Periphery was formed by guitarist Misha Mansoor in 2005, who slowly gained a reputation on the Internet via a regularly-updated Soundclick account, the Meshuggah and John Petrucci forums, and the sevenstring.org message boards. Before and during Periphery's tenure in the metal scene, Mansoor developed a reputation for doing his own audio production, the majority of which was performed with a home computer and a Pod XT. Mansoor has continued to update his personal project, Bulb, often transferring songs between the two projects. Mansoor also continues to be involved in a number of other musical projects, including Haunted Shores, Four Seconds Ago, and Of Man Not Of Machine.
Periphery went through a number of lineup changes during its early history. Originally, Misha played drums in the band for live performances, but switched to guitar after recruiting Travis Orbin. The band also originally only had two guitar players (Misha and Alex Bois) until they hired Jake Bowen in 2007, feeling that they needed another guitarists to accurately replicate their songs live. Between 2005 and 2009, Periphery worked with vocalists Jake Veredika, Casey Sabol and Chris Barretto, gradually moving from a Meshuggah-influenced sound to a more ambient, melodic sound, with a focus on innovative production.
Periphery has toured extensively since 2008, supporting artists including Devildriver, The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, Veil Of Maya, Animals As Leaders, God Forbid, Darkest Hour, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Fear Factory, Between The Buried And Me, and Fair To Midland.
In 2009, the band replaced Travis Orbin with drummer Matt Halpern, who like Mansoor grew up in Baltimore and who is known as the co-founder of the online music lesson website BandHappy. In January 2010, Sumerian and Periphery announced April 20 as the release date of the band's self-titled debut album, to be distributed by Sumerian Records in the United States, Distort Records in Canada and Roadrunner Records in Australia and the rest of the world. On January 20, 2010, amid speculation that they had changed vocalists again, Periphery uploaded an album sampler featuring vocals by Spencer Sotelo, a San Diego native who was later announced to be Periphery's new vocalist. On April 8, 2010, Periphery posted a new track, "Insomnia", on their MySpace page and announced a tour of Australia in support of The Dillinger Escape Plan.
Periphery released their self-titled debut album, Periphery, through Sumerian Records on April 20, 2010. It debuted at #128 on the Billboard Top 200, as well as #2 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.
After the release of the album, Periphery played multiple tours around the US and Canada; a short tour of Australia along with The Dillinger Escape Plan, and a headlining tour of the UK and mainland Europe in February 2011. The band's first headlining tour, "League Of Extraordinary Djentlemen Tour", featured support from TesseracT and Monuments in the UK, while their mainland European shows included Monuments and The Safety Fire. The band ran into multiple health issues during the tour, of which Spencer Sotelo had a case of Bronchitis and was regularly unable to perform the entire set. Jake Bowen also fell, breaking one of his fingers, in the first week of the UK tour and was unable to play for the rest of their headlining tour. He recovered and joined the band during the last couple of shows on their tour with Fair to Midland and Scale the Summit right before they dropped out of the tour.
On March 22, Periphery released a cover of Metallica's song "One", which was recorded for the Homefront video game soundtrack. The song was released as a free download on the Homefront main website, as were other covers by The Dillinger Escape Plan, As I Lay Dying, Veil Of Maya, and many others.
on January 19, 2011 the music video for "Jetpacks Was Yes!" was posted exclusively on NME. The video features a re-recorded and re-structured version of the song, which was released on the Icarus EP. Periphery's first single, from their Icarus EP titled "Frak The Gods", was released on March 24. The song, production quality, and Spencer's improved vocal abilities received acclaim from both fans and music critics alike.
on July 6, 2011, Periphery announced via a MySpace blog post that the band had parted ways with guitarist Alex Bois. However, they did not change touring schedules, hiring Mark Holcomb and Adam "Nolly" Getgood to play Alex's parts during live shows until they found a permanent replacement.
On 7 September 2011, they were announced as the opening act for Dream Theater on their European leg of "A Dramatic Turn Of Events Tour" starting in January 2012. On October 18, 2011, the band announced that Mark Holcomb (of Haunted Shores) was now the band's full-time guitarist.
On November 16, 2011, bassist Tom Murphy decided to leave the band.
At the time, Getgood had no plans to leave his group Red Seas Fire, which suggested his role in Periphery was only temporary. The band also hired Mark Holcomb's brother Jeff to play bass on their 2012 US tour with Protest The Hero, Jeff Loomis, The Safety Fire and Today I Caught The Plague.
On February 21, 2012 the band re-released their debut album with a new single on iTunes entitled "Passenger". This was a partially re-recorded version of an old Haunted Shores song. The release date of the new album, currently untitled then, was revealed in an advertisement in the May/June 2012 edition of Revolver Magazine. It is to be released on July 3rd. In addition, the new album features guest solos by John Petrucci, Guthrie Govan, and Wes Hauch, guitarist for [band]The Faceless[band].
