Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

This weeks comment is from:

Ericka P.

Hello there I am so thrilled I found your webpage, I really found you by error, while I was searching on Aol for something else.  Anyhow I am here now and would just like to say thanks for a marvelous post and a all round exciting blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to look over it all at the moment, but I have saved it and also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read much more, Please do keep up the excellent job.

Thank you so much Ericka.  I really appreciate you taking the time to look at my blog.  Come back anytime, there’s always something new going on here.  Thanks again.

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Melodic Death Metal Bands From Around the World…..

My HeadBangers, this week it was brought to my attention in a metal magazine that a writer had said of an American band,”Who needs Swedish Melodic Death Metal with this band.”   I will chalk that statement up to pure ignorance or ass kissing ok.  First off, and I have to get this off my chest, most Nordic and European bands are not played on your local RADIO STATION, so if you do hear them it is rare.  Secondly maybe you will hear them if a fan of theirs just happens to be in your town and turns you on to them.  This blog brings METAL MUSIC from all over the world from India, Moldova, Poland, Italy, Germany, UK, USA, I will stop there, to many to list, read the weekly update.  But, I am going to take the next couple weeks to introduce you again to MELODIC DEATH METAL worldwide, THRASH, FOLK, and how about some BLACK DEATH METAL to top it off.  Like I have always said, “What speaks to me may not speak to you and vice versa.”  Music is a personal choice, we don’t all like the same sound, but it doesn’t mean one is better than the other.  ALSO, I am not talking about the big bands, FFDP, Metallica, COB, etc.  These are bands that are trying to bring you their music and hope they make it, some even work daily like the rest of us.  SO, before you throw around dumb ass comments like this so called music journalist did, make your own decision, you could be missing out on some of the best music you have ever heard, not to mention genuine bands that care about what their fans say.  Below are some of my favorites, let me introduce you to some great MELODIC DEATH METAL BANDS from across the ocean.

Melodic death metal (also referred to as melodeath) is a subgenre of death metal that employs highly melodic guitar riffs, often borrowing from traditional heavy metal. The style originated and developed in Sweden (pioneered by At the Gates, Dark Tranquility  and In Flames) and the United Kingdom (pioneered by Carcass) around 1993. The Swedish death metal scene did much to popularize the style, soon centering in the “Gothenburg metal” scene.

AND what does that say, The Swedish death metal scene did much to popularize the style.  So now what do you have to say mister MUSIC JOURNALIST???

1)  BRHG (Bloodred Hourglass) Melodic Death Metal, Finland – “Waves of Black”

I have seen these guys in person, and they will give you the chills I kid you not.  Jarkko Koukonen will just kill you, he commands the stage and pulls that last growl vocal from deep inside his soul.  It is a gig you will never forget.  They’re on the blog, check them out.

2)  SHADECROWN, Melodic Death Metal, Finland  –  “Led Astray”

3)  AEPHANEMER –  Melodic Death Metal – France  – ” Unstoppable”

I have to mention my HeadBangers out of all 88 weeks of bands this one is the most watched, and that says something doesn’t it.

4)  PARASITE INC – Melodic Death Metal – Germany – “The Pulse of the Dead”

I just love these guys they are so bad ass, but then all my bands are.

5)  Astralborne – Melodic Death Metal – Toledo, Ohio USA – “Eternity’s End”

And there we have it my HeadBangers, 5 of the best Melodic Death Metal Bands.  They are all on the blog so check them out.  Of course there are more than 5 on here, listen to the music, all the same but all with a little different something, listen for it you will hear it.

And the the MUSIC JOURNALIST who made the comment, KMA, I truly love all the bands on the blog.  Each one is fantastic, each one has something to say, so listen and expand your horizon buddie, cause really I don’t think you even have a clue what’s out here.  We HeadBangers and MetalHeads are a family, we do not disrespect our bands.

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Week 88 – Hinayana Band

Welcome my HeadBangers, from Austin, Texas, the Melodic Death/Doom Metal Band:                                               HINAYANA

“The Window”

Ok my HeadBangers, they have a great sound, however, these growl vocals are over powered by the music.  Growl vocals have to dominate the stage, but let’s see as we move on what’s in store.

“Cold Conception” 

Ok this is there new song just released on July 7, 2020.  You can hear the vocals better and not over powered by the music, everyone has an off day.

