Bands Biography N-Z

 
 

Sirenia (Norway) was formed by Morten Veland in january 2001. Morten’s musical work was already well known through his work with his former band Tristania, a band he co-founded back in the mid nineties. Being the main songwriter for this band he was a part of defining the gothic metal sound from a very early time on. With SIRENIA his intention was to bring it to the next level, a task he succeeded to fulfil. Up to date SIRENIA has released 7 albums, an EP and several singles. Their albums have made it to the charts in 6 countries, receiving great reviews worldwide. Meanwhile their singles have topped radio charts in several countries.

Their 8th album ‘Dim Days of Dolor’ will be released on the 11th of November 2016 by Napalm Records. ‘Dim Days of Dolor’ is a very diverse and complete album that sums up the bands career in addition to adding new and exciting elements. With this album the band shows that they have staked out their musical path and perfected their unique style.

SIRENIA has also toured extensively in Europe, Central and South America, Australia for over more than a decade and performed at the biggest festivals in Europe on the same billing as huge acts like; Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith and Korn, to mention a few.
SIRENIA sounds like a mixture of gothic metal and rock with classical orchestrations, in addition to some elements from more extreme metal genres. Their sound have a solid base in the powerful drums and bass supported by massive rhythm guitars, dressed with atmospheric keyboards and spiced with melancholic violins and 12-string guitars. The music is at all times melodic and groovy. The vocal styles are diverse and consist of female vocals, choirs, growls,screams, clean male vocals, whispers and samples. The songs are very intense and the atmosphere changes frequently. The lyrics are based on reflections on life, death, love, hate, paranoia, anxiety and mental decline in general.

The band has been through some line-up changes over the years, but has now settled with a fixed and strong line-up.

Sirenia is: Morten Veland [guitars and vocals], Emmanuelle Zoldan [female vocals], Jonathan A. Perez [drums] and Jan Erik Soltvedt  [guitars].

 

Tristania is a gothic metal band from Stavanger, Norway, formed in the end of 1996 by Morten Veland (male vocals/guitars), Einar Moen (keyboards), and Kenneth Olsson (drums). Soon thereafter, the band’s original lineup was fleshed out further with the addition of guitarist Anders Hidle, bassist Rune Østerhus (who was recently replaced by Ole Vistnes), and vocalist Vibeke Stene (who has been replaced by Mariangela Demurtas). The band’s music is usually classified as gothic metal, due to its strong ties with the genre’s history in addition to the band’s use of styles and traits stereotypical of the genre. However, they pride themselves on their musical diversity, as evidenced by the evolution of their music over the course of their five studio albums.

Tristania’s earlier albums Widow’s Weeds and Beyond the Veil put a lot of focus around classical like female vocals, haunting choruses and classical instruments such as pipe organ, flutes and violins.

The leading voice on many of their songs was the menacing harsh vocals of Morten Veland. The atmosphere is also achieved by quite unique sounding guitar effects. Morten Veland left in 2000 for “musical and social differences” to form the band Sirenia.
With the release of the “World of Glass” album in 2001, Veland’s growls were replaced by guest vocalist Ronny Thorsen from Trail of Tears, and clean male vocals were provided by veteran guests Østen Bergøy and Jan Barkverd. Despite the new lineup and a slightly changed style that turned off some fans, the album received critical acclaim.
“Ashes” was released in 2005 with another change in members. Of the three male vocalists from the previous album, only Østen Bergøy joined permanently, and is now accompanied by Kjetil Ingebrethsen doing the honors on growling vocals. The band took another step away from the sound of their debut albums and more into an experimental avant-garde style that sounds uniquely refreshing.
The Ashes Tour in Europe (minus Einar Moen, who remained at home to work on more material for the band, but is still an active member) brought about another change for the band, the addition of a second guitarist – Svein Terje Solvang – who previously played with the band for touring purposes. His addition to the band as a permanent member in May 2005 marked the first time Tristania has had a two-guitarist team since Beyond the Veil.
“Illumination” was released on January 30, 2007. Just one month after the release, Vibeke announced her departure due to “personal reasons”. On October 2007, Italian singer Mariangela Demurtas (Mary) was announced as the new female singer. Before joining Tristania, she has performed with Reel Fiction and Alight.
In May 2008, Svein Terje Solvang left the band.

