August 2014 Band of the Month Candidates



Ravenscry were born in 2008, near Milan, from the encounter between guitarist Paul Raimondi (Hyperion ex-drummer), Fagio on bass and Simon Carminati behind the drums, joined shortly thereafter by guitarist Mauro Paganelli and singer Giulia Stefani.

In March 2009 the band recorded the entire repertoire at Fear Studio in Ravenna (Italy) with Simone Mularoni (Empyrios, DGM) and Simone Bertozzi (Mnemic, Empyrios, The Modern Age Slavery). The work was completed with the vocal parts recorded at Suonovivo (Bergamo, Italy) with Dario Ravelli. All of the material was mixed at Sound of Pisces in Los Angeles by Fabrizio Grossi (Steve Vai, Steve Lukather, Slash, Laura Pausini, Cypress Hill, Alice Cooper as well as labels like EMI and Warner) and mastered by Tom Baker (Judas Priest, Sevendust, Marilyn Manson, Megadeth and many others).

In 2010 Ravenscry presented Nobody’s official video directed by Salvatore Perrone (former director for bands like Exilia, From Autumn to Ashes, August Burns Red, Sick Of It All to name few) and signed to Wormholedeath/Dreamcell11 for the publishing and distribution of the first full length album entitled One Way Out, which was available on April 15th 2011 and was officially presented with a Release Party at Zoe Club in Milan.

After touring across UK and Belgium, the broadcasting of Nobody on japan FM radio Coast FM, Ravenscry signed to the Swedish label The Trip Records Sweden, owned by Peter Uvén (April Divine) and started One Way Out Scandinavian Tour 2011, playing three weeks in Sweden and Finland, stopping by the legendary club Pub Anchor in Stockholm too.

In 2012 One Way Out was released in Japan for Hydrant Music and Calliope official video was also released.
Their style is deliberately modern and integrates influences of components very different from one another: rock, metal, but at the same time leaves room for new influences, such as electronics. The themes of the lyrics are numerous and strong: the base is a cry of protest against a system where meritocracy does not exist and the sacrifice has often an illusory purpose; difficult relationships between parents and children, but also finding themselves, physical pleasure and alienation. Nothing is left out, because music is life and should tell every aspect of it.

Ravenscry played at PPM FEST 2014 in Belgium and their new album, titled The Attraction of Opposites, has been released on May 27th, 2014.

Voice: Giulia Stefani
Guitar: Paul Raimondi
Guitar: Mauro Paganelli
Bass Guitar: Andrea “Fagio” Fagiuoli
Drums: Simon Carminati

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Rearview Ghost:

Rearview Ghost
Rearview Ghost

Loud guitars and powerful gritty vocals are the fuel for Rearview Ghost ~ a self proclaimed, “dirty southern hard rock band” ~ led by female vocalist Josia and comprised of guitarist Craig “King of Noise” Shadix and bassist Flip Cooper.

Recently voted north Alabama’s “Best Local Rock Band,” “Best Local Female Singer,” and “Best Overall Band” in the Valley Planet’s annual, “Best of the Valley 2013,” this North Alabama band has been bucking trends and pushing boundaries by bringing back an old flair and mixing in their own modern dirty rock twist much in the vein of Led Zeppelin, The Dead Weather, Foo Fighters and The Pretty Reckless.

“They are definitely a band to keep your eyes and ears open for”
– Alice Roques, Rock Revolt Magazine

After a successful indiegogo fund-raising campaign supported by their fans, Rearview Ghost went into the studio to record their second album. They just recently completed recording their new CD with studio legend Michael Wagener at WireWorld Studios in Nashville, TN. Wagener has produced and/or mixed platinum selling albums by Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Skid Row, Janet Jackson, Alice Cooper and Extreme to name a few.

Releasing their second album within two years, the band’s long-awaited, “Revolution of an Open Mind” will drop May 30th 2014.
In anticipation of their new album, they released their first single, “Devil’s Backbone” in advance and it has been climbing the regional rock charts and radio ever since.

“Anthemic choruses? Check. Tattooed riffs? Check. Octave-scaling
female lead vocals? Check.” – Mike Wake, The Huntsville Times

Rearview Ghost has played many venues and huge outdoor festivals ~ such as Workplay Theatre and Iron Horse in Birmingham, AL; Sammy T’s, Crossroads, Whistlestop and Riverfest in Huntsville, AL; Hard Rock Cafe, 12th & Porter, The Rutledge and FooBar in Nashville, TN; Rhythm and Brews in Meridian, MS; Irish Rock Festival in Seaside Heights, NJ and Play Sports Bar in Staten Island, NY ~ both headlining and opening with bands including Candlebox, Rehab, Almost Kings, Full Devil Jacket, Surrender the Fall, My Darkest Days, Super Bob, Within Reason and Shallow Side.
RVG is currently booking new show dates for their 2014 “Spread the Noise” mini tours.

More information can be found on official website:

Vocals ~ Josia
Guitar ~ Craig Shadix
Bass ~ Flip Cooper

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Cloud Atlas:

Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas

Home to Mostly Autumn, Halo Blind and Heather Findlay’s various projects, York has been a centre of progressive and contemporary classic rock for quite a few years now, and Cloud Atlas are the latest in a string of excellent bands to emerge from the city.
Cloud Atlas is the band formed by former Stolen Earth, Breathing Space and Mostly Autumn vocalist Heidi Widdop. The band features Martin Ledger on guitar, one-time musical partner with Heidi in the duo The Secrets, a rhythm section of Neil Scott and Mostly Autumn alumni Stu Carver, and Dave Randall on keys. As is becoming increasingly common nowadays, the band crowdfunded the album with a pre-order campaign.

Heidi Widdop – Vocals, Whistle & Acoustic
Martin Ledger – Guitars
Stu Carver – Bass
Neil Scott – Drums
Dave Randall – Keyboards

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