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One night in march 1997 two men were sleeping in a rehearsal room in Helsinki. The other woke up and started playing the keyboards and came up with a folkish melody. Soon the other one woke up too. Liking the melody he asked the other guy to play the riff in traditional finnish "humppa" style (humppa is a variety of polka...). This sounded very mean and guitars and brutal vocals were added immediatly. Thus Finntroll was born..
These two very drunk founding fathers were Somnium (ex-Thy Serpent, Impaled Nazarene) and Katla. Almost a year later in January, Finntroll recorded their debut demo "Rivfader". They were still using drummachine but were already discussing a future adding of other members at least for session musicanship. Soon several musicians stepped into the picture. Drummer B. Dominator (Barathrum, Rapture), Skrymer on live guitars, Trollhorn (Moonsorrow) on keyboards and Tundra on bass. Spikefarm had shown interest in the band and now that Finntroll was a band with several strong musicians the deal was sealed. So there you had it, the record that probably affected the black and folk metal scene for good. The debut album "Midnattens Widunder" contains nine tracks of advanced trollish metal. At last the Finntroll woke up from its long sleep to strike down the followers of the christian plague...
About a year after that, it was the time to take the next step in this trollish crusade and Walltone Studios were once again inhabited by Finntroll. This time the guys knew better what they wanted to do and the session went smoothly and without any problems they encountered on the first trip. The result was an album called "Jaktens Tid". With this album Finntroll took a huge step forward both musically and in overall atmosphere. At last they could say that this was how they wanted to sound like. The album got great reviews all over the world and was praised by countless of people. Finntroll was stronger that ever before. The album managed to climb to 20th place in the Finnish album charts, surprising both band and the label. Soon after that Century Media was attracted by this success and licensed the album for the rest of the world. On that summer Finntroll played in several open-airs both in Finland and abroad.
Beginning from the year 2002 the band hit a string of bad luck, beginning from cancellations of some tours, continuing with the vocalist Katla's worsening throat problems which finally lead to his early retirement from the band. Several shows were made with replacing singers, Tommy Åberg of Bloodshed, Pete Eskelinen of Rapture and Mika Luttinen of Impaled Nazarene. In January 2003 the band realized a long planned project, an acoustic/experimental cd "Visor Om Slutet" with Katla and the new vocalist Wilska (Sethian, ex-Wizzard, ex-Nattvindens Gråt to name a few...) sharing the vocal duties. The album was recorded at a cabin in the woods on the outskirts of Helsinki, with the aid of a mobile studio, sauna and large quantities of alcohol. It was released as a mid-price album, and surprisingly inhabited the no. 1 place of the Finnish Midprice chart for several weeks...
Just before the release of this record, the band met with a heart-breaking blow; The death of Teemu "Somnium" Raimoranta in an alcohol related accident in Helsinki. While recovering from the loss of a dear friend and bandmate the rest decided that ending the band would be an insult to his memory, and decided to honour and grieve him the best way they could, by going on tour and keeping his music alive. The band did a two week European tour in support of Katatonia, and brought in an old member of the family, guitarist Routa who had earlier played some gigs as a stand-in guitarist in Finntroll. During the summer the members spent a lot of time on the road, playing festivals like Graspop in Belgium, The Vienna Metal Fest and Sweden Rock.
In the fall of 2003 the band barricaded themselves once again at Walltone Studios, recording 14 new songs. An EP and a full-length CD are to be released in the spring of 2004, along with the band's first video. The new material captures the essence of Finntroll, raw, epic, melodic in all it's glory, combining elements of metal, folk, punk, humppa mixed to a trollish beat.
