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The Bands Portal

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Welcome to the Bands Portal

This is the page for all your favourite bands, from Metallica to Blind Guardian, from Iron Maiden to Pink Floyd. In this part of our wonderful GMC Wiki you can find information, pictures and discographies of the bands you like! Are you in doubt to buy a new album? Type the name of the album in the search box and we might just have the album review! Watch this portal weekly for updates and a new featured Band of the Week!

Band of the Week

The Police

The Police are a rock band that were formed in London in 1977. This was at a time when punk rock was at its peak in England and though The Police could never be described as a punk band they used that image to some extent to gain an audience. Whilst their early records were undoubtably influenced by punk they also took influence from reggae and jazz. Their albums have sold massively, apparently they have sold more than 50 million copies!! More..


Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth is a Swedish Metal band that was formed in 1988 in a suburb of Stockholm called Tumba. The band plays a melodic influenced type of Death Metal with a Viking theme in lyrics and appearance, that is why the music is called Viking Metal. Amon Amarth are one of Europe's most successfull Death Metal Bands of all time. The band is famous for synchronized rotor-headbanging of all members of the band.[...] Amarth was originaly formed as a Grindcore band called Scum in 1988 by bassist Ted Lundström and guitarist Olavi Mikkonen. The band recorded just one Demo that was not even released due to it's poor sound Quality. After singer Johann Hegg joined the band in 1992 the band decided to call themselves Amon Amarth... More...


Evergrey

Evergrey is a progressive metal band founded in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1996.[...] The band released their first album "The Dark Discovery" in 1998, which in contrast to their later albums, deals with several themes such as paronoia, religion, suicide and child abuse. In 1999, the band released their second album "Solitude, Dominance, Tragedy", where they used several classical instruments, such as harps and violins. More...


Millencolin

Millencolin is a Swedish punk band made up of four members that started back in 1992 in the town of Örebro. They have released eight albums and sold over two million copies worldwide. They quickly became one of the most famous punk bands in Sweden and later all across Europe, USA and Australia, being one of the longest, still active, punk bands in Europe these days. Millencolin play punk/rock, and have stated that their main influences are punk bands such as Bad Religion, Pennywise and Samiam. More...


Black Label Society

Black Label Society is an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1998 by Ozzy Osbourne's Legendary Guitarist Zakk Wylde. The band plays a mixture of very rude Southern Rock and Heavy Metal with simple riffs and incredible solos, but they are also capable of beautiful ballads with accoustic guitars and piano. Every Instrument except for the drums is played by Zakk Wylde on the records.[...] In 1990 Zakk Wylde's boss Ozzy Osbourne was about to take a longer break after the album Ozzmosis. To kill some time Zakk formed his first project band Pride & Glory in which he combined Southern Rock with Heavy Metal. The project was cancelled in 1994... More...


Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi is a Rockband from New Jersey (USA). Since 2003 the band exists 20 years and has sold more than 100,000,000(!) albums. The band started to make music in the style of Hair-Metal, but since the 90s they've changed to kind of mainstream rock. A big part of Bon Jovis success is Desmond Childs work, who composed some of their most famous songs like Livin' on a Prayer, Keep the Faith, This ain't a Love Song and You Give Love a Bad Name. More...


Metallica

Metallica was officially founded on the 28th of October 1981 in Los Angeles,California by rythm-guitarist and and singer James Hetfield and drummer and former tennis-pro Lars Ulrich. The name Metallica was meant to be the name of an underground Metal-Fan-Magazine but was stolen by Lars Ulrich to use it as the name for his band. The first Demo record, including coversongs and the first Metallica song Hit the lights was entirely recorded by James and Lars. In spring 1982 Dave Mustaine (lead guitar, later on Megadeth) and Ron McGovney (bass) joined the band. At the end of 1982 Cliff Burton became the official bassist of Metallica. On the 9th of April 1983 the band had to fire Dave Mustaine due to massive alcoholism and his violent behaviour. He was replaced by former Exodus guitarist Kirk Hammett. More...



Children of Bodom

The childhood friends Alexi Laiho and Jaska Raatikainen started their own band IneartheD in 1993 in order to cover their favourite Death Metal and hardcore songs. Together with Bassist Samuli Miettinen the band recorded the first EP with selfwritten music called Implosion of Heaven. Samuli, who was also the bands' vocalist, had to move to the United States in 1995 and Alexi took part on the vocals. He also recruited new members from his school like bassist Henkka Seppälä or guitarist Alexander Kuoppala. In this lineup the second Demo was recorded and called Ubiquitous Absence of Remission. More...


