Well my HeadBangers, I’m back but as you can see missing almost half of the blog. Oh well we start new and keep going. Glad to be back really.

Week 102 – THE AGONIST

Welcome my HeadBangers from Montreal, Quebec:

The Agonist

“As One We Survive”

“The Gift of Silence”

I have to tell you my HeadBangers, I love this woman’s voice, well done Vicky well done.

Ok guys let’s take a look at some bio on this band, I love it:

The Agonist is a Canadian Metal band from Montreal Quebec, formed in 2004. The current line up consists of guitarists Danny Marino and Pascal (Paco) Jobin, bassist Chris Kells, drummer Simon Mckay, and vocalist Vicky Psarakis, who joined in March 2014 following the departure of vocalist and founding member Alissa White-Gluz. Both Psarakis and White-Gluz use growl and clean vocals. Originally known as the Tempest, the band adopted their current moniker upon their signing to Century Media in 2007. To date, the Agonist has released six studio albums; the latest, Orphans, was released in September 2019Touring extensively since their first album, they have shared the stage with bands such as Arsonists Get All the Girls, Epica, The Faceless, Chelsea Grin, Kamelot and Visions of Atlantis.

The band released their first album “Once Only Imagined” on August 14, 2007. Originally intended as a demo, the release prompted the Agonist to add metal drummer Simon McKay to the band. Released August 28, 2007, the video for “Business Suits and Combat Boots” was filmed by acclaimed director David Brodsky.  The video was voted the number 6 video of the year 2007 on MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball.

After releasing their first album, the Agonist toured with the likes of God Forbid, Arsis, The Faceless, Sonata Arctica, Overkill, Epica, Visions of Atlantis, and Enslaved.  One of the band’s tours was disrupted when their equipment trailer was damaged in a blizzard in the Rocky Mountains. White-Gluz was named one of “the hottest chicks in metal” in the July 2007 issue of Revolver.


She is hot, but there is always another hot one just around the corner my HeadBangers, so with that said they better bring that voice cause hotness isn’t the only thing a band needs.

I’m going to jump ahead to when White-Gluz left the group, because I want to focus on the group now.

In March 2014, White-Gluz announced that she had been chosen as the replacement for Angela Gossow as frontwoman of the Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy. She also revealed that the group as fans knew it was “over” and that she and they had parted ways. Vicky Psarakis was then revealed as the new lead singer of the group. In April 2017, White-Gluz revealed detailed the circumstances of her departure and how she considered it the “biggest betrayal” she’d ever felt in her life. The Agonist later released their own public statement disputing her account, citing unprofessional behavior and a lack of respect for fans and band mates – among other things – as the reason for her departure, and that the band is “breathing a lot easier” in her absence. On July 9, 2014, the band had officially announced via Facebook that their fourth album, Eye of Providence, was released on February 23.  Five followed on September 30, 2016.

As we all know any band, like any family, there are always going to be differences and arguments, and most of the time the change ends up being the best thing for everyone.  

In this case I think it was the best thing for Arch Enemy and The Agonist.  You be the judge my HeadBangers.

On June 7, 2019, the band has released a new single “In Vertigo”, along with the announcement of their new album Orphans, which was then released on September 20, 2019 through Rodeostar Records. The band got nominated for Canadian Juno Award in 2019 for Best Metal Album.

“In Vertigo”

The Agonist are known primarily for Vicky Psarakis and Alissa White-Gluz’s ability to use both clean vocals and metal growls and Danny Marino’s use of two or more intersecting melodies and unorthodox chords often featuring wide intervals and octave displacements. Songs’ themes often revolve around moral concerns such as animal rights, societal dilemmas, and the state of the world.

Let’s meet the band:


Danny Marion – Lead Guitar

Chris Kells – Bass, Backing Vocals

Simon McKay – Drums

Pascal “Paco” Jobin – Rhythm Guitar

Vicky Psarakis – Lead Vocals


“Burn It All Down”

There’s nothing more that I love than some fire, but you all know that.

My Thoughts:

I did find out a few interesting things about our girl Vicky.  She was born on  June 22 in Chicago, Illinois and  is a Greek American. She has a YouTube channel where she does vocal covers.  She also works on other bands like E.V.E and plays drums in a band called Rage of Romance.  The things you can find out.  She is obliviously very talented and I love her singing.  I feel that she is a good fit with the band.  They have been together long enough to work out any problems and hopefully they can  keep it that way.

 The past few months I have been reading and am still reading the bio’s of so many bands and Frontmen/women.  I have found that the Frontman/woman always see things, their story of events,  differently than the rest of the band.   Also, the bands story is always different than the Frontman/woman.  They are like 2 totally different bands,  it’s amazing to me that some, even after many many years are basically just putting up with each other because of the money and the spot light, sure they love touring, it’s in their blood after that long.  But it does take away that fantasy that we fans like to have that bands are always one big happy family, because most are not.  I’m not saying all are that way, I hope not.  Even I want to think all bands are one family just like all us MetalHeads.  I believe that it takes a lot of work to be a band that sticks together through everything.  That’s not easy, especially when you add in every band members personal problems, you can see how this would break a band down.

Well hell my HeadBangers you know how I am when I get on a rant, lmao. I guess sometimes something just hits me and it brings out my inner beast. With that being said I have a few words for the bands.

To the Frontman/woman yes, you are the heartbeat of the band, the face, the one all fans will look to first, you represent the band. What you say and do on stage or off, effects you and the rest of the band. Remember, you are responsible for bringing us every last breath you have to make that song stay with us forever. You also are responsible to remember that you are only as good as the band standing behind you playing their asses off not only for us fans but you, to make sure you can deliver that song in the best possible way. Don’t let it go to your head as so many Frontman/woman have done, it does nothing but make you look like an ass and in the long run hurts or breaks up the band.

To the band, all of you are so important to the success of your band, disagreements, words said in anger at the end of a long day, one member leaves or is asked to leave, well you may find he or she is not so easily replaced. It is your responsibility to make sure you bring 100 percent of your game to the stage. Your band mates depend on you, you slip up and your Frontman/woman can look really stupid up there. We fans are loyal to the core to our bands, but we also don’t have a lot of tolerance for any band that can’t deliver, we work hard for our money that pays for your time, so when you are tired and give us less that 100% remember that if we stop coming to your gigs, stop buying your gear, I’m sure you know what happens to that expensive car, your mansion, or maybe that private plane.

So the next time you see your favorite band forget everything other than the performance. Life changes daily, music keeps us sane, don’t let us down. Forget the shit in the news, everything going on around you and for a little while just let us enjoy your performance, your music, and  our Headbanger family around us.  We don’t have control over everything on this planet, as we can see now, but for that small amount of time we can let go and breathe in our metal, our favorite bands and the family that we are…..


That’s it for this week my HeadBangers.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  Until then don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..


Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

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Hiya, I am really glad I have found this info.  Today bloggers publish only about gossips and web and it’s really frustrating.  A good blog with interesting content, this is what I need.  Thanks for keeping this site, I will be visiting it.  Do you do Newsletters?  I can’t find it.

Well Schliz, first thanks for taking time to leave a comment, I appreciate it.  I don’t do newsletters, I have thought about it but the blog takes up all my time right now.  Maybe in the future.  Thanks again and pass the word along.


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Weekly Band List – and more to come

  • Week 103 – Oct 23 – Shiraz Lane – Rock – Vantaa, Finland
  • Week 102 – Oct 16 – The Agonist – Metal – Montreal, Canada
  • Week 101 – Oct 9 – Butcher Babies – Heavy Metal – Los Angeles, CA
  • Week 100 – Oct 3 – BaYaT – Alternative Rock – Novi Sad, Serbia 
  • Week 98 –  Sept 25 – Dirt – Rock – Heksinki, Finland
  • Week 98 –  Sept 18 – Unearth – MetalCore – Boston, Massachusetts
  • Week 97 –  Sept 11 – Stratovarius – Power Metal – Finland
  • Week 96 –  Sept 4 – SynlakrosS – Mel Death Metal – Valencia, Spain
  • Week 95 – Aug 28 – Striker – New Wave Heavy Metal , Canada
  • Week 94 – Aug 21 – Turisas – Metal –  Hämeenlinna, Finland
  • Week 93 – Aug 14 – Tyr – Metal – Faroe Islands (Part of Denmark)
  • Week 92 – Aug 7 –  After Release of EP – Interview with WuF, Kasperi Merilainen
  • Week 91 – July 24 – Review of EP – Wake Up Frankie – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 90 – July 17 –  SPECIAL ON THRASH METAL BANDS
  • Week 88 – July 10 –  Hinayana Band – Melodic Death/Doom – Austin, Texas
  • Week 87 –  July 3 –   Viikate – Rock/Metal – Kouvola, Finland
  • Week 86 – June 26 – Lumberhead – Metal – Leipzig, Saxony (Germany)
  • Week 85 – June 19 – Nidhoeggr – Pagan Death Metal – Bern, Switzerland
  • Week 84 – June 12 – Aetherian – Dark Melodic Death Metal – Athens, Greece
  • Week 83 – June 5 – Frosttide – Epic Dark Folk Metal – Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Week 82 – May 29 – Amthrya – Advantgarde Death Black Metal – Italy
  • Week 81 – May 22 – Suicidal Angels – Trash – Athens, Greece
  • Week 80 – May 15 – Heart of Jordan – Alter Metal – Lansing, Michigan
  • Week 79 – May 8 – Parasite, Inc. – Melodic Death Metal – Aalen, Germany
  • Week 78 – May 1 – Wake Up Frankie – Grove/Trash/Rock – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 77 – Apr 24 – Abbath – Black Metal – Bergen, Norway
  • Week 76 – Apr 17 – Entombed – Dark/Rock Death/Metal – Stockholm, Sweden
  • Week 75 – Apr 10 – Cruish-Nir – Gothic/Doom – Romania
  • Week 74 – Apr 3 – [Amatory] – MetalCore – St. Petersburg, RussiaWeek 73 – Mar 27 – Njord – Viking Rock – Sandviken, Sweden
  • Week 72 – Mar 20 – Mystic Prophecy – Metal – Dortmund, Germany
  • Week 71 – Mar 13 – Astralborne  – Melodic Death Metal – Toledo, Ohio
  • Week 70 – Mar 6 –  Shakra – HardRock/Metal – Trub, Switzerland
  • Week 69 – Feb 28 –  The Browning – Metal – Kansas City, Missouri
  • Week 68 – Feb 21 –  Tempting Fate – Hard Rock/Metal – Los Angeles, California
  • Week 67 – Feb 14 –  Dynazty – Hard Rock/Metal – Stockholm, Sweden
  • Week 66 – Feb 7  –  Dreyelands – Melodic Progressive Metal – Budapest, Hungary
  • Week 65 – Jan 31 – HoundWolf – Heavy Metal – Witten, Germany
  • Week 64 – Jan 24 – Shadecrown – Melodic Death/Doom/Thrash Metal – Finland
  • Week 63 – Jan 17 – Sea of Treachery – Heavy Metal – Cincinnati, OH
  • Week 62 – Dec 21 – Immersed in Darkness – Black Metal – Brownsville, Texas
  • Week 61 – Dec 14 – Skälmöld – Metal – Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Week 60 – Dec 7  –  The Local Band – Rock – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 59 – Nov 30 – Re-Armed – Melodic Death/Thrash Metal – Kerava, Finland
  • Week 58 – Nov 23 – Ashen Crown – Metal – West Midlands, UK
  • Week 57 – Nov 16 – FEJD –  Swedish Folk – Trollhattan, Sweden
  • Week 56 – Nov 9 – Forever Still – Hard Rock/Metal – Copenhagen, Denmark – This is where it all started.  ONE YEAR AGO, THEY WERE THE FIRST LET’S REVISIT
  • Week 55 – Nov 2  –  Krigere Wolf – Black Death Metal – Catania, Sicily
  • Week 54 – Oct 26 – Aephanemer – Melodic Death Metal – Toulouse, France
  • Week 53 – Oct 19 – Infected Rain – Nu Metal/Nu Metalcore – Chișinău, Moldova
  • Week 52 – Oct 12 – The Veer Union – Hard Rock/NuMetal – Vancouver, BC
  • Week 51 – Oct 5 – Ligature Marks – Metal – Portland, Oregon
  • Week 50 – Sept 28 – AEolian – Metal – Palma, Spain
  • Week 49 – Sept 21 – Smorrah – Thrash/Death Metal – Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • Week 48 – Sept 14 – Beyond the Styx – Hardcore Metal – Tours, France
  • Week 47 – Sept 7 – Brackish Tide –  Metal – Somerset County, MD
  • Week 46 –  August 31 – Kryptos – Old School Heavy Metal – Bangalore, India
  • Week 45 – August 24 – Spyder Volt – Alternative Rock – Laredo, Texas
  • Week 44 –  August 17 – Descent of The ArchAngel – Underground Metalcore – US
  • Week 43 –  August 10 – Dark Messiah – Heavy Metal – Winnipeg, Canada
  • Week 42 –   August 3 – Arcsin -Modern Melodic Progressive Metal – Miami, FL 
  • Week 41 –  July 27 –  Methane Metal – Southern Thrash Metal – Sweden/Jersey
  • Week 40 –  July 20 –  Bloodred Hourglass – Melodic Death/Thrash – Mikkeli, FI
  • Week 39 –  July 13 –  Atarka – Metal – Birmingham, UK. 
  • Week 38 –  July 6   –  Silverbullet Band – Symp Heavy Metal – Riihimaki, Suomi
  • Week 37 –  June 29 –  Hammer Down Hard – New Age Hard Rock/Metal
  • Week 36 – June 22 –  Syth Glasgow – Old School Metal – Glasgow, Scotland
  • Week 35 –  June 15  – Virtues – Metalcore – Brisbane, Australia
  • Week 34 –  June 8  –  Vovkulaka  – Dark Angry Evil Metal – Odessa, Ukraine
  • Week 33 –  June 1  –  Executioner  – Hardcore Thrash – San Antonio, Texas
  • Week 32 – May 25 – Night Shadow – Power/Speed Metal – San Diego, California
  • Week 31 – May 18 – Primitive Machine – Rock, Dublin City, Ireland
  • Week 30 – May 11 – Daggerplay – Punk, R&R, Power Pop, Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 29 – May 4 –  Kalmo – Finnish Doom Metal – Kerava, Finland
  • Week 28 – April 27 – Repaid in Blood – Pure Fucking Geek Metal – San Jose, CA     
  • Week 27 – April 20 – Arch Enemy – Melodic Death Metal – Halmstad, Sweden 
  • Week 26 – April 13 – Falling Into Red – Hard Alter Rock – Pittsburg, PA
  • Week 25 – April 6 – Tulsadoom – Evil Barbaric Heavy Thrash – Vienna, Austria 
  • Week 24 – March 30 – Dream Troll – Old School Rock – Leeds, England
  • Week 23 – March 23 – The 69 Eyes – Goth & Roll – Helsinki Finland
  • Week 22 – March 16 – Ghost Season – Alternative Metal – Athens, Greece
  • Week 21 – March 9 – Vane – Pirate Melodeath Metal – Poland
  • Week 20 – March 2 – Ravenscroft – Rock – Orange, California
  • Week 19 – Feb 23 –  Love Machine – Heavy Rock – Milano, Italy
  • Week 18 – Feb 16 – Children of Bodom – Melodic Death Metal – Espoo, Finland
  • Week 17 – Feb 9 – 10 Gauge – Hard Rock – England, UK
  • Week 16 – Feb 2 – Everlit – Hard Rock – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Week 15 – Jan 26 – Victim of Illusion – Progressive Rock – Turin, Italy
  • Week 14 – Jan 19 – September Sky – Alternative Metal – Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Week 13 – Jan 12 – The Edge of Reason – Post Hardcore – Regensburg, Germany
  • Week 12 – January 1, 2019 New Years Day – The HU BAND – MONGOLIA
  • Week 11 – Dec 29 – Apocalyptica – Rock/Metal – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 10 – Dec 22 – Hidden Scars – Prog/Indus Metal – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Week  9 –  Dec 15 – In Hell – Black Death Metal – Lille, France
  • Week  8 –  Dec 08 – Fireproven – Prog Death Metal – Tampere, Finland
  • Week  7 – Nov 30 – Amon Amarth – Death Metal – Tumba, Sweden
  • Week  6 – Nov 23 – Chernobyls Uterus – Grindcore Metal – Pripyat, Ukraine
  • Week  5 – Nov 17 – Five Finger Death Punch – Metal – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Week  4 – Nov 10 – Universal Theory – Gothic Metal – Madrid, Spain
  • Week  3 – Nov 03 – Mawcore – Hard Rock/Metal – Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
  • Week  2 – Oct 27 – Sin7 Band – Heavy Metal – Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Week  1 – Oct 20 – Forever Still – Hard Rock/Metal – Copenhagen, Denmark


My HeadBangers, welcome from Los Angeles, California, the one and only:



“Monsters Ball”

All right my HeadBangers settle down while we look at some bio on this band:

Butcher Babies is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California consisting of frontwomen Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey, guitarist Henry Flury (Amen), bassist Ricky Bonazza, and drummer Chase Brickenden. Their debut album, Goliath, was released on July 9, 2013 via Century Media Records. It sold 3,300 copies in the US during its first week of release and charted at No. 3 on the Billboard Heatseeker chart and No. 112 on the Billboard.

Let’s look at some history on BB:

The Butcher Babies formed by vocalists Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey in 2010. The band self-released their first EP in 2011. Also, in July 2011, they released a comic book at Comic Con International in San Diego on July 23 and 24th. The comic book was written by Carla Harvey and illustrated by Anthony Winn. Rock Journalist Keith Valcourt stated on the Butcher Babies: “The Hottest Band in the World” in his review of a show: “The Butcher Babies deliver a loud crashing blend of heavy metal, punk and thrash that recalls Pantera, adding their stage show embodies the horror antics of Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie. Carla and Heidi don’t merely sing: they assault the crowd with a blinding flash of aggression and abuse. And the crowd loves them for it.” They gained a lot of attention from their  video of them performing “Fucking Hostile” by Pantera.

