For those unaware the term gothic was part of classical music history, hundreds of years before the gothic rock trend, as a gothic metal-age publication, that may sound offensive to call the gothic rock trend, a trend..

But in all reality the best gothic asthectics are found in gothic metal, symphonic gothic metal, classical gothic music, symphonic black metal.

 

Gothic does not concern itself with being GOTHIC metal. 

 The concept of Poser and True Metal does not exist in the gothic culture or the gothic genre. 

 I still dress like i did during the Power Metal-age the pre-Thrash Metal age of heavy metal.

Those of us Gothic Metal insane metal total fanatic who gets our gothic metal addiction, from actual gothic heay metal, know that the best gothic metal has nothing to do with the gothic rock trend. Throwing metal on top of gothic rock, does not make Gothic Metal.

Winston Chuchhill said  “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see.” And the idea of this article is for the gothics who do not want to slip into the Symphonic Metal side of things, or the doom -death side of things, or become part of the Occult Rock style

 

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I have nothing against any of those styles, i listen to all styles of music, because i collect certain authentic aesthetics across the whole classical/ avant-garde/ rock/ metal spectrum.

 

The definition of  Gothic noting or pertaining to a style of literature characterized by a gloomy setting, grotesque, mysterious, or violent events, and an atmosphere of degeneration and decay”

 

So with that as the working defintion either you know what that aesthetic is or you do not.

Gothic Metal will never die, because there is always something wrong in the world somewhere.

 

I will support what ever grows out of gothic metal, no matter what, but i still search the World high and low, for the best of all things dark metal, horror metal and gothic metal. I love a gothic album the most out of all the 1300 genres in music to choose from.

 

But the purpose of this article is for those who have a alligance to this genre to have a gothic asthetic …. And being gothic metal to the bone and gothic metal to the core.

 

The Doors is one of the 1st hard rock /heavy metal  artist to be descirbed in the music press as being GOTHIC, for various reasons, and for this fact every GOTHIC METAL/ Gothic Publication should be celebrating THE DOORS first 6 albums and choice live albums and choice Best of albums, in the same breath as Celtic Frost “Into the Pandemonium”

On this TOP 100 ALBUM LIST — THE DOORS BELONG ON THIS LIST JUST As much as every artist on this list.

Below is from the Haxans news article

I included the famous Metalstorm Gothic Metal editorial from 2006, because i have some of the same taste in what i seek in gothic metal. The article has alot of fuck ups, because the 1st time i seen the word gothic was in a classical music history book, under the subject matter Romanticism, the book hit the shelves in 1970 way before the terms was used for the Doors album review to capture the vibe of the debut album

 

 

 

 

THE HAXANS, the goth-pop-infused power duo

featuring Ash Costello (NEW YEARS DAY) on vocals

and Matt Montgomery (ROB ZOMBIE) on vocals and

guitar, will release its debut album, “Party

Monsters”, on Friday, October 13 via Another Century Records.

 

The music video for the track “Lights Out”, taken

from “Party Monsters”, can be seen below.

Costello states: “For years we have felt like mad

scientists, secretly working on our music hidden

away from everyone else… and we are so excited to

finally share our creation with the world!

“I genuinely love what we have made and cannot wait for you to hear it!

 

“We are two weirdos that hope we can call upon all

the rest of the weirdos in the world to join in on our fun.”

 

Montgomery adds: “Finally it’s party time! We

figure after a few years of building this Frankenstein

in the garage, we should let it get out and walk

around a little. Maybe someone will try to beat it up,

maybe someone else will fall in love with it. Who

knows? But it’s out there and it’s loose, and you

never know where it will turn up!

 

“This record is a party for everyone else like us. The

cover, the songtitles, the energy and the colors of

this record are going to pull together an amazing

cross section of people. It’s just everything we like

and celebrate every day, but amped up to eleven! It’s

got a kids-jumping-on-the-bed-while-the-parents-

are-out-of-the-room feeling to it to me, which is

kind of what this record was for us.”

 

Montgomery previously said that the “secret

ingredient” behind THE HAXANS was “having two

people that are on the same wavelength. You’re

painting with the same colors. We’ve got the same

color palette. We’re, like, ‘Purple?’ ‘You mean this

purple?’ And we go, ‘Yeah, that’s exactly the purple

we were looking for.’

 

 

 

 

….GOTHIC adjective noting or pertaining to a music style characterized by a gloomy unsettling setting, grotesque, mysterious, or violent events, and an ominous atmosphere of degeneration and decay….

As  Divine  Grace  • Lumo

 

As Divine Grace  •  Supremature

Artrosis •  Fetish

Avatarium • Avatarium

Avataruim • The Girl With The Raven Mask

Babylon Whores  • Cold Heaven

Babylon Whores  • King Fear

Babylon Whores   • Death of The West

Beseech •  … from A Bleeding Heart

Beseeh   • Black Emotions

The Birthday Massacre • …all releases…

Beyond Dawn (NORWAY)  • Pity Love

Blues Pills • Blues Pills

Blues Pills • Lady In Gold

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The Bronx Casket Co. • The Bronx Casket Co.

The Bronx Casket Co. Sweet • Home Transylvania

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Cadaveria  • Horror Metal

Celtic Frost  • Into the Pandemonium

Christian Death  • Atrocities

Christian Death  • Sex & Drugs & Jesus Christ

Christian Death  • American Inquisition

Cradle of Filth •  The Principle of Evil Made Flesh

Cradle of Filth  • Dusk… and Her Embrace

Cradle of Filth  • Cruelty and the Beast

Cradle of Filth  • Midian

Cradle of Filth  • Damnation and a Day

Cradle of Filth  • Nymphetamine

Cradle of Filth  • Thornography

Cradle of Filth  • Godspeed on the Devil’s Thunder

Cradle of Filth  • Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa

Cradle of Filh  • The Manticore and Other Horrors

Crest of Darkness  •The Ogress

Crest of Darkness  • Project Regeneration

Crest of Darkness  • Evil Knows Evil

Crest of Darkness  • Give Us The Power To Your Evil

Coven  • Witchcraft Reaps Souls and Destroys Mind

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Coven  • Jinx

Covenant  • Nexus Polaris

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Darkseed  • Give Me Light

Darkseed  • Diving Into Darkness

Dead  Can Dance  • Dead Can  Dance

Death Penalty • Death Penalty82′

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Devilment • The Great And Secret Show

Devilment  • II The Mephisto Waltzes

Dimmu Borgir   • Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia

Dimmu Borgir • Death Cult Armageddon

Dismal Euphony  • All Little Devils

Dismal Euphony   • Lady Ablaze

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Dismal Euphony  • Python Zero

Dreadful Shadows  • Estrangement

Dreadful Shadows  • Buried Again

Dreadful Shadows  • Beyond The Maze

Dreadful Shadows  • The Cycle

Elusive  • Destination Zero

Elis  •  Gods Silence, Devils Temptation

Evanescence • Fallen

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Elis •  Dark Clouds In A Perfect Sky

The Empire Hideous • Only Time Will Tell

Evereve •  Seasons

Evereve  • Stormbirds

The Fields of Nephilim  • Elizium

The Fields of Nephilim  • Fallen

Garden of Delight (deutsche)  • ENKL’s Temple

Garden of Delight (deutsche)  • Epitaph

Garden of Delight (deutsche)  • Sargonid Seal

Garden of Delight (deutsche)  • Necromanteion IV

Garden of Delight (deutsche)  • Symbol And Vision

Garden of Delight (deutsche)  • Scheoul

Garden of Delight (deutsche)  • Paradise

The Gathering •  Mandylion

The Gathering • Nighttime Birds

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The Gathering  • In Motion DVD

Graveworm • Engraved In Black

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The Haxans • Party Monster

Hazel Und Gretyl •…all releases…

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Ides of Gemini  • Old World New Wave

J

 Jack•Off •Jill    • Clear Hearts Grey Flowers

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Kabbalah • Spectral Ascent

Kreator (GERMANY)  • Endorama

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….yes this Kreator released one of the GREATEST GOTHIC METAL ALBUMS OF ALL….

