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GOD (RO)

GOD (RO)

Releases:
“Iconografic (Your Eye) (Demo 1994)”
“Iconografic II (The Eye of Superior Knowledge) (Demo 1995)”
“Iconografic III (The Antropomorphic Image) (Demo 1996)”
“From the Moldavian Ecclesiastic Throne (Full-length 1997)”
“A Perennial Spleen / Iconografic & Apotropaic (Split with Dies Irae 1997)”
“Sublime (Full-length 1998)”
“Aura (Full-length 2002)”
“Hell & Heaven (EP 2006)”

Official Page: http://www.myspace.com/godthehorde

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

Origins & Connections: band comes from Romania

Activity Periods & Styles: active since 1993 and plays gothic-doom with archaic themes. The band released a few demos, 2 full length albums and a split until 1998. Around 2000 some important member changes put the band on-hold. The year 2002 was a come back year for the band by releasing a new album and also the year when two members moved to Portugal: the band leader Castor (Costel Lapusneanu) and later also his brother Gelu (Eugen Lapusneanu). Again a period of inactivity until 2005/2006 when an EP was released with members from Portugal. In 2011 the band played live at OST Mountain Festival.

Best Musical Skills: vocals and keyboards

Short Bio & Review: GOD is one of the oldest and most appreciated metal band from Romania. It was created in 1992 – 1993 (first under the name VOMA) by Lapusneanu brothers, Constel and Eugen. In 1994, 1995 and 1996 they released 3 demos ‘Iconografic I, II, III’ and had a lot of live activity and won at numerous festivals for their live performance. At that time in their music they incorporated a violin. In 1997 the first full length was released ‘From the Moldavian Ecclesiastic Throne’ a great underground album that gave the band also European recognition. ‘Sublime’ was released in 1998, the music style changed a bit towards a lighter metal approach but still a great success. Then followed a period of uncertainty, with members departing or moving in Portugal. ‘Aura’ was released during these uncertain times, and until 2005 – 2006 (with the release of ‘Heaven and Hell (EP)’ the band had little activity. To note that since then the band plays from time to time live. In 2011 they were playing at OST Mountain Festival, Busteni, Romania.

Additional Info: To note that Castor (Costel Lapusneanu) runs a tatoo studio. GOD’s musical themes contains also Christian (orthodox) elements.

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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