On January 6, 2012, the Butcher Babies premiered a new song, “Mr. Slowdeath”. On May 24, they released their first music video for “Mr. Slowdeath”, which was produced by Mudrock (Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack), which is from the band’s self-released EP.

The band signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records in November 2012, and a month later embarked on a North American tour from January to February with Marilyn Manson. Only days after wrapping the tour in the City Of Sin, the band was in an L.A. studio with producer Josh Wilbur (Gojira, Lamb of God, Hatebreed) recording their debut album, Goliath.

On June 6, the band released the street single off their debut album “I Smell A Massacre”. On June 20, the band streamed another song titled “The Deathsurround”. On July 9, The band released their debut album Goliath via Century Media Records. During the first week of sales, the album sold 3,300 copies in the United States which landed it at No. 112 on The Billboard 200 chart.

The Butcher Babies recently toured on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2013 on the Jägermeister Stage and will soon tour with Danzig along with Texas Hippie Coalition, and A Pale Horse Names Death.

On July 26, In an interview with Artisan News, Shepherd and Harvey spoke about their decision to ditch the nipple-tape look during their live performances. Their appearance over the course of the last 6 years consisted of this look as an ode to the late Wendy O. Williams. However, they claimed that the message of creativity and individualism had been received and it was time to evolve to another look.


In early 2014, the band plan to take part in The Hell Pop Tour II, headlined by In This Moment with additional support from Devour the Day, West Hollywood heavy metal ensemble All Hail the Yeti and Los Angeles melodic metal quartet Before the Mourning.

On November 5, 2014, the band announced that they had begun work on their upcoming second studio album. The band completed work on the album on April 3, 2015. The band revealed that the album was a return to their thrash metal roots whereas Goliath was more melodic. The band also revealed the new album will feature a rerecorded version of their first single from 2010, “Blonde Girls All Look the Same”.

On June 10, 2015, the band revealed the title of their upcoming album to be Take It Like a Man, and also released the first single of the album, “Monsters Ball”, despite original plans to release ‘Never Go Back” as the lead single. The band revealed that the record label and management expressed dislike for the album title and artwork, and that the band had to fight to keep them. Regarding the album title, vocalist Carla Harvey said:

We all come from different places and backgrounds, but every member of this band had to fight to be the person he or she is today. That’s the whole basis for the record. It’s not a gender thing. It’s the inner strength you have to find in order to pull your boots up and keep moving forward, whatever the situation may be.

On June 26, the band released a music video for the lead single, “Monsters Ball”. On July 11, the band released the song “Never Go Back” as the second single of the album.

In October 2016, following the departure of original drummer, Chris Warner, Butcher Babies introduced their new drummer Chase Brickenden after he filled in on the band’s tour with Megadeth. The band’s third studio album Lilith was released on October 27, 2017.


On January 22, 2019, Butcher Babies posted a black and white slogan and pictures with possible titles of songs in the new upcoming 4th album on their Instagram page @butcherbabies. The album title and its date of release have yet to be announced.

Butcher Babies’ music has been described as heavy metal, groove metal, and thrash metal.  The band has cited artists and bands such as Pantera, Guns N’ Roses, Marilyn Manson, Slayer, and Slipknot as their influences.   However, the band Plasmatics  had the biggest influence on the band. In an interview, they stated “We are big fans of Wendy O. Williams. We took the name from the Plasmatics Song “Butcher Baby“. Wendy was a bad ass… she didn’t give a fuck what anyone thought… we share that spirit”. 


These are girls after my own heart who say exactly what they want and how they feel.  Gotta respect that my HeadBangers.

 In an interview with Revolver Magazine, Harvey said:

“As a biracial kid growing up in the Detroit area, I got a lot of shit for loving hard rock and metal, and seeing musicians that were also African American playing the music I loved made me strong enough to say, “Fuck you, I’m going to like what I want.” While Heidi had said “My heroes are Slipknot, Wendy O. Williams, Gwen Stefani and Joan Jett. Most of them being females that defy the male dominance in music!” They also stated in an interview, they are heavily influenced by horror movies such as The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects.

In an interview from the Rockstar Mayhem Festival, Shepherd stated that she is very influenced by Slipknot, while Harvey stated that she is heavily into old school metal such as Slayer and Iron Maiden, Klein’s favorite band is Cannibal Corpse, and Flury’s favorite is Meshuggah Butcher Babies are influenced by the nu metal genre.

The Butcher Babies are formally known for their aggressive stage appeal, such as wearing nipple tape. This attire is heavily influenced by Wendy O. Williams of the Plasmatics. Shepherd stated in an interview that “Wendy O. Williams was the first female in heavy metal. She had that single, ‘Butcher Baby’, hence the name BUTCHER BABIES, and she was the first female to just really go all out. She didn’t care what anyone told her. She was going to be the performer she wanted to be without anyone telling her ‘No’. We were both hugely influenced by her, and that’s where the attire came from.”

Well hell now I have to know who the hell is Wendy O. Williams:

Wendy Orlean Williams was an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born in Webster, New York, she came to prominence as the lead singer of the punk rock band Plasmatics. Her onstage theatrics included partial nudity, exploding equipment, firing a shotgun, and chainsawing guitars.


FFS I had no idea this was Lemmy’s Wendy.  Tragic as my HeadBangers know, but that’s a whole other story.  Maybe down the road guys.  I always feel that as great and as influential as Lemmy was in the music industry I could not do him justice, but maybe someday.

Let’s meet the Band:


Carla Harvey – Vocals

Heidi Shepherd – Vocals

Henry Flury – Guitars

Chase Brickenden – Drums

Ricky Bonazza – Bass.


My Thoughts:

Well my HeadBangers, so much information here, and that’s what I love bringing to this blog.  I love that Heidi got the name of the Band from one of Wendy O’s songs.  That is some history isn’t it?!  I really didn’t know much about Wendy, I knew about a woman that Lemmy had a tragic time with but like I said that’s another story.  I love that Butcher Babies, does, says, and sings it like they want to with no apologies.  That is how a band should be.  Think about it what bands do you like the most??  The ones that are the wild ones, that shock you, that you cannot wait to see again.  Yes that is how it is my HeadBangers and we all know it.

That’s it for this week my HeadBangers.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime, don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..


Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

This weeks comment it from:

Nila N.

I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest but your site’s really nice, keep it up!   I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back later.   Many thanks!

Many thanks to you Nila for taking time to leave a comment.  Come back anytime and spread the word, it is appreciated.


Week 100 – BaYaT

Welcome my HeadBangers from Novi Sad, Serbia:



This is their new song just released on September 26, 2020.  

“So It Begins”

I fricking love this song.  Listen to the words my HeadBangers.  I love a band that has a message for all the world.  All you have to do is listen with open ears, minds, and hearts

Let’s look at some bio on these guys:

BaYaT are a five piece rock band from Novi Sad, Serbia. They formed as BaYaT in 2018 after playing together for several years as a cover band called “Milos and Good Company“, covering such bands as Linkin Park, Slipknot, Korn, Serj Tankien, Soundgarden amongst others.

Frontman Milos Bajat had been featured on several reality shows such as “X Factor” and “First voice of Serbia”. Although he progressed well on both shows, he was disillusioned by the production and the politics surrounding such shows and was soon back on the local rock scene.

The birth of BaYaT started after a chance meeting between Milos and now band manager and executive producer Englishman David Anthony Kitching, who happen to see him perform and was instantly impressed by his vocals to a point of saying he was the best male vocal performer he had heard in the Balkans.

On Christmas Day of 2019 BaYaT released their debut album “So It Begins“, an eight track album of pure rock with hints of Alt Rock and pinches of NU Metal, accompanying solid vocals with strong messages about current affairs and situations. The album itself is the beginning of a longer story that will spill into future album releases.

There were four single releases from their debut album: “Lost”“Adrenaline”“So It Begins”, and “A Prayer In Time”. All videos were directed by Milos’s wife Shka Bajat.


In late 2019 BaYaT changed production studios from Novi Sad to Studio Blaze Belgrade and started a new collaboration with Studio producer Milos Mihajlovic, a decision that has proved pivotal as the production has really moved up a level with a great understanding between Band, Manager and Producer.

In 2020 BaYaT took to their “So It Begins” tour performing in rock venues and festivals before the pandemic brought a dramatic halt to all performances.

Currently BaYaT are working on their second album “Purge“ and will have their first single “Madness“ off the album released 26th September 2020.

The journey continues …

Let’s meet the band:


Milos Bajat (M8) – Vocal

Milos Bajat ( M8 ) was born in 1987, Novi Sad, Serbia. His early influences were David Coverdale and Steven Tyler. However, as time went by some other artists made an impact on him as well. In particular, the late Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington. Rock and Roll has always been his genre as it is the one area of music that just makes sense to him. 

In 2010 he won “The Battle of the Bands” in Sarajevo with his former band “Supernova”, competing with 300 other bands from the Balkans. He also participated in music competition shows: “The Voice of Serbia” & “The X Factor Serbia” in 2011 and 2012. In 2015 he joined “Generacija 5”, an iconic Serbian band. Together they performed at “Zajecarska Gitarijada”, one of the longest lasting festivals in Serbia and in South Eastern Europe.

M8 says music is not just a vocation, but a way of life. Therefore, his primary focus is to record more songs with BaYaT, so that he can share them with people all around the world.


Srdjan Sivacki (Grey) – Lead Guitar

Born in 1992, Novi Sad, Serbia. When he was a kid, he’d watch his dad play the guitar and wondered if he could play it, too. His interest in music constantly grew, especially rock and metal.

Linkin Park was one of the first bands he started listening to. However, he took up the guitar because of Iron Maiden. Once he heard how powerful and emotional their music was , he picked up his dad’s guitar and started playing. After years of guitar lessons and practicing, he was in a rock band. Tons of rehearsals and cover songs led him to where he is now, with BaYaT, ready to make some awesome music!


Konstantin Srdjanov (Lil’ Coly) – Rhythm Guitar

Born in 1992, Novi Sad, Serbia. Music played a very important part in his life and it still does. When he was a kid he used to sit with his dad and listen to Animals, Stones, Clapton etc. He got hooked on, wondering how music could cause such a strong emotion. Hence, there was just one option for him – to play the guitar.

In his early teenage days he was influenced by nu-metal wave. Listening to Linkin  Park, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot and other, he just couldn’t believe music could sound like that. Soon enough he realized music had become a get-away-free card in his life. Having a chance to impact fans with his music is his honor and inspiration.


Marko Vanovic (Warden) – Bass Guitar

Born in 1977, Novi Sad, Serbia. He got his fender jazz bass when he was 12 and that changed his life. Influenced by Flee, Carl Alvarez and Robert Trujillo, he started playing with a band called UMT. They released the album “Der Klasiker” in 2003. Later on, he played with “Vrisak Generacije”, “2 Minuta Mrznje”, “Generacija bez buducnosti” etc. Although he was mostly involved with punk, old school hc and nu metal, he also played with an indie rock band “Michel” in 2016.

Warden says that music makes him a better man, a man who can connect with people, their lives and souls.


Darko Perkovic (Styx) – Drums

Born in 2003, Novi Sad, Serbia. Styx expressed talent for rhythm and drums at the age of 12. Since the very first day he got his first drum set, he hasn’t stopped practicing and building upon his natural talent.

He’s influenced by Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy and Alex Rudinger. He made the most progress whilst working with Nenad Kojic at “Kulturno Skloniste” music education centre. 

Styx says that music is his portal to another dimension where he can be his true self.


I love it when I have a band with info about each member.  It brings them closer to us the listener.

“A Prayer In Time”

I love this song.  It’s a perfect place to shoot a video. What do you think my HeadBangers?


As always I try to find out what a bands name means and this was straight from their manager David Kitching:

About the band’s name, well, it originates from the singer’s last name Bajat. Firstly, we changed the J into Y because of the pronunciation, in Serbia it is pronounced BaYaT (buy-at).  Secondly, BaYaT means a solemn oath in Arabic which is special for the band as the whole set up of the band from its members to the people and management that work with the band are all connected through either friend or family. So in a way BaYaT and the meaning is the core to everything we do.

Here’s some info on the bands hometown.  

Novi Sad is a city in northern Serbia on the banks of the Danube River. Standing atop a riverside bluff, much of Petrovaradin Fortress dates to the 17th and 18th centuries, with an iconic clock tower and a network of tunnels. Across the river is the old quarter, Stari Grad, site of the Gothic Revival Name of Mary Church and the neo-Renaissance City Hall.

My Thoughts:

My HeadBangers, as you know this is the blogs 100th week.  I wanted a band that not only had some great music, but a band that had something to say to all the world that would hopefully make us all stop and think about wth we are all doing right now.  Are we making a positive or negative action to the world and people around us.  Now is the time for compassion and hope and help, while we still headbang out to great music.  We HeadBangers are one family and always will be, but we still can lend that hand to others, ok no shaking hands but you know what I mean guys.  This Covid has put us all on pause, we can worry every minute of the day or grab your mask and hit the street and see where you can make a difference, even the smallest thing will make a difference to someone trust me.  

Remember we are all in this together.  Look to each other for help and emotional support, seriously the smallest thing you do can have a huge impact on another person.  No I’m not preaching, this is about we the HeadBangers, don’t wait for any government to help, we will and can do it ourselves.  We are familia my HeadBangers and always will be.

And a word to this band I have found, thanks to David.  Thank you for your music and please keep up the good work.  I know you will never stop, I can feel it in your words.  Also, a huge shout out and thank you to David Kitching, without his email, I would never have found this band.  Also, thank you so much for the information and all your help with my questions.  Please feel free to send me any updates on the band and I will update their page as they are now part of our family.  I love the meaning behind the name, if only everyone was like that it would make the world so much better.

Well my HeadBangers that’s it for this week,  Join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime, don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn….1.

Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

This weeks comment is from:

Stanley H.

Good day! Would you mind if I share your blog with my myspace group?  There’s a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content.  Please let me know. Cheers

Thank you so much Stanley.  Feel free to spread the word, it is much appreciated.  I can always use more HeadBangers here.


1 Day And Counting

We made it my HeadBangers, omfg, these next 2 bands are just fire.

Bloodred Hourglass, Mikkeli, Finland – see Week 40

“Waves of Black”

I have seen them live and I’m telling you Jarkko owns that stage and is one of the best growl vocalist I have heard.



Wake Up Frankie, Helsinki, Finland – see Week 78

“The Outlaw”

I just love WuF, they are very special to me.



2 Days And Counting

Almost there my HeadBangers, just not enough days to cover all my favorite bands, here are 2 more..

Kryptos, Bangalore, India – see Week 46


This song never gets old to me, I could listen to it everyday.



Aephanemer, Toulouse, France – see Week 54


This woman can growl vocal all day long.


3 Days And Counting

Here we go HeadBangers 3 days and counting….

The Browning, Kansas City, Missouri – see Week 69


They are brutal, I love them………….

the brown


Ravenscroft, Orange, California – see Week 20



4 Days And Counting

Well my HeadBangers here we are at 4 days and the countdown continues.  These are 2 of my most favorite bands, both are from Germany.  There is something about these German Bands that really gets to me, I just love them.  

Smorrah from Gelsenkirchen, Germany – see Week 49

“Hope Dies Last”



Parasite, Inc, from Aalen, Germany – see Week 79

“The Pulse of the Dead”

I fking love this song.


My MetalHeads really you have to check both these bands out, they are so damn good……………..

Let the countdown begin…. 5 days and counting…..

Ok my HeadBangers, the count down begins.. 5 days until we celebrate our 100th week on the blog.  In the meantime, I thought this would be a good time to give you my top 5 bands, one a day until Friday.  I’m trying to only do 5 but it might end up being 2 a day, it’s so hard to pick only 5.  As I was scrolling through the blog every pic of every band it hit me.  All these bands are so important to me, and its so hard to pick only 5, but with that said let’s begin.  

My HeadBangers, it  is a great honor to have had these talented Artists on  the blog.  They are the reason I love my Nordic music.  I listened to this song for 10 days, on the way to work, at work, on the way home from work, everywhere and anywhere.  This song was trying to speak to me and I had to listen till I finally heard what it was trying to say to me.

Join me in the fire it said, I was drawn to them without question, and fell into the fire that is APOCALYPTICA.        And this was the song.

“Not Strong Enough”

With Brent Smith

And here they are:


From left to right:

Paavo Lotjonen – Cellist

Miko Siren – Drummer

Eicca Toppinen – Cellist

Perttu Kivilaakso – Cellist

Franky Perez – Vocalist

For more info on them see Week 11.  I absolutely love these guys and their music comes straight from their hearts.


  They are my number one and always will be.  Tomorrow we keep counting down to 4…Join me…


Week 99 – DIRT

Welcome my HeadBangers, from Helsinki, Finland:  DIRT


Let’s look at some Bio, the band sent me:

A rock group called DIRT started in July 2018.  After honing their chops in various rock and metal bands for several years, the five-piece band aimed for an instant impact by putting out three singles in 2018 and their debut EP “Low Life” in March 2019.


Their strategy worked.  DIRT’s music has already gathered over  million streams on Spotify and the track “Low Life” also made an appearance on the Finland’s Top 50 Viral-list shortly after it’s release.


After active touring last year and being forced to cancel nation-wide tours and festival debut for 2020, DIRT started to record their anticipated debut album, which is currently in progress.  Dirt was booked to perform at Tuska 2020, and also had a tour with Shiraz Lane (Below) that was supposed to happen but was postponed the day the 1st show of the tour was supposed to begin.  So now the tour is bound to happen next spring in May.  


All I can say is that would be a hell of a gig with these 2 bands.  There’s nothing I love more than the hair.   Anyway let me breathe and get back on  track.

Ok my HeadBangers let’s finally meet this band:


Left to Right:

Sebastian Frigren – Guitars & Backing Vocals

Aleksi Tiainen – Vocals

Alex Anttila – Drums

Kappe Koutonen – Guitars & Backing Vocals

Benny Raivio – Bass & Backing Vocals

Here’s the song HeadBangers… “LOW LIFE”

You know I had to ask the band how they came up with the name DIRT.

