Welp, It’s that time of the month again, time to announce the four candidates for Women of Metal band of the Month for February 2015. So without further ado…. Continue reading February 2015 Band of the Month Candidates
Women of Metal January 2014 Band of the Month Candidates
A Sound of Thunder
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.
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Kobra and the Lotus
The band recorded the first album Out of the Pit in Calgary in early 2009. During the mixing of the album at Metalworks Studios in Toronto, Greg invited long time friend Rik Emmett to record a guitar solo to the only cover song on the album, a remake of Motörhead anthem Ace of Spades. After playing their first 2009 Canadian tour, Paige’s vocal style had changed significantly and the band approached Kevin Shirley to rerecord the vocals and remix the album. The remix was so different that many industry writers thought the band had brought in a new lead singer. Producer Nick Blagona (Deep Purple) rerecorded the vocals and remixed the last track of the album “Legend”. Kobra and the Lotus independently released their debut album Out of the Pit in March 2010. The album was a popular release on campus radio charts across Canada and several US internet Metal radio stations.
After playing numerous live shows in and around London, enkElination released their first EP in September of 2012. The past few months they’ve been recording their debut album which is coming out in summer 2014. Their official music video “Tears of Lust” was released in March 2014 and they supported Van Canto at The Underworld London in April.
Winter in Eden
Having formed in 2009, they have previously released an EP and two studio albums to critical acclaim.
Winter In Eden’s debut album ‘Awakening’ was recognised as one of the albums of the year by Sonic Cathedral and Metal Storm. They have also been nominated in Classic Rock Society’s ‘Best New Band’ (2011/2012), ‘Best Female Vocalist’ (2011/2012) and ‘Best Live Act’ categories. Additionally, the track ‘Lies’, taken from the album ‘Echoes of Betrayal’ has previously been awarded Classic Rock Magazine’s ‘track of the day’.
October 2014 sees the release of their highly anticipated third album ‘Court of Conscience’ which builds and further refines the unique style that is Winter In Eden. Produced by Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation) and mixed by Stefan Helleblad (Within Temptation), it also features guest vocals by the multi award winning Damian Wilson (Threshold, Headspace, Maiden uniteD) and Jermain van der Bogt (For All We Know, Ayreon). Mastering was handled by the industry renowned Sterling Sound (USA) and it is being distributed worldwide by Cherry Red Records (UK).
Winter In Eden’s energetic live performances have been enjoyed by capacity crowds in the UK at events such as The Cambridge Rock Festival and various Femme Metal Festivals alongside Delain and Revamp. Most recently Winter In Eden have taken their live show into mainland Europe, performing to increasing numbers in the Netherlands and Belgium, playing with acts such as Stream of Passion and Maiden uniteD.
Ravenscry were born in 2008, near Milan, from the encounter between guitarist Paul Raimondi (Hyperion ex-drummer), Fagio on bass and Simon Carminati behind the drums, joined shortly thereafter by guitarist Mauro Paganelli and singer Giulia Stefani.
In March 2009 the band recorded the entire repertoire at Fear Studio in Ravenna (Italy) with Simone Mularoni (Empyrios, DGM) and Simone Bertozzi (Mnemic, Empyrios, The Modern Age Slavery). The work was completed with the vocal parts recorded at Suonovivo (Bergamo, Italy) with Dario Ravelli. All of the material was mixed at Sound of Pisces in Los Angeles by Fabrizio Grossi (Steve Vai, Steve Lukather, Slash, Laura Pausini, Cypress Hill, Alice Cooper as well as labels like EMI and Warner) and mastered by Tom Baker (Judas Priest, Sevendust, Marilyn Manson, Megadeth and many others).
In 2010 Ravenscry presented Nobody’s official video directed by Salvatore Perrone (former director for bands like Exilia, From Autumn to Ashes, August Burns Red, Sick Of It All to name few) and signed to Wormholedeath/Dreamcell11 for the publishing and distribution of the first full length album entitled One Way Out, which was available on April 15th 2011 and was officially presented with a Release Party at Zoe Club in Milan.
After touring across UK and Belgium, the broadcasting of Nobody on japan FM radio Coast FM, Ravenscry signed to the Swedish label The Trip Records Sweden, owned by Peter Uvén (April Divine) and started One Way Out Scandinavian Tour 2011, playing three weeks in Sweden and Finland, stopping by the legendary club Pub Anchor in Stockholm too.
In 2012 One Way Out was released in Japan for Hydrant Music and Calliope official video was also released.
Their style is deliberately modern and integrates influences of components very different from one another: rock, metal, but at the same time leaves room for new influences, such as electronics. The themes of the lyrics are numerous and strong: the base is a cry of protest against a system where meritocracy does not exist and the sacrifice has often an illusory purpose; difficult relationships between parents and children, but also finding themselves, physical pleasure and alienation. Nothing is left out, because music is life and should tell every aspect of it.
