Weekly Band List

  • Week 123 – Mar 19 – Thy Kingdom Will Burn – Finnish Metal – Kouvola, Suomi
  • Week 122 – Mar 12 – Scythian Fate – Dark Progressive Thrash – Sydney/Melbourne, Australia
  • Week 121 – Mar 5 –  H.E.A.T. –  Hard Rock/Heavy Metal – Uppsland Väsby, Sweden              
  • Week 120 – Feb 26 – Temple Balls – Hard Rock – Finland
  • Week 119 – Feb 19 – Aeon of Awareness – Melodic Death Metal – Germany
  • Week 118 – Feb 12 – Vreid – Black Metal / Black n Roll – Sogndal, Norway
  • Week 117 – Feb 5 – Artilharia – Heavy/Melodic/Speed/Thrash Metal – Brazil
  • Week 116 – Jan 29 – This week was for Alexi, COB, Rip my dear HeadBanger
  • Week 115 – Jan 22 – Paradise Lost – Death/Doom/Gothic Metal – Halifax, West Yorkshire
  • Week 114 – Jan 15 – Wintersun – Power/Folk/Melodic Death Metal – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 113 – Jan 1 – Dark Tranquillity – Melodic Death Metal – Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Week 112 – Dec 25 – SepticFlesh – Greek Symphonic Metal – Athens, Greece
  • Week 111 – Dec 18 – Die From Sorrow – Melodic Death Metal – Beijing, China
  • Week 110 – Dec 11 – Fireproven – Progressive Metal – Finland
  • Week 109 – Dec 4 – Wolfheart – Winter Metal – Myrskylä, Finland
  • Week 108 – Nov 27 – Angelus Apatrida – Thrash – Albacete, Spain
  • Week 107 – Nov 20 – Gojira – Heavy Metal – Bayonne, France
  • Week 106 – Nov 13 – Enslaved – Prog/Black/Viking Metal – Sveio, Norway
  • Week 105 – Nov 6 –  Like A Storm – Metal – Auckland, New Zealand
  • Week 104 – Oct 30 – Firewind – Power/Heavy Metal – Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Week 103 – Oct 23 – Shiraz Lane – Rock – Vantaa, Finland
  • Week 102 – Oct 16 – The Agonist – Metal – Montreal, Canada
  • Week 101 – Oct 9 – Butcher Babies – Heavy Metal – Los Angeles, CA
  • Week 100 – Oct 3 – BaYaT – Alternative Rock – Novi Sad, Serbia 
  • Week 98 –  Sept 25 – Dirt – Rock – Heksinki, Finland
  • Week 98 –  Sept 18 – Unearth – MetalCore – Boston, Massachusetts
  • Week 97 –  Sept 11 – Stratovarius – Power Metal – Finland
  • Week 96 –  Sept 4 – SynlakrosS – Mel Death Metal – Valencia, Spain
  • Week 95 – Aug 28 – Striker – New Wave Heavy Metal , Canada
  • Week 94 – Aug 21 – Turisas – Metal –  Hämeenlinna, Finland
  • Week 93 – Aug 14 – Tyr – Metal – Faroe Islands (Part of Denmark)
  • Week 92 – Aug 7 –  After Release of EP – Interview with WuF, Kasperi Merilainen
  • Week 91 – July 24 – Review of EP – Wake Up Frankie – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 90 – July 17 –  SPECIAL ON THRASH METAL BANDS
  • Week 89 – July 13 – SPECIAL ON MELODIC DEATH METAL BANDS
  • Week 88 – July 10 –  Hinayana Band – Melodic Death/Doom – Austin, Texas
  • Week 87 –  July 3 –   Viikate – Rock/Metal – Kouvola, Finland
  • Week 86 – June 26 – Lumberhead – Metal – Leipzig, Saxony (Germany)
  • Week 85 – June 19 – Nidhoeggr – Pagan Death Metal – Bern, Switzerland
  • Week 84 – June 12 – Aetherian – Dark Melodic Death Metal – Athens, Greece
  • Week 83 – June 5 – Frosttide – Epic Dark Folk Metal – Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Week 82 – May 29 – Amthrya – Advantgarde Death Black Metal – Italy