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Lacrimas Profundere  • Memorandum

Lacrimas Profundere  • Burning : A Wish

Lacroisma •  Inferno

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Love Like Blood * Exposure

Love Like Blood * SnakeKiller

Lucifer • Lucifer I

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Lucyfire * This  Dollar Saved My Life At Whitehorse

Lutherion * Kosmogensis

M

Marilyn Manson  • Anti-Christ Superstar

Mercyful Fate Melissa

Mercyful Fate Don’t Break The Oath

Macbeth * Vanitas

Moonspell Irreligious

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Nefilim  • Zoon

NFD  • No Lost Love

NFD  • Dead Pool Rising

NFD  • Deeper Vision

Notre Dame • Coming Soon to a Théatre Near You!!!

Notre Dame • Vol 1 Le Théâtre du Vampire

Notre Dame  • Nightmare Before Christmas

Notre Dame  • Demi Monde Bizarros

One-Eyed Doll  • Witches

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Paradise Lost   • Gothic

Paradise Lost   • Draconian Times

Riti Occulti  • Riti Occulti

Riti Occulti •  Secta

Riti Occulti • Elenor Rigby

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Riti Occulti • Tetragrammaton

Savn  • Savn

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Secret Discovery * Philarmonic Diseases

Secret Discovery * Slave

Scream Silence * To Die For

Scream Silence * The 2nd

The Sweetest Condition   • Edge of the World

The Sweetest Condition   • We Defy Oblivion

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Theatre of Tragedy * Theatre of Tragedy

Theatre of Tragedy * Velvet Darkness They Fear

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Theatre of Tragedy * Aégis

 

Theatre of Tragedy * Storm

Theatre of Tragedy * Forever is The World

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Theatre of Tragedy •  Last Curtain Call DVD

Theatres Des Vampires of Night Breed of Macabria

Theatres Des Vampires • Candyland

Tiamat * Wildhoney

Tiamat * A Deeper Kind of Slumber

Tiamat * Prey

Tiamat * Judas Christ

Tiamat * Skeleton Skeletron

Tristania * Widow’s Weeds

Tristania * Beyond The Veil

Tristania * World of Glass

Tristania * Ashes

Tristania * Illumination

Tristania * Rubicon

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Tristania * Darkest White

Type o Negative • ….all releases…..

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Pale Forest * Exit Mould

Paradise Lost * Gothic

Paradise Lost * Shades of God

Paradise Lost * Gothic

Paradise Lost * Draconian Times

Paradise Lost * One Seconds

Yearning * With Tragedies Adorned

Yearning * Plaintive Scenes

Yearning * Frore Meadow

Yearning * Evershade

Yearing * Merging Into Landscapes

The Vision Bleak * The Deathship Has A New Captain

The Vision Bleak * Carpathia * A Dramatic Poem

The Vision Bleak * The Wolves Go Hunt Their Prey

The Vision Bleak * Set Sail To Mystery

The Vision Bleak * The Witching Hour

Zeraphine * Kalte Sonne

Zeraphine *Traumaworld

Zeraphine * Blind Camera

Zeraphine * Still

Zeraphine * Whiteout

First and Last and Always”, to name a specific metal genre as gothic, which makes the oh-so renowned and overabused gothic metal term, this specific metal genre MUST have references and influences from the gothic rock/dark wave scene from the 80s. Apparently, without any second thought and a shadow of doubt, many bands from this so-called commercial and big scene are not gothic metal because they have not a single reference from the gothic rock/dark wave scene of the 80s. It really is something funny for metalheads that know nothing about this scene to speak about gothic music. But what is even more funny is the fact that part of the metal scene dislikes goths and when you ask them “which people do you refer to as goths?” you get the answer “those people, man, that paint their eyes black and listen to Marilyn Manson endlessly”, even from this you can get that a big part of the metal scene really has nothing to do in knowledge and experience about the gothic subculture, its bands and its audience. And thus this over-confusion passes in the gothic metal scene.

You see, the gothic subculcture has all these chicks dressed in black, with the cute faces, the beautiful make up and stuff, yes, I know, they are beautiful, I adore them as well, but, sadly, when a female-fronted metal band starts sounding a bit more symphonic/atmospheric or even a bit melancholic and has a female singer, preferably cute that stands as the front of the band and wears all these beautiful scarlet or velvet or black dresses with flowers and stuff, people start referring to this band as gothic metal, for no reason apparently. A female singer that has a more obscure and “poetic” dress-code won’t make a band a gothic one, apparently, it’s the music that matters, not the supposed dress-code. And so we come to bands like Evanescence, Lacuna Coil, Within Temptation, Epica, After Forever and so on, well, these bands have nothing to do, more or less each one of them (or used to have a slight reference but they have nothing to do anymore), with the gothic metal genre, the only common thing they have as bands is that they are female-fronted, does this make them gothic metal? No, for fuck’s sake no! Ok, they have their own atmosphere each one of them, they have some strong female vocalists, some good tunes, others more others less, but that’s all people; no gothic elements, no gothic metal.

If you want some bands with female vocalists that actually play gothic metal then you should definitely check Tristania of the first era (who can deny that “Widow’s Weeds” has gothic rock elements? I’ll give the answer, no-one can because these elements are present in the guitar work; and let’s not forget the gothic rock guest male vocals on “Angellore” ), Theatre Of Tragedy of the first three releases, yes, they are gothic metal, and not because Liv Kristine used to wear black dresses and have that absolute female gothic look, just check the music, apparently gothic metal, then come Trail Of Tears, their first releases are also strong and gothic metal, really good work and it seems to me at times that the gothic metal scene including female vocals blossomed in Norway, judging from the bands I mentioned above. And of course I shouldn’t skip to mention Sirenia, the band Morten Veland formed after he left Tristania, another wonderful gothic metal act, with intense gothic rock elements, even the hat in the vein of The Sisters Of Mercy/The Fields Of The Nephilim is present, hehe (if you don’t believe me ask Mr. Veland and check Elusive’s debut album, “Destination Zero”, to see which are his influences; for the history, Elusive are a rising gothic rock act from Norway and Veland played the guitars on this album) and of course I shouldn’t skip to mention Beseech, they have female vocals as well in their compositions, but they are a 50%-50% female-male fronted band now, with balanced male and female vocals. Just check their first two releases, pure romantic gothic/doom metal with The Fields Of The Nephilim references being too intense, both in guitar parts filled with gothic rock riffing and vocal lines in which the first singer of the band sounds like a reincarnation of Carl McCoy. And of course I shouldn’t skip to mention As Divine Grace from Finland, they used to be a romantic doom/death metal act but with years they became more gothic metal oriented, with female vocals, a really strong band that sadly disbanded.

