Hayley Leggs of TotalRock Radio conducted an interview with vocalist Cristina Scabbia of Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL at this year’s edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival, which was held August 7-10 at Catton Hall, Walton-On-Trent, West Midlands, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.

LACUNA COIL‘s latest studio album, “Broken Crown Halo”, sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on April 1 via Century Media.

“Broken Crown Halo” was recorded Italy by producer Jay Baumgardner (P.O.D., SEVENDUST, EVANESCENCE, PAPA ROACH) and engineer Kyle Hoffmann (P.O.D., BUSH, ZEBRAHEAD). The effort was mastered by Howie Weinberg, whose credits include RAMMSTEIN, SOUNDGARDEN, NIRVANA, DEFTONES and SHERYL CROW.

Asked if she is satisfied with how “Broken Crown Halo” has been received by the fans and music critics alike, Scabbia told GetYourRockOut: “I’m very happy. Honestly, when we put out records, we don’t really think about the response we could have or what people could think about it, not because we don’t care about the music press or the fans at all, because we love our fans and the press, but it was more like a self -therapy. It’s like writing a diary and translating it with words and music for us. So if people like it, good. If people don’t like it, I mean, it’s just like, we’ve been honest and we put out something that we think is honest from our side. We could have repeated ourselves over and over with older albums, just because people like them and just like, ‘Oh, this is gonna be good, because it’s gonna be sounding kind of like that.’ But we’re just not like that. So I’m totally happy that people [are] liking it. I think it’s a great combination between our roots and the new influences, because you want to evolve as well.”

LACUNA COIL is currently touring as a quintet following the departures of guitarist Cris “Pizza” Migliore and drummer Cristiano “Criz” Mozzati. Marco “Maus” Biazzi is handling all guitar duties for the band while drummer Ryan Blake Folden is sitting behind the kit.


Chelsea Knaack From Heliosaga on Women of Metal Radio

Cknaack1Tomorrow night on The Women of Metal Radio Show…

Chelsea Knaack from Heliosaga joins Jayson for a quick conversation about her band, and their recent release “Towers in the Distance”

Some great music will be played this coming Saturday, August 30th, on the Women of Metal Radio Show, starting at 08:00pm CDT and ending at Midnight. Four hours of great music!!!

DJ Jayson Shell will be playing tracks from all three bands of the month contenders Amberian Dawn, Noisy Toyz, and The Hourglass (Romania). Near the end of the show we will be announcing the winner of September’s Band of the month contest. Also being played this Saturday will be tracks from Armonight, Defy the Tide, @Fist Fist Fight in the Parking Lot, Sin7sinS, tarjaofficial, WildeStarr, and many, many, more.

And last but not least Jayson and Kent Bateman will spotlight the following 4 bands… @Ghosthill , MINDWAKE – Symphonic Metal, Graveshadow, and Godyva.

Tune in live at 8pm CDT on Insane Realm Radio –

MindMaze Signed By Inner Wound Recordings

mindmaze_band_photo_by_Jatzi_NietoInner Wound Recordings announce the signing of the US progressive power metal band, MINDMAZE. Their new album, Back From The Edge, will be released on October 24st in Europe and October 28th in North America.

Back From The Edge track listing:

Back From The Edge
Through The Open Door
Moment Of Flight
The Machine Stops
Consequence Of Choice
End of Eternity
Onward (Destiny Calls II)

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FRIGHTWIG Announces Distribution Deal with MRI Entertainment!


FRIGHTWIG is pleased to announce that they will release their War On Women/Hear What I Say Limited Edition 7” vinyl 45 via MRI Entertainment! The all-star line-up features founding members Deanna Mitchell on bass/vocals, Mia d’Bruzzi on guitar/vocals and secret weapon Cecilia Kuhn on drums/vocals, who are joined by the legendary Eric Drew Feldman on magical keyboards/vocals!

The War On Women/Hear What I Say Limited Edition 7” vinyl 45 will hit stores on September 16, 2014. Produced by Eric Drew Feldman, the two songs are presented in the only way that FRIGHTWIG knows how: rocking, snarling, blasting, prowling, and honest.

FRIGHTWIG has returned with a vengeance to the center stage.

FRIGHTWIG is touring the East coast in September! See FRIGHTWIG play with Jane Lee Hooker on this tour!

Mon 9/8 – Brooklyn, NY – The Knitting Factory
Tues 9/9 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu NecktieWeds 9/10 – Long Branch, NJ – The Brighton Bar
Fri 9/12 – Baltimore, MD – The SidebarSat 9/13 – Washington, DC – We Are Women Constitution Day Rally, West Lawn, Capitol Building

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Twitter @DeannaFrightwig ~ @cfrightwig


Available November 4th in North America on Napalm Records
The woman with an extremely successful world-wide career, Grammy Award nominations, sold-out tours and consistently chart successes with LEAVES ‘EYES and THEATRE OF TRAGEDY is now back with her fifth solo album. LIV KRISTINE has unveiled the title, artwork, release date & tour dates for her upcoming sensational album.  Vervain will be released on November 4th in North America and October, 27th in the UK via Napalm Records and promises lots of great melodies, haunting song structures and of course her world-class voice. Vervain presents itself as a spectacular piece of musical art: A rock masterpiece in an incomparable sound, multi-faceted and in every song in another shape between light and darkness.

