Mothersloth is a Madrid-based band, started in 2008. Original members were Oscar on drums, Alvaro – guitars, Rafael – vocals, and Jackie – guitars.

They recorded some demos in their rehearsal space to send to a festival, and later on edited these recordings with the title Death Flowers ( 2009).

Then Rafael left, and the band started writing songs in a different direction, perhaps a wider approach, some of them have remained instrumental, such as Holy Wall and Death Flower.

With Rolando F on vocals, Gerald on bass the band started playing around the Madrid venues. The debut show was on 14 April 2011 opening for La Dolorosa.

They played with some other bands such as Cherry But No Cake (UK), Pura Muerte, Craneon, Teething, Dawn To Dusk, Orthodox, until the beginning of 2012. Right before getting into the studio to do some good quality recordings, they decided to replace the singer, and called Fernando Polvaredo from local band Fungus to do the job.

They called this collection Hazy Blur Of Life, consisting of four songs, namely Pile Of Fortune, Goliath, MotherSloth and Supersun. It was edited in 2013 by Dooom Records, a small label in Peru.

Soon after the completion of the first EP, the band lost the singer. They then decide to focus in the instrumental songs they had been writing along the years, and started recording the second effort, Moribund Star, consisting of 5 songs .

They got back to two guitars adding Dani on guitars, and found Alex who would be the new singer and bass player.

In the band’s sound you can find several influences,70′s inspired sounds combined with heavy guitar riffs and open chords, in order to give each song the sound they need.

First band EP, released December 2012 via bandcamp.

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KILLCODE is a five piece band based in New York City. Their unique sound is a product of their diverse influences and has been described as “Southern infused Metal / Rock with modern vocals”. KILLCODE’s songs are hooky super charged sing along Anthems with BIG Guitars and Driving Rhythms’.

Forming in 2008, vocalist Tom Morrissey and guitarist Chas laid the foundation with a couple of songs they recorded at Chas’ home studio. After recruiting long time musical companion Erric Bonesmith on bass guitar, KILLCODE found its final form with the addition of Pat Harrington on guitar and Rob Noxious on the drums.

With all members coming from established projects prior to KILLCODE, the band quickly raised eyebrows and landed on bills with the likes of Godsmack & Sevendust. KILLCODE also provided main support to Brett Scallions on the Re Fueled East Coast tour.

Since their inception, the band has released “To Die For”, a six song EP released at the end of 2008 and a second six song EP,“Taking it All” released in 2010. Both EP’s charted well nationally and gained the band critical acclaim worldwide. The song “Breaking Away”, off of To Die For, was featured in the inspirational documentary, DRESSED, Directed by David Swajeski and starring fashion designer Nari Manivong.

In 2012, they entered the studio once again with Juno nominated producer, Stacy O’Dell, who produced both EP’s, to record the full length, twelve song effort titled, “KILLCODE”.

The Album charted in the #2 position for the week of 8/18/12 on BILLBOARD Mid-Atlantic Heatseekers Charts.

CME records recently re-released the Album via Mega force/Sony Red with two bonus tracks which will extend the bands reach even further

The band has enjoyed an ever growing fan base has headlined and sold out marquee venues such as New York City’s Gramercy Theater, Bowery Ballroom and Irving Plaza.

KILLCODE is at the top of their game and they are not showing any signs of slowing down.

KILLCODE – Anthems for Outlaws!

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The Beckoning

“The Beckoning” is an Extreme Progressive/Gothic Metal band from Edmonton,Alberta,Canada that fuses the aggression of Extreme Metal with the majestic ambience of Gothic music and the eccentricity and odd song structures of progressive Rock/Metal.Founded by Meghann and Roy Turple and joined together with guitarist/bassist Eldon Loewen, the trio combine their influences together in a songwriting formula that is both unorthodox and organic.

Originally started as a Gothic/Doom Metal band “The Beckoning” has evolved into a more progressive unit,leaving behind the more straight ahead approach that was heard on their earlier releases.Merging influences from 70′s Prog Rock such as Rush,Pink Floyd and early Genesis with a myriad of Extreme Metal bands and Goth Rock/Metal acts such as Saviour Machine and Virgin Black the trio feel like they have found their stride and a sound that most adequately expresses their musical aspirations.

The band looks forward to releasing “Megiddo” – the upcoming album tentatively set for release in late 2014 which promises to deliver their love for all things raw,extreme,and progressive.

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Road Not Taken

Road Not Taken was founded in 2011 by guitarist and singer Chris Weinhardt and drummer Benjamin Lindner in Eichwalde, Germany (a small city close to Berlin). Playing together for over 10 years in several bands of various genres it was easy to close to line-up with bass player Florian Valentin and the second vocalist Nico Hentschel.

The music consists of many different parts and has more than once been described as soundtrack-esque by listeners. A mixture between classic Metal and fast modern Progressive styles is essential in almost every song. Odd time instrumental parts intertwine with catchy vocal lines and melodies.

Road Not Taken performed in various German cities as well as in Prague for a special metal show case. The debut album “From Now On To Nowhere” was released in 2013 and will be succeeded by the follow-up EP “The Broken Clock” in spring 2014. The EP contains a more diverse vocal range with the addition of growls and screaming.






