Vicious Rumors is an American heavy metal band founded in 1979 in the San Franciso Bay Area, California. The band co-created the bay area metal scene in it's beggining. Brainchild of Geoff Thorpe, the band has been active on the metal scene since forever, actively touring through the last 30 years. Vicious Rumors is recognized for their guitar works and harmonies, as well as the variety of their tracks. Born in the Bay Area of San Francisco, in the years when the metal scene was really becoming stronger and stronger in that part of the States. Bands like Laaz Rockit, Metallica, Megadeth, Testament, Exodus, Death Angel are all seeing the light in the same years. Even though Vicious Rumors shared the same stages, venues and were (still are) even close friends to many of these young musicians, they focused on another music direction, only marginally influenced by the bay area thrash that in a few years will become very popular worldwide. VR, without a definite line-up, (between 1982 and 1985) plays everyhere in the US and appears on the compilations KMEL's "New Oasis", U.S. Metal vol. III and U.S. Metal vol. IV gaining finally an important record deal with legendary Shrapnel Records. The first album Soldiers of the Night published in 1985, is considered a cult milestone in US-power metal and features a future guitar hero Vinnie Moore(guitar, UFO). The second album Digital Dictator in 1988, fixed Vicious Rumors' classic and most famous line-up with one of the best singers in heavy metal history, Carl Albert (Villain, Ruffians) and the guitarist Mark McGee (Overdrive, Starcastle) along with Geoff Thorpe, Dave Starr, and Larry Howe. In 1990, the band released their self-titled album Vicious Rumors on a legendary major label, Atlantic Records. In support of this album the band tours the US and in Europe with Death Angel and Forbidden. The band was featured on the main stage at the Dynamo Open Air Festival, in Holland in front of 25,000 fans and the band's first video for the song, "Don't Wait for Me" is put on heavy rotation on MTV's legenary Headbanger's Ball, starring Vanessa Warvick. After returning from Europe, the bands set out on their first full US tour for 2 months. In 1992, Vicious Rumors released their best seller: Welcome to the Ball.This album received a Bay Area Music Award nomination for "Outstanding Metal Album" alongside the ranks of Metallica and Tesla. The band goes on a 1 month European tour with Savatage. The 2nd MTV video, "Children" goes beyond the exposure normally limited to metal bands on the Headbanger's Ball and gets regular daytime air play. And to top all of this off, VR is nominated for a "Bammie Award" (from Bamm Magazine) for best new metal album. VR tours the US for 4 months, building and strengthening their fan base in the States. After the tour with label-mates Savatage, and the live-album Plug in and Hang On: Live in Tokyo, guitarist Geoff Thorpe became ill with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The band wasn't sure to continue. They also split with the bassist Dave Starr. In 1994, with new bass-player Tommy Sisco (ex-Villain), they released their more particular album Word of Mouth for the label Rising Sun. This record includes the song "Thunder and Rain" (part.1 & part.2) dedicated to the memory of Criss Oliva (Savatage) This album generated immediate attention and put the band back on the road. In Europe, VR is back to perform at the "Dynamo Festival" in Holland once again, then joins up with Accept for more festival dates. After the completion of that tour, VR is called back for a second European tour, this time with Metal Church and Paul Di'Anno's Killers. After a successful tour with Savatage, singer Carl Albert "The Voice" (born 1962) tragically died on April 22, 1995 as a result of a car accident. The band decides to go on in memory of their talented singer. The CD A tribute to Carl Albert (including recordings taken from the Word of Mouth European tour) and the home-video The First Ten years were released first. The song "Perpetual", included on the Something Burning album, was the last track he wrote. Mark McGee, for one of his solo projects (actually unpublished), composed and recorded the song "Find Your Way Home" dedicated to the memory of his lost friend. In 2001 the band releases Sadistic Symphony with a