Sass Jordon from S.U.N. on the Women of Metal Show with Jayson Shell (4/27/13)

Sass Jordan from S.U.N. on the Women of Metal Show with Jayson Shell by Jayson Shell on Mixcloud

(Something Unto Nothing)

In the beginning, the members of S.U.N. agreed that in order to write the best, trend-free music they could, they needed to get away. So, in the mountains of Canyon Country, they found an old, deserted shack. They got supplies to last them 2 weeks and set out to write a complete album.

When they left the shack, they had all the music you are now experiencing. For better or for worse, this is what it is, and that in itself is an accomplishment they are beyond proud of.

So… take the journey with them. Take the chances with them. They don’t know where they are going, but they know they won’t rest until the goal is finally realized…to become…something unto nothing…

Sass Jordan: V.O.T. (Voice of Truth)
Sass has a voice that you can only get when you are privy to witnessing a total breakdown of all senses and a complete overload of imagination with an acceptance of why we are here. It’s been said that she had to be an angel in another life, put into battles with demons in a black hole that sent her behind the sun into the truth. Over those 100’s of battles, she has developed a keen sense of why, how and what.

On this planet, Sass is known as one of the most badass singers ever. She can’t help what she does and she can’t force it so she joined up with the other members of S.U.N. to prove there is even more to her than we already knew.

Winner of Billboard’s Best Female Rock Vocalist award, she has toured and/or worked with many musical heavyweights, including Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Van Halen, Carlos Santana, The Rolling Stones, Jeff Healey and Joe Cocker, whom she also sang a duet with on The Bodyguard soundtrack, which sold more than 27 million copies worldwide. Her songs have been featured on numerous TV shows, including Melrose Place, Party of Five, Baywatch and Knightrider.

Sass was a judge on for 6 years on Canadian Idol. She is the real deal, and has nothing to prove to anyone except herself. You listen to S.U.N. and you really see what Sass is… or do you? Ya better listen .

Brian Tichy: Guitar
From the dark depths of a basement in New Jersey comes a ball of energy and confusion. Brian’s first goal is to write the next badass riff, and then get together with S.U.N. to complete the idea. Brian writes off the emotions and experiences of the past and present while allowing everyday occurrences to get in the way; in a good way.

Brian’s always been a drummer who loves guitar. Brian has written many a song with Billy Idol, including Billy’s 2005 comeback single/video, ‘Scream’. Brian writes prog metal with keyboard wiz Derek Sherinian. Brian writes power metal for Mastersource Music Co. that gets all his songs in TV’s biggest shows including CSI, Law and Order, and many movies like 40 Yr Old Virgin, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Balls of Fury.
Tichy has had some fun hitting drums for some of the world’s biggest artists like Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Foreigner, Billy Idol, Steven Tyler, Slash and Don Felder among many others.

Michael ‘Denim’ Devin: Bass
Growing up on the outskirts of Boston in Leminster, MA, bred on 70’s rock gave Michael ‘Denim’ all the tools he needed to become the guy everyone wants to play with. Longtime friends nad band mates with Tichy gave them the synergy needed to effortlessly write and record music with Sass. Through ups and downs, and in’s and out’s, they move forward, questioning everything … and then forgetting what the questions were, because it doesn’t matter. They relate through a common bond of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Rush, Black Sabbath, The Beatles and The Who – with a constant piss take of all that is deemed ‘hip’ and ‘cool’.

Michael Devin can’t be put into a box. Everyday is a new experience, and Denim’s playing expresses that idea. You’ll get what you want, but then he’ll give you something more – a little gift, if you will, that you will receive happily with open arms as he adds to the music in a way that most would consider too risky. Ask him a question about music and you will get an answer you will take home with you. But you won’t write it down, because it will be etched in your brain forever.

Some people know this .. especially those he has played with .. from Kenny Wayne Shepherd, to George Lynch and Lynch Mob, Jason Bonham and his Led Zeppelin Experience, all the way to the newest version of Whitesnake and the nearly 40 drummers plus guest musicians that have played with him at the 4 John Bonham Tribute Bashes. They ALL know this is the guy you want playing the bass. But he knows that he needs to move and groove, and then groove and move ..well … you get the point ..

Tommy Stewart: DRUMS and anything else that makes noise.
Ok… what do you say about Tommy?? How bout. “Tommy really knows how to kick the s**t out of the drums. His groove is superb. His effortless energy leaves you wondering how he can keep up that pace and hold down the groove. And he ain’t even trying! It’s just a gift he has that should be witnessed regularly on this planet as a source of inspiration to all those also trying to find their niche. Tichy says, “I saw Tommy play and said, “I wish I looked that loose and sounded that tight when I played.” Tommy has toured the world with Godsmack, Fuel, Everclear, Lo-Pro, and Gary Cherone. Tommy lays it down and allows the rest of S.U.N. to bounce off that rhythmic trampoline with minimal thought!!!! Here here!!!

