WOLF was formed in 1995 and to this day, the band has had only one goal: to make kick-ass, honest, grab-you-in-the-nuts heavy metal! After releasing their debut album, “Wolf” back in 2000, the band toured relentlessly and destroyed the major festivals, gaining them more and more followers and success. In 2002, the album “Black Wings” saw the light of day and songs like “Venom” and “Genocide” quickly became live favourites, and still are to this day. After touring with the likes of Saxon, Nocturnal Rites, Edguy and many more, WOLF set out to write and record the album that would set them apart from others in their genre by developing their own sound even further towards metallic excellence. The album, “Evil Star”, was released in 2004 and with the help of the title track, along with the video for “Wolf’s Blood,” the band grabbed the attention of metal media and die-hard heavy metal fans around the world. WOLF became a rising star purely by their tenacity and love for their music. Not to mention the brilliance of their musical talent. The success of "Evil Star" brought the band to the USA for the second time in their career. n 2005, WOLF’s success gained the interest of Century Media Records who released the 2006 album “The Black Flame”. In support of this new effort, WOLF hit the road with the likes of The Haunted, Trivium and Municipal Waste among others, as well as conquered such festivals as Sweden Rock Festival (which was recorded and aired by Swedish national radio), Bang Your Head, Bloodstock UK, Headbanger’s Open Air and more. The video for the track “I Will Kill Again” achieved regular rotation on many TV stations; at least after director Owe Lingvall had created a censored version because the original had way too much blood! Songs like “The Bite”, “Steel-Winged Savage Reaper” and “At the Graveyard” also received heavy rotation on radio shows such as Bruce Dickinson's Friday Rock Show, Total Rock Radio UK, P3 Rock Sweden, numerous US shows and many more.
Line-up changes caused a slight set back for the band in late 2007, but after recruiting Anders “Tornado” Modd on bass and Richard “Raptor” Holmgren on drums alongside members Johannes “Axe” Axeman on guitar and backing vocals & Niklas “Viper” Stålvind on guitar and lead vocals, the band’s desire for pure metal exploded with refuelled energy and they started writing new songs and playing live again. “The energy we get from playing live is indescribable. We give 666% every time and we leave nothing to wish for. We hate watching bands that stand still and have no connection to the audience” says the band. Now, WOLF is ready to make metal history once again by recording the new album “Ravenous” with highly acclaimed producer Roy Z. Roy is known for his work with Judas Priest, Bruce Dickinson, Helloween, Halford, Malmsteen and many more. The band immediately knew that he was the man for the job. “The recording was a delight as we knew Roy is a fan of WOLF and also such a kick ass producer/musician that he managed to bring out the be(a)st in us”, comments the band. Having Hank Shermann (Force of Evil, Mercyful Fate) and Marc Boals (ex-Malmsteen) make guest appearances on the album really adds to the flavour of what is a delicious buffet filled with true heavy metal carnage. Add to that, the skills of long-time WOLF cover artist Thomas Holm, and you’ll have an album that will surely feed your appetite for real metal. Don’t you feel RAVENOUS?!
STORRMBRINGER WERE FORMED IN JULY OF 2006 IN VOLOS CITY WITH ONLY PURPOSE TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES INTO EPIC METAL MUSIC.TRYFONAS(VOCALS),JIM(LEAD & RHYTHM GUITARS) AND TASOS(DRUMS) START REHEARSALS CREATING MAINLY THEIR OWN MATERIAL BUT ALSO COVERING OTHERS' SONGS.BY THE END OF 2007,KOSTAS(BASS GUITAR) FILLED THE LINE UP!!IN OCTOBER OF 2008 THE BAND ENTERED THE STUDIO AND RECORDED THEIR DEBUT ALBUM "AMONG THE FLAMES OF WAR" WHICH IS JUST RELEASED BY EAT METAL RECORDS.