“I’m afraid it’s not the most exciting story, but here we go anyway.  So in a nutshell the name was one that constantly popped up while we were thinking about a suitable name for the dirty, raw and heavy sound we were going for in contrast of the more polished and clean sounding rock bands around at the time.  We were also fully aware of the connections people might draw to Alice In Chains and Mötley Crüe etc, but ultimately decided we weren’t bothered about that and really digged the punchy and straightforward sound and feel of the name DIRT.  So there’s not really any special meaning behind it, it just felt right!”  

I want to thank Benny for this story.  I love it, your band name becomes part of you, and when you feel it is right, it becomes part of your bands history.  I have no doubt DIRT will be around for a long time, and as I told Benny, they will get this question millions of times, it’s one I always try to find out.  Some bands don’t give any thought to their name.

I also want to thank Kappe for sending me the bio.  I appreciate it guys.




My Thoughts:

Where do I begin with these guys.  While looking for new bands last week, I came across this group of 5 hotties called DIRT.  Ahhh DIRT, perkele what is this about.  So I listened to a couple songs and I was definitely interested in finding out more about them.  So I started to do my private eye work, and I found a little but not what I wanted, so as I usually do I  messaged the band to see if they would help me.  Trust me I have asked bands before if they could help me with bio, etc. and some of them just don’t answer me, I understand they could be busy, not have a PR person, hint hint.  Their loss HeadBangers.  The way a band treats their fans is really about who they are, you all know what I’m talking about.  Anyway, DIRT was so helpful and responded right away, despite the 8 hour time difference.  I not only love their music, but I know next year once they are touring we are going to hear a lot more about them.  This Corona Virus has put us all on pause, but, hopefully next year we will be on the road to Tuska to see DIRT.  That my HeadBangers would be a great gig….

Well that’s it for this week my HeadBangers.  Join me next week, IT’S party time as we celebrate our 100TH week. Starting Sunday the 27th every day I will post a little something on my 5 top favorite bands. Ending up Friday the 2nd of October with BAYAT from Novi Sad, Serbia. It’s going to be a great week. Also, if I might add a few words here, don’t think this is easy it’s not, it’s a lot of hours and love for my bands as I call them. But, I love my music as I have said, it has saved me more than once, I’m sure you can relate. And in the meantime, don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..


Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

This weeks comment is from:

Deno L.

Appreciating the time and energy you put into your website and detailed information you present. It’s awesome to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same outdated rehashed material. Great read! I’ve saved your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google account.

Thank you so much for taking time to write a comment.  It is a lot of work but comments like yours make it all worth it.  Thanks again.



Welcome my HeadBangers from Boston, MA:  UNEARTH

“Never Cease”


Let’s look at some bio on these guys:

Unearth was formed by Trevor Phipps, Buz McGrath, Ken Susi, Mike Rudberg, and Chris Rybicki in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1998. The band began as Point 04 (containing McGrath, Rudberg, and Rybicki), and Susi was recruited soon afterwards. The band attempted to recruit Phipps while he recovered from appendicitis, but Phipps was reluctant to join. However, when Phipps showed up to a jam session for one of Susi’s side bands, Unearth was practicing instead, and Phipps agreed to join after hearing the song “Shattered by the Sun.” The name “Unearth” was coined by drummer Mike Rudberg as he wanted the band to “Unearth” a new sound in the metal and hardcore world. On the small independent label, Endless Fight Records, they released their first EP called Above the Fall of Man in May 1999. Unearth then signed to Eulogy Recordings  to release The Stings of Conscience in 2001 and the Endless EP in 2002. During the process of Endless, Chris Rybicki left the group and was replaced by John Maggard.

After playing tours and festivals like the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival with Unearth, Mike Rudberg departed from the group days after their performance at TheSXSW  in 2003, having performed the show in the nude.  Also Buz McGrath left for personal problems but came back shortly after. The rest of Unearth would then use Tim Mycek of Sworn Enemy as temporary replacement drummer and Kia Eshghi of Rumi on guitar. Before Buz returned, Mike Martin from All That Remains also filled in for him. After Buz’s return, Adam D from Killswitch Engage  also filled in on drums for the last two months of the year.

With Buz McGrath and new permanent drummer Mike Justian, of The Red Chord and previously post-hardcore band Hassan I Sabbah, Unearth released The Oncoming Storm through Metal Blade Records on June 29, 2004. That summer, they played at Ozzfest and would later begin touring with Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, and Lamb of God for MTV’s Headbangers Ball United States tour. They would also tour with Slipknot the next year. In 2005, Unearth performed in the first ever Sounds of the Underground tour with numerous bands like Norma Jean, Gwara, and All That Remains.


In early 2006, they began writing their next album. After the writing process, they recorded III: In the Eyes of Fire with well-known heavy metal producer Terry Date at Seattle. This latest coup was yet another landmark in their blossoming career, a fact the band were quick to acknowledge: “Working with Terry Date is another amazing feat for us on a growing list of accomplishments”.   As they finished their latest album, they performed at Ozzfest for the second time, including songs from the album even though it was not destined for release until August 8, 2006. During the release, they began their headlined Sanctity of Brothers tour with Bleeding Through, Animosity, Through the Eyes of the Dead and Terror. After participating in Japan’s Loud Park festival, Unearth and Slayer toured together all around the U.S. in early 2007 on the Christ Illusion tour. They headlined a European tour in the beginning of 2007 with Job for a Cowboy, Despised Icon, and DAATH. Which was followed by a U.S. & Canadian tour with Dimmu Borgir, DevilDriver and Kataklysm that began in the middle of April. It was during this tour that drummer Mike Justian was fired from the band for numerous reasons. To fill in for the rest of the tour, Gene Hoglan of Strapping Young Lad was recruited. They played in the 2007 Download Festival with Seemless/Kingdom of Sorrow/studio drummer Derek Kerswill who has since joined the band officially.

The band’s live DVD Alive from the Apocalypse  was released on March 18, 2008, and debuted at No. 13 on the Billboard  Top Music Video Chart, with sales around 1,800. It was also certified gold in Canada a week after its release.

On October 14, 2008, Unearth released their fourth album, entitled The March. The album features a re-recorded version of the song “The Chosen”, which they contributed to the album Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters Colon the Soundtrack. The band recently completed a tour with Gwen Stacy,  The Acacia Strain, Whitechapel and Protest the Hero. They have completed the Never Say Die Club Tour with Parkway Drive, Architects, Despised Icon, Protest the Hero, Whitechapel and Carnifex. They have also completed theMetal Hammer Defenders of the Faith tour with other acts such as Lamb of God, Dimmu Borgir and Five Finger Death Punch.

As of early 2009, it has been confirmed that The March has sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide.   In March 2010, Unearth confirmed that they will be playing the Download Festival opening the festival on the Maurice Jones Stage (formerly known as Main Stage) along with Killswitch Engage, 36 Crazyfists and Them Crooked Vultures.

On September 20, 2010 it was announced that former bassist, Chris Rybicki was killed in a car accident caused by an intoxicated woman. He was 39 years old.

On October 25, 2010, Unearth issued a statement saying they and Derek Kerswill had amicably parted ways. The band stated there is no bad blood towards Kerswill, and that the situation is purely based on musical differences. Justin Foley will fill in for drums for their new album.

Unearth completed a North American tour with As I Lay Dying, All That Remains and Carnifex and headed to Europe for the 10-day “Persistence Tour” in December 2010.


On January 31, 2011, the band was announced to be a part of the 2011 Mayhem Festival on the Jägermeister stage. Among the other bands billed for this tour were Disturbed, Godsmack, Megadeth, In Flames, Trivium, Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish, Kingdom of Sorrow, Red Fang and Machine Head.

In January 2011 the band entered the studio to work on their fifth studio album entitled Darkness in the Light, which was later released on July 5, 2011. The album was produced by Adam Dutkiewics and drums were tracked by Justin Foley. On the Metal Injection LiveCast on Wednesday, April 13 Buz McGrath was the special guest.  He discussed the new album and mentioned a possible release date. He mentioned that it was vocalist’s Trevor Phipps best effort on all the Unearth albums.

In 2013, Unearth was a part of the Brothers of Brutality tour headlined by Whitechapel and Emmure. John did not perform this tour due to personal matters. Matt DeVries took over until his return.

During fall 2014, Unearth released two tracks from their new album Watchers of Rule, which was later released on October 28, 2014 via eOne Music and features 11 tracks on the regular edition and 13 tracks on the deluxe version.

In an interview with Noisefull, lead guitarist Buz McGrath revealed that the band currently has an open bass player position, confirming that John ‘Slo’ Maggard (who had been missing from touring for the last two years and did not contribute to Watchers of Rule) is no longer in the band. DeVries, who had performed live bass on all but one tour since the start of 2013, also chose to end his association with the band (and indeed stepped out of music altogether) at year’s end, with Chris O’Toole being selected as a live fill-in afterward.

Unearth headlined the fury tour which featured acts like Fit For an Autopsy, Reflections, Great American Ghost, Ringworm and Culture Killer.

The band then supported Soilwork on their Fury Tour alongside Battlecross, Darkness Divided and Wovenwar.

In 2017, Unearth did a small Spring headliner with Fit for an Autopsy, exalt and Darkness Divided.

In the March of 2018, Unearth announced that they would be playing the final touring portion of the Vans Warped Tour. They would be joined by bands like Every Time I Die, Motionless in White, Wage War, Chelsea Grin, Simple Plan, The Amity Affliction, Harm’s Way and much more.

The first single off their newest album, Incinerate premiered on July 2, 2018. The album Extinction(s) was released on November 23.

In support of the new album, the band went on a late 2018 tour with Fit for an Autopsy once again, The Agony Scene and Traitors joined as support.

In early 2019, Unearth co-headlined The “Death to False Metalcore Tour” with Darkest Hour, Misery Signals, Malevolence and Left Behind joined as support on the tour.

Unearth supported Soulfly in the February of 2019 on the West Coast for their Ritual Tour.

Unearth opened up for All That Remains on their Spring Headliner Tour. Big Story and The 9th Planet Out also joined up on the tour.

Unearth is set to open up for Soulfly once again this year for the “Blood on the Streets” tour.  Incite, Prison and Arrival of Autumn will be featured on the lineup.

I know my HeadBangers it’s long but, they have a lot of info, they have put in the work and deserve to be heard, they’ve earned it!

“No Reprisal”


Ok my HeadBangers, who’s ready for the damn MOSH PIT!!!!

Let’s meet the band


    Trevor Phipps – Lead Vocals (1998-present)

    Buz McGrath – Lead Guitar (1998-present)

    Ken Susi – Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals (1998-present)

    Nick Pierce – Drums (2012-present)

    Chris O’Toole – Bass, Backing Vocals (2014-present)


    One thing I’ve noticed about these guys, they can JUMP!!!!



    Well my HeadBangers there you have it UNEARTH.   I am a Melodic Death Metal, and Nordic Folk Metal fan, that’s my thing, oh and of course I can’t forget my German Thrash, oh hell what can I say.  BUT, when you throw in a great front man like Trevor, someone that has that voice, it’s a cross between growl vocals and raw, dark, emotion, well I can’t help but notice, yeah the hair doesn’t hurt either.  GUYS DON’T CUT THE HAIR.  I’m sure he has some tips on how to keep that throat in shape.  To be honest I had never heard these guys music  before but, once I read their story and listened, I was there.  Metal is such a journey, the things that happen to a band, to the members, is what makes them better.  Those that work through what life throws at them and   don’t stop will always come out on top .  They have toured with bands we’ve all heard of and even across the pond in Europe.  I really like this band, I like their sound and their words.  I just have one question, someone please tell me how did you come up with the name UNEARTH.  I love a band that has a story, and I know there is more to this one than what I can find.  Guys if you read this PLEASE tell me the story!!

    Well my HeadBangers that’s it for this week.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if  you can’t handle the burn…..


    Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

    This weeks comment is from:

    Thaddeus I.

    Hi!  Someone in my Facebook group shared this site with us, so I came to look it over.  I’m definitely enjoying the information.  I’m book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers!  Great blog and fantastic design.

    Thanks so much Thad.  Please pass the word, you can never had to many MetalHeads.  Thanks again.


    Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

    This weeks comment is from:

    Carlota M.

    Hello! Someone in my Facebook group shared this website with us so I came to check it out. I’m definitely loving the information. I’m book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Fantastic blog and outstanding design and style.

    Thanks so much Carlota for taking the time to leave a comment.  I appreciate it.  I’m so glad you like the set up..  Stop by anytime and spread the word.  Thanks again!!


    Week 97 – STRATOVARIUS

    Welcome from Finland the Power Metal Gods:

    This song literally makes my eyes water.  Especially in these times we find ourselves in.  But we wait, sometimes patiently and sometimes not, but we wait and we will continue….

    “Shine in the Dark”

    “My Eternal Dream”

    My HeadBangers do you ever hear a band, a song, and ask yourself, how did I never hear this band before?  I do it all the time.  This planet is filled with bands that one life time will not be enough to hear them all.  But I am thankful for the ones I come across, because some change my life, my thoughts, and my heart.  When the world is spinning out of control all around me, I come to my music and it clears my mind and gives me for a time some peace.

    Let’s look at some bio on this band taken from their site:

    Stratovarius was founded in 1984 in Finland under the name Black Water. They went through a number of personnel, style and name changes before the band found its own voice. The founding members were Tuomo Lassila, Staffan Stråhlman, and John Vihervä. By 1985, the name had changed to Stratovarius (a combination of Stratocaster and Stradivarius), and guitarist/vocalist Timo Tolkki entered the band, replacing Stråhlman.

    Tolkki became the driving force and mastermind of the band, assuming relatively complete control of the song-writing. He brought along not only strong rock influences, but also a neo-classical tinge. The band released a demo to various record companies by 1987, finally being picked up by CBS Finland. In 1989, their debut album Fright Night was released, following two singles. After being dropped by CBS, the band went through several member changes, but they managed to release a second album on another label. In 1994 they released their third album, Dreamspace, featuring new bass player Jari Kainulainen, and after that, a full-time singer joined the band: Timo Kotipelto. The release of Fourth Dimension (featuring Kotipelto on vocals) in 1995 was a great success, but internal differences in the band, particularly about the future musical direction, prompted the departure of long-time drummer Tuomo Lassila and keyboardist Antti Ikonen.

    Two new non-Finnish members were recruited: Swedish keyboardist Jens Johansson, of Yngwie Malmsteen fame; and German drummer Jörg Michael. With the fifth release Episode, Stratovarius had finally found its sound and had a strong, diverse line-up. Episode was a grand project, featuring a large choir and a string orchestra. It spawned some of the all-time greatest Stratovarius hits, such as Father Time and Will The Sun Rise. This line-up released three hugely successful albums over the years: Visions in 1997, Destiny in 1999, and Infinite in 2000. With every album, their fame and fan-base expanded, and they started gaining a stronger following outside Scandinavia, particularly in Japan. In 2003, the band released its most epic project yet, the two album suite named Elements. With these albums, they reached a peak in their progressive and symphonic style of power-metal. The first album, Elements pt. 1, was released in early 2003, followed by a world tour. Elements pt. 1 was followed by Elements pt. 2, also released on Nuclear Blast records the same year.

    In January 2005, Stratovarius recorded their self-titled new album which was released in the same year by Sanctuary Records. In June 2005, Jari Kainulainen left the band, and was replaced by Lauri Porra.  In the fall of 2005, Stratovarius was on the road in the US.

    Stratovarius was at times progressive and experimentally skewed, and a rather dark record. It was a daring and ambitious album which took the band in a new direction.

    But unfortunately, dark clouds were shadowing the band’s path once again. In 2005, Sanctuary was starting to have severe financial problems and the whole label collapsed just as the record was released. Much of Sanctuary’s staff was made redundant, the stock price plunged, and banks and other creditors circled the company like vultures. The band played over 100 shows without any support from their record company, appearing at numerous festivals, and a long period of extensive touring all over Europe, Japan and South America began. One highlight was the two month Monster Metal Madness tour together with Shakra and HammerFall. It was a package of true power metal at its best, conquering Europe like an avalanche.

    In the meantime, Sanctuary’s financial troubles had really deepened. The band had to enter into a legal process with them to be able to release their next album. But the battle with this giant sinking multinational ship dragged on for more than a year, and it drained a lot of the spirit out of the band. In the end these tough times proved too much for Tolkki.

    In April 2008 he left Stratovarius and its debts and troubles behind, and gave the remaining members his blessing to do whatever they want with the band and the legal case, and formed a new band, Revolution Renaissance. The rest of Stratovarius’ members found themselves in legal limbo and with a heavy legal debt, but they were without preconceptions also all working on new music.

    The turning point came when a settlement with Sanctuary was finally achieved in late summer 2008.

    A burst of creative energy followed. The young and very talented Finnish lead guitarist, Matias Kupiainen, joined the band.

    In September 2008 the band found the freedom to go into seclusion for almost a month in a cottage by the sea in a Finnish forest to relax, laugh, write songs, be creative together, and record. And they found themselves being a band reborn. The result is a melodic, powerful, fresh, tight, and technically elaborate new album.


    “Polaris” was recorded in fall 2008 at Hästholmen and 5-by-5 studios, Helsinki, Finland. Mixed by the longtime confidant of the band Mikko Karmila the album became another shining polar star at the Northern sky. Powerful melodies mingle with sophisticated arrangements, strong anthems stand alongside heavy songs. 11 songs full of energy, musicianship, and a positive outlook.

    “Polaris” saw a worldwide release in late May 2009 on edel/ear music and JVC in Asia. Being such a positive, powerful album it was acclaimed by both Stratovarius fans all over the world and the press. The band supported the release of Polaris with an extended world tour in 2009 and 2010.

    Reviews in many well-known metal magazines described “Polaris” as a true Stratovarius album, some even calling it the best since “Destiny”, praising its brilliant melodies, positive approach and vivid style.

