Teodasia

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Priscilla Fiazza – Vocals

Teodasia weave sound experiences that are shaped by Light. The path they track is there to be walked on with vigour. On the way, food for the Soul. A Guide from a different dimension leads the way. Here is what Teodasia is all about:

THE SOUND:
The style of the music is syncretic. There is a base of metal, of rock with symphonic accents, there is a base of metal with symphonic and epic accents. The tracks vary from having passionate and evocative melodies and eerie keys to having heavy sonority, dynamic intensity, and firepower. The orchestration is the key feature of the sound, the one that allows the music to take epic proportions. The sound is very clean, articulate and flowing, and there are sections without voice where the listener can enter the spirit of the lyrics and fully embrace the sound. Francesco, the band’s composer, believes that, in order for music to be heartfelt and make impact on the listener, it needs to enable the access to new dimensions, and in particular to the dimension of dreams. His dreaming life is very rich, so he is able with his music to convert such experiences into sound.

THE IMAGERY/THE LYRICS/THE MESSAGE:
In line with the lyrical vocation of the compositions, the lyrics that Priscilla conceived in each track are evocative and can support multiple readings, which are different but also compatible. The band aims with their message to speak to a variety of different people who can relate to the message at one level at least. It is a good example of how several sensibilities can be composed without having to frustrate the personal beliefs in anybody. The band recruits imagery from as many sources as possible (there are Biblical themes, mythological themes, and themes from all sorts of other traditions) to strengthen the power and impact of the message they want to bring across. They are shaping a possible way on how to go about things in life, knowing that chaotic systems nowadays have brought confusion, and the direction to take when walking a path is not so simple to see anymore. The direction the band intends to take is that of looking (and moving) up, towards the Sun!

THE UPCOMING ALBUM
‘Upwards’, Teodasia’s debut album – featuring a guest appearance of Fabio Lione from Rhapsody of Fire – will be released in early 2012 along with music videos currently in postproduction. Although the album has not yet been released, the band is nevertheless gaining much success. They are playing at gigs extensively along with major acts, have played live twice on Rock TV, the Italian leading rock broadcaster, and the free to download single has been reviewed successfully in several magazines and webzines. All these latest events concur to the building up of the long awaited release.

Members:

Priscilla Fiazza – Vocals
Nicola Falsone – Bass
Fabio Compagno – Guitar
Francesco Gozzo – Drums
Michele Munari – Keyboards

eodasia weave sound experiences that are shaped by Light. The path they track is there to be walked on with vigour. On the way, food for the Soul. A Guide from a different dimension leads the way. Here is what Teodasia is all about:

THE SOUND:
The style of the music is syncretic. There is a base of metal, of rock with symphonic accents, there is a base of metal with symphonic and epic accents. The tracks vary from having passionate and evocative melodies and eerie keys to having heavy sonority, dynamic intensity, and firepower. The orchestration is the key feature of the sound, the one that allows the music to take epic proportions. The sound is very clean, articulate and flowing, and there are sections without voice where the listener can enter the spirit of the lyrics and fully embrace the sound. Francesco, the band’s composer, believes that, in order for music to be heartfelt and make impact on the listener, it needs to enable the access to new dimensions, and in particular to the dimension of dreams. His dreaming life is very rich, so he is able with his music to convert such experiences into sound.

THE IMAGERY/THE LYRICS/THE MESSAGE:
In line with the lyrical vocation of the compositions, the lyrics that Priscilla conceived in each track are evocative and can support multiple readings, which are different but also compatible. The band aims with their message to speak to a variety of different people who can relate to the message at one level at least. It is a good example of how several sensibilities can be composed without having to frustrate the personal beliefs in anybody. The band recruits imagery from as many sources as possible (there are Biblical themes, mythological themes, and themes from all sorts of other traditions) to strengthen the power and impact of the message they want to bring across. They are shaping a possible way on how to go about things in life, knowing that chaotic systems nowadays have brought confusion, and the direction to take when walking a path is not so simple to see anymore. The direction the band intends to take is that of looking (and moving) up, towards the Sun!

THE UPCOMING ALBUM
‘Upwards’, Teodasia’s debut album – featuring a guest appearance of Fabio Lione from Rhapsody of Fire – will be released in early 2012 along with music videos currently in postproduction. Although the album has not yet been released, the band is nevertheless gaining much success. They are playing at gigs extensively along with major acts, have played live twice on Rock TV, the Italian leading rock broadcaster, and the free to download single has been reviewed successfully in several magazines and webzines. All these latest events concur to the building up of the long awaited release.