SPLEEN is a heavy metal band formed in Medellin, Colombia around the middle of the 2008 by the guitarist Eduardo Correa. Right after generating the project, several temporary members would enter the band: Duban Gutierrez in the bass, Skull in the rhythmical guitar and Necro in voice. Next would enter like invited guest Silence playing bass guitar. Later with David Obando's entrance playing drums, Jeison Rivera as the rhythmical guitar, Julian Restrepo as the bass guitar player and Julian Jaramillo doing vocal, Spleen had the formation with which the first demo of the band was recorded: End of War ( 2009 ). Spleen is an adjusting to heavy metal rhythm of the poetical sense of stripping and autonomy. An innuendo to the annihilation of fears and prejudices, where's only place for what's supernatural belonging to themselves and the foreign power done for one only. Spleen is a jocular conviction to the human impossibility, but an exit's beside oneself sign, in the infinite. Some months after recording End of War, Obando and Rivera leave the band and enters Tor Høksås ( drums ) and Luis Felipe Posada ( rhythmical guitar ) in replacement.At this moment the composition of a next work and new projects are initiated, with the ones that Spleen's expansion expects itself.
In mid 2004, guitarists DrZ and Hoss got together to form a band project under the name of One-eyed Snake. After recruiting bassist P.O.D. and drummer Kegger, the band began to focus on writing original material besides practicing a repertoire of covers. In early 2006, the band changed its name to Hellrazer, and recorded a three track demo CD. Hellrazer continued to work on new material, and completed their first self produced full length album entitled "Hellrazer". The album is available for download from iTunes. Since its release, Hellrazer gained widespread international exposure via the web, and have been featured on a number of radio and TV stations which are listed in our blog section. In late 2008, original founding members Hoss and P.O.D. left the band due to outside pressures, and have since been replaced by lead guitarist Stan Nakanishi and bassist Dan Houser who are featured on Hellrazer's second CD entitled "Prisoner of the Mind". For the new CD, the band has recorded ten blistering metal songs, some of which can be hear on this site. To reach the maximum potential of the new material, Calgary vocalist Julia Badescu was recruited to provide lead vocals on two of the new tunes. Hellrazer continue to gig in the Calgary area, and plan to expand into other regions within Canada and the US. So stay tuned for a Hellrazer show near you.
The story begins in the spring of 2006 when Peter Andersson, founder of Meanstreak decides that enough is enough, time to write some metal straight from the heart with no other thoughts than making music he truly loves.
That music is of course metal with its roots in early/mid eighties.
“Rock City” is actually the first song that is written and after finishing the drum programming and the bass/guitars some vocals are needed.
This is when Andy La Guerin gets a phone call and the vocal tracks are recorded.
The good vibe they get from the song results in a handful of recording sessions with material in the same gender and after a few weeks Andy writes “Carved in
Stone”and the snowball is slowly but surely in motion.
“The seventh sign” is co-written between the two and a vague idea about forming a real band is slowly shaping.
After spending somewhat six months writing and recording songs the guys decide it is time to track down a drummer that is up to the task.
An old friend, Jonas Kallsback gets the question and the recording of the drums starts.
After recording eleven songs, still without a thought of ever sending the material to record labels etc the guys are happy with the result and start to wonder how the sound would be with a different touch of an external producer.
Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman is hired for the mixing job and soon enough the album “Metal Slave” begins to take form.
The band is contacted by a local club and is asked to do a live show, this means two guitar players are needed.
Thomas “plec” Johansson who has mastered the album is asked and quickly agrees to become a member of the band.
Only two weeks before the gig Yngve Frank who has been living and studying out of town for many years is found and installed as second lead guitarist and the line up is complete.
After doing a gig at Backstage, a local rock club, the owners agree to pay for the first 500 cd copies and one of the records ends up at the Black Lodge/Sound Pollution office in Stockholm.
The band is contacted by Black Lodge Records and was offered a record deal.