You know, a band to be called gothic metal must have references from the gothic rock/dark wave scene as I said above, which means, Christian Death (with Rozz Williams on the vocals of course, hehehe! Or Valor of “Atrocities”, it was an awesome album, i have to admit it! And why not “Sex & Drugs & Jesus Christ”, their last really strong album with Valor!), The Mission, The Sisters Of Mercy, The Fields Of The Nephilim, Bauhaus, early The Cult, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Clan Of Xymox, Virgin Prunes, early Dead Can Dance etc must be present, with each band sticking to its own references. And what the history has shown to me is that whenever gothic rock acts started turning heavier and more metal-oriented they made far better work from gothic metal acts, because gothic rockers really know what to do, they have the feeling in their blood, it’s flowing, they know how to express it correctly and make it sound heavier if they want to enter a heavier sound stage. And of course I will mention some gothic rock/metal acts and first and above all one of the best gothic acts of the 90s that most of you don’t know, DREADFUL SHADOWS, listen to them to feel the decadence, the sorrow, the pain, the gothic aesthetic, the gothic feeling from a band that released four great albums and with every album it tended to sound steps further, reaching “The Cycle” where more modern references made their appearance. After Dreadful Shadows sadly disbanded Sven Friedrich and Norman Selbig of Dreadful Shadows formed Zeraphine, another wonderful gothic rock/metal act with a more modern approach of course. Another fabulous gothic rock/metal act have to be Scream Silence, at times tending to sound like Dreadful Shadows, but they tended to perfect their own sound, their first two album are the most metallic ones and the other three are heavy still, but more gothic rock definitely; at times they tend to have a doomy feeling as well. Secret Discovery is a good band as well, moving in pure gothic rock in their early years and from a moment and on they started sounding a lot more metallic. Also, Love Like blood is a gothic rock band ,one of the best if you ask me, they have released some really strong opuses during the first half of the 90s, in the second half of the 90s from a moment and on they started sounding heavy and “Snakekiller” is a good gothic metal/rock album. Take Garden of Delight now, one of the best gothic rock acts of the 90s, they released in 7 years 7 albums with 7 songs each one of them, they disbanded afterwards, after the first circle had ended. They came back in the 00s, stronger, heavier, more powerful, but above all gothic rock. After 4 albums they formed Lutherion and they definitely are gothic metal/rock now, sounding really heavy, gothic rock-oriented and with an electro touch as well! Most and above all I shouldn’t forget to mention the metal approach of Carl McCoy, first with The Nefilim in the second half of the 90s and recently with the dynamic come back of the Fields Of The Nephilim. “Zoon” of the Nefilim was a brilliant piece of thrash/death metal blended with strong doses of gothic rock in the renowned McCoy n’ Fields vein and “Mourning Sun” of The Fields Of The Nephilim is an album of pure gothic rock/metal, a really strong release to show to the gothic metal scene who can rule the scene in no time. And let’s mention NFD, a The Nefilim oriented project, heavy enough and always gothic rock and another project from members of The Nefilim, Saints Of Eden, gothic rock with heavy doses of metal and electronic/industrial elements, sounding really heavy and definitely really strong!

Now concerning some gothic metal acts I should mention Evereve of their first era with Tom Schedotschenko, heart-rending, twisted, mourning gothic metal from the pits of Hell, utterly desolate and melancholic, with the ideal references! After the suicide of the singer a new singer came on board and they released an easier album, gothic metal still, afterwards they started moving in more electronic soundscapes. Darkseed as well, they definitely had gothic-oriented references in albums like “Diving Into Darkness” and “Give Me Light” etc, a good band definitely. Paradise Lost OF COURSE and no matter how much doomsters hit their asses on the wall and point out that “Gothic” is doom/death metal I will always be there to be a pain in the ass and their closed mind to point out that it is one of the first pure gothic metal releases, not because of the name, “Gothic”, but because of the music. Listen carefully, the gothic rock references on the guitars are too obvious, where Sisters Of Mercy stepped Paradise Lost found water. The orchestrations have a Celtic Frost sense from the “Into The Pandemonium” era and a dark wave aesthetic as well along with the fragile female vocals that seem to have come out of the 80s dark wave scene. Sure, it has a doom sense, but think about it more. Paradise Lost continued as a gothic metal act after “Shades Of God” (which was doom metal at all costs) releasing many fabulous albums like “Draconian times”, “Icon”, “One Second”, “Paradise Lost” etc, one of the best acts of the gothic metal scene. I shouldn’t skip Lacrimosa, one of the most important acts of this very scene; i have heard/read that they are progressive gothic metal, this statement always sounded funny to me from people that really have absolutely nothing to do with the scene. Tilo Wolf is a pure genius, from the gothic-death rock/dark wave oriented first releases of Lacrimosa to the historic moment when Anne Nurmi entered the band and Lacrimosa started becoming metal, gothic metal of course! Because the references remained, the doses of classical music became too obvious and one of the characteristic parts of the sound of the band. Generally they kept the Lacrimosa feeling alive, they just became one of the most quality, recognisable and best acts of the scene. Lacrimas Profundere, from a romantic doom/death metal act they started slowly and steadily incorporating in their sound gothic references reaching nowadays where they are a goth n’ roll act, slightly metal, more of a rock band, gothic rock with a poser attitude. And since I mentioned the poser attitude of Lacrimas Profundere I shouldn’t skip at all to mention The 69 Eyes, a non-metal band, they are goth n’ roll as well, at some times offering more more romantic gothic rock like on “Paris Kills”, at others more hard rock/gothic rock having several references from the 80s/early 90s. Where the Sisters Of Mercy left “Vision Thing” and The Cult left their releases Jyrki, Jussi and their companions stole them and found out many useful things for the now-sound of The 69 Eyes and Jyrki where Ian Astbury and the singer of LA Guns stood proud stole a bit of their pride to form his stage presence. So no, The 69 Eyes are not metal, poser gothic rock or goth n’ roll yes, definitely. A! Beyond Dawn’s “Pity Love” shouldn’t be missing from here as well, an album having the decadence of doom, references from the doom metal scene and of course intense The Sisters Of Mercy passages, both in structure and guitar parts, but always tending to present them through their very own and unique avant-garde prism. I shouldn’t forget to mention, just for the history, that Beyond Dawn during that period were supporting the Sisters Of Mercy at some of their shows, not a coincidence, is it? I shouldn’t skip Tiamat, they had a good course changing their sound from album to album, progressing positively, and as you all noticed they had their gothic rock-driven moments as well. Their latest release to date “Prey” was a metallic gothic rock worship with Edlund’s haunting vocals entrancing the atmosphere, “Skeleton Skeletron” had also a gothic rock air, quite modern in sound, good enough but nothing awesome and “A Deeper Kind Of Slumber” which was a mixture of psychedelic rock with gothic rock and stuff, good work! And some of you that may know, Johan Edlund has a gothic rock oriented band, Lucyfire, good stuff. Also, The Babylon Whores, not many know them, but they are awesome, a metal-driven Christian Death worship band, they know what they are doing, really good act! Another bright example of a band that injected intense 80s gothic/dark elements have to be Portugal’s finest and most known act, Moonspell, with bands like “The Antidote”, “Sin/Pexado” (a very underrated album), “Darkness And Hope” and “Irreligious”, they have to be one of those bands that interpret gothic metal in a really good and personal manner! Also, a new band around that had quite an impressive course so far with their two releases are definitely The Vision Bleak, travelling through the corridors of nightmares, drama, horror and gothic decadence they offer a new and fresh air to the scene! Also, Yearning from Finland are doing a good job with their esoteric and beautifully adorned by sadness and esoteric emotions gothic/doom metal. Last but not least Kreator’s “Endorama” is a thousand times more gothic metal than all those so-called gothic metal bands that are being referred as gothic metal by the silly music press and the audience that knows nothing about what is gothic, doesn’t “Endorama” sound so gothic metal to you? Change scene! It’s so simple!