    The last concert of their Polaris world tour was on 21 August 2010 at the Jazztori Festival in Lahti. Long before that in May 2010 the band started already the first rehearsals for the new record in Sotkamo, Finland. The new found energy and the positive spirits within the band were already proven by “Polaris”, but the long awaited creative boost did not stop there. Stratovarius recorded many demo songs in the course of the summer, coming up regularly with new ideas.

    Subsequently the band started working in the 5-by-5 studios, revising their demos and recording the best songs. The new album “Elysium” is produced by Matias Kupiainen who proved to be not only a great musician, but a gifted producer as well. Altogether the whole creative working process within the band got more democratic, integrating the best and most valuable unique talents of all five members in the song writing and recording process very well.

    Currently Stratovarius are looking forward to join Helloween on their “7 sinners world tour” as very special guests, which happens to kick off in Vienna on the same day when the first single of “Elysium” will be released – November 26th.

    The EP bears the title “Darkest Hour” and consists of five songs. “Darkest hour”, a song about keeping the will to face difficult times in life and ending up being stronger, the demo version of “Darkest hour”, “Infernal Maze”, which is one of the new songs on “Elysium” as well and live recordings of “Against the wind” and “Black Diamond”.

    I know it was a little long but, I felt the story was well worth the read.  Also, they have captured my heart and there it is.

    Let’s meet the band:


    From left to right:

    Jens Johansson – Keyboards

    Timo Kotipelto – Vocals

    Lauri Porra – Bass

    Rolf Pilve – Drums

    Matias Kupiainen – Guitar


    “Until The End Of Days”

    “Black Diamond”

    “4000 Rainy Nights”

    Well my HeadBangers you can surely see why this band has stolen my heart.  If any band at anytime in my life has called to me, spoke to me,  here they are.  Every song has a meaning to me, it pours into me like warm shot of Salmiakki.  You know when you listen to a song and it makes you sad but at the same time makes you stronger.  I think we can all use that right now.  I am sure the KEIJU had something to do with this.  Let me explain who the Keiju are.

    They are a Finnish variety of a fairy or sprite, keiju are tiny and beautiful humanoid creatures with wings like those of a dragonfly or butterfly. They reside in forest ponds or misty meadows, usually in a parallel world, not unlike the pagan image of the fey. Like most other interpretations of fairies or fey, they are shy and avoid humans, but if encountered, they are friendly and love to dance.

    If they brought us together this band and I, they have my utmost gratitude.  This was a much needed gift.

    Had to put just one more.  It hit me like a brick wall.

    “Coming Home”

    I swear these guys have brought a clear reality to all my doubts and fears.  They have truly brought me home.  I hope whatever music you choose my HeadBangers to listen to, I hope it gives you clarity and shows you the way home…..

    Well my HeadBangers that’s it for this week.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..


    Week-96 SYNLAKROSS

    My HeadBangers, welcome from Valencia, Spain, the melodic death metal band with a personal touch,   SYNLAKROSS

    “Curly Wolves”

    Well my HeadBangers what do you think?


    Let’s look at some bio on this band, taken from their site:

    SynlakrosS is a Spanish female fronted band which plays a Melodic Death Metal base with some of alternative metal, nu-metal and metalcore influences. With their music and thematic lyrics they inject a good dose of energy and that transport your mind to a world of adventure with a good deal of rebellion. Sharp riffs and powerful rhythms accompanying a female voice with soft melodies and crazy screams that will caress and shake your eardrum equally.

    Their influences are bands as In Flames, The Gazette, Korn, Slipknot, Dir En Grey, Lamb of God, among others.

    Then band was formed in 2008 by Pablo ‘Roro’ and Tiko Martinez (ex-drummer), and the line-up was closed in 2010. The SynlakrosS crew consists of five talented members well know for their charisma on stage, passionate music and proximity with their fans. Since the beginning, SynlakrosS has been building a solid worldwide fan base.

    In 2011 they released “SynlakrosS” demo and in 2013 their first album “Melodichrome”, which was succeded by the singles “Wish I Had An Angel” in 2014 and “Drangon Egg” in 2015. Was this year when they were proclaimed WINNERS of the contest GRANITO ROCK FESTIVAL in the METAL SECTION, receiving national recognition and when they shared stage with bands such as SARATOGA, VITA IMANA and ANGELUS APATRIDA.

    Their second album ‘Death Bullets For A Forajido’, available since May 26, 2016, is always receiving excellent reviews from around the world. This album is a turning point in their career that has allowed them to share stage with the international bands THE AGONIST and JINJER on their Spanish tours and PRIMAL FEAR at Granito Rock Festival. Thanks to this work they have chosen ‘Revelation Band of the Year’, ‘Best Album’, ‘Best Album Cover’ and ‘Best Music Video’ by national and international press.


    The evolution continues with ‘Malice Murder’, her third album that combines supernatural horror, violence, satanism and sensuality in her songs. Released on October 16, 2018, with this album SynlakrosS has been on tour in PORTUGAL, ENGLAND and WALES.

    Unfortunately, due to the corona virus pandemic, the dates that were scheduled for spring-summer in France, Switzerland, Germany, and Belgium have had to be canceled, including the MISE OPEN AIR festival where they are going to share the stage with bands like VADER , DESTRUCTION, GRAVE DIGGER, BURNING WITCHES and many more. Postponed to June 2021.

    0K4M1 is the new work of the band. With this fourth album, SynlakroS has reached a new level of originality, creativity and maturity that is solidified in this ‘Opera Rock’, about a half-human, half-alien creature sending us a message from somewhere millions of light years away.

    A dark but beautiful album, sad but full of energy. Pre-produced by Roronona and produced by Facundo Novo at Novo Studios.

    SynlakrosS continues creating and composing with the excitement of the first day, like a big family and working very hard. The band want to release their new album 0K4M1 as soon as possible, and are setting their eyes on a new European tour in 2021.

    A little sneak peak at the new album that will be out in 2020.

    Ok HeadBangers let’s meet the band:


    Patricia Pons – Singer (2010 – present)

    ‘Roro’ Pablo Fuentes – Leader & Bassist (2008 – present)​

    Ivan Muñoz  – Guitarist (2010 – present)​

    Aaron Hidalgo  – Guitarist (2017 – present)​

    Dan Shurak – Drummer (2019 – present)

    I have to say this is a good looking bunch of MetalHeads.

    “Fatal Frame”

    My Thoughts:

    Well my HeadBangers here we have it, some great music with a twist and a great vocalist, who can handle the deepest of growl vocals and also throw some clean vocals out to us.  The band is flawless they have this sound to them that sticks with you after the song is over and keeps your body moving.  I can only imagine what the performance is like at a live gig.  Well you all know how I feel about my Melodic Death Metal, and this band sure does give it that extra twist.  Definitely different than a lot of Melodic Death Metal that I’ve heard, but that’s a good thing.  This world is big  and full of music, and cultures that each bring a different twist to Metal.  We should all hear each others differences and you will find that we are different and at the same time we are all the same.  Our Metal is what makes us family, yes if only Metal could rule this planet what a better place it would be.  Trust each other, always stand by your word, and have each others back, true Metal Familia my HeadBangers.

    Well my HeadBangers that’s it for this week.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  Until then don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..


    Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

    This weeks comment is from:

    Chong T.

    Thanks for sharing excellent information. Your web-site is so cool. I’m impressed by the details that you have on this site. It reveals how nicely you perceive this subject. Bookmarked this web page, will come back for extra articles. You, my pal, ROCK! I found just the info I already searched everywhere and just could not come across. What a perfect web-site.

    Thanks for a such nice comment.  That makes this work I do really worth while and keeps me  going.   I really appreciate it.  Pass the word along, I always need more HeadBangers.

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    Update on Friends of the Blog: CARMILLA BAND

    For immediately release my HeadBangers, welcome back friends of the blog:    Carmilla Band


    Here’s their new song:  As You Fall

    Listen to it all on Spotify

    As I have told the band many times, since Nathalie has joined the band it’s as if she awakened something that was sleeping.  They combined and it was like an explosion of everything that was deep inside them.  It came flowing out and the sound they make together is one of the best I’ve heard.  Nathalie’s voice is just perfect, her growl vocals are music to my soul.  This is what happens when a band and a singer that are destined to make great music meet.  Fking awesome, I just love this band.

    Week 95 – Striker

    Welcome my HeadBangers from Edmonton, Alberta: Canada


    “On The Run”

    “Fight For Your Life”

    Let’s look at some bio on these guys taken from their site:

    Striker is an Edmonton-based recording and performing heavy metal band that has grown immensely through their years in the industry. A classic mix of heavy metal, hard rock, and 80’s hair metal, their music features powerful, clean vocals, catchy choruses, vocal harmonies, and impressive guitar leads.

    Audiences are often floored by the energy of their live show, and their recorded material has been met with fantastic response by both fans and industry across the world. Striker has toured across dozens of countries as headliners as well as support for major metal acts. Gearing up for the release of their latest album the sky’s the limit for these Canadians!!

    Their album “Play to Win” won the Juno Award for Heavy Metal Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2020.

    “Former Glory”

    PASKA my HeadBangers, these guys kill me.  

    Let’s meet the band:



    Chris Segger – Guitar 

    Dan Cleary – Vocals

    Tim Brown – Guitar

    Pete Klassen – Bass

    Jono Webster – Drums

    “Phoenix Lights”

    My HeadBangers: 

    Let me just say this, I absolutely love this band.  From the first song to their last song, each one brought something a little different  from the from the last, and each one was  as if they were singing their first.  By that I mean the intensity and energy they put into their music shows in each song.   Dan Cleary’s delivery of their songs is so intense it just grabs you and won’t let go as you are frozen in time.

    Mesmerized by that voice, and of course all the great hair in the band.  Striker is a band that is here to stay and I wish them the best.  I know we will hearing more on these guys.  Would love to see them in person, if you have the chance do it don’t think about it.


    Here’s  an interesting little fact about their hometown.

    Known for its natural beauty, culture, history and attractions, Edmonton is a city for everyone. It is home to Canada’s largest living history museum, Canada’s largest historical park and North America’s largest mall.

    Well my HeadBangers, join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..


    Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

    This weeks comment is from:

    Rueben P.

    Hi! I’ve been reading your site for a while now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you shout out from New Caney Texas! Just wanted to say keep up the good work!

    Thank you so much Rueben.  I really appreciate you taking time to stop and leave a comment.  As I always say I will be here till the last song is played.  Thanks again and spread the word.


    Week 94 – TURISAS

    Hell yes my HeadBangers, welcome from Hämeenlinna, Finland:   TURISAS

    “Stand Up And Fight”

    Love this song and it makes me think of  a Mad Maxx movie.

    Hailing from Hämeenlinna, Finland, Turisas is named after an ancient Finnish God of war. 


    Eternal Turso

    Drawer of Arrows

    Causer of Sores

    Arise from the Sea

    Take these Weapons

    Gather these Spears

    The god Tursas is a very ancient and also a very manifold deity.

    There are many other varieties from his name: Iki-Turso (Eternal Turso), Turisas, Turras, etc.

    Some scholars have equated his name with the Scandinavian word thurs meaning giant. The character of Tursas is always malevolent. He has a dualistic function although this can be explained when looking closely at his nature.

    First of all Tursas is always connected to water and the beach. He is the Lord of the Sea Shore with often a bearded figure of a walrus. He is the raiser of the water causing misfortune and accidents. In this character he was often seen as the son of the devil.

    Tursas has a very prominent role in the Spell of the Projectiles and the Spell of the Nine Diseases and these are the functions by which we can explain his role as the War God. The spell Origin of the  Projectiles tells how the first concrete and metaphorical arrows were made through the initial action of Tursas thus connecting him to weapons and war. In the spell Origin of the Nine Diseases Tursas is often the father of the demons. The Lady of the North (i.e. The lady of the Land of the Dead) is made pregnant by him in the sea. This is why Tursas was often regarded as the Demon of Diseases.

    In these functions Tursas was connected to arrows and misfortunes like war and this made him the God of the War. As the War God Tursas also had a prominent role of the Demon of the Wound Fever.

    The symbol of Tursas was an image of four arrows, The Heart of Tursas (see the picture below). This was used as a powerful symbol on various objects.




    There are many pictures of this Finnish God but this is the closest I could find that relates here.  Check it out on the net, I never knew there were so many.  My HeadBangers here we go, yet another Band with a great sound and a great story.

    “Battle Metal 2008”

    Now my HeadBangers let’s look at some Bio on this band, taken from their site.  I cannot wait…

    Hear the roaring thunder? Finland’s finest metal export, Turisas is coming back – stronger than ever. Prepare yourselves for another wave of fist-pumping beat, catchy melodies and undisputed attitude, as the band is preparing for the launch of its 4th opus in Battle Metal.

    Ever since the debut album ”Battle Metal” (2004) came out, the band has become known as one of the most energetic, innovative and exciting metal acts both on record and onstage. Turisas has made its name through hundreds of shows and headline tours in Europe, the US, Russia and Latin America, and wherever the guys have set their foot, they have triumphed.

    Often labeled as simply a folk metal band, the band defies easy genre definitions. Incorporating elements of symphonic power metal along with elements from prog, punk, death metal and even stadium rock, Turisas has truly carved a sound of their own. With no comparison, Turisas is as unique sounding battle metal as it gets.

    After the groundbreaking albums ”The Varangian Way” (2007) and ”Stand Up and Fight” (2011), the band is now ready to push the envelope for the fourth time. Expect to be amazed in summer 2013.

    Check out their website, it would take me a week to list all the information not to mention the tours and the great bands they have toured with all over the planet.

    Let’s meet the band:


    Mathias “Warlord” Nygård – lead vocals

    Jussi Wickström – guitar

    Olli Vänskä – violin

    Jesper Anastasiadis – bass 

    Jaakko Jakku – drums

    Robert Engstrand – keyboards

    “The March of the Varangian Guard”

    Well my HeadBangers, they clean up really good.


    But I do love their enthusiasm for their work, and that makeup job.

    My thoughts:

    Well my HeadBangers, this band has been around for awhile, and I looked at a lot of their videos.  I can honestly say that they are as good if not better then when they started.  They put so much energy out into every song and video.  Their videos are like little movies, and I love that.  The metal man turned me on to this band, and you know how I love a band that takes time to come up with a unique name and has great history.  They have toured in Mexico and North America with Cradle of Filth, and that is impressive my HeadBangers.  If you like that edgy folk metal with a little violin thrown in, and a painted crazy vocalist, with a great voice,  you have to appreciate what they have created.  Check out their website and see how many tours they have done, you will be surprised, they have been everywhere.  I hope I get to see them live someday, but until then I have the music and the videos.

    Well my HeadBangers, that’s it for this week.  Join me next week for another band and another song, until then don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..



    Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

    This week’s comment is from a fellow blogger:


     I enjoyed the perspective. I always like reading about bands I like, and I’ll confess it, I’m a sucker for the kinds of music Tyr wants to break down barriers for.

    I listened to Tyr at length in my High School years. Silly thing, but the song I remember best is their cover of Wild Rover. Probably because I like Irish music.

    Ever hear Suidakra’s “Crògacht?”   Whatever.   Good stuff, good read, thanks for posting.


    Thanks, I really love their music.  I have not heard of Suidakra but I bet I will find out now lol.  Thanks a lot.  And HeadBangers stop by spergbox.wordpress.com.  He has a great site.


    Week 93 – TYR

    My HeadBangers welcome from the Faroe Islands:       TÝR 

    “Fire and Flame”

    Týr  is a Faroese folk metal band. They have been characterized as one of “the islands’ two most successful metal bands”. Their subject matter revolves almost entirely around Viking lore, mythology, and history, taking their name from Týr, the god of war in Norse religion.

    Tyr was the Norse god of war, a brave warrior and member of the Aesir tribe, he championed order and justice. The namesake of Tuesday, he lost his arm to Loki’s ferocious offspring Fenrir, the giant wolf. The one-armed god of the Norse pantheon, Tyr was a member of the Aesir tribe who represented war and bloodshed.


    Here we go my HeadBangers, named after the God of War, another great band with a great story.

    Ragnars Kvæði

    Truly awesome music and beautiful country.

    Let’s look at some bio on this band:

    Before Týr, Heri Joensen and Gunnar H. Thomsen formed their first band, Cruiser, at the age of seventeen. Streymoy also played with them for a short while. They later changed their name to Wolfgang. Although neither band released any albums, Wolfgang, who are still active, recorded an undisclosed number of songs that, according to Joensen, are “pretty much ready to release.”

    Týr formed in Copenhagen in 1998. Heri Joensen met his old bandmate, Kári Streymoy, at a party in January in Copenhagen. Joensen suggested to Streymoy that they should meet up and jam. Streymoy initially declined, but later took him up on his offer. They were soon joined by another former bandmate, bassist Gunnar H. Thomsen, expanding the duo into a trio. In 2001, guitarist Terji Skibenæs joined the band.

    They signed a worldwide deal with Austria’s Napalm Records in early 2006, while signed to the Faroese record label Tutl. In September 2012, they signed a three-album deal with Metal Blade Records.

    They began making music which was heavily inspired by Norse mythology, kvoeoi (Faroese traditional music), and heavy metal music in general. According to the band’s frontman Heri Joensen.

    The band’s lyrics and imagery promote pan-Nordic ideologies, and draw on well established, transnational genre conventions from metal music; but has also suggested that the band’s insistence on their Faroese identity, which has been fetishised by international audiences, could ‘be regarded as a form of self-exoticisation. The band’s handling of traditional songs is characterized by fidelity to traditional melodies, but more complex and innovative handling of associated chord progressions and harmonies.

