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Prohod (RO)

Prohod (RO)

Releases:

“Hotarul Imbrelor” 2013 (CD-R lim. 100)Official Page: https://www.facebook.com/prohodband

Band(s) Alike / Related: GOD (RO), Sorgnatt (RO)

Origins & Connections: Band from Sibiu, Romania. Some members play also in Warchant band.

Activity Periods & Styles: Band formed in 2012 and plays atmospheric death-black with Romanian archaic touch created by flute and violin.

Best Musical Skills: composition & guitars

Short Bio & Review: The debut album Hotarul Imbrelor reveals an interesting and complex atmosphere. Although the composition and interestingness goes well with the concept, the band does have potential also for live events hopefully they will find an adequate drummer.

Additional Info: Released by Totemic Forest, artwork by Kogaion Art.

Ancient Beliefs Band Rating: 9 /10

Music Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UO_e45rrTYM

 

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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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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).