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Tarja “Colours In The Dark” Interactive Interview Posted Online


An interactive interview with former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen about her forthcoming album, “Colours In The Dark”, can be seen below.

Tarja Turunen released a new single, “Victim Of Ritual”, as a digital download, CD single and on seven-inch vinyl on July 12 via earMUSIC, the Hamburg, Germany-based international rock label which is part of Edel Group.

An evocative snare-drum that sounds like it was coming from a mysterious place, the tender sound of an orchestra joins followed by a familiar and seductive melody played by an oboe. When Tarja‘s distinctive voice resounds through the speakers, her warm timbre fills the room. Her melody is full of emotions and tender, before the song explodes into an epic, heavy chorus: “Hysterical, tragical, Victim of ritual, Cynical, critical, Victim of ritual, She’s a killer, killer, She’s a killer, killer.”

Inspired by the one-movement orchestral piece “Boléro” by Maurice Ravel, the almost-six-minutes-long “Victim Of Ritual” is the first single from Tarja‘s forthcoming album, “Colours In The Dark”.

Both physical releases will surely become rare collector’s items, being made available in strictly limited quantities. The four-song digipak CD-single is limited to 3,000 copies worldwide, whereas the two-track sevn-inch vinyl is limited to only 1,500 units worldwide.

“Victim Of Ritual” 7″ vinyl track listing:

Side A: Victim Of Ritual
Side B: Victim Of Ritual (First Demo)

“Victim Of Ritual” maxi single track listing:

01. Victim Of Ritual
02. Victim Of Ritual (first demo)
03. I Walk Alone (live from Luna Park)
04. Underneath (live from Luna Park)

“Colours In The Dark” will be released in Europe on August 23 via earMUSIC. The CD wil be made available in North America on August 27 through Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records.

The cover artwork for “Colours In The Dark” was created by Dirk Rudolph and can be seen below. Also available is the artwork that will grace the CD’s “special edition.”

Despite her light and shiny personality, Tarja‘s music has always been dressed “in black” — the color of heavy rock, of mystery and elegance.

With Tarja‘s new album, fans will find out what happens when a splice of color is added to the mix. Or — better said — when the full-color spectrum enters the picture it does not cover the black but makes it shine through with many emotions and landscapes.

Following up on the success of the multi-platinum and gold-awarded previous records “My Winterstorm” (2007) and “What Lies Beneath” (2010), Tarja finally returns with her long-awaited new rock album.

Mixed and mastered by Tim Palmer (PEARL JAM, U2) in Austin, Texas, the songs on “Colours In The Dark” do not shy away from taking a risk and surprising musical turns, introducing new sounds and new musical atmospheres. Still, they maintain a heaviness that will surely bring a big smile to the hardest of rockers. With its grand orchestra and choir arrangements, Tarja‘s next milestone emphasizes once again the impressive vocal range of the Finnish artist and shows her artistic growth. With ten brand new songs and over one hour of music, “Colours In The Dark” is definitely going to be one of the brightest moments for rock in 2013.

In a recent interview with the Music Legends web site, Turunen stated about her upcoming CD: “I have just recently found my style and sound so I would like to establish it with the third studio album. The elements on the album will remain the same as in my previous albums, also the versatile style of songs. I like to keep the big dynamic changes between my songs, so that album songs feel radically different from each other.

“I am not stressed at all this time, even though I am producing the album on my own again. I have been lucky to gather around a group of musicians who are willing to work with me, so everything is going smoothly.”

Tarja and her husband/manager Marcelo Cabuli recently became the parents of their first child.

“Act I” was released in North America on September 4, 2012 in 2-CD, 2-DVD and Blu-ray format via the Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records, in conjunction with earMUSIC.

Tarja‘s sophomore solo album, “What Lies Beneath”, sold around 1,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 24 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

“Colours In The Dark” special-edition artwork:








Ex-THE RUNAWAYS Vocalist CURRIE: ‘It’s Become A Dream Of Mine To Come Back’

Cherie Currie

Former THE RUNAWAYS vocalist Cherie Currie spoke to the SF Examiner about the current status of the solo album she made in 2011 — produced by former GUNS N’ ROSES drummer Matt Sorum and and featuring guest appearances by fellow ex-GN’R members Slash and Duff McKagan, THE VERONICAS and Juliette Lewis. It also includes a duet with SMASHING PUMPKINS mainman Billy Corgan and a remake of the old RUNAWAYS classic “Queens Of Noise” with DISTILLERS and SPINNERETTE singer Brody Dalle.

