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Alexia from ESTK on Women of Metal

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Jack’s at it again, this time he interviews Alexia Rodriguez of the American post-hardcore band Eyes Set to Kill. This interview is so awesome it wouldn’t fit it in just one show. Jayson Shell welcomes Jack Antonio back to the Women of Metal show on Saturday October 26th at 8PM CST, and then tune in Tuesday October 29th at 8PM CST to catch part two on The Metal Factory. Be sure to check out both shows to experience two completely unique interviews!
At some point or another, everybody wears a mask. That façade doesn’t just hide imperfections or insecurities either. It allows its wearer to assume a different face. Sometimes, that’s a dangerous proposition. Other times, it’s the only way to find oneself. Eyes Set To Kill uncovered their identity within Masks, their fifth full-length album and first for Century Media Records.In 2012, the band found itself mired in the search for a new label. That proved to be a rather daunting and frustrating undertaking where every meeting yielded a conflicting third-party perception of who Eyes Set To Kill should be.”I felt like we were wearing a bunch of masks to impress people during those meetings,” admits singer, songwriter, and guitarist Alexia Rodriguez. “At one point, I had a bit of a revelation. We had gone through so many changes over the years. It wasn’t about anybody else though. It was about us. We really found the band’s face at that point. We weren’t wearing masks anymore.”

Instead of pandering or worrying about expectations, the band—Alexia, her sister Anissa [bass], Caleb Clifton [drums], and Cisko Miranda [screams]—hunkered down and demoed two of its strongest songs to date, the irresistibly incendiary “True Colors” and “Nothing Left to Say”. Both merged anthemic scope and jarring metallic elegance, making for some of the group’s catchiest fare. As a result, Century Media immediately signed them.
“Those two songs served as a blueprint for the entire record,” explains Alexia. “When we were writing, I didn’t try to do what everybody else does. We didn’t need to throw a ton of riffs into one song or get overly technical. I wanted to make music that was catchy.”With that mindset, the group retreated to a Southern California studio with producer Steve Evetts [The Dillinger Escape Plan, Sepultura]. In the process, Alexia evolved immensely as the band’s songwriter, and the band’s patented sound expanded. For the first time, Cisko added staggering screams, building the harmonies. Everything became amplified from the heaviness to the hooks.”I was never really an underground kind of girl,” says Alexia. “I grew up on bands like Nirvana and more alternative rock, but I also related to metal and post-hard-core at the same time. Melody makes music relatable. I want people to remember the songs and relate to them.”
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The first single “Infected” certainly upholds that. A battering guitar groove gives way to a soaring refrain from Alexia. It’s an unforgettable and unshakable introduction to the next phase of Eyes Set To Kill.
She goes on, “Sometimes, in relationships, people get manipulated into thinking that they’re the insane one or they have something wrong with them. They get portrayed like they’re ‘infected’, but they’re really not. They’re just being manipulated. It hits hard, and it’s got a lot of anger. At the same time, it shows listeners they’re not alone.”

Eyes Set To Kill have been providing fans that outlet since they first emerged from Phoenix, AZ in 2003. Since then, they have amassed over 1.17 million Facebook likes, covered USA Today, and landed on Alternative Press’s coveted “100 Bands You Need to Know List”. On the road, they’ve developed into a veritable whirlwind, sharing stages with everyone from Papa Roach to Black Veil Brides. They’ve crossed the globe four times on tour and even headlined a festival in Jakarta in front of 8,000-plus fans.

Now, with the Masks off, Eyes Set To Kill stand primed to be heard louder than ever before. “I feel like we’ve been working towards this record for our whole career,” concludes Alexia. “There were times I was almost going to give up. I’m glad I didn’t. I’d love for this music to inspire everyone to keep going. It’s always worth it to hold on to your dreams.”

Alexia- Vocals, guitar & keyboards
Anissa- Bass
Cisko – Screams, live guitar
Caleb – Drums & samples

Genevieve Rodda (Temtris) on WoM show 7/25/2013

Saturday on The Women of Metal Show on Insane Realm Radio Jayson Shell will be interviewing Genevieve Rodda from our October 2012 Band of the Month Winner Temtris. Yeah we know it’s about time right?

Genevieve Rodda and Temtris
Genevieve Rodda and Temtris

Displaying an infectious blend of technical skill and powerful song-writing ability, Temtris are taking their unique sound and appeal to the world.

Temtris are a metal curiosity, a direct result of the band’s constant conviction to their craft and their fans. Featuring founding members Anthony Roberts (Guitar) and Genevieve Rodda (Vocals) and joined by drumming legend Wayne Campbell (Mortal Sin, Grungeon), in 2002, the group sought a more aggressive edge, and enrolled guitarist/songwriter Llew ‘Ahzael’ Smith (Deiform, Malice, Ravensgate) and Aaron “Azgard” Worboys (Malice, Bane of Isildur) on bass.

Losing Wayne and Aaron to other commitments the band discovered a young and talented drummer in their home town by the name of Tom Wallace, quickly dubbed ‘The Machine’ for his machine-gun like double kick abilities, followed by bass guitarist Gavin Swan.

It had been a long time between albums and fueled by the enthusiasm of the new recruits Temtris headed back to the studio. The result was ‘Masquerade’ a dark and edgy collection of songs which in many ways pushed the band further into the ‘unique’ label with its raw sound and musical experimentation. Temtris continue to carve their own unique and dynamic musical niche in the metal realm. Temtris became “Dark Metal”.

The departure of Tom and Gavin saw Temtris on the hunt again for a competant rhythm section.
Enter Dale Green (Delinquent, Soul Trickery) on bass and James Rodwell (The Mud Luck Trio) on drums.
This line up combined with newly enlisted producer Syd Green (Mantissa, Dirty Lucy, Iota, Matt Tonks) has produced one of Temtris’ most exciting songs to date in “Your time has come”.

As always happens, life makes it difficult for bands to stay together and this saw the departure of James leaving an open spot on the throne for a young and very talented drummer by the name of Ben Hart (Eyes of Idevale). Now with one of the strongest line ups to date the studio awaits.

Genevieve Rodda

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Natasha Singer (EYE RA HAZE) on Women of Metal 7/13/2013

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EYE RA HAZE

Natasha Singer from New York Metallers EYE RA HAZE sits down with Jayson Shell for an interview Saturday July 13 Show time 8pm central.

EYE RA HAZE is The Women of Metal band of the Month for July 2013

When the seductive crooning of Natasha Nicholson met the crushing sounds of distorted guitars and sovereign drumming, she found a safe haven for her voice and a way to reach the soul of the fan, at the depths of their emotions.

Eye Ra Haze was the natural formation of five heavy music lovers who shared the dream of sculpting a nonpareil sound in the Alternative & Nu metal Genres. Comprised of an irresistible melodist, Natasha Singer; Queen of the battle axe, Nicole Papastavrou, an audacious bass player, Enrique Mancia; Hard hitting drummer, Kevin Corcoran; and on backing vocals and keys Karine Catenacci.

Their blend of delicate, ardent melodies and tumultuous rhythm riffs can only be compared to the leaders in a hard rock scene that made for 32% of physical album sales in 2010, alone. They craft each song like a passionate, personal encounter, using dynamics to translate their mood and intentions. During the tremors of their live set, Eye Ra Haze exposes a crude display of skills, taking the audience from love to rage and leaving them hung; craving to know the source of their enigmatic dark side, and their intimidating show of beauty.

Orianthi Interview (3/14/2013)

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Orianthi

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