Tomorrow…. Saturday, November 1, 2014, on the Women of Metal Radio Show, starting at 08:00pm and ending at 12:00am CST. DJ Jayson Shell will be playing a “double shot” of our October band of the monthEnkElination. Jayson will also be playing tracks from Terebra, @Terminatrix, The Agonist, Nightwish, RiSeBack, Pamela Moore and many others!
Showtime 8pm CST on Insane Realm Radio
MindMaze are a promising band like no other. In a time when female-fronted metal is at an all-time high in popularity but also at an all-time high for copycats and imitators, MindMaze has striven hard to forge their own sound and identity. Hailing from Allentown, Pennsylvania the four-piece band are young (all aged 23-25), but have honed their craft with over one-hundred gigs spanning over 250+ miles, including sharing the stage with metal mainstays such as Saxon, Doro, Overkill, Jon Oliva’s Pain, Circle II Circle, Fozzy, George Lynch, Raven, and many more.The band’s debut album Mask of Lies has been hailed by fans and critics all over the world as an outstanding piece of independent metal that is refreshing while being firmly rooted in many classic metal mainstays. With no label support, management, or outside hired promotion, the band managed to sell copies of Mask of Lies to fans in 34 of 50 United States and a total of 17 countries worldwide, selling 90% of the album’s first pressing in the first 10 months of its release.
On the heels of Mask of Lies’ success, the band has begun work on their sophomore effort Back from the Edge, tentatively due in September 2014, featuring artwork by MONOWASP (Seventh Wonder, Harem Scarem, Brazen Abbot, Crash Diet, many more), Symphony X bassist Mike LePond on all tracks, and guest appearances by members of Stratovarius, Pharaoh, LORD, and Draekon.
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Former FLYLEAF singer Lacey Sturm, who has just released her memoir, “The Reason: How I Discovered a Life Worth Living”, through Baker Books, has been collaborating with outside writers on material for a possible solo album. She tells About.com Heavy Metal: “We’ve been writing. We’ve got over thirty songs that we’ve written with a couple of our friends that are really cool rock songs. We’re not really sure how it’s going to play out.
“I got to work with David Hodges, who used to be in EVANESCENCE, on some songs. He’s written a ton of songs with a lot of female artists like Kelly Clarkson and Christina Perri. We’ve written some amazing songs, some of my favorite stuff that I’ve done.
“My favorite thing about music is that it tells a story. You can hear the message without having to understand the words. I love that so much. To find music that’s cinematic in a way that goes with the words and the message I think is my main goal. It just naturally comes out of me and sounds like rock music.
“I’m open to wherever it might go. I really want it to be accessible to as big an audience as it can be. At the same time I know when we get on stage it’s going to be heavy rock, because I don’t know how to do anything else.
Asked if there are any plans of releasing an album or signing with a label, Lacey said: “We are supposed to have meetings with the record label and see where things are going to go. Octone, the indie label I was on, sold their company to Universal. Universal is such a big umbrella, I think we’re just trying to figure out where the best place for us would be in that system. We’re going up there with our demos to see what’s going to happen.”
Sturm recently opened up about some of the reasons why she quit FLYLEAF in the fall of 2012, shortly before the release of the band’s third album, “New Horizons”. Speaking in a video to promote her new memoir, Sturm said that several events, including getting married, having a baby and enduring the death of the band’s sound engineer Rich Caldwell changed her priorities.
Sturm explained: “The one that hit the hardest was the death of our sound engineer. We did one last show with FLYLEAF as a benefit for his wife Katy and their son Kirby. And it was really hard to do a show without him, and it was really hard to think it could be our last show. So I remember looking at my son after Rich had passed and just wondering to myself, if this was the last year I had with my son, how would I spend it?”
Sturm added: “It was really amazing to recognize this season changing in my life and the freedom that I was gonna be able to focus on my family. And I’m so thankful for that time. And although it was really hard, I’m thankful. And that’s the reason I stepped down from FLYLEAF.”
FLYLEAF recruited singer Kristen May as Sturm‘s replacement and released its fourth album, “Between The Stars”, on September 16. The first single is called “Set Me On Fire”.
IN THIS MOMENT‘s fifth album, “Black Widow”, will be released on November 17. The CD was once again helmed by Kevin Churko (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, HELLYEAH, PAPA ROACH) at his The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The cover artwork for “Black Widow” can be seen below.
“Black Widow” is available for pre-order on the iTunes Store and other digital retailers. The album is being offered to fans in an array of distinctive configurations, including a very special vinyl piece exclusively available at Atlantic‘s webstore. All pre-orders will receive four instant grat downloads prior to the album release, highlighted by the potent first single, “Sick Like Me”, which arrived at multi-format rock radio outlets nationwide. A companion video is currently in production, with a premiere date to be announced soon.
