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NOTHGARD (Epic Melodic Death Metal)
DISSORTED (Melodic Thrash Metal)
TOXIC WALTZ (Thrash Metal)
BLOODRED (Blackened Death Metal)
RUNNING DEATH (Thrash Metal)

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Devouring depths of gloomy moods

MELKOR was founded in the beginning of 2004, rising from the ashes of two-men-project Kheled-Zarâm.

„Irrlicht“ is scheduled for Dezember 12, 2014 and celebrates the 10th anniversary of the project with 8 carefully chosen songs that, as results of a long maturing process, get to the heart of MELKOR's very essence. Not unlike the first demo, Patrick recorded and engineered this work almost entirely on his own.

„Irrlicht“ offers a heavy and abyssic kind of passionate ATMOSPHERIC BLACK METAL:

Mainman Patrick, known (as a live guitarist) to insiders of German Black Metal acts NOCTE OBDUCTA and AGRYPNIE, presents his new songs with full devotion.

MELKOR has a tangible surface, offers melodies, stories, rhymes, and yet is ambivalent and permeated by metaphors.

The project enters the maelstrom of the depths and stares into the abyss, gives the listener presentiments of the enigmatic workings of powers that consume all existence and at the same time make it blossom.

The purpose is not to glorify, but to preserve an unflinching view at the splendor of destruction and the temptation of poison. No satan, no other gods inhabit the world that the music and lyrics of MELKOR try to approach in a respectful and yet passionately entangled manner – a blind behemoth, a blaze in the dark, beautiful and terrifying, cold and hot,black, white and grey.

METALMESSAGE promotes the new album of this capable Black Metal true-believer from Frankfurt very timely:
at winter!

MEDIA FEEDBACK for "Irrlicht":

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Epic monumental Melodeath bombast!

German Epic Melodic Death Metal Band NOTHGARD released an ALBUM TEASER for their upcoming 2nd full-length "Age Of Pandora", which can be seen via:

Their 2nd full-length "Age Of Pandora" has been released at Sept., 12.!
(Vocalist & Lead-Guitarist Dom R. Crey recently joined German top-notch Epic Metal act EQUILIBRIUM !)

With their new and second album "Age Of Pandora" NOTHGARD is heading straight towards to originality, technical finesse and maturity.

The outstanding formation stands out for 3 technical guitars and epic orchestral parts combined with influences of Folk, Classic, Melo-Death and Hard Rock.

"With 'Age Of Pandora' we've made, what we haven't reached with it's album predecessor. Aggression combined with harmony, technical parts combined with silent nuanced, more emotional, orchestral passages. Even on lyrical level I'm very satisfied this time. There are no clichés at all on these new album, but true real-life topics and very own feelings, which have a deep meaning for me and the band. Simply perfect for our fans to get eventually 'lyrical mirrored' so to say."
(Dom R. Crey)

In April 2011 NOTHGARD has released their debut album called "Warhorns Of Midgard", which received rave reviews. In the same month they performed their first European tour together with Skyforger, Heljareyga, Gernotshagen, Kromlek and Northland. 2012 Skaahl of the mighty WOLFCHANT joined NOTHGARD as their 3rd guitarist.
Since then the line-up is constant and stronger than ever.

The new material of NOTHGARD will be bombastic, epic and very technical simply because all three guitars establish a new way of a harmonic interplay between rhythm and double-leads. Beside this "Guitar-Orchestra" the orchestra parts of the keys ensure pure epicness and heroic power all along the line.

Please note the special guest appearance on the new album:
EQUILIBRIUM singer Robse participated with his martial voice at the new NOTHGARD song "Obey The King" !!!

MEDIA FEEDBACK for "Age Of Pandora":

5 / 5
(Horns Up)

5 / 5
"NOTHGARD have managed to create the perfect marriage of melody with brutality. Aggressive harmony is what "Age Of Pandora" is all about. Filled with technical workings yet at the same time this is a very emotional album."
(Brutalism)

5 / 5
"Ad oggi il 'Best Extreme Metal Album' del 2014"
(All Around Metal)

9,8 / 10
"The combination of death metal with epic power metal is very thick almost throughout each song."
(IRS Indonesia)

9,8 / 10
"…more than praiseworthy, it’s outstanding … one of the finest releases of the year…"
(Metal Maniac)

