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

 

Arch Enemy

Arch EnemyArch Enemy is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Halmstad, Sweden, formed in 1996. Founded by Carcassguitarist Michael Amott along with Johan Liiva, both originally from the influential death metal band Carnage. The band has released seven studio albums, a live album (Burning Japan Live 1999), two DVDs and three EPs. The band was originally fronted by Johan Liiva, who was replaced by Angela Gossow as lead vocalist in 2000

Arch Enemy, the brainchild of Michael Amott (Carcass, Carnage, and Spiritual Beggars) was originally assembled when Michael Amott left Carcass. Guitarists Michael Amott and younger brother Christopher Amott (Armageddon) joined with vocalist Johan Liiva (ex-Carnage, Furbowl, Furbowl|Devourment) and then-session drummer Daniel Erlandsson (Eucharist) in what Michael Amott called “an attempt to merge melody with aggression and technicality.”

The band’s debut, entitled Black Earth was recorded at Studio Fredman and released by the now defunct Wrong Again Records in 1996. It obtained a fair amount of success in Japan, achieving MTV rotation with their first single “Bury Me an Angel”, as well as moderate success in Sweden. At this point, Arch Enemy was more of a “solo effort” than a full band: Michael Amott wrote all the songs himself, and even played bass guitar on the album, contrary to the album’s liner notes, which listed vocalist Johan Liiva as handling bass duties. Amott later revealed that he had the credits listed that way to make the album seem more of a “band” effort. Many consider it to be the band’s most aggressive album, a trait that was softened to some degree on its following releases, but never abandoned.

After the release of Black Earth the band switched labels, signing a contract with Century Media. In 1998 Arch Enemy released Stigmata, for which bassist Martin Bengtsson and drummer Peter Wildoer joined the band. This album caught the attention of a wider audience, gaining popularity in both Europe and America. This was also the first Arch Enemy album to be released worldwide.

In 1999, Sharlee D’Angelo assumed the role of Arch Enemy’s bassist, and Daniel Erlandsson was once again recruited to handle drum duties, this time on a permanent basis. Burning Bridges was released, and was soon followed by the live album Burning Japan Live 1999, which was initially a release limited to Japan, but later given worldwide distribution due to demands from fans.[citation needed] During the touring-cycle for Burning Bridges Sharlee D’Angelo was temporarily replaced twice, first by Dick Lövgren (Meshuggah, ex-Armageddon) and secondly, by Roger Nilsson (ex-Spiritual Beggars, Firebird, The Quill). Burning Bridges marked a shift in Arch Enemy’s core sound, now opting for a more melodic approach, while still keeping the original melodic death metal-sound first heard on the first two albums.

In November 2000 vocalist Johan Liiva was asked to quit the band. Michael Amott stated that the he wanted more dynamics from the band’s frontperson, and that Liiva’s live performance was not up to par with the rest of the band. Liiva was soon replaced by amateur German journalist and death metal vocalist Angela Gossow, who had given a demo tape to Christopher Amott earlier that year during an interview she had conducted with him. Gossow proved to be a competent singer and has been with the band ever since.
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The first album with songs featuring Gossow was Wages of Sin, released in 2001. Along with featuring a new singer, the band also went from B tuning to C tuning and have kept this till the present. In December of the same year, Arch Enemy took part in the “Japan’s Beast Feast 2002” concert, playing alongside Slayer and Motörhead.

Anthems of Rebellion was released in 2003 and brought some innovations, such as the use of a second voice singing in harmony, for example in “End of the Line” and “Dehumanization.” In November of the following year, the band released the EP Dead Eyes See No Future, which featured live recordings, along with covers of Manowar, Megadeth and Carcass songs. In June 2004, the band embarked upon Japan touring supported by a Japanese act Edge of Spirit.

In June 2005, Arch Enemy finished the recording for their sixth album, Doomsday Machine. In July 2005, guitarist Christopher Amott left the band in order to focus on his personal life. He was temporarily replaced by guitarist Gus G. (Ozzy, Firewind), and then by Fredrik Åkesson in September 2005. Christopher returned on a permanent basis in March 2007, shortly before the band entered the studio to begin recording their new album with producer Fredrik Nordström (who has produced for acts such as In Flames and Soilwork). Åkesson went on to become Opeth’s new lead guitarist in May, 2007. An album from Arch Enemy’s earlier work, Black Earth, was reissued on April 24, 2007, with Liiva’s vocals.

Arch Enemy’s seventh album, entitled Rise of the Tyrant was released on September 24, 2007 in Europe and September 25, 2007 in the USA. Rise of the Tyrant debuted at number 84 on the Billboard 200 chart. This surpasses the Doomsday Machine chart entry, making it the band’s highest charting effort to date. Gossow said the new album has more emotion and less double vocals, as well as less vocal processing, yielding a more “raw” presentation.

