Saturday, April 9, 2011

Featured Today! "Norther, Introitus..."

Hello L&D Listeners!

Thse are the bands that were added to L&D Radio! Includes a really amazing band from Sweden "Introitus" (Not black Metal one) maybe you heard from them before, they are a family band (wife,husband,kids you know the drill lol) and their friends Enjoy! \m/

Norther (FIN) - NORTHER was originally formed by Kristian Ranta, Jukka Koskinen, Tuomas Planman, Petri Lindroos and Toni Hallio in the year 2000 after various of early stage band formations. The band kicked into gear with its debut release "Dreams of Endless War" through Spinefarm Records in 2002. The first album entered the Finnish charts at position 17, and the response was excellent. The band began playing shows in and around the Helsinki area, and the buzz grew like wildfire. Being prolific songwriters, they almost had an album's worth of material ready before the debut record was released in every corner of the world. Soon the guys barricaded themselves inside the famous Astia Studio with producer extraordinaire, Anssi Kippo. The album 'Mirror of Madness' came out in early 2003 entering the Finnish charts at position 11. It was a step forward for the band, a logical continuation of the onslaught begun with "Dreams of Endless War". A step towards a more old-school sound combined with their intense approach to modern death/black metal. After touring with Dimmu Borgir and Hypocrisy in late 2003 the band went back to the studio to record the successor of "Mirror of Madness". In early 2004, NORTHER released its third full length album "Death Unlimited". It received very good feedback from the media all around the world. It also hit the Finnish charts for weeks like the previous albums at position 17. "Death Unlimited" was probably the heaviest NORTHER sound so far. The style had also changed into more death metal and atmospheric feelings. NORTHER played several shows in 2005 and then recorded an EP, "Solution7" to release some unheard material. This piece was recorded at Astia Studio with close friend and Producer Anssi Kippo and was also featured in the official Finnish charts at position 5. This time NORTHER wanted to bring in something new, adding Kristian's clean vocals for extra spice. In the summer of 2005, NORTHER headed to Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden (In Flames, Soilwork, Hammerfall, Arch Enemy, Opeth etc.) to record their fourth full length album named "Till Death Unites Us" with producers Fredrik Nordström & Patrick J. Sten. Soon after the recordings of the album Toni Hallio left the band to pursue other interests. It didn’t take long until Heikki Saari was found to take over on drums. After the release in January 2006, "Till Death Unites Us" got an excellent response in Finland hitting the official Finnish charts position 6 and was also praised abroad. It showed rage but also delivered the softest songs in the band's history. Later the same year the band composed the theme song (Frozen Angel) for a major Finnish feature film, "V2 – Dead Angel" produced by Solarfilms Inc. The band is also featured in the film. In February 2007 NORTHER released a new EP, 'No Way Back', which only came out in Finland and later in Japan. The record immediately hit position number 1 in the Finnish charts. Later that year the band had great club gigs and festival appearances across Europe (Wacken, Masters of Rock, etc.) while writing new material for their forthcoming album. Early August the guys entered the Astia Studios to record the new album with Anssi Kippo. After a two month session the band played sold out shows in Finland, re-visited Studio Fredman to mix the album and then hit the road again with Amoral & Drone for a European tour. Finally to crown their achievements, NORTHER signed a new deal with Marquee Avalon and with Century Media Records! NORTHER is reborn!
Introitus (SWE)The history behind the music on “Fantasy” is long! Mats Bender started making some of the songs on the cd as long as 30 years ago on one of his first synths. The tunes has been made and remade over the course of time and finally, when the development of technique allowed it, he could document the music audiotiv in his own studio. Mats and his wife Anna, worked musically together for many years before took the step to also create music together. ”Elements” is all about new material and also introducing Mattias Bender as a composer on one of the songs. The music has been elevated to a fantastic outcome! During the recording new companions where added to their duo and they became 7 members at the core of the music. The drummer and the additional drummer are their own children, Mattias and Johanna, which gave the inner circle a great family touch! Upon that they found working joy with the handyman Henrik Björlind on extra synth, accordion, flute, fiddle and second guitar. Johanna and Henrik also sing all additional voices where it is needed. The current lead guitarist, Pär Helje, has a fantastic ear for rich sounds and the bass guitarist, Dennis Lindqvist, makes the foundation secure for the rest of the team. This is the inner core of this progressive music project! ( This is one of the best bands I ever heard of and wanted to share this from my collection Enjoy! ). 

