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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.
More than a dozen members of Eve’s Apple — a worldwide community of professional female singers, designed to be a platform that informs about women’s work in the world of music — performed at the tenth edition of Metal Female Voices Fest on Friday, October 19 in Wieze, Belgium.
Fan-filmed video footage of their appearance can be seen below.
* Maxi Nil (VISIONS OF ATLANTIS)
* VK Lynne (VITA NOVA, THE SPIDER ACCOMPLICE)
* Kerstin Bischof (XANDRIA)
* Gaby Koss (HAGGARD, EQUILIBRIUM)
* Iliana Tsakiraki (MEDEN AGAN)
* Lindsay Schoolcraft (MARY AND THE BLACK LAMB)
* Grace Meridan (CANDLELIT)
* Clémentine Delauney (SERENITY, WHYZDOM)
* Elina Laivera (SEDUCE THE HEAVEN)
* Kassandra Gruszkowski (ENEMY STAR)
* Marcela Bovio (STREAM OF PASSION)
* Melissa Ferlaak (VISIONS OF ATLANTIS, ECHOTERRA)
* Angel Wolf-Black (BARE INFINITY)
* Sanna Salou (DIMLIGHT)
EVE’S APPLE members write articles, share insights, raise money for charity and more.
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Mark Lloyd of The Midlands Rocks conducted an interview withHALESTORM drummer Arejay Hale during the band’s recent U.K. headlining tour. You can now watch the chat below.
HALESTORM will embark on a late fall headlining U.S. tour sponsored byJägermeister. The trek gets underway on November 8 in Mobile, Alabama, wrapping up on December 15 in Orlando, Florida. Special guests on the bill will be IN THIS MOMENT and EVE TO ADAM.
“I Miss The Misery”, the second single from HALESTORM‘s current album“The Strange Case Of…” , was a Top Five track at Active Rock radio.
HALESTORM singer Lzzy Hale was named the “Hottest Chick in Hard Rock” in Revolver magazine’s annual round-up of the sexiest female rockers, beating out contenders like Lee, IN THIS MOMENT‘s Maria Brink andLACUNA COIL‘s Cristina Scabbia.
Joan Jett has announced that Bad Reputation (1981) will be re-released on 180 gram clear vinyl for Record Store Day which is Black Friday on November 23! The individually numbered Limited Edition LP includes an enhanced CD of Bad Reputation with bonus tracks and live footage. The album will be available atparticipating record stores! Bad Reputation has never before been available on heavyweight clear vinyl.
LP: “Bad Reputation”/”Make Believe”/”You Don’t Know What You’ve Got”/”You Don’t Own Me”/”Too Bad On Your Birthday”/”Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)”/”Let Me Go”/”Doing Alright With The Boys”/”Shout”/”Jezebel”/”Don’t Abuse Me”/”Wooly Bully”
CD: “Call Me Lightning”/”Hanky Panky”/”What Can I Do For You”/”You Don’t Own Me”/”Bad Reputation (Live)”
CD Enhanced Material: “Shout (Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ 8/7/82)”/ “Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah) (The Summit, Houston, TX 10/7/83)” / “Bad Reputation”/”Call Me Lightning”/”Hanky Panky”/”What Can I Do For You”/”You Don’t Own Me”/”Bad Reputation (Live)” (Long Island Brewing Company, Jericho, NY 1/20/98)”
Dutch symphonic metal band EPICA are pleased to announce their first ever Australian tour to take place April of next year. EPICA singer Simone Simons had this to say about the upcoming tour: “Epica has been traveling around the world and has until now never set foot on Australian soil. Being able to perform in Australia is another dream coming true. We are ecstatic to come down under and meet our Australian fans”
The band will tour Australia to promote Requiem for the Indifferent, which was released on March 13th 2012 through Nuclear Blast.
Tickets went on sale on Friday October 19th 2012. There will be a limited amount of special VIP tickets available for all shows. These tickets include VIP meet-and-greet, early entry and commemorative poster signed by the band.
17th April 2013 – Hi Fi, Brisbane Tickets
19th April 2013 – Metro (All Ages), Sydney Tickets
21st April 2013 – Billboard, Melbourne Tickets
We can’t wait to meet our fans in Australia and hope to see you all next year!
Tribe members, the wait is over! OTEP has announced her first ever LIVE album that will be released November 2012. In addition, she will be working on her sixth full-length studio album, out in January 2013.
On October 15, Rustyn Rose of Metalholic.com conducted an interview with German metal queen Doro Pesch. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
Doro‘s new EP, “Raise Your Fist In The Air”, was released on August 3. A full-length album, “Raise Your Fist”, will follow on October 19 viaNuclear Blast Records.
In a recent interview with Lords Of Metal, Doro stated about the the switch from her previous label home (AFM Records) to Nuclear Blast, “The record deal with AFM was up and I decided to check if some other options were available. My current guitar player, Bas Maas, who was in AFTER FOREVER, told me that he had good experiences with Nuclear Blast and that it was a great label to be on. Furthermore, there were several people that I’ve worked with in the past that moved from AFM toNuclear Blast, like Sandra Eichner and Markus Wosgien, and they also told me that it would be a good label for me. Of course, Nuclear Blast is bigger than AFM and has worldwide distribution, which is also very important for us, as we play shows across the globe. I’m still very good friends with the people from AFM and I was also very much involved in the release of the compilation album ‘Under My Skin’ that was released by them a couple of weeks ago, as I wrote liner notes for all the songs that are on that album.”