Members:

Priscilla Fiazza – Vocals
Nicola Falsone – Bass
Fabio Compagno – Guitar
Francesco Gozzo – Drums
Michele Munari – Keyboards

Straight Line Stitch

Straight Line StitchArmed with an unstoppable work ethic and a musical vocabulary that stretches from face-ripping metal to soulful, stratospheric rock, Knoxville, TN, quintet STRAIGHT LINE STITCH are poised to grab heavy music by the horns with their Raging Nation/KOCH Records debut, When Skies Wash Ashore. Though just 11 tracks in length, the album packs more dynamics and diversity than many bands’ entire catalogs. Not surprising, then, that the five individuals that make up STRAIGHT LINE STITCH have spent a lifetime honing their craft to reach this point.

Technically speaking, the STRAIGHT LINE STITCH story begins nine years, a handful of lineup changes, and two early releases (a demo EP and album, to be exact) ago. However, to understand the force that is STRAIGHT LINE STITCH today, simply fast-forward to 2003, when vocalist Alexis Brown joined the band. Though without formal training (recent screaming lessons from vocal coach Melissa Cross aside), Brown completed SLS’ sound with a multi-octave, multifaceted approach that could be snarling and guttural one moment, angelic and ethereal the next. Making her recorded debut on SLS’ second full-length, 2006’s self-released To Be Godlike, Brown defied gender and genre alike to emerge as one of the most promising vocalists, period, in modern heavy music.

Despite being followed by a few final lineup shifts, To Be Godlike cemented SLS’ core sound and generated a key partnership between the band and Raging Nation Films’ Dale “Rage” Resteghini. The award-winning director — whose credits include Fall Out Boy, Hatebreed, Mudvayne, Shadows Fall and hundreds of other acts — helmed the striking 35mm clip for the ’07 The Word Made Flesh’s “Remission,” and in 2007, he made SLS the inaugural signing to his newly created KOCH imprint, Raging Nation Records. As When Skies Wash Ashore proves, STRAIGHT LINE STITCH have risen to new heights for their label debut.

Recording When Skies Wash Ashore in the remote village of Millbrook, NY, SLS pushed themselves to the proverbial limit, even as cramped living quarters, geographical isolation, and physically demanding sessions (from Brown’s strained vocal cords to her bandmates’ strained limbs, the members rose to the challenge) took their toll. “Unless you’re really wealthy, there’s not a whole lot to do in Millbrook,” Thacker says of the longtime celebrity-attracting village, “so we literally ate, slept and breathed this record while we were there. It was the most intense session we ever did, but I feel like we became that much stronger because of it.”

Whether it’s in the crushingly brutal metalcore of the official lead track, the neck-snapping thrash “Black Veil” with it’s incredibly powerful video or the next video track “Taste Of Ashes” (featuring a screaming duet between Brown and SLS fan/Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta), the epic, soaring rock of “Eucharist,” STRAIGHT LINE STITCH’s musical strength is undeniable. For every double-bass-pedal assault, death-metal-inspired guitar riff or finger-bending bass line (see the hyperactive “Adult Cinema”), there’s an equally strong hook, texture or atmosphere. And whether she’s shredding her throat on a verse or hitting a soulful melody at the chorus, Brown keeps SLS’ songs grounded in enough raw emotion to cause goose bumps in even the most jaded listener. “My songs come from a really personal place,” says Brown, who’s as likely to draw inspiration from spirituality as she is from classic horror movies. “I’m pretty soft-spoken in real life, so this is the one outlet I have to let out everything I’m feeling.”

Of course, SLS’ studio performance is just half the story: Averaging some 200 shows per year since 2003, the band have shared stages with national heavyweights such as Slayer, Anthrax, Staind, Mastodon, Chevelle, Killswitch Engage and 3 Inches Of Blood, in addition to rocking the Atlanta stop of the 2005 Vans Warped Tour and multiple Jägermeister Music Tour dates (Jägermeister is a proud SLS sponsor). More recently, a run of shows supporting DevilDriver, Napalm Death and 36 Crazyfists on the 2008 “Bound By The Road” Tour found SLS winning over some of their biggest nightly audiences ever, while subsequent Headlining club dates with the Autumn Offering and the Destro saw them diving back into the underground where they cut their teeth.

No matter what size the stage, though, STRAIGHT LINE STITCH have the presence and drive to make it theirs — and, as When Skies Wash Ashore makes punishingly clear, they also have the musical muscle to win over any audience within earshot. “When you get down to it, we’re a really personal band,” concludes Thacker, “and as far as I’m concerned, that should be the same whether you’re watching us in front of 5,000 people or coming up to talk to us after a show. In the end, that one-on-one connection is all that matters.”

Members:

  • Alexis Brown – vocals
  • Andrew Mikhail – Guitar
  • Jason White – bass
  • Kanky Lora – drums

Rock Goddess

rock goddessRock Goddess was a London based all girl band that very nearly stole Girlschool’s crown of top female achievers in the British rock scene. The band wrote catchy hard rocking songs blessed with Jody Turner’s raucous high powered vocal delivery whilst her younger sister Julie manned the drums. The original line-up comprised the Turner sisters, whose father John managed the band, bassist Tracy Lamb and keyboard player Donnica Camon. This band had featured a track ‘Make My Night’ on the Girlfriend Records compilation ‘Making Waves’ and toured with The Gymslips to promote its release. Major label A&M Records signed Rock Goddess shortly after a four track Vic Maile produced demo and a triumphant appearance at the 1982 Reading festival.