JOFRO-HEMA is a band on the danish rock scene. The instrumentation: Vocal, guitar, bass, keyboards and drums.
The lead singer is the Faroese “Fro”, whereas the others are from Denmark. All of the band members have many years of experience in rock music.

JOFRO-HEMA has these past few years written and rehearsed all new songs and are now ready to play them for the public.

JOFRO-HEMA plays progressive rock with many influences. These influesces come from all the members because they all participate in the creativite process of making music in the rehearsal studio.

JOFRO-HEMA is not affraid to challenge the audience with its compositions that “change direction” and surprise with untraditional rythms and chord lines.

JOFRO-HEMA is a pronounced live band that vil create great dynamics and big sound on the stage.

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Celluloid Winter

Celluloid Winter is a two-man project that began nearly 3 years ago around early 2011. Inspired by a multitude of artists such as Pink Floyd, Blackfield and NIN, Celluloid Winter’s Nate Hammer and John Garcia dabble in melodic, progressive and art rock.

Fueled by dreamlike images and stories, Celluloid Winter’s first EP is a sample of a near completed concept album. Currently pressing forward with a full  album, Garcia and Hammer write, perform, record and mix everything in their home  studios (mastering done by Kent Verderico at Blue Ribbon Studios). Eager to share their music and stories, Celluloid Winter continues to work on a full length album aiming to release it alongside corresponding imagery and videos 2014.

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Vie Jester

Heavy and harmonious electric riffs, melodic vocal harmonies, and progressive grooves create the massive sound that is Vie Jester. Generating comparisons to monster rock groups such as Tool and Alice In Chains, this L.A. based band brings forth a unique and ambitious take on three piece rock music. Inspired by socially important issues and esoteric teachings, they vie to incorporate important messages within their lyrics. Vie Jester: a modern power trio that flexes the artistic side of hard rock.

Stolen Memories

Stolen Memories

In 2007, Baptiste Brun (guitar) and Antoine Brun (drums) decided to form a progressive metal band. They successfully recruited some musician friends of theirs, including Najib Maftah (lead singer), Mathieu Banchet (bass guitar) and Sebastien Cenci (keyboard).

The newly founded quintet quickly elaborated their style and repertoire in order to promote their music. Before recording an album, Sebastien Cenci left the band and was replaced by Alexis Armion.

In 2010, the band started working on their first album in a studio setting. With the album finished, Stolen Memories realised its first
opus, with the help of Olivier Didillon (producing) and Alex Borel (mastering) : « The Strange Order » was born.

After making efforts to promote the album, Pervade Productions signed Stolen Memories on October 10th of 2010. « The Strange
Order » received favorable reviews and critical acclaims. Shortly after, Alexis Armion left the band and Basptiste Brun took back the
keyboard parts of the next album.

Determined to maintain the momentum, Stolen Memories started working on its second album, in order to further fine-tune its sound
and identity. By the end of 2011, the keyboard parts were recorded in a studio with the collaboration of Thomas Nemer. In the begining
of 2012, the quartet recorded « Blind Consequence » in Warm Audio Studio, with the support of Alex Borel and Chris Arnaud, and
with mastering by Mathieu Monnot in Eyemat Studio.

In March, 2013, Stolen Memories second album « BLIND CONSEQUENCE » is available on Brennus Music.

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Ethereal Riffian

ETHEREAL RIFFIAN was formed in summer of 2010. After spending several years and experimenting with different musical styles, they have found sonic vibrations that sound in unison with ER’s collective consciousness. “Shaman’s Visions”, the debut work of ER, was released in 2011 and the result of the long search.

Exactly one year later, the next release “Dkyil Khor (Sand Mandala)” was added to the band’s discography. The twenty-minute meditational single was written for one of the expositions of the Arsenale-Biennale 2012 exhibition, which was devoted to the transience of time and the search of self.

The second full-length album called “Aeonian” is the band’s most mature work, which unites all the best talents of its members. The eponimous book merged as a result of their intention to fully disclose the ideas and concepts of the album. While working on the narrative, ER realized that from now on books would become an integral part of the band’s creative work, for they let reinforce the images created by the music and inculcate them in the consciousness of the listeners.

The band’s activity has two main objectives: to compose unconventional music, which is able to expand the frames of the listener’s musical perception, and to shed light on the existence of a subtler plane, whose laws if understood properly may help to perceive the reality on a deeper level. In order to achieve the abovementioned goals, ER diligently work on each new release. That is exactly why the ones who get acquainted with the creative work of ER need to be very attentive.

“We sincerely hope that the message carefully integrated in our music is able to induce our listeners, and now our readers as well, to open up the new facets of existence and kindle the light of their true self, which will not dim even in the darkest nooks of Sheol.”

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Bugra Sisman

Bugra Sisman started playing guitar when he was 12. After taking guitar classes from Ceyhun Saklar when he was 14, he went into Istek Belde Fine Arts high school.

When he graduated from this high school in 2005,  he got accepted to Middlesex University’s Ba Music Performance department.

In this school, he worked with the famous guitarist, Timothy Walker. He also worked on performance techniques with Raeneda Machie. He had the chance to work with one of England’s most famous composers Dr Francois  and Dr Peter Fribbins.

He graduated from this University in the year of 2005, and he went back to Turkey.  While he continues his work on stage and studio, he also gives private lessons on his own and at some private institutions.

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