Wagner had earlier claimed that Nargaroth was formed in 1989, the seven-track instrumental demo Orke was released in 1991, and the demo Herbstleyd in 1993. Years later, after many accusations from the international BM scene he stated in his website (www.nargaroth.de) that the genesis of Nargaroth was in 1996 after the band Exhuminenz, formed by himself, R.S., Charoon and Darken (not to be confused with Rob Darken of Graveland fame) split up. The aforementioned Nargaroth demo tapes were completed and recorded no earlier than 1998 with the aid of Charoon on guitar and a drum machine. Nargaroth's first album, Herbstleyd (Autumnal Suffering), was released by No Colours Records in December 1998, followed in 2000 by the Amarok compilation of older and unreleased material including the promo version of the song "Herbstleyd" and a Burzum cover, among others. The demo Fuck Off Nowadays Black Metal got released on the same year. This demo is said to be limited to 333 tapes and 100 LPs by the label Sombre Records; it was re-released by No Colours Records on picture LP limited to another 333 copies in 2005.
In 2001, No Colours Records released Black Metal ist Krieg, considered Kanwulf's dedication to black metal. This album spawned countless misconceptions for both the band and artist, most notably being labeled as a Nazi for including photographs of relatives of his that served in the Wehrmacht during WW2, this being meant as a dedication to his deceased family members, regardless of their political affiliations; and being labeled as an avid Burzum supporter for the song "The Day that Burzum Killed Mayhem" which only retells the story of the murder of the Mayhem leader Euronymous by the hands of the Burzum sole member, Count Grishnackh. It was followed in 2002 by Rasluka Part II, which along with Rasluka Part I, is dedicated to the memory of R.S. whose suicide in 1995 greatly affected Wagner. The third album, Geliebte des Regens (Beloved of the Rain), was recorded in the same sessions as the Rasluka series and got released in 2003. 2004 saw the release of the live album Crushing Some Belgian Scum, Rasluka Part I, and Prosatanica Shooting Angels. This last release was originally intended to be a side project of Wagner's called Prosatanica with the recording being called Shooting Angels. This record has plenty of jokes within it (many of which would go unnoticed by most people for the jokes not being of obvious nature) in both the music, layout and sometimes lyrical content too. The next album Semper Fidelis marked Wagner's parting of his former artistic persona of "Kanwulf" and the genesis and embrace of his new persona, simply "Ash", which has been his nickname since his childhood. This decision was taken as a means to estrange himself from the BM scene, which for the most part never understood his work; thus his new "Ash" persona would work as an artist with very little or rather no regard for any scene. It got released by No Colours Records in 2007 in regular jewel case CD and a box-set limited to 99 hand-numbered copies that included the CD, the double LP version of the album which included several bonus tracks, a DVD titled "Burning Leaf", a T-shirt and other things and personal effect of Wagner himself of which he felt the urge of getting rid of (e.g., the wedding ring of his first marriage).
Wagner played one show in Mexico and Guatemala in 2008.
In 2009, the album Jahreszeiten (Seasons) got released on A5 digibook version and double LP. The vinyl version contains spoken intros to each song, these intros are not included in the CD version. In 2009, he engaged in a full tour of South America and in 2010 he toured most Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras) and gave a few extra shows in Colombia and Venezuela.
The most recent Nargaroth album, Spectral Visions of Mental Warfare, was released in 2011.
Nader Sadek is an Egyptian-American Artist. His work contributes to the metal community with his death metal project, which gathers many known artists as well as emerging artist from the entire metal scene. Sadek and his chosen musicians then collaborate on creating an album. Focusing mostly on the more extreme styles of Black and Death Metal. Sadek currently resides in New York City, New York, and has worked as stage artist for Mayhem and Sunn O))), before decided to create a supergroup of death metal musicians using contacts he gained through his career.
Tyr is a Faroese heavy metal band. Their subject matter revolves almost entirely around Viking lore, mythology, and history, taking their name from the Norse god of law and justice. They signed a worldwide deal with Austria's Napalm Records in early 2006, while signed to the Faroese record label Tutl. In September of 2012, they signed a three album deal with Metal Blade Records.
