Metal Battle Finalists 2013
Metal-Battle Winner in Caucasian Republics
Winner Band: Industrial City
The Band “Industrial City” is one of the successful new generation bands of Georgia, appeared after the collapse of the Soviet regime.
In fact, they are the pioneers of this style in country, offering powerful and melodic Industrial metal.
The first steps of the band began in 1997.
“Triple Jump” – it was the first name of the band, created by 2 friends – Levan Kekelia and Jemal Mirzashvili. The style they played was classic rock and hard rock synthesis, influenced by the legendary Deep Purple, Rainbow, Ronnie James Dio, Rainbow, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.
After 3 years of intensive work and some gigs, due to the limitations of the common situation
in the country such as limitations of this kind of music, the band was forced to quit its existence.
During the next 8 years, 2 members of the former band – Levan Kekelia (Lead Guitar)
and Jemal Mirzashvili (Vocals) have been working in different musical projects and experiments.
In the year 2010 they decided to move in direction of industrial metal and founded the new band “Industrial City”.
Having good experience, the guys created compositions and began participation in the local musical events and fests.
Strong melodic lines, hard bass and powerful vocal bring them success and an army of fans in Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia.
They win all the important competitions of heavy music in Georgia, such as: Rock Club Fest – 2011, 29 May, Caucasian Music Awards Phoenix, “Song Of The Year” (Broken), recently - Waken Open Air Metal Battle Caucasus.
The band (Levan Kekelia – Lead Guitar, Jemal Mirzashvili – Vocal, Rezo Gogiberidze – Sampling,
Zura Ivanane – Bass, Masa – Drums) is working on its first CD and having
big ambitions to take the battle and win in every Heavy Music contest!
Metal-Battle Winner in Central America
Winner Band: Rotten Souls
The band was formed in September 2004 under the name “Skollium” by Carlos Mora (bass guitar), Ricardo Mora (vocals), Bosco Lacayo (guitar), Esteban Monge (drums) and Cesar “Legion” Diaz (guitar). At first, the band lacked a defined gender; though, influenced mainly by Heavy, Trash and Hardcore Metal. Later on, in 2005, due to personal reasons the original line-up was modified: Juan “Sadiash” Gallardo replaced Bosco Lacayo, “Legion” replaced Ricardo Mora in the vocals and the band remained conformed by only 4 members. From this point forward the band’s name changes to Rotten Souls and a new path of a heavier, more elaborate Metal is taken. In addition, the members adopt their aliases, clothing and Black Metal influence. In early 2006, due to personal reasons and differences of goals, Esteban “Morty” Monge and Carlos Mora abandon the band, leaving it with 2 members and on the brink of dissolution. Several unsuccessful attempts to get a new bassist and drummer were performed in the subsequent 3 months and by the end of July 2006 Jhon “Archangel” Meneses (ex- Drama Sade) takes on the drums; Jose “Agramon” Torres fills up the bassist spot and the band adds keyboard player Jorge “Necros Animmus” Drucker (ex-Drama Sade’s guitar). Hereby, the band defines itself as a Melodic Black Metal with influences from Trash, Death, Gothic and Progressive Metal. Makeup and garments are included during the band’s live performances and the band debuts almost 2 months after (including 2 new songs written during that period) in the Eugene O’Neil Theater, competing against 40 other bands in the “Metal Fusion 2006” contest. The band makes it to a second round and wins the 2nd Place in the competition, which included the recording of an album. The band started performing in different fests and events within and outside of the metropolitan area, gaining the approval of the highly-demanding Tico metal audience. The band starts working on new songs, embedding a mystical, spiritual and even atmospheric ambience that embraces and transports listeners to past eras full of drama and occultism.
The band released in December 2010, their first cd called “And so do we…At the Gates” And right now they are promoting this record around many places in and out from Costa Rica.
Legion: lead vocals, guitars and solos. Sadiash: backing vocals and guitars. Agramon: backing vocals and bass guitar. Necros Animus: keyboards. Archangel: drums.
Metal-Battle Winner in Faroe Islands
Winner Band: SIC
SIC was disfigured and mutated at one of the most isolated places on earth, the Faroe Islands, in 2002, by founder, guitarist and co-manager Eddie Jacobsen. In 2003 he joined forces with frontman Mikkjal G. Hansen. In 2005 the lineup was finally complete and work on the band’s debut album “Pandemonium” began!