Pantera

Most people think of pantera as a post-thrash Metal band and that Cowboys from Hell was their first record. The truth is that Pantera released several Albums before this one and they played a totally diffrent Music: 80's Glam/Hair Metal. In 1983,84 and 86 Pantera released the records Metal Magic, Projects In The Jungle and I Am The Night without the support of a record company. The Albums were recorded in the Country-studio of Vinnie and Darrels father. The band wore spndex pants, had fluffy hair and sounded like a mixture of KISS and Poison. Until 1987 Pantera switched their singer three times until their last singer became Phil Anselmo. With this final lineup they recorded a fourth selfproduced album called Power Metal. Their sound evolved with Iron Maiden Influences and harder vocals but it was still lightyears away from what would follow. More...


Blind Guardian

The band was formed by the school friends Hansi Kürsch (vocals and bass) and André Olbrich (Lead Guitar) under the name Lucifer's Heritage. The band recorded two demos as Lucifer's Heritage and underwent several lineup changes until the classic lineup with Marcus Siepen (guitar) and Thomas Strauch (drums) came together in 1987 and the band was renamed into Blind Guardian. Their debut record Battalions Of Fear was recorded in 1988 on the label No Remorse Records which was essentially a Spped Metal record. For the tour to their second record Follow The Blind Blind Guardian let the newcomer band Iced Earth join as their opening act. Blind Guardian and Helloween, another German Power/speedmetal band were bonded closely by their style and personal friendship so that Kai Hansen from Helloween/Gamma Ray was featured on their third record Tales From The Twilight World, which was recorded in 1990. More...


Foo Fighters

After the suicide of Kurt Cobain in and the splitting-up of Nirvana in 1995, David Grohl decided to come up with a new band. Because, still in the times of Nirvana, Grohl wrote his own songs, which weren't exploited in Nirvana, so, in Foo Fighters he utilized them (and kept writing songs for sure). Few months after Court Cobains death he recorded a demo tape all by his self (he played all instruments and sang, except some guitar parts) that was called „the Foo Fighters album“. Some years later Grohl said to MTV that it's due to his psychologist that he did not stopped to make music (God bless him). This album and the singles that were taken, got into charts immediately More...


AC/DC

AC/DC is a rock band formed in Sydney, Australia by Angus and Malcolm Young in 1973. AC/DC are considered pioneers of hard rock and heavy metal they consider themselves rock n roll.
AC/DC got their name from their sister Margret's sewing machine. "AC/DC" is an abbreviation for "alternating current/direct current", which indicates that an electrical device can use either type of power. Angus and Malcolm felt this symbolized the bands energy, performances, and love for music so they kept the name. There have been rumers that AC/DC stands for Anti Christ/Devil's Children or After Christ/Devil Comes. More...


Faith No More

In 1981 when Faith No More was created by founding members Billy Gould, Roddy Bottum and Mike Bordin. Many singers were tried out for the job including Courtney Love of Hole fame tried but only had last for 6 months or 4 gigs.
Chuck Mosely was hired for the bands vocalist but his behaviour soon to find out by the members of the band gave him a quick exit from the band in 1988. Chuck Mosely had contributed to the bands first 2 albums called We Care Alot and Introduce yourself.
In 1989, Mike Patton was recruited to sing for the band. Patton contributed all the lyrics from the bands next album entitled The Real Thing whice eventually won the band a nomination for a grammy. The next few years Faith No More would only release 3 more full length studio CD's. More...


Lamb of God

Lamb of God is an American band, playing heavy metal. The band was formed in 1990 in Richmond, Virginia. They officially formed in 1994 and nowadays they’re one of the leaders of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal. Randy Blyth is the vocalist, Mark Morton and Willie Adler are guitarists, John Campbell is the bassist and their drummer is Chris Adler. Lamb of God has already released five studio albums, one live album and two DVDs. They also received a Grammy nomination for their album Sacrament. More...



U2

U2 was formed in Dublin in Sptember 19769. Larry Mullen Jr, who was 14 at the time, posted a notice on his school’s notice board. He said he was seeking members for a band. Seven boys attended to the audition in Mullen’s kitchen. Mullen has later said that the first ten minutes, it was his band, but from the moment Bono stepped, it was Bono’s. The group now had the members Paul Hewson (Bono) on lead vocals, Dave Evans (The Edge) and his brother Dick on guitar, Adam Clayton on bass. The group called themselves Feedback and played mostly covers. More...



Peeping Tom

Peeping Tom is the brain child of Mike Patton. Mike colloborated with many artists to form what he called 'pop' music and what he thought pop music should sound like on the radio.