Periphery then entered the studio to work on their next two full-length releases. The band stated via their Facebook page that they would be releasing two full length albums. They would contain a mixture of reworked "Bulb" demos as well as completely new material written by the full band (in contrast to their debut album, where Misha had most of the creative input). The upcoming releases would also be the first to feature the use of string arrangements and orchestral elements. The album would be produced by Misha and Adam "Nolly" Getgood (of British progressive metal band Red Seas Fire) and would be engineered and mixed by Taylor Larson (Sky Eats Airplane, Of Legends, Life On Repeat). The title of the first album was revealed to be Periphery II: This Time It's Personal. Like its predecessor, Periphery II will not follow a conceptual theme. The second of the two which will be entitled Juggernaut will be a concept album.
During their set at the Sonisphere festival in Knebworth, UK, the band played a brand new song entitled "Face Palm Mute", When Tom Murphy and Matt Halpern were interviewed before Periphery's set they stated that the band "have enough material to write 3 new albums".
In July 2011, Mansoor elaborated on the forthcoming albums in Australian magazine Mixdown. He confirmed that there would be two albums recorded, and that one would be a concept album. Mansoor has had interest in a concept album for quite some time, stating that "[he] wanted to to get this concept album out there. It's been an idea for years and years." Mansoor also revealed that the band would release the albums separately, saying "[they]'ll probably do a staggered release, three to six months apart" and that "[he] really want[s] them to be these separate bodies of work, because they will sound different, and be completely different approaches, too."
Even though it was announced before, the official name of the album was confirmed through a Facebook post by the band stating: "just to be clear to all our Peripherals, the album is officially called Periphery II: This Time It's Personal. We decided to keep the cover title free, but in the booklet that is the official name. The forces that be felt that it would be iffy marketing it as that, so press releases and such won't reflect that..."
Periphery II was officially available for streaming on YouTube on June 28, 2012. Hours later, the band announced that Adam "Nolly" Getgood was officially joining the band as its full-time bassist. According to Mansoor, "We love him dearly as a friend and found that we have excellent chemistry both on stage and in the studio... hiring him as our full-time bassist was the logical solution." While the band's other touring bassist Jeff Holcomb will be performing with them until October, Getgood will be taking his permanent spot in the live line-up for their European tour with Between The Buried And Me and The Safety Fire.
Young, talented and hungry: what other words could better describe the four members of DAGOBA ? Furious maybe. It wasn't by accident that their first EP was titled Release The Fury. DAGOBA members grew up listening to Pantera, Machine Head, Fear Factory and some black-metal. They decided to keep the best elements of each, melting them into something different, pushing the envelope of metal. With machine-like drums, crushing guitars, pounding bass, powerful vocals, and a touch of electronics, DAGOBA crafted their self-titled first album in 2003 and is about to come back with a second album early 2006.
The history of DAGOBA started in September 2000 when then-20-year-old Shawter (vocals) decided to revamp the line-up of his old band due to the lack of motivation from the others (despite two demos and an opening slot for Rammstein). He teamed up with Franky (drums), Werther (bass), and Izakar (guitar) and together, the four dedicated and creative musicians began writing songs and building the backbone for DAGOBA. In November 2001, they released their first 6-track EP which was acclaimed by the European press. After a short tour, the band set to writing new songs for their first full album. Recorded early 2003 at Praxis Studio in South of France, then mixed at Philia Studio in Oxford (England) by Dave Chang (Stampin' Ground, Linea 77, Orange Goblin) the outcome was fierce and ready to explode into the metal scene. As Shawter said, " With DAGOBA, we try to turn violence into energy and emotion."
The album was released in June 2003 through EMI France, and once again, the press loved it : Hard N'Heavy gushed, "Impressive! Huge! This album is killer." Rock Hard once again shrieked, "DAGOBA just wrote the soundtrack to murder!" Rock Sound said, "DAGOBA crushes everything and leaves no one alive!" It was then time to hit the road again, something they do with complete devotion. DAGOBA toured nonstop from August 2003 'til December 2004. Highlights of the tour included opening for Machine Head in Brussels, for Fear Factory in Amsterdam, and playing the 2004 Dour festival (Belgium) in front of thousands of people.
Early 2005, DAGOBA entered writing mode again. In July, the band inked a deal with the international label Season Of Mist, and in August, they were chosen to open for the only Korn date in South of France. Then, they spent an entire month in Denmark at the Antfarm studio to record 12 new songs, with producer Tue Madsen (Mnemic, HateSphere, The Haunted). A very successful collaboration as Madsen explains : "When I first got the preproduction of the new Dagoba record, I knew this was something special. Even with low-fi demo sound, it still caught my attention from the first moment. Very dramatic stuff and very well played. We put a lot of good work into this, and now I can't wait for people to hear it. This is one record the world will notice! ". As the icing on the cake, special guest vocals on two of the songs were provided by Simen "Vortex" Hestnaes (Dimmu Borgir, Arcturus).
What Hell Is About will be released worldwide through Season Of Mist on February 20th, 2006, and DAGOBA is ready to go back on tour. This time, it's gonna be "The Road to Hell" !