Arch Enemy played the Bloodstock Open Air Festival in August 2007, between Sabbat and In Flames. They then performed on the Black Crusade tour at the end of 2007, with Machine Head, Trivium, DragonForce and Shadows Fall. With this, as Michael Amott reported on the band’s website, “These will be the first European shows we do with Arch Enemy after the release of our new album”.

On March 8, 2008, Arch Enemy filmed a live show in Tokyo, Japan for the live DVD Tyrants of the Rising Sun. Arch Enemy also co-headlined the Defenders of the Faith tour in April 2008 with Opeth while DevilDriver and 3 Inches of Blood opened for them. They then headlined the Tyranny and Bloodshred tour in May 2008 with Dark Tranquillity, Divine Heresy, and Firewind as supporting acts.

Released September 28 in EU, September 30 in Japan, and October 6 in USA, it features twelve re-recorded songs spanning the band’s career before Gossow joined as vocalist, with some material pre-dating D’Angelo as their bassist. In the first half of 2009, the band toured Europe and South America, and they also played at the annual Dubai Desert Rock Festival alongside Opeth, Chimaira, and Motörhead. Following the release of The Root of All Evil on September 28, 2009, the band embarked on an Asian and Australian tour, including their first visit to New Zealand, starting at the Loud Park festival in Japan on October 17, other acts included Megadeth, Judas Priest, Slayer, Anthrax, Rob Zombie and Children of Bodom.

Arch Enemy has confirmed to be part of the Wacken Open Air tour held in Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany. This is one of the biggest summer heavy metal festivals, including more than 60 bands.

Members:

  • Christopher Amott − guitar (1996–2005, 2007–present)
  • Michael Amott − guitar (1996–present), keyboards on Doomsday Machine and Rise of the Tyrant
  • Sharlee D’Angelo − bass guitar (1999–present)
  • Daniel Erlandsson − drums (1996, 1998–present)
  • Angela Gossow − lead vocals (2001–present)

Anne Autumn Erickson Upon Wings Interview

Anne “Autumn” Erickson

Upon Wings is our November 2012 Band of the Month and. This month we’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Anne “Autumn” Erickson lead vocalist and driving force behind Upon Wings.

WOM: Hi Anne, Since a large number of people still haven’t heard of Upon Wings. Tell them a little bit about the band and yourself.

Anne: Hey, Jayson, thanks so much for the opportunity to be featured on the Women of Metal show and site. We’re very excited to have won the November Band of the Month contest. Upon Wings is out of Michigan in the U.S. I’m the frontwoman and pretty much spearhead the group.

WOM: Who are some of the musicians who performed on The Dream with you?

Anne:  That was Glenn Brown and me. He’s is a Michigan producer who has worked with some great bands, including Evans Blue, the Verve Pipe and Iggy Pop, just to name a few.

WOM: Who are some of your personal influences?

Anne:  A really wide variety of music has influenced me as a musician. Musicals such as “Phantom of the Opera” and “Les Miserables” were a huge influence growing up. I also really enjoy AFI, especially their album “Sing the Sorrow.” It has such beautiful instrumentation and gothic textures.

WOM: I’ve talked to many women who have said it’s very difficult for a woman to be a metal musician. Have you found that to be the case?

Anne:  You know, so far, every male musician with whom I’ve worked has treated me as an equal. I haven’t noticed it being more difficult, but I might notice it more in the future. We’ll see!

WOM: So you feel that the ladies are more respected now than they were years ago?

Anne:  I do! I certainly feel respected as a female artist, thus far. It’s great to see bands featuring female members doing well.

WOM: Any plans for a full length album or an EP?

Anne:  Yes! We plan to release an EP in 2013, and we’re close to announcing the details, but not there yet. It will be soon, though! We worked with some amazingly talented musicians on the new music, too.

WOM: What’s the writing process like for Upon Wings? Is it something that’s an ongoing process? Do you just write when you have to get into the studio and record a CD?

Anne:  It’s an ongoing process. Sometimes inspiration will come in the middle of the night, and sometime it’s just at normal times during the day. You never know. I usually write down lyrics when they come to me, and then, eventually, an idea for a song forms out of them.

WOM: Any shows on the horizon that you would like to share with our readers?

Anne:  Not yet, but we are hoping to play some nice gigs in 2013.

WOM: Any other news about Upon Wings you would like to share with our readers?

Anne:  We’re just really grateful to our supporters. Our first single, “The Dream,” has been so well-received. It means a lot to see how people have related to the song and to have all of you supporting our music and dreams after hearing “The Dream.” I’m excited for everyone to hear the new music in 2013. Also, thank you, again, Jayson for your support! God bless! Here’s how to find Upon Wings online: www.UponWings.com, http://Facebook.com/UponWings and http://Twitter.com/UponWings.

Thank you Anne, good luck and we look forward to hearing more from Upon Wings in 2013.

Celebrating the Women of Metal