Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL have entered the studio with producer Jay Baumgardner (P.O.D., SEVENDUST, EVANESCENCE, PAPA ROACH) to begin recording their new album for an early 2014 release via Century Media Records.
After the first days of recording, the band is already happy with the magic happening in the studio.
Cristina Scabbia (vocals): “I am so excited to work on new stuff…
“I am sure a lot of people will be mesmerized by the cinematic vibe of the new album that’s underway.
“I’m very happy to have the chance to work with Jay. Not only is he a pro in what he does, but I am just loving the fact we are going to experiment with new sounds and are getting a different point of view about our art. We’re swamped with the music already…
“LACUNA COIL is back, baby!!!”
Andrea Ferro (vocals): “We met Jay a few years ago in L.A. and had a really positive feeling about him, as he has produced and mixed some of my favourite records and some very relevant rock/metal albums.
“We have decided to work with him, because he has the ability to work together with the band towards a common vision without driving the band away from their sound.
“In the studio, there is the right energy that allows common people to achieve uncommon results!”
Cristiano “Pizza” Migliore (guitar): “Yeah, we’re very excited about finally recording new songs — and I can assure you that the new stuff kicks ass!”
LACUNA COIL plans on completing the recording sessions for the new album before joining the “Tragic Illusion Tour” that will celebrate PARADISE LOST‘s 25th anniversary. A few days earlier, they will perform at the Metal Female Voices Fest in Belgium.
LACUNA COIL‘s latest album, “Dark Adrenaline”, sold around 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 15 on The Billboard 200 chart. It marked the band’s second CD with producer Don Gilmore (LINKIN PARK, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE) at the helm.
“We changed producers on our last album, ‘Shallow Life’, and we wanted to work with Don,” Scabbia told KNAC.COM. “I think that we wanted to change producers mainly to see what we could do with a different person. A producer is much like a teacher and we wanted to learn something new and we found that our goals and Don‘s were much the same. When listening to ‘Dark Adrenaline’, I can say that there is so much different. We are more experienced now and more confident in our sound and we get inspired to try to do more with each new record.”
One can say QUEEN V is more man you can ever be and more woman than you can ever get. A global icon in the making, QUEEN V already holds court as the reigning rock regent of NYC. With a decade under her belt as the quintessential Lady of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, QUEEN V has developed an obsessed fan base that stretches far beyond the concrete jungle.
That fan base is poised to witness the rock n’ roll greatness of V on both coasts this fall. QUEEN V is set to hit Los Angeles, CA and West Hollywood, CA this September, and will perform at two locations in New York City in October. See directly
below for a listing of current tour dates.
9/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Atwater Crossing – Performing as part of Scott Mitchell’s “A Decade of Rock & Roll” Photo Exhibit (Additional performances by John Densmore of The Doors, Stolen Babies and more)
9/20 – West Hollywood, CA @ Sunset Marquis – Unplugged Acoustic Set
10/2 – New York, NY @ Bowery Electric (Additional performances by Dizzy Reed of Guns N’ Roses)
10/10 – New York, NY @ The Canal Room – Part of CBGB Festival
QUEEN V is planning to release a brand new WWII-themed music video for the track “Right or Wrong” this month. V is also currentl
y hard at work writing her next EP, due out next fall.
QUEEN V released her latest album, The Decade of Queen V on June 25, 2013 via Royal Noise Records. Filled with one blistering hard rocker after another, featuring the tough yet soulful, passionate and empowered vocals of QUEEN V, backed by an army of guitar slingers (including herself), The Decade of Queen V encompasses her recorded output from 2005 to 2013.
The Decade of Queen V opens with “Revolution Baby” (2009) where Queen V snarls “if you think you own me, go to hell,” complete with a Led Zeppelin-styled blues-harp by Jon Paris, and ends with “Wasted” (2009), an anthem-for-the-ages co-written by Motörhead’s Lemmy who shares vocal duties with V. Other highlights on the album include the brand new “Cry Your Eyes Out,” the gutsy “My Machine (2009), which features a burning lead guitar solo by Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), and the deeply moving “Right Or Wrong” (2005). The 11 tracks on The Decade Of Queen V show that V is not only a fierce rock n’ roll siren, but also a nuanced and varied songwriter, able to traverse a diverse range of emotions.
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TJ Fowler of Skullbanger.net recently conducted an interview with former AFTER FOREVER frontwoman and current NIGHTWISH touring singer Floor Jansen about her REVAMP project. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.
REVAMP‘s second album, “Wild Card”, will be released in Europe on August 23 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at SandLane Studio in Rijen, The Netherlands with Joost van den Broek (ex-AFTER FOREVER) and will feature guest choir parts by Marcela Bovio (STREAM OF PASSION) and Daniël de Jongh (TEXTURES).
“Wild Card” track listing:
01. The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: On The Sideline
02. The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: The Limbic System
03. Wild Card
06. The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: Neurasthenia
07. Distorted Lullabies
09. I Can Become
10. Misery’s No Crime
11. Wolf and Dog
12. Sins (bonus track)
The CD features additional guest appearances by Mark Jansen (EPICA), Johan van Stratum (STREAM OF PASSION) and Devin Townsend.