Upon the release of the album ‘Rock Goddess’ a second guitarist Kate Burbela was drafted in to beef up the live sound. Lamb had been feeling dissatisfaction within the band for some time and announced in 1983 that she was to quit. However, she was persuaded to stay on for a British tour supporting Def Leppard and then more dates with Fastway. Lamb eventually walked out following their Hammersmith Odeon gig. Her replacement was 19 year old Dee O’Malley, but not before Girlschool guitarist Kelly Johnson stood in on a one off German TV special. Burbella also quit to team up with Lamb in a new band entitled She, this unit coincidentlly including future Girlschool members guitarist Chris Bonacci and vocalist JACKIE BODIMEAD.

The second album ‘Hell Hath No Fury’ was well received. A&M issued two versions, a photo sleeve variant for the US market which included the Gary Glitter cover version ‘I Didn’t Know I Loved You (Till I Saw You Rock And Roll)’ and a European variant with an artwork cover and ‘No More’ and ‘Seen It All Before’ not included on its American counterpart. The band promoted an opening single of ‘I Didn’t Know I Loved You (Till I Saw You Rock And Roll)’ supporting both Y&T and Iron Maiden on their 1983 European tour.

That year Jody Turner lent her lungs to backing vocals for Tank’s ‘This Means War’ album. Further sets of demos were laid down with Paul Samson and Chris Tsangarides but these would not surface commercially. This second set of demos saw Darren Wharton of Thin Lizzy contributing keyboards and muscle mountain THOR donating his vocal skills to an updated ‘Rock n’ Roll ’85’. A setback came when A&M decided not to pick the band up for another album but nevertheless Rock Goddess did manage sporadic touring in France, opening for Saxon and Spider, during 1984-’85 and Jody Turner contributed backing vocals to another London Metal band, appearing on TYTAN’s ‘Women On The Frontline’. O’ Malley departed due to pregnancy dashing hopes of a projected American tour.

The only activity during 1986 was the recording by the band of backing vocals for Paul Samson’s solo album ‘Joint Forces’. In 1987 the Turner sisters were finally augmented by keyboard player Becky Axten and ex-PDQ bassist Julia Longman. An album ‘Young And Free’, produced by Samson’s Paul Samson, actually the demos recorded a few years earlier, surfaced in France but never saw a British release. Rock Goddess finally called it a day in the autumn of 1987.

Jody Turner soldiered on for a while with a solo project entitled The Jody Turner Band featuring sister Julie, former Phantasm, First Strike and General Dymanix guitarist Gavin Taylor and bassist Phil Manley-Reeve. After a four year hiatus Rock Goddess surfaced once more in the latter half of 1993 with a line-up of Jody Turner, ex-Warhammer, Ice Age and Original Sin guitarist Isabella Fronzoni, Aki Shibahara on bass and drummer Nicola Shaw, previously with Sisterhood. The band effectively folded when Fronzoni quit but Jody Turner switched titles to Braindance in 1995. Fronzoni relocated back to Italy to enroll with Thrash covers band Conspiracy. Back on the move, the guitarist journeyed to South Carolina in 1988 before jumping back to the UK, forging Death Metal project Self Disgrace.

The reunited band, alongside Tigertailz, Sonata Arctica, THE Quireboys, W.A.S.P., Terrorvision, Girlschool, QUEENSRŸCHE and New Yorkdolls, played the ‘Hard Rock Hell’ festival in December 2009 at Pontins holiday resort in Prestatyn Sands, North Wales. The band was also confirmed for the ‘Headbangers Open Air’ festival taking place in July 2010 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany.

Members:

  • Isabella Fronzoni 1993- 1995 – ORIGINAL SIN, CONSPIRACY, SELF DISGRACE, WARHAMMER, ICE AGE
    Guitar
  • Aki Shibahara 1993- 1995 –
    Bass
  • Nicola Shaw 1993- 1995 –
    Drums
  • Jody Turner – THE JODY TURNER BAND
    Guitar / Vocals
  • Albums

    • Rock Goddess (1983) – UK #65
    • Hell Hath No Fury (1983) – UK #84
    • Young and Free (1987)

Raven X

Raven XRAVEN X was formed in 2006 by guitarist Khâos and vocalist Nÿx. Their music is a blend of progressive,gothic and death metal with hints of industrial and black metal added into the mix.Combining the powerful death growls and euphonically clean vocals of Nÿx with the crushingly heavy and symphonically melodic guitar work of Khâos, RAVEN X create a highly original form of avant-garde metal.