Under that very banner this Black Metal-Machine – the Negator – was once forged in the year of 2003. Like-minded musical extremists got together in order to create their vision of blackened metal. One of them was vocalist Nachtgarm who is still swinging the hammer of inner and outer strength. As the music of the debut OLD BLACK (2004) did speak volumes, it did not take long until the album was properly released one year after Negator‘s founding. Press and fans alike pretty much showed similar praise of the debut’s spirit, which made OLD BLACK turn into a success story pretty much.
Enlivened by the debut’s success, the four-piece was hardly interested in a creative break. At that very point in time, the ensemble had found its musical focus and direction. The slogan „Angetreten, um Werte zu schaffen – Gemacht, um unentbehrlich zu sein“ (Engl.: „Lined up to create values – made to be indispensable!“ from ?Eisen Wider Siechtum?) was not only going to be the Negator-credo, but also the headline for their successful second album DIE EISERNEN VERSE (2005), which was again received very much enthusiastically by critics and fans alike. In order to promote the album additionally „on the road“, Negator went on a co-headlining tour for some weeks with Koldbrann.
However, in life different people sometimes have a different approach towards certain things. There are those who want to stop at an alleged peak, whereas others strive for total domination. Eventually, it was frontman Nachtgarm that was left behind and who got handed over the Negator-Sceptre. So from that point in time onwards, he was not only in charge concerning all things Negator, but also the force behind this Black Metal-Panzer from Hamburg, Germany.
But: No companions, no band. And it must have been a mix of prevision and luck, that at the end of 2006, Nachtgarm and Finnskald (formerly Drautran) crossed each other’s path. Immediately, they found themselves on the same wavelength. This blind mutual understanding was going to be headstone for Negator’s future: Finnskald and Nachtgarm are the congenial songwriting-duo for Negator?s vision of extreme Black Metal.
With different infantrymen at their sides, the two managed to capture the dark metallic essence of extreme, blackened metal. However, with PANZER METAL (2010) a new chapter was writte: Finnskald and Nachtgarm untimely crowned the Negator with regards to song-writing at that point in time. „PANZER METAL is the ultimate answer for those, who long for extreme and hard Black Metal, which offers a 90s spirit but is delivered in a 21st century sound and features state-of-the-art firepower.“ And it was this blaze the scene was waiting for. And although Negator were literally away for almost five years, the manifest PANZER METAL provided nothing but awe. The most successful year in the Negator-history so far was 2011. With a lot of tailwind provided by PANZER METAL the Negator bulldozed popular festivals such as the Eisenwahn Festival, the With Full Force as well as the famous Wacken Open Air among others.
After a short hiatus – due to Nachtgarm’s engagement at Swedish Black Metal-veterans Dark Funeral – the band shortly put hands on their then fourth album. With GATES TO THE PANTHEON, Negator, again, treaded new paths invigorating a more death metal approach to their musical vita. With nine totally different songs GATES TO THE PANTHEON was hailed as an almost game-changer, very much challenging grandees like Behemoth. Critics worldwide alike were stunned due to this aural onslaught near perfection. After having played numerous gigs and festivals in 2014, Negator plan to release new material in 2015. Beware of the beast from Hamburg.
The Black Forest – marked by mystical landscapes, its spirit rules the southwestern German souls. Its wealth of brute power and mightiness led a dark horde to the decision to embody the beauty of the Black Forest in a musical way, back in 2004.
Hitting the stages in 2007, a decent public attention was attracted and after the publication of the debut EP "Wiege der Finsternis" and the debut album "Weltenkraft", the horde found a new home at the German record label Einheit Produktionen.
The second studio album "...zum Tode hin" was introduced to the public in early 2009 and could deeply satisfy a wide range of different
It's the year 2012 – to date, a frightening large amount of knuckles of pork along with a greatly exaggerated quantity of Schnaps was consumed and countless breathtaking concerts were performed. With a new singer at the front and a third fully produced studio album, the band signed a contract with the Austrian label Napalm Records. "Rastlos" represents the new status of Finsterforst and exceeds everything that has been done before.
The era of Black Forest Metal has begun!