    The band has been accused of promoting Nazi ideologies through their use of runes and other imagery appropriated by Nazis. The band responded to these accusations with the song “Shadow of the Swastika” on the album Lay of Thrym (2011), which in the assessment of Karl Spracklen, ‘attacks the far-right for appropriating…heathen symbols and images associated with pre-Christian northern Europe’. Even so, scholars have, in the words of Catherine Hoad and Samuel Whiting, suggested that ‘through imagining the Viking as an ancestral, genetic category, the “common past” of the Nordic people is constructed as a self-identity apart from other people’ in the work of Týr.   Likewise, Spracklen finds that ‘the themes in Týr’s songs celebrate pagan identity, Viking identity and the hegemonic masculinity of the Viking warrior combined with the modern-day heavy metal anthem of being an individual.

    As with some bands, people come and go till the perfect matches are found, that’s what makes a band a family.

    “Sunset Shore”

    My HeadBangers, this song, yeah gives me chills.  I just could listen to this for hours, and you know I will, it’s already on my phone yesss!!

    Let’s meet the band:


    From left to right:

    Heri Joensen – Vocals and Guitar

    Gunnar Thomsen – Bass

    Tadeusz Rieckmann – Drums


    Doesn’t hurt to have an extra picture does it HeadBangers.
    “Týr’s musical mission is to break down the walls that are erected between all the kinds of metal that have arisen over the years. Power, doom, black, progressive, gothic, viking, folk, ethnic and epic metal. Walls and labels do nothing but fill people with prejudice.”

    Heri Joensen


    My Thoughts:

    Ok my HeadBangers, where do I begin, let me catch my breath first.  You all know I have a thing for long haired viking warriors and Nordic music.  Týr’s music just calls to me.  Something inside me, maybe from another life, recognizes it’s call and I am powerless to resist, I go body, mind, and spirit into their fire.  Every song has that something that calls me, it’s  hard to put into words.  Their videos are just the best, the country is beautiful, it’s like breathing life into your soul.  Music is meant to take you on a journey, for each of us it will be a different journey.  So listen, be still an let it carry you to the place you are meant to be.  For me, I am in the in between, floating there and dreaming of what was and what will be.  Join me….

    That’s it for this week my HeadBangers, join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..


    Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

    This weeks comment is from:

    Tim S.

    Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this write-up and the rest of the site is also really good.

    Thank you Tim for taking time to leave a comment, I appreciate it.  This is what I do and I love it, no stopping for me.


    Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

    This weeks comment is from:

    Tawnya T.

    Greetings from Idaho! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to browse your website on my iPhone during lunch break.  I love the info you provide here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home.  I’m amazed at how quick your blog loaded on my phone .  I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, good blog!

    Thank you Tawnya for leaving a comment, I really appreciate it.  Pass the word along.


    Wake Up Frankie – Pt 2 – After The EP Release Interview With:


    OK my HeadBangers before we start with the questions I just have to say PERKELE look at those Tatts!!!   Kasperi looks like a man that is really into his music and you can tell it just by listening.  I want to say it was great working with him.  He always sent me any info I needed and pics, not to mention letting me hear the music before it came out.   Ok let’s get to the talk, I’m the Green and he’s the Black.

    Kasperi, I’m dying to ask this question.  Who came up with the intro to the EP, “Dead Man’s Pass?”   I love it.

    That’s 100% Vesku’s (guitar) composition.  I loved it immediately especially since one of my all time favorite albums has very similar “Ennio Morricone (R.I.P.)” style intro.

    How long did the band work on this EP before it was ready?

    I think that spring 2020 is close to the truth. Since our gigs got cancelled because of COVID-19 pandemic, we started to work really hard with the EP. Even tho some of the riffs and ideas might go a bit beyond that, we composed the songs together at our rehearsal place. EP was ready in June and now it feels really good to finally release that beast!

    Are your songs a calibration, or does one person write more than the rest?

    Well most definitely Vesku (guitar), Otto (guitar) and Dimi (bass) writes most of the riffs and that stuff, but then again I write the lyrics and work with the vocals. And like I said earlier, we compose it all together in the end.  Nowadays our new drummer Jari is writing riffs as well!

    What drew you to Thrash Metal?  

    Well this I can answer only one way! It’s f*cking good music. I think that the whole band agrees with this one!  

    I agree with you on that 100%.  I know because of COVID a lot of gigs and festivals have been canceled.  Do you have anything coming up that you can mention?

    Our EP release gig 13.08. at On the Rocks, Helsinki! Feels good to finally get back on stage, even thou the gig has some restrictions due the pandemic. But still! First gig of 2020, first gig with new drummer and it’s an EP release gig. Can’t get better that that!

    I always ask the vocalist if they have anything special they do to keep their throat intact, do you have any secrets?

    Nothing too special, bit of a vocal therapy, practice and of course rest. There are lots of good advice’s on the internet. The most important thing is to have the right technique. With the wrong technique you will destroy your voice for good especially with growls and screams.

    Are all the band members from Helsinki?

    We are all living in Helsinki (and have lived the most of our lives), but some of us have origins in different cities.

    Are you already working on anything new?

    We work all the time with some new riffs and ideas, but we’re not releasing anything new for a while since the EP just came out.

    What do you all do to unwind after a gig or festival?

    Have a little quiet time at the backstage and chilling for a while! Nothing too special. After that we might have couple of drinks or something like that, haha!

    How far would you like to see WuF go?  International touring??

    Well of course as far as it can get!  International touring, releasing bunch of kickass records etc. etc.  This list would go on and on forever but I guess you catch the point.

    What is the number one band that has influenced WuF the most?

    This is always the impossible question to answer… We all have our own favorites, but I could mention 3 bands that definitely has influenced us all! Pantera, Lamb of God & Children of Bodom… And Slipknot!!! Ok that was fourth, but that had to be said, haha!

    I always ask a band if they have any words for their fans, it means a lot to all us.

    Yes!!! I’m really grateful for all the support you’ve shown. That means the world to me & us. Without fans we would have not even got to the point where we are now, so thank you and we love you!

    And all my HeadBangers, myself included love you and the band.  Your music has a strength and power to it that draws us in like the Raven to a shiny object.

    Last question lol, do you have any advise to give bands that are just starting out and trying to make it?

    This is the secret information that costs. Haha, just kidding. All I can say is that find the right group around you, practice and don’t give up. It’s not easy, but speaking out loud in a bar table about “how you’re gonna make it”, wont make it. It takes 110% of effort and you gotta give all you got! Once I was a child with a dream that someday I wanna play a sold out gig at Tuska festival & release some badass metal music. I think that ended up well even thou I still think that Wake up Frankie’s story is just getting started!

    I will agree with you on that one.   We all look forward to hearing more great music from you and the band, and wish you nothing but the best.  It has been a pleasure working with you and look forward to seeing you at a gig, maybe even Tuska again.  

    “The Outlaw”

    To hear the new EP go to Spotify.  For some reason I cannot copy the link for you guys.  But I’m sure you all know how to get there.   Once again thanks to K for his time and help.  I have listened to a lot of Thrash Bands during my 3 years of doing this blog, and I will say WuF is in the top 3 of my favs.  

    Here’s some back ground on Thrash:

    Thrash metal (or simply thrash) is an extreme sub genre of heavy metal music characterized by its overall aggression and often fast tempo. The songs usually use fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead guitar work. The lyrical subject matter often deals with criticisms of The Establishment and concern over the destruction of the environment, and at times shares a disdain for Christian dogma resembling that of their black metal counterparts. The language is typically quite direct and denunciatory , an approach borrowed from hardcore punk.

    The genre emerged in the early 1980s as musicians began fusing the double bass drumming and complex guitar stylings of the new wave of British heavy metal (NWOBHM) with the speed and aggression of hardcore punk. Philosophically, thrash metal developed as a backlash against both the conservatism of the Reagan era and the much more moderate, pop-influenced and widely accessible heavy metal sub genre of glam metal which also developed concurrently in the 1980s.

    Well my HeadBangers all I can say about “Wake Up Frankie” is they are on fire



    Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

    This weeks comment is from:

    Caleb A.

    I think that what you published was actually very reasonable.  However, what about this? What if you were to create a killer title?  I ain’t saying your information isn’t good, but suppose you added something that makes people desire more?   I mean Weekly Band List – and more to come.

    10 Degrees of Metal is kinda vanilla. You should look at Yahoo’s home page and see how they create article headlines to grab people interested.  You might add a video or a picture or two to get readers excited about  what you’ve got to say.  In my opinion, it would make your posts a little bit more interesting.

    Well Caleb, number one, have you even looked at the blog.  There are pictures and at least 3 music videos if not more in each weeks blog.  So I don’t know what to tell  you on that expect maybe you need to look at it again.   Also, as far as the name of my blog being to “VANILLA”,  give me a fking break dude.  In October I will have been doing this blog for 3 years.  I have a lot of people that love the info I bring.  When I started doing the blog in October of 2018, basically there were 10 types of metal, and metal is my fire so the name 10 Degrees of Metal, stands for MY story.  Over time as I say in the title Metal is an ever evolving beast and all are welcome here.  I won’t change the name as my followers know where I’m coming from with it.  You wouldn’t change your kids name cause someone might think it to “Vanilla”.  Like I always say every band has a story and history regarding their names, I am no exception.  My name stands whether is Vanilla, Chocolate or Strawberry.  Thanks for your comment.



    Hey my HeadBangers, I have news for all you Wake Up Frankie lovers.  The guys gave me the opportunity to review their new EP that comes out the first week of August and it was an honor to be asked, thank you so much guys.  Lets go…..

    My first experience with “Wake Up Frankie” was at Tuska in 2019.  My first Tuska Festival, but not my last.  I was overwhelmed with all the great bands and people from everywhere on this planet that had come to this 3 day metal festival that literally means pain, distress, agony and of course suffering.  So yes, since we are here let’s tattoo Perkele in Viking Runes on our arms, me and the BF, to bless this sacred occasion of pain.  What does Perkele mean, it is the most used curse word in Finland meaning evil spirit, but loses some of its meaning in the translation.  It has become a badge of honor to me for surviving the 3 days of Tuska.  At the end of day one I was already looking for a way to get out of day two, but no the BF wasn’t having any of that.  So I survived and we are ready for Tuska 2021, hopefully.  “Wake Up Frankie” was one of 100 bands chosen from metal bands all over Finland and after three live shows at the Tuska-Torstai 2019 competition they took first place.  This meant the band would perform at the Tuska Festival, it is the biggest Metal Festival in Finland. “ Wake Up Frankie” had left their mark and we would never be the same.

    I am a metal blogger. For the last two years every week I bring a different metal band from around the world to your part of the planet.  I would never have found “Wake Up Frankie” if not for Tuska and I wanted the rest of the world to hear this group of hair moshing, growl vocalist that gave me goose bumps, who had fought and won against some great metal bands to claim their place on stage.  True bands love what they do, it is their life, they love their fans and people that do blogs.  They go out of their way to help you get any information you need to bring their story to the world of Headbangers. That is what I did on May 1, Week 78 at 10DegreesOfMetal.com.  I am honored that the guys asked me to review their new EP that is coming out in a few days. It means a lot to me, so let’s get to it Headbangers.

    First let’s give you a look at these hotties, for those of you who don’t already know.


    As a whole I give this EP a total of 30 Stars, can’t get better than that HeadBangers.

    #1 – Dead Man’s Pass (Intro) just a little intro, which I love because it sounds like the lead in to a Clint Eastwood movie, the Italian Westerns he was famous for, but then you get to……

    #2 – Green Is The New Black, and you better be ready for it, you are going to feel that music in your soul as the growl vocals rip you apart. Without a question this gets 5 Stars Headbangers.

    #3 – The Outlaw, Perkele, my Headbangers, this song if I could I would give it more than 5 Stars.  It is the perfect combination of Thrash Metal and raw vocals.  These guys have it by the throat and are not afraid to squeeze it for all it’s worth.  This is my favorite, even though I try not to have a favorite, but hell you can’t help yourself sometimes.  Those growl vocals are insane, you know growl vocals date back to 845 BC.  Yes they do, planning a book on them when I have time. Singers who can master the growl vocals without destroying their throat have my admiration.  Anyone can scream a song out but not everyone can do it like a true growl vocalist, and to command the stage while doing it, this vocalists energy and power grabs you and won’t let go. He is brutal and so is the rest of Wake Up Frankie.  When they are on stage just stand back and ride the wave till it’s over.

    OK speaking of “The Outlaw”, you can be my Outlaw anytime!!

    “The Outlaw”

    #4 – Ignite, and just when you think you have heard the best you can get, here they come with song 4, Ignite.  Just as loud and strong as ever. There are people who don’t realize that musicians are physically strong.  I’ve had this talk many times.  Do you know what it takes to do growl vocals all night?  Or beat those drums without missing a beat? To play the bass or guitar while your hands and fingers are on fire. Welcome to Wake Up Frankie’s world my Headbangers.  Another 5 Stars.

    #5 – Sixpounder, I really like the lyrics and the beat on this song. It appears that every song on this EP, is bound to be a winner.  One great song after the other, this EP, I know I’ll be getting this as soon as it comes out.  This music inspires me to get up and move.  Another 5 Stars guys. Then we have our last song…

    #6 – Losing Light, Holy Paska guys I love how it starts out. This song is a little different than the rest.  I would call it a little quieter, but then towards the end out comes the growl vocals.  Then growl mixed with clean vocals.  This is genius guys.  I’m going to give this a 5 Star, remember HeadBangers what speaks to me may not speak to you and vice versa.  One thing you can be sure of every song on this EP was brought to us by a band who only gives 110 percent to their craft.  The EP comes out the first week in August, get it and I mean fast, they deserve the appreciation of all their fans, after all look what music they have given to us.

    Just a little mention of how they got the name “Wake Up Frankie”

    In 2014 at the beginning (the band did not officially become WuF till 2017), Otto related in an interview that they had a drummer and he never rehearsed because he didn’t seem to have the time.  The band members complained about it, the drummer said, “Hey take it easy, it takes time to wake up Frankenstein’s monster”. They started playing around with it and ended up with “Wake Up Frankie”. I just love a band that has a name with a great story.  Below are all the guys, and to find out more read the blog, visit their Face Book page, and if at any time you get the chance to see them live, do it, it will blow you away.

    The Band Members:

    Kasperi Merilainen – Vocals

    Otto Halli – Guitars, Vocals

    Vesku Paakkonen – Guitars, Vocals

    Dimitris Kavvadas – Bass, Vocals

    Jari Rantanen – Drums

    Well my HeadBangers this was another experience in Metal that I will always remember.   With all this Covid-19 paska it’s hard to feel good these days but, today I feel great and why…..it’s the music HeadBangers always the music that gets me through the day, week, month, it is the one thing that brings us together, I love my HeadBangers.  Make sure you visit their Facebook Page, Instagram, and don’t forget to get the EP.  It will be out the first week in August, Itunes has it for pre-order, yes I have already ordered it, we support our bands HeadBangers.

    I’ll be here next week with another band and another song.  Until then don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..



    Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

    This weeks comment is from:

    Koby T.

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    Thanks so much Koby for taking time to leave a comment.  I will be here till the last song is played.  Thanks again and spread the word.  

    Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

    This weeks comment is from:

    Mammie B.

    You ought to take part in a contest for one of the highest quality sites on the net.  I am going to recommend this site!

    Well thank you so much Mammie.  If I knew of any contest I would throw my name in there.  If you hear of any please let me know.   Thanks again.


    Thrash Metal At It’s Finest

    My  HeadBangers this week I’m going through my top 5 Thrash Metal Bands.  Who doesn’t like the fast, hard hitting sound of some Thrash, it’s the best wake up call you will get in the morning.  So let’s get to it.

    Thrash metal (or simply thrash) is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music characterized by its overall aggression and often fast tempo. The songs usually use fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead guitar work. The lyrical subject matter often deals with criticisms of The Establishment and concern over the destruction of the environment, and at times shares a disdain for Christian dogma resembling that of their black metal counterparts. The language is typically quite direct and denunciatory , an approach borrowed from hardcore punk.

    The genre emerged in the early 1980s as musicians began fusing the double bass drumming and complex guitar stylings of the new wave of British heavy metal (NWOBHM) with the speed and aggression of hardcore punk. Philosophically, thrash metal developed as a backlash against both the conservatism of the Reagan era and the much more moderate, pop-influenced and widely accessible heavy metal subgenre of glam metal which also developed concurrently in the 1980s.

    1)  SMORRAH  – From Gelsenkirchen, Germany

    “Welcome to your Nightmare”

    Smorrah, what can I say about these guys, they were my first contact with a German Thrash Metal Band.  They were so helpful getting me any information I need on the band and even translated it to English for me so I could bring it to you.  They have a special place in my heart and I love them and their music.  They are on the blog, read their story.  They are a pure adrenaline rush.

    2)  TULSADOOM – Vienna, Austria

    “Fist From The Grave”

    I can never forget these guys, with their evil barbaric heavy thrash.  You have to admit they have a great sound and story.  They are on the blog check them out.

    3)  EXECUTIONER – San  Antonio, Texas

    “Forever 666”

    This song just came out in January 2020.  They play Hardcore Thrash, they are also on the blog, check them out.

    4)  RE-ARMED – Kerava, Finland

    “Beyond The Horizon”

    These guys I have no words for, they just really wake me up.  I can’t help it that they are from Finland of course.  Finland has such diversity in their metal music, but that’s why it’s the center of the Metal Universe, and no it’s not up for debate.

    5)  MALICIOUS DEATH – Helsinki, Finland

    “Thrash Till Death”

    This band was formed in 2002 and is still Thrashing away.  They have a lot of music on U tube, check them out.  They haven’t been on the blog yet but they will be.

    Check out all the bands my HeadBangers.  They put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this music.  Not to mention energy.  Music has a way of bringing people from all corners of this planet together.   Enjoy and treasure your music you never know when you will be hearing your last song…………..


    Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

    This weeks comment is from:

    Ericka P.

    Hello there I am so thrilled I found your webpage, I really found you by error, while I was searching on Aol for something else.  Anyhow I am here now and would just like to say thanks for a marvelous post and a all round exciting blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to look over it all at the moment, but I have saved it and also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read much more, Please do keep up the excellent job.

    Thank you so much Ericka.  I really appreciate you taking the time to look at my blog.  Come back anytime, there’s always something new going on here.  Thanks again.


