Vanora is a synergy of five talented young musicians springing out of Oslo, Norway. With their debut full-length album Momentum hitting the shelves on September 1st, 2017, Vanora will expose the world to its own inventive take on the metal music style. Blending razor-sharp guitar riffing with big synthesizers, sung vocals, screamed vocals and more, this quintet might just be your thing- and if you anyway are a fan of modern metal (i.e. TesseracT, Meshuggah, The Contortionist etc.), you should definitely check them out!
|Steffen Johansen||Bass Guitar|
|Momentum||2017||Digipack CD||Digital Download|
Photo by: Arve Bjerkåsholmen
Critical Solution is a Norwegian Horror Thrash band ready to release their new concept album Barbara the Witch. This will be Critical Solutions’ 3rd effort since 2013.
The band has toured Europe with bands like W.A.S.P, Marduk, Diamond Head to name a few, and is known for its theatrical themed shows.
Described by some as the child of King Diamond and Testament with influences from Alice Cooper, Arthur Brown etc., the band is also known for having impressive guests on their albums with Michael Denner/Hank Shermann, Andy La Rocque, Arthur Brown, and Whit Crane etc.
|Eimund Grøsfjell||Bass Guitar|
|Barbara the Witch||2017||Digipack CD||Digital Download|
|The Death Lament||2014||EP (CD)|
|Evil Never Dies||2013||CD|
|Evidence of Things Unseen||2011||EP (CD)|
Out from the infamous west coast of Norway, a young and energetic band emerges: Art of Deception.
They started out practicing original material from day one. The band competed in a contest and got to the national finals in 2013. Meanwhile, they played numerous gigs in 2013 which included Rock Mot Rus’ Rockemønstring and Marked for Musikk 2013. The band also supported Oathbreaker for their gig at Grottene in Stavanger, Norway.
In the fall of 2013, they built a home studio and recorded their first EP and released it by their self. Kraken’s Awakening from this EP got chosen as the song of the week by a national radio station (ukas urørt).
In 2014 they supported Kvelertak and Entombed at Folken, Stavanger (Norway) and they won the crowds favorite award in Sandnes Sparebanks music award.
In 2015 they have been playing both domestic and abroad. In August they supported Toxic Holocaust at Garage in Bergen, Norway.
|Sindre Wathne Johnsen||Guitar/Vocals|
|Patrick Ivan Rørheim||Bass|
|Shattered Delusions||2016||CD||Digital Download|
|Killing||2016||Digital Download (Single)|
|Art of Deception||2013||EP (CD)|
«All that remains then is to wish them good luck, Fear Theories is a delightful bunch of youths who shine on stage and give you everything they got. If you get the chance to see them live it’s nothing to even think about or consider. The future of heavy metal is in good hands!»
- Leif Neverdahl, Scream Magazine 186
Fall of 2010 on rainy Karmøy a new chapter in Norwegian heavy metal started. 4 young passionate musicians united and formed Fear Theories. With a modern view on classic heavy metal, it didn't take long for people to notice. May 2013 Fear Theories released their debut EP So it Begins and played Karmøygeddon Metal Festival 2013 with acts such as Sabaton, Eluveitie, Overkill and Paradise Lost. Within minutes a bunch of youths had ignited the atmosphere and shot it straight through the roof. Magazines such as Scream Magazine and Heavymetal.no immediately took notice and was full of praise in the aftermath of the performance. Following year Fear Theories started working on what would turn out to be their debut album The Predator and continued to play live on a regular basis. Including a small Norwegian tour along with Art of Deception and Cretura. In 2015 Fear Theories ventured into unknown land on a two-week long tour through Eastern Europe (Slovakia and Czech Republic) before heading into Studio Borealis with Frode Glesnes (Einherjer) recording and mixing the album. The album was mastered in Orgone Studios by Jaime Gomez. Furthermore, Fear Theories will start 2016 by playing Beinkaldt under the auspices of Brynerocken, before heading to Norway Rock Festival in July 2016.
|Ole Sønstabø||Lead Guitar|
|Andreas Tjøsvoll||Guitar and Vocals|
|The Predator||2016||CD||Digital Download|
|My Own Worst Enemy||2016||Digital Download (Single)|
|So it Begins||2013||EP (CD)|
Marius Danielsen's Legend of Valley Doom is an all-star Metal Opera project created by Marius Danielsen of the band Darkest Sins. With great help from brother Peter Danielsen they have created a unique fantasy concept which is brought to life through the many high profiled musicians involved.
Legend of Valley Doom has been 10 years in the making and ended up on a bigger production scale then most would dream of.
Capturing the essence of Epic Metal with first-class songwriting, topped with musical execution on the highest level. Marius Danielsen's Legend of Valley Doom is simply a must-have for all Power Metal heads, and worshipers of Metal in general.
