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.

Hysterica

HystericaBitchie had a vision of an all female metal band. She had played in many bands over the years, but this was going to be something totally different. After having named the project Hysterica the search for members began. She was looking for women with great musical skills but they also had to know how to have fun and be crazy. First on board was the singer Sinderella.

Another woman who for sure filled all of those criteria was Helln`. She has been rockin` out behind the drums with Hysterica from the start. The first line up was complete when Exotica (bass) and Electra (keyboards) joined the band.

Hystericas first gig took place at Silja rocken (a 24 hour annual festival on a ship cruising the Baltic Sea) in 2005. Between 2005 and 2007 Hysterica played frequently in various venues all over Sweden.

A demo that included six tracks was recorded in 2006. It was a great success. Hysterica had over 200.000 listeners on MySpace during the first 2 years.

The hard rocking guitarist Rockzilla joined Hysterica in 2006 and contributed in making the Hysterica sound even richer and rougher.

In 2007 Exotica and Electra left the band. Exotica was replaced on bass by the white angel Satanica.

In 2008 Hysterica played at the Sweden rock festival for the first time. Only two weeks before that the brave, young 18 year old Anni De Vil had auditioned to fill in for Sinderella who had been double booked. When Sinderella later in 2008 decided to leave the band and move on to new adventures Anni De Vil took over as the lead singer of Hysterica. Sinderella is now better known as Liv of Sister Sin.

The debut album METALWAR was released in 2009 and it is all a product of the creative Hysterica ladies. They wrote and produced it themselves. However, they had a dream – that Peter Tägtgren would mix the album. The dream came true and the rest is, as they say, history.

In 2009 Hysterica went on their first European tours. One short during the winter and a longer one during the fall. In between those tours Rockzilla left the band and the search for a new member began.

Finally, in April 2010, the sisters of steel found Marydeath who joined the family on keyboards.

In 2010 Hysterica was presented with the award for best newcomer at the Swedish metal awards. A new album is in the making and will be recorded during the fall.

Hysterica loves playing live and puts a lot of effort into making sure that the shows are rocking musically as well as visually. It has taken a few years with different members to form what Hysterica is today ready to conquer the world.

Credit: Hysterica


Halestorm

HalestormSiblings Arejay and Elizabeth “Lizzy” Hale have been actively writing and performing original music since 1997 when they were 10 and 13 years old, respectively. Both brother and sister started learning piano at the age of 5; Lzzy later progressed to a keytar and Arejay to the drums. Lizzy took guitar lessons at 16. The teen siblings released an EP titled Don’t Mess With the Time Man in 2000. In Halestorm’s earliest incarnation, Lizzy and Arejay’s father played bass before Josh Smith joined the group in 2004. Guitarist Joe Hottinger joined in 2003.

The group signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records on June 28, 2005 and released a live EP titled One and Done. The EP, now out of print, featured an early live version of “It’s Not You”. Their self-titled debut album was released on April 28, 2009. The song “I Get Off” served as the album’s lead single and has gained heavy radio play. Both the song and video for their second single, “It’s Not You”, were released in late November 2009. In early 2010, the band released a promotional music video for their song “Love/Hate Heartbreak”. Their most recent single, “Familiar Taste of Poison”, was released in 2010. The official music video was released on August 10, 2010.

Lizzy Hale’s use of Gibson guitars is well known; models she plays includes the Tribal Flying V, Gibson Explorer, Les Paul Custom, Firebird and the Joan Jett Signature Melody Maker. Arejay Hale was featured in the June 2010 issue of Modern Drummer magazine, and is endorsed by Ludwig Drums, Zildjian Cymbals and Pro-Mark Drumsticks.

Halestorm is well known for their near non-stop touring, often performing as many as 250 shows a year. Since 2006 they have toured with many hard rock and heavy metal acts including Chevelle, Seether, Staind, Papa Roach, Trapt, Three Days Grace, Theory of a Deadman, Buckcherry, Disturbed, Shinedown, Avenged Sevenfold, Megadeth, Hellyeah, and Heaven & Hell.

Halestorm appeared on the first annual Rockstar Energy drink Uproar Festival with headliners Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold; plus Stone Sour, Hellyeah, Hail the Villain, Airbourne and New Medicine. In October 2010 Halestorm will be making their first trip to Japan to participate in the 2010 Loud Park Festival.Halestorm will embark on the 2010 Taste of Chaos tour alongside headliners, Disturbed, as well as support acts, Papa Roach, and Buckcherry.

