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

Credit: Psychonaut 4, The Metal Archives

This article is a metered compilation of three separate lists I had made of metal bands from the South Caucasus: Georgia, Armenia, & Azerbaijan.

I have simplified these articles and compiled them together here, creating one coherent archive of all three countries.

Much of the credit in the research goes to The Metal Archives, Bandcamp, YouTube, Spotify, and other platforms that I used to harvest information on each of the bands.

This project is the culmination of many years of archiving resources and compiling them. Not counting countless hours actually listening to the music!

I hope you enjoy!

For further resources, I highly suggest you check out The Metal Archives and their country pages:

ARMENIA

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

AZERBAIJAN

3,14…

Gothic/doom metal from Baku. Formed by Maksim Kochetov and Emin Kerimov in 2002. Active until 2016.

Credit: Emin Kerimov, YouTube, 2014

Live footage, including interviews with band members:

Credit: Emin Kerimov, YouTube, 2012

3,14… also maintains accounts on VKontakte and Facebook (both in Russian).

Fatal Nation

Groove/alternative metal from Baku. Formed in 1999 before taking a hiatus, active again in 2020–2021.

New release:

Music video:

Fatal Nation also maintains a social media presence on VKontakte (in English) and Instagram. They have an associated Facebook account, but it hasn’t been updated since 2010.

Gatteria

Groove metal from Baku. Formed in 2016.

Full album:

Credit: Gatteria, YouTube, 2018

Live footage:

Credit: Gatteria, YouTube, 2019

Full discography on Bandcamp:

Gatteria also maintains accounts on VKontakte, SoundCloud, and Facebook.

Goat Ripper

Brutal death metal from Baku. Formed by Nijat Hasanzadeh in 2018.

Credit: Goat Ripper, Bandcamp, 2019

New release on Bandcamp:

Goat Ripper also maintains accounts on Facebook and VKontakte (both in English).

Credit: Goat Ripper, Facebook, 2020

Hoar Demigod

Avant-death metal from Baku. Formed in 2018 by Tair Mamedov.

Full album (2021):

Credit: temniygospod, YouTube, 2021

More on Bandcamp:

Hoar Demigod also maintains accounts on VKontakte and Facebook.

Minimorum

Funeral doom from Sumgait. Formed in 2013 by Adil Hajili.

Full album on Bandcamp:

More:

Credit: Minimorum Dband, YouTube, 2015

Minimorum also maintains accounts on VKontakte (in Azeri), SoundCloud, and Facebook.

Pyraweed

Sludge/stoner metal from Baku. Formed in 2015.

Spotify:

Credit: Pyraweed, Facebook, 2016

Pyraweed maintains an account on Facebook.

Credit: Pyraweed, Facebook, 2020

Silence Lies Fear

Melodic death metal / metalcore from Baku. Formed in 2008.

Full discography on Bandcamp:

Music videos:

Credit: Silence Lies Fear, YouTube, 2014

Silence Lies Fear also maintains their discography on Myspace:

They also maintain a Facebook account.

The Nails

Gothic/black metal from Baku. Formed in 2007.

The Nails maintains an account on Myspace, which is the only source I could find for streaming their music:

They also maintain a VKontakte account (in Russian), with some links to download their albums.

Violet Cold

Experimental “AI simulated” black metal project from Baku. Started by Emin Guliyev in 2013.

Full discography on Spotify:

As well as Bandcamp:

Video:

Credit: Violet Cold, YouTube, 2020

Violet Cold also maintains accounts on Twitter, VKontakte, and Facebook. As well as its own website with relevant links.

Vozmezdiye (Возмездие)

Black metal from Baku. Formed in 2007.

Full album:

Credit: Vozmezdieband, YouTube, 2016

Full discography on Bandcamp:

They also maintain accounts on Facebook and VKontakte.

Zommm

Post-black metal / shoegaze from Baku. Formed in 2017.