To simply experience new levels of emotion…to give fans of music something new that was created without a formula…oh…wait…that’s a lie…the formula was to KICK ASS AND LEAVE A MARK!!!

S.U.N. (Something Unto Nothing)
We leave this up to you to decide the true meaning; for there may be many. Just remember…”THERE MUST ALWAYS BE A BEGINNING AND THERE MUST ALWAYS BE AN END. BUT WHILE YOU ARE HERE, IT’S ABOUT THE MESSAGE YOU SEND…”

Listen to the music… read the lyrics… spread the word… we will always be here… Something unto nothing again.

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Orianthi Interview (3/14/2013)


At 24 years old, Orianthi has already experienced what most aspiring musicians only dream of. She’s opened for her hero (Steve Vai), backed an Idol (Carrie Underwood), traded solos with a legend (Carlos Santana) and shared the stage with the King of Pop (Michael Jackson). What’s left to conquer? The world stage, for one, and this guitar wunderkind has her sights clearly set on the road ahead.

After a performance with Carrie Underwood on stage at the 2009 Grammy Awards the blogosphere was buzzing with news of this little-known guitar prodigy. It prompted Michael Jackson to call with an offer for her to be his guitarist for his dates at the O2 Arena in London. When offered the gig in Michael Jackson’s live band, Orianthi joined a prestigious line of guitar players including Eddie Van Halen, Santana, Slash, Steve Stevens, Jennifer Batten and Larry Carlton. Sadly the tour was not to be and music lost an icon. Working with Michael was a life-changing experience, Orianthi reflects, One I will never forget.

Her story starts in Adelaide on the southern tip of Australia where, at the age of six, Orianthi began taking an interest in her dad’s record collection. “Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Cream, Santana he was into guitar players that are real songwriters,” she boasts. Growing up in the 80s, a decade remembered for its many guitar greats, Orianthi also listened to a lot of Whitesnake, Van Halen and Def Leppard. Her father, who used to be a player in a Greek band, also kept plenty of instruments around the house, and it didn’t take long before Orianthi strummed her first chord. Mastering the six-string came naturally.

“When I was 11, Carlos Santana came to play Adelaide and that show really affected me,” she recounts. I begged my dad to get me a second hand electric guitar so I could be like Carlos, and that was it, no more acoustic. After that, “I would buy all of Carlos’ videos on VHS! which I kept rewinding to try and learn his solos. I totally wore out the tapes.”

Some seven years later when Carlos Santana passed through Adelaide again.

Carlos’ brother arranged a sound-check meeting between the guitar god and his young disciple after hearing some of her music. A sound check jam evolved into an invitation to join him on stage where Orianthi played for about 35 minutes and took a solo in front of a hometown crowd. Performances, tours and guest appearances with Steve Vai, ZZ Top and Prince have kept Orianthi busy up to this point.

But guitar is far from Orianthi’s only means of expression. Before she received the call from the King of Pop, Orianthi had already been hard at work on her upcoming album, Believe, on which she sings, writes and leads her own band. Working with Geffen Records Chairman and A&R veteran Ron Fair and producer Howard Benson (All American Rejects, Daughtry, My Chemical Romance, Three Days Grace) her fierceness of character has made its way to songs that will simply knock the socks off of any boy in the rock star schoolyard.

Orianthi packs modern girl-power punch into every turn of phrase, but it’s the shredding that takes her brand of rock to an entirely new level. Songs like Suffocated and Think Like A Man are anthem rock tracks recalling at time Evanescence, Avril Lavigne, Paramore and even a less-music row more-sunset strip Taylor Swift. First single According To You is a catchy tale of an ungrateful boyfriend with a killer guitar solo. The result: a thunderous, hook and riff driven debut that sounds larger than life. If, for a moment, you’ve thought the music world could use another taste of The Runaways Joan Jett, let us introduce you to Orianthi.

Orianthi Interview With Jayson Shell from The Metal Factory Radio Show by Jayson Shell on Mixcloud

Dominique Lenore Persi (Stolen Babies)

Stolen BabesOnce upon an awkward adolescence, there was a girl that tripped often and spoke very little, a boy who ate too much junk food, but spoke a lot, and his identical twin that hit things and spoke even more. Then along came a pianist with very wiggly fingers and a baseball bat. Hence…the musical misadventures unfolded.