The problem with the gothic metal scene doesn’t end here, there are two more problems with the scene except for the female-fronted bands that are mostly being referred by both press and audience as gothic metal and of course i’m referring to part of the Visual Kei scene and the Suomi Metal scene with bands tending to sound romantic, melancholic or suicidal, moving in metal/rock soundscapes with common road on their course being the melancholy factor. Concerning the Visual Kei scene with bands like Moi Dix Mois, Malice Mizer and stuff, they have an intense gothic aesthetic in their appearance, but this is the most gothic part of their existence, their music apart from some keyboard-driven really dark passages has nothing to do with the gothic rock/dark wave scene and the Bauhaus references in those bands that i have read somewhere is definitely non-existent and i know Bauhaus really well to not recognise them in a band. Well, part of the Visual Kei that is being referred as gothic metal could be the Japanese option of gothic metal, somethng different, something “foreign” to the European scene/audience, so I won’t be absolute in this case. I have to admit, anytime with the hand on my heart, that those Visual Kei bands are more gothic than all the other female-fronted or Suomi “we’re supposed to be gothic” metal bands will ever be, both in reality and dreams. And let’s move to the Suomi metal scene, believe me, I used to be a huge fan of this very specifc scene supporting bands like HIM, Entwine, For My Pain, Poisonblack, Charon, Sentenced, Lullacry, To Die For etc, I still support Entwine, HIM and To Die For because all those three are bands that have a lot to offer in my opinion, but really, where did you people find all these gothic elements in their compositions? You can always inform me because I’m craving to know more about gothic music and I would love to find out where all these elements hide and I can’t find them. I had read somewhere that Sentenced were gothic metal and on their latest releases they became gothic rock, HA HA! I mean, how funny is that? Only a metalhead that knows nothing about the gothic scene would ever say that, and a metalhead was indeed the person who said that. Ignorance is bad, definitely bad, and in this case ignorance has caused a lot of harm, something that disgusts me seeing it going on more and more day by day.

Well, I got bored writing and I think you’ll get bored reading too, so I will stop for now, but I will have to warn all of you i-know-it-all metalheads (to avoid misunderstandings, I’m not referring to every single metalhead, but to a specific part of it) that will give my article a shot, “if the truth hurts, prepare for pain”. Kisses!

“Lipstick on my cigarette…”    

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……..DO YOU GOTH WHAT IT TAKES………………

 

……………….IN GOTH WE TRUST……………………..

 

……………ONLY GOTHIC IS REAL……………………..

 

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Amorphis – Elegy
Dornenreich – Nicht um zu sterben
Emperor – Anthems to the welkin at dusk
Katatonia – Brave Murder Day
Opeth – My arms, your hearse
Primordial – Spirit the earth aflame
Void of Silence – Human antithesis
In the Woods… – Omnio
Elend – Winds Devouring Men
Death in June – Take Care and Control
Dargaard – Eternity Rites
Fen – The Malediction Fields
The Ruins of Beverast – Rain upon the Impure

 

Celtic Frost

Into the Pandemonium

July 1st, 1987

KICK ASS METAL HALL OF FAME ALBUM

TOP 10 ALBUMS OF ALL-TIME

TOP 10 HEAVY METAL ALBUMS OF THE 20TH CENTURY

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ALBUMS OF ALL-TIME

 

 

 

 

I thought I could give a shot at reviewing one of the most irreviewable albums ever. Into The Pandemonium. 20 years after its conception, it still stands as the creative apex of one of the most important extreme metal bands ever. After vomiting forth the darkest metal album of the eighties – To Mega Therion, the best pre-Oslo black metal album – Martin Eric Ain returned to the Frost, and together with Tom G. Warrior and Reed St. Mark they decided to push the boundaries as far as possible. All Celtic Frost releases seem to have sprung out of the deepest anguish and personal pain, as does Into The Pandemonium, which must have been a terrible nuisance to create; it is not surprising that it back lashed into whatever you would call Cold Lake some years later. 

Anyhow, Into The Pandemonium is still a major fuck off to the suffocating genre conventions metal is still plagued by, even though the efforts here from our favourite Swiss export opened up many paths for the decades to follow. Opening an album with a cover is not kosher, and the choice of an upbeat new wave song about being lost in Mexico would still today be questioned and frowned upon, so I suspect many metalheads have reacted quite negative back in these days. “Mesmerized” is a deep red suggestive little thing, haunting with its decadence and Tom’s trademark moan. If you ask me, I would say that this is where gothic metal began, another genre’s blood on their hands. The rather slow moving fashion is continued by the two “Jade Serpent” songs, with their dark melancholy infused with Oriental mysticism evoking images of lush decadent gardens filled with incense. Even though songs like these were the foundation of avantgardistic metal, I cannot think of any works similar to this masterpiece, despite these two decades. The approach – yes, perhaps, but not the specific sounds. Celtic Frost are the H.P. Lovecraft of metal.

Another always very important part of Celtic Frost was (and is still, actually) the use of art music. The horn and timpani arrangements of To Mega Therion are here blooming out into all their majesty; from the lamenting ”Sorrows Of The Moon” and its French counterpart, to the ominous string quartet modernism of the mighty ”Rex Irae”. I cannot think of any metal band using classical music in this manner before Frost did, and very few since. Tom’s lyrics continue in tradition of Celtic Frost – sorrow-filled poetic visions of majesty, corruption, vanity and pride, bringing doom and loss of life and power; the fall of everything, all set in a fantastic suggestive environment that could be as much about Dune as Sodom and Gomorrah. If To Mega Therion is silver and steel, then Into The Pandemonium is marble and sand. Even though a song like ”Inner Sanctum” showed very well that they still could pump out bludgeoning thrash metal, the lyrics are still partly taken from a poem by Emily Brontë – a proof why Celtic Frost still in my opinion eclipse all competition. They dared being intellectual, even pretentious, transcending the simplicity of beer and denim. They tried “to be different, to be something new” (Thomas G. Fischer, 1986), for “there are more feelings to express than just aggression and destruction” (Martin Eric Ain, 1987). These quotes sum up what Into The Pandemonium is about, and it is for this reason Kerrang! described it as “the most avant-garde album that will ever be released [sic]” which is true, at least in a metal context, seeing what came before it. This is the mother of all avant-garde metal (including early Voïvod!).

Into The Pandemonium might not be the best and most consistent of Celtic Frosts work – To Mega Therion usurped that jewel throne aeons ago – but for the sake (which is not mere) of its aspirations, its creativity, its daring progress, it deserves a place in the heart and record collection of everyone, as well as a 66 metre tall golden statue of the power trio of all power trios; our antediluvian gods and celestial dominators, Celtic Frost. What does he say? UH!

aVoid 

 

As a death metal-age/ gothic metal-age/ avant-garde age publication. This is an album that deserves to be featured here more often. Since all the revisionist metal publications (those webZines who never had print edtions from 1981 to 1986) give this album rather poor treatment. Considering this album is one of the 1st albums to be Progenitors of 2 Genres, and a huge influence on a 3rd Genre Doom-Death and a 4th genre Grunge Curt Kobain was a huge fan of Celtic Frost And a 5th Genre Symphonic Black Metal, and a 6th genre the 1st Wave of Symphonic Heavy Metal of the pre-Nightwish-era. This is the album that ushered in the 1st Gothic Metal age and the 1st Avant-Garde Metal-age. And those of use who are gothic metal and avant-garde metal fans. Know that ONLY GOTHIC METAL IS REAL and that ONLY AVANT-GARDE METAL IS REAL. As a top 10 most important metal album of all-time, this album deserves its own heavy metal hall of fame display its own room. Altars of Metallic Mayhem and Heavy Metal Hall of Fames are built around certain albums. And this is one of those albums.