Ravenscry played at PPM FEST 2014 in Belgium and their new album, titled The Attraction of Opposites, has been released on May 27th, 2014.
Voice: Giulia Stefani
Guitar: Paul Raimondi
Guitar: Mauro Paganelli
Bass Guitar: Andrea “Fagio” Fagiuoli
Drums: Simon Carminati
Loud guitars and powerful gritty vocals are the fuel for Rearview Ghost ~ a self proclaimed, “dirty southern hard rock band” ~ led by female vocalist Josia and comprised of guitarist Craig “King of Noise” Shadix and bassist Flip Cooper.
Recently voted north Alabama’s “Best Local Rock Band,” “Best Local Female Singer,” and “Best Overall Band” in the Valley Planet’s annual, “Best of the Valley 2013,” this North Alabama band has been bucking trends and pushing boundaries by bringing back an old ﬂair and mixing in their own modern dirty rock twist much in the vein of Led Zeppelin, The Dead Weather, Foo Fighters and The Pretty Reckless.
“They are definitely a band to keep your eyes and ears open for”
– Alice Roques, Rock Revolt Magazine
After a successful indiegogo fund-raising campaign supported by their fans, Rearview Ghost went into the studio to record their second album. They just recently completed recording their new CD with studio legend Michael Wagener at WireWorld Studios in Nashville, TN. Wagener has produced and/or mixed platinum selling albums by Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Skid Row, Janet Jackson, Alice Cooper and Extreme to name a few.
Releasing their second album within two years, the band’s long-awaited, “Revolution of an Open Mind” will drop May 30th 2014.
In anticipation of their new album, they released their first single, “Devil’s Backbone” in advance and it has been climbing the regional rock charts and radio ever since.
“Anthemic choruses? Check. Tattooed riffs? Check. Octave-scaling
female lead vocals? Check.” – Mike Wake, The Huntsville Times
Rearview Ghost has played many venues and huge outdoor festivals ~ such as Workplay Theatre and Iron Horse in Birmingham, AL; Sammy T’s, Crossroads, Whistlestop and Riverfest in Huntsville, AL; Hard Rock Cafe, 12th & Porter, The Rutledge and FooBar in Nashville, TN; Rhythm and Brews in Meridian, MS; Irish Rock Festival in Seaside Heights, NJ and Play Sports Bar in Staten Island, NY ~ both headlining and opening with bands including Candlebox, Rehab, Almost Kings, Full Devil Jacket, Surrender the Fall, My Darkest Days, Super Bob, Within Reason and Shallow Side.
RVG is currently booking new show dates for their 2014 “Spread the Noise” mini tours.
More information can be found on official website: http://www.rearviewghost.com
Vocals ~ Josia
Guitar ~ Craig Shadix
Bass ~ Flip Cooper
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Home to Mostly Autumn, Halo Blind and Heather Findlay’s various projects, York has been a centre of progressive and contemporary classic rock for quite a few years now, and Cloud Atlas are the latest in a string of excellent bands to emerge from the city.
Cloud Atlas is the band formed by former Stolen Earth, Breathing Space and Mostly Autumn vocalist Heidi Widdop. The band features Martin Ledger on guitar, one-time musical partner with Heidi in the duo The Secrets, a rhythm section of Neil Scott and Mostly Autumn alumni Stu Carver, and Dave Randall on keys. As is becoming increasingly common nowadays, the band crowdfunded the album with a pre-order campaign.
Heidi Widdop – Vocals, Whistle & Acoustic
Martin Ledger – Guitars
Stu Carver – Bass
Neil Scott – Drums
Dave Randall – Keyboards
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Women of Metal Band of the Month July 2014 (Candidates)
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.
And, how did all this come together as a band?
“In the beginning they just wanted me here and there in parts of the songs”, Carmen reveals, “but I became more and more involved as we worked. There were some parts that I asked if we could change them because I had a chorus or melody line that needed to be in there. They decided that it would be best to say that I’m part of the band. I loved the music when I first heard it, and working with them in the studio was a great experience.”
SAVN is uncharted territory for the trio in that the music is unlike anything created by The Sins Of Thy Beloved or Midnattsol.
There are obvious metal and goth influences within the music – very reminiscent of early Theatre Of Tragedy in places (‘The Demons In Me’, ‘Now Or Never’) – and prominent folk elements (‘Musical Silence’, ‘All I Want’, ‘I Am Free’), but it’s also surprisingly rock-oriented and heavy that it can’t be pigeonholed as a “typical” female fronted goth/metal. The music is warm and upbeat while the lyrical concepts are inviting you on a journey and touching your soul.