It all started with “The Fratellis,” Stolen Babies’ original 12+ member group. Horns blared, oversized dolls jumped out of toy boxes, squabbles were had, babies were stolen, turned into flies and fed to giant spiders. Eventually, the blundering theatrics came to an end, but the four stuck together.

More misadventure, more junk food…

Taking their name from a song/skit from the early days, Stolen Babies have been described as playing prog-pop-cabaret-thrash-quirky-goth-rock. Mostly though, they would just like to think that their songs are fun to dance and fall down to.

It’s nearly impossible to talk about Stolen Babies without mentioning their ongoing collaboration with graphic novelist extraordinaire Crab Scrambly. His artwork has graced their early releases, website and merch. More notably you can see Crab’s original paintings that provide the otherworldly landscapes to Stolen Babies video “Push Button,” and of course the artwork for the bands debut full length album “There Be Squabbles Ahead,” which was recorded and produced by Dan Rathburn of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. Which now brings Stolen Babies to…the beginning of The End.

Dominique Persi – lead vocals, face paint keeping, accordion sprinkling
Rani Sharone – electric and upright bass swapping, mental guitar playing, programming, sampling, vocals
Ben Rico – multiple keyboard reaching, beating, vocals
Gil Sharone – aggressive drumming

Oakland, California, USA in 2002

Dominique Lenore Persi (Stolen Babies) On Women of Metal by Jayson Shell on Mixcloud

Bio Credit: Last FM

Amaranthe Elize Ryd Interview

Elizr RydAmaranthe is a Swedish/Danish band that fuses melodic metal with pop melodies. Formed by Jake E (Dreamland, Dream Evil) and Olof Mörck (Dragonland, Nightrage), the project began taking shape, when singers Elize Ryd (toured with Kamelot) and Andreas Solvestrom (Cipher System, Within Y), signed on, as did drummer Morten Løwe Sørensen (The Cleansing, Koldborn, Mercenary). Bassist Johan Andreassen (Engel) joined after the photoshoot for the Leave Everything Behind demo but before the recording of the first album Amaranthe.

In May 2009, the band was forced to change their name from Avalanche due to legal issues. They later released their first demo, Leave Everything Behind.

The band’s debut album, Amaranthe’, charted in Sweden and Finland. The album features a combination of modern metalcore-style breakdowns, harsh screams and heavy guitar riffs with soaring clean vocals and synths reminiscent of power metal. The musical style of Amaranthe has been described as “a healthy dose of pop fused with a heavily metalcore-inspired melodic death metal sound”

The band announced on January 27, 2013, that their new album The Nexus will be released in March 2013, starting with Japan on March 13

Elize Ryd of Amaranthe Interview Originally Aired 3/2/13 on the Women of Metal Show 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!

Phantom Blue

Phantom Blue
Phantom Blue
Phantom Blue was an all-female American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California formed in 1987. Phantom Blue were the first and only female artists to be signed to Mike Varney’s Shrapnel Records, only three months after forming.


Formation and main career (1987-2001)

Phantom Blue was formed in 1987 in Hollywood, California by Michelle Meldrum and Nicole Couch. Couch and Meldrum were students of Paul Gilbert and Bruce Bouillet of Racer X. Michelle Meldrum had played with drummer Linda McDonald in previous projects and together with vocalist Gigi Hangach and original bassist, Debra Armstrong, the band signed a contract with Shrapnel Records. Armstrong left the band prior to recording and was replaced by Kim Nielsen-Parsons, a student of John Alderete, bassist for Racer X and The Mars Volta.[1] Phantom Blue recorded their first album with the help of producer Steve Fontano and fellow Shrapnel label mate, Marty Freidman. Couch and Meldrum also co wrote a track on the album with Marty Freidman. Roadrunner Records, who owned the bands European distribution rights, were responsible for the band shooting a video for the single “Why Call it Love” and a successful European tour followed.

Upon returning to the States, Phantom Blue caught the attention of singer Don Dokken who introduced them to Tom Zutaut of Geffen Records. Other major labels were interested in signing the band, most notably Disney’s Hollywood Records, but the band signed with Geffen. Couch and Meldrum began writing the material for the Gefffen release. Couch left the band prior to recording and Meldrum successfully recorded all the guitar parts for Built to Perform. Guitarist Karen Kreutzer replaced Couch and the band embarked on another successful European tour and shot a video for the single Time to Run.