After it took over a year for everyone involved to sign off on the CD, Currie, 53, was prevented from touring by her then-manager Kenny Laguna, who also represents Currie‘s former THE RUNAWAYS bandmate Joan Jett.

“He said, ‘Nope, you can’t play, it’s not time,'” says Currie. “One summer went by, and then another, and another was coming up, and I said, ‘Kenny, you can’t let me sit here. The band’s been waiting for two years!’ I was trying to tell him that I’m not 20 years old anymore — one year is like five when you hit 50.”

Currie has since ended her working relationship with Laguna, and as a result, “we’re not even sure if the record is going to see the light of day,” says her son, Jake Hays, who plays guitar in her band and whom she had with actor Robert Hays.

“Because the business didn’t work for me when I was young, it’s become a dream of mine to come back,” she says. “But I can’t wait for anybody anymore. I just want to play some RUNAWAYS songs for all the fans and kind of say goodbye, in a way.”

In a recent Facebook post, Currie said about her plans for the immediate future: “I’m going to record a single this summer and release it on iTunes. I’m going to play, play, play, like I wanted to from the beginning. I’m going to give the fans what they want and deserve without management and without a record company.

“[Fellow ex-THE RUNAWAYS member] Lita Ford said to me the other day, ‘Sister, you’re not dead yet!’ And she’s right. It’s time to put faith in the only things I can count on. Myself and the fans. That’s really all that matters.”

Liz Pomeroy (Burning Daisy) on WoM 8/10/13

Burning Daisy
Burning Daisy


Burning Daisy are a Calgary based keg full of inebriated rock. Melodically angry guitar riffs float between powerful haunting vocals, and heavy, crashing drums all swimming in a haze of rumbling bass lines.

Liz Pomeroy sits down with our own Jayson Shell Saturday August 10 to discuss Burning Daisy, their music and much more.

Saturday at 8pm CST

Tune in live on Insane Realm Radio

DELAIN: Behind-The-Scenes Footage From 70000 TONS OF METAL – Aug. 2, 2013

delainband2013Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers DELAIN have posted behind-the-scenes footage from their appearance aboard 70000 Tons Of Metal, the world’s biggest heavy metal cruise, which sailed on January 28 from Miami, Florida and returned to the real world on February 1. Check it out below.

DELAIN recently released a special album, “Interlude”, via Napalm Records. The effort is described in in a press release as “a fantastic blend of brand-new songs, special versions and mixes of popular DELAIN tracks, covers, and the beautiful single ‘Are You Done With Me’. Thanks to the new mix, the well-known anthem shines with a new-found splendor. The album includes a special DVD featuring exclusive live footage and clips from the band’s career. ‘Interlude’ is not only a must for loyal DELAIN fans, but also for those who have not experienced the music by DELAIN so far. It is the perfect introduction to the world of DELAIN and the starting point to an emotional and bombastic journey!”

DELAIN‘s third full-length studio album, “We Are The Others”, was released in North America via the New Jersey-based top-tier progressive metal label Sensory Records. CNR Entertainment handled the release in The Netherlands and Roadrunner Records issued the CD in the rest of Europe.


Linda Lou (Marishi Ten) on WoM Show 8/4/2013

Linda Lou
Linda Lou
Marishi Ten Guitars and Vocals

Linda Lou from Hollywood Rockers Marishi Ten joins Jayson for a chat about music, her band, upcoming EP and a lot more.

Saturday August 3 at 8pm CST only on Insane Realm Radio.

MARISHI TEN | vintage metal for a new era of rock

Marishi Ten formed as 2011 turned into 2012, sparked by the desire of Linda Lou (former front woman and guitarist of the all female rock outfit Cockpit) to concieve a band that would encompass the foremost
characterists of time-honored metal and hard rock

Joined by drummer Patrick Martin, lead guitarist John Hatfield, and bassist Carl Raether, Marishi Ten has done just that.

After the success of their 2013 recording Kickstarter campaign, Marishi Ten began working in the studio to create their debut EP “Dawning”. This hard rock project rooted in classic metal influences is sure to forge its way into new territory.