    Melodic Death Metal Bands From Around the World…..

    My HeadBangers, this week it was brought to my attention in a metal magazine that a writer had said of an American band,”Who needs Swedish Melodic Death Metal with this band.”   I will chalk that statement up to pure ignorance or ass kissing ok.  First off, and I have to get this off my chest, most Nordic and European bands are not played on your local RADIO STATION, so if you do hear them it is rare.  Secondly maybe you will hear them if a fan of theirs just happens to be in your town and turns you on to them.  This blog brings METAL MUSIC from all over the world from India, Moldova, Poland, Italy, Germany, UK, USA, I will stop there, to many to list, read the weekly update.  But, I am going to take the next couple weeks to introduce you again to MELODIC DEATH METAL worldwide, THRASH, FOLK, and how about some BLACK DEATH METAL to top it off.  Like I have always said, “What speaks to me may not speak to you and vice versa.”  Music is a personal choice, we don’t all like the same sound, but it doesn’t mean one is better than the other.  ALSO, I am not talking about the big bands, FFDP, Metallica, COB, etc.  These are bands that are trying to bring you their music and hope they make it, some even work daily like the rest of us.  SO, before you throw around dumb ass comments like this so called music journalist did, make your own decision, you could be missing out on some of the best music you have ever heard, not to mention genuine bands that care about what their fans say.  Below are some of my favorites, let me introduce you to some great MELODIC DEATH METAL BANDS from across the ocean.

    Melodic death metal (also referred to as melodeath) is a subgenre of death metal that employs highly melodic guitar riffs, often borrowing from traditional heavy metal. The style originated and developed in Sweden (pioneered by At the Gates, Dark Tranquility  and In Flames) and the United Kingdom (pioneered by Carcass) around 1993. The Swedish death metal scene did much to popularize the style, soon centering in the “Gothenburg metal” scene.

    AND what does that say, The Swedish death metal scene did much to popularize the style.  So now what do you have to say mister MUSIC JOURNALIST???

    1)  BRHG (Bloodred Hourglass) Melodic Death Metal, Finland – “Waves of Black”

    I have seen these guys in person, and they will give you the chills I kid you not.  Jarkko Koukonen will just kill you, he commands the stage and pulls that last growl vocal from deep inside his soul.  It is a gig you will never forget.  They’re on the blog, check them out.

    2)  SHADECROWN, Melodic Death Metal, Finland  –  “Led Astray”

    3)  AEPHANEMER –  Melodic Death Metal – France  – ” Unstoppable”

    I have to mention my HeadBangers out of all 88 weeks of bands this one is the most watched, and that says something doesn’t it.

    4)  PARASITE INC – Melodic Death Metal – Germany – “The Pulse of the Dead”

    I just love these guys they are so bad ass, but then all my bands are.

    5)  Astralborne – Melodic Death Metal – Toledo, Ohio USA – “Eternity’s End”

    And there we have it my HeadBangers, 5 of the best Melodic Death Metal Bands.  They are all on the blog so check them out.  Of course there are more than 5 on here, listen to the music, all the same but all with a little different something, listen for it you will hear it.

    And the the MUSIC JOURNALIST who made the comment, KMA, I truly love all the bands on the blog.  Each one is fantastic, each one has something to say, so listen and expand your horizon buddie, cause really I don’t think you even have a clue what’s out here.  We HeadBangers and MetalHeads are a family, we do not disrespect our bands.


    Week 88 – Hinayana Band

    Welcome my HeadBangers, from Austin, Texas, the Melodic Death/Doom Metal Band:                                               HINAYANA

    “The Window”

    Ok my HeadBangers, they have a great sound, however, these growl vocals are over powered by the music.  Growl vocals have to dominate the stage, but let’s see as we move on what’s in store.

    “Cold Conception” 

    Ok this is there new song just released on July 7, 2020.  You can hear the vocals better and not over powered by the music, everyone has an off day.

    Let’s check out some bio on these guys:

    Hinayana is a melodic metal band from Austin, Texas.  Hinayana was originally created as a one man project by Casey Hurd (who wrote and recorded the entire “Endless” demo/EP).  Casey has molded Hinayana into the full line up it is today, releasing Order Divine in 2018. 

    They combine dark, brooding riffs with soaring melodic passages of guitars and key to create their unique, atmospheric sound.

    I would like to know how they came up with this name Hinayana,

    I wish I could give you more information on them, but there’s not that much out here and my attempts to contact them failed.  So this is all I have.  Let’s meet the band.


    Casey Hurd – All instruments, Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards

    Daniel Vieira – Drums

    Erik Shtaygrud – Guitars

    Michael Anstice – Keyboards

    Matt Bius – Bass


    “Order Divine”

    My Thoughts:

    Every one of my HeadBangers know I am 100 percent about the growl vocals.  I hate to say this but I can’t make out anything that is being sung, the music is great and the growl vocals are low and raw but just can’t understand anything, and it’s English not like some of the bands on the blog that do Melodic Death Metal, which is my thing.  I believe them to have the talent to succeed, they have been around since 2014, so I think they need to work on the vocals and get a good bio.  But that’s just my thoughts, like I always say what speaks to me may not speak to you and vice versa..

    Well HeadBangers, that’s it for this week.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..


    Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

    This weeks comment is from:

    Alan W.

    Spot on with this write-up, I actually believe this amazing site needs a lot more attention.  I’ll be back again to read more, thanks for the info!!

    Thank you so much Alan.  Pass the word around it is appreciated.  Come back anytime.



    UPDATE: Lukasz Lukasik -Gorillaz – El Manana – Drum and Bass Cover

    My HeadBangers, catch the below cover by Gorillaz – El Manana and our own ex pirate Lukasz Lukasik.  We all know there are times that band members are call in a different direction, and so they venture out to test themselves.  Well, I for one find this collaboration a success.  Check it out.  Congratulations guys I hope there is more to come.  

    Week 87 – VIIKATE

    This week my HeadBangers there is no way I can pass on a band playing in fire.  Here’s something  a little different.  I was introduced to Viikate by my metal man a long time ago, I have watched their videos many times.  He, being the old roadie that he is, asked if I would add them to the blog.  How could I refuse.   So relax and enjoy, wait to you see who pops up in their video, I almost died.  Also, remember I do not attempt to even translate the music, songs are meant to be sung in their native language, and if you have ever tried to learn Finnish, trust me when I tell you so much would be lost in the translation, just enjoy it, it is a beautiful language, even if I only know the bad words.

    So please welcome, from Kouvola, Finland, VIIKATE

    “Viina, Terva & Hauta”

    In case you didn’t notice my HeadBangers, that creepy blonde with the nice ass is no other then Anttie “Hyrde” Hyyrynen  the lead vocal and guitar player and one of the best hair moshers in the world, from my first Finnish Metal band that I still love “Stam1na”. 



    I know surprise right but, even our metal bands have to unwind sometime and this video is so great.  I saw Stam1na at Tuska 2019 and they do not disappoint.  See the blog on Tuska 2019 I have some video of them on it.


    My HeadBangers are you thinking what I’m thinking, “Pulp Fiction”!!

    Let’s see some bio on these guys:

    Viikate (“Scythe” in English) is a Finnish Rock band from Kouvola, formed in 1996. The band is known for its melancholic lyrics, drawing inspiration from Finnish romance movies of the 1950’s and Finnish singers of the era, including Reino Helismaa. Their style has been variously described as “Helismaa-metal,” “wire metal,” and “death schlagers.” The band began with Kaarle and Simeoni Viikate who remained the only members of the band until 2001, when Arvo and Ervo joined. The band’s most well-known hits are Pohjoista viljaa (Northern Crops), Eienkeleitä (No Angels) and Viina, Terva & Hauta (Booze, Tar & The Grave).

    Kaarle and Simeoni got the idea of starting the band when watching Lyijkomppania’s last concert.


    Let’s meet the band:


    From left to right:

    Ervo Viikate (Erkka Koskinen) – Bass, Vocals

    Arvo Viikate (Ari Taiminen) – Guitar, Vocals

    Simeoni Viikate (Simo Kairistola) – Drums

    Kaarle Viikate (Kalle Virtanen) – Vocals, Guitar

    “Eräs Kaunis Päivhttps”

    Here’s a bit of history on their home town:

    Kouvola is still known as one of Finland’s largest railway junctions. Contemporary large-scale industry began in the 1870s, when the first mechanical pulp mills started up. At that time the engineer Hugo Neuman founded the first groundwood mill, at Verla in 1872.  See my HeadBangers, if you look you can always find history,  and some interesting history at that.


    My Thoughts:

    First off, I have to say I’m so happy to see Hyrde hanging out with these guys.  Their music is so different from each other, but look at these two smiling faces.  You gotta love them.  Kaarle has a great voice, and even though I love my growl vocals, every once in awhile you just want something a little different.   And different is what you get with Viikate.  I love their videos, aside from being so well scripted they are also funny and no matter your mood you can’t help but smile and maybe even a little laugh will slip out.  Remember there is metal in everything HeadBangers.

    Well that’s it for this week HeadBangers.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  Until then don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..


    Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

    This weeks comment is from:

    Amado M.

    Pretty nice post.  I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I’ve really enjoyed surfing around your blog posts.  After all I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!

    Thank you so much Amado.  There is a new band every week.  I post on Friday nights.  Come back anytime, and pass the word around it is appreciated.



    My HeadBangers as there was no Tuska 2020, I would like to revisit my first time there, last year for Tuska 2019.  I fell in love with the country and the people,  this was my experience that sent me into becoming the Ausländer, which is now a tattoo in Viking Runes on my neck, it is German for an Outsider, foreigner, immigrant, traveler.  and it was a term of endearment given to me and I will always be the Ausländer.   I will never forget Tuska and the people that are now part of my soul.

    Well my headbangers, I have been told, “Where are you from”, “I’m from Kansas, USA, “Oh well you’re not in Kansas anymore”.  Perkele don’t I know it LMFAO.  They say TUSKA, according to Google and local people means, pain, distress, agony, and suffering.  Well believe me it is all those things and more.  Once you enter the arena it’s like crossing over the yellow brick road.  There is so much to see, hear, scream that it’s like sensory overload.  This is my first but not my last Tuska Festival.  I’m posting some videos of bands and pics of new friends made and hope to run into again.  Here we go, get ready for pure fire…..

    Ok so it’s no big ass secret that I love my Amorphis, so that’s where I’ll start:

    “My Kantele”

    Amorphis is a Finnish heavy metal band founded by Jan Rechberger, Tomi Koivusaari, and Esa Holopainen in 1990. Initially, the band was a death metal act, but on later albums they evolved into playing other genres, including heavy metal, progressive metal, and folk metal. They frequently use the Kalevala, the epic poem of Finland, as a source for their lyrics.  Frankly, I don’t care what genre they play, Tomi is the KING OFF THE GROWL VOCALS, NO QUESTION AND THAT IS THAT.

    Now on to a band called “The Cult of Luna”

    Now before Stam1na, yes you heard me right Stam1na, I want to introduce you to some new friends.  You can sit down with a table full of people and the conversation will always lead to music and more information that I did not know.

    Every person I met was so nice and helpful, like the first night when the Metal Man couldn’t find me. I swear it’s something new everyday but you know:

    Here we go my Headbangers  – Stam1na – the best hair moshers on the planet.


    There is so many great bands here, it’s just metal heaven.   

    The Metal Man with that hair.


    One thing that impressed me the most was how people with disabilities were given their own area to view the bands.  These people really care about each other and no one is over looked.  Not even me a foreigner, I fell on my knee when I was at the country house the first week, one to many Long Drinks, and I can’t count the number of times I was told here sit, sit.  I love this place, metal people from all walks of life were there, from harbor workers to the tv personality, who never mentioned what he did, Metal people truly are one family.

    More new metal friends, everyone talks to everyone no matter where you are from.  I met people from Japan as well as South America.  Finland is the center of the metal universe believe me.

    Sunday, the last day of Tuska is kids day, ok I was like Kids day omg.  But nope here the Finnish have us beat again.  The kids have a couple of hours to come in and have their face painted like little mini me Belzebubs. Look lol.

    The next generation of Headbangers, but they are learning from their family and friends about the metal music and the metal family where you are always welcomed and safe.  Then they grow up to look like these two, ready for the world, complete with the white eye contacts, I wanted the dragon eye myself.

    Then the end to a great festival, the Tattoo, yes finally, after talking about it for months and months we did it and now it’s done.  PERKELE on the right for arm in Runes of course, I mean we are metal heads after all.  My new tattooist, did a great job, I’ll definitely be back cause you know I need my fire my headbangers.


    I have to say I wasn’t sure if I would make it through day 2, but I did.  Then day 3 came and then Tuska was gone till next year.  But I have great pics and videos to keep my company till the next festival, which in this part of the world could be anywhere at anytime.  Well my headbangers that’s it for this special edition, join me  next week for another band and another song.  Till then remember don’t stand to close to the fire if you cant handle the burn………….


    Week 86 – LUMBERHEAD

    My HeadBangers welcome, from Leipzig, Saxony (Germany):  LUMBERHEAD

    The above photo was taken by Andreas Kiehne. Check out his FB page at https://www.facebook.com/blackmediaconcerts/

    This is an interesting place to live, check it:

    Leipzig has long been a major centre for music, both classical as well as modern “dark alternative music” or dark-wave genres. The Oper Leipzig  is one of the most prominent opera houses in Germany. Leipzig is also home to the University of Music and Theater. It was during a stay in this city that Friedrich Schiller wrote his poem “Ode to Joy”. The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, established in 1743, is one of the oldest symphony orchestras in the world. Johann Sebastian Bach is one among many major composers who lived and worked in Leipzig.  So these guys were born to play metal, it’s in their DNA.

    “The Great Devourer”

    “Sleep With Open Eyes”

    Let’s look at some bio on these guys:

    Since 2014 Lumberhead has been chopping their way through an undergrowth of neck breaking Grove, Death and Thrash Metal.  Rooted in bands like Lamb of God, Pantera, Crowbar, Motörhead, Mastodon, Gojira, The Haunted or Deserted Fear, Lumberhead’s live performances set the woods on fire.  With their self-titled debut album released on April 5, 2019,  they cut the deadwood out and left behind a deep swath of deforesting destruction.

    I asked Per how they came up with the name Lumberhead and he told me:

    To be honest:  In our founding days we’ve been looking for a name that combines our former musical influences like Machine Head oder MotorHead, with “wood-related” word.  That’s why we chose Lumberhead as the suitable band name.  Also Per said they have been working eagerly on their next album which will be released at the end of this year.  Furthermore we’ll release another video clip for one of our brand new songs.  We are also looking for a bigger label in order to take the next step.  Their next gig will take place on August 28th, details to follow. 

    Let’s meet the band:


    Handsome looking bunch of HeadBangers aren’t they.

    From Left to right:

    Olli – Drums

    Per – Guitar

    Rich – Vocals

    Theo – Bass


    This song gets the blood running.  Love the beat and the growl vocals.

    I’ve listed all the bands social media sites, check them out:




    Check them out on Spotify also.

    10My Thoughts:

    First off my HeadBangers, I have to give a big shout out, and thank you to Per Lümbersson, the guitar player and the man with the great hair, I kid you not, do I ever kid about the hair.  How did I find this terrific band, well I didn’t.  Per sent me a message on FB Messenger, telling me about the band and sent me a link to one of their songs.  I loved it the first time I heard it.  There are so many great bands in our metal family, and I do try to find them all, but it would be impossible, with that being said, if you have a band you can send me some info along with a link to your song and I will listen to it.  I am all about joining my HeadBangers from all over the world.  When you hear the music there are no barriers, no misunderstanding, we MetalHeads are just one big family.  Below is all my contact info, take the first step and let’s see what happens. 

    Seriously check these guys out, their sound and those growl vocals get me every time.  I know we will be hearing a lot more about Lumberhead, how can we not.

    Well that’s it for this week HeadBangers, join me next week for another band and another song.  Until then don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..


    Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

    This weeks comment is from:

    Vera F.

    I’m really inspired with your writing talents as well as with the layout in your weblog.  Is this a paid subject matter or did you customize it yourself?  Either way keep up the excellent quality writing, it is rare to see a nice blog like this one nowadays.

    Thank you so much Vera.  I customized it myself, just me.  It took awhile for me to come up with the way it looks now.  I played around with different things till I was happy with the results.  I always write exactly what I feel, some people don’t like it some do.  I will never write anything I don’t mean and that’s the truth.  Thanks again.


    Week 85 – NIDHOEGGR

    My HeadBangers welcome from Bern, Switzerland, the Pagan Death Metal Band:


    Pagan metal is a genre of heavy metal music which fuses extreme metal with “the pre-Christian traditions of a specific culture or region” through thematic concept, rustic melodies, unusual instruments or archaic languages”, usually referring to folk metal or black metal.

    “Winters Wight”

    Ok HeadBangers, I just got goosebumps listening to this holy shit.

    “The Breeze”

    This from the band:

    This was made as part of a challenge initiated by the Metal Festival “Summer Breeze”. Bands were asked to create an original song to be put as music for the promotional video clips of the Festival. Needless to say we were up for it!

    Let’s look at some bio on these guys, taken from their site:

    Nidhoeggr was founded in the summer of 2009 and has since become an integral part of the Swiss folk metal scene. Since then, the six Bernese have been touring across Switzerland, playing as an opener for well-known bands such as ALESTORM and BLACK MESSIAH. In the fall of 2014, the popular folk metal band ENSIFERUM launched a competition for musicians. With the song “Swordbearer” Nidhoeggr managed to get the first place and won many new fans around the world. The debut album “Nach der Schlacht” was released in 2015 and was received very well by critics.

    Nidhoeggr manages to combine harsh Death Metal with catchy keyboard melodies, always experimenting with different sounds. Through their multifaceted sound, the band creates a gloomy atmosphere, but can also whip up the mood with trollish party songs. For Nidhoeggr, this variety is an important part of their lyrical work as well. From song lyrics that immerse the listeners in the time of the Vikings, to socio-critical compositions, anything can be expected. With this unique way of making music, Nidhoeggr succeeds perfectly in blending the past and the modern.


