It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

We created Pandora to put the Music Genome Project directly in your hands

It’s a new kind of radio –
stations that play only music you like

 
Create an account for free. Register
Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

Astarte

Astarte, whose music is best described as black metal with overtones of goth metal at times, are a rarity: an extreme metal band that has had all-female lineups. Extreme metal, which includes death metal and black metal as well as metalcore, has been very male-dominated; the vast majority of extreme metal bands in the United States and Europe have never had any female members. But Astarte are an exception to that rule, and they are also one of the more melodic bands in black metal. While many black metal (and death metal) bands have favored brutality and harshness for the sake of brutality and harshness, Astarte have offered a more musical and nuanced approach; their work is intense, hard-driving, and forceful, but not without a strong sense of melody and harmony.

Originally known as Lloth, Astarte were formed in Athens, Greece, in September 1995, when bassist/guitarist/keyboardist Maria Kolokouri, aka Tristessa (who subsequently took over on lead vocals) joined forces with guitarist Nemesis and lead singer/guitarist Kinthia; Tristessa (whose name means "sadness" in some of the romance languages), Nemesis, and Kinthia are women, and the formation of an all-female black metal band was certainly unusual in the mid-'90s (and no less unusual in the late 2000s). Another thing that was surprising about Astarte in the mid-'90s was the fact that they were Greek; the death metal/black metal field was dominated by the Scandinavian countries in the '90s (many of the important black metal bands have been from Norway), and Greece was hardly the first country that came to mind during a conversation about either black metal or death metal. Employing Psychoslaughter (who had played with a Greek metal band called Invocation) as a session drummer, Tristessa and her colleagues recorded their first demo, Dancing in the Dark Lakes of Evil, in May 1997. Not long after that, Lloth were renamed Astarte, a name they borrowed from Middle Eastern mythology (Astarte is the Semitic goddess of fertility and sexuality, and some historians consider her to be the Semitic counterpart of Aphrodite -- the love and sexuality goddess of Greek mythology).

In 1998 -- after the name change was official -- Astarte recorded their first official full-length album, Doomed Dark Years, which was released on the independent Black Lotus label. That debut was followed by Astarte's second album, Rise from Within (another Black Lotus release), in 2000 and their third album, Quod Superius, Sicut Inferius (which was their last Black Lotus release), in 2002. The following year, Astarte went through some personnel changes; Tristessa (who has favored the type of abrasive rasp vocals that black metal is known for) remained, but Nemesis and Kinthia left -- and new members Katharsis (keyboards) and Hybris (guitar) came on board. In 2003, Astarte recorded their fourth album, Sirens, which was released by Italy's Avantgarde Music in Europe and was distributed by the Los Angeles-based, Cleopatra-associated Magick label in the United States. Astarte's fifth album, Demonized, was recorded in 2006 and released in Europe in 2007 by Avantgarde. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
full bio

Comments

Lump your dumb......Ar c h Enemy is a different style..
COME BACK!
jesus they to me by surprise on there song sirens! this bands f**king awesome!
Sounds a little like a poor mans (or womans) Arch Enemy, especially in the vocals. Guitars arent nearly as intense. I tell ya what though, the 3 chicks are pretty good lookin.
the music is good but the vocals need some work
metacom_of_9
Its Pandora telling you to listen to better music....
Nothing can explain why this group appeared on my Yanni station.
This band is awesome, another is Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercul t , too bad I've never seen them here.
I was just surfing and listening to pandora, these ladies pop up. Immediately I perk my hearing up and really check them out, they sound really good, and I find out it's a greek all female band. My metal music dork buddies are gunna freak when I show them this.
heard this band on pandora and it's f**king awsome. heavy as s**t, and all female. rare find.
wow, thats kinda hot actually. i wanna meet theese chicks!
You know this band is really good I'm glad that I found them!
Interesting. . . girl power!!!
I'm really getting into this band.
such a wonderful band, I can't believe I'm the 1st to comment