Darkest White” was recorded in January 2013. The album was critically well received, and often considered the "real come back" for the band after former vocalist Vibeke Stene left the band in 2007. Sputnikmusic stated that with Darkest White "they have actually outdone themselves," while "being the same band who released Rubicon." The album was praised for its "exploration of dark, desolate beauty" mood and "emotional thread". Another aspect that was well received was the "flawlessly accomplished" three-vocalist style driven throughout the album with the harsh vocals from Anders H. Hidle, the clean vocals from the returning Kjetil Nordhus, and Mariangela Demurtas' female vocals. The combination of this three vocalists was considered "intelligent" and "diligent.

 

The story of Slumber (Sweden) began in early 2002 when Siavosh Bigonah, Ehsan Kalantar and Jari Lindholm sat down one day to write some music. There were no intentions of forming a band, it was just to ventilate some ideas and play some music with each other. The result of that session was the song “Labyrinth”. We all felt that we connected very well. We met a couple of weeks later and composed “A Wanderer’s Star”. At that point our little project turned serious and Slumber was officially born as a “band”.
When we had enough material for our first demo, we contacted an old friend of ours named Ted Larsson to do the drums. We recorded the demo in June 2002. It was a hellish week filled with problems in the studio and all kinds of other backtracks, hellish but very interesting since we were totally in love with the music that was now starting to find its right shape. The demo got its final touch through mastering at Criteria Mastering by Plec.

After the demo was finished, Slumber was in grave need of more members since merely four people weren’t enough for the vast arrangements of the songs. We got in touch with a few more friends, Daniel Albertsson, Mikael Brunkvist and Daniel Beckman. For about a year we kept writing music, played some gigs and worked on the Slumber concept. June 2003, the demo “Seclusion” was recorded in our own Chaos Practice Studios. After a few weeks of trying to mix the demo, we realized that we needed a couple of fresh ears to do the work. So we turned to Plec once again, this time he was assigned to do the mixing as well as the mastering.
When “Seclusion” was finished, we played a couple of more gigs in the Stockholm-area, sent the demo to four recordlabels, one of these was Karmageddon/New Aeon Media who showed immediate interest. Their initial idea was to release our previous two demos as one album, but we felt that we could do the songs more justice and decided to re-record most of the songs as well as add the brand new track “Fallout”.
After trying to find the right man to produce our debut album, we decided to return to Plec, and this time we moved into his studio Panic Room located in the middle of nowhere of Swedish scenery. We lived in the studio for two weeks, we all worked day and night in different rooms of the studio. Creativity was ever present and everyone put in their fullest effort to achieve the best possible result, and we felt passionate every step of the way. The mixing was done during only two very hectic days and under a lot of pressure. Two months later, after some remixing and mastering the album “Fallout” was finally complete, and we held in our hands a result which really satisfied our high expectations. At this point we decided to sign the deal offered to us by Karmageddon/New Aeon Media.

 

Rapture is a band formed in 1997 by a group of musicians from Helsinki, Finland. The members of Rapture have played in several bands, including Barathrum, Diablerie, Ensiferum, Finntroll, Fragile Hollow, The Mist and the Morning Dew, Rain Paint, Shape of Despair and Thy Serpent. They play a vein of depressive doom metal with a lot of light guitar work, keyboards, with heavy riffs combined with clean and growling vocals.
In 1999, Rapture signed a contract from Spikefarm Records, a subsidiary of Spinefarm Records. The band released their debut album, Futile, in early 2000. The album was also licensed to Relapse Records for distribution in the USA.

In early 2002, the band recorded their second effort, titled Songs for the Withering. This album sold better than their debut and gave Rapture recognition in Europe and the USA, eventually leading them to sign a contract with Century Media. Rapture released their third album, Silent Stage, in 2005. This album continued in the vein of the previous two, with a morose, depressive atmosphere and a combination of both clean singing and death grunts.Band lineup:| Petri Eskelinen - vocals| Tomi Ullgrén - guitar| Aleksi Ahokas - guitar| Iain Huntley - bass.

