Bagpipe and drum music group Auļi was founded in 2003. A few of group members have already played in the first bagpipe group in Latvia – Dūdinieki, which was formed in 1994. Regardless of the fact that there is scare trace left of bagpipe and drum playing traditions, both instruments were mentioned in Latvian folklore materials.
Līvi was a legendary Latvian rock band from Liepāja, Latvia founded in 1976 by Ēriks Ķiģelis and Juris Pavītols. They started out as a pop rock band but gradually shifted towards a heavier, western influenced hard rock.
OBTEST has started in late days of 1992, inspired by the then new and challenging Black Metal explosion, particularly in Scandinavia. Bands like Enslaved, Grand Belial's Key, Mayhem, and Darkthrone had a huge inspirational effect on the youngsters.
Metsatöll, an Estonian folk metal band, was formed in 1999 in Tallinn by Markus Teeäär (vocals), Silver “Factor” Rattasepp (drums) and Andrus Tins (bass), playing epic heavy metal with a great influence from ancient Estonian folklore. The debut album called "Terast mis hangund me hinge" (Steel Frozen in Our Souls) was released at that time.
Frailty is a death doom metal band from Rīga, Latvia, formed in 2003. Since then the band has claimed its rightful place among heaviest and most extreme doom bands ever to emerge from the small Baltic country called Latvia.
Nokturnal Mortum is a black/folk metal band from Kharkiv, Ukraine formed in 1994. Biography:
They started as a death metal band named Suppuration in 1992, then turned to black metal and changed their name to Crystaline Darkness but had to change the name back in 1993/94 to Nocturnal Mortum because there already existed a band with that name in western underground.
KromleK was a Folk Metal band from Bavaria, Germany, founded in 2004. It consists of Nhévann (lead guitar), Alex (bass guitar), Aoife (violin), Forað (rhythm guitar), Hrísdólgr (keyboard) and Galt (drums).
Wolfchant is a band formed in St. Oswald, Germany in 2003. The band plays epic pagan metal with influences of black metal and viking/folk metal. Wolfchant's lyrics deal with legends and folk tales from Nordic mythology. They're signed on CCP Records, Linz, Austria.