 

Without this album there is no gothic metal, no avant-garde metal. doom death metal, and no grunge metal. Sure those genres would have happened eventually, but with this album as the main inspiration. I had over the course of heavy metal’s history had to take those gernes more serious than all the other genres combined. 

 

Without this album there is no Ill-literature Magazine, n0 Avant-Garde Metal webzine and print edtions, which is the greatest metallic publication of all-time by the way. There is no KICK ASS METAL webZine. 

 

I am pretty sure tons and tons of specialized metal labels were started because of this album….!!!! 

 

With this in mind fuck all the revisionist on this, this belongs in your serious heavy metal record collection, at all cost, and it is because of articles like this, i get to meet thousands of people thanking me every year for the clear insight everything i cover, because the revisionist dudes what to down grade all the albums. That keep their bands in the delete bins and bargain bins FOREVER and never part of the relevant news cycle. There was a second wave of Black Metal publication only one, that was well written TrueSvartBlackMetal, of course that dude threw in the towel years ago..no major loss really, there is still Voices from the Darkside, the only death metal webzine around that has serious article and writters……since that stuff average at best but still good metal music, even if the 1st wave was a million times better, and good listening i have that list else where, on this webZine, because once you have everything on that list, you’re at a dead-end. Either start collecting all the pretender bands in that wave/trend, or actually seek out actual heavy metal…!!!!!!!!!!!! 

 

The next important band after Celtic Frost, is Cradle of Filth, nothing the revisionist, can do about that fact, because the 2nd wave of death metal/black metal trend was only 2 years 1992–1994, and died because that style was paradoxically to the brilliant 1st wave. Not just the music, but the musicians and the fans, especially…..The 2nd wave of Black Metal/ Death Metal was going to die as a trend no matter what, but there was innovation everywhere duing the 1990’s metal movement, which is a million times better than all the sellout bands, the real posers from the 1980’s metal movement. The 2nd wave of black metal/ death metal trend while having tons of distros only had on serious publication, and that dude had on where with all what so ever, I have been a heavy metal fan since 1978, and no signs of giving up…because every year in heavy metal there are 1000 to 1500 albums that are albums that are succesors to the top-tier bands of the upper-echelon of heavy metal….since heavy metal is the greatest genre of all-time with the greatest fans the actual fans of the actual heavy metal, this genre is an unstoppable force….i never mind the other 1300 music genres, i stay focused on the greatest 700 artist in each heavy metal genre….this is the biggest clue to the biggest piece in your heavy metal serious heavy metal collection !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

 

ONLY GOTHIC METAL IS REAL 

ONLY AVANT-GARDE METAL IS REAL

 

 

 

I thought I could give a shot at reviewing one of the most irreviewable albums ever. Into The Pandemonium. 20 years after its conception, it still stands as the creative apex of one of the most important extreme metal bands ever. After vomiting forth the darkest metal album of the eighties – To Mega Therion, the best pre-Oslo black metal album – Martin Eric Ain returned to the Frost, and together with Tom G. Warrior and Reed St. Mark they decided to push the boundaries as far as possible. All Celtic Frost releases seem to have sprung out of the deepest anguish and personal pain, as does Into The Pandemonium, which must have been a terrible nuisance to create; it is not surprising that it back lashed into whatever you would call Cold Lake some years later. 

Anyhow, Into The Pandemonium is still a major fuck off to the suffocating genre conventions metal is still plagued by, even though the efforts here from our favourite Swiss export opened up many paths for the decades to follow. Opening an album with a cover is not kosher, and the choice of an upbeat new wave song about being lost in Mexico would still today be questioned and frowned upon, so I suspect many metalheads have reacted quite negative back in these days. “Mesmerized” is a deep red suggestive little thing, haunting with its decadence and Tom’s trademark moan. If you ask me, I would say that this is where gothic metal began, another genre’s blood on their hands. The rather slow-moving fashion is continued by the two “Jade Serpent” songs, with their dark melancholy infused with Oriental mysticism evoking images of lush decadent gardens filled with incense. Even though songs like these were the foundation of avantgardistic metal, I cannot think of any works similar to this masterpiece, despite these two decades. The approach – yes, perhaps, but not the specific sounds. Celtic Frost are the H.P. Lovecraft of metal.

Another always very important part of Celtic Frost was (and is still, actually) the use of art music. The horn and timpani arrangements of To Mega Therion are here blooming out into all their majesty; from the lamenting ”Sorrows Of The Moon” and its French counterpart, to the ominous string quartet modernism of the mighty ”Rex Irae”. I cannot think of any metal band using classical music in this manner before Frost did, and very few since. Tom’s lyrics continue in tradition of Celtic Frost – sorrow-filled poetic visions of majesty, corruption, vanity and pride, bringing doom and loss of life and power; the fall of everything, all set in a fantastic suggestive environment that could be as much about Dune as Sodom and Gomorrah. If To Mega Therion is silver and steel, then Into The Pandemonium is marble and sand. Even though a song like ”Inner Sanctum” showed very well that they still could pump out bludgeoning thrash metal, the lyrics are still partly taken from a poem by Emily Brontë – a proof why Celtic Frost still in my opinion eclipse all competition. They dared being intellectual, even pretentious, transcending the simplicity of beer and denim. They tried “to be different, to be something new” (Thomas G. Fischer, 1986), for “there are more feelings to express than just aggression and destruction” (Martin Eric Ain, 1987). These quotes sum up what Into The Pandemonium is about, and it is for this reason Kerrang! described it as “the most avant-garde album that will ever be released [sic]” which is true, at least in a metal context, seeing what came before it. This is the mother of all avant-garde metal (including early Voïvod!).

Into The Pandemonium might not be the best and most consistent of Celtic Frosts work – To Mega Therion usurped that jewel throne aeons ago – but for the sake (which is not mere) of its aspirations, its creativity, its daring progress, it deserves a place in the heart and record collection of everyone, as well as a 66 metre tall golden statue of the power trio of all power trios; our antediluvian gods and celestial dominators, Celtic Frost. What does he say? UH!

aVoid 

 

 

 

“WE ARE THUNDERSTRUCK* BY THUNDERMOTHER”

*blown away, floored 

 

 

“COMBINING THE HIGH VOLTAGE BURSTS OF AC/DC AND MOTÖRHEAD WITH CHARISMATIC PERFORMANCES AND LOOKS THAT KILL, THUNDERMOTHER ARE ONE OF STOCKHOLM’S GREATEST BANDS SINCE CRUCIFED BARBARA “

 

 