 

N.F.D. (Noise for Destruction) are a London-based hybrid metal band created in 2000 by Peter "Bob" White and Simon Rippin (both formerly of Sensorium) and Tony Pettitt (formerly of Fields of the Nephilim). The band was formed after Pettitt had left the aborted Fields of the Nephilim reformation in 2002. Together with drummer Simon Rippin (ex the Nefilim), guitarists Chris Milden and Stephen Carey and vocalist Peter White (ex Sensorium) they signed to Jungle Records in 2003. They made their debut with the three song Break The Silence EP released towards the end of the year. They recorded the album No Love Lost which appeared in October 2004, and featured a guest-appearance by Peter Yates. A year later, an expanded version with live-tracks appeared. The band was reduced to a core trio of Rippin, White and Pettitt for their second album Dead Pool Rising, released in August 2006, while White took over guitar-duties. The songs had been recorded the previous year over an eight-week period, while the band played a number of festivals and support slots around Europe.

In April 2008 the band released Deeper Visions, an enhanced EP with six new tracks, two remixes and four videos. It was preceded by the single When The Sun Dies. Pettitt went on to develop his The Eden House project, which included contributions from Rippin and Carey. At this time, Luca Mazzucconi replaced Simon Rippin on drums. NFD recorded the EP Reformations, released September 2013. It was followed by the third album Waking The Dead, which appeared in October 2014. It featured James McIlroy on guitars and Ali De Morgoli on keyboards.

 

Paradise Lost (formed in 1988 in Halifax, UK) began as one of the premier bands of the death/doom genre (along with their former Peaceville labelmates Anathema and My Dying Bride) and pioneered the sound of early gothic metal. In the late 1990s they evolved to a more mainstream “synthrock” style, only to come full-circle back to their doom metal roots on recent releases.
Ironically, the band is almost unknown in their home country, whereas in mainland Europe they have been extremely popular for many years, especially in Greece, Germany and Bulgaria, where they are regarded as mainstream rock stars. Although they are best known for pioneering gothic metal, throughout their career the band have also confounded fans and critics alike with their perpetual taste for reinvention and experimentation, a desire to work with producers from other musical genres, and an oft-stated refusal to repeat themselves for fear of stagnation.

For instance, vocalist Nick Holmes used a muddy sounding grunt-style of singing in the band’s early duration - “Lost Paradise” (1990) and “Gothic” (1991); upon the release of “Shades of God” (1992), “Icon” (1993) and “Draconian Times” (1995), he refined his voice to a cleaner tone almost akin to James Hetfield of Metallica; and on “One Second” (1997), which was distributed by hip hop label Jive Records, the band experimented with Depeche Mode-styled synthpop and electronica, a style they would develop even further on “Host” (1999). Despite criticism from traditionalists, this bold approach has also garnered them many new fans along the way, and cemented the loyalty of progressive “old-timers.”
Paradise Lost’s line-up has remained remarkably consistent for such a long-standing band, consisting of singer Holmes, guitarists Greg Mackintosh and Aaron Aedy, and bassist Steve Edmonson. Holmes and Mackintosh are the principal composers, with almost all of the band’s songs credited solely to them. Only the band’s drumming position has changed, with original sticks man Matthew Archer leaving in 1994 to be replaced by ex-Marshall Law drummer Lee Morris. In March 2004, Morris also left the band. Drummer Jeff Singer was brought in as a session and live drummer for the “Paradise Lost” album, and is now a permanent member of the band.
Paradise Lost released their 11th album “In Requiem” which has a heavier guitar sound and a more aggressive vocal direction than their past records. Over The Madness, a documentary by Diran Noubar displaying the impact Paradise Lost has had on gothic metal, was released in 2007. A single named “[track]The Enemy[/track]” from the album was released on April 13th, 2007.
Their 12th studio album “Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us” was released on October 2009. The album was produced by Jens Bogren. On this album, the band shed all remnants of their poppier sound, resulting in their heaviest release since before Draconian Times.

