All of the Heavy Metal Bands from Armenia (Updated: 2021)

Credit: Adana Project, “Adana Project — Veradardz ( The Return ) Part 2,” YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYh79-mHhxE&ab_channel=AdanaProject

Much of the credit in making this list goes to Encyclopedia Metallum: The Metal Archives and its exhaustive, crowdsourced documenting of heavy metal from around the world. For more information on the bands listed here, check out The Metal Archives’ Armenia page.

This list is compiled from a variety of sources, including MySpace, YouTube, Spotify, The Metal Archives, Bandcamp, and other social networking sites (i.e. Facebook). Bands are organized alphabetically and supplemented with relevant links.

For metal bands from the other two countries of the South Caucasus, check out my other articles: Georgia and Azerbaijan!

If bands are missing, links are broken, or information is incorrect — please let me know! I will update the article as more information comes. This list is a work in progress.

Enjoy!

Adana Project

Female-fronted symphonic metal from Yerevan, formed in 2014.

Lyrics focused on Armenian history and patriotism, Armenian folklore, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Armenian Genocide, etc.

They also cover Armenian pop and folk songs, such as “Gini Lic” (Գինի Լից) — a song about Soghomon Tehlirian’s assassination of Mehmed Talaat Pasha in 1921:

Credit: Adana Project, Gini Lic (Գինի Լից), YouTube, 2019

Spotify:

You can access their Facebook page here. As well as their official YouTube and Instagram accounts.

ALQ (ԱԼՔ)

Heavy/thrash metal from Vanadzor. Formed in 1995, but officially active from 1995–1998 and 2013-present. Only known releases are from 1995 and 1996.

Credit: Tik Davtyan, YouTube, 2021

Myspace page can be accessed here, although unsure if it is official or not.

AMBEHR (Амбер)

Folk/power metal from Yerevan, now Moscow. Formed in 1995. Originally a death/thrash metal group that transitioned to folk in the mid-2000’s.

Credit: Ambehr, YouTube, 2018

Death/thrash phase (2005):

Credit: bootstrut, YouTube, 2009

Spotify:

Official VKontakte group (in Russian) can be found here.

Ancient Fear

Black metal from Yerevan. Formed in 2012.

Credit: Ancient Fear, YouTube, 2015
Credit: Ancient Fear

Official VKontakte group (in English) can be found here.

Arbor Mortis

Black metal from Yerevan. Formed in 2013.

Full album:

Credit: Arbor Mortis, YouTube, 2019
Credit: Arbor Mortis, Facebook, 2014

Official Facebook page can be accessed here.

Bandcamp:

Asparez (Аспарез)

Hard rock / heavy metal from Yerevan. Active between 1982–1991.

Only known release:

Credit: Ripys Ripys, YouTube, 2016
Credit: The Metal Archives

There is a Russian forum thread about Asparez that can be found here. It is the only other source of information/discussion I could find on the group.

Avarayr (Ավարայր)

Atmospheric black metal from Yerevan. Formed in 2013 as Symphony of Silence, before changing its name shortly thereafter.

Full discography on Bandcamp:

Credit: AvarayrOfficial, YouTube, 2015

Official Facebook page can be accessed here.

AYAS

Hard rock / heavy metal from Yerevan. Formed in 1987 as Farvatter. Active 1987–1995, and 2008-present.

Full album:

Credit: Alexandr Danielyan, YouTube, 2019
Credit: Ayas, YouTube, 2019

Official VKontakte group (in Russian) can be found here and Facebook can be found here.

Basturma (Բաստուրմա)

Cooking recipe-themed experimental death metal project from Gyumri. Formed sometime around 2013–2014. Named after the cured beef dish of the same name.

Only known release (via Bandcamp):

No other information could be found about the group.

Beerdigüngs Läuten

Death metal / grindcore from Yerevan. Active 1993–1995 and again in 2004.

Discogs:

I couldn’t find any audio of their known releases, however I was able to find a public Facebook group here with more information — including band photos, live performances, and more.

Credit: Edgar Petrosyan, Facebook, 2020

Blood Covenant

Christian symphonic “unblack” metal from Yerevan. Formed as Iron Cross in 2001 before changing their name.

Credit: Blood Covenant Official, YouTube, 2013

Full album:

Credit: Blood Covenant Official, YouTube, 2014

Blood Covenant is very active on social media. They have accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and VKontakte, as well as their own website.

Bokrag

Death metal from Yerevan. Formed in 2010.

Full album:

Credit: Sadael, YouTube, 2017

ReverbNation profile:

Bokrag also maintains a Myspace profile which can be found here.