SAVN is unique, not simply following trends. SAVN have composed the music and Carmen wrote all the lyrics. Carmen was given complete creative freedom, including re-writing existing lyrics to suit her own ideas of what the songs should sound like. The trio also wrote some songs as a group.
”It’s fantastic”, Carmen says of exploring new musical territory with SAVN, “I feel it brings me back to who I am. If I go for a really long time not making music I lose something of myself. Getting into doing SAVN really makes me feel alive. And I have absolutely no clue why, but all the ideas for the song melodies came so fast. I have to say I’ve never been so satisfied when making a new album, and I think the vocal melodies on this one are the best I’ve ever done. They’re catchier, I think, probably because the song structures are simpler so that people will want to sing along and listen to the songs over and over.”
SAVN’s self titled debut album, recorded, mixed and produced by Alex Krull (Atrocity, Leaves’ Eyes) at Mastersound Studios in Germany, features several guest performers. Carmen’s sister Liv Kristine (Leaves’ Eyes) appears on ’I Am Free’, while Michelle Darkness (End Of Green) turns up on ’The Demons In Me’. On the musical side, fiddle players Dag Bjørkedal and Lillian Hodne play a large part in rounding out the SAVN sound. And, additional strings were provided by the famed Lingua Mortis Orchestra on ‘Sorrowful’ and ‘Lengselens Hånd’, directed and recorded by composer and Rage guitarist Victor Smolski.
All the guest appearances on the album are important; all of them special, but Carmen is particularly fond of ‘I Am Free’ that is featuring her sister, Liv Kristine. It marks the first time the siblings have recorded one of Carmen’s songs together.
“I don’t remember if it was Liv that asked me about doing a song or if I asked her, but we talked about it and thought it would be a great idea. And we didn’t just take any song. There was a part in ’I Am Free’ that I felt was perfect for Liv”, says Carmen.
And in fact, perhaps Liv Kristine describes SAVN best from the point of view of an observer and participant of the album recordings: “If you like the early Theatre Of Tragedy, you’ll enjoy SAVN”, says Liv, “it’s very down to earth. Stig was in The Sins Of Thy Beloved and there are things he really loves about that period of bands like Sirenia and Tristania. He’s always been influenced by these bands and what he put together with Savn is like a dream come true”. And she comments: “I love the album. It’s an excellent piece of art”.
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Revontulet was formed in 2008, when the future core of the band, Alexandra Revontulet (songwriting, vocals) and Sergey Zorg (drums), found each other in the Internet. The first line-up was completed by Yury Leshchishen (guitar) and Alexey Kudryashov (bass). But after few months of rehearsing the guys have left the band for personal reasons. During the next two years the line-up changed many times, until finally Maxim Orlov (bass) and Dmitriy Sakharchuk (guitar), who used to play with Zorg in other bands, joined Revontulet in 2010.
Revontulet played many concerts in Moscow region during the period between 2010 and 2011 and entered the studio in June 2012 to record their debut album. The recording of drums, bass and guitars took place at Play Studio, where Alexandra and Sergey worked as sound engineers/producers, and these parts were ready by the autumn of 2012. Vocals and orchestrations were recorded in rough too, and the band released three internet-singles (“Rainheart” – 1 September 2012, “Eternal Autumn” – 5 December 2012 and “Hear Me (Part II)” – 10 March 2013). These songs were warmly received by people all around the world.
By the end of April 2013 Revontulet split ways with Maxim and Dmitriy, but in spite of that, continued working on the album. The violin, viola, cello, flute, choir and vocal parts, recorded at Arcus Records, were finished in July. After that the album was mixed by Alexandra and Sergey, and the final touches were applied by mastering performed by Hiili Hiilesmaa (Yellow House Studio, Finland).
After a year and a half of hard work Revontulet released their debut album “Hear Me” on the 26th of January 2014. And this is only the beginning…
Hailing from the Nation’s Capital, Torn Beloved is a female fronted rock quartet, blending elements of modern day rock with a hint of 90’s grunge.
“From the beginning, it was always about creating and capturing pure, raw emotion in our songs” say’s lead singer/rhythm guitarist Josee Martel. Her unique vocals soar over the pounding rhythm and energy that her band mates bring to the forefront. Chad Spaz (lead guitar/vox), Greg Hanson (drums) and Joel Falardeau (bass/vox) bring on the musical rain, delivering with their front woman, a stacked deck of driven melodies and vicious hooks.
The band began in early 2011, hashing out songs and building momentum while playing any and every stage they could find themselves on. They’ve been garnering quite the fan base in Ottawa and surrounding areas with their energetic and compelling live shows, turning spectators into fans and fans into passionate die-hards.
Torn Beloved has been packing 2013 with shows while coming off of a heavy recording schedule at Ottawa studio ‘Soundcreation Studio’, with producer Scott Walsh.