 

Omnium Gatherum is a melodic death metal band from Finland, founded in the autumn of 1996. A melodic death metal band known for it's fierce live performances and fresh ingenious sound. Made of six members Omnium Gatherum delivers sophisticated but aggressive metal that is catchy yet original in composing and arranged to be listened to time and again. Their "trademark" is to push the music ever forward without losing the heritage of the genre - to make something new and still maintain the feeling that is deep in the soil of melodic death metal.
The thing about the band is that it has evolved through the years to be more than the sum of it's members. There is real feeling of a family within the group that has made OG to take a life of it's own so to speak. This is truly like a natural phenomenon and it has demanded a lot from all the members throughout the years - Omnium Gatherum lives up to it's name!
Six strong albums and countless gigs around the world. Now at the dawn of the seventh chapter Omnium Gatherum pushes onward stronger than ever. Enjoy the ride! We know we will.

 

The Sisters of Mercy* are an English rock band, formed in 1977 in Leeds. After achieving early underground fame in UK, the band had their commercial breakthrough in mid-1980s and sustained it until the early 1990s, when they stopped releasing new recorded output in protest against their record company. Currently, the band is a touring outfit only.

The group has released three original studio albums, of which the last was released in 1990. Each album was recorded by a different line-up; singer-songwriter Andrew Eldritch and the drum machine called Doktor Avalanche are the only points of continuity among the line-ups. Eldritch and Avalanche were also involved in The Sisterhood, a side-project connected with Eldritch's dispute with former members.

The group ceased recording activity in 1993, when they went on strike against their record company Time Warner, which they accused of withholding royalties and of incompetence. Although Time Warner eventually let the band go in 1997, they have not signed to another label, and have chosen not to use an independent label, despite showcasing numerous new songs in their live sets. Since 1985, when the other original members left, the Sisters of Mercy has become the artistic vehicle of Eldritch. Former members of the group established the bands Ghost Dance and the Mission

While the band failed to release new recorded material, independently or otherwise, Eldritch has revived the band for short tours every year since 1996, except 2004. The band plays unreleased songs, obscure B-sides, and reworkings of old songs. In 2005, Pearson played his last of concerts with the Sisters, now paired with a new member, Chris Catalyst. Pearson has since moved on to play for the MC5.

In 2006, the band toured extensively through North America and Europe with their new guitarist, Ben Christo, formerly of UK punk/metal band AKO. With over 70 shows, the tour was the longest the band had undertaken in fifteen years. In Autumn 2008, the North American leg of a subsequent tour was conducted, followed by a string of shows in Europe, Lebanon, Israel and South America.

In 2011, the band celebrated their 30th anniversary by playing across Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

On Saturday 21 July 2012, the band made their first appearance at the Amphi Festival in Cologne, Germany, where they headlined day one of the two-day event. The Irish singer and pianist Lisa Cuthbert joined them on stage on backing vocals for "Dominion", "Arms" and "Temple of Love", and also performed her solo version of "This Corrosion" on an electric piano

*Associated acts: The Sisterhood, The Mission, Ghost Dance, The March Violets.

 

Penumbra is a gothic metal band from Paris, France and formed in 1996. Their music is characterized by using a classical mixture of female and male voices, Gregorian chants, bagpipes and other unconventional elements.

"Penumbra" refers to the part of the shadow where the light source is only partially blocked. Part of the light passes through the edges of the object causing a partial shadow.

Jarlaath (Maxime Meheust) and Dorian are the original founders of the group, who meet at a concert in 1996. Both share a similar vision of music: they are indeed there too many bands with a similar sound, too low borrowing classical influences. So they decide to register, and shortly after they leave their groups to form Imperatoria.

Around November 1996, Imperatoria separates, and Jarlaath and Neo (guitar) create a new group, known as Penumbra. It was after a trip to the US where Neo meets the Argentines as the "Penumbra" (Spanish translation of "Twilight") is given to the new group. Dorian joined, and three other musicians. Their first appearance takes place at the St. Denis University Festival in 1997, which appearance was well received by the public. Shortly after, it is proposed to accompany their tour of the metal band Misanthrope. The same year they released their first self-produced demo, "Falling Into My Soul."