The band recorded the album at Jailhouse Studios in September 2006 together with producer Tommy Hansen (HELLOWEEN, PRETTY MAIDS). The album was released by Faroe Islands-based TUTL Records in February 2007. “Pandemonium” grabbed the attention of many online communities and word began spreading all over the world almost instantly.
In 2009 the band went on its first full scale tour along with Danish metal act HATESPHERE. SIC played over 50 shows during a 2 month period with half of the tour being with HATESPHERE. During that period SIC also opened twice for French metal act GOJIRA. The second half of the tour saw SIC co-headlining close to 20 shows in the UK together with various local acts such as ATTICA RAGE, TEN TON DOZER and others. During the entire tour SIC really developed into a brutal force upon stage and this was recognized by both fans and the media and earned the band a lot of recognition.
In the fall of 2009 SIC began working on its sophomore album “Fighters They Bleed”. However, in December 2009 drummer Magnus Hansen parted ways with the band due to personal reasons. SIC began looking for a new drummer right away and it did not take long before Dennis Buhl (ex-HATESPHERE) agreed to join forces with the band.
In May 2010 all 12 titles for the album were ready and SIC went to Hansen Studios, in Ribe, Denmark to begin recording “Fighters They Bleed” together with acclaimed producer Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, MERCENARY, NIGHTRAGE, TYR, HEAVEN SHALL BURN). SIC and Eyðun M. Thomsen also co-produced the album.
“Fighters They Bleed” was mixed and mastered at Antfarm Studios, in Århus, Denmark, by Tue Madsen (DARK TRANQUILLITY, THE HAUNTED, MOONSPELL, MNEMIC, HALFORD) and is expected to hit the stores in late 2010.
Currently the band won the Faroese edition of Metal-Battle and will play at the upcoming finals at W:O:A 2013
Metal-Battle Winner in Greece
Winner Band: Chronosphere
Chronosphere was formed in Athens back in 2009, by Spyros Lafias(Vocals/Guitar) and Kostas Spades (Bass/Backing Vocals) & members .They started off as an oldschool thrash metal band, but later on they changed their musical direction. These days, Chronosphere consist of Spyros Lafias(Vocals/Guitar), Kostas Spades(Bass/Backing Vocals),Thanos Krommidas(Drums), Panos Tsampras(Guitar/Backing Vocals) and they are delivering new wave thrash/death metal.
The band counts one demo release (Hypnosis, recorded at Made In Hell Studios in 2010), participation in Manifesto Music Movement's compilations with one track in each release(Vol.1 & Vol.2, 2010 & 2011 respectively), and of course the debut album(Envirusment, recorded at Esoteron Studios in 2011).All of the releases above, were supported by numerous shows, appearances in festivals, a tour in Greece, sharing the stage with some of the most well known Greek bands including worldwide known legends Rotting Christ and Suicidal Angels. The icing on the cake in the band's career so far, apart from their appearance at Metaldays festival, is their recent win in the Wacken Metal Battle Greece which of course will lead to their performance at Wacken Open Air festival this August.
Nevertheless, Chronosphere won't stand still and are already in the studio recording Envirusment's successor which is to be released within 2013. As soon as the recordings are over, the band will hit the road to unleash its new wave of razor sharp riffs on thrashing stages near you.
Metal-Battle Winner in Hungary
Winner Band: Kill With Hate
The active status of the band begun in December 2007 as a common effort of Khrul (drums), Tamás Meilinger (bass), Márton Hartvig (rhythm guitar) and Ákos Olt (lead guitar) former guitarst of Archaic, to create quality death metal. Things got serious when Krisztián "Cathar" Gyémánt from Sin of Kain joined as singer. With Cathar on board, Kill With Hate quickly became a well-known band in the hungarian underground metal scene. In this period, the band shared stages with bands like Onslaught and Moonsorrow.
In 2010 April, the debut EP entitled „Evolution Of The Beast” was released, and got a very positive reception both from the fans and the media. Kill With Hate got the possibility to perform the songs of the EP sharing stages with Job For A Cowboy, As I Lay Dying and Belphegor among others.
In 2011 Tamás Meilinger left the band, and was immediately replaced by Patrik Pornói, who previously played bass in the band called Funebre with former member Khrul. Soon after that Kill With Hate managed to perform as a support band for The Black Dahlia Murder, which was a huge success in the bands history.
