The “Signmeto” Unsigned Band of the Week: Ex Inferis

Hello, Readers!  Once again it’s Monday, which means it’s time for the “Signmeto” Unsigned Band of the Week feature.  As you know by now, this is where I write about a band I’ve discovered on the “Sign Me to Roadrunner Records” website (usually because they’ve written to me asking for a review of their music).  The process goes something like this: I listen to their songs, and I tell you all about them, then you can go listen to them, and bingo! you’ve found a brand new band to fall in love with, and that band has a new devoted fan.  Everyone wins.

Today I would like to share a band from Bandung, Indonesia called Ex Inferis.  That latin phrase (which literally means “from below” or more colloquially, “from Hell”) is also the name of an album by Sweden’s Naglfar, and the two bands happen to share a similar style of melodic blackened metal. Continue reading

The “Signmeto” Unsigned Band of the Week: Victorian

Hello, and welcome to another installment of the “Signmeto” Unsigned Band of the Week feature, where I post a profile of a band I’ve discovered on the “Sign Me to Roadrunner Records” website.  As always, the material here may be of varying quality, but each week you’ll have the opportunity to listen to music from a  different band; my hope is, maybe you’ll find something you really dig.  Then one day, when they explode in popularity and sell a million records, you can scoff at all the bandwagon-jumpers, saying you’ve been a fan since their first demo recording or whatever.

Today’s featured artist is Victorian, a symphonic/gothic metal band from Indonesia.  As I understand it, they have been around since January 2008, and started out with only male vocals.  After some lineup changes and about a year of inactivity, the band was reignited in mid-2010, deciding to instead feature a female vocalist.  Their first demo single “Beginning of Sorrow” was released in early 2011, and the band has stated that they are hoping to expand their reach beyond their hometown of Bandung (West Java), especially using the internet as a means of promotion “with hope of acceptance from the metal lovers in Indonesia and abroad.”  I first heard these guys in early 2011 and fell in love with that first single.  Then, they contacted me in September saying they had added a second single, called “Weak” and they were looking for some opinions.  After the jump I’ll tell you more about these two songs and you’ll get a chance to discover them for yourself.

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