new singer (Morgan Thorn, who will suddenly be replaced by the return of O'Connor). These three albums are different for their more groovy, experimental and modern approach but also for the vocal style. The band is totally renewed in 2002: Cornbread is the new bass player, Ira Black (ex Heathen) fills the spot of the other guitarist after Smyth, while world famous session man Atma Anur, Dan Lawson and Will Carroll (later with Death Angel) replace Larry Howe until he returns in the band. In 2005 those musicians (and the classic ones) appear on the "Crushing the World" DVD that sums up various eras of Vicious Rumors and offers audio-video footage of three unreleased tracks: Poveglia, Broken Wings, Fight, present also in the demo "Immortal" (2004) which never became an album. "Crushing the world" marks the end of the experimental era of the band. In 2006, the Warball album, produced by Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head...), sees the light with the surprise of an all-star lineup due to the return of classic members Larry Howe and Dave Starr together with two big names of the scene as vocalist James Rivera (Helstar) and guitarist Brad Gillis (Night Ranger, Ozzy Osbourne). Also guitarist Thaen Rasmussen (Heathen Anvil Chorus) takes part to the recordings of "Warball" and later will be the second guitar in the live shows. Warball is a return to a more classic sound. But the stability of the line-up is still not destined to last. Dave Starr, unable to tour and not happy with the direction of things, is replaced at this point by Stephen Goodwin as the live bassist. At the end of the world tour also Rivera and Rasmussen part ways with Vicious Rumors. Rasmussen is replaced by Kiyoshi Morgan. The line-up finally finds a new frontman when Stixx is replaced with old style screamer Brian Allen (Last Empire, Malice). Classic members Thorpe and Howe rebuild Vicious Rumors with Allen, Goodwin and Morgan. To celebrate the new blood of the band they pay tribute the bands prestigious history. In the act of occasion of VR's 30th anniversary some songs of the first album Soldiers of the Night were played together with the original singer Gary St.Pierre. at the Headbanger's Open Air festival 2009 in Germany. And in 2011, at the Keep It True Festival (always in Germany) a special event sees the temporary return after 15 and more years of historical members Mark McGee and Tommy Sisco. On the vocals, there is a meaningful presence of Kevin Albert, Carl's son, for a unique night of tribute to the golden-era. Meanwhile the new line-up works hard also in the studio. The band's tenth album Razorback Killers, is produced by Juan Urteaga and released on March 28, 2011 with guest appearances by several musicians including former guitarist Mark McGee, Testament guitarist Eric Peterson, Brad Gillis, and the first VR studio appearances of Stephen Goodwin,Kiyoshi Morgan,and Brian Allen. The band does an extensive European tour supporting HammerFall with Thaen Rasmussen occasionally stepping in again in VR in place of Morgan. In late 2012, after some summer gigs in Europe (with touring member Bob Capka as second guitarist), VR mainman Geoff Thorpe announced two new releases for the upcoming months: a live album "Live you to Death", out in November 2012, and a new studio chapter "Electric Punishment", again produced by Juan Urteaga, released in 2013 with appearances - alongside mastermind Thorpe - of a first class team of guitarists: Rasmussen (who returns as official member), McGee, Gillis and Capka. In the first leg of European tour Allen is temporary replaced by James Rivera due to serious family matters. According to Thorpe, the band is still "hungry" so they will play more than 70 headline shows and festivals in 2013, including several metal festivals in Europe (Bang Your Head (Candlemass, Saxon, Rage...), Alcatraz Metal Meeting (Death Angel, Exodus, Anthrax, Doro...), Headbangers Open Air (co-headlining w/Metal Church, OverKill...), Stonehenge Festival (Asphyx, Dying Fetus, Gama Bomb...), and our own Metaldays, with a bass player from Slovenia, Tilen Hudrap (Thraw, Keller...) filling in for Goodwin. One of the festivals, the Bang Your Head festival in Germany, will again feature special guest appearance of Kevin Albert, Carl Albert's son . Heavy metal masters are here to stay!
