Possessed

PossessedPossessed is an American death metal band, originally formed in 1983. Noted for their fast style of playing and Jeff Becerra’s guttural vocals, they are routinely called the first band in the death metal genre. After breaking up in 1987, and briefly reforming from 1990 to 1993, the band reformed under original bassist/vocalist Jeff Becerra in 2007, and has a new album in the works.

The band originated in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1983, when San Pablo and El Sobrante residents Mike Torrao (guitar) and Mike Sus (drums) started a garage band with vocalist Barry Fisk and bassist Jeff Andrews under the name Possessed...

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Enslaved

EnslavedEnslaved is a Norwegian extreme metal band formed by Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson in Haugesund in June 1991. Though the band’s lineup has changed many times over the years, Bjørnson and Kjellson have been the sole constant members, and the lineup has remained the same since 2004. They are currently based in Bergen, Norway. To date they have released thirteen full-length studio albums, the most recent of which, In Times, was released in 2015 on Nuclear Blast Records. The band’s music draws heavily on the Viking cultural and religious heritage of their home country of Norway for inspiration, and most of the band’s lyrics relate to Norse mythology.

Though they began as a traditional black metal band their sound has undergone significant changes over time resulting in a more progressiv...

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Carcass

CarcassCarcass are a British extreme metal band from Liverpool, who formed in 1985 and disbanded in 1995. A reformation was enacted in 2007 without one of its original members, drummer Ken Owen, due to health reasons. Carcass are regarded as pioneers of the grindcore genre. Their early work was also tagged as splatter death metal, hardgore and goregrind; on account of their morbid lyrics and gruesome album covers. They also became one of the pioneers of melodic death metal with their 1993 album Heartwork.

Carcass was first formed as a school band by Bill Steer and Ken Owen that soon after disbanded. Steer then joined the D-beat band Disattack with drummer Middie, Paul on bass and Pek on vocals...

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Nile

NileNile is an American technical death metal band from Greenville, South Carolina, United States, formed in 1993. Their music and lyrics are inspired by Ancient Egyptian/Near Eastern mysticism, history, religion and ancient art, as well as the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

Nile formed in their hometown of Greenville in 1993, from the ashes of a previous band Morriah in which Karl Sanders played since the 1980s. Karl Sanders (guitar/vocals), Chief Spires (bass/vocals) and Pete Hammoura (drums) debuted with their Festivals of Atonement EP in 1995, leading Nile to a southwestern tour in support of other big metal acts such as Obituary, Deicide and Broken Hope.

The EP Ramses Bringer of War was released by Visceral Productions in 1997...

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Six Feet Under

Six Feet UnderSix Feet Under is an American death metal band from Tampa, Florida, formed in 1993. The band was originally a side project formed by Cannibal Corpse vocalist Chris Barnes with guitarist Allen West of Obituary. Six Feet Under have released eleven albums, and are listed by Nielsen Soundscan as the fourth best-selling death metal act in the U.S., with album sales over 370,000 (sales numbers are taken from 2003).

disc_six-feet-underAfter Chris Barnes and Allen West joined forces, they recruited Terry Butler, who knew West from his involvement with Massacre, and Greg Gall, Terry Butler’s brother-in-law. Six Feet Under first played in 1993 at clubs, performing mostly cover songs. The band began writing original material in the middle of 1994...

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Candlemass

CandlemassCandlemass is an influential Swedish doom metal band established in Stockholm 1984 by bassist, songwriter and bandleader Leif Edling and drummer Matz Ekström. After releasing five full-length albums and touring extensively throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Candlemass disbanded in 1994, but reunited three years later. After breaking up again in 2002, Candlemass reformed in 2004 and have continued to record and perform since then. Candlemass is also the seventh best selling artist coming out from Sweden selling as of 2010 more than 15 million albums worldwide.

disc_candlemassAfter the breakup of his first band Nemesis, bassist Leif Edling started his own band under the name Candlemass with vocalist Johan Längqvist, drummer Matz Ekström, guitarist Mats “Mappe” Bjorkman and Klas Bergwall...

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Entombed

EntombedEntombed is a Swedish heavy metal band formed in 1987 under the name of Nihilist. Entombed began their career as an early pioneer of Scandinavian death metal which initially differed from its American counterpart by its distinct “buzzsaw” guitar tone. However, by the early 1990s their sound had broadened to include garage rock and other influences. This new style would eventually be described as death ‘n’ roll. Entombed have been influenced by bands such as Slayer, Black Sabbath, Celtic Frost, Autopsy, Repulsion, KISS, The Misfits, Motörhead and Discharge.

disc_entombedEntombed’s debut album was Left Hand Path (1990), a cult favorite that established the band as a popular Swedish death metal band...

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Best Metal Bands from Finland

15 Best Metal Bands from Finland

Best Metal Bands from FinlandIt’s not often that the subject of heavy metal is raised in speeches by heads of state – certainly not often enough by our reckoning – the head of state in question was none other than U.S. President Obama. Though it should perhaps come as no surprise that the comments were not in relation to his own country but that of Finnish president Sauli Niinistö, his visit to the White House prompting the somewhat humorous observation; “Finland has perhaps the most heavy metal bands in the world per capita and also ranks high on good governance – I don’t know if there’s any correlation there”. We don’t know about good governance, but Finland certainly does have a ridiculous amount of metal talent in residence. We give you the lowdown on 15 of the Best Metal Ba...

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History Of EDDIE The Head

An Illustrated History Of EDDIE The Head

EDDIE The Head The undisputed ultimate heavy metal mascot Eddie The Head has taken many forms throughout Iron Maiden’s expansive career from his appearance as a street hoodlum on their first ever single to the weird, the wonderful and sometimes downright macabre incarnations gracing the cover of record collections across the globe. He’s appeared on every album, helped Maiden sell a fuck load of t-shirts, loomed large at some of the finest concerts you could ever bang your head to and been responsible for getting a hell of a load of people get into metal just because they liked the cover. Eddie The Head, we salute you. This is your life.


1980 – Running Free

running-freeDesigned by Derek Riggs, the very first Eddie appeared as a bottle swinging yoof on the band’s first ever r...

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Best Metal Bands from Norway

15 Best Metal Bands from Norway

Best Metal Bands from NorwayIt’s well known that the frostbitten north of Scandinavia is home to countless metal bands, but it’s Norway where things take a turn for the darker side. Considering its small population, Norway has given the world an extraordinary amount of quality heavy music over the last three decades. Of course, it probably goes without saying that black metal remains its most famous musical export – in fact, you could probably create ten lists of Norwegian black metal bands alone. But there’s more to the country than just frosty riffs and corpsepaint (although we’re not discounting that either), and here are fifteen pretty varied bands that have helped put the country on the metal map. By no means comprehensive, below is a list of 15 of the Best Metal Bands from No...

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