….okay this credit the one in red for this quote for sure goes to Revolver METAL Magazine, the 1st 21 words are theres word for word, and the second part is our observation, since some of our favorite bands of all-time here are Crucified Barbara, MOTÖRHEAD, Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Acid, Girlschool, Indisicpline, The Heard, Bug Girl, and Thundermother is in that big league of KICK ASS ROCK ‘ N ROLL bands, actually the decisive factor for giving this band a World-Class Vocalist feature, i really believe Thundermother as a band has the same solid foundational fundamental that make Crucifed Barbara, Acid, Girlschool, Liv Sin, Sister Sin, such World-Class KICK ASS METAL bands, the factor besides the originality factor is the KICK ASS factor, I was shocked beyond belief to see this band has neither a BNR METAL page, as well as also no Metal-Archives page, since the band does have enough of a metallic driving force edge to there music….aka KICK ASS…with  a new album in 2018 this is one of the bands we want to stamp allover our pages, because I believe they have all the best aspects of there personal influences, and should leave a huge scar all over the rock/metallic history pages World-Wide…..since my favorite bands are Motörhead and Crucified Barbara, i am not looking the world for not just 1 band to fill those missing voids. But 2 As a  Motörhead fan since 1980 and a Crucified Barbara fan since 2005. I hope as a fan to have a 40 year/ 30/ 20 year true fanship with the band…..this feature on this World-Class Voccalist is wayyyyyyyyyyyy over due…so fans of AC/DC — Motorhead — Airborne and the likes enjoy this feature !!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

http://despotz.bigcartel.com/artist/thundermother

“Now you can pre-order our brand new album THUNDERMOTHER @ Despotz Records webshop! The Tornado pack includes signed limited Vinyl, CD, Patch, T-shirt and more! You will get it on the releasedate 23th of Feb. Thank you so much for your support <3″

http://despotz.bigcartel.com/artist/thundermother

These hard rock chicks will blow your head off!
The quintet have toured throughout Europe, gaining fanssuch as In Flames, Zakk Wylde, Danko Jones, Opeth, Motörhead, Airbourne and many more.

They have conquered the whole of Sweden with their AC/DC influenced sound. Next step – THE WORLD!

Previous gigs include Close-Up Boat, Metaltown, Sweden Rock Festival, support act for Danko Jones and Michael Monroe to name but a few.
See you soon in a town close to you!
Crashing in at No 2 in the hard rock charts
these girls are set for No 1 soon!

Prepare to be amazed!

http://www.youtube.com/user/thundermotherrocks

 


http://instagram.com/thundermother

 

https://twitter.com/thundermother

 

Thundermother Oneline

https://www.thundermother.com

IT’S ROCK N ROLL AND THAT’S HOW WE LIKE IT!

“There are three great bands in the world: Bullet, Airbourne and THUNDERMOTHER.”
-Joel o´Keffe in AIRBOURNE.

“You guys are great. Love the twin guitar attack and your singer can belt it out without whisky and cigars assisting.”
-Danko Jones

“When they release their debut & sell platinum, you will feel proud because you were there in the beginning.”
-Johan Jacobsson, CLOSE-UP MAGAZINE.

“Good music is always good music. Pay attention to the new Rock Queens of Sweden,Thundermother. Great stuff!”
-In Flames

“I suggest you get this album. Ever since I got this record my wife of 28 years cannot keep her hands off me!!”
-Zakk Wylde

“its sounds great!! Awesome energy & good old AC/DC vibe!! yeah!!!”
– Pontus Snibb: BONAFIDE

“Cool band and a furious singer!”
-Chris Laney

“This is really good”
-Clutch

“I’m a fan”
-Fredrik Åkesson, OPETH

“Wow, the action!!”
-Turbonegro

”Fuck they really play loud!”
-Ralf Gyllenhammar, MUSTASCH

Biography

Thundermother started the summer 2010 in Växjö when the guitarist and southern swede Filippa Nässil wanted to play Rock’N’Roll. So with dreams and visions along with the song “Shoot to Kill” humming in her head she started Thundermother. She moved to Stockholm to pursue her dream.
She found her first partner in crime Giorgia Carteri in Stockholm who also followed her own dreams of playing music, coming all the way from Italy, though nowadays she’s identified as one of the southern stockholm fellas.
After numerous ordeals with other musicians they have finally found the right group of people with right motives and Rock’N’Roll in their heart. Tilda Stenqvist on drums from Karlstad, Linda Ström from the Smålander woods and Clare Cunningham born and raised on Ireland, nowadays living in Stockholm.
They’re having fun and it’s noticeable on-stage. Pure enjoyment and Rock’N’Roll deep from their bones. Hardrock-girls from around the world now united to do one sole thing, to play together and travel on the roads.

Thundermother has been playing the Close-Up boat with Turbonegro and Candlemass, they were the opening act for Danko Jones on his Swedish Tour, they were the openers for Metaltown on the Blood Stage in the presence of thousands of people before Clutch and Graveyard, they had played with bands like Bonafide, The Scams & many many others. Thundermother did it themselves the hard way. Without a record they filled pubs and clubs to the brim and played at Sweden Rock Festival and will continue to tour! ROCK N ROLL IS ALIVE!

 

BIRTH * SCHOOL * THUNDERMOTHER * DEATH 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Photos are

(C) (P) (TM)

https://www.facebook.com/jasoncainephotography/

https://www.facebook.com/jasoncainemusic/

https://www.facebook.com/circlethecrown/

https://www.facebook.com/bloodlineriot/

 

 

 

Altered Thoughts

Detroit, Michigan/United States of America

January 12th, 2018 Concert Review

Besides a concert is was also when

the Extended Play

Altered Thoughts “Sthguoht deretla”

Altered Thoughts back-wards….either you got that right away or stare at that for hours!!!!

 

US 12 Bar & Grill

34824 Western Michigan Avenue

Wayne, Michigan/United States of America

48184

(734)722-3170

 

Altered Thoughts on January 12th, 2018 was

 

 

Liz Ward * World-Class Vocalist

Center Stage

 

Gregg Barnett * World-Class Guitarist

Center Stage to the Right

Sean “Wolfy” Johnson * World-Class Bassist

Stage Right

Eric * World-Class Drummer

Stage left

 

 

 

January 12th, 2018

SET LIST

………aka the songs you love and know by heart and forever burned onto your DNA…..

BAI

KRAZY

BOOM

PAIN

LET IT GO

CHANGE

ROAD 2 LIFE

BREATHE

BROKEN COLD

NO ONE

CROOKED

CD WINTER

DISASTER

 

This videos are not from the concert, but a powerful tool, since this webzine scans the globe, and we have MORE overseas readers than ones from United States of America/ Canada.. video showcases are important, imagine if pages like the old Jam Rag or the Metro Times could feature videos, in there print edtions !!!!!!!!!!!

 

Altered Thoughts Discography

Altered Thoughts * “Sthguoht Detetla”

Januray 12th, 2018

Self Realized/ Self Relesased

in a association with!!!

Graphic Equalizer Productions

https://www.facebook.com/GraphicEqulizerPro/

KICK ASS METAL TOP 100 ALBUMS IN THE HARD/ HEAVY  ROCK AND ROLL CATEGORY !!!

Get the  “Sthguoht Detetla”

Here at these locations

https://www.facebook.com/AlteredThoughts/

https://www.facebook.com/GraphicEqulizerPro/

This concert was a 5 band event, the whole concert will get its own write-up, Altered Thoughts on its Facebook official presence states Led Zepplin, Tool, King Crimson, Dream Theater, Rush as influences and inspirations, and it consider Altered Thoughts to be in this big league, aka there peers of top-notch World-Class musicians, and those artist top albums… Altered Thoughts has the skills to release classic album after classic album after classic album. Because if you have ever seen them live, there music is original, powerful, convincing, mind-blowing and causes fission…aka Goosebumps, aka evocation.

 

Where Altered Thoughts excels is in the song-writing, while keeping each song original as possible, they always make sure to have melodies inside the music and the vocals, you can actually remember there songs 21 days or 21 months after hearing them….that is top-notch songwriting!!!!

There is one band we listen to here no stop besides, Rush, Led Zepplin, and that is Greta Van Fleet….so fans of

Led Zepplin, Tool, King Crimson, Dream Theater, Rush , Greta Van Fleet, Whitesnake and Elise BNX… take notice — Altered Thoughts is the real deal….!!!!!!!!!!!