Hailing from the tiny town of Whitley Bay in far northeastern England, the Tygers of Pan Tang (whose name originated from the Michael Moorcock novel Stormbringer) formed when aspiring vocalist Jess Cox met guitarist Robb Weir at the local pub in November 1978. Weir, along with bassist Rocky Laws and drummer Brian Dick, had recently formed a band that combined the lessons of early-'70s heavy metal legends such as Black Sabbath and Deep Purple with the do-it-yourself ethos of punk -- an emerging style eventually dubbed the new wave of British heavy metal. After much rehearsing and gigging in the surrounding area, the foursome recorded a number of demos at Impulse Studios, whose owners (Neat Records) released their first single "Don't Touch Me There" in September 1979. Relentless touring across Britain followed as the band supported such childhood heroes as the Scorpions and Budgie, as well as NWOBHM peers like Iron Maiden and Saxon. They also signed a deal with MCA and entered London's Morgan Studios in June to record their proper debut, Wildcat, which went straight into the British charts at number 18 upon its released in July 1980. Spellbound Looking to beef up their sound, the band added virtuoso guitarist John Sykes just in time for their biggest gig ever at 1980s Reading Festival. Despite this promising start, however, Cox decided to quit the group at year's end, citing the ever-popular "musical differences" and going on to form the short-lived Lionheart with the recently ousted Iron Maiden guitarist Dennis Stratton. Ex-Persian Risk vocalist Jon Deverill was drafted to replace him, and the revitalized Tygers of Pan Tang set to work on their new record. Widely considered their best effort, Spellbound hit the streets in April 1981 and was followed by another bout of touring, which kept the band nipping at the heels of NWOBHM powerhouses like Iron Maiden, Saxon, and Def Leppard. Things began to unravel when MCA forced the band to write and record a follow-up in only three weeks, though, resulting in the uneven Crazy Nights (released in November 1981). European dates in support of Ian Gillan followed, but guitarist Sykes quit abruptly to join Thin Lizzy upon their return to England (he later achieved even greater success with Whitesnake and Blue Murder). The band soldiered on with new six-stringer Fred Purser, whose more commercial leanings were heard on 1982's disappointing effort, The Cage. Everyone seemed to be giving up on the Tygers, including their management, which dropped the band just prior to a sold-out tour of Japan. After a brief attempt at self-management, the group decided to call it quits later that year, and a 1983 greatest-hits set seemed to close the book on the Tygers of Pan Tang. Surprisingly, Deverill and Dick would resurrect a glammed-up version of the band in 1985 with bassist Dave Donaldson and guitarists Steve Lamb and Neil Shepherd. They released two albums: 1985's The Wreck-Age and 1987's Burning in the Shade (featuring Shepherd's replacement Steve Thompson on guitar), both of which went absolutely nowhere and prompted another, apparently final split. 1986 also saw the release of the original band's 1980 Impulse Studio demos by Neat Records, under the title First Kill. Live at Nottingham Rock City During the late '90s, a revised version of the group was assembled to play the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany. The performance was later released in 2001 as Live at Wacken, while a reissued version of Live at Nottingham Rock City arrived that same year. Prompted by their continued popularity in metal circles, the Tygers officially reunited (albeit with a rotating lineup, as members continued to exit the lineup) for a series of new albums, including Mystical, Noises from the Cathouse, and 2008's Animal Instinct.
ATTICA RAGE are a heavy rock band from Glasgow, Scotland who have earned a solid reputation for their energetic, powerful performances at headline shows, tours and festivals across UK and Europe. Having supported and shared festival bills with the likes of Judas Priest, Slash, Black Label Society, Down, Anthrax and Saxon amongst others, the Attica Rage live experience has been proven to fill outdoor arenas as much as it does the clubs and venues. UK festival appearances include High Voltage, Hard Rock Hell, Hammerfest, Bulldog Bash and Cambridge Rock Festival; while European highlights have included Metalcamp (now Metaldays, Slovenia); HRH Road Trip (Ibiza) and Wizzfest (Belgium). Attica Rage continue to take their brand of hard n’ heavy biker rock n’ metal sounds out on the road with headline tours across the UK. In summer 2012 as part of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards bash, Attica Rage performed to hundreds