The band was eventually dropped from Geffen, sued by manager Byron Hontas and the management position was taken over by Mark Dawson, boyfriend of drummer Linda McDonald. Guitarist Michelle Meldrum was the first to leave due to disagreement as to the direction of the band under Mark Dawson and vocalist Gigi Hangach soon followed. By 1996, drummer Linda McDonald was the only original member left and she continued to use the name Phantom Blue, enlisting a total of ten different members until finally calling it quits in early 2000.

Post-disbandment (2001-present)

Drummer Linda McDonald went on to form The Iron Maidens (billed as “The World’s Only Female Tribute to Iron Maiden”), who have released a self-titled tribute album worldwide and Japanese release version, the CD/DVD release Route 666 and the EP The Root of All Evil in Japan. In addition, she plays drums in the cover bands Crabby Patty (I’m So Unclear!), Unholy Pink and Valley Dolls. She was also the drummer of the all-female Ozzy Osbourne tribute The Little Dolls from 2005 to 2010.

Guitarist Karen Kreutzer (from the 1993-1997 lineups) retired after moving to West River, MD. She is currently married with one daughter and is working as a data analyst for a content solutions company.

Bassist Kim Nielsen (who now goes by her married name Kim Nielsen-Parsons) has become a successful session musician, tour production and artist management assistant, working with many top bands in the music industry. Her most notable work outside of Phantom Blue is in Asia’s 2004 album Silent Nation.

Lead vocalist Gigi Hangach currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada and is a fierce supporter of animal rights. Critics claimed her performance at the 2009 Phantom Blue reunion show was captivating and she is regarded to be one of the most underrated hard rock/metal vocalists in music history.

Guitarist Nicole Couch currently lives in New York City with her husband and two kids and works as a music teacher.

Original Bassist Debra Armstrong currently lives in Sioux City, Iowa with her husband. She left the music industry soon after being replaced by Kim Nielsen in 1988, and went on to pursue a career in 3D modeling and engineering, working for clients such as Disney Imagineering, DARPA and others.

Guitarist Michelle Meldrum went on to form an international band called Meldrum. The band have toured with Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society, Motörhead, Sepultura, Nashville Pussy and Danzig. They have released a live DVD, Loaded Live, and two albums, Loaded Mental Cannon and Blowin’ Up the Machine, the latter featuring her former Phantom Blue band mate, drummer Linda McDonald. Sadly, on May 21, 2008, Meldrum died as a result of a cerebral hemorrhage. She is survived by her husband John Norum (of Europe) and their son Jake.

Reunion (2009)

On May 26, 2009, Linda McDonald, Gigi Hangach and Kim Nielsen-Parsons reunited as Phantom Blue for the Michelle Meldrum Memorial Concert at the Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood, CA. Meldrum’s position was filled by Tina Wood (from the 1997 lineup), while Sara Marsh and Courtney Cox of The Iron Maidens filled in for Nicole Couch.

Original members Gigi Hangach and Nicole Couch are constructing the website in honor of Michelle Meldrum.

Credit: Wikipedia


LEAH - January 2013 BOTM

LEAH is an emerging Canadian songwriter. Buy her new debut album HERE: Also on iTunes:

“Ethereal vocals, layered harmonies, powerful chord progressions and unpredictable notations that keep you somewhere between on the edge of your seat and in a state of hypnotism.”

The art of LEAH is one of diverse influence: Haunting celtic melodies, mysterious eastern vibes, heavy symphonic rhythm, and most of all… A voice that will utterly enchant and inspire you.Visit for more about LEAH.

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Some have described LEAH’s debut album, Of Earth & Angels as “heavy metal Enya”, and others as “Loreena McKennitt with distortion”. Whatever her influences, one thing is for sure: LEAH’s voice will play the strings of the most brutal of hearts, causing them to melt into submission. From soulful, spiritual ballads to folk-tale operatic blast beats, to more mainstream rock singles, “Of Earth & Angels” is sure to impress the skeptic, and is already beckoning the rest of the world to take notice.”

Review of Beyond Violet

by L. White

beyondvioletIn traversing the globe to find great music, one must open their minds as well as their ears if you truly want to find the very best music gems hidden amongst the plethora of hopefuls in the wide spectrum of genres of music. One of those hidden gems is how I would describe Beyond Violet. Listed as Hard Rock/Goth/Pop in the genre sense, this band delivers a sound that I was not capable of really pinning down to a specific, or even three genres.

For instance, on the track “Beyond the Fire“, the music is driven by the drums of Merlijn. With Roxane‘s dark and melodic harmonizing of heartfelt lyrics. Backed by a blazing guitar with hooks and leads winding around every word. Adding solos swirling around the bass beating of Chiara and dept fingers on the keys of Ilona‘s keyboard. All together a spectacular journey down the rabbit’s hole of the story they so masterfully tell.

