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NEOANDERTALS is an avant-garde bass death metal band from Estonia. The band was founded in 2003 in the village of Arula, near Otepää with Rain Pohlak as the bassist/vocalist and Roland Seer as the drummer. In 2004 Toomas Keermann joined briefly as a guitarist, but he left shortly before any studio recordings could happen. From that moment on NEOANDERTALS abandoned the high guitar frequencies and concentrated only on playing bass driven ultra brutal death metal. The low-end madness & chaos also did suit the prehistoric primitive concept better.

The first two track demo "Neander Valley" was released in 2005 and by then the band also started to play live shows. With the founding lineup NEOANDERTALS recorded "Neanderthals Were Master Butchers" on July 3rd 2006. Sandra Vungi replaced Roland on drums in September 2006, after the first album was already recorded. The debut studio album was released on the 27th of February 2007 through Heli Records in Estonia and some time later through Forensick Music to the rest of the world.
"Neanderthals Were Master Butchers" is a concept album concentrating on the darker side of the longdead Neanderthals. Real facts mixed with fiction create stories about Neanderthal defleshing burial rites, their butchering habits, decapitation of the last Neanderthals in Neander Valley and the rise of neo-Neanderthal zombies.
The band toured Europe in the end of 2007 in support of the album.

In 2010 Rain and Sandra started to build their off-grid log cabin into the woods to act as a main base for future NEOANDERTALS rehearsals and recordings.

Rain Pohlak and Sandra Vungi started the recording of the next album in October 2010 and they were done by January 2011.
Reivo Orav stepped in briefly as a second bassist in the end of 2010 but he and the band parted ways in early 2011.

The second studio album entitled "Ebu Gogo Gutting the Child" was released in April 2011. The concept album explored the dark side of the little Indonesian hominid Homo floresiensis, who kidnapped human children to defile and eat them.

February 2012 saw the release of "Australopithecus". The third album was already recorded in the summer of 2009 with the original line-up. Roland Seer was behind the drumkit and Rain Pohlak handled the bass. The record is a different approach towards bass-heavy music and is played in a different style than previous albums. It still however has that prehistoric vibe and the bass and drums instrumentalization.

The active line-up for NEOANDERTALS has since 2006 been the same with Sandra Vungi being the drummer and Rain Pohlak being the bassist&vocalist. But from time to time original members Rain and Roland play and record new tunes to have a varied and different sounding discography. Meanwhile main bandmembers Sandra and Rain concentrate on the darker, metal inspired albums and live shows. Their goal is to keep NEOANDERTALS unique, fresh and interesting.
Band name: Neoandertals
Location: Otepää
Genre: death metal
Style: Bass Death Metal
Founded: 2003
Rain Pohlak - Bass and Vocals Mortophilia
Sandra Vungi - Drums Aldevia
Previous members:
Reivo Orav - Bass (2010-2011) Mortophilia
Roland Seer - Drums (2003-2006)
Toomas Keermann - Guitar (2004-2005)
Australopithecus 2012

1. Australopithecus robustus
2. No Control Over Fire
3. Nocturnal Creatures
4. Dead Hominids | mp3
5. Frugivorous
6. Extinction

Ebu Gogo Gutting the Child 2011

1. Homo floresiensis
2. Child
3. Cut-Throat
4. Funeral Ejaculation | mp3
5. The Gutter
6. Entombment | mp3
7. Unburying the Carrion
8. Diet of Worms
9. Survival Beyond Death

Neanderthals Were Master Butchers 2007

1. Neanderthals Were Master Butchers
2. Defleshing the Cadaver Before Burial
3. Sliced By Man
4. The Mysterious Demise
5. Rebirth Of An Ancient Menace | mp3
6. Spawning Of Species
7. Abolition
8. Neo-Neanderthals Travelling Through Consumed Continents | mp3
9. Brooding Over A Dead Breed

Neander Valley 2005

1. Neanderthals Were Master Butchers
2. The Mysterious Demise

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