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Midnight Priest

Aggressive Hauntings by Midnight Priest Midnight Priest was born in the streets of Coimbra, Portugal, in the winter of 2008. The band then consisted of five ugly bastards, all very well seasoned in the underground scene: The Priest on vocals, Iron Fist and Rod Wolf on guitars, Joe Dalton on bass and War Tank Drums.…

Rage

Wings Of Rage by Peter “Peavy” Wagner We chose the name Rage long ago in 1985. Two years before we started under the name Avenger. Unfortunately, there was a British band under the same name, so when we signed to Noise Records in ‘85, we were asked to change the band´s name. Our drummer back…

Akhlys

Melinoe by Naas Alcameth Akhlys is the name of a rather obscure Greek mythological figure. There are only a few surviving passages that tell us about Akhlys. She was a personification of misery and was associated with the Keres and the Moirai. Some later sources place her as the primordial night before creation which would…

Aara

En Ergô Einai by Berg, Fluss, J. The band name Aara is the Latin name of the Swiss river “Aare”, which is the largest river that runs entirely through the country. This river shapes many landscapes and also places where we have lived. The project was initially supposed to be named “Ara” after the Latin…

Sodom

Genesis XIX by Tom Angelripper I can still remember when my mom walked into my room and said it was like Sodom and Gomorrah because it was dirty and not very tidy. I didn’t forget that until the band was founded. I later saw many films, including the ‘120 Days of Sodom’. The film impressed…

Stalker

Black Majik Terror by Chris, Daif Daif: In an essay ‘The Positive/Negative Realms Of Higher Densities’ by Michael Topper, he talks about how negative higher extra-dimensional entities manipulate and feed on human misery. He labels this act as “stalking”. The poet William S. Burroughs also had a story ‘A One God Universe’ that explores similar…

Ensiferum

Thalassic by Sami Hinkka Back in 1995 when Markus Toivonen (guitars, backing vocals) founded this band, he was at his friend’s home and started to go through Finnish-Latin-Finnish dictionary and there it was ‘Ensiferum: The one who carries a sword’. It fit perfectly the ideas he had for the band; heroism, fantasy, medieval-ish and metal…

Bütcher

666 Goats Carry My Chariot by R. Hellshrieker & KK Ripper R. Hellshrieker: Hi Alex, this is R. Hellshrieker, nice to meet you. I am the vocalist in the band and the only original member. I am joined by KK Ripper, our lead guitarist and main songwriter. He will answer most of your questions today.…

Acherontas

Psychic Death – The Shattering of Perceptions by V. P. Sorcerer Acherontas was brought to life in 1996 by V.P. Sorcerer and ever since remained true to its internal tenets and traditions, which deemed the band as a “Magical Coven, dedicated to the Ancient Summerian Mysteries of Drakonian Blood”. According to the band, “many traditions…

Arcada

Projections by Black Maiestas Domini Arcada was formed in 2012 by Black Maiestas Domini, focused on maintaining the pure Black Metal essence. Highly influenced by the sound of the 90s second wave, the lyrical themes go through mysticism and esoteric experiences. The first live manifestation was in 2015 and Inquisition after releasing their two independant…

Serenity

The Last Knight by Fabio D’Amore The name Serenity comes from a song title of the band Arena, from 1998. Our former keyboard player Mario, and founding member, had the idea for the title. I think it fits the band’s style and gives a calm and charming feeling when you spell or read it. We…

Katavasia

Magnus Venator by Astrous The word Katavasia is connected to the Greek word Katavasis (Greek κατάβασις), which means descent. Preceded by Anavasis “ascent”. Together, both words Katavasis and Anavasis underlie some greek ancient rituals, like the Eleusinian Mysteries. The mythological motive of Katavasis is present in the legends of the gods among various peoples Japanese…

Lonewolf

Division Hades by Jens Börner Lonewolf is for me a name that fits perfectly with a heavy metal band. I always was happy with this name we choose. Back in the days, that must be 1991; we had a band called Walpurgis Night. It was a five fronted band where I was the only rhythm…

Sojourner

Premonitions by Mike Lamb, Emilio Crespo Sojourner is a multi-national folk-influenced atmospheric metal band from Dunedin, New Zealand; Malmö, Sweden; Bergamo, Italy; and Dundee, Scotland. Formed in 2015 in Dunedin, New Zealand the band is signed to Napalm Records and was previously with Avantgarde Music. Mike L.: The band name itself came from my bandmate…

Demoniac

So It Goes by Vicente Pereira Demoniac band name was the final result between multiple ideas that came to our mind. When the decision was made, it seemed a great name. It was something “to the bone”, and gave idea first impression of what our music was about. We didn’t think much about it at…

Deathless Legacy

Saturnalia by Steva From the heart of Italy, horror metallers Deathless Legacy combine hard symphonic solutions and intense fickle vocals to enhance the occult, horror dark themes. Formed in 2006 by singer Steva (Eleonora Vaiana) and drummer Frater Orion (Andrea Falaschi), the band has always been focused on offering to their audience spectacular shows, introducing…

Infernal Angels

Devourer of God from the Void by XeS, Apsychos Our band’s name was inspired by Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’, deeply admired by our first bass player, and whose concept was developed in our first two demos “Absum Lucem” and “Vigilia Secunda”. Previously we had a different band name, then in 2002, we decided to change it…

Nachtblut

Vanitas by Skoll I know that there are several rumours about the name. It would take all the fun if I spoiled the meaning and history. So, on this point, I will remain silent and not giving any comment. It always has been a goal of us, to make the listener think and reflect on…

Jaded Heart

Stand Your Ground by Peter Östros, Michael Müller Michael Müller: About our band name Jaded Heart, it was beginning of the 90s and we were pretty much influenced by 80s metal. We were ( and still are ) big fans of all the bands back in the days. So we were looking for a band…