All band members have extensive backgrounds in every aspect of music, from concept, to writing, to recording and most of all mastering the sound that is Beyond Violet. On the track  “Cupid”, the band starts the song with a very heavy lick and beat. Adding just another touch to their diverse sound. Roxane comes in with the dark Gothic appeal to her voice range that gets low and sharp then high and equally as sharp. The timing is impeccable as the synthesized keys of Ilona come in giving it that Ministry feel of Industrial metal, but then disappear as if just a hint of something yet different. All driven by a subtle bass-line that comes in and out at all the right moments.

Beyond Violet have set the scales very high with their composition and arrangements in their music style. Having some background in music myself, I was invisioning the band through the writing process and found myself very impressed with the way they go about creating their art of music. Doing extensive background on the band, I found a very hard working band that really takes the creative level to all new highs. It shows in the music they create together. As the finished product is very melodic, very technical, but then also sounding so simple and basic, even though I know it is not in the least. That they make their sound seem easy, and it is actually the exact opposite. That is a genuinely creative genius point that is commonly referred to as the “IT” factor. Beyond Violet definitely possess this in every sense. They not only have studied music in it’s many forms and concepts, but have mastered the art that they bring forth with each track.

With the track “Cybercherry“, they manage to squeeze in so many different styles of music, yet not stray from the core of what Beyond Violet showcase as their sound. It doesn’t sound muddied with too much, and captures the essence of what the band tries to put forth. With that dark Gothic harmony, and industrial feel at times, it is a refreshing sound with that added touch of genius that draws you in. Willing you to feel the passion in Roxane‘s melodies. A perfect choice to make their official video for, as I found it the epitome of what Beyond Violet had to deliver for a sound.

I fully enjoyed the music of Beyond Violet and look forward to their full-length release later in 2012. This is a highly technical band that makes it all seem easy, as their talents and knowledge of music lets the songs flow from them freely and keep the listener entranced in the stories of their songs. A hidden gem indeed, but soon to be hidden no more as they take the music world by storm.

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Butcher Babies Album Review

Butcher Babies Heidi and CarlaI first saw The Butcher Babies, before I ever heard any of their music. My first thought was “is this a joke”?  Vocalist‘s Heidi Shepherd (the blond) and Carla Harvey (the brunette) are both former playboy models and very beautiful, they use this to their advantage on stage going topless with just the tiniest pieces of black tape covering their nipples on stage. That isn’t what this is about. This article is about their music. Which as it turns out isn’t a joke at all.

Their debut EP “Butcher Babies” track listing reads like something you would find on most Black Metal albums:

  1. Axe Wound
  2. Mr. Slowdeath
  3. Jesus Needs More Babies For His War Machine
  4. National Bloody Anthem

However the album and the band aren’t BLACK METAL at all. The girls themselves call it “SLUT METAL”, I don’t know what I personally would classify this material as. I had another DJ friend of mine say it’s a cross between STOMP ROCK and DEATH METAL. I’m not sure I would take it there but I will however say this; the first 3 tracks all have very catchy hooks (80’s style almost) and if it wasn’t for lyrical and subject matter could all easily find airplay on many radio stations (FM) across the country.

Mr. Slowdeath, is the single off the EP and is very much in your face right from the beginning. Fast paced with a very catchy hook.  I’ve found myself listening to it over and over again on my ipod.

Overall in spite of the fact that like most EP’s its very short, it’s actually a lot of fun to listen to. The girls can actually sing and for the kids there’s plenty of screaming too.

The musicianship displayed on the album is pretty good as well. Henry Flury is the guitarist, he can lay down a riff with just about anyone. The Bassist is Jason Klein and The Drummer is Chris Warner together they make one hell of a rhythm section. All together they help make Butcher Babies into “NOT A JOKE” If you have a chance to see this band live I would also recommend that.

Butcher Babies, put it all out there on stage and are a hoot to watch you can definitely tell that Shepherd and Harvey are having a blast up there on stage. Unlike some bands I have seen lately. If you aren’t into seeing half naked women playing metal though I wouldn’t go, but hey I’m a guy half naked women going just about anything is cool by me

My final thoughts on Butcher Babies; Would I buy this album… I have. Would I recommend it to a friend? I have. Would I play them on my show… I have. Do you need this album to complete your music collection? No, but it is definitely worth the money.

Butcher Babies

Butcher Babies EP

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