On November 16, 2010 Halestorm released a live CD/DVD entitled Live in Philly 2010, which was recorded at The TLA in Philadelphia in early 2010. From various Twitter posts, mainly from Lzzy Hale, it appears that Halestorm is recording demos for their next studio album. On March 22, 2011, Halestorm released an EP called ReAnimate containing covers of songs of different genres, including “Out Ta Get Me” by Guns N’ Roses, “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga, and the first single “Slave to the Grind” by Skid Row.

In a recent interview the band stated that during their recent break they recorded two new songs in LA that will appear on their new record. They also stated that that they will finish recording the new album after Avalanche Tour.

In August 2011, Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale announced the album is currently halfway done. The album should be ready to be released in early 2012.

On December 9th At The Val Air Ballroom In Des Moines Iowa Lizzy Hale Announced As Of December 8th Their New Studio Album Has Gone Through All Stages Of Completion And Due Out In 2012.

ETHS

ethsbandDark and powerful metal music, led by a charismatic female singer with an amazing voice, tortured atmospheres and very personal lyrics ; sung, whispered, and shouted. This is how to define the musical style of ETHS !

lot, has evoled in the French Metal scene with the Coriace team since 1999, their year of creation.
2003 is a very busy year for the band thanks to its second EP “Samantha” released in September 2002 (Coriace / Musicast) : TV appearances, tons of press articles, samplers and Metal Compilation (Dedale, Nu Metal 3, Metal Area). “Samantha” and more recently, “Autopsie” (first EP remastered and re-released in June 2003), caused a lot of ink to flow. Energic and touching shows established Eths’ image as a strong live band.
2004 was the years of confirmation for this younh band since it first album “Soma (Sriracha Re / PIAS) released in October, earned ETHS the cover of several specialized magazines (Rockone, Rocksound, Hard N Heavy) and a large national tour (120 shows). The band also play on the biggest summer festival in France, like Eurochéennes (Belfort), the Furyfest and the Dour Festival (Belgium). The Title “Détruis Moi” is received airplay for more than a year on Le Mouv’ (National radio station), and their video clip “Crucifère” is regulary shown on MTV and MCM.

After having sold more then 20,000 copies of the first album and spending more then 16 months on the road, the band prepares itself to come off this marathon tour and finally begin composing new music, of course, punctuated by important appearances (Printemps de Bourges) in order to maintain contact with their always growing public.
Strengthened by this amazing trip, Eths came back in October 2007 with the French release of their new, and second album “Teratologie”. Always darker and deeper… more touching than ever… this album has a disturbing visual and can’t let anyone insensitive. As soon as released, this album is classified as “album of the month” (Rockone : “The band has never let itself go this way…” ; Rockmag : “Here begins the butchery…”).

Eths quickly took back its place as leader of the French metal scene and confirmed its live quality during the 22 dates of their French first part tour. And the band hasn’t pronounced its kast word…

(source: www.myspace.com/eths)

Members:

1999- Candice Clot – vocals
1999- Stéphane “Staif” Bihl – guitars, vocals
1999- Grégory “Greg” Rouvière – guitars
2007- Geoffrey “Shob” Neau – bass
1999-2006 Guillaume Dupré – drums

Cassandra Syndrome

Cassandra Syndrome is a Maryland-based Symphonic/Gothic Metal band brimming with explosive riffs, operatic punch and infectious energy.  This female-fronted powerhouse combines elements that are simultaneously dark and beautiful.  Forcefully heavy riffs and a healthy dose of groove combine with soaring soprano vocals to create what Metal Bite calls “[P]ure metal magic… music with a purpose while still blowing your doors off with an attack that is as brutal as a shark feeding frenzy.”

The band’s intense, high-energy performances have proven time and again that they are not an act to miss live.  The heated musical edginess and dark, angry undertones of the band’s studio releases come to life on stage, delivering a concert experience with staying power.  The potent alliance of Joe Cariola‘s punishing bass, scathing riffs of Jen Tonon‘s rhythm guitar, and throbbing beats of Jay Jericho‘s drums create a driving ground assault which weakens your defenses before being met by the searing lead lines of guitarist Chris Kackley. Above it all, radiant as Angelic Death, the resplendent soprano of Irene Jericho soars above the battlefield.  The music of Cassandra Syndrome is “sung with a vocal hard to forget, over a metal framework hard to duplicate.” – Sonic Cathedral

The band is currently touring to support their 2011 release, ‘Satire X.’ Past performances include Ram’s Head Live, the Ottobar, Club Orpheus and The Depot in Baltimore, MD, The Asylum, Bound and DC Midnight in Washington, DC, Alley Katz in Richmond and many more. Cassandra Syndrome has also been featured in festivals at Battery Park, NY, Winchester, VA, North Andover, MA, College Park, MD and Richmond, VA.

