Bands

Bands

STAB
Since 2006
8 European tours (with dirty fingers, planey, words of concrete,...)
Kortrijk H8000 85-Hardcore
Part of the ONE LIFE ONE CREW family
https://www.facebook.com/STAB85HC/
KOMAH
Belgians from Komah are distinguished by their modern metal, aggressive and powerful without denying their grooviest origins. Their debut album Straight Line, released in 2009, will provide access to the largest Belgian festival of 2012. The group plays dates upon dates and begins a European tour in the company of a colossus that no longer needs to submit: Pro-Pain.
Fall 2012, Komah moves up a gear higher by releasing Between Vice and Virtue recorded and mixed by Charles Deschutter @ Rec n' Roll Studio. The groove is always at the rendez-vous, but the rage of compositions immediately conquered the most audiophile discerning audience. Add to that the support of Gary Meskil and Adam Phillips - respectively singer and guitarist of Pro-Pain - which appear on the album, and you get a more explosive cocktail of metal!
Clearly, both on your stereo, your i-Pod or in a concert hall, Komah's power and surgical precision make you addicted!
http://www.komah.net
CRIPPER
Cripper convince with their enthralling mix of old-school and modern Thrash Metal. Served with technical refinement and a lot of groove, they kick ass while being varied and distinct.
Since their founding in 2005, the guys and gal from Hanover left their marks as being a rousing live band, carrying the audience with dashing songs and sweaty shows.
On tours with Overkill and Onslaught, Cripper spread their virus throughout Europe.
Once a big festival got infected, they gladly book the band repeatedly. Therefore Cripper played several times on festivals like Summer Breeze, Wacken Rocks, Metalfest and Rockharz Open Air. But there's even more - boarding the well-known 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise ship from Miami twice, playing the Brutal Assault festival in Czech Republic, shows at the Bang Your Head, in Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Austria, Switzerland and being invited to enter the stage of the Slovenian Metaldays 5 (!) times let Cripper gain international recognition and a continuously growing fanbase.
So far Cripper have released four studio albums and with that formed their distinctive style. Especially on their current album "Hyena", Cripper sound mature and show an exuberant joy of playing.
The creative works of this highly motivated selfmade-team is always showing through in three different aspects: the album artworks, merchandise and so far four complex and artistic music video productions, that the band has self-produced from A to Z.
Having been exposed to CRIPPER at Metaldays 2013, Metal Blade Records will release the upcoming 4th album "Hyena" which is expected for a November release. Giving CRIPPER an extra boost as they march into the future!
http://www.cripper.de
CONORACH
Conorach is a Power Metal band from Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Their music combines the energy of Metal with the melodies of traditional European folk music into an explosive mix with a progressive touch. As modern bards, their lyrics tell tales of historical adventures, epic battles and the merits of individual heroes. This leads to a combination of elements that will appeal not only to fans of traditional Heavy Metal, but also to fans of a more modern sound.
Conorach released their demo, entitled "A New Day Rising" back in 2006. After a period of many gigs their first full-length album "Tales from the Tavern" was released in 2008. In 2010 the free downloadable EP "42 Days/Patriot Song" was released.
The band is known for its energetic and dynamic shows. Since 2006 they have shared the stage with renowned acts such as Rage, Freedom Call, Lord Volture, Roadkill, Heidevolk and Eluveitie. Furthermore, the band has twice played a fully acoustic show.
After a successful tour in Czech Republic and several gigs including Occultfest, Conorach released their second full-length album "Through the Ages" on the 7th of March 2014.
http://www.conorach.nl/
LORD VOLTURE
LORD VOLTURE are a Dutch heavy metal outfit in the tradition of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Iced Earth, led by vocalist David Marcelis. After an explosive take-off in 2010 with the release of debut album 'Beast Of Thunder' (feat. Jeff Waters of Annihilator) the band rapidly rises to find themselves in the frontier of Dutch Heavy Metal.
With their sophomore release 'Never Cry Wolf' (feat. Sean Peck of Cage) in 2011 the band set their definitive style while increasingly gaining recognition everywhere they're heard. The album thunders through the global metal community and reviewers worldwide count the album among the best releases of 2011. This massive exposure opens doors to many festivals and support slots and, as a result, LORD VOLTURE have shared the stage with Primal Fear, Firewind, Tim Ripper Owens, Blaze Bayley, Vicious Rumors, Tygers Of Pan Tang, Tokyo Blade, Enforcer and numerous others, while touring through the larger part of Europe.