9,5 / 10
"…exactly what you would expect from their genre … it blends together blasting double kick and crazy drum fills with traditional melodies that are played by shredding guitars and a massive sounding symphony … the tempo is not always fast and crazy, as they can really lock into some mid-tempo riffs and still devastate…"
(Temple Of Darkness)

9,5 / 10
(The Pit)

92 / 100
"…a must have for the fans of this genre!"
(Peek-a-Boo)

9 / 10
"Well-constructed and brilliantly executed, “Age of Pandora” should put NOTHGARD in great company for the top rungs of Epic Melodic Death Metal."
(Metal Temple)

9 / 10
(Metal4.de)

9 / 10
"Awesome album!"
(SatanArise)

9 / 10
(Time For Metal)

9 / 10
(Metallian)

4 / 5
"…un album des plus enthousiasmants!"
(MetalFrance)

8,6 / 10
(Chromium Sun)

8,5 / 10
"'Age Of Pandora' will take them to the next level, the production is crystal clear … excellent job … so if you like death metal or epic power, if you enjoy banging your head at thrash metal anthems, you will really like 'Age Of Pandora'!"
(Metalheads Union)

8,5 / 10
"…the songs are great and NOTHGARD reveals itself as one of the best emerging act of the German scene"
(Gryphon Metal)

13 / 15
(My Revelations)

16 / 20
(Aux Portes du Metal)

83 / 100
"…their mixture of Epic Power Metal with melodic deathmetal sounds fresh and exciting."
(Inside The Coffin)

8 / 10
"…a very great sounding epic mixture…"
(A Different Shade Of Black Metal)

8 / 10
"…really catchy and well-composed."
(Folk Metal.pl)

8 / 10
"…a most excellent release…"
(Soundscape)

8 / 10
"What’s great about this record is (as mentioned) the perfect harmony of the orchestrations and the epicness of metal music … like a roller coaster ride from the beginning until the end!" (Melody Of The Soul)

7.5 / 10
"There’s certainly enough here for fans of the genre to chew on, but it’s definitely geared more to those who like their sounds a bit more bombastic while playing a heated game of League Of Legends."
(The Grim Tower)

7,5 / 10
(Dark Factory)

7,5 / 10
(Raw And Wild)

"…truly blessed with a high-class style all their own…"
(Heavy Metal Time Machine)

"As I listen to them I can’t help but just get swept away with their enthusiasm and passion of delivery … exciting stuff!"
(Wonderbox Metal)

"If you’re a Melodic Death Metal diehard and like your songs with the extra fluff and frills, you won’t want to pass this record up."
(Metal Mellowdee)

"…the sense of precision here is unbelievable…
(Inhale The Heavy)

"…the greateast masterpiece of all from NOTHGARD. Absolutely recommended!"
(Sangwitok)

"What’s great about this record is (as mentioned) the perfect harmony of the orchestrations and the epicness of metal music … like a roller coaster ride from the beginning until the end!"
(Melody Of The Soul)

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Top thrashing traditionalists!

DISSORTED plays MELODIC THRASH METAL connecting fast, neck breaking riffs influenced by EXODUS and TESTAMENT mixed with traditional bands like ICED EARTH and MEGADETH, always focussing on their own, yet recognizable sound.

With plenty of action and the love to Heavy Metal on stage Mirco (v), Florian (g), Sebastian (g), Dillon (b) and Martin (d) developed a good reputation as an impactful live band by thrilling gigs throughout Germany.

Their first EP "I" has been released in September 2014:

MEDIA FEEDBACK for "I":

9 / 10
"Amazing EP, why have they waited so bloody long to put something out?? For Fans Of: Anthrax, Kemakil, Elimination, Exodus, Accept"
(Stu's Reviews)

9 / 10
(Reaper)

8,5 / 10
(Reckoning Hour)

8 / 10
"DISSORTED drink straight from the pure roots of Thrash Metal fountain, the technical instrumental offers a strong and straight feeling unveiling drippings of giants like Exodus or Testament."
(Metalheads Union)

8 / 10
"…a very great sounding Melodic Thrash Metal…"
(Extreme Underground Music Zine)

8 / 10
(Dark Factory)

8 / 10
"…if you’re a fan of Thrash, melodic or otherwise, and are interested in discovering a new band ripe with potential you can easily throw on and enjoy at any given time, DISSORTED debut EP 'I' is something worth checking out."
(Apoch's)

7 / 10
(Monkey Castle)

3,5 / 5
(DeepGround)

"DISSORTED seems as if it was costumed-built for those who simply love the classic Thrash and the Bay Area scene of old! If you haven't gone into a full-out rage in awhile then "I" will have you thrashing like a maniac like it was 1980 something all over again!"
(Heavy Metal Time Machine)

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On the best way to the top of THRASH METAL!

