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Finntroll (FI)

Finntroll is a folk metal band from Helsinki, Finland. They combine elements of black metal and folk metal. Finntroll's lyrics are mostly in Swedish, the only exception being the song "Madon Laulu" on Visor Om Slutet. Finntroll's first singer Katla decided to use Swedish over Finnish since he was part of a Swedish-speaking minority in Finland and the sound of the language seemed to better suit the band's "trollish" outfit. Despite several vocalist changes, this tradition has continued.

According to bandmembers Vreth and Skrymer, they took their name from an old Finnish legend where Swedish priests coming to Finland had an encounter with a wild-looking man who killed most of their party. The survivors came back bearing the tale...

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Belphegor (AT)

Belphegor is an Austrian death/black metal band from Salzburg, Austria, originally formed in 1991 under the name Betrayer before changing their name in 1993. They are named after the demon Belphegor. They released their most recent album Conjuring the Dead in 2014 though Nuclear Blast Records.

Belphegor was founded as Betrayer in 1991 by vocalist and bassist Maxx, guitarists Helmuth and Sigurd, and drummer Chris. The band released their first demo Kruzifixion in April 1991, and Unborn Blood later on. After adopting the name Belphegor in 1993, they released another demo, Bloodbath in Paradise on Maxi-CD format. At somepoint before or after the release of this demo, Maxx departed from the band, resulting in Helmuth assuming his...

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Battle Beast (FI)

There are two bands named Battle Beast.

1. Founded in 2008 in Helsinki, Finland. Battle Beast represents the traditional Heavy Metal sound, without being afraid of adding its own flavor to the recipe. Already in the early stages of their career, Battle Beast were noticed by the international metal scene, especially after winning 2008’s Wacken:Open:Air “Metal Battle” and Finland’s “Radio Rock Starba” competition, as well as after performing at the Finnish Metal Expo.

The combo soon caught the attention of Nuclear Blast, which resulted in a record deal and the worldwide release of their highly acclaimed debut album Steel in January of 2012, preceded by a music video for the song Enter the Metal World. Subsequently, Ba...

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