VERONICA FREEMAN’s Solo Debut ‘Now Or Never’: New EPK Available

Frontiers Music Srl will release “Now Or Never”, the debut album from BENEDICTUM singer Veronica Freeman‘s solo project THE V, on July 3 in Europe and July 10 in North America.

A new EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for the CD is available below.

THE V marks a major step out of Veronica’s comfort zone, since it delves into a definite melodic hard rock vibe.

An impressive array of talent has stepped up to assist THE V in creating her solo project on many levels. The list includes Pete Wells, Aric Avina and Rikard Stjernquist of BENEDICTUM, Michael Sweet (STRYPER), Garry Bordonaro (THE RODS), Jeff Pilson (DOKKEN, FOREIGNER), Mike LePond (SYMPHONY X), Tony Martin (BLACK SABBATH), Leather Leone (CHASTAIN), Jerry Dixon (WARRANT), Jim Durkin (DARK ANGEL), Mick Tucker (TANK), Jordan Ziff (AGE OF EVIL), Derek Kerswill (UNEARTH, KINGDOM OF SORROW), Peter Tentindo (VENUS MARS PROJECT), John Herrera, Ryan Greene, Kenny Lewis, Meliesa McDonell, Michael Harris , Mel Brown and John O’Boyle.

Veronica comments: “I had a lot of input and encouragement from Frontiers to try and stretch myself with different musical styles and approaches. It was great to be able to work with Pete Wells writing some of these songs too. So it was a no-brainer to accept their proposal for a solo album. I am a bit nervous and beyond excited!”

Says Frontiers in a press release: “Be prepared! If you thought Veronica was just a heavy metal amazon, you’re going to be proven dead wrong! This is a massive melodic hard rock record with some great lead vocals which show a lot of the original influences that brought THE V to be one of the most well know and recognized voices in the current metal scene!”

“Now Or Never” track listing:

01. Again
02. Now Or Never
03. Roller Coaster
04. L.O.V.E.
05. Line In The Sand
06. Love Should Be To Blame
07. Kiss My Lips
08. Spellbound
09. Starshine
10. Below Zero
11. Ready To Run
12. King For A Day

A trailer for the album is available below.

“Now Or Never” recording lineup:

* Veronica Freeman – Lead vocals
* Leather Leone – Duet vocals on “Kiss My Lips”
* Tony Martin – Duet vocals on “King For A Day”
* Meliesa McDonell – additional vocals on “Star Shine” and acoustic guitar
* Derek Kerswill – drums
* Jeff Pilson, Mel Brown, Garry Bordonaro, Aric Avina, John O’Boyle and Mike LePond – Bass
* Pete Wells, Michael Sweet, Peter Tentindo, Jim Durkin, Mick Tucker, Jordan Ziff, Michael Harris – Guitar

“Now Or Never” was produced by John Herrera except for the song “King For A Day”, which was produced by Kenny Lewis, and “Love Should Be To Blame” and “Again”, which were produced by Michael Sweet.

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Video: Reactivated ICE AGE Performs At Sweden’s MUSKELROCK Festival

Video footage of the reactivated late 1980s Swedish thrash metal band ICE AGE performing on May 29 at at Muskelrock festival at Tyrolen in Blädinge, Sweden can be seen below.

ICE AGE 2015 is:

Sabrina Kihlstrand – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Viktoria Larsson – Bass
Mio Jäger – Lead Guitar
André Holmqvist – Drums

ICE AGE in 2009 made its demo recordings — which were previously only available in cassette form — downloadable for free at www.ice-age.se. The group did this in order to combat the sales of a CD collection which was released without ICE AGE‘s permission.

ICE AGE is widely recognized as the only genuine female thrash metal band of the era, having taken its influences from early MEGADETH and METALLICA, among others.

Metal ForcesBernard Doe championed the band in its early days in his magazine and the group had a brief tenure under the guidance of Hollywood music impressario Kim Fowley.

ICE AGE undertook three tours of Europe during 1988-1989 before acrimoniously splitting without ever releasing an album, despite reports that a contract had been signed with the AVM label and the band readied to record its debut.

ICE AGE‘s final lineup included American vocalist Debbie Gunn, who is better known for her stints as the lead singer in ZNOWHITE and SENTINEL BEAST. Gunn is featured in ICE AGE‘s video for the song “Instant Justice”.

Former MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY Guitarist LOGAN MADER’s ONCE HUMAN: Debut Album EPK

An EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for “The Life I Remember”, the debut album from ONCE HUMAN, the new band featuring former MACHINE HEAD and SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader, is available below.

