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Formed in 2008 by founding members Josh Schwartz (on guitar) and Chris Haren (on drums), the band went through several early line-up changes before recruiting vocalist Nina Osegueda (formerly of another DC area metal band) in October 2009. In late 2009 the band recorded their self-titled debut EP, with former bassist Chris Willett back in a session capacity. The band soon recruited bassist David Matine and recorded a benefit single for the West Memphis 3, which received press and acclaim from both the WM3 website and Motorhead. David Matine left the band in early 2010 and was replaced by Ben Washburn on bass. The band began gigging extensively around the Washington DC area with Washburn on bass, and began recording what would become their first full length album, Metal Renaissance. Washburn left the band in summer 2010 before completing the album, and Jesse Keen was recruited to act as both bassist and keyboard player. The band played mostly local shows and opened for various touring bands. They also played Flight of the Valkyries in Baltimore, MD.
In March 2011, the band released their first full length album, Metal Renaissance. The album included an instrumental intro by local folk group Painted Trillium ,and was recorded on tape in an attempt to capture a classic analog sound. Bassists Ben Washburn and Jesse Keen both perform on the album. The band continued to play local shows, but also travelled to Chicago forDame-Nation, a female fronted metal festival similar to Flight of the Valkyries.
A Sound of Thunder decided to go in a different direction with their second album, Out of the Darkness. The band hired Kevin “131” Gutierrez, known for being a multi platinum award winning producer and having worked with Shinedown, O.A.R, Johnny Cash, and Raven. They recorded the album at Gutierrez’ own studio, Assembly Line Studios in Northern Virginia. The band intended on releasing the album independently, but was suddenly contacted by Lance King and Nightmare Records days before their intended release date. After postponing the release, in coordination with the label, Out of the Darkness was finally released by Nightmare Records and Sony/RED on March 27, 2012. Having included a track with guest vocalist John Gallagher of the legendary heavy metal band, Raven, both the album and the band received more publicity than ever before. Out of the Darkness was released with rave reviews from various blogs, heavy metal websites, About.com, and The Washington Post. In addition to the album, the band also released their first music video for “Murderous Horde”. The video, which featured Nina Osegueda and a black Burmese python named “Chubby”, received over five thousand views in its first week. This was followed by a video for “Kill That Bitch”.
In 2013, A Sound of Thunder released an EP (Queen of Hell) and an album (Time’s Arrow), both on CD and vinyl through Mad Neptune Records. The album and EP were partially funded by a successful KickStarter campaign that raised $9,539, $1,539 over their initial $8,000 goal.
In 2014, A Sound of Thunder continued to create another KickStarter campaign to help fund a 4th album, “The Lesser Key of Solomon”. The campaign raised $23,375, $13,375 over their initial $10,000 goal. The album was released on September 9th and made 39th place in the Billboard (magazine) Heatseeker’s Chart.
In July 2014 A Sound of Thunder was one of the 8 bands to perform at the inaugural Women of Metal Fest
From Massive Addictive 2014
Veteran British female hard rockers GIRLSCHOOL will enter the Ecology Room in the UK on January 26, 2015 with producer Chris Tsangarides (JUDAS PRIEST, THIN LIZZY, GARY MOORE) to begin recording their 13th album for a spring release via UDR Music.
Tsangarides, who already had a brief cooperation with GIRLSCHOOL on the 1983 “1-2-3-4 Rock And Roll” EP, said that he looking forward to work with the band again but this time on a full-length release.
GIRLSCHOOL issued a re-recorded version of its classic second album, “Hit And Run”, complemented by two bonus tracks. Available in Europe since September 2011, “Hit And Run – Revisited” was released in the U.S. in January 2012 via UDR in three versions: a CD digipak, a regular jewel case CD and a vinyl LP with gatefold sleeve.
The authorized memoir by late GIRLSCHOOL guitarist Bernadette Jean “Kelly” Johnson called “Surviving My Friends: The Official Kelly Johnson Story”, is now available an e-book at this location. The book was started by Johnson and completed by her friends and family.
GIRLSCHOOL‘s 30th-anniversary album, “Legacy”, was released in Europe in November 2008 via Wacken Records/SPV. “Legacy” featured a plethora of special guests, including Tony Iommi (BLACK SABBATH), Ronnie James Dio (BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, DIO), Lemmy and Phil Campbell from MOTÖRHEAD, “Fast” Eddie Clarke (FASTWAY, ex-MOTÖRHEAD) and a couple of members of TWISTED SISTER.
GIRLSCHOOL‘s current lineup consists of singer/guitarist Kim McAuliffe, guitarist Jackie Chambers, bassist Enid Williams and drummer Denise Dufort.
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In the brand new issue of Revolver magazine FLYLEAF singer Kristen May was asked how she dealt with the torrent of abuse directed at her on the Internet by some of the band’s fans when she was first announced as the new FLYLEAF vocalist.
“I had a feeling there would be some backlash because I’m a different singer than [former FLYLEAF singer] Lacey [Sturm],” she said. “I don’t scream — I’m more pop-oriented, more melodic. That’s important to me in my songwriting. But what I realized is that it wasn’t so much about me or what I was doing — it was that they connected so much with Lacey that it didn’t matter who came in. The band could’ve hired Beyonce and people still wouldn’t have been happy. So when I put myself in the shoes of someone who’s been a fan of a band for eight years and then having someone else come in, I’m sure I would feel taken aback, too. Now, would I go on the Internet and be mean? I wouldn’t, but that’s just not my style. There were a couple of times when I responded to people, but nothing ugly. I didn’t tell anyone they should also die. [Laughs]”
Regarding whether being Christian was a prerequisite for joining FLYLEAF, Kristen said: “Maybe that was something in the back of their minds that was important to them, but they never asked me if I was a Christian. But yes, Lacey was Christian and all the guys, their faith is very important to them — and we all express our faith in different ways. I’m a Christian, but I’ve already gotten backlash from many FLYLEAF followers that I’m not Christian enough because I drink wine or do yoga and that’s against God.”