of fans, industry and media onboard the ‘HMS Hammer’ pre-show boat party along with Shadows Fall, Fozzy, While She Sleeps and Evil Scarecrow as it sailed along the River Thames in London towards the main awards event at the 02 Arena. Formed in Glasgow in 2003 by brothers Richie Rage (drums) and Jonny Parr (vocals/guitar), Stevie Bell (guitar) joined in 2007 with Matthew Ward (bass) joining in 2014. Following an early EP in 2005, the band released their debut album Ruin Nation in 2008 on their own label, featuring a cover sleeve by iconic Motorhead artist Joe Petagno. In 2011, Attica Rage signed to Manchester label, Rocksector Records for the UK release of second album Road Dog. Album track Through the Inner Eye was featured by Classic Rock magazine as ‘Track of the Day’ with a free download offered on their website and album opener 36 Insane was included on a Metal Hammer magazine cover-mount CD. Attica Rage subsequently signed to Off Yer Rocka Recordings and Road Dog was released worldwide in May 2012, with two additional bonus live tracks. Two video singles, directed by Colin Wood Media, for the tracks Ashamed and 36 Insane were also released during 2012, with the latter winning ‘Video of the Year’ at the Scottish New Music Awards. Before songwriting began for the next album, Attica Rage contributed an emotionally-charged and revamped cover version of Killer of Giants on a US-released Ozzy Osbourne tribute album in June 2012. December 2012 saw the worldwide release of third album 88MPH on Off Yer Rocka, along with an independently-released 2-disc DVD, Road Dog Forever - the long-awaited live concert and documentary film, directed by Colin Wood and chronicling the two year period the band spent writing, recording and touring the Road Dog album. Attica Rage promoted 88MPH throughout 2013. A main stage appearance at Hammerfest VI in Wales kick-started 2014. Shortly after, Colin Wilson left the band to concentrate on his family. Ex-Komatoze bassist Matthew Ward joined in June 2014 in time for summer festivals and a full UK and European headline tour in autumn. Attica Rage are currently writing material for new studio album and working on a definitive live album release, both due out in 2015 along with festivals and touring across UK and Europe.
Distillator is a 3-piece thrash metal band from Enschede, The Netherlands. Influenced by bands as Slayer and Destruction, these gentlemen will take you back to the 80’s thrash scene. On stage, dressed in spandex and shrouded in bullet belts, this is a must see for all Thrash Metal fans!
BIO OSTROGOTH is an old school heavy metal band, based in Ghent, Belgium. The band writes, records and plays their own music since the early ‘80s. Influenced by classic bands such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, MSG and Scorpions, Ostrogoth strives to write high quality and harmonic melodies, combined with pounding drums and groovy bass-lines. 1980-1982 – THE EARLY BEGINNING The roots of the band can be traced back to as early as 1976, when drummer Mario ‘Grizzly’ Pauwels and bass player Marnix ‘Bronco’ Van De Kauter started jamming together in a band called Stonehenge. In October 1980 the very first Ostrogoth line-up was formed when Grizzly and Bronco teamed up with guitarist Jean-Pierre De Keghel and singer Luc Minne. But already in April 1981 Jean-Pierre was replaced by Hans ’Sphinx’ Vandekerckhove. Later that year, on July 26th, 1981, Ostrogoth performed their first ever live concert, at the ‘Gentse Feesten’ in Belgium. One year later, in 1982, Rudy ‘WhiteShark’ Vercruysse joined as second guitarist, as the band wanted to write more harmonic pieces. That same year White Temple singer Marc ‘Red Star’ De Brauwer replaced Luc Minne and the line-up of the legendary ‘Full Moon’s Eyes’ EP was a fact. 1983 – FULL MOON’S EYES Early 1983 Ostrogoth recorded their first EP, ‘Full Moon’s Eyes’ at Kritz Studios in Kuurne, Belgium. As soon as the first tracks were mastered, the band was invited by the ‘Domino’ radio show. Two songs from the FME sessions were broadcasted and the very next day Mausoleum Records offered the band their first recording contract. In May 1983, ‘Full Moon’s Eyes’ was released and Ostrogoth kicked off the first edition of the legendary Heavy Sound Festival. 1984 – ECSTASY AND DANGER Early 1984 an alternative version of the title track from ‘Ecstasy And Danger’ was released on the compilation EP ‘If It’s Loud, We’re Proud’, which also featured two other Belgian bands, Killer and Crossfire. Ostrogoth once again chose Kritz Studios to record their first full-length effort. It became a completely different album, with lots of experimenting, twin guitar melodies, rhythmical breaks and singer Red Star at his best. 23 Years later, in 2007, WhiteShark’s signature song ‘Queen of Desire’ was picked for the soundtrack of the PS3 game ‘Brutal Legend’, among bands like Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Kiss, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne and Slayer. 