Mor Dagor is formed by Torturer (drums), Tyr (guitars) and Grond (vocals).
Tyr (guitars) leaves the band because he doesn't agree with the musical thoughts of the others anymore. After this is seems like the band is put on iceMor Dagor, it doesn't go well anymore and the band doesn't make any progress. A new guitarplayer has been found and joined Mor Dagor Pestilence. Mor DagorMor Dagor also wants to take a second guitarplayer but when they find one he was thrown out very quickly because of his musical disability, also his successor had to leave for this reason.
Mor Dagor will get a second guitarplayer after all, ìBeastî, an old friend of Torturer From this moment on the music will become harder and more brutal. Unfortunately Grond leaves the band because he doesn't have enough time anymore, so Beast will take over the vocals and will share this part after a while with Pestilence.
New songs are written and in the beginning of October Mor Dagor goes into the CBK studios in Essen and records its first mcd ìBloodstreamî with 6 tracks on it and one hell of an intro.
Mor Dagor is really going in a good direction and plays a lot of gigs. Despite of the busy lives and the many gigs they take time to write some new stuff and by december of this year the band goes into the CBK studios in Essen again to record their second album ìHuman Executionî, containing 11 songs that will kick ass.
In the middle of February Lord Astaroth from Belgium joins the band, he will take the bass in hands. Lord Astaroth also plays in his own Belgian black metal band ìInfernal Decayî. How much he likes to play with Infernal Decay he leaves the band to put all his time and energy in Mor Dagor. In this year Torturer will also join the crazy maniacs of the Austrian band ìBelphegorî (www.belphegor.at) and so he torture the drums in both bands.
Torturer devides his time between going on tour with Belphegor and help writing new material for the forthcoming third album of Mor Dagor. #r Dagor is formed by Torturer (drums), Tyr (guitars) and Grond (vocals).
Formed in 2005 by TrollAklass (Guitar) and Trollour (Keyboard/Singer), the band naturally stands out thanks to its unique, strong and funny gigs across Belgium.
They play an efficient, folk "troll” metal, with hints of Black Metal.
After months of preparation and composition, the band finally gets a stable line-up in 2006, with Trollayd (Bass) and Trollent (Drums).
Following the release of their first demo (2007) and the EP "We are the Trolls" (2008), they get back to work on new material.
In 2010, their first album "Gang of Trolls" (14 titles) is unleashed. It has been recorded at the BlackOut Studio in Brussels and mixed and masterized by Jeremy Bézier (Enthroned).
In the fall of 2011, Trollent left the band and after have tried a whole lot of drummer, here he is, the one and only : the Trollhammer!
After a successful tour in Czech Republic at the sides of Nothgard, the band lives one of the highlights of its carreer by playing at the Paganfest in Giessen (Germany). The band is now back to work on a brand new EP.
In 2014, finaly EP "Game Of Trolls" is released with new line-up! Trollladal (bass) & Trollbard (guitar) enter the hord for eat and drink with the band.
Sail or Saille is the Irish name of the fourth letter of the Ogham alphabet, meaning "willow".
Saille was founded by keyboardplayer Dries Gaerdelen in May 2008. Wanting to create the music he was fond of (melodic black metal with a threatening feeling, in the style of Tartaros, Limbonic Art and Keep of Kalessin), Dries started writing several songs, some containing echoes of Dries' former band Mortifer.
It was thus a logical choice to cooperate with former Mortifer vocalist/guitarplayer Jonathan Vanderwal. After contacting drummer Gert Monden of In-Quest and text-writer Filip Dupont of Gorath, the development of songs could proceed.
With the help from ReinieR of Fleshmould/Shumcot studio and several other musicians the recordings for the first album "Irreversible Decay" started at the end of 2009. Due to the complexity of the music and layered structure of the guitars and keyboards, the recording and mixing of the album took several months. "Irreversible Decay" was finalized in September 2010.
After being contacted by several labels, Saille chose to work with Code666 records and the first album "Irreversible Decay" was released March 4th 2011.