In 2012 February the band returned to the stage as a support band for Origin, Psycroptic and Leng Tch’e. Later that month, they entered No Silence Sound studio to record the new album.
After the recordings the band had the chance to open the stage for the most influential death metal band, Cannibal Corpse.
The band released their first full lenght album „Voices of Obliteration” mid december on a limited amount of CDs.
In 2013 the album was published by PRC Music worldwide, and received many positive reviews.
Metal-Battle Winner in Iceland
Winner Band: Ophidian I
Since 2010, the Icelandic technical death metal ensemble Ophidian I have cut a swathe through the Icelandic metal scene. Fusing together a myriad of influences such as Necrophagist, Obscura and the Faceless, Ophidian I has crafted an intricate yet ferocious breed of death metal, combining sophisticated songwriting with lyrical themes such as eschatology and the darker sides of human history.
In June, 2011, Ophidian I started work on their debut album Solvet Saeclum. Recorded in Studio Sýrland and produced by Jóhann Ingi of Studio Fossland, Solvet Saeclum was released in June 2012 through SFC Records. Met with positive reviews from critics and fans alike, Ophidian I had gained a lot of momentum. This combined with limitless passion and great ambition, Ophidian I aim to further refine their music and widen their audience.
Metal-Battle Winner in Ireland
Winner Band: Overoth
Overoth are a Death Metal Band hailing from the Belfast area of Northern Ireland. They formed in late 2005 by four friends with a raw passion for no frills Death Metal.
The band have been wreaking havoc across the Irish, UK and mainland Europe scenes since the release of their first demo 'Pathway To Demise' and as the focal point of the band's existence, Overoth’s tight, energetic and exciting live performances have gained them the quick respect of the many bands they have shared the stage with including Bolt Thrower, Unleashed, Massacre, Napalm Death, Obituary, Hail Of Bullets, Cattle Decapitation, Sinister, Rotting Christ, Sodom and many more.
“There is an air of confidence and prowess to Overoth that many bands fail to achieve even after lengthy careers. They are focused, tight and almost militaristic in their execution.” - Metal Ireland
With good feedback and confidence from their demo release the band entered the studio again to record new material. Over the late spring of 2007 Overoth recorded 'Death Personified' at Komodo Studios. 'Death Personified' was released on 16th November 2007 instantly followed by a short tour of Ireland and the UK.
"Despite this being a debut, one could swear that they were seasoned veterans of the genre by the way they present the EP." - Metal Observer
2010 saw the opening of a new chapter for Overoth, on 15th February the debut album 'Kingdom of Shadows' was released followed by multiple tours which took the band across UK/Eire & mainland Europe.
"It is clear that the boys of Overoth aren’t messing about. Their brand of no frills, in-your-face death metal is full of twists and turns, technical innovation, and bone- crunching riffage." - Metal Rules
2013 - A new year has begun and the band are in the final stages of writing and are looking to record this year. Watch this space!
This is Overoth - An uncompromising aural assault of raw aggression. This is death personified.
Metal-Battle Winner in Italy
Winner Band: BackJumper
The Backjumper project started in January 2003 with the original line up, but finds stability only in 2006 with the final line-up that gives life, in July, to the EP "Trust No1".
The live performances from the beginning has been vital and has never stopped, and through an extensive promotion to "Trust No1" they come in contact with the Rome based label Killer Pool Records.
In April 2008 they recorded their first album, "Across The Deadline" at the Subsound Studios in Rome with Victor Love (Dope Stars Inc.).
Mastered by John Golden @ Goldenmastering Studios (Faith No More, Neurosis, Primus), in Ventura, California, USA; the album is released in May 2009.
The band promoted their debut album throughout Italy, getting good responses both from magazines/webzines and during live shows.
The writing of new tracks is completed in late summer 2010 and in November, the band entered the studio at the Golem Dungeon Studios (Natron, Golem, Deadlystrain, No Blame) under the supervision of Giuseppe Dentamaro for the recording sessions of the second album "White, Black And The Lies Between " that will come out in early 2011.