  • Week 81 – May 22 – Suicidal Angels – Trash – Athens, Greece
  • Week 80 – May 15 – Heart of Jordan – Alter Metal – Lansing, Michigan
  • Week 79 – May 8 – Parasite, Inc. – Melodic Death Metal – Aalen, Germany
  • Week 78 – May 1 – Wake Up Frankie – Grove/Trash/Rock – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 77 – Apr 24 – Abbath – Black Metal – Bergen, Norway
  • Week 76 – Apr 17 – Entombed – Dark/Rock Death/Metal – Stockholm, Sweden
  • Week 75 – Apr 10 – Cruish-Nir – Gothic/Doom – Romania
  • Week 74 – Apr 3 – [Amatory] – MetalCore – St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Week 73 – Mar 27 – Njord – Viking Rock – Sandviken, Sweden
  • Week 72 – Mar 20 – Mystic Prophecy – Metal – Dortmund, Germany
  • Week 71 – Mar 13 – Astralborne  – Melodic Death Metal – Toledo, Ohio
  • Week 70 – Mar 6 –  Shakra – HardRock/Metal – Trub, Switzerland
  • Week 69 – Feb 28 –  The Browning – Metal – Kansas City, Missouri
  • Week 68 – Feb 21 –  Tempting Fate – Hard Rock/Metal – Los Angeles, California
  • Week 67 – Feb 14 –  Dynazty – Hard Rock/Metal – Stockholm, Sweden
  • Week 66 – Feb 7  –  Dreyelands – Melodic Progressive Metal – Budapest, Hungary
  • Week 65 – Jan 31 – HoundWolf – Heavy Metal – Witten, Germany
  • Week 64 – Jan 24 – Shadecrown – Melodic Death/Doom/Thrash Metal – Finland
  • Week 63 – Jan 17 – Sea of Treachery – Heavy Metal – Cincinnati, OH
  • Week 62 – Dec 21 – Immersed in Darkness – Black Metal – Brownsville, Texas
  • Week 61 – Dec 14 – Skälmöld – Metal – Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Week 60 – Dec 7  –  The Local Band – Rock – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 59 – Nov 30 – Re-Armed – Melodic Death/Thrash Metal – Kerava, Finland
  • Week 58 – Nov 23 – Ashen Crown – Metal – West Midlands, UK
  • Week 57 – Nov 16 – FEJD –  Swedish Folk – Trollhattan, Sweden
  • Week 56 – Nov 9 – Forever Still – Hard Rock/Metal – Copenhagen, Denmark – This is where it all started.  ONE YEAR AGO, THEY WERE THE FIRST LET’S REVISIT
  • Week 55 – Nov 2  –  Krigere Wolf – Black Death Metal – Catania, Sicily
  • Week 54 – Oct 26 – Aephanemer – Melodic Death Metal – Toulouse, France
  • Week 53 – Oct 19 – Infected Rain – Nu Metal/Nu Metalcore – Chișinău, Moldova
  • Week 52 – Oct 12 – The Veer Union – Hard Rock/NuMetal – Vancouver, BC
  • Week 51 – Oct 5 – Ligature Marks – Metal – Portland, Oregon
  • Week 50 – Sept 28 – AEolian – Metal – Palma, Spain
  • Week 49 – Sept 21 – Smorrah – Thrash/Death Metal – Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • Week 48 – Sept 14 – Beyond the Styx – Hardcore Metal – Tours, France
  • Week 47 – Sept 7 – Brackish Tide –  Metal – Somerset County, MD
  • Week 46 –  August 31 – Kryptos – Old School Heavy Metal – Bangalore, India
  • Week 45 – August 24 – Spyder Volt – Alternative Rock – Laredo, Texas
  • Week 44 –  August 17 – Descent of The ArchAngel – Underground Metalcore – US
  • Week 43 –  August 10 – Dark Messiah – Heavy Metal – Winnipeg, Canada
  • Week 42 –   August 3 – Arcsin -Modern Melodic Progressive Metal – Miami, FL 
  • Week 41 –  July 27 –  Methane Metal – Southern Thrash Metal – Sweden/Jersey