The birth of a new name in Swedish heavy metal is now in progress, the album “Metal Slave” is to be released in the autumn of 2009 and new material for a follow up is being written right now. To be continued
Skull Fist are Heavy Metal Warriors from beginning In Northern Canada in the tiny town of porcupine. Shred and Jackie moved to Toronto to pursue the Journey of Heavy Metal. Spent almost 3 years searching for the right heavy metal dudes to join on the quest managed to record a 2 song demo. Eventually found Alison, Saved money and Recorded Skull Fist Heavier than Metal. The band is on a full blown quest for Heavy Metal Glory and will never stop rockin!! Recently added Johnny Exciter to the band on bass. Influenced by all that is metal! haha
The band was formed in 1996 by guitarist and vocalist James Kelly as a studio project. It wasn't until early 2004 that James found a line up stable enough to record the debut album "Unleashed". He was joined for the recording process by Seanie Walsh on drums and Paul Newell on bass guitar. The album was produced by James in his home studio.
The album was a self financed release & got such a great response from the metal public & music critics a gigging line up was put together to help promote it. Original member John Hanly rejoined the band on bass along side new members Norman Rafter on guitar and Paul Donnellan on drums. With this line up the band gigged as often as possible across the country the most notable gigs the band did during the period 2004-2007 was a tour of the UK with Marshall Law, Bloodstock Metal Festival UK, Up The Hammers festival Greece, support slots to Saxon, Battleroar, Airged Lamh,Twisted Tower Dire & Cauldron.
During 2004-2007 the band were picking up momentum & planned to enter a studio to begin work on a new album.Unfortunately everything came to a grinding hault when drummer Paul Donnellan left the band.After nearly a year searching for a suitable replacement in March 2008 Kevin Ryder was announced as the new ST drummer.The band was no sooner back in rehearsals with a new drummer when once again there was line up issues when John Hanly left in July 2008.Recording time for the bands second album had already been scheduled so Paul Newell (bassist on the Unleashed album) was asked to fill on bass duties.He was later asked to join the band full time which he agreed to.Over a two week period in August and October 2008 ST entered Remaster Studio in Italy to begin work on their new album entitled "Return of a King".
Determined that the new album would be the biggest step forward from the debut possible, Steel Tormentor spent months working on perfecting 'Return of a King'. In December 2009 the final touches were put to the album at LSD studio Germany with producer Lasse Lammert at the helm.
In December ST signed to Union Black Digital (a division of Union Black Records) for the digital release of the album "Return of a King".A limited edition CD is planned for release in early 2010
Michael Cavallini - Vocals
Nik Capitini - Lead & Rhythm Guitar
Giulio Antonelli - Lead & Rhythm Guitar
Alessandro Lupo - Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals
Simone Baldi - Drums & Percussions
1) Rider of the sunset
3) She has been cheated
4) Re-live my life
5) Sick Soul
Official MySpace: www.myspace.com/wildroadsband
Setting up a studio at his home he contacted a few friends to make his first recording experiences. The fist Album “Science Reality” was finished in 2003
Right after the completion of this album, Troiano immediately started to work on the follow-up “Extraordinary Indication of unnatural Perception” which was released as a retail CD in 2005. Guest featured Christoph Schafer on guitars (who also worked on the first album) and new singer Reto Guggisberg, next to Zwirner and Curty. The brothers Michael and Thomas Vaucher of “Emerald” also made guest appearances on the Album, which would pave the way for Troiano to return to their band in 2006
The recording process of the “Alpha Draconis” took shape in 2008. Joining him on his most sophisticated and aggressive work to date were: new drummer Al Spicher (who joined Emerald in 2007) and new singer Angelo Schafer (Remote Lane). Next to Alain Curty (now a Member of Deadflow, along Spicher) and a special appearance of David Luterbacher (Deadflow), the CD features guests Andy Bächler (ex-Emerald / Tar Queen), who drums the 13-min Epic “the Serpent” and his Emerald-cohort Michael Vaucher, who returns for yet another melodic Solo.
The newest Distant Past Album proves that this Studio Project has a lot to offer and will be a force to be reckoned with in the future.
It was in the distant year of 1999 in Campinas-SP that guitarist Hussein Salim (currently only original member) has created a heavy metal band Nosferatu, initially unnamed, but already in 2000 inspired by the legendary figure of the eponymous vampire band gets its title. How many bands in their early days were devoted exclusively to covering songs from bands like: Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden.