The band is planning to independently release its first CD in 2012. The album will be an emotionally driven and dynamic collection of songs that will captivate the listener with various mood inducing atmospheres.
With their creative sound and relentless pursuit of perfection…

RAVEN X is sure to take flight in the very near future!!!

Members:

NŸX – all Vocals & Lyrics

KHÂOS – all Instruments & Music

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Passion – Tracey Mun Roe

_MG_0245I wish I could give you a fantastic tale of tours, recordings, videos and a rising star, unfortunately, that would be a lie. There are two constants in my music bio: my determination to bring my musical baby to life and my doing it alone.

It was so from the very beginning. Noone introduced me to KISS, I discovered them on my own, looking at album covers in a store. I was twelve then. Two years later, I saw their movie for the sixth time and at night, I found myself unable to sleep, until I understood the source for my nervous energy: the truth that while I was a die-hard KISS fan, being a fan wasn’t enough. I understood once and for all that I’m a doer, not just a watcher, and I had been writing little songs and lyrics early in childhood.

From this point on, every decision I made was made with this new goal in my mind. Tracey was born. I started learning to play the guitar, played on the streets to save up for my first electric guitar, started writing songs. I participated in a young composer’s competition and was allowed to perform one of my first Hard Rock songs live on public radio. I focused on improving my technical abilities both as guitar player and vocalist, wrote more and better songs.

In 1988, I made my first demo recording, using my father’s old hifi – tape machine. I had actually given that miserable little cassette tape to KISS, and the late Eric Carr, probably the nicest musician any fan could ever hope to meet, even wrote me about it, saying there seemed to be some good ideas on it._MG_9933

Two years later, I met someone who had a 8-track home recording studio and managed to make the first professional recording of two of my songs. They were played on a public radio program and got good reviews in several nation-wide music magazines. I founded my first band then, CRAZE, which didn’t come ahead due to continuous line-up changes and fell apart eventually.

In 1991, I helped out a local all-female band, the SHE-DEVILS, for a while and played a couple of bigger gigs with them. I also founded PASSION, which, too, suffered a long list of line-up changes, but at least there were a couple of local and nation-wide gigs and a new recording, 24-track (“Passion”) this time. This, too was played on the radio and received favorable reviews, but it didn’t get to the next level, due to people’s unwillingness to really work towards achieving that.

I knew I couldn’t get ahead in Berlin, so I left in 1994 to attend a half-year program at Musicians’ Institute (VIT). There, I got to know Lenny J. who became a steady member of PASSION. All seemed well for a while, MI offered a dependable source for good musicians who really meant it. We got ready for the stage, wrote songs together,  but, alas, school programs do have a definite end. When everybody had graduated, they decided to return to their home states, Lenny founded his own band, Elegantly Wasted (originally called “Rock and Roll Soul”) and that was it. At least, we did record a 16-track demo (“Everything is in this box”) with two drum students and another student’s friend, Björn Englen, who already was a professional bass player back then. This was done at the end of 1995 and spring 1996. I had come to the end of my financial rope and tried really hard to stay in the US legally while making a living. That took most of my time and energy for quite a while. Not finding capable musicians who wanted to play Heavy Rock (“We got dropped by our label, I’m done with that.”) and finding a mate instead didn’t help matters. Overall, I had spent five years in L.A., I had grown _MG_0373both as a human being and as a musician and songwriter, but I was also unwilling to stay in the US. I returned to Berlin and the next years had to be devoted to building up a home and a financial basis for everything else to come.

I returned to the US in 2004 to record six songs for my first album “Just try and ignore me -but you can’t”, again with Lenny J. on lead guitar, Björn Englen on bass and an outstanding professional drummer, Glen Sobel.

The reason for the album title, apart from my determination to bring my baby to the public light, was a two-year period in which the studio owner and sound engineer had tried to pretend I didn’t exist and he didn’t have to hand over the recording (that had been paid in full two years before!).

I then re-recorded vocals for “Dancing in a Circle” and recorded a ballad “Last Conversation” in 2007 in Berlin working with three studio musicians, Andy Schumacher (Dr), Sven Mühlbradt (B) and Guido Pyka (Acoustic and Lead Guitar). The final product (the ten-song-album with a 16-page booklet printed on FSC-certified paper) was released in December of 2007. I haven’t got any distribution for it yet. CD Baby used to distribute it online, but as they changed their terms of service, I had to terminate that.

Since then I have been looking for musicians to play all this live, unsuccessfully so far. Apart from the generally difficult Hard Rock scene in Berlin, this is probably due to the fact that people good enough to play this stuff look for bands with management and booking agents to back them up. That’s the reason I haven’t been able to attract a suitable drummer so far. I need to present myself visually, so I’m planning on making a film on the ballad which is based on a story by Charles Dickens “A Tale of two Cities”.

