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Serenades of the Wretched

Album: ''Serenades of the Wretched'' (2001 Demo)
1. No Sign of Yesterpride
2. Wretched Will
3. Angel of Inconvenience
4. Forgotten
5. All For Nothing
6. Discontinued


Album: ''EPII'' (2005 EP)
1. Lead Astray
2. Hope for Remembrance
3. Frantic
4. Transfixed
5. Undone
6. October 28

in vain


There are a few artists with this name.

1) In Vain is a progressive death metal band from Kristiansand, Norway.

Formed by three young music enthusiasts back in 2003, the band has already released two highly critically acclaimed self financed EP’s; Will the Sun Ever Rise and Wounds. Will the Sun Ever Rise(2004), a three-track EP of unrelenting atmosphere, aggression and complexity. The EP was embraced by metal heads and journalists alike. Fuelled by the standing ovations and the great response from a united metal press, the band was soon back in the studio to record yet another, entitled Wounds.

Wounds was released December 2005. The music was more diverse, progressive and dramatic than ever, without sacrificing the brutal edge of its predecessor. Already at this point in the band’s recording career the strong musical craftsmanship is obvious with guest musicians playing saxophone, cello and percussion. Just like their debut EP, Wounds received fantastic reviews and the band was launched as one of the most promising acts in the extreme metal scene.

Their first full-length album, The Latter Rain, was recorded in DUB Studio (Green Carnation, Blood Red Throne & Chain Collector) in the summer/fall of 2006. The recording was a huge project involving close to 20 guest musicians and several guest vocalists such as legendary Jan K. Transeth (In the Woods...) and Kjetil Nordhus (Green Carnation, Trail of Tears). Although the band kept the same vibe as on the two previous recordings the music was taken a step further, in every direction.

The highly anticipated full length debut from Norwegian newcomers In Vain, offers a vastly creative addition to the extreme metal canon which will erase their unknown status for good. Imagine a complex extreme metal giant with imposing technical progressive parts. Ravaged by striking black metal passages diving into an ocean of melancholy and loss. Great song writing and enchanting melodies, all spiced up by the bands' Norwegian cultural heritage. Bands like Opeth, Solefald and In the Woods... are often mentioned when describing their music.

In March/April 2007 In Vain joined forces with Battered and supported Vreid on the "Northern Brigade Tour" (UK, Belguim, The Netherlands and Germany). The band made their live debut at a metal festival in Antwerpen.

In Vain will definitely make a huge impact on this year’s metal scene. Don’t miss out on this ground braking debut album...

J. Haaland - Guitars & Sounds
A. Frigstad - Main vocals
S. Nedland - Clean vocals, piano, organs, bgv vocals
E. Fuglestad - Guitars
S. Reinhardtsen - Drums
K. Wikstøl - Bass & Hardcore vocals

2004 - Will The Sun Ever Rise (EP)
2005 - Wounds (EP)
2007 - The Latter Rain (LP)

Official website:
MySpace site :

2) In Vain was an emo/hardcore band, active in the mid 1990s.
They released a demo cassette, a self-titled 7", a split 7" with Council of Five Nations, a split 7" with Piebald and had a song on the Youth Power Records compilation 7" .
Their sound was comparable to better-known bands such as Current and Native Nod.
They had a throbbing bass sound with a squealing guitar sound, that was broken up in parts with arpeggios and creative walking basslines that were a staple of the emo sound.
Their vocals were very outwardly emotional and dissonant and whilst they were "introspective" their sound was rooted in punk rock, like counterparts Chino Horde and Prozac Memory.

3) One In Vain (website) is an unsigned dark rock act from Gothenburg, Sweden, formed in 1998. Early on influnces like Anathema and Paradise Lost shone through in anything but a subtle manner. Pure doom.. Evolution happened fast in the In Vain camp and within a year there was a change of singer - out with growls, in with soaring, clean vocals. A change made to acompany the progression of the song writing.

In 2001 In Vain released their first self-financed EP. Six melodic songs of over-the-top hopeless dark, spanning 36 minutes. It was pretty well received and got some good reviews although showing definite signs of freshmanship. References voiced still put them in the Paradise Lost/Katatonia/Anathema group, but no longer in their early days, rather mid to late 90's.

Not much happened for a couple of years after that. In Vain were offered a record deal with a newly started independent label in North America, but respectfully turned it down. Six months later the label disappeared off the face of the planet.

May 2004 In Vain had their second EP in hand. Recorded on several seperate occassions between 2001 and 2004, the songs still managed to sound as one unit. Released on their website one track at a time, free for all, it shows natural progression and more maturity than its predecessor. Again some very positive reviews dropped in and six years after getting together, the band finally felt confident enough to start sending it to various labels. A sound had been set, an identity shaped and a following - though small - established.

A third EP featuring some 5 or 6 brand new songs will be recorded (and hopefully also released to the public) during 2006.


4) Yet another artist called In Vain is a Spanish classic heavy metal band.

In Vain began with a bunch of childhood friends (Dani, Fabio and Álex). At high school their music likings moved to Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, and so Dani started to play the guitar, and soon, Álex joined him. Around this time they met Usama, a high school mate who joined them playing the guitar too, but later he would leave it to play the bass.

These were hard times, no place to practice, no drums and bad quality instruments. Then in Rivas, their home town, the city council built rehearsal premises, where they could practice as a band at least once a week. With drums and no drummer, Fabio had to take this role, even though what he played was the keyboards. A name was needed for the band, so N.G., a name which came out from a joke, was temporally chosen, integrated by Dani and Álex playing the guitars, Usama playing the bass and Fabio (who actually played the keyboards) as the drummer, still with no vocalist.

In 2002 Álex left the band for studying reasons, and Moncho, guitar player from the band Profecía, was the one who replaced him. Later Álex rejoined the band and, with Dani as guitar player and provisional vocalist, Moncho and Álex playing the guitar, Usama playing the bass and Fabio as the drummer, a first complete formation was established, so they started playing live, and at the same time, each one started taking music lessons.

At the end of 2003, in one of their shows they met Teo (drummer of the Punk Rock band Preaching in Pants), and he became the new drummer of the still called N.G. formation, so Fabio moved to keyboards at last. Now with six members, the name changed to In Vain, and Dani became the vocalist permanently. Since then they played several live shows and recorded their first demo, Spirit of Earth, with their first four songs.

In 2005, the band continued practising, playing live and composed new songs, being its style classic heavy metal, as the one played in the 80’s by great bands like Iron Maiden or Running Wild. In September they participated in the 8th Rivas Vaciamadrid Pop-Rock Contest, with more than 100 bands, winning the price for the best local band.

2006 is the year for In Vain, they have played gigs even in France, got some thrash influences which make their songs more varied and they are recording its second demo, with better equipment. It will be ready soon!!

History goes on ...

Official website :
MySpace site :

5) A fifth band called In Vain was started in Belgium in 2006 by Frédéric De Schepper (Guitar & Vocals), together with Sander Van Dam (Guitar), Roel Van Doorsselaere (Bass) and Steven De Hertogh (Drums). They released their first demo album in September 2007.

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Doom Metal

Human condition, personal conflict

Sweden (Gothenburg), formed in 1998



Magnus Christiansson - All vocals
Patric Tindvall - Lead, rhythm & acoustic guitars
Robert Tindvall - Bass & lyrics
Daniel Karlsson - Drums

Patrik Wikström - Vocals
Tobias ``Tobbe`` Berg - Vocals
Johan Hasselblom - Lead & rhythm guitar


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