Floated for a while following a musical direction more oriented towards Death Metal, but this did not last long and the band centered its focus on traditional Heavy Metal in final form, taking as inspiration and influences of the bands: Iron Maiden (Old), Mercyful Fate , Judas Priest, Black Sabbath (70's) bands of the NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) as Tysondog, Satan, etc. Avenger. After numerous lineup changes here is that in 2003 launched its first demo, "Savoring the Blood", the band's lineup had Hussein (g) Andherson Nemer (v), Anderson Frias (g), Gustavo de Lucio (b) Diego and (d).
In November 2004 the band has finally released the long awaited EP "Returning To The Slaughter" with the same lineup that had recorded their debut demo and later the post was occupied by the singer and the drummer Roger Mercy by Henrique Matos. Now with this recast the band recorded the song "Metal Genocide" which is included in the anthology "Valhalla Demo Section Vol. 2 "Valhalla Magazine (rip), ie in 2005. Eventually participated in some shows and some changes came again occur.
Recently are invited by the Bolivian Morbillus Records label to relaunch the EP "Returning To The Slaughter" format K7 and four hundred copies limited. Moreover, the Dark Sun Records recording company is about to launch the same in both the EP in CD format as vinyl, but this bonus will relaunch "Metal Genocide" and two covers: "Hammerhead", the British band Tysondog and "Lightning Strikes "Thor the Canadian band - both with official permission of the bands.
Besides the band is fully concentrated on the process of recording debut album "Satan's Child" that will feature ten songs, eight previously unreleased and two remakes of the EP "Returning To The Slaughter" that are "Night Walker" and "Nosferatu."
Leonardo Mattos recently left the band for personal reasons.
The band is looking for a drummer to continue his work.
Hussein Salim (vocals / lead guitar)
Kléber Padovan (lead guitar / backing vocals)
Leonardo Mansano (bass / backing vocals)
All these new elements where relevant and meant new horizons to the style, although, nobody can deny that the most creative and important period for metal music where during the eights when all the artists where playing the true and original classic metal. And back then, during this “magic era”, that HELLISH WAR got your inspiration to make your own kind of classic metal.
The guitar player Vulcano, that started playing in 1986 with other local bands from Campinas ( São Paulo ), formed HELLISH WAR in 1995. Initially, his idea was to settle the band as a power-trio. The drummer Jayr Costa and the bass player/vocalist Marcos completed the group and soon they where performing the first gigs.
With this line-up they recorded the band's first demo-tape in 1996. Named The Sign, this effort was a big success and got very enthusiastic reviews on press. Everybody was impressed about the band back then: how a new group formed during the grunge movement could make authentic music and at the same time keep it true to the original formula of classic metal? Soon, the title track “The Sign” turned the hymn of that Brazilian heavy metal generation.
In 1997 the band saw the first line-up change. Marcos quit the band and the power-trio turned to be a quintet with Roger Hammer (vocals), Gabriel Gostautas (bass) and Daniel Job (guitars) joining. With these additional experienced musicians, HELLISH WAR got stronger. This was proved during the first gigs with the new line-up: Vulcano's typical guitar playing got extra force with Daniel's virtuosity. Roger Hammer also contributed with an impressive vocal range.
THE FIRST ALBUM
The good results on stages impressed the directors of the Brazilian record label Megahard Records. Back then, Megahard was one of the most emerging labels in rock and metal scene. With a contract offering, they went to the studio and started recording this first album.
Defender of Metal was released in 2001 under a high expectative. The album was very well received by public and press, getting very high rates on the most important magazines. Outside Brazil , the album was also going well, mainly in Portugal , Germany and Japan . The people from these countries where very impressed with HELLISH WAR'S peculiar style when playing pure and classic metal.
They toured all the Brazilian country promoting Defender Of Metal playing in 50 different cities. Two gigs in special deserve to be mentioned: HELLISH WAR got the opportunity to play with the German metal legend UDO Dirkschneider in São Paulo and with the NWOBHM heroes Saxon in Curitiba , capital of Paraná state.