Fall 2014 is going to be place of a tour, which has never been previously given: LIV KRISTINE will go on an extensive tour together with Kari Ruslåtten and Anneke van Giersbergen! “THE SIRENS in concert 2014” will be presented by ORKUS & take place in mid-October and December 2014!

To experience the three Power Ladies live, check out the tour dates near you! Tickets are now available!


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Women of Metal (From Light Rose The Angels Special) 8/19/2014

From Light Rose The AngelsJoin Jayson Shell for a very special episode of The Women of Metal Radio Show next Tuesday, August 19 at 8pm CDT on Insane Realm Radio. Joining Jayson live on the show will be VK Lynne, Janne Tamminen. Andrew Faust, Arno Nurmisto. Justin Lee Dixon, the members of From Light Rose The Angels. We’ll be playing tracks from their brand new EP, Chatting about the band and their music and much more.

Some were to achieve immortality, some were to fall immeasurably.
They came, they lived among us, they fought and loved and died, and their advent became the theme of the bards:
“Wings over strings, the symphony sings
of double bass deserts of Grey.
Metallic the melodies meld in the moonlight,
and wait for the dawn of the day.
The Angels will rise, with thorns in their eyes,
come hear what the roses proclaim.
As the blood runs black, there’s no turning back,
from Light tearing the horizon away.”
Now their tales will be told. Now the secrets unearthed, on the grandest of scales.
As the troubadours collect in the shadows, they will begin to reveal how From Light Rose the Angels.

September 2014 Band of the Month Candidates

Amberian Dawn


Amberian Dawn is a Finnish metal band that honed their trademark sound with expert precision, making highly polished albums of symphonic melodic metal. Their songs and unique style are sure to be heralded as future classics by fans of the genre. The music is based on songwriting of the founder member of the band, guitar & keyboard virtuoso, Tuomas Seppälä.

They’ve brought more songs to the Rock Band Network than any other band, and have become a fan favorite. That’s why Harmonix, the game developer have chosen them as the Rock Band Network Artist of the Month for July 2011.

Amberian Dawn have released four studio albums since 2008 and during these years they have already toured in Europe three times with bands like Epica, Van Canto, Tristania, done several festival shows and opened for bands like Kamelot and Dream Evil. Their latest studio album Circus Black (2012), is widely appraised with excellent reviews by critics all over the world.

In 2013 they released a re-recorded compilation album Re-Evolution with their new singer, Capri.

Year 2014 started with a new record deal with Napalm Records. Magic Forest album was released in June 2014.

Noisy Toyz


Noisy Toyz are a female fronted, Symphonic rock band from Hampshire/London.

Noisy Toyz music is inspired from many genres including Musicals and rock.pop music and blends rock guitar,synths and orchestra in their own unique style.
Building on the success of “The Fate of Dreams”, Noisy Toyz have now released their fourth album,” Forever One”. This album features the vocal talent of Lisa Axworthy, who has a musical and opera background. The album features symphonic orchestral hook lines to add to the theatrical edge,along with the melting pot of synth atmospheres, 7-string wall of guitar sound and drum grooves. so all people should enjoy this feast of Symphonic rock
Get your free download of the song “save me” from the album on our profile page now !!

The Hourglass


The Hourglass is a symphonic/gothic/industrial metal band, formed by Alma Vomastek (vocals, keyboards, songwriting, lyrics), Bogdan Mara (drums) and Vlad Negrea (guitar), in the city of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The name was carefully chosen to represent a connection between old and new, classical and modern (musically speaking) and also, to keep a general idea that everything that has a beginning, also has an end.

The band started as a studio project, having only a 4-5 songs demo recording in plan. The main reason to start this way is that a band cannot aim high or represent any interest to the local scene until there are at least some demo quality songs to be presented to the local public on social networks (Facebook, Reverbnation or Myspace).
The goal of The Hourglass was to create something new, something that could combine different genres into a new sound. After many musical experiments in songwriting regarding subjects, atmosphere and sounds used, the band crystallized a sound represented by heavy guitars and strong rhythmics, symphonic and industrial keyboard sounds, all combined with a classical soprano voice. A symphonic/industrial metal hybrid.

On the 30th of December 2011,The Hourglass released online the first self-produced studio material, “Requiem”, a 5 songs demo that represents a mixture of feelings, harmonies and styles. Mircea Petreus joined the crew with his bass skills right before the last two songs were recorded. From a ballad (In Remembrance) to a strong industrial metal influenced song (The Fall), they tried to explore the strongest human beliefs and feelings.

