Artists 2022


Mercyful Fate

Mercyful Fate, which was part of the first wave of black metal in the early to mid-1980s and which exerted an undeniable influence over renowned bands like Metallica, Exodus or Kreator, began its story due to King Diamond (voice) and Hank Shermann (guitar) in 1981, in Copenhagen.




The supergroup will be in a European tour for promoting their latest work, The Absolute Universe, an album described by its authors as a completely new concept: it is a double-album totaling over 90 minutes, but it also comprises a shorter 60 minutes version which is not only an edited version of the extended one, but also a new music creation in itself.



Cult of Luna

Cult of Luna was formed from the remains of the band Eclipse, in the Northern Swedish town of Umea. The band developed a unique, yet elaborate mix of dark progressive metalcore.




Over its 40 year career, Testament has left its mark on several generations of artists, offering an immense legacy: 12 studio albums (the thirteenth to be released this year), four live albums, five compilations, 12 singles and 3 DVDs, that add up to 14 million discs sold worldwide.


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My Dying Bride

My Dying Bride are the pioneers of doom metal, a genre they have been perfecting and promoting since their founding in 1990. The band is well-known for its elaborate compositions, the dark atmosphere of their songs, but also for their scenic presence, which seems inspired more by theatre than by music.



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Leprous return to ARTmania with „Aphelion”, their seventh album which had Adam Noble (Placebo, Biffy Clyro, Nothing But Thieves) for the mixing and Robin Schmidt (The 1975, Placebo) for the mastering part. „Aphelion” is filled with energy, life and freedom and was composed, according to the band, without overthinking or exaggerated perfectionism.


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The Pineapple Thief

The band's music was often compared with the creations fo Radiohead or Porcupine Tree. Their songs combine in a novel way essences of sounds from prog, indie rock with sophisticated tonalities taken from pop. 



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Pain of Salvation

Pain of Salvation return on the Large Square stage after six years, bringing their latest album in front of the fans. „Panther” is a material which explores meanings and depths yet untouched, being dedicated to the restless


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Bucovina, a well-known presence of the Romanian scene, started in 2000 as a trio with a Viking-Black sound. Later their musical expression developed into a more refined combination of folk elements mixed with black and heavy metal themes



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The Vintage Caravan

With an average age of nearly 23 years old Icelandic Rockers The Vintage Caravan show a maturity worthy of any band that has been on the road for decades.



From the “The Light Of The Truth” Demo tape (1994), to the “Decade of Metal” EP (2004) and to the “Resurrection” EP (2013), Taine’s style continuously evolved, also enriching its multimedia show, featuring live synchronized video projection which accompany the on-stage performance. 



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Dor de Duh

Dordeduh is a name which doesn’t need any additional introductions, being well-known as a band which has been contributing for over a decade now to the development of the Romanian music scene and which managed to impress this year both international critics and fans with their latest work, „Har”, an album for which Jens Bogren (Opeth, Dimmu Borgir, Sepultura, Soilwork, Moonspell, Kreator, Ihsahn, Dark Tranquillity)


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