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Vokodlok

Oracle’s Fury by Vokodlok The name derives from the Slavonic word ‘vukodlak’ which means werewolf. There was already a black metal band with that name, so we chose a different form. We wanted the name to be hard to pronounce and reflect one of the main themes in the genre and of course, in our…

Fairyland

Osyrhianta by Philippe Giordana Fairyland is, basically, the “other world”, the realm of legends and fantastic creatures. The name was inspired by the work of the late Sir Terry Pratchett, in which this “Fairyland” is host to evil unicorns and vicious elves. It seemed quite fitting for the subjects we were going to deal with,…

Gomorra

Divine Judgement by Damir Eskic Gomorra is something like a fairy tale story. The name can also be found in the Bible, and for me, the Bible is also something like a fairy tale. It’s not that easy to tell but in the end, it is a name with a big background story from the…

Magick Touch

Heads Have Got to Rock’n’Roll by Christer Ottesen I have been following Kiss on and off for 41 of my 47 years, so obviously there is a direct link to side b, track two on Dynasty from 1979. However, we wanted a little twist on it, hence the spelling Magick Touch. A hint of the…

Déluge

Ægo Templo by François-Thibaut Hordé I did not wake up one day with the idea of creating a band called Déluge. I have been in bands since I was 14 and for the first time, I wanted to create music on my own. I wanted a flood of guitar walls, a flood of emotions, a…

Hexecutor

Beyond Any Human Conception of Knowledge by Jey Deflagratör Hexecutor name came from the idea to find a name that stands in one word. Short, simple, efficient. It’s a mix of two words, since the “H” is from Hexe, for witchcraft, but it still maintains the goal as mentioned above. It means what it means,…

Ghosts of Sunset

Headed West by Todd Long Ghosts of Sunset features former (Dutch Henry) singer-songwriter John Merchant from Western Michigan, and former Michigan resident and now Alaska transplant multi-instrumentalist and former (The Verve Pipe) drummer Todd Long. Together they have made a killer EP called “Headed West” due out in 2020 on Golden Robot Records. “Headed West”…

Arya

Arya is a band trying among many difficulties to push the boundaries of music and express their own emotions and personalities. Based in Rimini, Italy, they started in 2015, making themselves known for their intense music, which shows many influences and elements of many genres including metal, grunge, jazz, shoegaze, ambient and indie pop, and…

Aodon

11069 by M-kha Our band name Aodon has no special meaning; it’s simply a name we liked when we looked for one. ‘11069’ was written and composed over a fairly long time; it is imbued with many things we lived across this time. ‘11069’ is the number of a hospital room; it is one of…

Warfect

Spectre of Devastation by Kris Wallström We wanted a name that didn’t sound like anything anyone had heard before on a band. I remember Fredrik wanted the word “war” to be included, but I’m not sure if it was the word “effect” that was combined, but it might have been. We started pitching words we…

Mongrel’s Cross

Arcana, Scrying and Revelation by Mongrel’s Cross Mongrel’s Cross was formed in Brisbane Australia in 2008, and we have released three full-lengths and a demo and two 7″s. Apart from the demo, we have been with our current label Hell’s Headbangers throughout our existence. We play arcane heavy metal exclusively. ‘Psalter of the Royal Dragon…

Blackevil

Forever Baptised in Eternal Fire by Abyss, Deathinfektor Hailing from Bavaria, Blackevil has been forging fire since 2013. Their first demo, appropriately titled Hail the Cult, emerged from the darkness in 2015, auspiciously revealing a razor-sharp and endlessly salacious style of black thrash. Come Blackevil’s debut album, 2017’s The Ceremonial Fire, the power-trio up-ratcheted everything:…

Aeternitas

Haunted Minds by Alex Hunzinger Founded in 1999 by Anja and Alex Hunzinger, Aeternitas released their first and very well-received concept album “requiem” in August 2000, which combined a variety of different styles (from classical to metal elements). The success of this album encouraged Anja and Alexander to build a performing band, to bring their…

Deathstorm

For Dread Shall Reign by Marco Stebich The band’s name Deathstorm popped up sporadically in my head when I Hate Records reached out to us after having heard our demo. Said demo was released in 2009 under the old band name Damage. Peter from I Hate suggested that we probably should change our name before…

Pat Reilly

Path to Transcendence by Pat Reilly Music is a profoundly spiritual experience for me, whether I am listening to it or writing it. Have you ever been so deeply submerged in a song that you feel out of touch with your body or as though you are in another world outside of yourself? This is…

Necrowretch

The Ones from Hell by Vlad We chose this moniker as the wretch can be seen as the hideous form of life of this world, our name and our music had to be as well. There is also a strong biblical interpretation about the wretch itself; therefore, our music is also led by spiritual messages.…

Diabulus in Musica

Euphonic Entropy by Zuberoa Aznárez Diabulus in Musica is a symphonic metal band from the North of Spain that combines the elegance and passion of classical music with the aggressiveness and strength of distorted guitars, resulting in a modern and eclectic metal that merges diverse styles into something harsh, cinematic and emotional. After their debut…

Dismalimerence

Tome: 1 by Elijah Cirricione  Dismalimerence to me was the best way to describe how I felt about my music at the time. I felt very low and uninterested while also feeling infatuated and whimsical about my music then. The polarising emotions led to me combining the words Dismal and Limerence. It thought it was…