Let’s check out some bio on these guys:

Hinayana is a melodic metal band from Austin, Texas.  Hinayana was originally created as a one man project by Casey Hurd (who wrote and recorded the entire “Endless” demo/EP).  Casey has molded Hinayana into the full line up it is today, releasing Order Divine in 2018. 

They combine dark, brooding riffs with soaring melodic passages of guitars and key to create their unique, atmospheric sound.

I would like to know how they came up with this name Hinayana,

I wish I could give you more information on them, but there’s not that much out here and my attempts to contact them failed.  So this is all I have.  Let’s meet the band.

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Casey Hurd – All instruments, Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards

Daniel Vieira – Drums

Erik Shtaygrud – Guitars

Michael Anstice – Keyboards

Matt Bius – Bass

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“Order Divine”

My Thoughts:

Every one of my HeadBangers know I am 100 percent about the growl vocals.  I hate to say this but I can’t make out anything that is being sung, the music is great and the growl vocals are low and raw but just can’t understand anything, and it’s English not like some of the bands on the blog that do Melodic Death Metal, which is my thing.  I believe them to have the talent to succeed, they have been around since 2014, so I think they need to work on the vocals and get a good bio.  But that’s just my thoughts, like I always say what speaks to me may not speak to you and vice versa..

Well HeadBangers, that’s it for this week.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..

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Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

This weeks comment is from:

Alan W.

Spot on with this write-up, I actually believe this amazing site needs a lot more attention.  I’ll be back again to read more, thanks for the info!!

Thank you so much Alan.  Pass the word around it is appreciated.  Come back anytime.

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UPDATE: Lukasz Lukasik -Gorillaz – El Manana – Drum and Bass Cover

My HeadBangers, catch the below cover by Gorillaz – El Manana and our own ex pirate Lukasz Lukasik.  We all know there are times that band members are call in a different direction, and so they venture out to test themselves.  Well, I for one find this collaboration a success.  Check it out.  Congratulations guys I hope there is more to come.  

Week 87 – VIIKATE

This week my HeadBangers there is no way I can pass on a band playing in fire.  Here’s something  a little different.  I was introduced to Viikate by my metal man a long time ago, I have watched their videos many times.  He, being the old roadie that he is, asked if I would add them to the blog.  How could I refuse.   So relax and enjoy, wait to you see who pops up in their video, I almost died.  Also, remember I do not attempt to even translate the music, songs are meant to be sung in their native language, and if you have ever tried to learn Finnish, trust me when I tell you so much would be lost in the translation, just enjoy it, it is a beautiful language, even if I only know the bad words.

So please welcome, from Kouvola, Finland, VIIKATE

“Viina, Terva & Hauta”

In case you didn’t notice my HeadBangers, that creepy blonde with the nice ass is no other then Anttie “Hyrde” Hyyrynen  the lead vocal and guitar player and one of the best hair moshers in the world, from my first Finnish Metal band that I still love “Stam1na”. 

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“Hyrde”

I know surprise right but, even our metal bands have to unwind sometime and this video is so great.  I saw Stam1na at Tuska 2019 and they do not disappoint.  See the blog on Tuska 2019 I have some video of them on it.

“Petäjäveräjä”

My HeadBangers are you thinking what I’m thinking, “Pulp Fiction”!!

Let’s see some bio on these guys:

Viikate (“Scythe” in English) is a Finnish Rock band from Kouvola, formed in 1996. The band is known for its melancholic lyrics, drawing inspiration from Finnish romance movies of the 1950’s and Finnish singers of the era, including Reino Helismaa. Their style has been variously described as “Helismaa-metal,” “wire metal,” and “death schlagers.” The band began with Kaarle and Simeoni Viikate who remained the only members of the band until 2001, when Arvo and Ervo joined. The band’s most well-known hits are Pohjoista viljaa (Northern Crops), Eienkeleitä (No Angels) and Viina, Terva & Hauta (Booze, Tar & The Grave).

Kaarle and Simeoni got the idea of starting the band when watching Lyijkomppania’s last concert.

“Sysiässä

Let’s meet the band:

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From left to right:

Ervo Viikate (Erkka Koskinen) – Bass, Vocals

Arvo Viikate (Ari Taiminen) – Guitar, Vocals

Simeoni Viikate (Simo Kairistola) – Drums

Kaarle Viikate (Kalle Virtanen) – Vocals, Guitar

“Eräs Kaunis Päivhttps”

Here’s a bit of history on their home town:

Kouvola is still known as one of Finland’s largest railway junctions. Contemporary large-scale industry began in the 1870s, when the first mechanical pulp mills started up. At that time the engineer Hugo Neuman founded the first groundwood mill, at Verla in 1872.  See my HeadBangers, if you look you can always find history,  and some interesting history at that.

