Brainstorm was founded in 1989 by Torsten Ihlenfeld, Milan Loncaric and drummer Dieter Bernert. The first few years of their life cycle saw the band build a solid groundwork with several demo releases and live appearances. In 1997, the band signed their first record deal and released the self-produced Hungry”album witch received good critics.
Pfiew...pretty high-class project, this, being a collaboration between singer Arno Strobl and multi-instrumentalist Déhà. If you have no idea whom those people are, jut read on...
“Sinbreed” was founded as Neoshine, and made it to release three demos under that name, but was forced to change to “Sinbreed” in order to avoid legal issues with an homonymous American company. A german metal group’ delivers fresh blood to the scene with their uncompromising, medolic power/speed metal. Current line-up: Herbie Langhans (vocals), Flo Laurin (guitars), Marcus Siepen (guitars), Alexander Schulz (bass) and Frederik Ehmke (drums).
Ektomorf Was founded in 1993 in Hungary. Line up Zoltan Farkas (vocals, guitar), Zsabolcs Murvai (bass), Tomi Schrottner (guitar) and Robert Jaska (drums) playing some groove metal – Neo – Trash metal. The Danish producer Tue Madsen (Antfarm Studio) produced their albums sinds 2003. Madsen helped the band to find their very own, super fat, modern and powerful sound that EKTOMORF evolved since “Destroy” (2004) steadily.
As many of you will know by now, Iron Mask is the more popular side-project of Belgian Neo-Classical Power Metal guitarist Dushan Petrossi (of Magic Kingdom), formed in 2002 (with MK bassist Vassili Moltchanov also joining in the band, Youri De Groote behind the keyboards, and Phil Letaw as lead singer) and for which Petrossi signed to Finnish label Lion Music.
Wolfpakk is a project from Michael Voss whom you should now not only from his work with German band Mad Max but also from the many albums he’s produced, and Mark Sweeney (ex Crystal Ball).
Would you know...just when UK Speed Thrashers Onslaught wanted to go out on a major European tour in support of their previous album (Sounds Of Violence, review by yours truly with update since my review of the band's 2007 comeback album, posted 02/02/2011), one of the band's oldest members, drummer Steve Grice (whom was at the basis of the band's reformation in 2005) decides to quit.
In 1997 the Italian metal band Rhapsody Of Fire released their debut album, Legendary Tales. Witch didn’t turned out like they wanted it to. So In the years that followed, the founding members Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli, together with vocalist Fabio Lione, worked on their style and Incorporated classical music, baroque sounds and metal.
Human Fortress is a melodic power metal band from Germany. It all started in 1997 when guitarists Torsten Wolf and Volker Trost joined with bassist Pablo J. Tammen to form a band called Timezone. Shortly after recording a demo, the collaboration ended.
Italy’s Stormlord do exist for more than two decades in mean time, and besides a memorable collection of recordings, the band played live all over Mater Terra, along with bands like Carcass, Testament, Opeth, Ancient, Motörhead and many, really many others.