History

Cassandra Syndrome was formed in November of 2005 by Irene, Jay and Joe as well as two former members of folk rock band Revel Moon, BJ Robey and Brett McCoy. In the band’s original incarnation, BJ played rhythm guitar and Brett played lead.

Brett McCoy left Cassandra Syndrome to pursue an independent musical project in late fall of 2006. Chris Kackley joined as lead guitarist in December of the same year.

Cassandra Syndrome’s first EP, Dissent Into Heresy, was released in May of 2007.The band toured in support of the EP all over the East Coast.

BJ Robey left Cassandra Syndrome in January of 2008 for personal reasons and for a while, CS was a four-piece. The band recorded their first full-length album, Of Patriots and Tyrants, after signing with Figmental Records in February of 2008. The album was produced by Keith Center and Jeremy Rodgers of The Dreamscapes Project.

Toward the end of work on Of Patriots and Tyrants, Katie Doherty came on board as a rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist. She performed with Cassandra Syndrome from February of 2009 till March of 2010 when she left for personal reasons. Jen Tonon joined the band that same month as the new rhythm guitarist.

Cassandra Syndrome released their second full-length album, Satire X, August 1st, 2011. Recorded over the winter of 2010 and early spring of 2011, Satire X was produced by Jeremy Rodgers and Lani Urreta.

Cassandra Syndrome has a mailing list, a Facebook page and a Reverbnation. All are updated regularly–stay connected to the world of CS with any of them.

 

 

Blackthorn

blackthornAn all-female metal coven named Blackthorn was formed on All Hallows Eve and that certainly left a powerful mark on each aspect of the band’s activity.
Some drops and essentials of Symphonic, Black and Gothic metal, an ethereal soprano, violent extreme vocals, thunderous rhythm section, sinister guitar riffs, mystic sounds of a violin and occult lyrics – here are the ingredients of a magic potion of Blackthorn, able to enchant almost everyone.

The metal witches first entered the studio in 2006 to record three songs for the demo “The Prologue of Eschaton” . A few years later, they recorded their debut album Gossamer Witchcraft, which was released in 2009 through Ravenheart Records. It’s Russian version, entitled “Araneum”, was released the same year through Musica Production.

Thanks to the soul-stirring music, preternatural magnetic energy and uncommon line-up, the band was quickly on the top symphonic metal circuit in their homeland and over the years have conducted many rituals in Russia and abroad in such countries as Ukraine, Belarus and Estonia. Highlights include playing on the main stage at Metal Crowd Festival together with Catamenia and Battlelore, performances at Metal Heads Mission Festival and Iron Maiden Festival 2008 & 2011, support shows for Vesania, Christ Agony, HATE and Frantic Amber.

This winter Blackthorn proudly announce their new album «Codex Archaos», filled with dark atmosphere of alchemical chambers and having more aggressive and creepy sound than before. «Codex Archaos» is set to be released in December 2011 via MSR Productions.

Members:

  • Aina – Soprano/Scream
  • Elvira – Guitars/Growl
  • Greta – Bass, Varaska
  • Drums, Less – Violin

Credit: RevebNation

Ashentide

AshentideAshentide is a female-fronted symphonic metal band from Los Angeles, California, USA / America.

Created through love for symphonic metal, Ashentide combines heavy, driving distortion, haunting vocals, and lush symphonic arrangements to create a unique, fantastical experience.

Late in 2008, Overlord Tom began the search for others to share his love of melodic metal. In short order, he found Andrew, whose boundless energy and talent compliment his wicked fingers on anything with strings. Next was Anastasia, whose classical training melds with her fierce spirit to create rich layers of harmony and emotion. They next recruited Lenore to give a velvet voice to the stories of their passion.

This wayward crew poured their souls into creation of their self-titled EP, forged with the guidance of Daante, whose savage solos and wise words helped gain the album an epic release in July 2011. Inspired by the sound, Jorge filled the void as a second guitarist, allowing the group to complete the luxuriant guitar harmonies that cried out to be made whole.

The original music they create, influenced by everything from Beethoven to traditional folk music to black metal, creates a union of the brutal and the beautiful with rich harmonies and wrenching riffs. Together, Ashentide makes legend and fantasy real, allowing the world of the impossible to come to life through story and song. Carrying on in the tradition of great European bands, such as Nightwish, Epica, and Within Temptation, Ashentide is ready to take their place in a blossoming American symphonic metal scene and hopes to share with the world the majesty, ferocity, and enchantment this music brings to each of them.

Members: Lenore Young, Andrew Faust, Overlord Tom, Anastasia Devana

Credit: Last.fm

 

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