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CRYSTAL VIPER Reveals First Details Of New Studio Album – July 24, 2013

Polish female fronted heavy metal act CRYSTAL VIPER is recording its fifth studio album, “Possession”, for a December 13 release via AFM Records. The concept effort will be available as CD, limited-edition LP and digital download. The CD and LP editions will include alternate bonus tracks.

CRYSTAL VIPER has also prepared unique, and one-of-a-kind surprise for its fans: everyone can be special guest on the new CRYSTAL VIPER album!

“It seems people really enjoy concept albums we do, so our next release will be concept album as well, but even more twisted you all can imagine,” says vocalist, guitarist and main songwriter Marta Gabriel.

“Inviting special guests that were recording with us is already kind of tradition for CRYSTAL VIPER, but this time we decided to go one step further, and we decided to invite people who are most important for us, people who give us energy and strenght to continue: our fans!”

“Here’s the deal: we want to have YOUR scream on the next CRYSTAL VIPER album! And ANY scream is welcomed! How to do it? Simply record yourself screaming: use your iPhone, smart phone, computer, or any other recording device you can find, and send mp3 or wav file with the recording to mail@skolrecords.com. Just type ‘CRYSTAL VIPER SCREAM’ in the subject line — and don’t forget to tell us your full name, as you will be listed in the booklet of the next CRYSTAL VIPER album as a special guest!” Fans can submit their recordings until August 15.

In other news, CRYSTAL VIPER recently confirmed two live shows in Germany as the special guest of the U.S. epic metal legends MANILLA ROAD: on September 25 in Russelsheim and on September 26 in Ludwigsburg. On August 17, the band will also appear at the Sabaton Open Air in Falun, Sweden.crystalviperscream

Guitar Shopping With LITA FORD (Video)

Metal Injection took ’80s hard rock queen Lita Ford on an adventure to one of the most renowned guitar shops in New York City, Matt Umanov Guitars. Find out what Lita looks for in a guitar by watchin the clip below.

Lita Ford has set “The Bitch Is Back… Live” as the title of her new live album, due on October 28 via SPV/Steamhammer.

Ford has recruited Bobby Rock (VINNIE VINCENT INVASION, NELSON) to sit behind the kit for her shows in Australia, Europe and the U.S., as well as the recent Monsters Of Rock cruise in the Bahamas.

Lita‘s touring drummer for much of 2012 was Scot Coogan, who has previously played with BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, ACE FREHLEY and LYNCH MOB.

Lita‘s current touring lineup:

* Lita Ford – Guitar, Vocals
* Mitch Perry (MSG, ASIA, EDGAR WINTER) – Guitar
* Bobby Rock (VINNIE VINCENT INVASION, NELSON) – Drums
* Marty O’Brien (WE ARE THE FALLEN, TOMMY LEE, STATIC-X, DISTURBED) – Bass

Lita last year filmed a video for the song “Mother” in Joshua Tree, California. Directing the clip was Ford‘s former THE RUNAWAYS bandmate Victory Tischler-Blue, whose film “Edgeplay” was based on her tenure in the 1970s all-girl teenage rock act.

“Mother” is dedicated to Lita‘s estranged sons, Rocco and James (father is former NITRO singer Jim Gillette).

Ford‘s latest album, “Living Like A Runaway”, was released on June 19, 2012 in North America. The effort was made available in four configurations: a double LP, limited-edition CD, standard CD and digital download. The artwork for the album was created by famed rock photographer Mark Weiss.

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Liz Blackwell from Castle on WoM 7/27/2013

Elizabeth Blackwell (Castle)
Elizabeth Blackwell (Castle)

Elizabeth Blackwell from “Castle” Joins Jayson Shell for a chat. Where they talk about music, the bands most recent album “blacklands”  their upcoming tour with “The Sword” and a lot more.