Originally formed in 2000 but the release was delayed many years due to Mike hectic schedule with all his other projects. The final result of this cd is still nothing short of extrodinary from Mike. To this day he keeps his following on the edge of their seats wonder what he may do next. More...


Papa Roach

Papa Roach is a Rock band formed back in 1993 in California. They became famous with their first album, called Infest, in 2000, which was the 20th highest selling album that year and peaked 5th on Billboard. Later came albums such as Love Hate Tragedy (2002), Getting Away with murder (2004) and their latest, The Paramour Sessions (2006)
[...]Before going deep into the History of the band, let's take a look at each of the four original members that have been together until 2008.
Jacoby Shaddix, also known as Coby Dick, is the "alma mater" of Papa Roach, and as such acts as frontman and lyricist. His songs are really intense, talking about daily matters More...


Billy talent

The Band was founded around 1993 but it isn't know a certain date. Leadsinger Benjamin Kowalewicz was born on the 16th of decembre in 1975 in Montreal (Quebec/Canada). He went to the „Out Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary School“ and here he got to know Jonathan Gallant. He and Gallant played together in a band called „To Each His Own“. They weren't quite popular, but they played on a talent show, where Gallant and Kowalewicz got in contact with the future band members.
They decided to make music together. So a new band was founded, called „Pezz“ with Kowalewicz (vocals), Gallant (bass), Ian D'sa (guitar+songwriter) and Aaron Solowoniuk (drums) that played Progressive-Rock. After some local gigs in 1998 they recorded an album called „Watoosh!“. More...



Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath are an English Heavy Metal band from Birmingham, who are known to be co-founders of the Heavy Metal genre along with Led Zeppelin. Black Sabbaths' dark and heavy music was the blueprint for todays Black Metal or Doom Metal. The original lineup consisted of Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass-guitar) and Bill Ward (drums). Since the bands formation in 1968, the lineup changed multiple times but the band
is still active to the present day. More...



Deep Purple

Deep Purple is a british rock band that pioneered hard rock in the late 60's (and still, as of 2009, exists) and also was one of the first bands incoorporating classical music in the sound of rock. The band had several setups known as Mark I, Mark II etc. There is no doubt that Deep Purple was one of the most influential bands of the seventies, and has inspired generations of musicians/bands in the genre of hard rock/heavy metal. More...



The Beatles

I'm very proud to announce that we have a new member of the wiki team, Boson! Here's an article written by him:
The most famous and influential band there has ever been. The Fab Four changed the face not just of popular music and how it is recorded but also were a great influence in the changing of popular culture in the 60’s.
The Beatles were a band formed in the late 1950's that started out playing rock and roll classics but evolved into the most popular pop/rock group of all time. Their recordings have become classics and they have influenced generations of musicians that have followed. The story of the Beatles is long and complicated but very interesting. More...



The Sex Pistols

Certainly one of the most controversial bands there has ever been and also probably one of the most influential. They burst onto the music scene in 1975 in London and completely changed the face of music in Britain. Their loud, aggressive, and anti-establishment stance inspired a whole host of new bands and established punk as a new rock music genre and culture in Britain. Bands such as The Ramones and Patti Smith with a similar anti establishment ethos, (particularly with regard to the established music scene) brought punk to America. The Pistols phenomena was short lived, controversy followed them everywhere much of it created deliberately by thier manager Malcolm McLaren. More...



Sum 41

Sum 41 is a Canadian punk/alternative band from Ajax, Ontario. They started in 1996 as a quartet made by Deryck Whibley (vocals, guitar), Cone McCaslin (bass guitar), Steve Jocz (drums) and Dave Baksh (lead guitar), though the band has seen several line-ups during the years. They have sold over 10 million copies of their 5 albums, and have also published a large number of singles plus two live DVDs and a live album. More...


The Eagles

The eagles is a band formed in the early seventies in L.A . The band consists of four members and makes different kinds of rock, including country. They have five number 1 singles and six number 1 albums and that makes them the most successful recording artists of the decade. In 1980 The Eagles broke up, but they reunited in 1994 for a new album called Hell Freezes Over. They have toured on some occasions and in 2007 they released their first full studio album in 28 years, Long Road out of Eden. More...

Portal News

New Article: RAMP

RAMP is a Portuguese Thrash/Heavy Metal Band founded in 1989. Their name was born joining band members initials: R.A.M.P. (Ricardo, António, Miguel, Paulo). Unlike most of European bands from their time, RAMP have a heaviest sonority with traces of American Metal bands, such as Pantera. RAMP is also a reference and one of the most influential Metal bands in Portugal. More...