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My Thoughts:

First off, I have to say I’m so happy to see Hyrde hanging out with these guys.  Their music is so different from each other, but look at these two smiling faces.  You gotta love them.  Kaarle has a great voice, and even though I love my growl vocals, every once in awhile you just want something a little different.   And different is what you get with Viikate.  I love their videos, aside from being so well scripted they are also funny and no matter your mood you can’t help but smile and maybe even a little laugh will slip out.  Remember there is metal in everything HeadBangers.

Well that’s it for this week HeadBangers.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  Until then don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..

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Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

This weeks comment is from:

Amado M.

Pretty nice post.  I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I’ve really enjoyed surfing around your blog posts.  After all I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!

Thank you so much Amado.  There is a new band every week.  I post on Friday nights.  Come back anytime, and pass the word around it is appreciated.

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HELLO AND WELCOME TO TUSKA 2019

My HeadBangers as there was no Tuska 2020, I would like to revisit my first time there, last year for Tuska 2019.  I fell in love with the country and the people,  this was my experience that sent me into becoming the Ausländer, which is now a tattoo in Viking Runes on my neck, it is German for an Outsider, foreigner, immigrant, traveler.  and it was a term of endearment given to me and I will always be the Ausländer.   I will never forget Tuska and the people that are now part of my soul.

Well my headbangers, I have been told, “Where are you from”, “I’m from Kansas, USA, “Oh well you’re not in Kansas anymore”.  Perkele don’t I know it LMFAO.  They say TUSKA, according to Google and local people means, pain, distress, agony, and suffering.  Well believe me it is all those things and more.  Once you enter the arena it’s like crossing over the yellow brick road.  There is so much to see, hear, scream that it’s like sensory overload.  This is my first but not my last Tuska Festival.  I’m posting some videos of bands and pics of new friends made and hope to run into again.  Here we go, get ready for pure fire…..

Ok so it’s no big ass secret that I love my Amorphis, so that’s where I’ll start:

“My Kantele”

Amorphis is a Finnish heavy metal band founded by Jan Rechberger, Tomi Koivusaari, and Esa Holopainen in 1990. Initially, the band was a death metal act, but on later albums they evolved into playing other genres, including heavy metal, progressive metal, and folk metal. They frequently use the Kalevala, the epic poem of Finland, as a source for their lyrics.  Frankly, I don’t care what genre they play, Tomi is the KING OFF THE GROWL VOCALS, NO QUESTION AND THAT IS THAT.

Now on to a band called “The Cult of Luna”

Now before Stam1na, yes you heard me right Stam1na, I want to introduce you to some new friends.  You can sit down with a table full of people and the conversation will always lead to music and more information that I did not know.

Every person I met was so nice and helpful, like the first night when the Metal Man couldn’t find me. I swear it’s something new everyday but you know:

Here we go my Headbangers  – Stam1na – the best hair moshers on the planet.

 

There is so many great bands here, it’s just metal heaven.   

The Metal Man with that hair.

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One thing that impressed me the most was how people with disabilities were given their own area to view the bands.  These people really care about each other and no one is over looked.  Not even me a foreigner, I fell on my knee when I was at the country house the first week, one to many Long Drinks, and I can’t count the number of times I was told here sit, sit.  I love this place, metal people from all walks of life were there, from harbor workers to the tv personality, who never mentioned what he did, Metal people truly are one family.

More new metal friends, everyone talks to everyone no matter where you are from.  I met people from Japan as well as South America.  Finland is the center of the metal universe believe me.

Sunday, the last day of Tuska is kids day, ok I was like Kids day omg.  But nope here the Finnish have us beat again.  The kids have a couple of hours to come in and have their face painted like little mini me Belzebubs. Look lol.

The next generation of Headbangers, but they are learning from their family and friends about the metal music and the metal family where you are always welcomed and safe.  Then they grow up to look like these two, ready for the world, complete with the white eye contacts, I wanted the dragon eye myself.

Then the end to a great festival, the Tattoo, yes finally, after talking about it for months and months we did it and now it’s done.  PERKELE on the right for arm in Runes of course, I mean we are metal heads after all.  My new tattooist, did a great job, I’ll definitely be back cause you know I need my fire my headbangers.

