Promoting metal as art and culture

Cirith Ungol

I’m Alive by Robert Garven Cirith Ungol was formed in 1971 by Greg Lindstrom, Jerry Fogle, and Robert Garven. Their goal was to write and play heavy music, and for over twenty years that was their sole reason for existence. After four studio albums in 1991, the band disbanded after their album ‘Paradise Lost’ was…

Black Sites

Exile By Mark Sugar An amalgamation of talent from Chicago’s underground music scene, Black Sites offers a fresh progressive metal sound that’s catching the ears of music critics and dive-bar concertgoers alike.   Former Trialsvocalist Mark Sugar is joined by his longtime collaborator Ryan Bruchert on guitar, José Salazar (Satan’s Hallow) on bass, and Garry…

Besvärjelsen

Frost By Erik Bäckwall Besvärjelsen was forged in 2014. The band is clearly rooted in doom, but with traces of metal, punk, folk and classic rock ‘n’ roll. The band released its first EP ‘Villfarelser’ 2015, followed by ”Exil EP” 2016 and debut album ”Vallmo” 2018. 2018 was spent mostly supporting Vallmo, but Besvärjelsen also…

Beneath the Hollow

Nihilist By Jesse DeGroot  Beneath the Hollow is a four-piece heavy metal juggernaut hailing from Chicago, Il. Combining a heavy power reminiscent of Pantera, Mastodon and Nothingface with soaring melodies of Alice In Chains and Soundgarden. This is a band that strives to create something truly unique. October 2018 The band released a six-song EP…

Amulet

The Inevitable War By Samuel Mackertich Hello! Samuel Mackertich bass player, keyboards and words for Amulet. This hellride through music all started at a school talent show doing a Green Jelly cover at maybe 10 years old. We mimed. It was all the fun and embarrassment I needed to convince me to take on life…

Heavy Feather

Debris & Rubble By Lisa Lystam My history started with the blues. I loved it since I was a kid. Then, when I was around eighteen years old I started my first band that was really influenced by Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix. When I was a bit older I moved to Stockholm and started…

Glitter Wizard

Opera Villains By Wendy Stonehenge San Francisco’s Glitter Wizard have been playing heavy glam rock for over a decade and just released their fourth studio album ‘Opera Villains’. We have been together for around eleven years at this point. We had a few line-up changes in the beginning, but the current crew has been together…

You Will Die Art show

If you are in the Chicago area check out YOU WILL DIE! Known for its admiration for the dark and macabre, extreme metal is an acute reaction to—and subsequent subversion of—established social, cultural, economic, and religious structures. On the surface, the genre may merely explore various facets of human terror. However, beneath the layers of…

Xentrix

Bury the Pain by Kristian “Stan” Havard Hailing from the North West of England, Xentrix was formed in 1985 by guitar player Chris Astley. After numerous changes to the lineup, Xentrix signed to Roadrunner Records and entered the studio to record their first album ‘Shattered Existence’ with producer John Cuniberti (Vio-lence, Forbidden, Joe Satriani). Xentrix…

Forged in Black

Descent of the Serpent By Chris Stoz Storozynski & Kieron Rochester Forged in Black began with the aim of re-inventing traditional heavy metal with a unique contemporary edge. Operatic vocals lead the charge and are backed by dark, hard-hitting music that includes: full-throttle thrash; epic guitar harmonies; crushing doom riffs and aggressive guttural vocals. The…

Creature

Hex By Tom Bradshaw A three-headed audio beast; Creature is set to unleash. Hex is the debut release from the Birmingham, UK band, the first in a trilogy of EPs to be issued via Grey Ghost Records – working with revered UK producer Steve Sears (Gallows, Conjurer, Krokodil) and world-renowned illustrator Luke Preece (Metallica, Ghost,…

Evil Conspiracy

Evil Comes By Andreas Makela This lineup has been together since 2014-2015. We have struggled a lot with members coming and going but this lineup feels like a homecoming! We have a wonderful creative spirit between us so everything runs easily compared to the old days. The new album ‘Evil Comes’ was recorded by ourselves…

Hellnite

Midnight Terrors by Carlos Paolo Belmar Nieva “Paul”, Mau and Chaps Hellnite is a heavy metal project that was founded in 2010 in Mexico City by Paolo Belmar (vocals and guitar), Mauricio Salas (Drums) and Luis “Chaps” Mora (bass) originally playing covers of early influences, heavyweights including Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth. In 2011 and 2012…

Mars Red Sky

The Task Eternal By Matgaz & Julien Pras Matgaz: I’m Matgaz and I play the drums in the band since 2012. I started playing my instrument in the mid’ 90’s and quickly got into my first band, and get to play shows and record albums. This band was called Headcases we’ve been touring and making…

Halshug

Drøm By  Jakob Johnsen Halshug is a three-piece punk/hardcore band with guitar, bass, drums and vocals. They have been active in the Copenhagen underground punk and rock scene since late 2012 when they made a self-titled demo-tape. Since then, they have released a 7” EP on D-Takt & Råpunk Records and three albums on Southern…

Exhorder

Mourn the Southern Skies By Kyle Thomas The band started forming in late 1985, and I didn’t show up until spring of 1986. We were all just a bunch of metalhead/punk kids looking to write songs we wanted to hear. For some reason, people connected with it quickly, and then we released two albums in…

Narnia

From Darkness to Light By Christian Rivel-Liljegren It is a long process where our guitar player CJ Grimmark came up with demos and ideas early 2017 for our new album ‘From Darkness To Light’ and then we work from there. So this process took over 2years from start to the end. On this album, CJ…

Lifes

Treading Water By Dave Rudnik & Zak Holochwost Ever wonder what kind of noise two doomsdayer dads would make if left to their own devices? Let LIFES answer that question for you. Gravitating toward the most brutal elements of fastcore and power violence, LIFES is the sound of spit nails and scorched earth. We are…