Bavarian Thrash Metal high-flyers TOXIC WALTZ released their first official music video on September, 14., which can be seen via Youtube:

Recorded and produced by a professional film team, the video includes inter alia extra performers and some extraordinary cool views, filmed by a drone with a GoPro camera.
It has been produced for the title song of their highly successful debut album "Decades Of Pain", out since January 2014.

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Brave one-man-army on it's own

BLOODRED is a BLACKENED DEATH METAL band from Oberstenfeld (North of Stuttgart, Germany). Since it´s founding in 2009 the band is the project of Ron Merz who is the songwriter and plays all instruments. The vocals and programming are also done by him.

Due to the lack of other musicians in his area BLOODRED is currently a pure studio project such as SUMMONING or FALKENBACH.

The music of BLOODRED combines influences from Black and Death Metal and mixes it with late 80s Thrash and sometimes (British) Doom.

Incorporating melodies and a certain epic feel into the music - like EMPEROR or MOONSORROW do - is always a key element. The lyrics cover a wide range from diverse literary sources to contemporary events and topics.

In December 2013 and March 2014 the time was right to record the first EP. The recording took place at MASTERSOUND ENTERTAINMENT Studio by renowned producer and Death Metal veteran Alexander Krull (ATROCITY, LEAVES´ EYES).

On the new EP BLOODRED shows mainly the furious Black Death Metal site behind the band's name. All drums were played by Joris Nijenhuis (also ATROCITY, LEAVES´ EYES). He shows his extraordinary skills in both songs and lifts the music to the next level.

The EP „The Lost Ones“ was released June 20th 2014 digitally in advance. The physical release was unleashed end of August 2014.

MEDIA FEEDBACK for "The Lost Ones":

4 / 5
(All Around Metal)

85 / 100
"The fierce music, best compared to a band like EMPEROR, just screams for a full length release. I can only hope that this EP is nothing more than a small taste of the great things to come!"
(Inside The Coffin)

8,5 / 10
"BLOODRED managed a crystal clear production on their first creation, well feed by sophisticated compositions, a gem of the genre with just the first EP!"
(Metalheads Union)

7,5 / 10
"…plenty of energy in the guitars that bring some additional emotion towards the end as the keyboards and choir-esque vocals force their way to the forefront…"
(Apoch's Metal Review)

7,5 / 10
(Soil Chronicles)

7,5 / 10
"Breve pero intenso."
(Noizz)

7 / 10
"…a great release…"
(Vendetta)

7 / 10
(Reaper)

"This is blackened death metal in all its tumultuous glory."
(Metal Mellowdee)

"…a very great sounding melodic blackened death metal project…"
(A Different Shade Of Black Metal Zine)

"Brutally fast attacking riffs, fast speed drumworks and furiously harsh growling."
(Sangwitok)

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Save your breath … for RUNNING DEATH!

Bavarian THRASH METAL masterminds RUNNING DEATH currently putting all their love, sweat and tears into writing their upcoming debut album.

The record is to be released late 2014 und RUNNING DEATH will for sure gain a lot of prompt attention - from more than just fans of their genre. What we've seen so far makes us expect nothing less than a thrash metal sensation!!!

The band was founded 2004 and has from the beginning always been looking for quality, diversity and a completely unique style.

Exploring their own ground is what keeps the musicians around founder, guitarist and singer Simon Bihlmayer awake at night.

You're way more likely to hear stomping heavy metal riffs paired with unorthodoxically arranged razor sharp trash riffs ... than all the things you've already heard so often and really have grown weary of!

Celebrating wide diversity and integrating an extraordinarily ambitionated reinterpretation of 80s flair, the four metier maniacs invite you to a journey through their wonderfully catchy and powerful songs.

All those factors combined create such an unique and ever exciting soundscape, that many kinds of Metal and even Rock heads will find their itch for genuinely good music scratched!

