Claymore (band)

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Origin Bulgaria
Genres Symphonic, Progressive, Black metal,
Years active 1999 - present
Labels RedRivetRecords
Website CLAYMORE's Official Web Site

Claymore is a symphonic progressive black metal band originating from Ruse, Bulgaria that formed in 1999. Their style consists of a combination of melodic death and black metal with influences from other styles of metal like heavy, thrash, speed and classical music.


The Bulgarian symphonic progressive/black metal band Claymore was formed in the summer of 1999 in the city of Ruse. Founding members are Kamen Manev(Drums), Martin Manev(Guitar) . Choosing the keyboard was complex and after three months of auditions we chose Tsvetelin Baltov(Keyboards) - He became one of the pillars of Claymore. After a number of changes over the years, the current staff is: Martin - guitar; Kamen - drums; Tsvetelin - keyboards, Emil - vocals&bass; Claymore quickly became popular among Bulgarian fans with unique and pure style of symphonic progressive/black metal combining aggression and melody in one with influences from other styles like heavy,thrash,death,grind,pagan as well as a good amount of classical music. Their first ever performance is in September 1999 to start a long tour in many cities across Bulgaria captivating audiences everywhere. This earns them a place at the biggest Bulgarian Underground Music Festival (Bourgas 2000). This was the beginning ... At the end of 2000 Claymore recorded their first demo tracks quickly followed by a demo CD titled "Warriors of Claymore" which is posted on many web magazines and played on radio shows in Bulgaria and abroad.

During 2002 Claymore worked hard on the sound quality for the recording of the actual demo "Released" consisting of 5 songs. These songs represent their style and part of their live shows. Claymore's remarkable popularity and success earns them a place in "Trash till Death 2005,2006", "Heatework festival 2006", "Heart Rock festival 2008", "Black Curs Fest 2008", "Legacy Open Air Fest 2009", "Barock Fest 2009", "Ost festival 2012", "Sea Black Festival 2013", "Urpin Fest 2014" etc., where they played alongside well-known international bands like Destruction, Dimmu Borgir, Primordial, Napalm Death, Sinister, Lord Belial, Graveworm, Eastern Front, Exumer, Negura Bunget, Izegrim, Spoil Engine, Zombie INC, etc. Claymore recorded their first full-length album Prolonged Active Antagonism and took part in "Black Curse Over Europe" tour in 2008. The album is out on D.O.P. (Bulgaria). Official mp3 distributors are Forces of Satan (Norway), Toxicity Records – Vodafone Live (Bulgaria). They want to spread their music among the Underground circles all over the world. That actually happens – completion of the second album "Vengeance is Near" led to a deal with the Japanese label Red Rivet Records great step in the progress of the band . Included is the song "Centuries of chaos part II" Fear Candy compilation of Terrorizer magazine issue 247.


  • Emil Kehayov - Vocals&Bass (2013–present)
  • Martin Manev - Guitar (1999–present)
  • Tzvetelin Baltov - Keyboard (2000–present)
  • Kamen Manev - Drums (1999–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Nikolay Nikolaev - Drums (2012–2015)
  • Plamen Tzanev - Guitar (2012-2013)
  • Svetoslav Georgiev - Vocals (2008-2012)
  • Velislav Danov - Bass Guitar & Back Vocals(1999-2012)
  • Emil Petev - Guitar (2000–2001)
  • Kremena Gancheva - Clean Vocals, Back Vocals (2000–2001)
  • Kaloyan Gadjov - Vocals (1999–2000)
  • Tzvetan Rachev - Vocals (2000–2007)
  • Jena - Keyboards (1999–2000)


  • Demo- (1999)
  • Warriors of Claymore (EP)- (2000)
  • Released (EP)- (2004)
  • Live in DNA (Live)- (2005)
  • Prolonged Active Antagonism- (2008)
  • Vengeance is Near- (2014)


  • The Legion of TchorT Compilation No. 6 - (2009)
  • Millennial Metal V. vol. 1 - (2011)
  • Fear Candy Terrorizer issue 247 - (2014)

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