1985 – TOO HOT For the follow-up to ‘Ecstasy And Danger’ Mausoleum Records urged the band to record in Brussels, at Shiva Studios. Producer Alex Gietz was hired and the band spent almost two months recording. Backing vocals were provided by Peter De Wint, who would become Ostrogoth’s singer two years later. Once again, the outcome was a completely different album. Also in 1985 Ostrogoth kicked off the very first edition of the annual music festival Pukkelpop. In the meantime, ‘Sphinx’ was traveling the world for his Doctorship in Eastern Philology. 1987 – FEELINGS OF FURY ‘Sphinx’ could no longer combine the rock and roll world with his job at the University of Tubingen and decided to leave the band. Shortly before ‘Bronco’ had quit as well, for personal reasons. A long search for new band members was on. Auditions attracted musicians from all over the country. Junao Martins, a Brazilian guitarist and Pierre Villafranca, a bass player with Spanish roots joined Ostrogoth. The new line-up also featured Chris Taerwe on keyboards. That same year ‘Red Star’ left the band and was replaced by ex-Crossfire singer Peter De Wint. Original members Grizzly and WhiteShark, joined by the four ‘new guys’, recorded ‘Feelings Of Fury’ at Rainbow Studios, with producer Ward Cuzsinsky, who had previously worked with Bad Lizard. The production quality on FOF is disappointing but the songs are strong as a brick wall. Shortly after recording the album, Pierre Villafranca left the band and Sylvain Cherotti took his place for the live shows of the ‘Feelings of Fury’ campaign. Disputes and musical differences cropped up and the band decided to split up in the summer of 1988. 2002 – Mausoleum Records 20th Anniversary Reunion In 2002 founder Alfie Falckenbach wanted to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Mausoleum Records with a concert with old Mausoleum recording artists. All original Ostrogoth members joined in (except for ‘Sphinx’ who died in 1989 from heart failure). The reunion show took place on May 10th, 2002, at the famous Biebob club, with Grizzly, Bronco, WhiteShark and Red Star from the early days, joined by Junao Martins and Peter De Wint from the 1987 line-up. The concert was recorded and six songs were released on the Live compilation CD ‘Mausoleum 20th Anniversary Concert’, with Red Star and Peter De Wint each taking credit for three songs. Later that summer Ostrogoth played some more Belgian shows and visited Greece for the first time, but late 2002 the story came to an end once again. 2010 – Second Reunion The blood flows as long as one lives. So eight years later, Grizzly, Bronco, WhiteShark and Red Star revived Ostrogoth again, after an offer to headline the Ages Of Metal festival, in October 2010. With new guitarist Dario Frodo on board, Ostrogoth headlined the Up The Hammers festival in Athens, Greece, in March 2011. Further plans for 2011 had to be put on hold as WhiteShark suffered a terrible table saw accident in which he almost lost his left arm. 2012-2014 – KIT and beyond Early 2012 the band was operational again and started rehearsals for their postponed gig at Germany’s Keep It True festival. But a mere two months before KIT, Red Star decided to leave the band and new singer Josey Hindrix joined Ostrogoth. When Ostrogoth was asked to play the Keep It True Festival in Germany, the band said in advance that it was either gonna be a one-off performance, or it would turn into a new chapter, depending on the crowd reaction to the show. The crowd was awesome, welcomed the new Ostrogoth incarnation with open arms and sang along to every single one of the classic tunes. KIT was new singer Josey Hindrix’ very first performance, after only four rehearsals. Once more Ostrogoth survived a stressful period with yet a new member. Also in 2012 the band got some really good PR from a fan of the early days of the band. Metallica frontman James Hetfield performed live with a denim jacket that featured a patch with the Ostrogoth logo. Hetfield remembered the band from the early touring days of Metallica, when the ‘Full Moon’s Eyes’ EP was often played in their tourbus. Up until today pictures of James with an Ostrogoth t-shirt keep popping up everywhere, in magazines, in calendars, on websites and on posters in Vans stores all over the world. A big honor for Ostrogoth. In 2013 Ostrogoth celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the ‘Full Moon’s Eyes’ EP with a Belgian clubtour and took upcoming talent Evil Invaders in tow. As