At first, Saille was only intended as a studio project. However, it soon became clear the music should be brought to life. With the addition of bass player Didier Vancampo, a live-band was formed and several shows followed. Thanks to the good reviews and a solid live-reputation, Saille played amongst acts as Melechesh, Ancient Rites, Izegrim, Gorath and more. The live-shows of the first album were concluded with a spot on Belgium's biggest metalfest: Graspop Metal Meeting 2012.
In July 2012 the band hit the Shumcot Studio again to record their second album entitled "Ritu". With lyrics inspired by death rites in ancient cultures, combined with vocalist Dennie Grondelaer's interest for H.P. Lovecraft and Cthulhu, the next album has a much darker setting. Again several guest musicians were invited to create the irreplaceable real sounds: flugelhörn, cello, violin, théremin, tuba, trombone and many more.
After recording all summer, the final mix was sent mid-September to the Norwegian mastering specialist Tom Kvålsvoll (Strype Audio), known for mastering black metal classics like Mayhem, Emperor, Arcturus, Limbonic Art, Ulver, Vreid and many others.
On January 18th 2013 "Ritu" will see the light of day.
Drakum was born at the end of 2009, after more than a year looking for the right members. During the year 2010 we were immersed in the composition of songs and recording our first demo “Around The Oak”. In 2011 we have been promoting “Around The Oak”, receiving very good reviews, and started playing live shows. We opened for the russian band Arkona in their way through Barcelona and won a band contest, Goblin Fest 2011. In 2012 we continued doing gigs and festivals, and participating in more band contests, arriving to semi-finals in W:O:A Metal Battle Spain and winning Devilfest ’12. Also started to record our first LP. In 2013 we continued with the recordings of our full length and, after some member changes, continued with more gigs, for the first time outside our frontiers, participating in MetalDays ’13 (Slovenia) and Carpathian Alliance Metal Festival ’13 (Ukraine). In 2014 we have released our first album “Torches Will Rise Again” and the official music video for “Around the Oak” and played in Underwall Fest (Croatia) and again in MetalDays ’14 (Slovenia). Plans for 2015: presentation tour of the album and recording a new work.
All began at the end of the year 2004 when Heimdall creates an ambient/melodic one-man-band project named « DunkelNacht », tinkering with guitars, synths, computers and drum machines. He already composes extreme music and yearns for blackened metal… In 2005, a melodic/gothic trend album is produced with a decent sound : « Das Leiden für die Ewigkeit », a work performed by piano. At this time, Nygh Gaunt joins the project as vocalist and Heimdall decides to turn the « band » into extreme metal. The duo records an unsignificant first attempt called « Eradiction process ».
In summer, Heimdall meets Beowülf who joins the band as second guitarist. Real rehearsals begin and the trio works on a new musical direction. Heimdall composes some tracks and already thinks about the first album. Through the year 2006, Heimdall achieves in parallel « Gjennom Tidene Til Døde Guder », his second non-metal full-length that is more orchestral.
Early 2007, the trio becomes a quartet with the arrival of Alkhemohr as bass player in order to record the first official metal recording « Mass Grave / DunkelNacht » split release at LB Lab studios. Therefore, DunkelNacht becomes a real blackened metal band…
The recording session of « Atheist dezekration » full-length starts in summer 2007 with Heimdall and Alkhemohr. Beowülf leaves the band due to musical differences. At the beginning of the year 2008, Nygh Gaunt changes his name into Exp:/13. DunkelNacht enters at Back to hell studios to mix instruments and record vocals. This year was focused on the hard labour of the album, achieved by trio line up Heimdall (guitars, drums programmings), Alkhemohr (bass) and Exp:/13 (vocals).