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[66, 113, 76, 125, 84, 125, 118, 91, 95, 68, 95, 97, 82, 91, 84, 117, 105, 88, 121, 104, 123, 80, 73, 117, 97, 71, 87, 115, 72, 70, 98, 66, 68, 122, 65, 81, 120, 125, 125, 68, 84, 72, 69, 82, 76, 83, 101, 67, 117, 94, 84, 84, 125, 91, 68, 91, 64, 97, 102, 117, 111, 127, 123, 72, 92, 67, 110, 89, 73, 109, 65, 88, 79, 111, 72, 88, 88, 107, 98, 106, 115, 112, 72, 83, 82, 91, 90, 119, 78, 74, 119, 95, 112, 90, 102, 116, 87, 115, 99, 103, 127, 106, 81, 115, 72, 106, 67, 125, 124, 68, 66, 121, 109, 76, 118, 84, 87, 107, 90, 84, 111, 74, 127, 125, 107, 81, 80, 125, 121, 67, 98, 100, 126, 86, 115, 79, 107, 117, 96, 117, 102, 79, 113, 109, 106, 64, 109, 79, 86, 83, 97, 116, 110, 125, 121, 102, 80, 102, 126, 83, 97, 126, 111, 69, 119, 76, 99, 109, 120, 97, 87, 117, 96, 114, 120, 108, 73, 94, 87, 108, 109, 107, 99, 110, 86, 69, 99, 92, 97, 101, 100, 106, 102, 78, 100, 85, 95, 66, 100, 67, 97, 96, 106, 83, 103, 71, 64, 115, 99, 90, 122, 97, 94, 99, 68, 98, 96, 90, 75, 74, 99, 69, 77, 120, 73, 82, 106, 126, 102, 117, 117, 100, 71, 115, 83, 65, 65, 79, 119, 93, 90, 111, 106, 74, 112, 124, 108, 109, 70, 123, 96, 115, 97, 84, 72, 106, 93, 127, 109, 105, 65, 68, 67, 109, 122, 87, 120, 85, 116, 121, 67, 99, 100, 110, 75, 124, 113, 115, 104, 64, 111, 65, 81, 109, 102, 66, 112, 89, 73, 68, 115, 99, 117, 95, 67, 103, 76, 87, 69, 106, 72, 96, 101, 114, 68, 90, 70, 94, 77, 77, 67, 120, 64, 85, 105, 89, 66, 123, 107, 100, 122, 65, 114, 81, 121, 84, 86, 121, 110, 91, 77, 77, 93, 92, 100, 116, 69, 106, 71, 100, 68, 96, 115, 76, 66, 68, 67, 105, 71, 89, 73, 90, 113, 126, 69, 99, 82, 122, 68, 71, 98, 90, 90, 73, 81, 76, 102, 124, 92, 81, 114, 105, 116, 118, 123, 68, 112, 119, 120, 90, 87, 102, 99, 66, 67, 115, 100, 109, 72, 125, 74, 95, 117, 79, 124, 119, 64, 113, 86, 88, 85, 118, 101, 93, 70, 119, 95, 74, 89, 74, 92, 66, 97, 65, 77, 113, 117, 79, 125, 104, 93, 126, 65, 87, 75, 79, 75, 109, 75, 65, 114, 77, 95, 116, 110, 84, 107, 99, 77, 123, 108, 72, 67, 78, 119, 65, 77, 64, 66, 87, 72, 97, 80, 93, 80, 127, 118, 90, 100, 125, 122, 76, 111, 123, 94, 122, 72, 111, 125, 81, 93, 91, 87, 127, 80, 91, 76, 74, 107, 83, 75, 127, 127, 83, 106, 83, 127, 119, 96, 87, 94, 69, 106, 94, 126, 95, 112, 66, 87, 92, 114, 76, 64, 127, 78, 70, 65, 121, 80, 92, 121, 126]