Skiltron (ARG)Forming an idea that was coming since a few years before, Skiltron was born in 2004, with just two members at that time: Emilio Souto and Matías Pena.
The starting point of the band was the recording of a demo called "Gathering the Clans". Javier Yuchechen, Selidor's vocalist was summoned together with some others musicians of the local Celtic scene for this recording. Between end of august and beginning of september, the demo was recorded at La Nave de Oseberg studios, which was known to have received artists such as Tarja Turunen, Fabio Lione and Rata Blanca, among others. Once the recording was finished, the distribution and promotion of the demo started. The official website was launched in October. Various radios, webzines, and different publications showed great interest. In December of that same year, Fernando Marty enters the band as bass player. The radio show "Tiempos Violentos" broadcasted by Rock and Pop, the most listened F.M. of the country, proclaimed "Gathering the clans" as the best demo of the year. Entering into the year 2005 the band were ready to record their first album ''The Clans have United''. The album was recorded between April and October 2005, again in "La Nave de Osberbg" studios, and released in march 2006. Javier Yuchechen was again the sessionist vocalist, and some well known musicians from the local Celtic scene also gave their participation. At the beginning of the year 2006 finally the line-up was completed by the adding of Diego Valdez (ex-Azeroth) on vocals, Diego Spinelli on Tin Whistle, Esteban D´antona on Viola, Juan José Fornés (ex-Sélidor) on guitar and Pablo Allen on Bagpipes. In the first semester of this year, the rehearsals for the official presentation of ''The Clans have United'' began, and the local and international promotion of the album continued as well. On august 12nd Skiltron made his offical live debut. At the end of 2006, "The Clans have United" was named as best album of the year, again by The radio show "Tiempos Violentos". In february 2007 Skiltron was the openning act for In Extremo in their first South American tour. Emilio joined the band to play the song "Vollmond". This was the first time that In Extremo had a guest in all their live history. A new demo was recorded in march 2007 to spread some new songs and line-up of the band. It was called ''Blind Harry''. After this recording Esteban D´antona leaves the band. The rest of the year the band were focused in the songwriting of the new album, and also given some shows more. In January 2008 the new album ''Beheading the Liars'' was recorded at La Nave de Oseberg studios (as usual). The album featuring very special guests: Steve Ramsey, Kevin Ridley and Georgina Biddle from Skyclad, Jonne Järvelä from Korpiklaani, and Patrick Lafforegue and Patrcie Roques from Stille Volk, plus the collaboration of Seoras Wallace, from Clan Wallace. And the story goes on…

Caravellus (BRA) - CARAVELLUS was formed in 2002 by Glauber Oliveira – Virtuous guitar player from Brazil. This was a studio project in the beginning that had participation of a couple musicians. After the first demos recordings (2002 - 2004), the line-up was completed with Daniel Felix on keyboards, Charles Erlan on drums, Paula Araújo on vocals and Pedro Lee on bass guitar. In September 2006 CARAVELLUS was signed by Erpland Records and recorded their first album " LIGHTHOUSE AND SHED " which was released in March 2007. The musical concept of walking in the footsteps of great and virtuous bands like Symphony XDream Theater and Angra formed the band and helped them to become known  in Japan. Caused by musical differences Pedro Lee, Charles Erlan and Paula Araújo had left the band. A new course for CARAVELLUS with new members and new ideas. For it, and after a long selection process, Raphael Dantas (vocals), Cleison Johann (bass) and Pedro Nunes (drums) joined CARAVELLUS in December 2007. With an inspiring mix of progressive power metal sound layered with classical and folk influences, CARAVELLUS has brought along the right tools to create originality and adroitness, audacity and quality. The band have made huge waves in Japan and France. CARAVELLUS's extraordinary musical talent, innovative songwriting and wonderful musicianship creates an immediate, emotional impact on even the most selective of listener. The second album "KNOWLEDGE MACHINE " is awesome!! The band signed with the canadian label Metalodic Records, for world distribution. This album is a perfect mixing between: Progressive Music + Heavy and brazilian folk rhythms.

Desert (ISR)DESERT was founded in 2002 by guitarist Max Shafranski in one of Israel's industrial and cultural centers, the city of Beer-Sheva. The band's name was chosen for a reason - it was located in the middle of biblical sands where Moses has led his people to the Promised Land ages ago. In 2004 vocalist Alexei Raymar and keyboard player Oleg Aryutkin (just 16 years old at the time!) joined the band and things became serious. DESERT has expanded it's musical palette since then, mixing in some darker colors to go with power metal glitter. Through the following years the band released a demo "The Way to Honor" (2004) and a self-produced EP "Prophecy of The Madman" (2006), both receiving positive reviews in web-zines all over the world. After some initial shuffling, the line-up was complete with bassist Sergei Dmitrik, drummer Zohar Telor, and another guitarist Sergei "Metalheart" Nemichenister. The band became known in Israel for it's energetic heavy metal show, well-rehearsed with great attention to both musical and visual elements of the performance, constantly aiming to outperform themselves. Desert has been gigging various venues ranging from small clubs to open-air festivals, sharing bills with acts like Sabaton, Draconian, Nightmare, Tim "Ripper" Owens. DESERT's debut album, entitled Star of Delusive Hopes, was released in late 2010 through Greek label Sleaszy Rider . The internet single Lament for Soldier's Glory, featuring a guest performance by Joakim Broden, the lead singer of SABATON, received an instant recognition by fans in both Israel and Europe. Star of Delusive Hopes tells stories of great men and women who lived and gave their lives for friedom and beliefs, stories of lost hopes and betrayal. The lyrics describe great deeds by Giordano Bruno, Joan of Arc, heroes of Massada siedge, and unknown soldiers who fought and died in the fields of Russia. The material was recorded in June 2009 under the supervision of producer Nick Savio (WHITE SKULL, CYBER CROSS) in town of Vicenza, Italy. Mix and mastering were done by legendary Andy LaRocque - the legendary Grammy-nominated guitarist of KING 
DIAMOND in his own Sonic Train studio in Varberg, Sweden.

Keep'n Metal! \m/

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