the year was coming to an end, bass player Marnix ‘Bronco’ Van de Kauter decided to leave the band. The heavy touring schedule for 2014/2015 was causing a conflict with Bronco’s personal life. Bronco said in a personal statement: “The growing interest Ostrogoth has generated over the last few years has been very rewarding, but has also put a strain on my personal life. The time and effort that needs to be put into playing and writing in a band is more than I can deliver, at this moment in my life. Therefore I have decided to step aside and let the band – which I helped found and have always and will always support – grow further.” New bass player Stripe made his debut in April 2014 What seemed impossible for many fans, started to get real in the spring of 2014. The band was writing new songs and started talking to different labels about releasing some new material. Some of the new songs were tested out on the various live shows the band played in the course of 2014, mainly festivals shows like Graspop, Puntpop and Zandrock in Belgium and Swordbrothers in Germany. The band also performed for the first time in Austria and Italy and returned to Greece for the third time. RIP WHITESHARK But next to the enthusiasm about the new songs and the many live shows, 2014 brought also devastating news. In the summer, guitarist Rudy ‘WhiteShark’ Vercruysse was diagnosed with colon and liver cancer. Although the situation was very serious, there was initially an estimated life expectancy of two years. WhiteShark started chemotherapy and was able to play the summer festival shows. He was also present for the recordings of ‘Last Tribe Standing’, in September 2014. But with the chemotherapy not giving the expected result, the situation escalated fast, and the cancer was getting more grip on WhiteShark’s body. Early December 2014, the doctors had to bring down drastically the earlier life expectancy of two years to “a few weeks”. On December 6th, Sharky gave everything he had to put on a great show, when Ostrogoth played a sold out Belgian headline club show, in Wippelgem, but it would be his last ever live show. WhiteShark died less than a month later, on January 3rd 2015, at age 59. Pragmatic and realistic as he was, WhiteShark had a scenario for the future from the day he was diagnosed with cancer. Ostrogoth never had to organize auditions to start looking for another guitarist. From day one WhiteShark told the rest of the band “I want Geert Annys to be my successor… when the time comes.” In the ‘80s Geert was part of Belgian bands Stainless Steel, Thunderfire and Universe and shared the stage many times with Ostrogoth. He also spent some time in Neo-Prophet several years ago, but Geert is best known for his work on the debut album from Belgium’s melodic hard rock band Mystery. 2015 – LAST TRIBE STANDING January 23rd, 2015 saw the release of ‘Last Tribe Standing’, both on CD and vinyl, through Belgian cult label Empire Records. ‘Last Tribe Standing’ is the first official Ostrogoth release since 1987 and features four new studio recordings and four live songs. The amazing cover artwork was created by the talented Velio Josto from Italy. The band made this statement about ‘Last Tribe Standing’: “At first the idea was to release a 4-track EP with new material, just like we did back in 1983 with our ‘Full Moon’s Eyes’ debut. Not a full album, just an EP with four killer songs. But a few days before we entered the studio to record the new tracks, we were listening to the tapes of some summer festival shows we had recorded earlier this year, solely for our own archives. The recordings were raw and 100% live, but the tapes sounded so good, it would’ve been a shame not to use them. So grew the idea to release two EP’s, back to back. With the four new songs on the A-side of the vinyl version and on the B-side the four songs from the ‘Full Moon’s Eyes’ EP, in a 2014 live version, the way the current line-up plays these songs today. Old and new gathered in one.” 'Last Tribe Standing’ was recorded at Mushroom Studios in Belgium and produced by guitarist Dario Frodo and mixing engineer Pete Mush, and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Epica, Amaranthe, Evergrey, Pretty Maids). As a tribute to the early days, the band also decided to reuse the original logo, that was only featured on the 1983 debut, for their 2015/2016 campaign. In the past two years Ostrogoth has played thirty+ live concerts, in Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands and Greece and performed for the first time in Spain, Italy and Austria. The positive reactions from both fans and press to these recent live shows confirm that Ostrogoth might have its best line-up so far and is delivering the goods as never before.
