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Acid King

Acid King

San Francisco's stoner rock band Acid King formed in 1993. Singer/guitarist Lori Crover, bassist Peter Lucas and drummer Joey Osbourne started playing local shows that year with likeminded bands such as the Melvins, Hawkwind and the Obsessed. The group released their self-titled debut EP the following year on Sympathy For the Record Industry, which they followed with the 1995 full-length Zoroaster. While touring to support the album, Lucas quit the band and was replaced by Dan Southwick, also a member of Altamont, the side project of Melvins drummer (as well as Lori's husband) Dale Crover.…

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Wallachia

Wallachia

Wallachia is a one man band first and foremost, yet having always been helped out by various musicians to complete the recording sessions. In 1995 Wallachia emerged as a duo consisting of Lars Stavdal as composer and handling lead guitar, bass & vocals, while Eystein Garberg (now guitarist in Lumsk) took care of the programming, keys & rhythm guitar. 'Demo 1996' was self-released on tape format and caught the attention of French label Velvet Music International who put out the recording as the 'Wallachia' mcd in 1997. Wallachia signed a deal with VMI also for a full-length album, and…

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Monolithe

Monolithe

Among the contemporary Doom Metal bands who have risen in the international scene during the last decade, French-based , whose musical journeys opened up new horizons for the genre, stood out from the mass since its early days. ’s music needs to be lived more than listened to. Its atmosphere is grandiose and epic. The entire discography is a musical saga that mixes heaviness, mysticism and complex structures tinged with hints of progressive flair. The listener is invited into a world of beauty, horror and nothingness. Formed in 2001, is the creation of Sylvain Bégot. Their debut album,…

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Ragnarok

Ragnarok

When it comes to Norwegian Black Metal, Ragnarok is one of the outstanding examples of what integrity and perseverance can bring to the genre. Since their inception at the beginning of 1994, the band has outlasted a multitude of variations and trends within the metal community that sought to influence the Black Metal genre.  Eschewing avant-garde, nu-metal and even hardcore influences, Ragnarok remained true to themselves and to the traditions of Black Metal, whilst at the same time growing as writers and performers and refusing to become stale.  Today, after 18 years in the…

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Opera IX

Opera IX

Opera IX was born in 1988 by the perverse mind of Ossian. In 1990 they realize the first demo tape "Gothik". After many changes of line-up, the band reaches a certain stability with Cadaveria at the voice, Ossian at the guitar ,Vlad at the bass and Flegias at the drums. The sound switches from an "occult metal" to an atmosferic mix of Doom Death and Black. The second demo DEMO 92,containing 4 cult songs, makes the band known in the entire underground scene and brings a contract for a 7" EP,came out in 1993. the first 500 copies are sold out in only 2 months. In the meantime the band realizes…

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VON

VON

2012 will see the long awaited release of the Satanic Blood full-length album and the beginning of VON Records. Supreme leader Venien speaks to Heavy Music Artwork.

 

VON: This is the first full-length album from my band VON called Satanic Blood.  This album is based off all my early works and material from the early years of VON since 1987.  Most of the songs were only captured within demo form through the early years but never fully realized for an album, so now it is complete and is finally a reality 20+ years later.  

VON: Again, these songs never made it to the album stage and since…

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Enthroned

Enthroned

ENTHRONED was formed in 1993 by Cernunnos in Namur, Belgium. He soon recruited guitarist Tsebaoth and later bassist/vocalist Sabathan. The band released a 5-track demo tape in mid 1994 which brought them to the attention of several independent labels. A 7" split EP with Ancient Rites was then released by the underground label Afterdark Records. After the label's demise, Evil Omen Records (a sub-label of Osmose Productions) released ENTHRONED's first full-length release, Prophecies of Pagan Fire.

Shortly thereafter, the band enlisted second guitarist Nornagest. Eventually, Tseboath was…

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Master

Master

Master is the most well-known project of bassist, vocalist, and songwriter Paul Speckmann. They were well known in the early extreme metal underground, being both one of the first death metal bands, and one of the most influential alongside Death in the emerging death metal scene. The band began in 1983, and still exists today, having released several albums with many different lineups.

Paul Speckmann started out as bass player in doom band War Cry, where he met up with drummer Bill Schmidt who was drafted in to replace previous War Cry drummer, Joe Laccino. Together, Speckmann and Schmidt…

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