I’m also currently in a trial phase for the post as lead guitar player in one of Reverbnation’s excellent Hard Rock bands. Of course, I won’t give up on PASSION. Things have started to move, I can feel it. This brings me to something I did learn while living in the US: I’m not really alone. God has been with me all this time. I don’t mean the God portrayed in organized religion, I mean the source, the creator, S/He, the loving energy and organizing force that is there for all of us. God’s on my side, eventually, I’ll get what’s mine.

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All Photos Credit: Alexandra Knuth

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Otep Shamaya
Otep Shamaya

Otep originally was a four-piece nu metal band that began in Los Angeles, California in early 2000. They were invited to play Ozzfest before they had even signed to a label after Sharon Osbourne witnessed a brief part of their live performance. They have since played Ozzfest several times. To date the band has released five full length albums, and two EP’s.

In 2007, after the dismal performance of The Ascension, Otep was officially dropped from Capitol Records.

In 2009 Otep signed with Victory Records. Their 2009 album, Smash the Control Machine, was to include a reunion with former members Mark “Moke” Bistany on drums and Rob Patterson on guitar. The album also featured Koichi Fukuda on piano, and Emilie Autumn on violin. The band appeared with 2Cents, Five Finger Death Punch & Shadows Fall on the ‘Shock & Raw Tour’ of North America in the fall of 2009.

On September 30, 2010, Jay McGuire left the band.

In 2011, Otep toured as a supporting act, along with Earth Crisis, for Cavalera Conspiracy.

Discography:

  • 2001 – Jihad (EP)
  • 2002 – Sevas Tra
  • 2004 – House of Secrets
  • 2007 – The Ascension
  • 2009 – Smash The Control Machine
  • 2011 – Atavist

Former members

  • Jason “eViL j” McGuire – bass (2000–2010)
  • Rob Patterson – guitars (2001–2004)
  • Mark “Moke” Bistany – drums (2001–2004, 2009)
  • Brian Wolff – drums (2006–2008)

Touring musicians

Guitars
  • Lee Rios – touring guitars (2004)
  • Scotty CH – touring guitars (2005)
  • Aaron Nordstrom – touring guitars (2007–2008)
  • Steven Barbola – touring guitars (2008–2010)
  • Ari Mihalopoulos – touring guitars (2010–present)
Drums
  • Scott Coogan – touring drums (2003)
  • Doug Pellerin – touring drums (2004–2005)
  • Dave Gentry – touring drums (2008–2010)
  • Chase Brickenden – touring drums (2010)


Lita Ford

Early life

Lita Ford was born as Carlita Fordson to a British father and an Italian mother in London, England. She moved with her family to the United States at the age of 4 and began playing the guitar at the age of 11. Her vocal range is mezzo-soprano.

In 1975 at the age of 16 she joined the all-female rock band The Runaways, for whom she played lead guitar. They would score a record deal and have their first album released in 1976.

The Runaways

Lita FordIt was not long before the all-girl formation caught the eye of the media. Lita Ford’s guitar skills made her a driving force in the band and a permanent member from her arrival to the band’s eventual break-up.

In 1979, disagreements were erupting within the band, who had since parted ways with producer Kim Fowley, lead singer Cherie Currie and bassist Jackie Fox. Rhythm guitarist Joan Jett wanted the band to shift more towardsRamones-influenced punk music while Ford and drummer Sandy West wanted to continue playing hard rock-oriented songs. With neither side being able to compromise, the band finally broke up that year.

Solo career

After the group split in 1979, Ford began a solo career. Her first album Out for Blood as well as the title single were released in 1983 and failed on the charts. The next effort, 1984’s Dancin’ on the Edge achieved moderate success. It included the single “Fire In My Heart” which reached the Top 10 in several countries but not the US. The next single “Gotta Let Go” was one of Ford’s biggest hits. It reached Number One on the Mainstream Rock charts.

Ford toured extensively and made several guest appearances on TV shows for the next four years, but had no releases; a follow-up to Dancin’ On The Edge, titled The Bride Wore Black, was abandoned and never released because Ford did not like the production of the album and this upset the head of her record label, leading to Ford switching from Mercury Records to RCA Records. The artist has described the album as being in “Label hell! Who knows what shelf that is sitting on!”

By the time Ford returned again, the lighter pop-metal she had long favoured had broken through to mainstream audiences, which set the stage for her most commercially successful album, 1988’s Lita. With Sharon Osbourne as her manager, and again produced by herself, the album featured four commercial hits, including “Kiss Me Deadly”, “Back To The Cave”, “Close My Eyes Forever”, and “Falling In And Out Of Love” (co-written with Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe). The ballad “Close My Eyes Forever”, a duet with Sharon’s husband Ozzy Osbourne, was her only Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit, reaching #8.