A new head-on LORD VOLTURE metal album entitled "Will To Power" was released in September 2014 on Mausoleum Records. The album contains 9 killer songs and a guest appearance by former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland. Sharper than ever, the band are ready to unleash their third chapter of high-pitched power vocals and mind boggling guitar solos onto the world. For all who bear a heart of steel, LORD VOLTURE is a definite MUST!
http://www.lordvolture.com
THURISAZ
Thurisaz began as a quartet in May 1997, with Peter on guitar and grunts, Mattias on guitar and screams, Pepijn on drums and Lars on bass. In 1999 Kobe joined on synths, an event that defined the sound of Thurisaz in the stages to come. After several demos, the band released it's first full-album Scent of a Dream in 2004. The album sums up the best Thurisaz has to offer: very variated, high standard avantgarde doom-metal with lots of emotion and depth. The reviews were really amazing and no one could really understand why this band hadn't been signed yet.
By that time their growing live reputation gained access across the borders, which finally resulted in a European tour with doomlegends Novembers Doom (US) and Saturnus (DK). Soon after the tour the band signed a labeldeal with Shiver Records, who will be releasing two albums.
In the winter of 2006 Thurisaz crashed the studio again to record their second masterpiece "Circadian Rhythm", which was released by Shiver in april 2007. The album was critically well acclaimed throughout the metalpress and confirmed the band's status as an upcoming European metaltalent. The band promoted the album as much as they can, with as highlights a US-and EU-tour and a spot on the prestigious Graspop Metal Meeting.
In 2011, with a the bassplayer Hannes and an endorsement by Mayones Guitars, Thurisaz released their third full-length "The Cimmerian Years". The album was once again recorded in the CCR-studio and is released by Sleaszy Rider Records.
Anno 2014, after a few line-up changes, Thurisaz has found a stable line-up once again with Nick Meganck on bass. Currently they're working on their fourth album, that should be released in the beginning of 2015.
http://www.thurisaz.be
ABSOLVA
Absolva is a British metal band, an inspired & modern take on the proud traditions of this genre. Formed in May 2012 by Chris Appleton & Martin McNee (both of Fury UK).
Chris & Martin had worked together since October 2007 as part of successful metal trio Fury UK, a band which had established itself at the forefront of the UK scene. From inception to May 2012, Fury UK, signed to Rocksector Records, released 3 albums, 1 EP & 1 DVD. The band also toured UK & Europe extensively as a headline act, played Bloodstock, Hammerfest & PPM Festivals, & toured as guests with Iced Earth, Saxon, Y&T, Michael Schenker & Blaze Bayley. When Fury UK bassist Luke Appleton (brother of Chris) joined American powerhouse metallers Iced Earth, Fury UK was put on hold whilst Chris & Martin decided to form Absolva. For background info on Fury UK visit www.furyuk.com
Bassist Dan Bate & 2nd lead guitarist Tom Atkinson joined & amid a wave of expectation a debut show was played at SOS Festival on 22nd July 2012 to a resounding welcome, closely followed by 4 shows in August with Iced Earth - Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow & Bloodstock Open Air.
A debut album "Flames Of Justice" was released on 5th November along with a 16 date headline tour including a special show at London Underworld, a Manchester album launch & various other shows in the UK & Europe. The "Flames Of Justice" Tour : Part Two took place February-May 2013 & totalled 33 shows including UK & European headline shows plus Hammerfest, plus 8 European dates as special guests on the Michael Schenker Temple Of Rock & Lovedrive Reunion Tour. During that tour Tom Atkinson left the band due to a self-confessed incompatibility with touring life & Luke Appleton (Iced Earth / Fury UK) covered on guitar for 9 shows short term, after which Absolva became a 3 piece.
Following a number of UK & European festival shows Absolva embarked on a further European Tour entitled "Beyond Live" to mark & promote the release of a live DVD & CD of the same name, recorded at the sell-out headline show at Wizzfest, Belgium earlier in 2013.
At the end of 2013 a brand new studio album was recorded. "Anthems To The Dead" was released on 5th May 2014 & includes guest performances from Doug Scarratt of Saxon & Luke Appleton of Iced Earth. During March & April the 3 members of Absolva formed the backing band for former Iron Maiden vocalist Blaze Bayley on his 6 week European Tour. Absolva then played a 16-date UK tour during May 2014, whilst an extensive European tour is set for September & October.