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I have to say I wasn’t sure if I would make it through day 2, but I did.  Then day 3 came and then Tuska was gone till next year.  But I have great pics and videos to keep my company till the next festival, which in this part of the world could be anywhere at anytime.  Well my headbangers that’s it for this special edition, join me  next week for another band and another song.  Till then remember don’t stand to close to the fire if you cant handle the burn………….

 

Week 86 – LUMBERHEAD

My HeadBangers welcome, from Leipzig, Saxony (Germany):  LUMBERHEAD

The above photo was taken by Andreas Kiehne. Check out his FB page at https://www.facebook.com/blackmediaconcerts/

This is an interesting place to live, check it:

Leipzig has long been a major centre for music, both classical as well as modern “dark alternative music” or dark-wave genres. The Oper Leipzig  is one of the most prominent opera houses in Germany. Leipzig is also home to the University of Music and Theater. It was during a stay in this city that Friedrich Schiller wrote his poem “Ode to Joy”. The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, established in 1743, is one of the oldest symphony orchestras in the world. Johann Sebastian Bach is one among many major composers who lived and worked in Leipzig.  So these guys were born to play metal, it’s in their DNA.

“The Great Devourer”

“Sleep With Open Eyes”

Let’s look at some bio on these guys:

Since 2014 Lumberhead has been chopping their way through an undergrowth of neck breaking Grove, Death and Thrash Metal.  Rooted in bands like Lamb of God, Pantera, Crowbar, Motörhead, Mastodon, Gojira, The Haunted or Deserted Fear, Lumberhead’s live performances set the woods on fire.  With their self-titled debut album released on April 5, 2019,  they cut the deadwood out and left behind a deep swath of deforesting destruction.

I asked Per how they came up with the name Lumberhead and he told me:

To be honest:  In our founding days we’ve been looking for a name that combines our former musical influences like Machine Head oder MotorHead, with “wood-related” word.  That’s why we chose Lumberhead as the suitable band name.  Also Per said they have been working eagerly on their next album which will be released at the end of this year.  Furthermore we’ll release another video clip for one of our brand new songs.  We are also looking for a bigger label in order to take the next step.  Their next gig will take place on August 28th, details to follow. 

Let’s meet the band:

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Handsome looking bunch of HeadBangers aren’t they.

From Left to right:

Olli – Drums

Per – Guitar

Rich – Vocals

Theo – Bass

“Axethrower”

This song gets the blood running.  Love the beat and the growl vocals.

I’ve listed all the bands social media sites, check them out:

https://www.facebook.com/lumberhead/

https://lumberhead.bandcamp.com/album/lumberhead?fbclid=IwAR0qIw59iR-vj-LyPbab5Yz68lmj8jn1MhSQ0F_qAljSBLtcmr6cEMcooNY

https://www.instagram.com/lumberheadband/

Check them out on Spotify also.

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First off my HeadBangers, I have to give a big shout out, and thank you to Per Lümbersson, the guitar player and the man with the great hair, I kid you not, do I ever kid about the hair.  How did I find this terrific band, well I didn’t.  Per sent me a message on FB Messenger, telling me about the band and sent me a link to one of their songs.  I loved it the first time I heard it.  There are so many great bands in our metal family, and I do try to find them all, but it would be impossible, with that being said, if you have a band you can send me some info along with a link to your song and I will listen to it.  I am all about joining my HeadBangers from all over the world.  When you hear the music there are no barriers, no misunderstanding, we MetalHeads are just one big family.  Below is all my contact info, take the first step and let’s see what happens. 

Seriously check these guys out, their sound and those growl vocals get me every time.  I know we will be hearing a lot more about Lumberhead, how can we not.

Well that’s it for this week HeadBangers, join me next week for another band and another song.  Until then don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..

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Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

This weeks comment is from:

Vera F.

I’m really inspired with your writing talents as well as with the layout in your weblog.  Is this a paid subject matter or did you customize it yourself?  Either way keep up the excellent quality writing, it is rare to see a nice blog like this one nowadays.

Thank you so much Vera.  I customized it myself, just me.  It took awhile for me to come up with the way it looks now.  I played around with different things till I was happy with the results.  I always write exactly what I feel, some people don’t like it some do.  I will never write anything I don’t mean and that’s the truth.  Thanks again.