FLYLEAF‘s fourth studio album, “Between The Stars”, sold 8,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 33 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on September 16 via Loud & Proud Records.
“Between The Stars” was recorded over a four-week period at a Los Angeles studio with producer extraordinaire Don Gilmore (PEARL JAM, LINKIN PARK, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE).
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Fan-filmed video footage of ARCH ENEMY‘s December 4 performance at 013 in Tilburg, The Netherlands can be seen below.
ARCH ENEMY last month parted ways with guitarist Nick Cordle and replaced him with Jeff Loomis (ex-NEVERMORE). Loomis is making his live debut with ARCH ENEMY on the band’s European tour, which kicked off on November 26.
Said Loomis: “I’m very excited to be playing with ARCH ENEMY.
“[ARCH ENEMY guitarist] Michael Amott and I have stayed in contact over the years since we toured together when I was playing in NEVERMORE. Not only do I admire his guitar playing and songwriting, but I also consider him a close friend. To be able to share the stage with Michael, Sharlee, Daniel and Alissa is something I’m really looking forward to.
“2015 is going to be a great year… See you all on tour!”
Said Michael Amott: “The prospect of working with Jeff Loomis moving forward is truly awesome!
“Jeff Loomis is one of the best guitar players in the metal world, in my opinion, as well as being a longtime friend. I look forward to tearing it up on stages around the world together as we continue on the ‘War Eternal’ touring cycle throughout all next year and beyond!”
ARCH ENEMY played its first show with new singer Alissa White-Gluz on May 23 at Turbohalle in Bucharest, Romania. Angela Gossow, who joined ARCH ENEMY in 2000 and made her debut on the now-classic “Wages Of Sin” (2001), stepped down as frontwoman and is focusing on management, while Alissa is taking her place.
ARCH ENEMY‘s new album, “War Eternal”, sold around 8,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 44. The CD was released on June 10 in North America via Century Media Records. The cover artwork was created by Costin Chioreanu.
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Based out of the Washington DC area, A Sound of Thunder (taken from the Ray Bradbury short story of the same name) specialize in a decibel-pushing mix of classic hard rock and classic power metal that invokes names like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Dio. Built around the powerhouse vocals of classically trained opera singer Nina Osegueda, the band was formed in 2008 by guitarist Josh Schwartz and drummer Chris Haren. Their eponymous debut EP appeared in 2009, followed by the full-length Metal Renaissance in 2011. For their sophomore outing, 2012’s Out of Darkness, the band enlisted the help of platinum award-winning producer Kevin “131” Gutierrez, and in 2013 and 2014 they issued the Kickstarter-funded Time’s Arrow and The Lesser Key of Solomon, respectively, the former of which featured a guest vocal from Blaze Bayley (Wolfsbane, Iron Maiden)
Release of the album is scheduled for 22nd of September 2014 by “No Regrets Records”. Meden Agan were formed back in November 2005 in Paris, France by guitarist Diman Koutsogiannopoulos. Their first demo was released in April 2006 and received very good reviews and feedback. Later on they recorded their debut full-length album entitled “Illusions” which was released in November 2007. It contained epic/progressive metal songs with male vocals. During that period, the band shared the stage with bands like Pain Salvation, Skyclad, Within Temptation, After All, Bloodtales, ETHS, and The Old Dead Tree.
In February 2013, Meden Agan parted ways with lead vocalist Iliana due to musical differences. After 5 months of auditions, coloratura soprano Maya Kampaki joined the band and together with Meden Agan’s original drummer and main lyricist, who returned behind the drumkit, the band entered ARTemis studios late 2013 to record their new album entitled “Lacrima Dei”. Mastering was done at Finnvox studios, Finland by – the well known – Mika Jussila (Nightwish, Children of Bodom, Stratovarius).
Selene is a fresh new Symphonic Metal band from L/Derry in Northern Ireland.Bringing together a mix of soaring Operatic vocals, infectious hooks and hardhitting metal they bring forward a signature Symphonic Metal sound without losing the Metal Edge.
Selene was founded in 2013 by John Connor and Shonagh Lyons. Having previously worked together in Gate XIII when Shonagh performed vocals on one track of their 2012 EP Once Upon a Time and acted as Lead vocalist in the following live shows, they decided to start a band playing Symphonic Metal that would fit well in a live environment.
After Among the Frozen the line up was expanded in order to further the band’s sound and allow for live playing. First Thomas Alford joined on bass which saw the release of “Sweetest Dreams” and their first music video and shortly after, Cameron Ahslund-Glass took over drums. Selene are currently working on completing their debut album which is due for release in 2014.
Lyria is a Brazilian Symphonic Alternative Metal band. It was idealized and founded by the singer and songwriter Aline Happ in 2012.
The name Lyria was inspired by the Greek Mythology and the lyre that was an important musical instrument for the Greeks. It is also related to the flower lily and to the word lyrics.
In the end of 2012, Lyria presented its first song called Reflection inspired by the Narcissus Myth. The song was really well received especially in Europe and in The United States. In 2013, Eliezer Andre (drums) and Thiago Zig (bass) joined Lyria as official members.
In 2014, the band decided to take a break from concerts and focused on its first album that was produced through a successful crowdfunding campaign where fans from different parts of the world got really engaged with the cause.