They just released their much anticipated debut EP to a sold out packed house at Cafe Dekcuf on September 27, 2013.
Don’t forget to check out their well received video for their first single Chosen One on their YouTube channel.
Agharti was formed in spring 2009 by the current six members. Due to the difference in their musical influences including grunge, rock and all kinds of metal bands, Agharti has a sound that merges several genres and is not so easy to classify. Most of the music is composed by Alen, Tina and Iva and arranged by the whole band, while the lyrics are written by Tina and Iva.
In spring 2010 Agharti presented their first demo album ‘…thoughts of a sleepless night…’ consisting of 12 tracks, from which some can still be heard live. In May 2010 they won the first prize on a demo bands contest: a studio recording of a single. In March 2011 they played as a support band for Epica, a Dutch symphonic metal band and they got a lot of positive feedback from the critics. They also won the O’Rock demo competition in October 2011. In November 2011 their first professionally recorded demo single is out under the name: ‘Away from here’ featuring three new songs: Away from here, Lost, The end of your domination. Some other notable gigs they played were Metal Camp 2010 in Slovenia and Metalfest 2012 in Croatia.
In summer 2012 they signed with Wormholedeath records and they spent October in Italy recording their first 13-track studio album titled CHANGE.
Saturday on The Women of Metal Show on Insane Realm Radio Jayson Shell will be interviewing Genevieve Rodda from our October 2012 Band of the Month Winner Temtris. Yeah we know it’s about time right?
Displaying an infectious blend of technical skill and powerful song-writing ability, Temtris are taking their unique sound and appeal to the world.
Temtris are a metal curiosity, a direct result of the band’s constant conviction to their craft and their fans. Featuring founding members Anthony Roberts (Guitar) and Genevieve Rodda (Vocals) and joined by drumming legend Wayne Campbell (Mortal Sin, Grungeon), in 2002, the group sought a more aggressive edge, and enrolled guitarist/songwriter Llew ‘Ahzael’ Smith (Deiform, Malice, Ravensgate) and Aaron “Azgard” Worboys (Malice, Bane of Isildur) on bass.
Losing Wayne and Aaron to other commitments the band discovered a young and talented drummer in their home town by the name of Tom Wallace, quickly dubbed ‘The Machine’ for his machine-gun like double kick abilities, followed by bass guitarist Gavin Swan.
It had been a long time between albums and fueled by the enthusiasm of the new recruits Temtris headed back to the studio. The result was ‘Masquerade’ a dark and edgy collection of songs which in many ways pushed the band further into the ‘unique’ label with its raw sound and musical experimentation. Temtris continue to carve their own unique and dynamic musical niche in the metal realm. Temtris became “Dark Metal”.
The departure of Tom and Gavin saw Temtris on the hunt again for a competant rhythm section.
Enter Dale Green (Delinquent, Soul Trickery) on bass and James Rodwell (The Mud Luck Trio) on drums.
This line up combined with newly enlisted producer Syd Green (Mantissa, Dirty Lucy, Iota, Matt Tonks) has produced one of Temtris’ most exciting songs to date in “Your time has come”.
As always happens, life makes it difficult for bands to stay together and this saw the departure of James leaving an open spot on the throne for a young and very talented drummer by the name of Ben Hart (Eyes of Idevale). Now with one of the strongest line ups to date the studio awaits.
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Natasha Singer from New York Metallers EYE RA HAZE sits down with Jayson Shell for an interview Saturday July 13 Show time 8pm central.
EYE RA HAZE is The Women of Metal band of the Month for July 2013
When the seductive crooning of Natasha Nicholson met the crushing sounds of distorted guitars and sovereign drumming, she found a safe haven for her voice and a way to reach the soul of the fan, at the depths of their emotions.
Eye Ra Haze was the natural formation of five heavy music lovers who shared the dream of sculpting a nonpareil sound in the Alternative & Nu metal Genres. Comprised of an irresistible melodist, Natasha Singer; Queen of the battle axe, Nicole Papastavrou, an audacious bass player, Enrique Mancia; Hard hitting drummer, Kevin Corcoran; and on backing vocals and keys Karine Catenacci.
Their blend of delicate, ardent melodies and tumultuous rhythm riffs can only be compared to the leaders in a hard rock scene that made for 32% of physical album sales in 2010, alone. They craft each song like a passionate, personal encounter, using dynamics to translate their mood and intentions. During the tremors of their live set, Eye Ra Haze exposes a crude display of skills, taking the audience from love to rage and leaving them hung; craving to know the source of their enigmatic dark side, and their intimidating show of beauty.
Canadian Symphonic metallers, sat down recently with our own Jayson Shell for an interview, about their music, recent tour and upcoming EP and a whole lot more.
The interview will air on The Women of Metal Show.
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