Sarah Jezebel Deva
Sarah Jane Ferridge, better known by her stage name Sarah Jezebel Deva, is an English vocalist. She was the female soprano vocalist in Cradle of Filth for 14 years and fronts her own band, Angtoria. In 2009, Deva started her self-titled solo project; the debut album A Sign of Sublime was released in February 2010. Her second album, called The Corruption of Mercy, was released on 27 June 2011 under a new three album record deal with Listenable Records. Deva was raised in East Ham and has two half sisters and three half brothers, she had a turbulent childhood, leaving home when she was nine years old. Her godmother influenced her life getting her on the path to music. Deva's career started at the age of eleven at the Queen's Theatre, Essex. A cover of Ella Fitzgerald's "Summertime" was her first performance in a live band and unrehearsed, she performed one more time there at the age of thirteen. Deva went on to write her own lyrics and recorded a demo on her friend's 8-track console, her first band was called a punk group in which she was co-vocalist.
She only did one show with the band, in Tunbridge Wells, supporting legendary punk band 999. Paul Allender and Dani Filth, founders of extreme metal band Cradle of Filth, would meet Deva through mutual friends. After leaving Cradle of Filth in 2009, Deva started her self-titled solo project with Ken Newman and signed a deal with a small British record company. A Sign of Sublime was released on 15 February 2010. A European and UK tour followed inclusive of a performance at Femme Metal Festival. After various issues with the label, Deva left the record company and joined forces with Dan Abela, a musician and producer. Together, they co-wrote The Corruption of Mercy after signing a three-album record deal with Listenable Records in March 2011. Solo careerA Sign of Sublime The Corruption of Mercy Malediction Mad DogHowling at the Moon With Cradle of FilthV Empire or Dark Faerytales in Phallustein Dusk... and Her Embrace Cruelty and the Beast From the Cradle to Enslave Midian Bitter Suites to Succubi Heavy, Left-Handed and Candid Lovecraft & Witch Hearts Live Bait for the Dead Damnation and a Day Nymphetamine Peace Through Superior Firepower Thornography Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder Midnight in the Labyrinth With Creation's TearsMethods to End It All With The KovenantNexus Polaris With TulusMysterion With TherionVovin Crowning of Atlantis Live in Midgård Celebrators of Becoming With GravewormUnderneath the Crescent Moon With MortiisThe Stargate The Smell of Rain With Mystic CircleInfernal Satanic Verses With The GatheringBlack Light District With MendeedFrom Shadows Came Darkness AngtoriaGod Has a Plan for Us All Trigger the BloodshedPurgation Hecate EnthronedVirulent Rapture Various artistsEmerald / A Tribute to the Wild One The Lotus Eaters Sarah Jezebel Deva site, at Internet Archive
Arcturus is a Norwegian avant-garde black metal band formed in 1991. Their name, which means "Bear Guardian", references the Behenian fixed star Arcturus; the band has released five official full-length albums. Arcturus has experimented throughout their career, extracting influences and incorporating elements from all over the musical spectrum including black metal and classical music, but the band was rooted as a metal outfit; the original line-up was changed. The band soon became labeled a black metal supergroup, consisting of Kristoffer "Garm" Rygg on vocals, Carl August Tidemann on guitar, Skoll on bass and the two other original members, Hellhammer on drums and Steinar Sverd Johnsen as main composer/keyboard player. In 1994, Samoth played guitars on the EP Constellation and released it on his record label, Nocturnal Art. After three full-length albums, Rygg left the band, he was replaced by Øyvind Hægeland from the band Spiral Architect. Øyvind did not appear on any recordings. On January 5, 2005, the band announced that Øyvind had moved too far away for his continued involvement to be practical and they had parted ways.