With a 14 song set list, this was a real treat for all music fans, I do have a few favorites they are “Boom”, “Road to Life”, and “Disaster”…..Most bands I would say hey for your CD just 45 minutes like the vinyl era. Altered Thoughts is one of the few bands I would actually love hearing a full 79 minute CD album from, because of the wide variety in the songs in there repertoire, and the songs themselves have the perfect dynamics to each song, where the music has the timelessness factor…aka time stands still…!!!!!!!!

 

ALTERED THOUGHTS KILLER CONTACTS

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/pg/AlteredThoughts/

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC285nD9pVhJTCGtedj6k-3A

 

“…..Even HIT GIRL loves Led Zeppelin….”

&

…..Metallica…..

 

 

 

Leaves Eyes

Sign of the Dragonhead

January 12th, 2018

AFM RECORDS

AFM – 611

KICK ASS METAL RATING

100 OUT OF 100 BLOOD DRIPPING FUCKING SKULLS

FULL SCORE

PERFECT SYMPHONIC HEAVY METAL

FUCKING ESSENTIAL

KICK ASS METAL HEAVY METAL HALL OF FAME ALBUM

2018 KICK ASS METAL SYMPHONIC METAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

 

Whoa this album rules, it for sure will get tons of spins in between metal classics such as Iron Maiden “Killers”, Satan “Court in the Act” and Mercyful Fate “Melissa” I have my favorites and you have yours. And this fits in heavy rotation between top-notch world-class heavy metal metal klassiker timeless masterpieces such as those for the same reason. World-Class Vocals, Killer Rhythm Section, Bone Crunching Molten Metal Guitars. The Guitar team of Thorston Bauer/ Pete Streit is untouchable, MASTERS OF METAL, second to none, As a heavy metal fan since 1978, well all have the same subjective favorites, as well as the same objective favorites, but I really am a big fan of Elina Siirala, a top-notch World-Class Vocalist no fucking doubt about that….Oh I have checked the actual heavy metal news services for the genre, and styles I cover

http://www.metalmaidens.com

&

http://www.soniccathderal.com

 

Whoa….no news on this album yet…ha ha, so arrrrggghhhh man, KICK ASS METAL is up first..for the heavy metal media that appreciates traditional World-Class Vocalist, and World-Class Musicianship…and like always, when something this KICK ASS METAL happens, we have to scream it from the mountain top…. We cover the top 700 bands from each subgenre of gothic/ metal/ avant-garde, want a specialized press for whatever this or that subgenre go read those…I DO…!!!

When a band has a perfect 15/ 25/ 30 year career, ala Leaves’ Eyes and the likes, why should the be ignored, especially when there ranking has been the same since the debut album !!!!!!!!!!!!! 2003–to—2018…15 years of one of the greatest heavy metal bands of all-time. If you want to check your emotions and your objective-side, just good fucking luck opening a actual HEAVY METAL HISTORY book and not seeing a Atrocity, Theatre of Tragedy, Leaves’ Eye section on this HUGE part of metallic history, if a section like that is ever missing, just leave it be, because everyone knows even those new to heavy metal that part of the history book WILL ALWAYS BE THERE, as IMMORTALS OF METAL.

Actually since the last full length, Leaves’ Eyes are a top favorite and here, 1 band, move-up in rankings to the top because of a mind-blowing debut release, but Leaves’ Eyes are still at the top of the upper-echelon of World-Class Symphonic Heavy Metal, because they are heavy, and know there metallic music theory inside out, and have the best RIFFS and best song-writing, as well as song-writing skills, and the BEST SOUNDING METALLIC ALBUMS, ala Mastersound Entertainment !!!!!!!!! ….Truth be told, Leaves’ Eyes are always a top most anticipated album when they release a album, alongside Nervosa, and Edge of Paradise.

Where Leaves’ Eyes will always leave a indelible mark on your psyche, is in a live setting, where they rule, just metal to the bone all the way, and nothing else. Leaves’ Eyes concerts are some of the best of all-time in heavy metal metallic history… nothing put postive vibes, with one of the coolest fanbases in all of heavy metal. Each band member has total stage presence, confidence and charisma

Symphonic Saviors albums of the year in Symphonic Metal from November 1st, 1997 —  t0  — to January 12th. 2018

Since this is a Publication dedicated to World-Class Heavy Metal, featuring World-Class Vocalist, this is the criteria objectively / subjectively we know the aspect of music theory that gives the most evocation, IE the most Mind-blowing, jaw dropping chills up and down the spine.

THE SYMPHONIC HEAVY METAL ALBUMS OF THE YEARS FROM 1997 TO 2018….Oh a l@@k who is a 5 time winner on this list Leaves’ Eyes !!!!!!!!!!!!

2018 Leaves’ Eyes “Sign of the Dragonhead”

2017  The Dark Element “The Dark Element

2016 Epica “The Holographic Principle”

2015 Leaves’Eyes “King of Kings”

2014 Savn “Savn”

2013 Leaves’ Eyes “Symphonies of the Night”

2012 Delain “We Are The Others”

2011 Nightwish “Imaginaerum”

2010 ReVamp “ReVamp”

2009 Leaves’Eyes “Njord”

2008 Mindattsol “Nordyls”

2007 Nightwish “Dark Passion Play”

2006 Angtoria “God Has a Plan For Us All”

2005 Leaves’Eyes “Vindland Saga”

2004 Nightwish “Once”

2003 Evanescence “Fallen”

2002 Nightwish “Century Child”

2001 Lacuna Coil “Unleashed Memories”

2000 Nightwish “Wishmaster”

1999 Lacuna Coil “In A Reverie”

1998 Nightwish “Oceanborn”

1997 Nightwish “Angels First Fall”

Some are going to claim Evanescence,  and Lacuna Coil are more Gothic  Metal than Symphonic Metal.  Symphonic Metal has its roots in Celtic Frost for it’s first era, and the 3rd and The Mortal for it’s current era, and of course. Celtic Frost and 3rd and The Mortal, are progenitors of more than 1 genre. Lacuna Coil stated the never heard of the Gathering even if they were in the same Fanzines, and Century Media “Identy” Various Artists Complilations. And Lacuna Coil stated more than once they are just straight-up “Metal”but list influences from all-over the metal spectrum, and bands like Dreams of Sanity were killer in 1998, 1999 and 2000, but thought they had to much avant-garde /gothic in there asthetics.

 

Biography

LEAVES’ EYES – Music History

For more than a decade now, LEAVES’ EYES have been setting world history to music and undeniably, by doing so, have raced to the top of the symphonic metal tree.

With their new monumental epic “King Of Kings”, the band now further justifies their leading position as a compass in the genre and re-awakes the thousand-year legend of Norway’s first king, ‘Harald Fairhair’, in the process. Again this band prove their amazing talent of capturing sagas and legends of the past and truly making them come alive in the here and now. Welcome the Vikings!