Nightqueen is a Genk-bases Heavy Metal band bent on domination of audience and spectators, for which it has shown to be nothing short of willing and ambitious. Musically, Nightqueen brings a mix of heavy metal that is not only accessible within most metal communities, but also for all that enjoy a good riff; the style, as a result, is founded on these strong guitar riff, rooted in the '80 style, mixed with more modern metal beats, symphonic tunes and catchy melodies from the vocal department. When Rex wrote the first song of the then nameless band, titled "Queen of the Night", the name was easily found: "Nightqueen". However, the band itself was not staffed properly yet, but after only a handful changes, the standing line-up is one to reckon with a capital R; Singer Keely Larreina brings a true-born Queen of the Night on stage like none has ever been before!. 2010 saw the light for the first maxi-single, "Inauguration", that scored well with the critics. So well, it inspired the band to push the envelope and work on the full album, known as "For Queen & Metal", produced by Rex Zeco en Philip Weinhold (assisted by Daniel Kells) After less then a good year of writing, recording, adding and perfecting, the CD hit the stores (and the label) in January 2012! The seccond album will be expected at the begin of 2014. Prepare for the revolution. 2014 : release of the second album "rEVOLUTION" under Wildgame Records, produced by Jan Nemec Bringing Nightqueen on stage means setting a stage on fire with smoke, flames and explosions, whereas energetic and experienced musicians will warrant a quality on stage, only surpassed by their own music!
FIREFORCE started their Battle for Freedom at the end of the year 2008. Very quickly, the band became well-known for their excellent live gigs, and their 2009 EP “Moonlight Lady” succeeded in attracting the attention of the recording industry. As a result, 2010 was a very creative year for the band. Their debut album “March On”, which was released the end of March 2011 throughout Europe, propelled the band out of the underground Metal scene from which it emerged, and into the hearts of the larger public, i.e. Metal fans everywhere. The strong drive of the band’s Heavy Metal roots constantly interacts with their obvious affinity with the Power Metal genre. However, a melodious harmonic component is always present in their work. The twelve songs on the album are characterized by solid riff structures accompanied by an excellent drum baseline that keeps on driving them forward. The vocals truly deserve to be described as authentically Metal and never falter once throughout the album. Summing up, “March On” is a thrilling, well-structured Heavy Metal album with definite Old School tendencies complemented by the albums contemporary production.
The band had finalized their negotiations with 7Hard Records in Germany in 2010 and had found a willing producer in MYSTIC PROPHECY vocalist R.D.Liapakis (producer for SUICIDAL ANGELS, CRYSTAL TEARS, WINTER`S VERGE, ELDRITCH and others). The band were able to add the finishing touch to the album by adding a guest appearance by guitarist Constantine (MYSTIC PROPHECY, DESCENDING, PRIMAL FEAR). The finished masterpiece provided a new benchmark for the Belgian Heavy Metal scene. “March On“ is pure Heavy Metal adrenaline. It’s an album that is being driven forward relentlessly by its riveting riffs and thundering drums and rhythms that grab you by the throat. The NWOBHM-like vocals in “Fly Arrow Fly (Crécy 1346)“ remind listeners instantaneously of the early feats of HELLOWEEN, while “Born To Play Metal“ is a speedy piece of raw steel reminiscent of RUNNING WILD, especially since it features an awesome chorus. “The Only Way“ will definitely get your head moving, too, and the phat and groovy mid-tempo breaks that keep on popping up in this song will absolutely blow you away. None of these twelve songs seem to show any kind of weakness. On the contrary, the album grows and becomes more powerful with each song. With “March On” FIREFORCE deliver a calling card that proves their True Metal and Old School heritage worthy. A small club tour with Pegazus brought them in Belgium, Holland, Austria and Switzerland. Even Cyprus was visited as a special guest for Mystic Prophecy. Other shows were played with Tokyo Blade, Girlschool, Blaze, Roxxcalibur, Skullfist, Iron Mask, Crimson Glory, Nightmare, Hell, Avantasia, Tygers Of PanTang etc… PPM fest and R-Mine metalfest were played with a big success! The recordings of the new album "Deathbringer" were started in march 2013, again under supervision of R.D. Liapakis and engineer Christian Schmid in the Music Factory Prophecy Studio's in Germany, and was released on june 20th 2014. Soon after the release, lead guitarist Yves Vermeersch traded places with Thierry van der Zanden and Christophe De Combe passed the drumsticks to Sepp Coeck.