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Shadowside (BR) - Power, energy, intensity. Ever since the beginning, in 2001, Shadowside could be defined by their attitude and passion for Rock and Metal music. Combined with that, are the distinct backgrounds of the four band members. Coming from a musical past of Punk Rock, Thrash and Glam Metal and having very unique personalities they discovered two points in common between them all when they first got together: the love for making music and courage to take risks and pursue goals and dreams. Featuring Dani Nolden, one of the most powerful, intense yet melodic female vocals ever heard and almost supernatural charisma, they leave fans totally enthralled night after night with a highly vigorous performance. Eventhough the four metallers come from different origins (Lithuanian, German, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish), they were born and raised in Brazil and started activities in the sunny beach of Santos with the release of an independent EP, which surprised both media and fans, building a strong and loyal fan base night after night with an intense stage act. Such buzz secured them support slots for bands such as Nightwish, Primal Fear and Shaman in the first year of Shadowside's career. The hype generated about the band created very high expectations for their debut full length Theatre of Shadows. Considered one of the best albums ever released in the Brazilian Metal scene, that CD proved their initial success was not mere luck but was based instead on hard work and constant improvement. Selling over 2.000 copies in Brazil only, even before hitting the road, they were the obvious choice to support Helloween in their Brazilian tour in 2006. During that year, Shadowside was awarded best band, album, lead singer and national show by several media professionals such as Airton Diniz, Editor in Chief of Roadie Crew Magazine. They were also featured on radio playlists worldwide. However it was in 2007 that Shadowside really went international. In July in that year, they won the "AirPlay Direct All Things Digital Hard Rock / Heavy Metal", chosen between over 1,000 bands worldwide. With the exposition received from the contest they signed a worldwide deal for the worldwide re-release of the debut album. As many predicted, Shadowside are now living the dream and after extensive touring in the North America and Brazil, new material was recorded, produced and mixed by Dave Schiffman, who is known for working with artists such as Audioslave, System of a Down, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Six Feet Under and several others and mastered by Howie Weinberg, know for his works with several gold and platinum selling artists such as Iron Maiden, Metallica, Pantera, Rush, Aerosmith and several others. All the 11 tracks on this record show a band that are not afraid to try and grow even more mature after every single release, despite the young age of the band members. They are ready to hit the road one more time and tour nonstop. Being one of the rising stars of the Brazilian Metal and Rock music scenes, Shadowside's new album title reflects what they always knew they should do: Dare to Dream.
Hollenthon (AU) - The beginnings of HOLLENTHON date back to 1994, a time of an active Austrian Black Metal Syndicate and an incognito project known as VUZEM. At the urging of A.B.M.S. members, vocalist, guitarist, and composer Martin Schirenc anonymously included two VUZEM tracks ("Invocation” and "Von Denen Vampyren”) on the self-produced compilation Norici Obscura Pars. Following favorable reviews and multiple requests, Schirenc decided to release a full-length recording of VUZEM's music. Other commitments, however, delayed the realization of this endeavor until late 1998, when unfinished material was brought to the attention of Napalm Records. Shortly thereafter, VUZEM signed to the label, releasing the critically acclaimed debut "Domus Mundi" in 1999 under the HOLLENTHON banner. In June 2001, HOLLENTHON released "With Vilest of Worms to Dwell". Not unlike its predecessor, it boasts of a superb soundtrack-like production, as well as a fierce and wicked atmosphere created by a perfect symbiosis of heavy guitars, symphonic interludes, thrilling choirs, and bewitching melodies. Not long after the release of the album, HOLLENTHON embarked on a European tour with EISREGEN and SIEBENBÜRGEN. The line-up that since the days of Domus Mundi already included drummer Mike Gröger was completed by bassist Mario Klausner and guitarist Werner Freinbichler. This line-up also went on to perform at various festivals including Wacken Open Air, Summer Breeze, and Brutal Assault, to name but a few. Although enjoying much success with HOLLENTHON, Schirenc turned his attention to the newly reformed PUNGENT STENCH and while he continued to write new material, it would be some time before HOLLENTHON released a follow-up. Yet in early 2008, the recording of Opus Magnum was finally completed, and following the split of PUNGENT STENCH, Schirenc also took the opportunity to choose a permanent line-up for HOLLENTHON, recruiting Gregor Marboe, who had also delivered "pungent” bass lines since 2006, and guitarist Martin Arzberger. Though it’s been seven years since "With Vilest of Worms to Dwell" left the music world in awe, the hordes revolving around mastermind Martin Schirenc have returned with a resounding thunderclap. "Opus Magnum" does more than justice to its title, delivering a masterpiece of epic proportions. Darker than ever before and heavier than its predecessor, the album seamlessly combines the passion found in classical music with exotic, ethnic melodies, and the brutal energy of metal. Like no other, HOLLENTHON succeeds in effortlessly creating a perfect symbiosis of these diverse styles, thus capturing the listener with the sound of the very first note and refusing to ever let go. HOLLENTHON’s "Opus Magnum" is available via Napalm Records since 30 May 2008 as a regular jewel case and as a limited edition digipack including bonus track and video clip. The band took to the stage at various summer festivals including Graspop, Waldrock, Kaltenbach Open Air and Brutal Assault, followed by a full-fledged European tour in the fall with TYR, ALESTORM, SVARTSOT and GWYDION. HOLLENTHON new EP, was released as limited edition at their European tour with GOD DETHRONED and ENDSTILLE in autumn 2009.
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