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Week 85 – NIDHOEGGR

My HeadBangers welcome from Bern, Switzerland, the Pagan Death Metal Band:

NIDHOEGGR

Pagan metal is a genre of heavy metal music which fuses extreme metal with “the pre-Christian traditions of a specific culture or region” through thematic concept, rustic melodies, unusual instruments or archaic languages”, usually referring to folk metal or black metal.

“Winters Wight”

Ok HeadBangers, I just got goosebumps listening to this holy shit.

“The Breeze”

This from the band:

This was made as part of a challenge initiated by the Metal Festival “Summer Breeze”. Bands were asked to create an original song to be put as music for the promotional video clips of the Festival. Needless to say we were up for it!

Let’s look at some bio on these guys, taken from their site:

Nidhoeggr was founded in the summer of 2009 and has since become an integral part of the Swiss folk metal scene. Since then, the six Bernese have been touring across Switzerland, playing as an opener for well-known bands such as ALESTORM and BLACK MESSIAH. In the fall of 2014, the popular folk metal band ENSIFERUM launched a competition for musicians. With the song “Swordbearer” Nidhoeggr managed to get the first place and won many new fans around the world. The debut album “Nach der Schlacht” was released in 2015 and was received very well by critics.

Nidhoeggr manages to combine harsh Death Metal with catchy keyboard melodies, always experimenting with different sounds. Through their multifaceted sound, the band creates a gloomy atmosphere, but can also whip up the mood with trollish party songs. For Nidhoeggr, this variety is an important part of their lyrical work as well. From song lyrics that immerse the listeners in the time of the Vikings, to socio-critical compositions, anything can be expected. With this unique way of making music, Nidhoeggr succeeds perfectly in blending the past and the modern.

“Desolation”

I really love this band, there’s just something about Death Metal and then throw in some pagan and there it is my HeadBangers, gotta love it.

Let’s meet the band of 6:

Left to right:

Janick – Rhythm Guitar

Janos – Lead Vocals

Lorenz – Clean Vocals & Keyboard

Left to right:

Thibault – Bass

Patrick – Drums

Nino – Clean Vocals & Lead Guitar

“Darkness Shall Live”

“My Thoughts”

Well my HeadBangers right off the top I’d like to mention Bern, Switzerland has many great bands, Abbath is also from there, check the blog they are on here too.  As all my HeadBangers know Melodic Death Metal is my thing, but add in some Pagan to it, well hell it works for me.  

I’ve dug around and found this on the meaning of Nidhoeggr, it is spelled this way and another way, but both mean the same.

Norse Myth Dragons represent the powerful forces of destruction and a great force of evil. Below we will introduce you three dragons that appeared in Norse mythology: Jormungandr, Nidhogg, and Fafnir.  

In Norse mythology, Níðhöggr (Malice Striker, traditionally also spelled Níðhǫggr, often anglicized Nidhogg) is a dragon/serpent who gnaws at a root of the world tree, Yggdrasil, he was eighty feet in length.  In historical Viking society, níð was a term for a social stigma implying the loss of honor and the status of a villain.

Who killed Nidhoggr:

In the end, the only ones left are two humans and a few gods including Odin’s brother Hoenir, Odin’s sons Vidar and Vali, Thor’s sons Modi and Magni. In one version of the story of Ragnarok Nidhogg is killed by Thor’s son Magni.

There is nothing better to me than a band with history and a great name taken from history or mythology.  So you know thought went into the name of this band. And I get the, Lord of the Rings, vibe with these guys on certain songs.  I love the growl vocals, they are deep and dark, I appreciate any singer that can master this as Janos has.  I have read so much on growl vocals and they date back to 850 BC, yeah that’s right, it’s not anything new, but you may see more about them here.  Listen to them, you have to be extremely good to be able to control your voice with tearing your throat out.   The sound of this band is one I can listen to for hours.

Nidhoeggr has one of the best websites I’ve seen.  Check it out for more on their music and gear.

http://www.nidhoeggr.ch

Well my HeadBangers that’s it for this week.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  Until then don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..

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Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

This weeks comment is from:

Elden A.

Thanks for your marvelous posting!  I seriously enjoyed reading it, you’re a great author. I will be sure to bookmark your blog and will come back later on.  I want to encourage you to definitely continue your great job, have a nice weekend!

Well Elden, thank you so much for the comment.  I don’t know about being a great author, but I do put everything into my metal, I try anyway.  Thanks again, stop by anytime and spread the word.

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