Hungarian metal

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Hungarian metal is the metal music scene of Hungary. One of the most popular and well-known band is Attila Csihar's Tormentor. Other bands include Sear Bliss, Ektomorf, FreshFabrik, Blind Myself, The Idoru and Subscribe.



Tormentor, formed in 1985, recorded their first album entitled "Anno Domini" in 1988, which was not released until the end of communism. The album reached Norway through the tape-trading community. Following the suicide of Per Ohlin, Mayhem invited Attila Csihar from Tormentor to join the band; he was to perform the vocals on "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas".[1] Tormentor split up in 1991.


Attila Csihar performing with Mayhem
FreshFabrik performing live in Prague, 2001, supporting AC/DC and Rammstein

In 1993 the band FreshFabrik was founded by András Szabó and Levente Kovács. In 1997 the band was signed by Warner Music Group to release its second full-length studio album, "Nerve".

Ektomorf performing at Rock the Lake Festival in 2007

In 1993 one of the most successful Hungarian metal bands, Ektomorf, was formed. The Zoltán Farkas-led band from Mezőkovácsháza managed to get signed by PIAS Recordings and later by major label Nuclear Blast. Initially their albums, such as "Kalyi Jag" and "I Scream Up to the Sky", were heavily influenced by Sepultura; however, they later pioneered a unique sound combining trash metal with Hungarian folk music.

In 1994 the band Blind Myself was formed, which became one of the first metalcore bands. Later they became one of the leading metal bands in Hungary.

In 1998 a band from Sopron named Dalriada conquered Hungary with their folk metal. Their album entitled "Kikelet" helped the band perform in major European music festivals.[2]


The 2000s saw the emergence of bands which combined metal music with other genres such as post-hardcore, nu metal.

In 2003 a supergroup was formed named The Idoru by ex-members of Newborn, Blind Myself, and Dawncore. They managed to release several records including their second full-length studio album Monologue which brought them success outside Hungary. They toured with the American Misfits in Europe in 2007 and with Ignite in Japan in 2008.


In 2012 the band Shell Beach released their second full-length David Schram-produced studio album entitled This Is Desolation which helped them sign a contract with Redfield Digital Records.

Notable Hungarian metal bands and artists[edit]

Notables records[edit]

Band Record Reviews Label/Release Date Producer(s)
Sear Bliss The Pagan Winter Mascot/Two Moons 1995
Ektomorf Kalyi Jag PIAS Recordings 2000
Ektomorf I Scream Up to the Sky Silverdust 2002
The Idoru After the Storm Burning Season Records 2003
Ektomorf Destroy Nuclear Blast 2004
The Idoru Brand New Way, Brand New Situation Burning Season Records 2004
Dalriada Fergeteg Hammer Music Hungary 2004
Ektomorf Instinct Nuclear Blast 2005
Ektomorf Outcast Nuclear Blast 2005
The Idoru Hopeless Illusions Burning Season Records 2006
The Idoru Monologue Burning Season Records 2007
Ektomorf What Doesn't Kill Me... AFM Records 2009
Dalriada Arany-album Hammer Music Hungary 2009
Ektomorf Redemption AFM Records 2010
Dalriada Ígéret Hammer Music Hungary 2011
Ektomorf The Acoustic AFM Records 2012
Dalriada Napisten Hava Hammer Music Hungary 2012
Shell Beach This Is Desolation [3][4][5] Redfield Digital 2012 David Schram

See also[edit]

Hungarian rock


  1. ^ ""Emberen túli" (Csihar Attila - Mayhem)". Magyar Narancs's Official Website. 17 May 2007. 
  2. ^ "Hírek" [News]. Dalriada official website (in Hungarian). 26 September 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Nuskull review
  4. ^ Rockstation review
  5. ^ Lángoló Gitárok review