Full album:

Credit: Zommm, YouTube, 2018

Full discography on Bandcamp:

Zommm also maintains accounts on Facebook, SoundCloud, and VKontakte.

GEORGIA

Adramalech

Black metal / dark ambient from Tbilisi. Active 2009–2012.

Sample:

Credit: BlackMetalMusic, YouTube, 2010

They have a Blogspot account, although it doesn’t seem like it has been updated since 2012:

There is also an associated Myspace account.

Angel of Disease

Progressive death metal from Tbilisi. Formed in 2001.

Playthrough video:

Credit: Angel of Disease, YouTube, 2020

Their full discography can be heard on Bandcamp:

They also maintain accounts on Facebook and Myspace.

Credit: Angel of Disease, Facebook, 2019

Askeesi

Atmospheric black metal from Tbilisi. Formed in 2020 by Beka Gachava.

Full album (2021):

Credit: Askeesi-Beka Gachava, YouTube, 2021

Their releases are also available via Bandcamp:

Askeesi also maintains a Facebook page.

Atalaka

Atmospheric black metal. Origin city and years active are unknown, just “Georgia.”

Releases via Bandcamp:

Atalaka does not maintain a social media presence that I’m aware of.

Blackends (The Blackeneds)

Thrash metal from Tbilisi. Only known to be active in 1998.

Official spelling of their band name is uncertain. Their only known release is two demo songs on an obscure “Metalcompilation” released in Georgia in 1998. Five of the six bands on this tape are unknown outside of this recording:

Credit: RamShemqmnaAdamianad, YouTube, 2016

Bohema

Technical / brutal death metal from Tbilisi. Formed in 2001. Current status is unknown.

ReverbNation profile:

The also maintain a page on Myspace.

Full album:

Credit: BrutalFullAlbums HD, YouTube, 2016
Credit: Bohema, The Metal Archives

Diabolus Sanctus

Black metal from Tbilisi. Formed in 2007.

Full discography is available from Bandcamp:

ReverbNation profile:

They also maintain accounts on Facebook and Myspace.

Diaokhi

Pagan black metal from Tbilisi. Only active in 1999.

Credit: Diaokhi, The Metal Archives

Single from 2000 (only known release):

Credit: Diaokhi, YouTube, 2019

More footage of the band:

Credit: Diaokhi, YouTube, 2019

Dismorial

Progressive / melodic death metal from Tbilisi. Formed in 2010.

Music video:

Credit: Dismorial, YouTube, 2014

ReverbNation profile:

The also maintain accounts on Facebook and Myspace.

Dismyth

Stoner / doom metal from Tbilisi. Formed in 2015.

Full discography is available via Bandcamp:

Full album:

Credit: Dismyth, YouTube, 2020

They also maintain an account on Facebook.

Ennui

Funeral doom from Tbilisi. Formed in 2012.

Full discography on Bandcamp:

ReverbNation profile:

They also maintain accounts on Facebook, Myspace, and VKontakte (in Russian).

Credit: Ennui, The Metal Archives

Heavy Cross (მძიმე ჯვარი)

Hard rock / heavy metal / thrash metal from Tbilisi. Formed in 1988.

Some of their music:

Credit: Heavy Cross, YouTube, 2013

They also maintain accounts on Facebook and Myspace.

Iahsari

Symphonic metal from Tbilisi. Formed in 2015.

Full discography available via Bandcamp:

Music video:

Credit: Iahsari, YouTube, 2016

ReverbNation profile:

They maintain accounts on VKontakte (in Russian), Instagram, Facebook, as well as their own website.

Credit: Iahsari, Facebook, 2016

Im Nebel

Symphonic / progressive black metal from Tbilisi. Formed in 2006.

Full discography available via Bandcamp:

Music video:

Credit: Im Nebel, YouTube, 2019

They also maintain accounts on VKontakte, Facebook, SoundCloud, and ReverbNation.

Infadus

Progressive / melodic death metal. Formed in 2015.