The opening track, “The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: On The Sideline”, was released as a digital iTunes single on July 19.
Regarding the album title, Jansen states: “This album became the most aggressive album I’ve ever made and in the lyrics I tell a lot about my personal experiences of the last years. This resulted into some heavy stories and some open-hearted ‘screams’ I needed out of my system. It matches the violence of the music in a great way; we wrote as a great team! But not one sentence or word can really cover the contents of this album. Its variety in all its ingredients makes it almost impossible.
“A wild card is an unpredictable and unforeseeable factor. You don’t know what you’re getting, or when. That’s this album! It’s 100% REVAMP and it’s your wild card!”
The “Wild Card” cover artwork was created by Richard Stark of NI Concept And Design. Jansen explains: “I am the queen of hearts on it, who is a wild card herself. You see a ‘nice’ and a ‘nasty’ queen. The nasty one has a cracked lip, cuts in her face and a bleeding heart in her hand. The other queen looks nice even though queens of hearts never truly are…
“Again, what is it you’re going to get? In that respect it visualizes the music, from aggressive and nasty to melodic and pretty. This theme has been important to me personally throughout my career and also in this album I played with it to the max. I used my voice in so many different ways now! The music invited me to do this.
“I am super proud of the amazing guitar riffs, the versatile and groovy but mega tight drums and the keyboard sounds and arrangements that bring something new to the table.
“We hope you like our wild card!”
REVAMP recently announced the addition of bassist Henk Vonk to the group’s ranks. He replaces Jaap Melman, who left REVAMP before the band entered the studio to begin recording its second album. The CD was eventually completed with the help of STREAM OF PASSION bassist Johan van Stratum, who filled in on short notice and “did an amazing job to record and edit the bass parts,” according to a press release.
Floor previously stated about the making of “Wild Card”: “Never before in my career I faced a situation like the one we were in with this album. It was a huge challenge because of several reasons. My sickness caused a major break between the first album and tours, plus the writing of the first ideas for the second album and the actual finalization of those songs and the album. And right at the moment we started to pick everything back up after I was sick, I joined NIGHTWISH. Like a winter and a summer storm, they bring unexpected things, some nasty ones and some amazingly wonderful!
“Also the recording of this album was unlike any I did before because I was on tour with NIGHTWISH most of the time. Guided by Joost van den Broek, the talented musicians of REVAMP recorded all the instruments, and when I came back to The Netherlands, I stepped into the studio to find a rough diamond. A shiny dark crystal: ready for my vocals. That was magical! The singing went smoother than ever before. The lyrics are like a roadmap through our storms and through my personal detours and horrors.
“With pride we can announce our partner in crime from the first album will again join forces with us! Metal and rock giant Nuclear Blast will again make sure REVAMP‘s new album reaches YOUR music collection wherever you are on this metal-loving planet!!!
“Nuclear Blast knows about storms and their metal heart beats like ours. I am very exited they will release this album! The team is so good and with such great people I have no doubts our cooperation will again be fantastic.”
REVAMP‘s self-titled debut album was released in Europe on May 28, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Jansen made her live debut as the frontwoman of NIGHTWISH on October 1, 2012 at Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Washington.
Jansen handled lead-vocal duties on NIGHTWISH‘s recent North American, South American, Australian and U.K. tours after the group parted ways with Anette Olzon at the end of September 2012.
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Photo credit: Richard Stark for NI Concept & Design
Polish female fronted heavy metal act CRYSTAL VIPER is recording its fifth studio album, “Possession”, for a December 13 release via AFM Records. The concept effort will be available as CD, limited-edition LP and digital download. The CD and LP editions will include alternate bonus tracks.
CRYSTAL VIPER has also prepared unique, and one-of-a-kind surprise for its fans: everyone can be special guest on the new CRYSTAL VIPER album!
“It seems people really enjoy concept albums we do, so our next release will be concept album as well, but even more twisted you all can imagine,” says vocalist, guitarist and main songwriter Marta Gabriel.
“Inviting special guests that were recording with us is already kind of tradition for CRYSTAL VIPER, but this time we decided to go one step further, and we decided to invite people who are most important for us, people who give us energy and strenght to continue: our fans!”
“Here’s the deal: we want to have YOUR scream on the next CRYSTAL VIPER album! And ANY scream is welcomed! How to do it? Simply record yourself screaming: use your iPhone, smart phone, computer, or any other recording device you can find, and send mp3 or wav file with the recording to firstname.lastname@example.org. Just type ‘CRYSTAL VIPER SCREAM’ in the subject line — and don’t forget to tell us your full name, as you will be listed in the booklet of the next CRYSTAL VIPER album as a special guest!” Fans can submit their recordings until August 15.
In other news, CRYSTAL VIPER recently confirmed two live shows in Germany as the special guest of the U.S. epic metal legends MANILLA ROAD: on September 25 in Russelsheim and on September 26 in Ludwigsburg. On August 17, the band will also appear at the Sabaton Open Air in Falun, Sweden.
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 Jacksonâ€™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.