Her next release was called Stiletto. It featured the singles “Hungry” and “Lisa” (the second was dedicated to her mother). However this album was not as successful as Dancin’ On The Edge andLita.

Ford’s next release was Dangerous Curves, which featured her last charting single “Shot Of Poison”. Ford’s last release would be with ZYX Records and would be titled Black. It failed to repeat the success of 1991’s Dangerous Curves.

During her solo years, she was an endorser of B.C. Rich guitars and used Warlock, Eagle, Mockingbird and Bich single and double-neck models.

Ford appears in the 1992 film Highway to Hell as ‘The Hitchhiker’. Ford was also asked by VH-1 to be in the cast of The Surreal Life for its 7th season, in 2007. She declined.

Return to stage, new album and tour 2008-2009

In June 2008, Ford and her new solo band played several warm-up gigs prior to Rocklahoma under the name Kiss Me Deadly in the New York City area.

In June 2009, she began touring the US and Europe, with a new line-up consisting of Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal (Guns N’ Roses guitarist, 2006–present) on guitar, Dennis Leeflang (Bumblefoot drummer) and PJ Farley on bass (Trixter, Ra) and Michael T. Ross (Angel/XYZ).

Ford released a new album Wicked Wonderland on 6 October 2009 via JLRG Entertainment.

In an interview with ExclusiveMagazine.com, talking about her new album Wicked Wonderland, Ford revealed the reason why its sound is heavier than the 80s music she once used to put out – “I just wanted to kick ass! I don’t know what’s popular, or the flavour of the day. I just wanted the music to ROCK! The lyrics are very personal and that’s it. I wasn’t going to come out in sandals with hairy armpits!”.

Ford contributed her likeness and voice to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 video game, Brütal Legend. She appears as the character Rima, alongside Jack Black, Tim Curry, Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Halford, and Lemmy Kilmister. Her song “Betrayal” is also one of the 100+ songs that appear in the game.

In 2010, Ford was portrayed by actress Scout Taylor-Compton in the movie The Runaways.

In May 2011 Ford promised a “real comeback album” later in the year, saying the last one,Wicked Wonderland, recorded with Jim Gillette (to whom she was married at the time) was too much of a collective project. “A lot of people have told me that they want a real Lita album, and I know what they mean. They are going to get it,” she said.

Personal life

Ford married former Nitro singer Jim Gillette in 1994, after knowing each other for two weeks. They have two sons, James and Rocco Gillette. The family moved to Turks and Caicos, where Gillette has a successful building and real estate developing business.

In a February 2011 radio interview, Lita Ford acknowledged that she and Gillette were divorcing. The family was in negotiations for a reality TV show, tentatively titled “The Gillettes: An Extreme American Family” on TLC, but they ended due to the impending divorce. In a March 2011 interview on the Classic Rock Revisited website, Ford claimed that she had taken a business trip to Los Angeles to discuss the reality show with TLC executives, and returned home to find her husband and sons not speaking to her. She also claimed that her sons physically attacked her, egged on by Gillette, which was when she decided to divorce Gillette and cancel the reality series.


Lacuna Coil

Lacuna CoilLacuna Coil, formerly known as Sleep of Right and Ethereal, is a metal band formed in Milan, Italy in 1994. The group members are Cristina Scabbia (vocals), Andrea Ferro (vocals and keyboards), Cristiano Migliore (guitars), Marco Biazzi (guitars), Marco Coti Zelati (bass and keyboards), and Cristiano Mozzati(drums and percussion).

In 1994 Andrea Ferro and Marco Coti Zelati formed Sleep of Right, but soon changed their name to Ethereal, and signed to Century Media at the end of 1997. Finding that the name Ethereal was already taken by a Greek band, they changed their name to Lacuna Coil, which is half Italian, half English and translates to “empty spiral”.

The band is known, for composing midtempo songs consisting of guitar lines overlaid with prominent keyboard work, and contrasting dual female/male vocal harmonies to help create a melodic detached sound.

Much of the band’s recent material, however, sees a more down-tuned style, featuring a more distinct bass line and a higher mixing of the guitars within the songs.

According to the band, they are and have been influenced by Paradise Lost, Tiamat, Anathema, Septic Flesh, Black Sabbath, Type O Negative,Imago Mortis, Depeche Mode, In Flames, and Amorphis amongst others. The band’s 2006 release, “Karmacode”, peaked at number 28 on the Billboard 200.

They have played among the world’s biggest heavy metal festivals on the main stage including Ozzfest, Bloodstock Open Air, Wacken Open Air, and played with Megadeth on their Gigantour tour in November 2007.