He was replaced by Simen "ICS Vortex" Hestnæs, who had performed vocals on three Arcturus tracks on La Masquerade Infernale. Upon Carl August Tidemann's leaving the band, Knut Magne Valle joined. In 2003, Tore Moren joined on second guitar for live performances and found himself accepted as an official member of the band. Knut and Tore shared lead duties on guitar, with Knut on 7-string guitar and Tore using a standard 6-string guitar. On April 16, 2007, it was announced that the band would be breaking up, more details were revealed in an official statement released on the band's website on April 17; the official statement was written by all of the band members, confirming rumours, circulating after their Melbourne concert, the last one of the Australian tour, in which ICS Vortex introduced the show to the audience with the words "Welcome to the last Arcturus show — ever." The statement went on to say that the split was a "decision we made some time ago", that because of ongoing "things" in their careers and lives, the members could no longer "find the time to continue working with this band".
The statement closed with a tribute to the fans of the band, "We are humble and grateful to all the people that have supported and loved us over the years." There were rumours circulating the internet. Hellhammer confirmed that an Arcturus reunion was inevitable, that Garm had shown interest in participating.. Garm indicated he was not interested on his personal Facebook page. Furthermore, ICS Vortex mentioned that he had plans to resurrect "a band or three" in a blog he posted shortly after being removed from Dimmu Borgir. ICS Vortex confirmed. In addition, Vortex said, "Beloved freaks! ProgPower USA 2011 will host the first Arcturus concert in 5 years; this is our first performance in the United States, since we're all retarded the last." The planned show was cancelled due to "hibernation sickness" and "outdated parts". Instead, Arcturus planned its first reunion show to be at Avant-Garde Night vol. 2 in Poland, but this show was cancelled. Arcturus played their reunion show on September 9, 2011 at the KICK Nattklubb & Scene in Kristiansand, Norway.
ICS Vortex confirmed. In 2012, they went on to perform shows at the Inferno Metal Festival, Hellfest Summer Open Air, the 02 Academy and the Eindhoven Metal Meeting. On October 10, 2014, Arcturus confirmed on Facebook that ICS Vortex had finished recording vocals for the as-yet-untitled album. After much speculation on the internet amongst fans, on 26 February 2015, it was announced that Arcturus had signed a new recording contract with German record label Prophecy Productions and that they would release their new album Arcturian on May 8; the label commented: "Arcturus are legend. Unparalleled in creativity and artistic approach since their foundation days, mastermind Steinar'Sverd' Johnsen and his cosmic crew consisting of past and present members of bands like Ulver, Dimmu Borgir and Ved Buens Ende have been dancing their own tightrope between genius and madness since. With each of their releases being an interstellar journey of its own, always ahead of their time, Arcturus can justifiably be labelled as the epitome of avant-garde metal..."
On March 27, 2015, Arcturus released "The Arcturian Sign", the first single from Arcturian. The album was released on May 8 of that year. In December of 2016, Sverd shared on the band's Facebook page that a new Arcturus track had been recorded, however, as of 2018, this track was still unreleased. Aspera Hiems Symfonia La Masquerade Infernale The Sham Mirrors Sideshow Symphonies Arcturian My Angel Constellation Disguised Masters Aspera Hiems Symfonia/Constellation/My Angel Shipwrecked in Oslo Official site Older official site with interviews and reviews Arcturus at Allmusic
Astennu is the professional name of Australian heavy metal musician Jamie Stinson. His name is derived from a creature in Egyptian mythology. Astennu first came to notice as the guitarist and songwriter for the Australian black metal band Lord Kaos; the band recorded both the demo Path to My Funeral Light and a full-length album Thorns of Impurity in 1995. Before the album's release Astennu went to Norway and found interest in the album from Head Not Found Records however the other members of the band decided to remain in Australia and Thorns of Impurity was released by Sydney label Warhead Records in 1996. Astennu stayed in Norway and reworked some music he had written for Lord Kaos into songs for a solo project called Carpe Tenebrum; the first Carpe Tenebrum album Majestic Nothingness featured Astennu on all instruments with vocals from Nagash of Dimmu Borgir and The Kovenant. It was released in 1997; the same year, Astennu joined Dimmu Borgir on guitar, freeing Shagrath to concentrate on vocals.