At the beginning of August 2014 bassist Dan Bate reluctantly left the band as he felt unable to devote himself 100% ongoing, & once again Luke Appleton has stepped in as short term cover. Luke will be playing all Absolva's tour dates from 4th August until the completion of the European Tour on 25th October 2014. On 8th September Absolva announced new permanent bassist Karl Schramm who starts with the band from 26th October onwards.
On 17th December 2014 Absolva announced its' first tour of 2015, with Luke Appleton of Iced Earth guesting on 2nd guitar throughout.
http://www.mwaweb.com/absolva_news.htm
FREEDOM CALL
Freedom Call was formed in 1998 by old friends Chris Bay and Daniel Zimmermann during an off-period for the latter's main band, Gamma Ray. They eventually completed a six-song demo Freedom Call with the well-known producer Charlie Bauerfeind, who offered the tape to several record companies.
At the same time, the Freedom Call line up was completed by Ilker Ersin on the Bass guitar and Sascha Gerstner on Guitar. Chris and Dan saw Sascha in the beginning of 1998, playing in a cover band. Ilker and Chris had played together in a band called Moon Doc for some years.
The debut album, Stairway to Fairyland was released in early 1999, and on 25 May Freedom Call made their official live debut during a France tour as support band of Angra and Edguy. At the end of August Freedom Call started recording the 5-track Mini LP called "Taragon", with new songs, a cover version of Ultravox' "Dancing with tears in my eyes", a new-sung version of the "Stairway to Fairyland" a Japanese bonus track called "Kingdom Come" and a new version of "Tears of Taragon" with Biff Byford, singer of Saxon narrating the "Tale of Taragon" on it.
By the end of 1999, Freedom Call had entered the studio again to record the second album called "Crystal Empire", which was released in late 2000.
In March 2001 Sascha Gerstner left Freedom Call (he would later join Helloween). He was eventually replaced by Cédric "Cede" Dupont, the Swiss guitarist of Symphorce.
In the middle of January 2002 the new formation of the band began recording their new album called "Eternity." Dan and Chris produced the album on their own this time as Charlie Bauerfeind was not available at the time. He was, however, responsible for the drum recordings and the final mix.
Later that year, they were invited on tour with Blind Guardian. During this tour they recorded the live album, "Live Invasion" together with Charlie Bauerfeind in Düsseldorf, Stuttgart and Munich.
The keyboard player used on this tour, Nils Neumann, was soon invited to become the fifth member of the band. After an extended break, the next album The Circle of Life was recorded at Hansen Studio, Hamburg and FC Studios, Nuremberg from August to October 2004, and released in March 2005.
Shortly after the release, both Cedric "Cede" Dupont and Ilker Ersin decided to leave Freedom Call (independently of each other). Replacements were eventually announced in the respective form of the unknown Lars Rettkowitz and Armin Donderer, formerly of Paradox.
A new album with the title "Dimensions" was released on 23 April 2007 and, according to Dan Zimmermann, sounds closer to the Eternity album than its more experimental successor. The songs "The Wanderer" and "Dimensions" were also used in the online rhythm game "Flash Flash Revolution"
In March 2009, the band announced that they were putting the finishing touches to a new album, "Legend of the Shadowking", and that they had parted ways with bassist Armin Donderer, who would be replaced by Samy Saemann.
Also Dan Zimmerman announced that he would be replaced by Klaus Sperling for the 2010 touring cycle as he would be on the road with Gamma Ray during this period. It has later been confirmed on the bands homepage that Zimmermann officially has left the band. He is currently listed as a former member.
Chris Bay has announced that the band is working on another album to be released sometime in February 2012. It was announced in September 2011, that the title of the upcoming album is "Land of the Crimson Dawn." The album was released 24 February 2012.
The band announced on September 15, 2013 that they are working on a new album, "Beyond", with a new lineup. Ilker Ersin returned to the band to resume Bass duties after some years away and a new drummer has been welcomed, Ramy Ali.
A new music video will be filmed on 15 December 2013 for the song "Union of the Strong". The shoot will take place in the vicinity of Nuremberg and Franconia, the song has been taken from the new album "Beyond" that was released on Friday 21 February 2014.
http://www.freedom-call.net