Bread and Wine

Doom metal from Yerevan. Formed in 2018.

Full album (2020):

Credit: Bread And Wine, YouTube, 2020
Credit: Blood and Wine, Bandcamp

Bandcamp:

Bread and Wine also maintains accounts on Instagram and Facebook.

Daemoon

Symphonic black metal from Yerevan. Formed as Eternal Nightfall in 2015.

Bandcamp:

As Eternal Nightfall (2015):

Daemoon also maintains a Facebook page here.

Deathspawn

Death/black/thrash metal from Yerevan. Formed in 2020.

Single:

Also available on Bandcamp:

Deathspawn also maintains a Facebook account here.

DivahaR

All-female symphonic black metal from Yerevan. Formed in 2009.

Credit: DivahaR Band, YouTube, 2015

Spotify:

Credit: DivahaR, Facebook, 2016

Bandcamp:

DivahaR also maintains accounts on Instagram, Facebook, and SoundCloud.

Edengard

Symphonic black metal from Yerevan. Formed in 2011.

Bandcamp:

ReverbNation profile:

I couldn’t find any further information about the status of Edengard and whether it is still an active project, as some sites indicate that the group split in 2013.

Endlessly Scarred

Doom/death metal from Yerevan. Formed by Artak Karapetyan in 2017.

Bandcamp:

Eternally Scarred maintains a Facebook page here.

Eyeless in Gaza

One-man funeral doom from Yerevan. Formed in by Franklin Avetisyan in 2020.

Full album:

Eyeless in Gaza maintains a Facebook page here.

Ghoulchapel

Symphonic black metal from Yerevan. Active 2013–2019.

Bandcamp discography:

Full album (2016):

Credit: GhoulchapelOfficial, YouTube, 2016

Ghoulchapel also maintains accounts on Facebook and VKontakte.

Ildaruni

Pagan black metal from Yerevan. Formed in 2016.

Full demo (2018):

Spotify:

Credit: Ildaruni, Instagram, 2020

Ildaruni also maintains accounts on Instagram and Facebook.

MDP (Manic Depressive Psychosis)

Progressive / psychedelic metal from Yerevan. Formed in 1990 at Yerevan State University, although its current status is unknown. Releases are incredibly hard to find and information is limited.

Wikipedia:

MDP maintains a website which can be found here, although most of the links are broken and the music player is inactive.

Selected discography:

  • 1993, Usurper of the Sun Rays (Tape, Live-in-studio, MDP, Armenia)
  • 1995, Take Your Nibbled Apple Back (CD, Live-in-studio, Rostov/Russia)
  • 2000, Vibrographus (CD, MDP Studio, Armenia)
  • 2003, MDP Live (CD, Live/Recording at the “FireWall” and “MinDPower” Rock Festivals, Armenia)
  • 2005, Beauty (EP, MDP Studio, Armenia)

Merial

Death/black metal from Yerevan. Formed in 2015.

Bandcamp:

Merial does not maintain any other active social networking account.

Sadael

Funeral doom / death metal from Yerevan, now St. Petersburg. Formed in 2004 by Vahe Soghomonyan.

Bandcamp discography:

Full album (2017):

Credit: Sadael, YouTube, 2017

Sadael also maintains a Facebook account which can be found here.

SEGØR

Melodic death / “unblack” metal from Yerevan. Formed in 2008 by Sergey Areskin.

Single (2017):

Credit: Segor Official, YouTube, 2017

He also maintains a Facebook account here.

Sworn

Progressive black metal from Yerevan. Active 2005–2010.

Live footage:

They used to maintain Facebook and VKontakte pages before splitting up in 2010.

Temple of Demigod

Symphonic black/death metal from Yerevan. Formed by Mark Erskine in 2014.

Full Bandcamp discography:

Temple of Demigod maintains a Facebook account here. They also maintain a YouTube channel, although nothing has been uploaded.

(BONUS) System of a Down

Although Armenian-American and not from Armenia, it would be a missed opportunity not to include the most famous “Armenian” metal / rock band of the past two decades.

Credit: System of a Down, YouTube, 2009

System of a Down maintains a website here:

Credit: Frank Maddocks

I hope you enjoy this list of heavy metal groups from Armenia! This list accompanies two other articles on Georgia and Azerbaijan.

I will update this article as I receive more info.

Alexander Leslie is a foreign policy analyst, freelance journalist, and has an M.A. in Eurasian, Russian, & East European Studies from Georgetown University. His interests include U.S.-Georgia relations, energy politics, and studies in counterterrorism policy.

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