Belphegor, Dark Funeral

Belphegor

Death/Black Metal band from Salzburg, Austria. Formed in 1991 as Betrayer (11) but changed the name to Belphegor in 1993.

Dark Funeral

Black metal band from Stockholm, Sweden, founded by guitarists Lord Ahriman (Mikael Svanberg) and Blackmoon (David Parland) in 1993. They were later joined by Draugen (Joel Andersson) and Themgoroth (Paul Mäkitalo) and eventually recorded their self-titled and self-financed debut EP at Uni-Sound studio, released on the 4th of May, the day the band also played their very first gig. After the release, Draugen left the band and was replaced by Equimanthorn (3) (Peter Eklund). The band was signed to No Fashion Records in 1995 and switched to Abyss Studio. For their first own tour, Emperor Magus Caligula (Magnus Broberg) (original vocalist of Hypocrisy) joined the band as vocalist and became a permanent member.

In 1996, Dark Funeral released their first full-length album, "The Secrets of the Black Arts" which was well-received and enabled the band to get deals with Metal Blade Records (North America) and Mystic Production (Poland). Following the contracts, vocalist Themgoroth and drummer Equimanthorn left the band along with co-founding member Blackmoon. Alzazmon (Tomas Asklund) was recruited as the new drummer.

The band went on the first round of the "Satanic War Tour" throughout Europe together with Necromass in 1996, followed in 1997 by a second round with Ancient (2) and Bal-Sagoth as support. After appearing on "The American Satanic Crusade Tour" with Usurper (2) as support, the band returned to Sweden to record the album "Vobiscum Satanas".

In 1998, Dominion (8) (Matti Mäkelä), joined as session bass player as Dark Funeral played at the "The Ineffable Kings of Darkness" Tour with Enthroned and Liar Of Golgotha, as well as appearing at the Swedish Hultsfred Festival. After the tour, Typhos (Henrik Ekeroth) was replaced by Dominion as the bands second guitarist, with Emperor Magus Caligula picking up the bass. Alzazmon also left the band, and the band's long time friend Gaahnfaust (Robert Lundin) replaced him as drummer. The following year meant even more touring, playing the "Black Plague Across the West" tour in Mexico and America, as well as "The Satanic Inquisition" tour with Dimmu Borgir.

The EP "Teach the Children to Worship Satan" was released in 2000, recorded at the Abyss studio. Following the "No Mercy" festival tour with Deicide, Immortal and Cannibal Corpse, Gaahnfaus left the band, with Matte Modin (Defleshed) taking his place. He made his debut at the "With Full Force" festival. In 2001, they once again entered Abyss Studio to record "Diabolis Interium". "Under the Wings of Hell" split EP, with Swedish Infernal (5), came in 2002 and in 2004 the live album "De Profundis Clamavi Ad Te Domine" was released.

Incantation

Without a doubt one of the most important bands ever to emerge in the world of extreme music, INCANTATION has set the standard for USDM and is often credited as a pioneer in the genre. For over two decades, INCANTATION has stood out as one of the most uncompromising forces in metal with their blasphemous and bone-crushing doom-tinged brand of death. Responsible for classics like Onward to Golgotha and Diabolical Conquest, INCANTATION's legacy speaks for itself.

Throughout their illustrious career, INCANTATION has become an infamous death metal institution and a pillar of the international underground metal scene. The staggering combination of the band's ominous sound, vicious style, incredible work ethic and unwavering dedication has left an indelible mark unmatched by all except the most legendary of their peers. Arguably metal's hardest working band, INCANTATION has ventured forth like conquering crusaders, converting thousands of new fans time after time. From Canada to Colombia, Argentina to Europe, Central America to Australia and the States, INCANTATION has endeavored to reach every corner of the world. Additionally, they have given such other prestigious acts as Nile, Decapitated, Krisiun, Enslaved, and Kataklsym their first opportunities to tour on U.S. soil.

The INCANTATION of today sees the band stronger than ever with a lineup comprised of founder/guitarist/vocalist John McEntee, longtime drummer Kyle Severn, guitarist Alex Bouks [Goreaphobia] and bassist Chuck Sherwood [Bloodstorm]. The combined efforts of all four members have resulted in an album that will undoubtedly go down as among the best in the band's history. Vanquish in Vengeance, INCANTATION's long-awaited follow up to 2006's Primordial Decimation, features over 50 minutes of the band's trademark dark and unholy death metal. Recorded at the infamous Mars Recording Compound with Engineer Bill Korecky and mixed and mastered by the legendary Dan Swano at Unisound studios, Vanquish in Vengeance deals with the numerous counts of genocide in the name of religion our society has witnessed over a millennia.

Sherwood elaborates on the album's lyrical content, "The concept of our world so enslaved by monotheistic dogma that only a rebirth, with nothing but distain for the previous, would be tolerated. The lyrical content is the vehicle of this ideology from modern to ancient history combined with the occult/pagan views and the rage we as a band hold for those religions and their followers who'd refuse to acknowledge their own failure. Let this vortex we offer permeate and enlighten or shun and obliterate."

While few artists leave an outstanding mark upon the music world, INCANTATION has built a legacy that will extend past their years. Their shadow has been cast forever over the genre, and we are eternally grateful.

Polish death metal band from Warsaw. Formed in September 1990.

Line-up:
Sinner - Vocals & guitars
Pavulon - Drums

Session members:
Apeiron - Bass
Domin - Guitars

Vale Of Pnath

Death metal band from Denver, CO, US.

Black Metal, Death Metal Band from Tampa, Florida

Introducing NIGHTMARER, consisting of Paul Seidel (THE OCEAN, WAR FROM A HARLOTS MOUTH), Simon Hawemann (WAR FROM A HARLOTS MOUTH) and John Collett (GIGAN, SWWAATS). Their debut 'Chasm' features two songs and is a crushingly heavy Extreme Metal whirlwind, full of grim dissonance, rupturing tension and swallowing darkness. A monolithic juggernaut of black-, doom- and death-metal, that demonstrates a massive and powerful first strike of this rising formation.

Simon Hawemann - Guitars
Paul Seidel - Drums
John Collett - Vocals

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