NIGHTWISH Touring Singer FLOOR JANSEN Discusses New REVAMP Album In Audio Interview – July 24, 2013

TJ Fowler of recently conducted an interview with former AFTER FOREVER frontwoman and current NIGHTWISH touring singer Floor Jansen about her REVAMP project. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.

REVAMP‘s second album, “Wild Card”, will be released in Europe on August 23 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at SandLane Studio in Rijen, The Netherlands with Joost van den Broek (ex-AFTER FOREVER) and will feature guest choir parts by Marcela Bovio (STREAM OF PASSION) and Daniël de Jongh (TEXTURES).

“Wild Card” track listing:

01. The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: On The Sideline
02. The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: The Limbic System
03. Wild Card
04. Precibus
05. Nothing
06. The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: Neurasthenia
07. Distorted Lullabies
08. Amendatory
09. I Can Become
10. Misery’s No Crime
11. Wolf and Dog
12. Sins (bonus track)

The CD features additional guest appearances by Mark Jansen (EPICA), Johan van Stratum (STREAM OF PASSION) and Devin Townsend.

The opening track, “The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: On The Sideline”, was released as a digital iTunes single on July 19.

Regarding the album title, Jansen states: “This album became the most aggressive album I’ve ever made and in the lyrics I tell a lot about my personal experiences of the last years. This resulted into some heavy stories and some open-hearted ‘screams’ I needed out of my system. It matches the violence of the music in a great way; we wrote as a great team! But not one sentence or word can really cover the contents of this album. Its variety in all its ingredients makes it almost impossible.

“A wild card is an unpredictable and unforeseeable factor. You don’t know what you’re getting, or when. That’s this album! It’s 100% REVAMP and it’s your wild card!”

The “Wild Card” cover artwork was created by Richard Stark of NI Concept And Design. Jansen explains: “I am the queen of hearts on it, who is a wild card herself. You see a ‘nice’ and a ‘nasty’ queen. The nasty one has a cracked lip, cuts in her face and a bleeding heart in her hand. The other queen looks nice even though queens of hearts never truly are…

“Again, what is it you’re going to get? In that respect it visualizes the music, from aggressive and nasty to melodic and pretty. This theme has been important to me personally throughout my career and also in this album I played with it to the max. I used my voice in so many different ways now! The music invited me to do this.

“I am super proud of the amazing guitar riffs, the versatile and groovy but mega tight drums and the keyboard sounds and arrangements that bring something new to the table.

“We hope you like our wild card!”

REVAMP recently announced the addition of bassist Henk Vonk to the group’s ranks. He replaces Jaap Melman, who left REVAMP before the band entered the studio to begin recording its second album. The CD was eventually completed with the help of STREAM OF PASSION bassist Johan van Stratum, who filled in on short notice and “did an amazing job to record and edit the bass parts,” according to a press release.

Floor previously stated about the making of “Wild Card”: “Never before in my career I faced a situation like the one we were in with this album. It was a huge challenge because of several reasons. My sickness caused a major break between the first album and tours, plus the writing of the first ideas for the second album and the actual finalization of those songs and the album. And right at the moment we started to pick everything back up after I was sick, I joined NIGHTWISH. Like a winter and a summer storm, they bring unexpected things, some nasty ones and some amazingly wonderful!

“Also the recording of this album was unlike any I did before because I was on tour with NIGHTWISH most of the time. Guided by Joost van den Broek, the talented musicians of REVAMP recorded all the instruments, and when I came back to The Netherlands, I stepped into the studio to find a rough diamond. A shiny dark crystal: ready for my vocals. That was magical! The singing went smoother than ever before. The lyrics are like a roadmap through our storms and through my personal detours and horrors.

“With pride we can announce our partner in crime from the first album will again join forces with us! Metal and rock giant Nuclear Blast will again make sure REVAMP‘s new album reaches YOUR music collection wherever you are on this metal-loving planet!!!

Nuclear Blast knows about storms and their metal heart beats like ours. I am very exited they will release this album! The team is so good and with such great people I have no doubts our cooperation will again be fantastic.”

REVAMP‘s self-titled debut album was released in Europe on May 28, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Jansen made her live debut as the frontwoman of NIGHTWISH on October 1, 2012 at Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Washington.

Jansen handled lead-vocal duties on NIGHTWISH‘s recent North American, South American, Australian and U.K. tours after the group parted ways with Anette Olzon at the end of September 2012.

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Photo credit: Richard Stark for NI Concept & Design





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 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

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.


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’.