Astennu's first recording with the band was the 1998 EP Godless Savage Garden. He was a member of Nagash's other band, The Kovenant, at that time and was featured on the band's 1998 album Nexus Polaris, he contributed some guitar solos to the Aggressor album and the Triumph of the Blasphemer EP by Nocturnal Breed, a band that featured Dimmu Borgir's other guitarist Silenoz. A second Carpe Tenebrum album, Mirrored Hate Painting, again featuring Nagash, was released in 1999. Astennu's second album with Dimmu Borgir, Spiritual Black Dimensions was released the same year, on 2 March. During the tour in support of the album, Astennu was fired from Dimmu Borgir and returned to Australia in late 1999. Once back in Australia, Astennu worked as a live sound engineer for a number of bands on the Sydney heavy metal scene and acted as mixer and producer on a number of albums and releases. In 2002 he recorded and released a third Carpe Tenebrum album, Dreaded Chaotic Reign, this time performing vocals himself.
Dreaded Chaotic Reign was a death metal album whereas previous Carpe Tenebrum recordings had been black metal. In May 2003, Astennu returned to the live circuit with Sydney band Infernal Method, for whom he had been engineering for several months. Early the following year he and Infernal Method drummer Graham Goode joined a hardcore band called Stronger Than Hate but by the end of the year both that band and Infernal Method had disbanded. Since Astennu has not played live with a band but continues to work in the field of sound engineering. With Lord Kaos Thorns of Impurity with Dimmu Borgir Godless Savage Garden Spiritual Black Dimensions with Covenant Nexus Polaris with Nocturnal Breed Aggressor Triumph of the Blasphemer with Carpe Tenebrum Majestic Nothingness Mirrored Hate Painting Dreaded Chaotic Reign
Animatronic is the third studio album by the Norwegian industrial metal band, The Kovenant, was released in 1999 through Nuclear Blast. Lex Icon – vocals, bass Psy Coma – guitars, programming Von Blomberg - drums Eileen Küpper - vocals Matthias Klinkmann - engineering Siggy Bemm - producer Per Heimly - photography
Metal Storm (webzine)
Metal Storm is a webzine specializing in various forms of heavy metal music. It is based in Tallinn, Estonia but caters to an international audience, symbolically recognized by the acquisition of an EU domain in 2008; as of June 2013, the website hosts 7,812 band profiles, 7,800 reviews, 553 interviews and 16,753 news items. Metal Storm users can register for free and create a custom profile based on their specific preferences; the comprehensive profile format allows for users to display detailed information about their musical taste, activity on the site, other miscellaneous information, including up to three photos. "Community Points" are awarded to users for contributing forum reports, band info, news, events and articles, with the number awarded depending on the value of the contribution. Users may add albums to their "Collection," an interactive list of albums acquired, of which statistics can be graphically visualized in the form of pie charts broken down by style and country; these lists, along with the favorite bands and ratings categories, are analyzed to compare users and match those with similar musical tastes in the "Neighbours" area of the Collection tab.
Metal Storm has a forum available to all registered members. The forum is divided into many categories, including sections for discussing specific metal styles, non-metal music, general discussion and community-related topics. All comments for publications on the site are incorporated into the forum for the purpose of convenience; the forums are moderated for spam and illegal content such as pornography and copyright infringement but are otherwise uncensored. This has caused issues with a number of posters including at least one staff member engaging in both racist and misogynistic comments, including Islamophobia. In each member's Collection section, they have the option of making the album part of their regular collection, their wishlist or part of their tradelist. Members can browse other member's tradelists and negotiate the trade of albums. Metal Storm states that the trading of albums is to be done at the member's own risk and that the site won't be responsible for any outcomes. Metal Storm features a database of metal bands, with each band having a detailed profile including such information as a biography, lineup, genre categorization, photo and more.
All registered members are able to edit the database and submit information, missing. Before being published, community edits are moderated by members of the staff. Heavy metal is divided into three broad sub-categories on Metal Storm. Bands that fall in between two sub-categories are allocated based on what elements are more prominent in their music though there is no strict enforcement of any rules. Melodic metalThis sub-category includes the heavy metal genres such as heavy metal, power metal, progressive metal, glam metal, doom metal, gothic metal, folk metal, speed metal and symphonic metal. Extreme metalThis sub-category includes the heavy metal genres such as black metal, death metal, thrash metal, groove metal. “Extreme doom metal” bands are included in this sub-category. Alternative metalThis sub-category includes the heavy metal genres such as alternative metal, nu metal, stoner metal, sludge metal, post-metal, rap metal, industrial metal, avant-garde metal and drone metal. Metal Storm is known for its relaxed attitude towards accepting bands that are not unquestionably categorized as metal.
