Zealotry) joined to form the current line up.The Bulgarian melodic death/black metal band CLAYMORE is formed in the summer of 1999 in the city of Ruse. Founding members are Kamen (drums, ex-VIPER), Martyn (guitar, ex-VOMITORY) and Velislav (bass, ex-VIPER). Since then the band underwent radical member changes, but Tzvetelin (keyboards, ex-IK-1) and vocalist Svetoslav (ex-Coprophag,
CLAYMORE quickly became popular among Bulgarian fans with unique and pure style of melodic death/black metal combining aggression and melody in one with influences from other styles like heavy, thrash, grind 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).
At the end of 1999 CLAYMORE record their first demo tracks. They are quickly followed by a EP CD tilled "Warriors of Claymore" in 2000, 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 EP "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", "Heatework festival", "Heart Rock festival", "Chaos Festival", "Thrash Attack Festival", "Massacre Festival", "Legacy Open Air Festival", "Barock Fest", "Nightmare Fest", etc. where they played alongside well known international bands like Destruction (DE), Exumer (DE), Savage Grace (USA), Mystic Circle (DE), Napalm death (UK), Sinister (NL), Parricide (PL), The Claymore (DE), x-Lord Belial (SE), Graveworm (IT), Negura Bunget (RO), Apostasy (SE), Eastern Front (UK), Daemonicus (SE), Carnal (PL), Acid Rain (DE), Spiritual Ravishment (RO), Izegrim (NL), Spoil Engine (BE), Gothic (RO), Diary About My Nightmares (DE), Disdained (SP), Cilice (NL) , etc. In 2007 the vocalist receives editor’s choice award for outstanding achievements in poetry by presenting the lyrics to the International Library of Poetry in Maryland, USA.
CLAYMORE recorded and self-released their first full-lenght album "Prolonged Active Antagonism" and took part in the "Black Curse Over Europe" tour in 2008. The album was then distributed by D.O.P. and the band signed with Toxity Records to release the songs on "Vodafone live!". On the very next year CLAYMORE signed with Forces of Satan Records from Norway (owned by Infernus of Gorgoroth and Vile Horg). They want to spread their music among the Underground circles all over the world... CLAYMORE is currently working on new material. Source : http://www.myspace.com/claymoreruse