It’s the first Sunday of October, which means its’ time to open the Band of the Month voting for November 2014….. Have at it. Voting will close on October 31, 2014. You can vote at the bottom of the page.
Ancient Bards is an Italian symphonic metal band, conceived in January 2006 by keyboards player Daniele Mazza. History: Line-Up: The project, originated in the mind of Daniele Mazza, started to materialize in 2006 after Danielle met with bass player Martino Garattoni. The first stable line up was completed in 2007, with Sara Squadrani as singer, Alessandro Carichini as drummer, and Claudio Pietronik and Fabio Balducci as guitarists. In September 2010 Alessandro has left the band, to be replaced by a new drummer Federico Gatti. The latest line-up change occured in the end of 2013 after recording the third album A New Dawn Ending, when Fabio Balducci has left the band for personal reasons. Permanent replacement for Fabio has not been announced yet, but for live shows in 2014 the band has been joined by Simone Bertozzi as a guest second guitarist.
Norwegian goth metal legends The Sins Of Thy Beloved have been dormant since 2000 – following the release of their second album “Perpetual Desolation” – and after years of a rumored reunion, Stig Johansen and Anders Thue have instead risen from the ashes with a new band, SAVN, and a new vision.
The seeds for SAVN (translated: Deprivation) officially took root when multi-instrumentalist Stig contacted Midnattsol vocalist and long-time friend Carmen Elise Espenæs about singing one song for the planned SAVN album. Carmen agreed, and Stig and Anders (keyboards) were so pleased with the final result they invited her to sing on the entire record. With Midnattsol rendered inactive for the time being due to personal commitments within the band, and her new role as a singer, as well as a mother of an adorable daughter, the Norwegian powerhouse found herself with enough time and refueled with energy to take part in this new musical journey.