The database allows for'invisible' profiles, a term used for profiles that are either incomplete or of bands that do not have enough metal elements to have them featured on the site. These profiles are still publicly accessible. Metal Storm still has visible profiles for stylistically ambiguous bands such as Slipknot and Led Zeppelin. Moreover, there are many reviews of stylistically ambiguous bands on the site, most from the genres of gothic rock, noise rock, industrial music, hard rock, progressive rock, AOR and darkwave; this attitude is rationalized as being an attempt at promoting open mindedness amongst metal fans. Though this seems contradicted by Nu-Metal bands being deliberately excluded from the site. Members have the option to rate featured albums on a scale of 1-10, with the total votes from all members producing an average rating. Studio albums with over 200 votes are eligible to be included in the "Top 200 albums" list, while others that accumulate 20 votes are eligible for more specific lists including "Top 20 albums by year", "Top albums by style", "Bottom albums".
Live albums and DVDs are eligible for their respective lists after receiving 20 votes. Metal Storm has a team of official reviewers who receive albums from labels and bands and post official reviews of them on the front page of the website. All registered users are able to submit reviews of albums, provided that they are of music, released for at least 3 months. If accepted by the editors, these reviews are posted as "Guest Reviews" with an appropriate disclaimer attached to them; as such quality of reviews vary in terms of writing style and standards of spelling and grammar. This is the case with past reviews; the number of reviews on the website has declined in recent years with much of the emphasis being on promoting staff favorite bands as opposed to providing a more broad outlook. An event is considered a "Supported Event" by Metal Storm if the organizers allow for Press Accreditation for an official reviewer from the website; the event
SETI (The Kovenant album)
SETI is the fourth studio album by the Norwegian industrial metal band, The Kovenant, was released in 2003 through Nuclear Blast. With their second Norwegian Grammy, The Kovenant toured Europe and the United States to promote the album. While in the United States the band found a new member, who would play guitars with Psy Coma. Deciding to take a break from recording music the band went their separate ways after they returned to Europe. During 2002 a remastered version of In Times Before the Light and a re-release of Nexus Polaris took place. By November 2002 the band decided to record a fourth album. In 2003 the new album SETI was released and the band decided to do more touring than last time; however this conflicted with Von Blomberg's other projects and it was decided that he would leave the band. Prior to the release of the actual album, Nuclear Blast issued an EP, SETI Club, consisting of two songs and "club versions" of another two songs from SETI. Soon two other members were recruited, Küth on drums and Brat on keyboards.
With these new members The Kovenant again toured Europe and the USA. Lex Icon - vocals, keyboards Psy-Coma - guitars, programming Von Blomberg - drums Siggi Bemm - additional bass, mixing, mastering Jan Kazda - bass Eileen Küpper - vocals Erik Ljunggren - programming, sound design Markus Staiger - executive producer Joachim Luetke - cover concept, design Espen Tollefsen - photography Dennis Koehne - engineering assistant Dan Diamond - producer, mixing SETI at Nuclear Blast SETI at Encyclopaedia Metallum
Mayhem is a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1984 in Oslo, Norway. They were one of the founders of the Norwegian black metal scene and their music has influenced the black metal genre. Mayhem's early career was controversial due to their notorious live performances, the 1991 suicide of vocalist Per Yngve Ohlin and the 1993 murder of guitarist Øystein Aarseth by former member Varg Vikernes of Burzum; the group released a demo and an EP that were influential, amassed a loyal following through sporadic and notorious live performances, attracting further attention through their ties to the string of Norwegian church burnings and the incidents of violence surrounding them. Mayhem disbanded after Aarseth's murder, shortly before the release of their debut album, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, regarded as a classic of the black metal genre. Surviving former members Jan Axel Blomberg, Jørn Stubberud and Sven Erik Kristiansen reformed two years with Rune Eriksen replacing Aarseth. Attila Csihar and Morten Iversen have since replaced Eriksen, respectively.