IN THIS MOMENT last year inked a new deal with Atlantic Records, a division of Warner Music Group, following the completion of its contract with Century Media Records.
“‘Black Widow’ is definitely the darker part of me,” says singer Maria Brink. “This album is about finding the weakness inside and turning it into strength. It’s about being reborn, setting yourself free and realizing the balance in everything — the dark and the light.
“We are very excited to be releasing this album through Atlantic Records,” she adds, “who have put out some of the greatest and most revered albums of all time. I am so ready and excited for the launch of this album. I think people will embrace its diversity and hearing different sides of us that they haven’t experienced yet.”
“Here we go again,” says guitarist Chris Howorth. “This was by far the most challenging, exciting and rewarding experience we’ve ever had making a record. We threw out the rulebook and tried to create something fearless, constantly pushing ourselves to make an album unlike anyone has heard before. Fans, get ready for this ride — everything is going to the next level.”
Howorth told Billboard earlier in the year that the band wanted its new studio effort to be “bigger and better” than 2012’s “Blood”, while “still keeping true to that same vibe.” He added: “We feel like we found something and want to stick the flag in the ground on top of that hill.”
“Black Widow” is expected to feature several special guests, including FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH singer Ivan Moody. IN THIS MOMENT frontwoman Maria Brink previously appeared on the FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH track “Anywhere But Here”, which was included on “The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1” album.
IN THIS MOMENT has had its share of ups and downs since forming in 2005, but Brink told The Pulse Of Radio that the band is in a good place now. “To be where we are in our career, the strongest it’s ever been, and like everything that I’ve ever, ever even dreamed of creating is happening,” she said. “You know, it’s just such a good message for listeners and anybody, you know, who hears our story, just ’cause people need to really understand the power that they hold within themselves.”
IN THIS MOMENT released all four of its previous studio efforts through Century Media, including “Blood”.
“Blood” was IN THIS MOMENT‘s highest-charting album, reaching No. 15 on the Billboard album chart, while the title track became the band’s first-ever Top 10 hit at rock radio.
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AVATARIUM, the project led by Leif Edling, founding bassist and main songwriter of Swedish doom metal legends CANDLEMASS, will release a new vinyl/digital-only EP, “All I Want”, on November 14 via Nuclear Blast.
In addition to Edling, AVATARIUM features Marcus Jidell (ROYAL HUNT, EVERGREY) on guitar, Lars Sköld (TIAMAT) on drums, Carl Westholm on keyboards and Jennie-Ann Smith on vocals.
In early 2014, AVATARIUM felt the need to break new musical ground and, after listening to some old vinyl records, the desire to get closer to this kind of material was born. With a new demo track at hand, Edling was joined by Jidell to work on the song that would be called “All I Want”.
While the two musicians got deeper into exploring where they want to take the music of AVATARIUM and how they can keep things interesting for themselves and for the fans, yet another song was created, and the idea to make a new EP was fully set.
The old spirit comes even more alive, with psychedelic percussionist Michael Blair, who has worked with Tom Waits and Lou Reed, among others, guesting on “All I Want”.
Commented Jidell: “[Michael] showed up at the studio with a big ‘bag of tricks’ with metals, crashers, shakers and a lot of strange things which he made sound like if you throw in a punkrocker at Woodstock and feed him with psychedelic pills!” About the new songs, he adds: “We tried to keep things simple and spontaneous during the recordings, something I hope people will be able to hear. Also, I think that Jennie-Ann Smith has reached new levels with the way she sings on both of the new songs!”
“All I Want” EP track listing:
Side A (45 RPM)
01. All I Want
02. Deep Well
Side B (33 RPM)
01. Pandora’s Egg (live)
02. Tides Of Telepathy (live)
03. Bird Of Prey (live)
The three live songs were recorded at the 2014 edition of renowned Roadburn festival in Tilburg, The Netherlands, which was the second ever AVATARIUM show and the first one outside of Sweden.
The official “All I Want” lyric video can be seen below.
Due to his health condition, Edling was unable to perform with AVATARIUM at some of the band’s most recent gigs. Filling in for him once again was Anders Iwers from TIAMAT.
AVATARIUM‘s self-titled debut album was released in Europe on November 1, 2013 via Nuclear Blast.
AVATARIUM‘s first release was a 12-inch mini-LP, “Moonhorse”, featuring the title track, the B-side “Boneflower” as well as an acoustic cover version of BLACK SABBATH‘s “War Pigs”. It arrived on September 20, 2013.
Leif Edling: Bass
Jennie-Ann Smith: Vocals
Marcus Jidell: Guitar
Lars Sköld: Drums
Carl Westholm: Keyboards
THE SIRENS, the collaboration between vocalists Kari Rueslåtten (THE 3RD AND THE MORTAL), Anneke van Giersbergen (THE GATHERING) and Liv Kristine Espenaes Krull (LEAVES’ EYES, THEATRE OF TRAGEDY), has made two songs available for streaming. Check out the tracks “Sisters Of The Earth” and “Embracing The Seasons” below.