In 2008, it was announced that Lacuna Coil’s fifth studio album would be produced by Don Gilmore, and would have some Arabic influences. Cristina Scabbia announced to the magazine Rock Sound, “It’s different, but it’s our style. We haven’t done anything absolutely different from our style, because that wouldn’t be natural, that would be weird – it wouldn’t be us. The songs are definitely more powerful, more complete, more intense, more straight-to-the-point”. Andrea Ferro said, “We’ve put more attention on the real meaning of the songs, so the vocals are a bit more prominent. We’ve worked a lot with Don Gilmore on the pronunciation of the words in English, so people really understand the meanings of the words. There are strong choruses, where people can relate and really understand what we mean”.

 

On December 13th, 2008 it was revealed that the new album would be titled Shallow Life. The album was released in Europe on April 20, 2009 and in the United States on April 21, 2009. It debuted at #16 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart,and became Lacuna Coil’s first Top 20 album in the U.S. As of September 2009 It has sold nearly 70,000 copies in the United States.

In February and March 2009, Lacuna Coil played at the Australian music festival Soundwave alongside metal acts DevilDriver, In Flames, Lamb of God and Nine Inch Nails. The festival spanned five capital cities, at which they performed their single “Spellbound”, from Shallow Life for the first time. Later in July 2009, Lacuna Coil embarked on the American Spellbound Tour, alongside Kill Hannah, Seventh Void and Dommin. This was Lacuna Coil’s first U.S. headlining run in over two years, and the first tour the band has been on since the Music as a Weapon Tour IV alongside Disturbed, Killswitch Engageand Chimaira in early 2009.


Current members:
Cristina Scabbia — vocals, primary lyricist
Andrea Ferro — vocals
Cristiano “Pizza” Migliore — guitar
Marco “Maus” Biazzi — guitar
Marco Coti Zelati — bass, keyboards, primary composer
Cristiano “Criz” Mozzati — drums, percussion

Former members:
Raffaele Zagaria — guitar (cayne)
Claudio Leo — guitar (cayne)
Leonardo Forti — drums, percussion

Live members:
Steve Minelli — guitar (March/April 1998) (Node, Death SS)
Alice Chiarelli — keyboards (March/April 1998) (Alice in Darkland)

Official site: www.lacunacoil.it

KITTIE

Kittie was founded in 1996 by sisters Mercedes and Morgan Lander when they were barely on the cusp of adolescence. Now at the ages of 21 and 23, they are accomplished musicians, writers and well seasoned veterans of the industry. They were just 15 and 17 years of age when their first C.D., “Spit”, was released on NG/Artemis records. “Spit” was quickly Certified Gold and to date, they have sold well over 1,250,000 units worldwide with 3 Albums and 2 EP’s under their belts. Kittie have toured extensively, played with such notables as Slipknot and Pantera, co-headlined Second Stage at Ozzfest, co-headlined Snowcore, performed on the Conan O’Brien and Later Shows and hosted MTV’s Head Banger’s Ball.

Kittie have performed at major European Festivals such as; Dynamo, Hultsfred, Rock-Am-ring, Rock-Im-Park and headlined Second Stage at European Ozzfest. They have also played the Beast Feast Fest in Japan, toured Australia, Mexico and have been featured in numerous magazines such as Metal Edge, Spin, Alternative Press, Revolver, Rolling Stone, Rhythm, News Week, Washington Post, Melody Maker, Metal Maniacs, Metal Hammer, Kerrang, Daily Telegraph, etc.

Kittie have managed to stand out and be noticed in the very competitive world of Metal. Their incisive brand of music has definitely taken them into uncharted territory. Never before have an all female heavy metal band impacted on such a male dominated genre. Every time they step on stage they make history.

The ladies are now poised to strike at history again with new music that expresses quantum leaps in evolution and a fresh and very talented new lineup: Tara Mcleod (21), brings with her from popular South Western Ontario Band “Sherry”, scorching guitar solos and riffs that only serve to make “Metal’s Truest Diva’s” unattainably peerless. Trish Doan (20), previously in London all girl band “Her”, is the final dynamic element in Kittie’s bold presence. Her powerful presentation on bass adds unprecedented clarity and weight to the bottom end.

The fortuitous melding of all these ladies’ gifts has birthed a dazzling presence and stunning stage performance. It is as it always should have been………a united, awe inspiring juggernaut forging indelible melodies born upon gale force metal backdrops. What started out as a group of little girls in a basement nearly a decade ago has become a massive indomitable force. Kittie have had brushes with greatness and near misses with extinction but have never surrendered.

Members:

  • Morgan Lander – Vocal & Guitar
  • Mercedes Lander – Drums
  • Tara McLeod – Lead Guitar
  • Trish Doan – Bass

Discography

  • Spit (2000)
  • Oracle (2001)
  • Until the End (2004)
  • Funeral for Yesterday (2007)
  • In the Black (2009)
  • I’ve Failed You (2011)

In This Moment

inthismomentIn This Moment is an American metalcore band from North Hollywood, California. Formed in 2005, the group has released three albums to date, all through Century Media Records.