Their post-Aarseth material is characterized by increased experimentation. The 2007 album Ordo Ad Chao received the Spellemann Award for best heavy metal album. Mayhem was founded in 1984 by guitarist Øystein Aarseth, bassist Jørn Stubberud and drummer Kjetil Manheim, taking their band name from the Venom song "Mayhem with Mercy"; the band members were influenced by groups such as Venom, Motörhead, Black Sabbath, Slayer and Celtic Frost. The lineup began playing cover songs by Black Sabbath, Motörhead and recorded the demo Pure Fucking Armageddon. After its release, who used to sing lead vocals, along with Stubberud, during first demo's studio rehearsals, recruited two session vocalists, Eirik Norheim and Sven Erik Kristiansen, in 1986 and 1987, respectively. Norheim performed vocals only for a concert, which took place in April 1986 in Ski, by the end of that year he had quit Mayhem, he formed hardcore punk band Within Range and Oi!/street punk band Cockroach Clan. Whereas, with Kristiansen, Mayhem recorded its first EP, Deathcrush, in 1987, released it through Euronymous' newly formed label Posercorpse Music.
The initial 1,000 copy release of Deathcrush sold out. It was reissued in 1993 by the newly renamed Deathlike Silence Productions as a joint venture with Euronymous' Oslo specialist record shop Helvete. Manheim and Maniac left the band in 1988. After two brief replacements and Manheim's positions were filled by Swedish vocalist Per Yngve Ohlin and local drummer Jan Axel Blomberg. With Dead, the band's concerts became notorious. For concerts, Dead went to great lengths to achieve the atmosphere he wished. From the beginning of his career, he was known to wear "corpse paint", which involved covering his face with black and white makeup. According to Necrobutcher, "t wasn't anything to do with the way Kiss and Alice Cooper used makeup. Dead wanted to look like a corpse, he didn't do it to look cool". Hellhammer claimed that Dead "was the first black metal musician to use corpse paint". To complete his corpse-like image, Dead would bury his stage clothes and dig them up again to wear on the night of a concert.
While performing, Dead would cut himself with hunting knives and broken glass. Additionally, the band had pig or sheep heads impaled on stakes and planted at the front of their stage. Stian Johannsen, who took position as vocalist after Dead's suicide, made this statement about him: "He didn't see himself as human, he said. That is the reason, he knew he would die." In 1990, the members of Mayhem moved to "an old house in the forest" near Oslo, used as a place for the band to rehearse. They began writing songs for De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas. Mayhem bassist Necrobutcher said that, after living together for a while and Euronymous "got on each other's nerves a lot" and "weren't friends at the end". Hellhammer recalls that Dead once went outside to sleep in the woods because Euronymous was playing synth music that Dead hated. Euronymous went outside and began shooting into the air with a shotgun. Varg Vikernes claims. On 8 April 1991, Dead committed suicide in the house owned by the band, he was found by Euronymous with slit wrists and a shotgun wound to the head.
Dead's suicide note notably read "Excuse all the blood, cheers." and included an apology for firing the weapon indoors. Instead of calling the police, Euronymous went to a nearby store and bought a disposable camera to photograph the corpse, after re-arranging some items. One of these photographs was used as the cover of a bootleg live album, Dawn of the Black Hearts. Necrobutcher recalls how Euronymous told him of the suicide:Øystein called me up the next day... and says, "Dead has done something cool! He killed himself". I thought, have you lost it? What do you mean cool? He says, "Relax, I have photos of everything". I was in grief, he was just thinking. So I told him, "OK. Don't fucking call me before you destroy those pictures". Euronymous used Dead's suicide to foster Mayhem's'evil' image and claimed Dead had killed himself because black metal had become'trendy' and commercialized. In time, rumors spread that Euronymous had made a stew with bits of Dead'