LEAVES’ EYES has always been a band of superlatives: the international group has toured on five continents, playing concerts in more than 50 countries. Their live shows are spectacular events with breathtaking stage scenery, including a Viking ship or even the “Swords In Rock” monument from singer Liv Kristine’s home town. On their studio albums, the band has constantly followed the steps of classical composers from the past. Debut “Lovelorn” (2004) lead them first for subject matter, to Norway, home country of former vocalist Liv and full of myths and legends. The concept effort made the musicians’ wonderment at Scandinavia’s vast nature graspable and later this found its continuation with 2005’s “Vinland Saga”, whose story told of the Viking’s exploration of America and its result. The success was immediate, as the album (and its hit single “Elegy”) remained in the charts for four weeks. What’s more, from that point on all LEAVES’ EYES releases would follow that same tradition and achieve high chart positions, whether it was the orchestral metal opus “Njord” (2009), impressively remembering the Vikings’ exploration of all parts of the world, or the complex “Meredead” (2011), which delved into tales of Scandinavian legends, connected to life, death and the power of the ocean. LEAVES’ EYES effortlessly combine traditional folk, mystic sounds of the past and a symphonic orchestra with brutal, metal rawness, and this was no truer than when, for their 10th anniversary, the band released the highly-acclaimed “Symphonies of the Night”, an album which features all their traditional trademarks, turned into a sweeping metal opera.

Now LEAVES’ EYES lead us back in time to when Harald I was uniting Norway as one kingdom. With an almost cinematic intensity, the band has you see the battle of Hafrsfjord itself. “King of Kings” sounds as if film score composers Hans Zimmer and Richard Wagner themselves had collaborated on a soundtrack about the life of Norway’s first king with amazing results. The epic title track with its huge choirs (brought to you by the “London Voices” ensemble, who have famously worked on movie productions such as “Star Wars”, “Lord of the Rings” and “Harry Potter” amongst many) gives a perfect start to the saga. It’s a perfect match to the band’s ambitions and to the vision of producer Alexander Krull, who sonically lifts “King of Kings” to the level of these blockbuster productions. Whilst, under the guidance of ex – Rage guitarist Victor Smolski, the powerful White Russian Symphony Orchestra adds even more feel. Despite all this musical variety and epicness though, LEAVES’ EYES never lose their grasp for hits! Songs such as “The Waking Eye” and the massive “Halvdan the Black” (which is about Harald’s fateful father) will definitely become gothic/metal club hits…. And, the rousing hymn “Edge of Steel” sees two of the genre’s biggest stars join forces: Liv Kristine and guest singer Simone Simons (Epica) together leading us right onto the battlefields of Harald I himself……

“King of Kings” offers stylistic diversity everywhere you look; from folk rock and gentle tunes to symphonic, epic, heavy hymns; it’s an impressive display of the artists’ involved multifaceted qualities.

We could tell you more; a further highlight is the gigantic “Blazing Waters” (featuring Lindy- Fay Hella – Wardruna), which comes across as a musical vision of the decisive battle as real as anything you’ll hear on a record, whilst natural Celtic /ethnic elements and also percussion add an authentic feel to rockers such as “Vengeance Venom” and “Swords in Rock”, which will endear them equally to pagan and Viking metal fans alike.

“King of Kings” is without doubt truly music in wide-screen format, the band creating musical pictures which really make the whole era come alive.

Robert Suß

Line-up:

Elina Siirala – Vocals



Alexander Krull – Vocals


Thorsten Bauer – Guitar, Bass

Pete Streit – Guitar
—-photo credit Ton Dekker (C)(P)(TM)—


Joris Nijenhuis – Drums

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEAVES’ EYES SELECT DISCOGRAPHY

 

Lovelorn

August 17th, 2004

TOP 100 HEAVY METAL ALBUMS OF 2004

 

Viland Saga

May 30th, 2005

TOP 100 HEAVY METAL ALBUMS OF 2005

SYMPHONIC HEAVY METAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

TOP 20 SYMPHONIC HEAVY METAL  ALBUMS OF ALL-TIME

 

We Came with the Northern Winds/ En Saga i Belgia

February 27th, 2009

TOP 100 HEAVY METAL ALBUMS OF 2009

 

Njord

August 26th, 2009

TOP 100 HEAVY METAL ALBUMS OF 2009

SYMPHONIC HEAVY METAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

TOP 20 SYMPHONIC HEAVY METAL ALBUMS OF ALL-TIME

 

Meredead

April 22nd, 2011

TOP 100 HEAVY METAL ALBUMS OF 2011

 

Symphonies of the Night

November 15th, 2013

TOP 100 HEAVY METAL ALBUMS OF 2013

SYMPHONIC HEAVY METAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

 

Kings of Kings

September 11th, 2015

TOP 100 HEAVY METAL ALBUMS OF 2015

SYMPHONIC HEAVY METAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

 

Sign of the Dragonhead

January 12th,  2018

TOP 100 HEAVY METAL ALBUM OF 2018

SYMPHONIC HEAVY METAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

TOP 20 SYMPHONIC HEAVY METAL ALBUMS OF ALL-TIME

 

 

 

 

 

Leaves’ Eyes KILLER CONTACTS 

https://www.facebook.com/leaveseyesofficial

 

http://www.leaveseyes.de/

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/LeavesEyesOfficial?user=LeavesEyesOfficial&gl=DE

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sydney Dolezal – Vocals | Alex Snowden – Guitars | Nicole Rich – Bass | Meghan Herring – Drums

Doll Skin: a revved up rock n’ roll’ band from the desert of Phoenix, Arizona who have split the difference between rock, punk, and pop, and even utilize some metal influences. After being touted by the press with their 2015 debut EP as some kind of a millennial second coming of The Runaways, vocalist Sydney Dolezal, guitarist Alex Snowden, bassist Nicole Rich, and drummer Meghan Herring went on to destroy expectations, showing the world that pure rock fury has no age requirement.
The band went into their collective career as teenagers. Hitting the road and lighting up stages with the likes of Metal Allegiance, The Dead Kennedys, DRI, Social Distortion, Otep, Lacey Sturm, Fire From the Gods, Hellyeah, Escape the Fate, Stitched Up Heart, One Eyed Doll and more, appearing on Shiprocked 2016 and 2018, even testing nationwide territory on several runs as a headlining act.
After meeting at the Phoenix School of Rock in 2013, the young band came to the attention of Megadeth bassist, David Ellefson, who took them under his wing, and together they pursued a collection of West Coast dates. 2015 saw the release of EP In Your Face, through Ellefson’s own imprint EMP Label Group, distributed via Megaforce Records (also known as the launching pad for legendary big 4 thrash bands Metallica and Anthrax and many more.) and Cargo Records in Europe. Followed by the release of their full-length, 2016’s IN YOUR FACE (AGAIN), produced by Megadeth bassist, David Ellefson.
Doll Skin’s colorful brand of hard rock has garnered massive worldwide press and airplay through four singles, “Family of Strangers”, “Wring Me Out”, “Let’s Be Honest”, and “Furious Fixation”, including two months of repeat spins on Rodney on the Roq on the World Famous KROQ, grabbing rotation and winning cage matches all over the US, topping playlists in Japan, and finding a home on playlists across Europe and the US, with the album being most added at CMJ Metal Radio-twice!
The band made an appearance in AP Magazine’s 2016 list of “7 of the Best Rising Bands Under 21”, and winning STONE CHROME RADIO’s LISTENERS CHOICE AWARD for “Female Fronted Band of the Year”, and launched 2017 with the driving force of a new full length album, MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL. Followed by performances on the West Coast dates of the 2017 VANS WARPED TOUR, Doll Skin wraps up the year with a spot on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream Rock Indicator chart, big plans for 2018, and no intentions of slowing down.

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Doll Skin Discography


 

 

Doll Skin * In Your Face 

October 30th, 2015 

North America/ Canada 

December 18th, 2015

Europe 

Doll Skin * In Your Face (Again) 

April 15th, 2016 

Doll Skin * Manic Pixie Dream Girl 

June 16th, 2017