  • Week 40 –  July 20 –  Bloodred Hourglass – Melodic Death/Thrash – Mikkeli, FI
  • Week 39 –  July 13 –  Atarka – Metal – Birmingham, UK. 
  • Week 38 –  July 6   –  Silverbullet Band – Symp Heavy Metal – Riihimaki, Suomi
  • Week 37 –  June 29 –  Hammer Down Hard – New Age Hard Rock/Metal
  • Week 36 – June 22 –  Syth Glasgow – Old School Metal – Glasgow, Scotland
  • Week 35 –  June 15  – Virtues – Metalcore – Brisbane, Australia
  • Week 34 –  June 8  –  Vovkulaka  – Dark Angry Evil Metal – Odessa, Ukraine
  • Week 33 –  June 1  –  Executioner  – Hardcore Thrash – San Antonio, Texas
  • Week 32 – May 25 – Night Shadow – Power/Speed Metal – San Diego, California
  • Week 31 – May 18 – Primitive Machine – Rock, Dublin City, Ireland
  • Week 30 – May 11 – Daggerplay – Punk, R&R, Power Pop, Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 29 – May 4 –  Kalmo – Finnish Doom Metal – Kerava, Finland
  • Week 28 – April 27 – Repaid in Blood – Pure Fucking Geek Metal – San Jose, CA     
  • Week 27 – April 20 – Arch Enemy – Melodic Death Metal – Halmstad, Sweden 
  • Week 26 – April 13 – Falling Into Red – Hard Alter Rock – Pittsburg, PA
  • Week 25 – April 6 – Tulsadoom – Evil Barbaric Heavy Thrash – Vienna, Austria 
  • Week 24 – March 30 – Dream Troll – Old School Rock – Leeds, England
  • Week 23 – March 23 – The 69 Eyes – Goth & Roll – Helsinki Finland
  • Week 22 – March 16 – Ghost Season – Alternative Metal – Athens, Greece
  • Week 21 – March 9 – Vane – Pirate Melodeath Metal – Poland
  • Week 20 – March 2 – Ravenscroft – Rock – Orange, California
  • Week 19 – Feb 23 –  Love Machine – Heavy Rock – Milano, Italy
  • Week 18 – Feb 16 – Children of Bodom – Melodic Death Metal – Espoo, Finland
  • Week 17 – Feb 9 – 10 Gauge – Hard Rock – England, UK
  • Week 16 – Feb 2 – Everlit – Hard Rock – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Week 15 – Jan 26 – Victim of Illusion – Progressive Rock – Turin, Italy
  • Week 14 – Jan 19 – September Sky – Alternative Metal – Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Week 13 – Jan 12 – The Edge of Reason – Post Hardcore – Regensburg, Germany
  • Week 12 – January 1, 2019 New Years Day – The HU BAND – MONGOLIA
  • Week 11 – Dec 29 – Apocalyptica – Rock/Metal – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 10 – Dec 22 – Hidden Scars – Prog/Indus Metal – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Week  9 –  Dec 15 – In Hell – Black Death Metal – Lille, France
  • Week  8 –  Dec 08 – Fireproven – Prog Death Metal – Tampere, Finland
  • Week  7 – Nov 30 – Amon Amarth – Death Metal – Tumba, Sweden
  • Week  6 – Nov 23 – Chernobyls Uterus – Grindcore Metal – Pripyat, Ukraine
  • Week  5 – Nov 17 – Five Finger Death Punch – Metal – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Week  4 – Nov 10 – Universal Theory – Gothic Metal – Madrid, Spain
  • Week  3 – Nov 03 – Mawcore – Hard Rock/Metal – Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
  • Week  2 – Oct 27 – Sin7 Band – Heavy Metal – Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Week  1 – Oct 20 – Forever Still – Hard Rock/Metal – Copenhagen, Denmark