At the end of the tour, new line-up changes: the drummer Jayr Costa left and Daniel Person came in. JR was the new bass player in substitution to Gabriel Gostautas. HELLISH WAR was gaining even more technique ability.
PROBLEMS WITH THE RECORD LABEL
Musician's biographies are full of problems with record labels. This is not different for HELLISH WAR. The band was emerging to higher levels of musical quality and popularity and they needed more business support from the label. They could not get what they want and decided to leave the label, once there were proposals from other companies. Feeling that they were up to loose a very promising artist, Megahard started to put some extra difficulties to avoid the contractual dissolution.
Besides, the new HELLISH WAR album was taking form and Megahard decided to make a new offer to them and try to carry on with the partnership. Now the band had a very professional studio to record the new album in São Paulo and all the other conditions to do it.
In fact, the recordings were going well when they faced new problems with the label. That was the final point. There was no way to keep the deal with Megahard Records. The result? All the recorded material was lost!
HEROES OF TOMORROW
Finally free from contractual obligations, HELLISH WAR got locked in Sincopa Studios – one of the best Brazilian recording studios – to record again the entire second album.
With a better approach and a real smooth production, the band decided to release the album by themselves and follow the market tendencies.
Heroes of Tomorrow is finally on the Brazilians CDs Stores and it brings 10 new tracks composed by the entire band and that keeps the essence and energy of their early days plus a surprising technical evolution.
At this moment the group and your managers are dealing with some international labels to get the album distributed worldwide.
You can get even more into Heroes Of Tomorrow by reading bellow the track-by-track written by the drummer Daniel Person.
HEROES OF TOMORROW – TRACK-BY-TRACK
Straight From Hell - Hellish War's second album starts with this fast song, which was the last one to be composed for the album. This one reminds in some way - specially on the guitar riffs and vocal lines - the 80's heavy metal from the great Grave Digger.
Die for Glory (Guillis the Brave ) - This mid tempo song is probably known by many of the headbangers that have gone to any Hellish War concert in the last year! The intense drums that we have on this song were even praised by Manowar's ex-drummer Rhino, at Hellish War's MySpace website.
Metal Forever - This one is also surely known by any headbanger who have gone to a Hellish concert in the last couple of years, and we may even say that this one is already a classic song from the band! Great guitar solos duets and a chorus that we hope you don't forget after listening to it!
Son of the King - Traditional guitar riffs, in the same line that we had on Hellish War's debut album, Defender of Metal ! Son of the King shows the band playing the traditional 80's heavy metal with a lot of punch and energy.
Reasons - After a great intro, this song goes on through inspired “pirates” guitar riffs influenced by the great Rock n´Rolf and his Running Wild.
My Freedom - This slow tempo heavy song brings to the album great vocal lines, and a great chorus sang by the whole Hellish War crew.
Destroyer - The fastest song on the album shows Hellish War's technique at their best, and watch out with the chorus that may blow your speakers!
Awaken - Another 80's traditional heavy metal song, several nuances and great NWOBHM oriented riffs, we hope you bang your head with this one!
Beyond - This instrumental song brings up again the atmosphere from Defender of Metal album, great solos and also worked really well as an intro song from some Hellish concerts.
Heroes of Tomorrow - This epic heavy metal song closes the album with powerful vocal lines and also an orchestra intervention, inspired by the majestic soundtracks from Basil Poledouris (Conan). Heroes of Tomorrow shows Hellish War at their best, for sure one of the best compositions the band ever wrote. .
Battle Cry starts as a two man proyect, just to see what ideas colud be put together. By the time the band was completed, it was a mixture of Power and Heavy Metal with some Thrash-oriented riffs and lyrics in English. After some line-up changes and a live demo,the band changes language, and starts singing in Spanish, gaining populariy in the local scene and sharing stage with bands from Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Brazil. More line-up changes, and the "no retreat - no surrender" idea fixed in mind, made Battle Cry musically stronger. Nowadays, the band is involved in two major projects; the imminent support tour of their debut album "XUXUY" and composing the Metal view of the "exodo jujeño" one of the most important parts of our province history.