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Wallachia (NOR)

Wallachia (NOR)

Releases:
“Demo 1996 (Demo)”
“Wallachia (EP 1997)”
“From Behind The Light (Full-length 1999)”
“Ceremony of Ascension (Full-length 2009)”
“Monumental Heresy (Full-length 2018)”

Official Page: www.myspace.com/wallachiaband

Band(s) Alike / Related: GOD (RO)
Origins & Connections: comes from Norway. The name Wallachia represents a historical and geographical region of Romania. It is the land where Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) ruled.

Activity Periods & Styles: since 1992 plays atmospheric black and extreme metal.

Best Musical Skills: guitars and atmoshere

Short Bio & Review: Wallachia is a music project from Steinkjer and was formed by Lars Stavdal in 1992. The band recorded a demo in 1996 which got very positive feedback from the underground metal scene at that time. Shortly after that a re-recording session (in studio) of the Demo was released in the form of an EP named simply Wallachia. The first full-length was released in 1999. Since then the band practically did not released any new composed material although the band was still active. In 2009 after delays the second full-length album was released, this time the style changed in a more symphonic way but the music was still recognizable as Wallachia. There is enough material written for new albums that are planned to be released soon.

Additional Info: the project members are also active in other projects, most notable beeing Golden Dawn.

Ancient Beliefs Band Rating: 10 /10

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The Hourglass (RO)

The Hourglass (RO)

Releases:
“Requiem (Demo 2011)”
“Through Darkness And Light (2014)”

Official Page: thehourglassro.bandcamp.com

Band(s) Alike / Related: Bucium (RO)

Origins & Connections: Band from Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Activity Periods & Styles: “The band started slowly as a studio project in 2010, having at first only a 4-5 songs demo recording in plan. The main reason to start this way is that a band cannot aim high or represent any interest to the local scene until there are at least some demo quality songs to be presented to the local public on social networks (Facebook, Reverbnation or Myspace). The recording of the demo begun in late 2010 in a formula of three, the bass being recorded on the first three tracks by session musicians. In the summer of 2011, Mircea Petreus joined the band as a bass player and shortly after that, the last two songs on the demo were recorded. The goal of this band was to create something new, something that could combine different genres into a new sound. After many musical experiments in songwriting regarding subjects, atmosphere and sounds used, the band crystallized a sound represented by heavy guitars and strong rhythmics, symphonic and industrial keyboard sounds, all combined with a classical soprano voice. A symphonic/industrial metal hybrid. On the 30th of December 2011,The Hourglass released online the first self-produced studio material, “Requiem”, a 5 songs demo that represents a mixture of feelings, harmonies and styles. From a ballad (In Remembrance) to a strong industrial metal influenced song (The Fall), they tried to explore the strongest human beliefs and feelings. The spring of 2012 brings the last missing member in the band: Ioana Dirva, a pianist drawn by the idea of playing on a synthesiser and trying a different musical approach. After a strong live debut as an opening act for Theatres des Vampires (Italy) in Cluj-Napoca, one of the founder members, Vlad Negrea (guitar) left the band for personal reasons in April 2012, followed by Mircea Petreus, three months later. Even so, the formula of five was completed quick, without affecting the band’s rehearsals schedule and upcoming concerts. With Andrei Buciuta (guitar) and Traian Toderean (bass), The Hourglass is complete again, ready to rock the local stage (and more) with the new members and compositions.” – Source: band website.

Best Musical Skills: female vocals & guitars

Short Bio & Review: The Hourglass is a symphonic/gothic/industrial metal band, formed in 2010 by Alma Vomastek (vocals, keyboards, songwriting, lyrics), Bogdan Mara (drums) and Vlad Negrea (guitar), in the city of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The name was carefully chosen to represent a connection between old and new, classical and modern (musically speaking) and also, to keep a general idea that everything that has a beginning, also has an end.

Additional Info: The band goes on the steps of bands like Magica and Nightwish with additional industrial elements.

Ancient Beliefs Band Rating: –

Music Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4Dhq8D_Gyg

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Agathodaimon (GER)

Releases:
“Carpe Noctem (Demo) 1996”
“Near Dark (Demo) 1997”
“Tomb Sculptures (Compilation) 1997”
“Blacken the Angel (Full-length) 1998”
“Bislang (EP) 1999”
“Higher Art of Rebellion (Full-length) 1999”
“Chapter III (Full-length) 2001”
“Serpent’s Embrace (Full-length) 2004”
“Phoenix (Full-length) 2009”
“In darkness (Full-length, planed) 2012”

Official Page: http://www.agathodaimon.de

Band(s) Alike / Related: Wallachia (NO)

Origins & Connections: from Mainz, Germany, the band started with Vlad Dracul (Rusu Andrei of Romanian origin) on vocals, lyrics & keyboards. The band uses Romanian lyrics from Mihai Eminescu’s poems.

Activity Periods & Styles: Agathodaimon was formed in September 1995 by Sathonys (guitar) and Matthias Rodig (drums). A first demo was recorded in April 1996, entitled “Carpe Noctem”. The music style could be characterized as symphonic black metal, with an under-produced sound. A second demo “Near Dark” was released a year later and soon a full album was scheduled for early 1998, but had to be delayed after Romanian vocalist Vlad was denied return to Germany by the authorities. “Blacken The Angel” was released without Vlad and for their second album “Higher Art Of Rebellion” the band traveled to Romania to record it. The band gradually turned from symphonic black metal to a more varied mixture of styles making it a well known Gothic band. The following releases “Chapter III”, “Serpent’s Embrace”, “Phoenix” and “In Darkness” established the Agathodaimon band among the successful but cliché Gothic Metal bands.

Best Musical Skills: lyrics and atmosphere

Short Bio & Review: Agathodaimon was formed in September 1995 by Sathonys (guitar) and Matthias Rodig (drums). After placing some ads in several music magazines, they soon found the right band mates in Vlad (vocals, keys) and Marko T. (bass). After several rehearsals, it was obvious that a second guitar player would benefit the sound of Agathodaimon. After a few months, Hyperion joined the band. Together, a first demo was recorded in April 1996, entitled “Carpe Noctem”. Although only recorded on eight tracks in just a few hours, it received excellent reviews. A second demo “Near Dark” was released a year later and soon a full album was scheduled for early 1998, but had to be delayed after Romanian vocalist Vlad was denied return to Germany by the authorities. “Blacken The Angel” was released without Vlad and for their second album “Higher Art Of Rebellion” to avoid further troubles with Vlad’s immigration, the whole band traveled to Romania’s capitol to record the second album together. In 1999 Vlad decided to leave the band due to musical differences and geographic distance. The band turned from symphonic black metal to Gothic music and image, the band wanted to mix both the progressive and melodic elements with the raw and straight attitude from the debut album. “Chapter III” marked another important step, as the songwriting procedure was changed and for the first time, a pre-production was done to analyze the songs before the final recording process. Meanwhile, more gigs and festival appearances at Wacken, Wave Gotik Treffen, Summer Breeze etc. were done. The following releases “Chapter III”, “Serpent’s Embrace”, “Phoenix” and “In Darkness (planed)” establishes the Agathodaimon band among the best but also commercial Gothic ones.

Additional Info: Rusu Andrei (aka. Vlad Dracul) is also known for its personal project RA (Drusus).