The seeds for THE SIRENS were planted when Anneke approached Kari in early 2013 with the proposal of doing a duet for her “Drive” album (released in 2013). Seeing as Anneke regards Kari as an inspiration going in to do THE GATHERING‘s breakthrough album, “Mandylion”, Anneke‘s intention was to pay tribute to Kari via the collaboration. The song didn’t make the final cut as it didn’t fit the album, but they remained in touch. Then, in July 2013, Anneke and Liv had a chance meeting at the Masters Of Rock festival in the Czech Republic, and THE SIRENS concept was born.
“We had a few minutes only to talk in between our gigs,” Liv recalls, “but we agreed that we really should get together and tour. We both had to smile then, thinking that we were, with Kari, the ‘originals’ within our scene. Moreover, all three of us being mothers and still highly busy in music and art. Anneke told me that she had just talked to Kari, and that was the ‘go’ for THE SIRENS.”
It would be fair to call Kari the catalyst for THE SIRENS, as both Anneke and Liv saw her as a role model when they first made their way into music.
“I find it hard to believe that I once inspired them,” Kari admits, “but if so, it is truly flattering. It is a fantastic feeling to know that I will be singing live with two such amazing vocalists!”
THE SIRENS tour will be split into two parts, including festival appearances, and staged at the end of 2014 in October and December. It will be a full concert showcasing the trio, one band, and a setlist featuring songs from THE 3RD AND THE MORTAL, THE GATHERING and THEATRE OF TRAGEDY as well as tracks from Kari, Anneke and Liv‘s respective solo careers. They will sing alone, perform duets, capping off the night with all three of them on stage, with a show that is expected to clock in at around 100 minutes each night. Thus, it’s a trip down memory lane produced for the here and now with brand new and unexpected elements, making THE SIRENS a nostalgia-fuelled reminder of who started it all and why it worked. And at the end of the night nobody will leave disappointed.
“The female-fronted scene has become so big all over the world, sometimes it’s hard to believe the three of us were at the very beginning of it,” says Anneke. “I am very proud of that. Without intentionally wanting to start a new genre, our bands made it okay to sound and look as a girl singer on a metal stage. It was all very new and exciting. I think the tour is great to, in a way, celebrate those early days now that a third-wave of bands is appearing on the scene.”
There are noteworthy parallels in the lives of Kari, Anneke and Liv that bind them together. All three fronted influential bands, they went on to have lucrative solo careers and remain active, and they’ve successfully balanced music with family life. It’s clear the trio share a chemistry that will make “The Sirens” a rousing success.
“I’m looking forward to it a lot,” Anneke says. “Making music with kindred spirits is such a wonderful feeling. I also love harmonizing with more than one singer on stage, so that will be a cool aspect of the show as well.”
“The fans have been waiting for this for years and years,” Liv adds. “I can’t wait to share stage with Kari and Anneke. They are absolutely lovely and we have so much in common. This is a kind of magic.”
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It’s the first Sunday of October, which means its’ time to open the Band of the Month voting for November 2014….. Have at it. Voting will close on October 31, 2014. You can vote at the bottom of the page.
Ancient Bards is an Italian symphonic metal band, conceived in January 2006 by keyboards player Daniele Mazza. History: Line-Up: The project, originated in the mind of Daniele Mazza, started to materialize in 2006 after Danielle met with bass player Martino Garattoni. The first stable line up was completed in 2007, with Sara Squadrani as singer, Alessandro Carichini as drummer, and Claudio Pietronik and Fabio Balducci as guitarists. In September 2010 Alessandro has left the band, to be replaced by a new drummer Federico Gatti. The latest line-up change occured in the end of 2013 after recording the third album A New Dawn Ending, when Fabio Balducci has left the band for personal reasons. Permanent replacement for Fabio has not been announced yet, but for live shows in 2014 the band has been joined by Simone Bertozzi as a guest second guitarist.
Norwegian goth metal legends The Sins Of Thy Beloved have been dormant since 2000 – following the release of their second album “Perpetual Desolation” – and after years of a rumored reunion, Stig Johansen and Anders Thue have instead risen from the ashes with a new band, SAVN, and a new vision.
The seeds for SAVN (translated: Deprivation) officially took root when multi-instrumentalist Stig contacted Midnattsol vocalist and long-time friend Carmen Elise Espenæs about singing one song for the planned SAVN album. Carmen agreed, and Stig and Anders (keyboards) were so pleased with the final result they invited her to sing on the entire record. With Midnattsol rendered inactive for the time being due to personal commitments within the band, and her new role as a singer, as well as a mother of an adorable daughter, the Norwegian powerhouse found herself with enough time and refueled with energy to take part in this new musical journey.