Full discography available on Bandcamp:

Also on Spotify:

They also maintain accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and VKontakte.

Last Supper

Doom metal from Tbilisi. Only active in 1998.

Another one of the bands on the “Metalcompilation” demo tape that hasn’t been identified since:

Credit: RamShemqmnaAdamianad, YouTube, 2016

Manticore

Melodic death metal from Tbilisi. Only active in 2002.

I can’t find their EP, The Legend Lives, on any platform.

Here is the album cover:

Credit: Manticore, The Metal Archives

Morheim

Melodic death / black metal from Tbilisi. Formed in 2019.

Discography available from Bandcamp:

Single:

Credit: Morheim, YouTube, 2020

They also maintain accounts on Facebook and Instagram.

Neuromnesia

Depressive post-black metal from Tbilisi. Formed in 2014 as Happy End, renamed in 2016.

Single:

Credit: Neuromnesia Official, YouTube, 2017

They also maintain accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Nilflheimr

Black metal from Tbilisi. Formed in 2007.

Blogspot (with download links):

They also maintain an account on Myspace.

Omophor

Melodic death metal from Tbilisi. Formed in 2013.

Discography available via Bandcamp:

Also on YouTube:

Credit: OMOPHOR Official, YouTube, 2016

They also maintain accounts on SoundCloud, Facebook, and Twitter.

Pergamo

Black metal from Tbilisi. Only active in 1998.

Another one of the bands on the “Metalcompilation” demo tape that hasn’t been identified since:

Credit: RamShemqmnaAdamianad, YouTube, 2016

Project Omega

Black metal from Tbilisi. Formed in 2016.

Discography available on Bandcamp:

They do not maintain any other active social media account. Everything I could find has been deactivated.

Psychonaut 4

Depressive black metal / depressive rock from Tbilisi. Formed in 2010.

Full discography available via Bandcamp:

And Spotify:

YouTube:

Credit: Psychonaut 4, YouTube, 2018

The also maintain active accounts on Facebook and Instagram.

Ritual Mortis

Technical death metal from Tbilisi. Formed in 2016.

Full discography available on Bandcamp:

And Spotify:

Ritual Mortis also maintains accounts on Facebook and Instagram.

Sadizm

Death/thrash metal from Tbilisi. Only active in 1998.

Another one of the bands on the “Metalcompilation” demo tape that hasn’t been identified since:

Credit: RamShemqmnaAdamianad, YouTube, 2016

Signs

Symphonic black metal from Tbilisi. Formed in 2009.

Album teaser from 2016:

Credit: Signs (Band Channel), YouTube, 2014

Signs also maintains an account on Facebook.

Tanelorn

Melodic death metal from Tbilisi. Formed in 2001 as Defenders of Tanelorn.

Full discography on Bandcamp:

Live footage:

Credit: Tanelorn, YouTube, 2013

ReverbNation profile:

Tanelorn also maintains accounts on Myspace and Facebook.

Tattooed Monk

Heavy metal from Tbilisi. Only active in 1998.

Another one of the bands on the “Metalcompilation” demo tape that hasn’t been identified since:

Credit: RamShemqmnaAdamianad, YouTube, 2016

Tianet

Depressive black metal from Tbilisi. Active 2017–2018.

Full discography on Bandcamp:

Tianet does not maintain any other social media profiles.

Undo Creation

Death/thrash metal from Tbilisi. Formed in 2014.

Full discography on Bandcamp:

Undo Creation also has a profile on Facebook.

Unsaved

Funeral doom from Tbilisi. Formation date unknown.

Single on YouTube:

Credit: Unsaved Official, YouTube, 2015

Unsaved maintains accounts on Facebook and VKontakte.

If you made it to the end of this article…wow. I salute you! This was the product of many years of obsessively listening, headbanging, and bookmarking.

It was the most fun I’ve had in a long time!

If any links are broken, bands are missing, or information is incorrect — please contact me! I will update this as soon as I get 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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