Metal-Battle Winner in Lithuania
Winner Band: La Chudra
In the spring of 2008, the creation of LA CHUDRA gave birth to unorthodox and diverse sounds that are their music. Hailing from Vilnius, Lithuania, the band uses its range of musical influence to connect with hardcore moshers, black metal worshipers, and thrash metal fanatics.
Since the beginning, LA CHUDRA has held a steady place at the depths of local HC scene, being nominated as one of the best punk bands in Lithuanian alternative music awards T.E.T.E. 2011. Later on, as it experienced several line-up changes, the band moved towards more aggressive, faster guitar riffs, d-beat drumming, and vicious vocals. The band’s dedication to bridge the gap between metal and hardcore was a success which eventually led to a victory in Wacken Metal Battle Lithuania 2013, leaving behind 18 other strong contestants.
Metal-Battle Winner in Luxembourg
Winner Band: An Apple A Day
An Apple A Day is a Metal Band from Luxembourg, formed in 2009 by Alex Marx, Raph Erpelding and Eric Küntzinger. Later, Kevin Hinna and Yann Dalscheid joined the Band. Together they create a mixture of heaviness and atmosphere, with the purpose to rock the stage. Modern and old school metal fans should find access to this combination.
After a Demo (Fisherman´s Friend), released in 2010, they recorded their first Ep called “Fall of Thera“ in 2012. The title refers to a story of the Greek mythology in which Mother Nature proves her dominance over mankind. The 5 songs of the Ep deal with the human race’s urge for self-destruction. The statements made in the Lyrics of the EP are intended as a constructive suggestion for a paradigm shift in human behavior.
They already shared the stage with some international bands like DevilDriver, Emmure, As Blood Runs Black, The Ghost Inside, War from a Harlots Mouth, Oh Sleeper and We Butter The Bread With Butter, they strive for more, according to the motto "Faster, Higher, Stronger ".
Metal-Battle Winner in Poland
Winner Band: Gnida
The concept of GNIDA as a band has come to life in late 2010. A year later, the founders of the project - Sirius and Lucass - recorded their debut LP entitled ‘S.Y.F.’ and self-released it in mid-2012. The CD contains 15 brief, yet highly-energetic own compositions freely rooted in old school death metal and grindcore genres. Because GNIDA’s music is made of pure joy, most audience easily adopt it in a natural way. In fusion with extremity, speed and high musical awareness the material played live grinds with double power!
Since the ‘S.Y.F.’ album was recorded by the 2 founders only, in order to enable GNIDA’s live performances come true, the lineup has been completed by 2 mysterious members hidden under even more enigmatic nicknames: ‘JP II’ and ‘B XVI’.
Metal-Battle Winner in Portugal
Winner Band: Utopium
UTOPIUM gathered in Lisbon, in 2007, with the initial line-up comprising R. on vocals, T. and JR. on guitar, J. on drums and D. on bass. The five-piece recorded and released their first demo in late 2008, followed by the first live performances before B. replaced D. on bass. Almost a year later, the group sees its version of «My Philosophy», from the iconic «Inhale / Exhale», included in the compilation «A Tribute to Nasum» released through indie German Power-It-Up. Still totally DIY, they self-financed the recording and release of their highly anticipated debut EP in 2010. Titled «Conceptive Prescience» and limited to 100 copies on CD, the album quickly sells out and gathers a lot of praise by the press. 2011 marks another line-up change – with P. replacing B. on bass – and the release of a split 7” with Lifedeceiver. Over the years, UTOPIUM established a solid reputation live thanks to devastating performances, having shared stages with internationally renowned bands like Rotten Sound, Misery Index, Despised Icon or Wormrot and played festivals like SWR barroselas metalfest, Bracara Extreme and Milhões de Festa.
Metal-Battle Winner in Romania
Winner Band: God - The Barbarian Horde
Just as the world wouldn’t reveal itself in the complex form that we now know if not for the intricate mechanics of nature, we also could not have been who we are today without the strong heritage passed on throughout centuries by our ancestors. Besides the passion for their people’s history, this is perhaps the main reason why GOD, the barbarian folk metal band from Romania – and one of the elders of the country’s metal wave – is among the very few who have become keen to celebrating the legacy of their forefathers. Be it the spirit of the mighty Dacian warriors or the valiance of the nation’s great voivods of yore, GOD’s music depicts the battle tales and the celebration lore of illustrious historical figures from times of myth and legend.