- Emanate: By the middle of 1998, Benedicte, the keyboardist, left the band to join Misanthrope. It is replaced by Zoltan. Medusa and Elise joined training as singers Sopranos and Amaris as a baritone. The band recorded its first album, Emanate, on the second half of the year. Between 1999 and 2000, Penumbra performs in concert in various occasions in France, including Bordeaux and Lyon, Switzerland, and the Leipzig festival.

- The Last Bewitchment: The second album was titled The Last Bewitchment, released three years later in 2002, after an extensive line-up changes in 2001. Following the album publication by Season of Mist , Penumbra performed with Within Temptation and After Forever in France, specially in the Netherlands.

- Seclusion: In 2003 released Seclusion the third album. The special feature of this album is the guest appearance of the musician Loïc Taillebrest, the bagpipes on the title track, as well as the flute on some other tracks on the album.

- Era 4.0: The band split around the beginning of 2010, before reforming in 2013 for the composition of their new album, titled Era 4.0 released in 2015 by themselves.

 

Nevergreen is a hungarian dark/gothic metal band formed in 1994 in Subotica (Serbia). Nevergreen released 7 full-length albums so far and one double live, most of their songs having Hungarian lyrics. Between 2004 and 2006 the band was on hold, because the members were concentrating on their projects (Green Division & Amok). But now, with new members along Bob Macura bassist-vocalist and Miklos Matlari keyboardist the band reunited and the new album is available since April 30 2007, titled "Eros, mint a halal".
They played at the biggest festivals in Hungary and Romania, right before Anathema, Paradise Lost, Deathstars and after Apocalyptica...

 

Within Temptation is a Dutch symphonic metal band founded in April 1996 by vocalist Sharon den Adel and guitarist Robert Westerholt. They have always been classified by critics as gothic metal, although the "gothic" influence varies with each album. Their most prominent and well-known sound is described as symphonic metal, although their earlier material, such as debut album Enter, was mostly gothic metal. Enter even had a hint of doom metal. In an interview, Den Adel said they fell into a symphonic rock genre with various influences. In a later interview with Dutch music platform 3VOOR12, den Adel stated that "we consider ourselves more a symphonic rock band ... in my opinion, we are no gothic band". After the release of their debut album Enter in 1997, the band became prominent in the Dutch underground scene. It was not until 2001 that they became known to the general public, with the single "Ice Queen" from their second album Mother Earth, which reached No. 2 on the Dutch charts.

This was followed by the band winning the Conamus Exportprijs, a Dutch music award, four years in a row, and a fifth in 2016. Their next albums The Silent Force (2004) and The Heart of Everything (2007) debuted at No. 1 on the Dutch charts. In 2008, they released a live DVD and CD, Black Symphony, recorded with the Metropole Orchestra. This was followed in 2009 by An Acoustic Night at the Theatre, another live album.

The band's fifth studio album, The Unforgiving, was released in March 2011, alongside both a comic book series and a series of short films that together encompass a story. The first single, "Faster", was released on January 21, and the first short film, Mother Maiden, was released on January 31. The band has sold more than 3.5 million copies of the album worldwide.

Their sixth studio album, Hydra, was released in early 2014 in Japan, Europe, and the United States. The album features guest appearances from various artists: Finnish singer Tarja Turunen, who appears in the lead single "Paradise (What About Us?)"; Howard Jones, former vocalist of American metalcore band Killswitch Engage; Dave Pirner, lead vocalist of American alternative rock band Soul Asylum; and American rapper Xzibit. The band had extensive airplay on BBC Radio 2 in the United Kingdom with one of the songs from the album, "Whole World Is Watching" featuring Pirner....

 

Xandria is a German symphonic metal band, founded by Marco Heubaum in 1997. The band's music combines elements of symphonic metal with light electronic elements.