DEADY is here…

MEDIA FEEDBACK for the EP "The Call Of Extinction":

9 / 10
(Hotel666)

9 / 10
(Metalmessage)

9 / 10
"With that new album in the works it should be one to watch out for…"
(Stu's Reviews)

9 / 10
(Reaper)

9/10
(Friedhof)

9 / 10
"Four young German Thrashers delivering exactly what all Thrash Metal fans want: sheer power and aggression, genuine spirit, catchy riffs and originality!"
(Pest)

4,5 / 5
(Metal Underground)

4,5 / 5
"…musicianship is top notch … as the performance across the board is super tight, and the guitar solos technically advanced and impressive, yet melodic and compelling…"
(Metal Music Archives)

8,5 / 10
(Spectrum Costa Rica)

8,5 / 10
"Wow…!!! This band has a different Thrash aura in their musical compositions … coupled with quality vocals … very refreshed in every song…"
(IRS Indonesia)

4 / 5
"Even in slower sections the quality and melody is more than enough to keep your attention."
(Metal Roos)

8,25 / 10
(Noizz)

8 / 10
(Powermetal.de)

8 / 10
(Hard Music Base)

8 / 10
"A great work, so let’s hope their album is coming this way!"
(Metal Temple)

8 / 10
"…have captured something great with The Call of Extinction…"
(Volumes Of Sin)

8 / 10
(Soil Chronicles)

4,5 / 6
(Medienkonverter)

7,6 / 10
(Metal Imperium)

10 / 15
(Legacy)

7 / 10
(Metal.de)

7 / 10
"With a good level of technical prowess on display and many a guitar solos to permeate the release, RUNNING DEATH keep things fast, intricate and fun throughout!"
(Destructive Music)

7 / 10
(Des Kutschers Kunst)

7 / 10
(Metalglory)

7 / 10
"…perfect mix between thrash metal old school, heavy metal and sophisticated guitar riffs influenced by early Metallica and Megadeth, and also reminiscences of Slayer or Fight sometimes…"
(Metalheads Union)

7 / 10
(Fobia)

7 / 10
"This is a great E.P with 5 strong thrash tracks that move like a whirlwind with lots of speedy riffs, good old fashion stomping rhythms see 'Call Of Extinction' … the songs have progressive tendencies as they move between different tempos on 'Celebrate Your Aggression' which has sounds remarkably similar to 'South Of Heaven' stylistically. Yet another German thrash band showing the yanks what for!"
(Musipedia Of Metal)

7 / 10
(She-Wolf)

3,5 / 5
(All Around Metal)

3 / 5
(GroundCast)

"…Thrash that’s gripping. The tracks are well-produced, sounding full and balanced…"
(Metal Mellowdee)

"…their chosen style of thrash draws more from the American Metal scene (Megadeth, Testament, Metallica, Sacred Reich, Vio-lence, Exodus and Intruder and I.N.C.) then it does the German … they pull of a great Thrash Metal sound that is sorely missing in today's scene…"
(Heavy Metal Time Machine)

"…hits hard and heavy while delivering swift and smooth riffs, beats, and solos almost effortlessly. All the while it's easy to hear the emphatic passion that each member injects into their instrument and compositions. These characteristics couple pleasantly with the slightly grungy quality of the album's production to set it apart from the all too clean formulation and emotionlessness that is found in a lot of newer thrash records."
(Metal Archives)

"…melody in the guitars, precise drumming, tight musicianship and inventive time changes make for a solid sophomore effort that should be sampled at least once to determine if it speaks to you."
(Obscure Chaos)

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Musically Zeitgeist

In the 1930s it was stated, Blues would be the dangerous work of the Devil.
In the 1940s it was stated, Jazz & Swing were frightening excesses of the Devil.
In the 1950s it was stated, Rock'n'Roll would be the evil sound of the Devil.
In the 1960s it was stated, Beat would be the unpure music of the Devil.
In the 1970s it was stated, Rock music would be the corrupting sound of the Devil.
Well, and since the 1980s it was stated, Heavy Metal would be a diabolic spawn of the Devil.

What the much-reviled one heard in earlier centuries, is not officially known.
In any case, it seems clear that the ever pert bloke became really pretty musically, specifically over the last ten decades…
(Markus Eck)

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