WEEK 120 – TEMPLE BALLS

My HeadBangers, welcome from Finland, the hard rock band:

Temple Balls

“Thunder From The North”

This band will get your blood moving in the morning no need for any coffee…..

“Off the Grid”

Listen to that bass, those guitars and drums, how can you not dig these guys!!!  Don’t get me started on the front man, not yet lol!!!!

Perkele, let me catch my breath, lmao.  Ok let’s look at some bio on these hard rockers, directly from them:

Temple Balls is an energetic hard rock band from Finland.

For the past couple of years Temple Balls has kept busy, both in the studio and on the stage. Opening for bands like Queen, Deep Purple and Uriah Heep they have proven to be more than able to handle big stages as well. Whether it be a big festival or your local club’s stage, the band will set your friggin’ pants on fire. Seriously I was thinking that but didn’t want to say it lmfao.

The first official single ”Hell And Feelin’ Fine” was released on September 1st 2016 and got loads of airtime on Finnish Radio Rock. The debut album was recorded at Karma Sound Studios (Thailand) on May 2016, and saw the daylight on February 24th 2017. ”Traded Dreams” was released via Finnish record label Ranka Kustannus whose captain is the founder of Spinefarm Records – the label behind such acts as Nightwish, Children of Bodom, etc.

“Hell and Feelin’ Fine”

After the release in Finland the album was put out in Germany on May 5th via SoulFood Music and December 15th in Japan via Ward records. The album was produced by Tobias Lindell, who is known for his collaborations with bands like Europe, Mustasch and H.E.A.T.

The fall of 2017 started with a sold-out tour across Finland with a big heavy metal magnet Battle Beast. Temple Balls also played in Japan for the first time, and did a 5-day tour of Ukraine in late 2017. In April 2018 the guys did a two week our across the Baltics and Eastern-Europe. After their first show in Japan the readers of the biggest rock magazine Burrn! voted TB as ‘the 2nd brightest hope’ and were chosen as ‘The newcomer of the year’ on Masa Ito’s Rock TV.

‘Kill the Voice’ was released on November 2nd 2018 and was the first official single from their second album. It got a good response immediately after its release and was put on a few big Spotify playlists.

“Kill The Voice”

For me I prefer gigs like this, in smaller places, it’s more intimate.  I’ve been to quite a few in Helsinki, COB, The Local Band, Bloodred Hourglass, Finntroll. and 69 Eyes.  It’s so much more personal, not that the festivals like Tuska aren’t great, but there’s a closeness you feel when you’re just feet away from your favorite bands and that’s the truth!

The second single ‘Distorted Emotions’ dropped on February 8th 2019 with a bang. The second album ‘Untamed’ was released March 8th and immediately got fantastic reviews from the music media such as Soundi and Burrn! magazines.  With the release of Untamed the group toured relentlessly in Finland, and most notably did a five week tour of Europe supporting the mighty power metal powerhouse Sonata Arctica. The Talviyö tour consisted of 16 countries, 27 cities and many legendary venues such as Electric Ballroom, London and Z7, Switzerland among many others.

Early 2020, touring continued with Sonata Arctica, now supporting them in Finland. Further into the spring, Frontiers records SLR signs Temple Balls to their ever growing catalogue of greatness, which includes acts such as Europe, Dokken and Whitesnake, just to name a few! Right before the pandemic hit the band did a two week tour of Europe again, now touring with Finnish acts Shiraz Lane and Block Buster.   You can see more on Shiraz Lane, see Week 103!

As of now, the group has finished recording their upcoming third album “Pyromide”, consisting of 11 all new, original tracks. As with Untamed two years earlier, the producer’s hat was once again worn by Jona Tee of H.E.A.T.  Pyromide is to be released in the spring of 2021 via Frontiers Records SLR along with a few singles.

Let’s meet the band, and my HeadBanging girls try to hold on to yourselves ok lmao…..

Antti Hissa – Drums

Jiri Paavonaho – Guitar

Arde Teronen – Vocals

Niko Vuorela – Guitar

Jimi Vänkangas – Bass

 
“My Thoughts”
 
First off the guys will be touring later this year with H.E.A.T., who will be on the blog next week, so don’t miss it.  Also I did ask how they came up with the name Temple Balls, you know I have a thing about History in a band and I just had a feeling.  Well the Bass Player, Jimi, had read Andy McCoy’s autobiography on Hanoi Rocks and saw it in the book.  They liked it so they went with it.  Well I have found the book and now I want to know what Temple Balls meant to them, you know there’s gotta be a meaning and you know I will find it one way or another lmao.  Well I found it, and as I know the story of Hanoi Rocks, I’m going to assume that this would be correct.  Temple Balls are known also as temple ball hashish, and have been created in regions of Nepal for 1000’s of years. This hashish is a whole plant concentrate, which when aged, produces a potent high along with a mixture of aromas.  It’s all over the net, they actually look like glossy round wooden balls, but they’re not lol.  A perfect name for a Band that will get you high on their music, they sure have me hooked.  I told you there was history here and there it is, you know this HeadBanger can find anything when I feel there is something more.  Seriously a great piece of history for this hot ass band.  I can’t end this without say something about the Frontman, Arde, yeah besides being a hottie put that aside, he has an incredible voice, I keep listening to it and watching how his energy just drives the band.  The best bands have frontmen that are pure fire and energy and have the crowd in the palm of their hand.  I have seen this many times when at gigs in Helsinki.  One example is Bloodred Hourglass, their frontman Jarkko Koukonen, when I saw them in Helsinki, I was frozen in place.  When I’m at a gig you won’t see me jumping around, I am way to busy observing, yeah I watch the band, the frontman, the crowd, how they react to the frontman.  Arde, like Jarkko, like all the great frontmen/frontwomen, have the crowd, they know what we want and they give it to us, and we love them for it.  I hope to see Temple Balls someday when all this Corona Madness is over.  And yeah I’ve already bought their music, its on my phone and I blast it first thing in the morning to get me going for another day at work.  So thank you guys, you are now part of the 10DegreesOfMetal Family, anything you need, I’m here, just let me know and it shall be done.  
 