    I really love this band, there’s just something about Death Metal and then throw in some pagan and there it is my HeadBangers, gotta love it.

    Let’s meet the band of 6:

    Left to right:

    Janick – Rhythm Guitar

    Janos – Lead Vocals

    Lorenz – Clean Vocals & Keyboard

    Left to right:

    Thibault – Bass

    Patrick – Drums

    Nino – Clean Vocals & Lead Guitar

    “Darkness Shall Live”

    “My Thoughts”

    Well my HeadBangers right off the top I’d like to mention Bern, Switzerland has many great bands, Abbath is also from there, check the blog they are on here too.  As all my HeadBangers know Melodic Death Metal is my thing, but add in some Pagan to it, well hell it works for me.  

    I’ve dug around and found this on the meaning of Nidhoeggr, it is spelled this way and another way, but both mean the same.

    Norse Myth Dragons represent the powerful forces of destruction and a great force of evil. Below we will introduce you three dragons that appeared in Norse mythology: Jormungandr, Nidhogg, and Fafnir.  

    In Norse mythology, Níðhöggr (Malice Striker, traditionally also spelled Níðhǫggr, often anglicized Nidhogg) is a dragon/serpent who gnaws at a root of the world tree, Yggdrasil, he was eighty feet in length.  In historical Viking society, níð was a term for a social stigma implying the loss of honor and the status of a villain.

    Who killed Nidhoggr:

    In the end, the only ones left are two humans and a few gods including Odin’s brother Hoenir, Odin’s sons Vidar and Vali, Thor’s sons Modi and Magni. In one version of the story of Ragnarok Nidhogg is killed by Thor’s son Magni.

    There is nothing better to me than a band with history and a great name taken from history or mythology.  So you know thought went into the name of this band. And I get the, Lord of the Rings, vibe with these guys on certain songs.  I love the growl vocals, they are deep and dark, I appreciate any singer that can master this as Janos has.  I have read so much on growl vocals and they date back to 850 BC, yeah that’s right, it’s not anything new, but you may see more about them here.  Listen to them, you have to be extremely good to be able to control your voice with tearing your throat out.   The sound of this band is one I can listen to for hours.

    Nidhoeggr has one of the best websites I’ve seen.  Check it out for more on their music and gear.


    Well my HeadBangers that’s it for this week.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  Until then don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..


    Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

    This weeks comment is from:

    Elden A.

    Thanks for your marvelous posting!  I seriously enjoyed reading it, you’re a great author. I will be sure to bookmark your blog and will come back later on.  I want to encourage you to definitely continue your great job, have a nice weekend!

    Well Elden, thank you so much for the comment.  I don’t know about being a great author, but I do put everything into my metal, I try anyway.  Thanks again, stop by anytime and spread the word.


    Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

    This weeks comment is from:

    Rey M.

    “This website really has all of the info I wanted about this subject and didn’t know who to ask.”

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment Rey, it is much appreciated.  Come back anytime, every week a new band and a new song…

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    Week 84 – AETHERIAN

    My HeadBangers please welcome from Athens, Greece the Dark, Melodic, Death Metal Band:   AETHERIAN

    “Dark Earth”

    Listen my HeadBangers, my growl vocals, they come from all over the world and though they are the same they are also all different.

    “Black Sails”

    Listen to those instruments.  These guys can really play.  When the music blends together, then in comes those vocals, you are a winner.

    Let’s look at some bio on these guys:

    Aetherian is a Greek Melodic Death Metal band from Athens, Greece. Aetherian was formed in 2013 with their lineup consisting of vocalist and bassist guitarist (Mist of Nihil vocalist), guitarist Aggelos (ex Damned Creed guitarist) and drummer Nikos (ex The Silent Rage drummer). This trio has been active since 2013 and is successfully composing and creating some really awesome and fantastic Melodic Death Metal pieces.

    Their first EP “Tales of our Times”, wass released in 2015 receiving great feedback from the internet community.  On 2016 they released a video clip for the single “The Rain: and afterwards they signed with Lifeforce records for their debut album.

    “The Untamed WIlderness” was released in 2017 gaining great reviews and winning the 6th place at Metalstorm Awards for “The Best Melodeath / Extreme Power / Gothernburg Metal Album.

    Since then they have performed numerous shows in their Hometown, participated twice in he “This is Hell”  tour around Greece, and shared the stage with, get ready HeadBangers your going to love this, Lamb of God, Idle Hands, Septic Flesh in their shows in Athens.

    Aetherian’s lyrics and lyrical themes are mainly focused on Sadness, Sorrow, Inner Conflicts, Corruption of the human soul and Nature. They have released 3 Singles and 1 EP till date. 

    Below is their official website, take a look at it.



    Let’s meet the band:

    (From left to right.)

    Aggelos Maniatakos – Guitar

    Kostas Mexis – Bass

    Giorgos Evgeniadis – Guitar

    Nikos Parotidis – Guitar

    Panos Leakos – Bass – Vocals



    “The Rain”

    Ok  HeadBangers this song gets into the marrow, listen to that music and those vocals, did I mention hair, well yes you have to have the hair.

    “Wish Of Autumn Twillight”

    I love this song, paska, listen to those guitars, the drums, and  wait for it slam up in your face.  

    My Thoughts:

    Well my HeadBangers, what do you think?  This five man band from the city of ancient Athens, Greece has really put it out there.  See below an interesting fact, the birth place of democracy.  None of us on this planet should ever forget that.  

    It is the birthplace of democracy and the heart of the Ancient Greek civilization. Athens is named after the Greek goddess Athena. She was the goddess of wisdom, war, and civilization and the patron of the city of Athens. Her shrine, the Parthenon, sits on top of a hill in the center of the city.

    You all know how I feel about Melodic Death Metal, it is my number one favorite. But Aetherian, has made it darker, which I love.  The growl vocals that Panos has are some of the deepest and most raw I have ever heard.   They have toured with some the the greatest bands and held their own like the true warriors they are.  I want to thank the guys for getting me the info I needed.  When a band takes the time to help out a blogger they have my utmost respect.  It  shows they really care about their music and their fans.  We fans are always interested in the story behind the bands we listen to, it makes them more real to us.  After all Metal is family isn’t it….Juha3

    Well my HeadBangers that’s it for this week, join me next week for another band and another song.  Until then don’t stand to close the the fire if you can’t handle the burn……


    Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

    This  weeks comment is from:

    Vernita L.

    This is really interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger. I’ve joined your rss feed and look forward to seeing more of your excellent post. Also, I’ve shared your web site in my social networks!

    Thanks so much Vernita.  I appreciate you sharing to your social networks.  I always welcome new followers, hopefully more new MetalHeads to our ever growing family.  

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    Update My HeadBangers – Re-Armed

    My HeadBangers Click on the link below for an interview with Re-Armed in Metal Injection.  You really want to check this article out.

    Finland’s RE-ARMED Offer A Hefty Dose Of Melo-Death With Ignis Aeternum

    Week 83 – FROSTTIDE

    Welcome my HeadBangers from Jyväskylä, Finland, the epic, dark, folk band:



    Perkele listen to those growl vocals!!

    “From Dusk To Ascend”

    Let’s look at some bio on these guys (taken from their site):

    FROSTTIDE are a three-piece melodic/folk metal band from Finland formed back in 2009. The band released their first EP  “Dawn of Frost” in 2010 and won the “Year’s underground act 2011” award at the Finnish Metal Awards. The band played shows as a support act with KORPIKLAANI as well as performing at “Nummirock 2012 Metal Festival” together with the likes of SABATON, FEAR FACTORY among other bands. The band released their second EP “Our Journey” – again single-handedly in 2012.

    The first full-length album called “Awakening” saw the light of day on August 30, 2013 via NoiseArt Records. At the same time, the band joined the booking agency Rock the Nation. Soon after the release of Awakening, FROSTTIDE embarked to play in the mighty HEIDENFEST 2013 tour together with ENSIFERUM, TURISAS, EQUILIBRIUM & SUIDAKRA. In the beginning of 2014, the band was back on the road supporting ENSIFERUM on their Unsung Heroes Tour France. After a successful tour in France, FROSTTIDE played few shows in their home country Finland along with KORPIKLAANI & FINNTROLL.

    FROSTTIDE’s 2nd album “Blood Oath” saw the daylight on February 27, 2015 via NoiseArt Records!

    Straight after Blood Oath’s release FROSTTIDE joined the ONE MAN ARMY TOUR FINLAND with ENSIFERUM and later on the spring the band embarked on the PAGANFEST TOUR 2015 with WINTERSUN, TURISAS, HEIDEVOLK & OBSCURITY. After a successful tour in Europe, the band focused on playing live shows in Finland in cooperation with the booking agency Northern Solitude Entertainment for the rest of 2015 with exception of their first show as headliner abroad at the Bridge Blast Metal Festival in Herisau, Switzerland on September 26, 2015. Later that year FROSTTIDE played as a support act for CRADLE OF FILTH and NE OBLIVISCARIS at their show in Nosturi, Helsinki on November 21st.

    In 2016, the band continued supporting their second album “Blood Oath” with live shows in Finland. Being no longer part of Rock the Nation and NoiseArt Records, FROSTTIDE became part of NEM agency’s roster for the booking of shows in Finland. The continuous touring within Finland led the band to play for the first time at the legendary TUSKA festival together with CHILDREN OF BODOM, TESTAMENT, BEHEMOTH & GHOST among other bands. In the fall of 2016, due to personal differences, the band parted ways with singer/guitarist Joni Snoro and bass player Lauri Myllylä.

    FROSTTIDE is currently working on their new album as a three-piece with guitarist and main composer Juho Patinen on lead vocals. The band is supported by two session musicians on the live shows.

    Frosttide is made up of these three members:




    I was born in 1994 in Jyväskylä, Finland. After spending the childhood doing mainly sports, I got the spark for music and guitar when my dad was blasting Deep Purple on a home theater. After a while I decided I want to play guitar too. I got my first guitar when I was 10 and I was sold. Not too long from there, sports were left aside and I started focusing on music. Songwriting came to the picture quite naturally. I wrote my first songs for a “band” – we had with my classmates in elementary school – when I was 12, give or take. Songwriting and everything around it lead eventually to recording and mixing as I was so bad remembering the stuff I wrote, so I needed some tools to get them out of my head straight away. Ever since I’ve been solely focusing on music and everything around it.





    Born in Copiapó, Chile, I have been a fan of Finnish metal since 1999. Bands like Sonata Arctica, Nightwish and Children of Bodom got me into the world of keyboards. In 2005 I moved to Finland to pursue my musical career. After playing in several bands, I found my home in Frosttide on October, 2012. Has been an amazing journey and I am looking forward to what the future will bring. Exciting times ahead!





    I was born in Kuopio, Finland and since I was a baby I’ve been drumming pots and pans. During my teenage years I tried to play guitar but my fingers were too slow. Then I changed to bass but I did not find that so fulfilling and finally I returned back to my roots and started to play the drums. 



    My Thoughts:

    Well my HeadBangers, listen to this last song, it is a true masterpiece.  I already have bought the music just to listen to it all day.  Hear that music, no words are needed as you close your eyes and let yourself slip into another realm, the centuries fly past and you find yourself in another world.  One of myths and folklore.  Here are some I found interesting,

    “Tuonela Land of the Dead”

    Tuonela was the land of dead. It was an underground home or city for all the dead people, not only the good or the bad ones. It was a dark and lifeless place, where everybody slept forever. Still a brave shaman could travel to Tuonela in trance to ask for the forefathers’ guidance. To travel to Tuonela, the soul had to cross the dark river of Tuonela. If the shaman had a proper reason, then a boat would come to take them over. Many times a shaman’s soul had to trick the guards of Tuonela into believing that they were actually dead.

    And another, it’s so interesting.  Can you feel it in the music?  I can it crawls all over me and dances across the runes on my neck and arm:

    Ukko, the God of Sky and Thunder:

    Ukko (“old man”) was a god of the sky, weather, and the crops. The Finnish word for thunder, “ukkonen” (little Ukko) or “ukonilma” (Ukko’s weather), is derived from his name. In the Kalevala he is also called “ylijumala” (overgod, Supreme God), as he is the god of things of the sky. He makes all his appearances in myths solely by natural effects when invoked.

    Ukko’s origins are probably in Baltic Perkons and the older Finnish sky god Ilmarinen. While Ukko took Ilmarinen’s position as the Sky God, Ilmarinen’s destiny was to turn into a smith-hero, or the god of the rock. In the epic poetry of the Kalevala, Ilmarinen is credited with forging the stars on the dome of the sky and the magic mill of plenty, the Sampo.


    Ukko’s weapon was a hammer, axe  or sword, by which he struck Lightning. While Ukko and his wife Akka (“old woman”) mated, there was a thunderstorm. He created thunderstorms also by driving with his chariot in clouds. The original weapon of Ukko was probably the boat-shaped stone-axe of battle axe culture. Ukko’s hammer, the Vasara (means merely “hammer”), probably meant originally the same thing as the boat-shaped stone axe. While stone tools were abandoned in the metal ages, the origins of stone-weapons became a mystery. They were believed to be weapons of Ukko, stone-heads of striking lightnings. Shamans collected and held stone-axes because they were believed to hold many powers to heal and to damage.

    The viper with the saw-figure on its skin has been seen as a symbol of thunder.

    My HeadBangers this music speaks to me on so many levels, I am left at a loss for words as to all the emotion I feel listening to their songs.  If I can say anything to Frosttide, it is thank you guys for introducing me to melodic folk metal, it has taken me eons away from this planet and all it’s troubles and brought me to a place of peace and wonder and a calm that I have been searching for these past 6 months.  You have showed me where I belong and I will begin my journey back there as soon as the birds in the sky take flight, to return to my home and the spirit that calls to me,  never to roam again…..

    That’s it for this week my HeadBangers.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..


    Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

    This weeks comment is from:

    Troy A.

    My partner and I stumbled over here by a different web page and thought I might as well check things out. I like what I see so now I am following you. Look forward to looking at your web page repeatedly.

    Thank you so much Troy.  I post one band every week, now on week 83, it’s been a long 83 weeks, sometimes I do hit the wall and barely make it on time for posting on Friday.  But the music always pulls me through and here we are and shall remain till the song is over.  Spread the word, and nice to meet you.

    Week 82 – AMTHRYA

    Welcome my HeadBangers from Italy/Switzerland, the Avantgarde Death Black Metal Band:


    Amthrya represents a journey, a destination into infinite space.

    “Letters to my Dears Thought of a Lost Man”

    Yes my HeadBangers sometimes you have to have something a little different.

    “Chapter IV – Human Confrontation”

    Let’s look at some bio (taken from their site) on this band:

    Amthrya represent a journey, a destination into infinite spaces, a complex and contradictory research and a continuous change. Lead character is the Man and his projection into the cradle of the world and his frightening of mortality, fragility and the precarious equilibrium of it. Amthrya represent the fragility of Man, of his mind and it opens on a insanity abyss of his paranoid and of his distortion of reality. It’s a Diary of Alienation, a guide map of himself Ego. Images of Gem is the new Chapter open on this distorted vision of the World, that takes you to the madness, follies and suicide. From the mind of Barry, the creative Ego of project Amthrÿa, will guide you into the obscure abyss of human mind. Kasumi Onryo is the grudge voice, the return from the Death abyss and she’ll guide you in a nightmare world..

    Amthrya was born in 2004 as a one man band project from an idea of Barry. In 2012 came out the first album “Authentic Way” by the label Depressive Illusion. It’s a cd and a tape that has for theme the suicide in a surreal contest, with a symphonic black metal sound. In 2016, Barry started the composing of the album “Incision of Gem”, pointing new sounds more near on Black Death metal. In August 2017 Kasumi Onryo became the new vocalist and actually Amthrya has completed the formation with Ale MsT (Drums) and Vins (Bass Guitar).

    Images of Gem was released in November 2018.

    In January 2019, Ale MsT left the band.  The new drummer, Fabius, completed now the formation.

    Let’s meet the band:

     Barry – Guitar – Vocals 

    Kasumi Onryo – Vocals (Grudge Voice)

    Vins – Bass

    Fabius – Drums


    Kasumi told me she had started to sing in the death and black metal genre about ten years ago.  Barry, the founder, asked her to sing and she said she simply fell into the mood and the journey.  Amthrya is not just music, but it is a journey in other spaces of the Human mind and opens the doors on other worlds.  I didn’t choose this path…   simply I had found it.

    Kasumi is from Italy and the rest of the band is from Switzerland.  Concerning gigs, unfortunately this Covid 19 had deleted our plans, but for sure the next year we will reorganize the two tours that we missed out on  Actually we finished the pre-production of our third album, a concept, that is more depressed than the previous ne “Incision of Gem”.  The sound is more evocative and we choose for a twist into it, trying to create a particular sound.  The concept is based on a story of two damned souls…..But it is too early to reveal it!:)

    “Anesthesia Survival”

    This is what Avantgarde Death Black Metal sounds like.  What do you think my HeadBangers?  Does it speak to you?

    My thoughts:

    Well my HeadBangers this is a very interesting band to say the least.  Their videos are quite dark as is their music and lyrics.  But that’s what Avantgarde Death Black Metal is all about.  

    According to Wikipedia:

    Definition of Black Death Metal is:

    Blackened death metal (also known as black death metal) is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal that fuses elements of black metal and death metal.

    The genre emerged in early 1990s when black metal bands began incorporating elements of death metal and vice versa. The genre typically employs death growls, tremolo picking, blast beats, and Satanic lyrics and imagery. Bands of the genre typically employ corpse paint, which was adapted from black metal.