During its tumultuous existence, GOD changed musical orientation from the early gothic metal (see first album, “From the Moldavian Ecclesiastic Throne” rated 9 by German RockHard magazine) to one they call “Barbarian Metal”, somewhat similar to that of bands like Finntroll, Amon Amarth, Eluveitie, Arkona or Moonsorrow.
Although the musical style has changed as years passed, the conceptual themes in GOD's music remained the same. They mainly refer to the history and way of life of the Romanian people, from the Dacian people, the great voivods, and nation's great warriors, to the deities they used to worship. All these things are well reflected in the band's gear, clothing, used props (swords, bows, horns) or in the choice of musical instruments, as well as in the energy that characterizes their live performances.
May the heritage carry on!
Metal-Battle Winner in South Africa
Winner Band: tba.
Metal-Battle Winner in Spain
Winner Band: Trallery
"Trallery was born in early 2.010 as a Metallica and Thrash Metal in general Tribute Band. As time were passing the band was composing their own songs.
During the year 2.011 the band tries to make money with a lot of shows all around Mallorca with their Metallica Tribute.
At the end of summer 2.012 the band recorded their very first album Catalepsy at Psychosomatic Studios.
Actually Trallery is working in the presentation of Catalepsy."
Metal-Battle Winner in United Kingdom
Winner Band: Bull-Riff Stampede
Following shows at Download Festival 2011, billings with Sepultura and Evile, The bands debut album 'SCATTER THE GROUND' was released. It is a 46 minute barrage of heavily guitar driven metal and is AVAILABLE NOW at webstore.bullriffstampede.com and digitally through Reverbnation / iTunes/Amazon mp3.com and all other well known outlets: - Since the release, Bull-Riff Stampede have played, in 2012 - Bloodstock Open Air Festival, been billed with Onslaught, Sylosis, Beholder, Martin Walkyiers Skyclad, and now for 2013 have been confirmed to play Hammerfest and Wacken Open Air Festival - full up to date info and show dates, including slots with Grand Magus and Bloodshot Dawn
Metal-Battle Winner in Uruguay
Winner Band: Rotten State
ROTTEN STATE represents Crossover in Uruguay, a genre resulting from the merge of Thrash and Hardcore, started in the early 80’s in cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles or New York.
Taking the most radical things from both worlds, a style was created, that merged Punk Rock speed with heavy attack of Heavy Metal.
At mid 2011, the guitarist and skater Federico “Kolito” Rossotti (ex Disaster), started to write songs in that direction, inspired by crossover, skating and new generation bands as Municipal Waste or Violator. Then, he meets Juan Carlos Rosas (guitarist too), and the project starts to roll. Soon, the bass player Raul Santos (Hemicuda, Razorbacks) joins them, who “alcoholically” convinces the singer Marcos Motosierra (from the band Motosierra) to join the project.
By October 2011, the band line up was complete with the drummer and also skater Federico “Topito” Figueroa (HeaDShoT, The Devil You Know, EphyrA).
Since then they started working and during December, ROTTEN STATE makes their first live concert (joined by three more), and starts recording the first takes for their debut album.
In early 2012, ROTTEN STATE plays live again, but then came some trouble: Cancelled shows, delays in the mix of the album, and the singer Marcos, broke his left feet playing with his other band, Motosierra, in Argentina: So during this “mandatory” recess of two months, new songs are written, and the studio work for the album was finished.
In June, ROTTEN STATE is ready to their come back to the stage, opening a show for the Argentinian hardcore legend N.D.I. and later, finished their debut album “Kill it yourself”, that was presented live in July 2012 at Montevideo, in front of a fervent audience of more than 350 people, causing frenzy and stir in local Rock, Metal and Hardcore scene.
By the end of 2012, for the first time, the band plays outside Uruguay, making two wild and very remembered shows in Argentina.
Now, in 2013, ROTTEN STATE is ready to release their second album “Sick World”, now as a four-piece band after the departure of guitar player Juan Rosas, with a more powerful, faster and renewed sound. Finally, after the first ever Metal Battle in Uruguay, they were chosen to represent their country at Wacken Open Air, next August.
To finish, their statement:
“Thrash is back, to blow up heads and discharge adrenaline at high speed! ROTTEN STATE calls to mosh! Skinheads, bangers and punks stand as one! Crossover to a final scene!!”