Coal Chamber is a nu metal band from Los Angeles, CA, USA formed in 1995. They enjoyed some mainstream success in the mid to late 90's during the nu metal boom which they, along with bands like KoЯn helped create. The band gained a large following early in their career, arguably because they were one of the first 'darker' themed nu metal bands. Coal Chamber signed to Roadrunner Records and recorded their first album (both in 1996) for their self-titled debut in 1997.
Velvet Seal is a young symphonic gothic metal band that formed in 2006 in Hungary. The members are Gabee (vocals), Csabee (guitars & synths), David (bass), Bali (drums). The idea of the band came early summer of 2006, after having numerous rehearsals with a former Hungarian band, searching for something even more, experimenting, gothic, modern, but at the same time both popular and a little more challenging musically.
NFD comprise Tony Pettitt, the Fields of the Nephilim founder-bassist, who teamed up with vocalist/guitarist Peter (Bob) White and drummer Simon Rippin when the Nephilim reunion floundered in 2002. Simon was previously in both Nefilim and Fields of the Nephilim line-ups, as well as together with Bob in Sensorium. For live gigs they bring in two extra guitarists, Chris Milden and Steve Carey. Their Nephilim roots gave them immediate attention from that band's still devoted following, but press reviews surpassed any casual goodwill.
Formed in Belgrade, Serbia, on 5th of January 2003, initially as a three-piece-semi-acoustic-project, Rain Delay with their debut As I Bequeath My Yesterday (2005, Active Time Records) grew into a promising and daring young band that pushed many musical boundaries. Starting with their original, and in many ways beautiful form of atmospheric doom/black metal/rock they went on much further on their sophomore album We Forget (released for Serbian market only - DIY).
The Cruel Sea is a multi-ARIA Award winning 90s Australian rock/blues outfit. Originally an instrumental band focused on surf sounds, the addition of vocalist Tex Perkins (also a member of The Beasts Of Bourbon and a solo artist) proved an inspired decision. Combining the charismatic Perkins with the highly talented musicians created an unstoppable force through much of the 90s. Members of the band continue to perform, though with the exception of Perkins, most activity is fairly low key.
My Dying Bride is a Doom metal band that was at the forefront of the English Doom movement in the early 90s that included such bands as the former label mates Anathema and Paradise Lost. Formed in West Yorkshire, England, they are known for their slow yet extremely heavy riffs and haunting lyrics. Relentlessly slow, thick, heavy chords allied with remarkably morose lyrics make My Dying Bride a unique proposition and certainly a challenge to the listener.
The Mary Major is the succession-band of Beseech.
Lineup (4 of the previous 7 Beseech members): Vocals: Erik Molarin
Vocals: Lotta Höglin
Guitar: Daniel Elofsson
Bass: Ulf Larsson
Drums: Jonas Strömberg Guitarist Manne Engström left the band as of 2007-08-09 and is no longer part of "The Mary Major".
Bassist Mikael Back recently quit "The Mary Major" for personal reasons, replaced by Ulf Larsson (Dodge and Cold Tears) MySpace website: www.myspace.com/themarymajor
Tiamat is a metal band that formed in Täby, Sweden in 1988. Their music has been the subject of debate, utilizing subgenres like black metal, progressive, doom/death and gothic, but more recently they have focused on what has been described as atmospheric gothic metal with ethnic, psychedelic and experimental elements. Biography:
Initially, the band played straightforward black metal under the name Treblinka.
There is more than one artist with the name Ophelia: 1. Ophelia are a metal band hailing from Chelmsford, Essex. Formed in late 2008, the band immediately started writing material and playing gigs in the local area. The spring of 2009 saw the band recording their debut E.P. at CDS Studios in Essex. By summer artwork and design had been finished, and the band raised money for CD replication throughout the autumn using a ‘presale scheme' that allowed fans to preorder and pay for the E.P. before it came out, ensuring them a signed copy.