Saturday 7/27/2013 only on the Women of Metal Radio Show on Insane Realm Radio

Tharsh infused Doom Metaller’s CASTLE will release their second album “Blacklands” on September 11th on their new North American label PROSTHETIC RECORDS.  ‘Blacklands’, the band’s second album, was recorded at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California and produced by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Eyehategod, Sleep). “It’s an altogether different beast to ‘In Witch Order’” is how Mat describes it. “The debut took five years start-to-finish, whereas the new one was done relatively quickly, in six months. It was deliberate on our part to do it like that. We wanted to have a live feel and an edginess to the album and I think we got that. It sounds bigger and hits harder. And I wanted the songs to be epic. There were elements of that on our debut but I deliberately set out to achieve that with most of these songs.”

That said, ‘Blacklands’ still features classic-sounding heavy metal songs with a thrash temperament, huge character and fluid solos. It’s an album of great riffs and strong songs, the backbone of Castle’s sound. The album also boasts the classic power trio swagger. “The power trio aspect is one of our strengths as a band,” Mat says. “I love that sound.”

Originally conceived by guitarist, songwriter and producer Mat Davis as a solo project, a meeting of hearts and minds gave the necessary impetus to create a band to finally bring his songs to life. “I met my wife Elizabeth [Blackwell] in 2009,” he explains. “At that point I had already written and demoed most of the songs that would end up on our debut album ‘In Witch Order’. I had tried several times to start a band in San Francisco to no avail. Meeting Liz” – who would go on to become the band’s vocalist and bassist – “breathed new life into the project. We began working on vocal melodies for the songs which at that time were mainly instrumentals, and soon after I reached out to Al McCartney, an old friend and musical collaborator from Toronto to play drums on the record that had started to take shape.”

Having decided on the name Castle the band recorded their debut album ‘In Witch Order’ which was released by Germany’s Ván Records in the spring of 2011. On its release, as both a CD and vinyl LP, ‘In Witch Order’ picked up a number of accolades including Metal Hammer Norway’s album of the year as well as Roadburn Festival’s ‘newcomer of the year’.

Genevieve Rodda (Temtris) on WoM show 7/25/2013

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?

Genevieve Rodda and Temtris
Genevieve Rodda and Temtris

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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Kristina Kasper (Doll) On WoM Show 7/18/2013

Christina Kasper (Doll)
Christina Kasper (Doll)

Thursday 7/18 at 9pm cst on the Women of Metal Show on Insane Realm Radio

Kristina Kasper from Canadian Grunge Rockers Doll sits down with Jayson Shell for a chat.


4 Words. Rock N’ Fucking Roll

Ottawa’s premiere female fronted alternative punk band recently released their second album, titled “The Ragdoll Diaries”, a hard hitting follow up to the popular debut ‘Inside The Dollhouse’.

Doll, a four-piece based out of Ottawa, Canada, formed in 2005 provides the missing link between punk and rock, a sound that’s been lacking in mainstream music for quite some time. In a time of oversaturation of commercially designed and developed music to subdue the listener into a false sense of marketability, Doll’s fresh and honest songs cut through like a hot knife through butter, snapping the listener out of their daze and onboard their trip of truth and beautifully crafted angst through sound and vision. Inspired by the great bands such as Sonic Youth, Hole and L7, Paramore, Flyleaf and Die Mannequin, Doll is on its way to becoming a musical force to be reckoned with, inspiring, creative, and honest.

The Ragdoll Diaries is undoubtedly Doll’s best works to date, working alongside producer Jason Jaknunas, Christina Kasper’s lyrics and vocal performance provides a call to all, to stand and believe in yourself, take action, to never be silent. The intensity of the drum and bass, emphasized by the intricate guitar work and atmospheric solo’ing rounds out an album that has it all, creative musicianship, honest lyrics, and a truth that’s been missing in music for some time. Supported by the fearlessly rocking threesome of Pete Kasper, Nick ‘Chopz’ Richer and newcomer to the Doll family Alex Vance, this is one band that you don’t want to miss getting in on the party early and staying for days while you zone out the beautifully crafted yet fiercely hard hitting tunes.