Xandria was started as a project band in 1997 by Marco Heubaum, the band's main composer and at the time vocalist, and a friend to play drums, but quickly disbanded after recording one demo.The band was restarted with a different line-up in 1999. Marco stepped down from the role of vocals and was joined by local musician Roland Krueger on bass. In 2000, the band recorded one demo that was released to the internet, then was joined by current drummer Gerit Lamm. The female vocalist that recorded the demo left the band to follow other plans, and the band was joined by vocalist Lisa Schaphaus, and writing of the debut album started. In 2002, the band signed to Drakkar Records and was joined by current lead guitarist Philip Restemeier.

As work on the debut album progressed, shows in and around Bielefeld began. In the winter of 2002, the band entered the studio to record their debut album Kill the Sun. They released Kill the Sun in 2003, which reached No. 98 on the German music charts. To promote the album, the band played a few shows with Schandmaul and Subway to Sally. They then went on a three-week tour of Germany with Tanzwut.

After playing some festivals in support of Kill the Sun, the band went into writing their sophomore album. Recording of the album began in December 2003 at PLeasurepark Studios, with producer José Alvarez-Brill. Production on the album was finished in February 2004. Shortly after the recordings were completed, bassist Roland Krueger left the band and was replaced by Nils Middelhauve. Ravenheart was released on May 24, 2004, and it stayed on the charts for seven weeks, reaching No. 36.

In 2005 they released their third album, India, which reached No. 30 on the German charts. Xandria began recording their fourth album, Salomé – The Seventh Veil, on December 14, 2006. It was released on May 25, 2007 and reached No. 41 on the German charts.

Lisa Middelhauve resigned on April 30, 2008 citing personal reasons and discomfort in being the band's frontwoman. The band found a new singer in February 2009, Kerstin Bischof a.k.a. Lakonia, best known for her collaborations with the band Axxis. However, after just one year Kerstin Bischof decided to leave the band to concentrate on a different career, and Middelhauve replaced her for a series of concerts in Summer 2010.[3] On December 19, 2010, Xandria announced the addition of 29-year-old female singer Manuela Kraller to the group's ranks. Manuela Kraller made her live debut at the "Classic Meets Pop" event on January 7, 2011 at the Seidensticker Halle in Bielefeld, Germany.

On 5 February the band announced on their website and Facebook page their new bass player Steven Wussow, along with the message that they will enter the studio again for their next studio album the same year. Neverworld's End was released on February 24, 2012.

With Sacrificium, released in 2014, XANDRIA take another big musical step. Once again, the orchestrations are arranged by Joost van den Broek, who now also acts as a co-producer. In addition to the real string instruments and authentic Celtic whistles and pipes, the band works with a full classical choir – the renowned Dutch “Pa’dam” choir – which they have never done before. Another milestone for Xandria´s sound! Sacrificium makes the band’s highest chart ratings to date, reaching no. 25 in the German album charts, as well as entering the charts in other countries, including – for the first time – the UK and the USA...

 

Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and lead singer Tarja Turunen. The band soon picked up drummer Jukka Nevalainen, and then bassist Sami Vänskä after the release of their debut album, Angels Fall First (1997). In 2002, Vänskä was replaced by Marco Hietala, who also took over the male vocalist role previously filled by Holopainen or guest singers. Although Nightwish have been prominent in their home country since Angels Fall First, they did not achieve worldwide fame until the release of the albums Oceanborn (1998), Wishmaster (2000) and Century Child (2002). Their 2004 album, Once, has sold more than one million copie and was the band's breakthrough in the United States. Their biggest US hit single, "Wish I Had an Angel" (2004), received MTV airplay and was included on three US film soundtracks to promote their North American tour.

The band produced three more singles and two music videos for Once, as well as a re-recording of "Sleeping Sun" for the "Best of Nightwish" compilation album, Highest Hopes (2005), before Turunen's dismissal in October 2005. Her last performance with Nightwish was during a concert recorded for the live album/DVD End of an Era. After the concert, the other members informed Turunen with an open letter that she was no longer a member of Nightwish.