In 2009, Svarte joins the band fbio-02-dunkelnachtor the second guitar and rehearsals go on. DunkelNacht plays local music scene for some gigs. Later this year, Exp:/13 and Svarte left the band due to a lack of motivation. However, Déhà (Deviant Messiah, Yhdarl…) joins immediately the project as vocalist. Now, DunkelNacht has its first album ready. The band starts to promote seriously « Atheist Dezekration » with this line up (Heimdall, Alkhemohr & Déhà), still looking for an extreme drummer to close the circle. Despite that, the band gets on stage for several blasphemic live shows in France and Belgium.
DunkelNacht bargains with M&O Office for management and distribution of « Atheist Dezekration » in 2010. In the wake of this deal Max Goemaere completes the line-up as drummer and the band continues touring and promoting the album till 2011. Frost replaces Déhà who give up the adventure in january 2011.
A hard core is built around Heimdall, Alkhemohr, Max Goemaere and Frost during 2011. Each member works hard this year to put musical skills on higher level and produce a more reflexive second effort. Heimdall composes the music and Alkhemohr writes the lyrics. The recording begins in january 2012 and ends in summer at One shot studio after more than a year of hard labour. After a pre-production realized by Heimdall, the band works with Carlo Belotti (Worm Hole Death Records – Italy) and Wao from Realsound Studio (Parma – Italy) to perform final mixing and mastering for a killer sound production. DunkelNacht inks deal with Worm Hole Death Records in May 2013. « Revelatio » release is scheduled for January 2014. In november 2014, Frost is replaced by dutch vocalist M.C. Abagor and the band continues to burn the stage to defend this hymn of leading melodies, dissonant harmony and powerful rhythms. Stay in tune !
Conceived in 1999, the evolving Lemuria recorded their first demo in April 2002 entitled ‘The Vault of the Witness’. Its raw energy laid the foundation for what was to come.
After winning competitions and supporting major metal acts ‘Tales, Ale & Fire’ was forged during the summer months of 2004. The independent production enhanced the unique sound of this concept album and Lemuria delivered something unprecedented and unheard of within the Belgian metal scene. Held in the same vein as Finntroll, Ensiferum, Thyrfing, Bal Sagoth and even Rhapsody, the album demonstrated the huge progress made by the band and was embraced by metal heads and fans of other genres alike.
This release brought fame and fans to the band whilst gigs across Flanders helped generate a substantial following, with Lemuria headlining many concerts and supporting more big names such as Korpiklaani. The album sold out very quickly, even outselling death metal legends Aborted through Belgium’s leading underground distributor, and today is still highly sought-after.
The group was put on hold in August 2006 but exactly two years later Lemuria was reborn with two new guitarists and a fresh approach. New recordings were composed and orchestrated by the band and they then took on the production from recording, through mixing to mastering, such was their desire to deliver a positive new sound that still embraced their folk metal roots.
With this new incarnation, the sextet continued to write new music and started performing again in late 2008, to the delight of fans and reviewers. Lemuria was back, and stronger than ever before. The new line-up brought the live experience and musicianship of the band to a whole new level, which culminated in the recording of their second full length album in the spring of 2010, entitled ‘Chanson de la Croisade’. No expense was spared, spending 28 days behind closed doors recording, two months of mixing, a mastering session with world renowned producer Peter in de Betou and presented in a glorious digipak with a 28 page full color booklet telling the story of the holy war between the Catholics and the Cathars in the South of France in the 13th century A.D.
The album was released in November 2010 and received reviews averaging 90 per cent. Copies were purchased and sent out the far corners of the globe, a testament to the band’s broad and international fan base. Numerous headlining and support slots ensued and Lemuria slowly but surely began crossing borders into Germany and The Netherlands. The group continued to deliver quality performances and this resulted in winning the 2012 Graspop Metal Meeting Talent Quest, after having been selected from a long list of Belgian underground metal bands.
Mixing heavy music with orchestral elements, bombastic scores and daring instrumental and symphonic passages, Lemuria has carved a niche previously untouched by any Belgian band. With a new live experience, every band member’s skills will be pushed to the limit. Through rigid dedication to their art they will leave a lasting impression on the metal scene.