Regarding the departure of guitarist Joe Taylor and addition of Bas Maas,Doro said, “I don’t think that it made a very big difference on the songwriting process, but Bas is a person that’s full of life and very energetic. You can hear that on ‘Revenge’, which is a song that he wrote the riff for, which is a very high-energy and fast type of song. Furthermore, he’s great as a live guitarist as well, as he really knows how to rock on stage and that’s very important for a show. I’m still very good friends with Joe, who’s been in the band for about sixteen years, and he joined us on stage during the show we did last October in New York. But the non-stop touring that we do is a hard lifestyle and he really wanted to take some time off from that.”
On the topic of her expectations for “Raise Your Fist”, Doro said, “I will be very happy when the fans say they love the record; that’s the most important for me. I really don’t keep up with numbers, which are, in my opinion, great to talk about afterwards. It’s nice if we will be able to make the charts again, but to me, those kind of things don’t really matter. Much more important is that the fans dig the songs in a live situation and, since we already played ‘Raise Your Fist’ several times live, the first signs are very positive.”
Written by Jayson Shell
This month I had to opportunity to interview Genevieve Rodda lead vocalist of our October 2012 Band of the Month Winner Temtris. During the interview we spoke about Temtris (past, present and future). A future that looks bright with a new album on the way (March 2013) and a growning legion of fans from around the world.
Jayson Shell: Since many people outside of Australia haven’t heard of Temtris I think we should start off by telling the world a little about Temtris.
Genevieve Rodda:Temtris formed in 2002, with band members from Sydney and the south coast of Australia. We decided to give the band a name which would describe the fact that it was female fronted and metal at the same time. Temtris self released its first album “Threshold” in 2003 and it was sold exclusively at concerts for Temtris fans !
Following a few years of hard work, touring and performing (and the usual run of line-up changes), Temtris had built a solid fan-base and, as a result, in 2007 Temtris was offered world-wide distribution of their next album with Battlegod Productions, so we hit the studio again and released “Masquerade” in 2008. This album has been sold in Europe and America through Plastic head, Century Media, H’art and Twilight distributors. Promotion of “Masquerade” by Battlegod Productions also saw Temtris appear on several compilation cds including Metal Maniacs and Kill City and the album was strongly advertised in some of Europe’s biggest metal magazines; Terrorizer, Legacy and Metal Hammer.
Temtris is currently playing shows throughout Australia and will be hitting Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane again in the New Year.
In musical terms, Temtris has always been a hard band to catagorise because of the individual combinations of strong female vocals, twin guitar harmonies, death backing vocals and powerful rhythm section. We are traditional metal, but do have influences of thrash, death/black and power metal that comes into our song writing.
Current members of Temtris are; Genevieve Rodda / Vocals, Lew Smith / Lead guitar and backing vocals, Anthony Fox / Lead guitar, Dale Green/ Bass, and Benjamin Hart /Drums.
Jayson Shell: Who are some of your personal influences?
Genevieve Rodda: I’ve always been a huge fan of Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Geoff Tate(Queensryche) and also love bands such as Megadeth , Guns n Roses , Flotsam and Jetsam and Arch Enemy and Doro (Warlock).
Jayson Shell: 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? Or is it easier now then it was say 10 years ago when Temtris started?
Genevieve Rodda: It’s never been easy! We are judged before we are heard and I find people are quite often shocked at what Temtris sound like when they actually take the time to check us out. I believe it will always be tough for a female to get respect in this genre!
Jayson Shell: Do you feel that the ladies are more respected now.
Genevieve Rodda: No not really, I think you still have to prove your worth!
Jayson Shell: Recently it was announced that Temtris’ CD “Masquerade” has sold out of physical copies. Describe that moment, when you found out. Happy, sad, bittersweet?
Genevieve Rodda: We are pleased that this album has sold out. It’s a very satisfying feeling. But we will look at repressing it after the third album has been released. It’s great to know that there are fans of Temtris world-wide with that cd!
Jayson Shell: You mentioned to me in the past that Temtris is working on a new CD. Any progress on that?
Genevieve Rodda: Yes, with the songs written and the rhythm sections recorded we are back in the studio currently working on guitar tracks with producer Syd Green (Mantissa/Iota) and also working with an artist developing the concepts for the cd art.
Jayson Shell: can the world expect to see the new Temtris CD? Any potential release dates on the horizon?
Genevieve Rodda: We will be releasing again through Battlegod Production and are looking at having the album available early March 2013 if all goes as planned.
Jayson Shell: What’s the writing process like for Temtris? Is it something that you are constantly doing? Do you just write when you have to get into the studio and record a CD?
Genevieve Rodda: Both guitarists of Temtris are always working on new material and usually give me a song idea or structure to write lyrics to or sometimes I will have an idea I will take to them.
Jayson Shell: Any shows on the horizon that you would like to share with our readers?
Genevieve Rodda: The next show for Temtris will be in Sydney at the Steel Assassins Metal Festival on the 2nd of November and then back into the studio again before we head to Brisbane on the 11th of January.
Jayson Shell: Any plans to branch out and hit the USA or Europe anytime?
Genevieve Rodda: Battlegod Productions are currently meeting with promoters in Europe and they are hoping to put together a Battlegod Productions tour in 2013! We would also love to get to the USA as we have a great fan base building there, but right now we are mainly focused on the next album release.
Thank you Genevieve. Again feel free to add anything we did not cover here.
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