 

Nightwish is the third-best-selling band and musical entity in Finland with certified sales of nearly 900,000 certified copies. The group is also the most successful Finnish band worldwide, selling more than 8 million records and receiving more than 60 gold and platinum awards, having released five Number 1 albums and thirteen Number 1 singles.

In May 2007, Nightwish announced Anette Olzon as Turunen's replacement. That September, the band released their sixth album, Dark Passion Play, which has sold almost 2 million copies. The album's lead single, "Amaranth", became one of Nightwish's most successful in Europe. The supporting tour, one of the band's largest, started on October 6, 2007 and ended on September 19, 2009. The band released an EP/live album, Made in Hong Kong (And in Various Other Places), in March 2009 as a CD/DVD, and their seventh studio album, Imaginaerum, was released globally on various days in late 2011/early 2012.

On October 1, 2012, Nightwish announced that they had parted ways with Olzon and would be finishing the tour with ReVamp and former After Forever vocalist Floor Jansen. In October 2013, Nightwish made Jansen and longtime session uillean pipes player Troy Donockley permanent members of the band, and they were featured in the acclaimed album Endless Forms Most Beautiful, released in March, 2015.

 

The Greeks Opened Paradise were formed in the summer of 2003. Through music they wanted to express feelings and thoughts that were kept inside and had to breathe. Up till now they have shared the stage with names such as Fields of the Nephilim, Garden Of Delight, Nosferatu, Clan of Xymox, Paradise Lost, Type O Negative, Moonspell, Rotting Christ, Theatre Of Tragedy, Arcturus, Elusive and many more. On March 2005 they’ve participated on ‘Beyond the Veil III” Festival which was held in Leeds (UK). Their debut album “Occult” reached the stores on 2006 and has earned very good reviews by the Greek and foreign press.

During the years 2007-2008, the band earned a presentation in the pages of UK’s “Kaleidoscope” magazine, one of the most renowned magazines concerning the genre, and participated in various foreign gothic compilations, some of which are: “Embrace the Shadows: Vol. II”, “Smoke and Spotlight Vol.2” (Death-rock.de), “Gothic Compilation Part XLI” (“Gothic magazine” release).

After a 4-year period of silence, the band signs with “Dark Side Records” and releases on 2012 “Tides” EP, while re-releasing “Occult” LP under the same label. With respect to their gothic rock roots and the steps that brought them up to here and now, they follow the path reunited and reformed. Their latest album "Buried In Rain" was released in june 2016.

Members are: Alexandros (Keyboards), Kostas (Bass Guitar), Babis (Guitars), Elias (Drums), Periklis (Vocals).

 

Wolfheart is a melodic death metal band from Finland.  Originally formed in 2013 as a solo project after founder Tuomas Saukkonen decided in 2012 to disband all his then active bands, "Before The Dawn", "The Final Harvest", "Black Sun Aeon", "Routasielu" and "Dawn of Solace", in order to start from scratch.

The debut album Winterborn was released in October 11th, 2013, with Tuomas playing all the instruments. The album's release followed the release of the first single "The Hunt" and the release of the music video for the song "Routa pt.2" on the 24th of September 2013.

2014 / 2015 took the band on the road to the national stages with Shade Empire and Finntroll, into the international stages with the first European tour with "Swallow The Sun" and even to Tokyo with "Sonata Arctica" etc. Also big european / scandinavian festivals were targeted and the climax of the 2015 was the 2nd album "Shadow World" which continued the path of critical praises and was the first product from the co-operation with Spinefarm records (Universal).

After a rapid ride since the release of the debut and second album the band cleared the calender in the beginning of 2016 and started the pre-production of the 3rd album in the legendary Petrax studios (CoB, HIM, Korpiklaani etc). Only few selected festival shows were booked to break the studio cycle but the focus has been intense and the scheduled release of the new album is set to the beginning of 2017.

January 2017 Wolfheart is heading back to tour Europe with Insomnium and Barren Earth and more shows and festivals for 2017 to be announced!

- Wolfheart are: Tuomas Saukkonen (Guitar, Vocals), Mika Lammassaari (Lead guitar), Joonas Kauppinen (Drums), Lauri Silvonen (Bass, backing vocals).