Tersivel - Far Away In The Distant Skies

Once again, The Uncreator has written an album review! This time it's about Tersivel album: Far Away In The Distant Skies.
I was sent a generous offer by our very own Lian Gerbino, to do a review of Tersivel's EP, "Far Away In The Distant Skies". From the second the first song played, I knew this was not the average Folk Metal album. The sound is very precise, and well produced, while still retaining the big atmospheric feel of traditional a Folk Metal sound. The drums are bombastic, the vocals are fierce, and the low end monstrously powerful. More...1



Nevermore: The Obsidian Conspiracy Review

In this nice short review The Uncreator rises the lit of a new Nevermore album: The Obsidian Conspiracy.
5 years after "This Godless Endeavor" - One of the most perfect albums of all time - Nevermore release "The Obsidian Conspiracy", And does it deliver? Absolutely. After the 5 year break and a solo album, Loomis comes back with complete and total force. The color and tone of his guitars is very reminiscent of "Dead Heart In A Dead World", But with a much more precise production. The opening track, "The Termination Proclamation" will knock you out of your shoes and burn your socks off. Its such a strong opening track, Precise and technical, with the brutal heavy gallops carrying the verse. The solo in "Your Poison Throne" is...More


The Who by Boson

Boson has already written quite some articles, and is heading for a price on the all new GMC competition. Major prices are to be won by the one who writes the most and the best articles, for instance a Vox Tonelab ST and a Pocket Pod. So here it is, The Who.
"The Greatest Rock n Roll Band In The World" so they claimed! A lot to live up to, but not many would argue that The Who well and truely lived up to their boast! For over 40 years they have made classic albums songs, but it is as a live band that they really shine. They have lived the rock star dream. More...


Scar Symmetry by Opeth.db

Born in the year 2004. This swedish, melodic, death metal band from Aveta has been tearing up the metal scene for the few years with rave reviews of the unique style of metal.

Infusing a vocal sound very reminscent to Cannibal Corpse all the way to Bryan Adams it seems at times. The final result is a very unique sounding band that has made a dent in the heavy metal world. More...


Type O Negative by Opeth.db

Tagged a goth band, The original creation of Type O was a band called Fallout that incoporated hair metal and new wave music. Later on the band grew apart just after four years touring the east coast. Peter Stele then went to create a band called Carnivore.

Type O Negative came from the ashes of the band called Carnivore that Peter Steel created back in the 80's. Type O has also incorporated genres of music such as doom metal, thrash metal, blues, punk rock/hardcore punk [Type O Negative| More...]


New Wiki: Acid Bath by Opeht.db

Acid Bath was born Louisana in the year 1991 and lasted to 1997. The band was formed together by two already existing bands called Golgotha and Dark Karnival. Their sound mainly comprised of hardcore and death metal which sooned coined a term called death rock. Acid Bath takes many of its influences from such bands as Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Celtic Frost, Carcass, Darkthrone.

After two studio albums, Acid Bath's career came to an abrupt close in 1997 when bass guitarist Audie Pitre(Bassist) and his parents were killed by a drunk driver [Acid Bath| More...]


New Wiki: Sanctity by Opeth.db again!

In an increasingly lethargic music scene, Sactity's Road to Bloodshed is a shot of adrenaline and holds a very strong place in the pages of metal history. A huge compliment to such a new band.

Relatively a new band to the metal scene and not much news to report on yet but the band was formed in 1998 and with some extensive line-up changes. The have only release one album so far but their sound is very reminsiscent to old school thrash and progressive metal.

The toured along side and supprted such acts as Trivium, Symphony X, Black Label Society, Machine Head and Arch Enemy.ith some extensive line-up changes. The have only release one album so far but their sound is


New Wiki: Days of the New by Opeth.db

Days of the New formed in 1995 with lead singer Travis Meeks. With a very unique sound blending acoustic dropped D sounds to a rock flair they quickly launched into the mainstrean with their hit "Touch, Peel, Stand" from the debut CD entitled Yellow.

Travis Meeks was born April 27, 1979 in Jeffersonville, Indiana and is the lead singer/song writer for the band Days of the New. His vocal style is very unique and very original. He also supplied many of the guitar rhythms to his songs as well. More...


Some great articles

Things you can do!

We always need new articles in our band section! You can write new articles on the bands you like, or write an album review. If you want to be active on this wiki page, you can also contact me (Kaznie_NL) or Fran so you can start converting forum album reviews to our wiki! If you want forum membership, you can gain it by writing wikis, more about it in this thread. So, as a little summary:
  • Write new articles to become a member of our forum
  • Write about your favourite bands
  • Convert album reviews from the forum to the wiki

But most important.... Read!