Well my HeadBangers that’s it for this week, join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand too close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..
 
 
 

Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

This weeks comment is from:

Liam M.

An interesting discussion is worth comment.  I do think that you should write more on this subject matter, it may not be a taboo matter but usually folks don’t discuss these issues.  To the next!   All the best!!

Hey Liam, thanks for the comment.  If only you knew how many people want me to write more, lmao.  When I write “My Thoughts” on the bands, well it’s like anything people do, I may have 2 hours where I sit but nothing comes to me.  Then there are times that I can’t stop writing.  I am trying to give as much information on the bands as I possibly can and I promise I will start to write more on my thoughts.  Thanks so much Liam, send more HeadBangers my way…..

Nightshadow – Album Release – Feb. 26

My HeadBangers, Nightshadow, the power metal band from San Diego, California, will be releasing their new album February 26th via Rotted Brain Records.  They have given me the opportunity to hear and review the music before release.  They also are giving you a listen to what is coming.  I listened to this song, “Ripper”, and all I can say is OMFG give me more…..

https://www.dropbox.com/s/i2vmk3qj3a9i52a/03%20Ripper.mp3?dl=0

Nightshadow was on the blog Week 32, so for their story check it out.  I can say, I’m really loving this new album and I so appreciate them letting me hear it.    I wish you could hear what I’m hearing right now.  For all lovers of Power Metal, this album does not disappoint.  It’s high energy and will have you wanting more, and right now with all that’s happening in this world we need some upbeat, fast and up in your face music to help us make it through the day.   Check out “False Truths”, one of my favs.  There are 10 songs, one you have already heard above, so you have 9 to go.   I know my HeadBangers will dig everyone of them as much as I have.   Thank you so much guys for this sneak peek at what’s coming this week.  I’m really happy and excited for you, it’s so good.

Check Nightshadow out at:

Twitter:  @nightshadow619

FaceBook:  Nightshadow

Instagram:  Nightshadowoffical

This is what you get from a band that has:

 

WEEK 119 – AEON OF AWARENESS

My HeadBangers, it is my pleasure to welcome back to the blog, from Germany with my fav, Melodic Death Metal, Per Lümbersson,  also from Lumberhead, Week 86, check them out.  Listen to this and I’ll tell you more….

“Resignation”

Per, besides being a founding member of the band Lumberhead (see Week 86) decided in the winter of 2020 to start a new project called “Aeon of Awareness”.  Along with Meta List doing the vocals, and I might add these are some great growl vocals.  Deep, dark, they go right thru me.  All my HeadBangers know how I am with my growl vocals.  Listen to that voice, perfect.  Yes I know it’s in German, and I do not translate songs, ever, to me it takes away from the song.  Perfect with the instrumental part Per.

Per has said they are inspired by timeless heroes of the Gothenburg school as well as other death and black metal bands.  

FYI my HeadBangers,  Gothenburg is a city in Sweden that started the death metal sound in the 1990’s it has a large melodic death metal scene, while Stockholm is known for its more raw death metal scene.  I know that some of the sound was created by using  detuned electric guitars and  Heavy Metal pedals.  Really I don’t know much about how they make it, I just enjoy the end result.  But, if you want to know more there’s plenty of info on the web about it.  I’m sure you can also ask Per, he’s on Facebook and Instagram “Aeon of Awareness”.  

Here they are, Meta on the left, Per on the right.

I am looking forward to more from these guys.  Let’s have some feedback, I know they would like to know what all my HeadBangers think.  Me, well I think they are fire….

Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

This weeks comment is from:

Jacinto S.

After exploring a number of the articles on your website, I honestly like your way of writing a blog. I saved it to my bookmark site list and will be checking back soon. Please visit my website too and tell me how you feel.

Thank you for the kind words.  I will visit your website and let you know what I think.  Thanks again for taking the time to leave a comment, I really appreciate it.

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