Avatar

•December 28, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Avatar is a death metal band from Craiova, Romania. The band was founded in 1995, which they soon recorded their demos, “Orgiastic Ceremony” in 1996 and “Holy Infection” in 1997. From 2002 to 2004 they performed at various metal festivals in Romania, Serbia, and Austria. In 2005, they recorded the promo Cyclops and later they started a tour called “Avatour” through Germany and Austria; the Salzburg concert was recorded and released as Live on Mozartstrasse. In 2006, they recorded the EP Tentacles, which was released in July 2006 and they also released a video of the song “The Deepest Corner of the Mind.” They later embarked on a new tour throughout Europe. 2007 was a busy year for the band, with concerts all over Romania. In May 2007, they represented Romania at “The Cultural Days of Bucharest in Wien”; on July 2007 they performed in Bucharest as the opening act for Sepultura.

In 2008, The band members performed at the Artmania International Festival, from Sibiu, Romania, on the stage with prestigious names such as Lacrimosa, Atrocity or Gamma Ray. At the end of the year 2008, they offered to their fans a preview of their next album, with the single and the video titled “Pendulum”.

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Abysmal Dawn

•December 28, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Abysmal Dawn is an American blackened death metal band from Los Angeles, California that was formed in 2003. They released their first three-song demo in October 2004. It garnered the band critical praise within the underground metal press circuit, as well as earning them some high-profile gigs in 2005, playing alongside with some of metal’s most elite acts such as Exodus, 3 Inches of Blood, Krisiun, Incantation, Hate Eternal, Into Eternity, Exhumed, Aborted, Disgorge, Impaled, Crisis and Decrepit Birth, to name a few. In November 2005, the band entered Shiva Industries in Santa Ana to start work on their debut release, From Ashes. Their latest album, Programmed To Consume, was released in 2008.

The band plays aggressive modern death that combines some of the best elements of both black and thrash metal. The band seamlessly blends the catchiness and technicality of early 90’s American death, with ample doses of atmosphere, melody and the brutality of their contemporaries. Pain ridden death growls, complex drumming and soaring leads.

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24-7 Spyz

•December 28, 2010 • Leave a Comment

24-7 Spyz is a band from the South Bronx, New York, formed in 1986. The band is best known for mixing soul, funk, reggae, and R&B with heavy metal and punk. The fact that they are African Americans playing variations of heavy metal led critics to compare them to bands such as Living Colour and Bad Brains. Though they were pioneers in the fusion of these particular music styles, influencing many bands, they have never achieved substantial commercial success. After several lineup changes, the band broke up in 1998, but reformed in 2003.

In 2005, the band released a limited edition DVD titled HMS4L: The Many Lives of Walter Rattamus through their website. The DVD tells the history of the band through the various incarnations and also includes commentary from Jimi Hazel and Rick Skatore. In 2006, they released Face the Day, with new drummer Tobias Ralph, through The Gumbo Recording Company label. The disc was produced by Jimi Hazel and Ron Thal (aka Bumblefoot of Guns N’ Roses) and was the first 24-7-Spyz studio album in a decade. Shortly thereafter, the band released a live performance from 1998 as a digital download and CD titled Can You Hear the Sound?.

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My Silent Wake

•December 19, 2010 • Leave a Comment

My Silent Wake are a British gothic death/doom metal band who were formed from the ashes of Ashen Mortality. The band was formed in 2005 in Weston-Super-Mare, United Kingdom. They have many other elements to their music; as well as doom/death they have a lot of influences from folk, medieval music and progressive/psychedelic rock. They recorded and mixed an EP in one day, which they released in limited numbers. The EP gained them a contract with Bombworks Records in America. The debut album “Shadow of Sorrow” was soon recorded, again in a very short space of time and released the following year (2006) to positive reviews and an excellent response from fans of Ian’s former projects as well as new fans. In 2006, they recorded an ambitious double album entitled “The Anatomy of Melancholy” which featured 2 discs, one of doom metal and one of mainly acoustic songs.

Their 3rd album “A Garland of Tears” was released in September 2008. Powerplay magazine gave the album 8 out of 10 points, and Kerrang! gave it 4 out of 5 points. They were voted for UK Metal Underground’s Top 12 “the best of British metal 2008” list.

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Kiss

•December 12, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Kiss, styled KISS in capitals, is an American rock/heavy metal band formed in New York City in January 1973. Easily identified by its members’ face paint and flamboyant stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-1970s on the basis of their elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood spitting, smoking guitars, and pyrotechnics. The group has been awarded 24 gold albums to date and has sold over 19 million records in the United States and their worldwide sales exceeded 100 million albums. They was named by VH1 as 10th on their list of the ‘100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock’. On 23 September 2009, they was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 10 years after becoming eligible.

In July 2009, Paul Stanley announced a release date of October 6, 2009 for the new album “Sonic Boom”. It included a CD of new material, re-recorded versions of famous Kiss hits and a live DVD in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In support of the new album, they appeared live on the Late Show with David Letterman on 6 October 2009 and on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on 7 October 2009. The band will be starting the European leg of the Sonic Boom tour during May 2010 by the name “Sonic Boom Over Europe: From The Beginning To The Boom.”

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Cock and Ball Torture

•December 12, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Cock and Ball Torture, also known as CBT, is a German pornogrind band, formed in 1997 by three ex-members of  Carnal Tomb. The band’s style may be compared with their countrymen Gut, the German legend of grindcore, as it is mid-tempo grindcore with pitch-shifted vocals and lyrics based on porno. Their style has slowly changed since the beginning, through porngrind to brutal death metal.

They appeared as a trio in early 1997 and after six months of rehearsals visited a local studio to record a promo tape “Cocktales” which appeared in several underground zines, getting very good reviews. Years later, after several splits and EPs, the tape was re-released on CD by Shredded Records, and a year after followed the debut CD “Opus(sy) VI” which was released in 2000 by the same label. In 2002, their second full-length “Sadochismo” came out as another great success for the band. In 2004, they apparently decided, with the release of the third album “Egoleech”, that their gore/porn image isn’t their thing anymore. The vocals on the new album are not always pitch-shifted, to take advantage of the change.

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Phobia

•December 12, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Phobia are a grindcore band from Orange County, California, which was formed in 1990 and is heavily influenced by crust punk and grindcore. Their lyrical content focuses mainly on socio-political issues and left wing politics. They record the “What Went Wrong?” demo soon after they formed and followed up with the All That Remains 7″ E.P., released on Relapse Records. In 1994, they released the Return to Desolation CD/EP. In 1997 Slap-a-Ham Records released the Enslaved 7″ E.P. Their first full length record entitled “Means of Existence” was released by Slap a Ham in 1998 as they embarked on a full U.S. tour. In 1999, the band recorded a split with the Japanese band Corrupted on Rhetoric Records as well as the CD/E.P. “Destroying the Masses”. 1999 also brought the bands first European tour, going on for a lengthy two months, playing countries like Belgium, Germany, Austria, Scotland and Holland.

In 2001 the band toured with Anarchus in Mexico. After returning, the band released their “Serenity Through Pain” CD/E.P. on Deathvomit Records. In 2006, the group released the album “Cruel”, which was Danny Walker’s first album with the band and was produced by Scott Hull of Pig Destroyer. “22 Random Acts of Violence” was released October 22, 2008 on Willowtip Records.

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