    Who doesn’t like a little corpse paint with their metal.  I do know you either love this genre of music or you don’t.  For some it is to extreme and for the rest it is just right.  That’s what music is all about my HeadBangers, what speaks to me may not speak to you, no one is right or wrong.  But being HeadBangers we all have our passions in metal, so listen to something outside your comfort zone, you’re experiencing something different that’s what life is about.  Just don’t ask me to listen to country western ok I draw the line there.  Seriously, every band works their asses off, whether you like their music or not, they are committed and work hard to bring it to us.  Listen to them, you just might find something to add to your collection.

    Well that’s it for this week,  join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..


    Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

    This week comment is from:

    Juan C.

    Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is an extremely well written article.
    I will make sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of your useful information.  Thanks for the post. I’ll certainly return.

    Thank you Juan, I really appreciate your comment.  Spread the word and come back every Friday.  A new band and a new song.   Thanks again and keep it Metal!

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    My HeadBangers below are two new songs from Re-Armed.  Check out Week 59 for more info on this great band.

    “Ode to Life”

    “The Hollow Lights”


    My HeadBangers welcome from Athens, Greece:


    Welcome to some Thrash Metal at it’s finest!

    “Bloody Ground”

    How’s that for some Thrash, you want more ok here’s another.

    “Division Of Blood”

    Let’s look at some bio, taken from their site, on these Thrash Gods from Athens:


    Suicidal Angels was formed in early 2001, a time when founder Nick Melissourgos was only 16 years old. The musical steps the band was meant to follow were leading to the realm of old school thrash metal, Nick’s major musical influence. That’s pretty much obvious in the band’s first demo, “United by Hate” (July 2001), which is nowadays extremely difficult to find.

    Back then Suicidal Angels was more of a school band having a good time. After some early line-up changes though, Nick met Orfeas Tzortzopoulos (drums), and a unique musical chemistry was born. The band records it’s second demo, “Angels’ Sacrifice” (December 2003) and things gradually become more serious. Based on this demo, the band starts promoting itself and the first concerts are scheduled.

    During April 2004 Suicidal Angels record a new demo called “The Calm before the Storm”, which receives good reviews in metal magazines and fanzines throughout Europe. In September 2004, the band releases an EP called “Bloodthirsty Humanity”, which receives even better reviews compared to the previous demos. Meanwhile, the group tries to perform live whenever possible.

    It was shortly after the show with Tankard in October 2004, when Themis Katsimichas (guitars) joined the band, at first just to help with the first ever gig abroad (Bucharest, 2005) and then as a full member, teaming with Nick to create a fast and technical thrash guitar duo.

    During Fall/Winter of 2005 the band records a four song mini CD called “Armies of Hell”, which gets distribution by EVIL RECORDS and hits the stores in Greece in early 2006. The reviews from European metal magazines were once again very encouraging.

    In April 2006, bass player Christine decides to leave the band and is replaced by Sotiris Skarpalezos shortly after. The band continues to perform live in concerts both in Greece and abroad (Germany and Poland, Summer 2006).

    On October 16, 2006, Suicidal Angels sign their first record deal, with California based OSM Records. The plans for the recording of a full length album are in motion. However, the band still tries to play live as much as possible, knowing full well that that’s the only way to become a better act.

    Recordings of “Eternal Domination” started in January 2007 and the band spent two months recording, mixing and mastering the album, to achieve the best outcome. When it became obvious that it would be very difficult to do this in Greece, the group didn’t hesitate to seek help from abroad and sent the master tapes to the USA, to be mixed and mastered by acclaimed producer Colin Davis in Los Angeles, California.

    Shortly after, in April 2007, Rotting Christ founder Sakis Tolis invited Suicidal Angels to become part of Rotting Christ’s “Theogonia Balkans tour 2007”, giving them their first chance to tour in Europe. It was an opportunity that could not be missed and the band began its first serious attempt to play its music in foreign land.

    The group’s first full length album, “Eternal Domination”, was finally released on July 16, 2007. The album received very good reviews worldwide and Suicidal Angels embarked on a never ending journey promoting it. 

    In May 2007, the band gave one of its most important shows, supporting Kreator in Athens, Greece. Mille Petrozza was truly impressed by the band’s performance and, to the band’s astonishment, appeared on stage wearing the Suicidal Angels T-shirt the group had offered him as a gift. It was the beginning of a series of fortunate events, as Mille would continue to pinpoint Suicidal Angels as one of the best new thrash metal bands in various occasions.

    Jumping ahead to 2009

    In March 2009, Suicidal Angels entered the studio (Prophecy and Music Factory Studios, Germany) under the direction of the producer R.D. Liapakis and recorded the second full length named “Sanctify the Darkness”. At the same time, the band took part in the so-called Rock The Nation Award 2009, which was held in partnership with Nuclear Blast Records and Boomer Entertainment as well as highly anticipated print magazines from all over Europe such as Metal Hammer (D, I, GR, E), Terrorizer UK, Rock Tribune B, Scream NO, Metallian F and Spark CZ. Suicidal Angels were picked final winter from over 1200 band submissions!

    After the album was released via Nuclear Blast Records in November 2009, the band went out on several big tours with Kataklysm, Belphegor, Overkill and played all big festivals such as Metalcamp, Sonisphere Greece, Wacken Open Air, PartySan and Summer Breeze. With NoiseArt Records, the band finally found a strong partner and a perfect home as the label is a division of Rock The Nation, which also does the booking for Suicidal Angels! 

    Now, with joined forces and full force, after a very successful year in 2010, the thrash metal tank has produced its 3rd long player entitled “Dead Again”. The amazing cover artwork was created by none other but Ed Repka (Megadeth, Death and more) while R.D. Liapakis of Mystic Prophecy once again produced the band’s album. With “Dead Again” Suicidal Angels have again taken thrash metal to another level – tight, aggressive, fast and old school as fuck!

    On November of 2010, a year after the release of “Sanctify the Darkness”, “Dead Again” strikes the market, being the first record released by “NoiseArt”. From that certain point and afterwards, one of the most glorious moments of Suicidal Angels comes, the so called  “Thrashfest” tour 2010, along with Kreator, Exodus and Death Angel, a mighty package, striking numerous sold out nights throughout Europe. 

    Spring of 2011, it’s time to spread in the Eastern part of Europe, again with Death Angel in the “Sonic Retribution” tour and participates in more summer festivals, reaching to the most eastern part of the band’s career so far, in Ukraine.

    Summer / fall of the same year, the band enters the studio to fulfil another thrash assault, working again with R.D Liapakis and visiting for one more time the Music Factory and Prophecy Studios in Munich. This time, head of mix and master is Jorg Uken from the “Soundlodge” studios, achieving a raw, dark and more mature sound compared to the previous records. 

    Thus, the band creates “Bloodbath”, which hits the stores on January 2012, receiving great feedback, amazing reviews, making it to the German charts at position #84 and Austrian charts, position #78. The release of the record is followed by the “Full of Hate” tour 2012, with the absolutely killer line up of Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth, Legion of the Damned and Misery Index. A sold out package, introducing the band into a more death metal audience, receiving the best of impressions and enlarging its fan base throughout Europe. 

    Soon after the end of summer, changes in the line up are taking place, with Chris joining forces on the guitar. The new year finds Suicidal Angels flying over to the latin America, with first stop in Mexico city, followed by shows in Brazil. 

    By the end of summer  of 2014, conversations and negotiations had already started for the 2nd headline tour for “Divide and Conquer” on January 2015, the so called “Conquering Europe Part II”. The band apart from the shows themselves, decides to film the life on the road, to capture the feeling of the tour in order to share with their fans. Summer follows, festival season goes insane, but as soon as we reach the end, Chris Tsitsis leaves the band in order to take care of his family.

    The replacement was soon made, with Gus Drax joining forces with Suicidal Angels and straight flying to the Soundlodge Studios where the band was already, recording the new album. Without loosing any time, he gets in the spirit and the way that the band works, records the leads for the new album, and straight on November he flies as the official lead guitar player, with the band to Japan, for 2 exclusive shows in Tokyo. First time of the band there and also the first show of Gus with the band.

    Reaching 2016, being faithful to the every 2 years release, Suicidal Angels strike back with the 6th studio album, the “Division of Blood”. The album hits the charts once more, position 93, making it for 3rd time in a row. Along with the album, there comes in a special edition, the “Conquering Europe” DVD, which is a tour documentary along with parts of the band’s appearance in Essen at Turock club. A special edition which includes interviews of the band, lots of backstage footage, getting the fans in to the band’s life on the road.

    This is the story so far! Be prepared for fast and furious thrash metal, ’cause when it comes to Suicidal Angels that’s the only metal you’ll get!  Their journey continues.

    “Born Of Hate”

    Let’s meet the band:


    From left to right:

    Gus Drax – Bass

    Nick Melissourgos – Vocals, Guitar

    Orpheas Tzortzopoulos – Drums

    Aggelos Lelikakis – Guitar

    “Endless War”

    My Thoughts:

    Well my HeadBangers there you have it, Suicidal Angels, thrash, fast and hard like a freight train.  As a melodic death metal lover, and of Nordic Bands, every once in awhile you have to kick it up a notch.   I find thrash a good way to jump start your morning in this fking Pandemic we are having, and so great music, great hair, this might just kick Covid-19’s ass right off the planet.  Wait, Suicidal Angels could win the Nobel Peace Prize if that happened.  It would add to their long list of gigs for the summer of 2020 that will probably have to be cancelled.  Click the link to their site, they are booked all summer I kid you not.  Between these guys and my Coke Zero, no sugar but hell we have the caffeine, at 4:oo pm on a Sunday afternoon, time to MOSH HEADBANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Well that’s it for this week, join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..



    Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

    This weeks comment is from:

    Carlos W.

    May I just say what a relief to uncover somebody that actually knows what they’re talking about on the internet.  You definitely realize how to bring an issue to light and make it important.  A Lot more people need to read this and understand this side of the story.  It’s surprising you’re not more popular because you most certainly have the gift.

    Carlos, I love you lmao.  I have been told I have “the ear”.  I try to bring my followers and readers the story behind the song.  Bands are made up of people and each person has a story, each band has it’s history.  Once you start researching you find the most interesting things that you never knew about a band.  I love it and I’m happy I can bring it to my HeadBangers.  After all we are family.

    flame fire water reflection

    Update my HeadBangers -Kalmo

    Here’s the latest update from a good friend of the blog;  Thanks Kalmo for always giving me the heads up, it is appreciated.  My HeadBangers hold on here we go…..

    Press Release

    Date: 19.05.2020

    Free for immediate release

    From the twisted dark dungeons rises a murmurous tone of mutilated psalm. Echoing from the dust of scorched ground to the blackened sky. Disappearing slowly into the void.

    Kalmo has produced a song and a music video for one of the best-known lullabies with transformed lyrics. This known song has gained a maimed form. The original impeccable shape has been violated and abused to serve darkness. All the beauty, all the peace, all the innocence has been ripped out from the body, twisted, broken and attached back to a transmuted cadaver.

    This is a Kalmo’s contribution to COVID-19 dark canticles.

    Link to the video: https://youtu.be/3NVImsC1TCw


    I have to say I like this darkness!

    A dark creature was born in the darkness. This demon has grown out of its infancy. Spreading its wings. Ready for the evident end of humankind. Ready to explore all the horrors and burning agony on the way to the doom. Kalmo (cadaver in English) is a Finnish one-man doom metal project. Kalmo is raw, dark, brutal and experimental doom metal. Music is done with true blackened heart. It opens gates to hidden emotions of a metal lady or lad. It is one of a kind. It is DYI and unique. 

    Kalmo released debut EP Demoni on May 10th 2019. The EP is available as a digital edition and a CD release. You can summon your copies of Demoni at Kalmo’s Bandcamp page https://doom.kalmo.fi/album/demoni.

    Stay doomed \m/



    Homepage: https://kalmo.fi  

    Bandcamp: https://doom.kalmo.fi/

    On Spotify under name Kalmo Doom: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5mACCBzWFCx3vUIaIa9bDr?si=HlMUSlV_TbaWlhmlenB4kw

    Twitter – https://twitter.com/KalmoDoom 

    Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/kalmodoom/ 

    Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68uusWaY3zM&list=PLCA9aXHmky0Mg8HCFvCQB4YNxRkl2yx1


    Update HeadBangers – CARMILLA BAND

    My HeadBangers we have a new song from Sweden:  Carmilla Band

      Blood of Fire:

    Big SHOUT OUT to the guys and Nathalie for letting me post their new song.  It’s always appreciated.

    This my HeadBangers is one of their best.  See what you get when you mix a swedish band with a hot Latin frontwoman that sure knows her growl vocals.  OMG it is fire.  Can’t wait for more from this bunch.  They have stuck to their course and are pushing through any and all obstacles.  Let me put it another way they have SISU.  Google it my HeadBangers, you should know what it means, it is tattoo on my wrist.  Watch it they are coming…..


    Week 80 – HEART OF JORDAN

    Welcome my HeadBangers from Lansing, Michigan:


    Alternative Metal – Metalcore

    “Echoes Still Remain”

    What do you think my HeadBangers.


    Let’s look at some bio on these guys, a big shout out to Elijah for sending me their press kit, I really appreciate it, 

    From their humble beginnings in a dingy attic making rough demos on a trusty outdated tablet, Heart of Jordan are becoming the next hopeful to stand out in the often over-saturated, cookie-cutter metal and hard rock world. Storming out of the gate in 2018 with their debut self titled album and music video for its first single “Deny”, Heart of Jordan have quickly garnered international attention through fierce social media campaigns and DIY tactics that would make the most diehard indie band proud. And in this short time frame, they have wasted no time making their mark at venues around the region, having the honor of sharing the stage with many national touring acts such as Light The Torch, 36 Crazyfists, The Plot in You, and Nonpoint, among others.

    Recorded with acclaimed producer Josh Schroeder (King 810, For The Fallen Dreams), the debut Heart of Jordan album brings a raw and modern twist to the sound of metalcore’s pioneers, while drawing from influences like anthemic eighties metal, dirty nineties grunge, and today’s heavyweight hard rock radio giants. From the emotive power of “Eye”, the minacious groove of “Deaf Ears”, to the infectious sing along choruses “Throne Alone” and “Echoes Still Remain, Heart of Jordan have established their signature sound through simplicity and ingenious song writing that resonates with a broad audience, all while embracing the integrity and devotion to their creative vision.

    Heart of Jordan has no plans of slowing down, steadily increasing their social media presence, streaming and radio play stats, while searching for touring and label opportunities; all the while writing a new album and dropping their first single of 2020, “The Silence”, on 01/31/20. “We have a deep passion and drive for what we do and the music we create. We also have an understanding and respect for the business side of this band. There is a fine balance between the two that makes it all come together” – Elijah White, Guitar.  “We grind every day looking for new fans, constantly spreading the word and discovering connections to further introduce our music and our band to the world.” – Preston Mailand, Vocals

    “The Silence”

    Let’s meet the band my HeadBangers:

    1Elijah White – guitar

    Alfonso Civile – Bass

    Preston Mailand – Vocals

    Eric Tenyck – Guitar

    Andrew Everett – Drums

    “Deaf Ears”

    “My Thoughts”

    For a band that started in 2018, I have to say they really have it together.  I love their sound.  As their bio says they have “a deep passion and drive for what they do and the music they create”.   You can see it on their faces as they perform and hear it in their music, it all comes together.  They are up and coming my HeadBangers, so keep your eyes open for them.  They have reviews from AP (Alternative Press), Metal Injection, Riff Relevant, and Power Play Rock & Metal Magazine.  Visit their site to read these reviews and you will see what I mean.  If you get a chance to catch them at a gig, do it don’t even think about.  

    Also HeadBangers check out their merch at:    heartofjordanstore.com.

    Let’s show them our support HeadBangers, they are on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube, so check them out.  They are coming fast.

    Well that’s it for this week, join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..


    Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

    This weeks comment is from:

    Scot G.

    Aw, this was an incredibly nice post. Taking the time and actual effort to make a top notch article… but what can I say… I hesitate a whole lot and don’t seem to get nearly anything done.

    Thanks so much Scot.  Believe me I have those days where I sit at my laptop and it’s like nothing happens lol.  Then I hear a song, just like the fire it calls me and I have to go.  Then the words just flow and I find myself deep in the middle of metal.  The thing is don’t hesitate, just go for it and you will be surprised at what will happen.  You may change things like I do and often but when its over its all good.  Thanks again and stop by at anytime.


    Week 79 – PARASITE INC.

    Welcome my HeadBangers from Aalen, Germany:


    “Once And For All”

    My HeadBangers you know I love some Melodic Death Metal and with some great growl vocals well what more could a woman ask for…..

    “This World”

    Let’s look at some bio on these guys, taken from their site:

    PARASITE INC. were founded 2007 in the German Metal hot spot Aalen and became well known pretty quickly. Their 2010 demo “Parasite Inc.“ already found a lot of fans within the worldwide Melodic Death Metal community. Since their debut album “Time Tears Down“ at latest, the Southern German band was predicted a great future. They received lots of positive feedback from the scene press as well as from dozens of headbangers in front of every stage PARASITE INC. played on. If on festivals or tours, at home or in foreign countries: The quartet reached every single audience and their fame grew. The reason why: PARASITE INC. developed their own sound right from the beginning while keeping their own trademarks. But not everything went well: line-up changes and the closing of their label followed, and so it became quiet around the band. Viewed from the outside, it looked like PARASITE INC. had disappeared as one of the highly praised talents within the depths of the scene.

    But we were wrong! The Germans have been more active than ever, developing their sound continuously and were working intensely on new stuff in the background. In the mid of 2017, the band entered their own studio to record the long-awaited new album which is worth the waiting: eleven tracks unite into the mighty “Dead and Alive“. The band continues to offer powerful Melodic Death Metal – sometimes gloomy and atmospheric, sometimes straight into your face. But that’s not enough, so the band added several new elements like Punk, Thrash and 80’s Synth Rock, thus adding a lot of facets, creating a varied and exciting album that now arises. As with “Time Tears Down” the band had the complete control over the production.

    Guitarist and singer Kai comments: It was definitely important for us to have a harmonious overall concept that satisfied us, from the artwork to the mix, while giving me a lot of time for the songwriting and above all for the lyrics. Our dru