When people think of Logan Mader, they remember the flying dreads, a flying V, and deadly volume, performing with the likes of MACHINE HEAD and SOULFLY. It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 12 years since Mader set foot onstage. Now an in-demand music producer/mixer who has worked with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, GOJIRA and PERIPHERY, he had written off the performing part of his life and settled behind the scenes.

Still, something within him stirred.

Former Roadrunner A&R chief and current Nuclear Blast Entertainment head Monte Conner sent newcomer and multi-instrumentalist Lauren Hart to Logan Mader for a production deal. A creative spark between the two forged the nexus of ONCE HUMAN, as Hart moved from guitars to vocals, unsheathing a throat-scarring level of vocal brutality that completely contradicts her soft appearance. Unexpectedly, the result brought Mader back to creative life as both artist and performer.

“The creative chemistry was so on fire and the music really spoke to me. In all of my years producing, I’ve never been so attached and excited about a developing project,” Mader said.

He continued, “It’s a mix of brutal metal and melodic epic, with cinematic textures. It’s unique and really has its own identity.”

Mader is not closing his studio doors for producing, however. “I can do it all,” he said.

The rhythm section of ONCE HUMAN consists of Damian Rainauld on bass and Ralph Alexander on drums; both are newcomers, yet are insanely talented.

ONCE HUMAN has inked a worldwide deal with earMUSIC, which will be unveiling the “The Life I Remember” on September 4.

The lyric video for the “The Life I Remember” title track is available below.

ROCK GODDESS Scraps ‘Unfinished Business’ Album Title

MetalTalk conducted an interview with the reunited original lineup of ROCK GODDESS — the female power trio from the days of NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) featuring sisters Jody and Julie Turner along with bassist Tracey Lamb — prior to the band’s first U.K. concert in 32 years on May 14 at the O2 Islington Academy. You can now watch the chat below.

Speaking about ROCK GODDESS‘s forthcoming comeback album, which was originally supposed to be titled “Unfinished Business”, Lamb said: “We’ve got a track the same name, ‘Unfinished Business’, but we’ve decided to call it something else, which we haven’t quite decided yet.”

Asked who is producing the CD, Jody said: “It’s produced by me and someone else. Whether another producer comes in at the end, that’s still to be decided.”

Lamb previously said that the new material “is sounding mega and awesome” and added that playing the band’s classic songs feels “weird but wonderful.”

ROCK GODDESS was formed in 1977 in Wandsworth South London by Jody Turner (guitar and vocals) and Julie Turner (drums) when they were thirteen and nine years old, respectively. They recruited school friend Tracey Lamb on bass guitar.

ROCK GODDESS first rose to the nation’s awareness when they were first featured in Kerrang! No. 5 in 1981 in the “Armed And Ready” section as one of the bands to watch out for. After recording a four-track demo tape and an appearance at the Reading Festival in 1982, sharing a bill with IRON MAIDEN, plus regular shows at the Marquee club, the band landed a contract with the A&M label. They recorded their eponymous debut album with producer Vic Maile in 1983 and hit the lower end of the charts. A follow-up album, “Hell Hath No Fury”, arrived a year later, by which time Lamb had left the band to form SHE and later to join GIRLSCHOOL.

After their contract with A&M expired in 1987, ROCK GODDESS‘ already recorded (in 1985) third album, titled “Young And Free”, was released only in France. The effort saw the band taking on a more commercial sound.

ROCK GODDESS‘ career was cut short by financial and contractual problems, which forced them to disband shortly thereafter.

ROCK GODDESS did briefly reform in 2009 and was due to play Hard Rock Hell festival in Prestatyn, and was also booked to perform at the Headbangers Open Air festival in Germany the following summer, but split before they had a chance to appear at either event.

In March 2013, it was announced that the original ROCK GODDESS lineup of Jody Turner, Julie Turner and Tracey Lamb had reunited and would start recording a new album.

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EPICA’s ‘Epic Metal Fest’ To Include ELUVEITIE, FEAR FACTORY, MOONSPELL, DELAIN

Epic Metal Fest, a brand new festival organized and curated by members of Dutch symphonic metal band EPICA, will take place on the November 22 at Klokgebouw in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Headlining this event, EPICA will be joined by ELUVEITIE, FEAR FACTORY (20th-anniversary “Demanufacture” show), MOONSPELL, DELAIN and PERIPHERY, with more bands to be announced.

Simone Simons, EPICA‘s frontwoman, states: “It was a long-cherished dream of EPICA to host our own festival and we are very proud to be able to present an absolute awesome array of international metal acts. This day will surely be the next highlight in our career and we hope to be able to share it with all of you!”

epicmetalfest2015It will mark the band’s return to the Klokgebouw after their 10th-anniversary “Retrospect” show, which saw EPICA perform in front of more than 4,500 people, with fans joining from over 50 different countries.