Fans of Avantasia and Rhapsody of Fire cannot go wrong here.
|Legend of Valley Doom - Part 2||2018||CD||Double LP||Digital Download|
|Tower of Knowledge||2018||Digital Download (Single)|
|Temple of the Ancient God||2018||Digital Download (Single)|
|Legend of Valley Doom||2015||CD||Double LP||Digital Download|
|Raise Your Shields||2015||Digital Download (Single)|
Vingulmork play aggressive metal. The band started in 2013 and has delivered intense shows, released well-received EPs and albums and basically had a good time ever since. In 2019 the band will release another EP and focus on playing more concerts than ever – with an appearance at the Inferno Metal Festival as the highlight. Vingulmork has often been compared to bands like Dissection and Old Man’s Child, with a strong emphasis on the contrast between melody and aggression.
|Jostein Stensrud Køhn||Vocals|
|Avgrunn||2019||Digipack CD||LP||Digital Download|
|Land of Nothing||2019||Digital Download (Single)|
|Chiaroscuro||2015||Digipack CD||LP||Digital Download|
|Hold Your Ground||2015||Digital Download (Single)|
With a raw, true and honest sound, Arkentype is a breath of fresh air in a rather stagnant scene of modernized metal. With great passion expressed through heavy and technical rhythmic patterns, blended with beautiful melodic and symphonic passages, Arkentype will leave you battered on the floor wondering what knocked your teeth out.
Genre-wise their music is best described as Progressive Metal, but the band themselves does not see this as a limit and goes way outside the genre. Mixing the “new” progressive metal sound with their personal influences and experiences is what makes Arkentype a truly unique band.
Based at the music conservatory by the University in Agder (Norway), Arkentype produced, recorded and made the album Disorientated by themselves. Then sending it to Daniel Bergstrand and George Nerantzis (Meshuggah, In Flames ++) at Dug Out Productions in Sweden for mixing and mastering.
The band has built quite a hype for themselves in the Norwegian underground. After releasing just small video clips and photos during the recording of their album Disorientated, they were booked to the metal festival Southern Discomfort. With the release of the music video for the single Ashes and Dirt, the band's journey for world domination has begun.
|Simen Meland Handeland||Guitar|
|Disorientated||2015||CD||LP||Limited Edition Yellow LP||Digital Download|
|Time Collapse||2015||Digital Download (Single)|
Killing Gandhi was founded by Martin Arendal and Kasper Gram in 2011, after testing their musical skills with Manticora, Wuthering Heights, Evil Masquerade and Ureas for ten+ years. Their debut album Cinematic Parallels began to take shape in the spring of 2013, after joining forces with Thorbjørn Jensen (ex. Sickseed) and Rasmus Schmidt (Illdisposed, ex. Corpus Mortale). Cinematic Parallels is their version of the scandi metal sound, with inspiration from bands like In Flames, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir, Soilwork among others on the Heavy Metal scene, and Medina, Robyn and Daft Punk on the more commercial scene. This gives Killing Gandhi’s sound a good mixture of short, effective and catchy songs. Cinematic Parallels is mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Pretty Maids, TÝR, Evergrey a.o).
|More info at:||HomePage|
|Thorbjørn "ThunderBear" Jensen||Vocals|
|Cinematic Parallels||2015||CD||Digital Download|
Blodsmak is a Norwegian folkcore band, playing heavy rock with a generous sprinkling of Norwegian folk music.
Building on the folk metal tradition of Lumsk, Gåte, Glittertind, they are heavier and less metal, combining their thunderous grooves and insistent riffs with almost proglike elements and a melodic sensibility reminiscent of both introvert grunge and 80’s shameless stadium rock.
Their first album Av jord er me komne released in 2014, delves into themes of addiction, love lost, death, longing, and redemption. Although the subject matter is dark, the songs themselves, albeit heavy, incorporates almost popish hooks and choruses.
Check out their release Gjennom marg og bein now!
|Tom Rikard Ostad||Vocals and Guitar|
|Åsgeir Størdal||Guitar and Backing Vocals|
|Magnus Tveiten||Guitar-god and Backing Vocals|
|Gjennom marg og bein||2016||CD||LP||Limited Edition White LP||Digital Download|
|Bang bang||2016||Digital Download (Single)|
|Bang bang||2016||Digital Download (Single)|
|Av jord er me komne||2014||CD|
Impalers is a thrash metal band from Denmark, deeply rooted in the extremity of the German thrash scene of the ’80s. They provide powerful and aggressive music blended with melodic passages and breaks. Lyrically, the band is a statement of anti-war and anti-theism and strives to enlighten a path for a better world. In a few words, Impalers are brutality and melody incarnate. For fans of Kreator, Sodom, Sepultura, Metallica, and Testament.
|Søren Crawack||Rhythm Guitar & Vocals|
|Thomas Carnell||Lead Guitar|
|God from the Machine||2015||Digipack CD||Digital Download|
|Prepare for War||2014||EP (CD)|