2012 saw great advances for the band, completing several successful Eastern Canadian tours, and breaking into the US market on their first ever tour through America, their live show is evolving and becoming one of the highlights of Canadian music. With strong performances at year’s past festivals such as the Ottawa Bluesfest, IndieWeek Canada, NXNE, and D-Tox Rockfest, a strong review in many major publications such as Outburn and Revolver Magazines, sharing the stage with Protest The Hero, Lacuna Coil, Three Days Grace and tons more, to selling out over 1000 copies of both albums and 500 vinyls of the Ragdoll Diaries, video plays across MuchMusic and MusiquePlus, and ever increasing radio plays, the band has embraced DIY to its highest degree continually improving its social media reach and brand awareness.

Just recently launching their newest music video for the song “Youth of Today, Hope for Tomorrow”, being their 3rd video to date. Doll was also nominated for Best Rock album of 2009 by the Ottawa Xpress, Best Hard Rock band of 2010 and of 2011 by the Ottawa Xpress and Best Album in 2012 receiving honourable mention status.

Doll was selected by the Canadian Independent Recording Artists’ Association and is now being mentored by Canadian Electronica band Austra. You can expect big things from Doll in the near future! 2013 will prove to be a game changer not only for the band, but the Canadian musical landscape, with plans to return to the US and to branch out even further into Canadian markets.

Women of Metal Show…. 7/11/2013

Butcher Babies Goliath was released July 9, 2013
Butcher Babies Goliath was released July 9, 2013
Tonight’s Women of Metal Radio Show on Insane Realm Radio will feature music from our band of the month EYE RA HAZE, brand new music from Huntress and Butcher Babies as well as music from MongrelBand, Lover of Sin Official and much more….

Showtime 9pm Central time

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The Chat Room will be open

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Natasha Singer (EYE RA HAZE) on Women of Metal 7/13/2013

EYE RA HAZE
EYE RA HAZE

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.

One-Eyed Doll on the Women of Metal Show 6/22/2013

Kimberly and Junior One-Eyed Doll
Kimberly and Junior One-Eyed Doll

One-Eyed Doll on the Women of Metal Show 6/22/2013

Kimberly Freeman and Jason Rufuss Sewell, a.k.a “Junior” also known as One-Eyed Doll, sit down this Saturday for a chat with Jayson Shell on The Women of Metal Show.

Saturday at 8pm Central Time

Described as Strawberry Shortcake meets Gwar and Valentine’s Day meets Halloween with the visual impact of Japanese Anime, One-Eyed Doll is an award-winning Austin, Texas power rock duo with a loyal global fan base and extensive international press exposure. For several years in a row the group swept the SXSW Music Awards in categories such as Best Punk Band, Best Metal Band, Best Goth Band, Best New Band, Best Acoustic Guitarist, Best Electric Guitarist, Best Producer, Best Drummer, Best Songwriter, Best Female Vocalist and more. The group has independently released four full-length albums, appears in Revolver, Guitar World and Guitar Player magazines and has toured from the USA to New Zealand. Dates include major anime conventions (DragonCon, AniMix, IKKiCON, Anime Overload, ShadoCon, etc.) Blazing the band’s wildfire buzz amongst their growing legions of religiously crazed fans is One-Eyed Doll’s cult leader: the impossible-not-to-love Kimberly Freeman, whose punishment is so sweet you’ll beg for more.

 

One-Eyed Doll on the Women of Metal Show 6/22/13 by Jayson Shell on Mixcloud

DORO Undergoes Surgery, Cancels Tour Dates

DoroAccording to a posting on Doro Pesch‘s official web site, the former WARLOCK front woman recently underwent surgery for an undisclosed ailment and “she is already recovering.” As a result, all of her previously announced tour dates scheduled for this month had to be cancelled. No further information is currently available.

From Doro’s official Facebook Page:
We regret to announce that tomorrow’s Doro show at The Token Lounge in Westland, MI is cancelled due to illness. As per doctors orders, Doro is required to rest her voice after suffering from a sinus and throat infection for the last few days. Doro’s fans mean the world to her and this was a very hard decision to make. We hope to make up this date in addition to adding more as soon as possible. Thank you for understanding and see you soon!