Riddlebreak is an alternative/progressive metal band based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Stylistically, their music meshes hook-laden choruses with progressive, punk and metal elements. Drawing inspiration both from 90s alternative and contemporary artists alike, Riddlebreak has taken on the somewhat audacious task of creating their own genre by way of a alternative/metal hybrid.

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Axe was the first female heavy metal artist in South Africa, back in 1992-3. It was a tough time to bring a female power metal artist in amongst the new wave of Death Metal that just took over the country, but she persisted, being billed mainly with Goth/Power acts.

After over a decade of obscurity, she resurfaced with THE INVITATION, the end credit song to UK horror film, THE GHOSTS OF CROWLEY HALL. For fear of copyright issues, her name was changed to LadyAxe and was the name used from there on in.

In 2009 LadyAxe headlined the Windhoek Metalfest in Namibia, making history as the first time a metal band featured three generations of females from the same family. It was a once-off feat, but proved the unpredictable nature of LadyAxe.

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DevilSpeak is a 5 piece Death/Thrash Metal band based in Cape Town, South Africa.
DevilSpeak members are Azaliyah Bester on Ryhthm Guitar, De Wet Loots on Lead Guitar, Jarred Williams on Vocals, Francois Meyer on Drums and Derrick Leppan on Bass Guitar.
DevilSpeak was formed in August 2014 when Francois auditioned on drums at a practice session with the other four members and everyone immediately recognised that the musical chemistry between them was very real and special. The next day the name of DevilSpeak was chosen and so the band began.
The name DevilSpeak is a play on words of the Devil’s Peak mountain in Cape Town. It’s a way to say that they are from Cape Town and they are a metal band.
DevilSpeak recorded their debut single, Violently Leading The Blind, on 18 and 19 April 2015 at Milestone Studios with Jethro Harris engineering. All instruments were miced up for the recording as the aim here was to capture the live feeling of the band, as well as their actual sound, and this aim was very much realised.
Violently Leading The Blind was released on 1 September 2015 and very soon started getting radio play worldwide, initially in the UK and soon spreading to the USA, Panama, France, and other parts of the world.
DevilSpeak is currently affiliated with Wrath Inc. who are based in South Africa & Europe, as well as with Holler Productions who are based in the USA.
DevilSpeak had their live debut on 20 Mar 2015, having spent 7 months honing a 6 song set into as formidable shape as possible.  Since then DevilSpeak has played a total of 29 shows in and around the Cape Town area.
Notable shows that DevilSpeak have played include being invited to play at Metal4Africa‘s Winterfest’15 in August 2015, opening for NervoChaos from Brazil on their South African tour they did with Boargazm in February 2016, supporting Vulvodynia on their tour of Cape Town in April 2016 and opening the Rotting Christ show in Cape Town in July 2016.
DevilSpeak will be supporting Italy’s Pulvis Et Umbra at their show in Cape Town on 8 Dec 2016.
DevilSpeak is busy recording a 3 track EP currently, once again returning to Milestone Studios with Jethro Harris engineering.

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Warhanger is a thrash metal band from Bucharest, Romania formed in the early 2015. They have had an immediate impact, being as active as possible since the summer of 2015. They currently consists of Catalin Afrasaniei on drums, Blana Alexandru on bass guitar/backing vocals, Mihai Cinca on rhythm guitar, Rosca “Maggot” George on vocals and their newest member Andrei Ionescu on lead guitar. Their sound is characterised by a raw thrash metal style with groove/hardcore punk influences. They have only one purpose: to see people having a good time spinning and moshing on their music.

The Overmind

The Overmind

At first glance, “The Overmind” will surely evoke a sense of nostalgia amongst gaming fans familiar with the Starcraft series. The Overmind also happens to be the name of South Africa’s newest rising star in the world of Death Metal.

Spawned in the early stages of 2014 by Guitarist Jethro May and Vocalist Wojtek Starzak who were both formerly of Stellawood Decapition, The Overmind is a South African Death Metal act with one purpose: to deliver a sound that is both brutal and musically intricate, with enough melody and drive to appeal to even the most critical of Extreme Metal fans.

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Spectral Realm

Spectral Realm

Spectral Realm was formed as a full 6 piece band in June / July 2010.
The Idea started back in 2006 by Lord Onyr (Ryno) (Lead Guitarist and Composer) as his own project.

After being heavily inspired by bands such as Old Man’s Child, Opeth, Death, Dissection, Emperor, Children Of Bodom, At The Gates, Thyrane, Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth as well as elements from different genres (Progressive, Technical, Classical etc.), Lord Onyr finally decided to put this project into ‘action’.

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Bleeding Spawn


Award winning best death metal band Bleeding spawn started in 2009 with the ambition to be the sickest death metal band in South Africa. Darius got the members to create brutal technical death metal. In 2012, Bleeding spawn did a nation wide tour along with Italian band Fleshgod Apocalypse on the Detonation tour, playing some of South Africa’s major festivals such as Ramfest, Rocktober Fest and Thornfest. 2013 showed them the first Wacken metal battle in South Africa, and they pushed through to the finals. In early 2014 Bleeding spawn got nominated and awarded South Africa’s best death metal band award. They have also played Overthrust fest in Botswana and opened up for Canadian giants Kataklysm.