Founding

In August 2005, singer Maria Brink and guitarist Chris Howorth met through some common friends. After becoming acquainted, and finding that there was much in common between them, they began writing songs together. Soon thereafter they enlisted the help of Los Angeles drummer Jeff Fabb and formed the band Dying Star. Unhappy with where the band was headed, they decided to take on a new musical direction. By mid-2005, the lineup included Brink, Howorth, Fabb, guitarist Blake Bunzel, and bassist Josh Newell. The band recorded demos and posted them on MySpace, where they generated an internet following. The demos included rough versions of “Ashes”, “The Legacy of Odio”, “Next Life”, “This Moment”, and “Prayers”, as well as a cover of Slayer’s “Postmortem”. During the winter of 2005, Newell departed from the band to focus on his other project, Ketaset, as well as his audio engineering work. Producer Pascual Romero (currently in Tinhorn) was then the bassist for a time before friend of the band Jesse Landry was eventually tapped to round out the band permanently. Rob “Blasko” Nicholson, the bassist for Ozzy Osbourne became the band’s manager after discovering them through MySpace.

Beautiful Tragedy (2006-2008)

By the end of the 2005, In This Moment had generated a fanbase through internet marketing and do-it-yourself touring. This sparked an interest from Century Media Records, and a worldwide record deal followed. The band released their debut album Beautiful Tragedy on March 20, 2007, backed by the singles “Prayers”, and title track “Beautiful Tragedy”. The album was produced by Eric Rachel and combined sounds of metalcore and hard rock while the lyrics drew from Brink’s personal experiences about abandonment and tragedies. The vocals on the songs alternates between Brink’s singing and screaming.

The quick success of the album pushed In This Moment on a few high profile tours including The Hottest Chicks in Metal Tour 2007 with Lacuna Coil, Ozzfest in the summers of 2007 and 2008, Megadeth, and the Rob Zombie and Ozzy Osbourne tour.

The band also teamed up with Manntis for the cover of Lacuna Coil’s “Heaven’s a Lie”, part of “Century Media Records: Covering 20 Years of Extreme” cover album.

“Prayers”, from the album Beautiful Tragedy, was featured on The Hills Have Eyes 2 Soundtrack. The soundtrack was released on July 17, 2007 by Bulletproof Records.

The Dream (2008-2009)

In This Moment released their second album entitled The Dream on September 30, 2008, with the lead off single “Forever”. The album received mostly positive reviews and marked the band’s debut on the Billboard Top 200, debuting at #73 in its first week of release. The album was produced by Kevin Churko and featured a less heavy approach, with a bigger focus on clean vocals from Brink.

To support the release, the band went on tour with Five Finger Death Punch, Mudvayne, Papa Roach, and Filter. They also appeared on the Give It a Name tour in the UK and were on the 2009 Warped Tour line-up, playing on the Ernie Ball Stage. They’ve also played at Download Festival 2009 in Donington UK.

The song “Forever” has been released as a downloadable track for the Harmonix Rock Band games.

The second single off “The Dream” is a cover of Blondie’s “Call Me”. The cover appears on the special edition of the album ‘Ultraviolet’ to coincide with Warped Tour, which included unreleased tracks and acoustic performances.

 A Star Crossed Wasteland (2010-present)

In the fall of 2009, Maria Brink and Chris Howorth announced that the band has begun writing for the next album which will be darker and heavier. Brink revealed the album title A Star-Crossed Wasteland on her official site in February.

After being named the Hottest Chick in Metal at the Revolver Golden God awards in April 2010, Maria Brink stated in an interview that A Star-Crossed Wasteland will be released on July 13, 2010. The album’s first single, “The Gun Show” was released to iTunes and premiered on their MySpace on June 1, 2010, and their Facebook a few days later. The band premiered another song, “Just Drive” on their official Facebook page on July 3, 2010. The album sold 10,500 copies, debuting at #40 which is the band’s highest chart performance to date.

In the summer of 2010, the band played Mayhem Festival 2010 alongside bands, Korn, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall and many more.

On September 24, 2010 In This Moment officially released a video for the single, “The Promise”, shot and directed by David Brodsky.

On November 21, 2010, it was announced that In This Moment would play alongside Sevendust, Disturbed and Korn in the Music As A Weapon 5 tour. Some shows were canceled at the end of the first leg of the tour due to illness of Disturbed singer David Draiman. The second leg of the tour continued as scheduled.

On February 13, 2011, TNA Wrestling used “The Gun Show” as the theme song for the Against All Odds Pay-per-view, and they later used it again as the new theme for their show Xplosion.

In May 2011, In This Moment posted on Facebook that they are working on new material for a new album hoping for a 2012 release. It appears that this new release will be recorded without founding members Jeff Fabb and Blake Bunzel, who are both working with James Durbin as of September, 2011.

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