The spring of 2012 brings the last missing member in the band: Ioana Dirva, a pianist drawn by the idea of playing on a synthesizer and trying a different musical approach. After a strong live debut as an opening act for Theatres des Vampires (Italy) in Cluj-Napoca on the 20th of April 2012, one of the founding members, Vlad Negrea (guitar) left the band for personal reasons, followed by Mircea Petreus (bass), three months later. Even so, the formula of five was completed quick, without affecting the band’s rehearsals schedule and upcoming concerts. With Andrei Buciuta (guitar) and Traian Toderean (bass), The Hourglass was complete again, ready to rock the local stage (and more) with the new members and songs.

The end of 2013 comes with line-up changes: Andrei and Traian left the band due to the tight schedule of their studies, to be replaced in a short time by none other than Vlad Negrea, who takes the guitarist role once again, joining the band together with a new friend: Cristian Florea (the bassist of Shadowsail).

The Hourglass’s debut album, “Through Darkness And Light” was released on the 28th of March 2014, so let’s see what this will  bring to the table for this band!



Maria Kolokouri, better known as Tristessa, the vocalist of the Greek black metal band ASTARTE, has died from complications of leukemia.

Kolokouri‘s husband Nick Maiis has released the following statement regarding her passing:

Maria, she’s left from this world.

“You are leaving a lot behind and my soul is in pain.

“You are a special person, you are my wife. I will always adore you, our son and everybody that they love you. I will always honor you and you will never be forgotten.

“Until we meet again, my love, I will kiss you from inside of my soul.”

ASTARTE in 2013 announced plans to enter the studio to record its sixth full-length album, “Blackdemonium”.

The band’s fifth CD, “Demonized”, was released in 2007 via Avantgarde Music.

Asked in an interview what “Astarte” stood for an what the band’s goals were, Tristessa said: “Astarte is the great goddess of fertility, beauty and war. She is the Phoenician predecessor to the Greek Aphrodite. Her counterparts are well known to all of us, for instance to the Sumerians, she was known as Innanna, to the Babylonians as Ishtar, and so forth. She was associated with the moon and called Mother of the Universe, so her background fits to the Greek pagan spirit.”

She added: “Our goal is to create the absolute personal music style and to show that music and generally art belongs to everybody. The world of art welcome all those who have feelings, imagination and creativity and each one shall take what he or she deserves.”

In a 2007 interview with, Tristessa said about the songwriting process for ASTARTE: “First of all, I need to have some conditions that will help me to start composing music. My mind needs to be in total self control and sadness is very helping factor to transform my thoughts into the music.

“I record my ideas to a small console that I have in my bedroom. Once I gather a lot of ideas (hours of riffing ideas), I choose and unify them, to find the metronomes and to make a skeleton of a song. Then is the right time to meet the band and to enrich my riffs in order to work on final formation/skeleton of every song.

“For the aggressive songs, we gave emphasis to the guitars to be more aggressive, riffings are not so melodic and drums are faster and raw and straight in your face.

“I have to use everything, I cannot exclude something or to put limits.

“Sometimes I feel that my riffs are not into black or death and i feel that I play another kind of music, but even at that time, I have the flexibility to transform every idea into black/death.

“Melodies can be translated to all kinds of music and I get inspired from all kinds of music.

“I am very good at making a simple melody into a real composition and to preview the role of every instrument.

“The most important, for me, is how clever you can translate an idea into a good riff.”


Details On New Album “A Lesser Key Of Solomon” Revealed By A Sound Of Thunder

A Sound of ThunderD.C. area metal act A Sound of Thunder will release its fourth full-length album “The Lesser Key of Solomon” on September 9th worldwide via the band’s own Mad Neptune Records. The album was produced by RIAA multi-platinum-awarded producer Kevin ‘131’ Gutierrez (While Heaven Wept, Raven, Shinedown). The heavy riff-laden songs are complex yet instantly catchy, featuring razor-sharp musicianship and the lung-busting performances of powerhouse classically-trained vocalist Nina Osegueda.

“If your erection lasts longer than four hours, you probably listened to our new album. Also, you’re welcome” jokes Osegueda. “On a serious note, this album is our best work to date. The songwriting and performances from the band are on another level. The album was a joy to make and that comes through in the final recording.”

Hot off the 2013 release of “Time’s Arrow” (see review here), the band’s best-selling and best reviewed release to date, A Sound of Thunder was brimming with confidence and eager to get back into the recording studio. With too many musical ideas for just one album, the band selected only its darkest and most atmospheric material for “The Lesser Key of Solomon.” The result is an ominous collection of songs united by supernatural themes. The album represents the fulfillment of a promise to A Sound of Thunder’s fans, known as the “Legion of Thunder”, who funded the album via the Kickstarter crowd-funding platform in the autumn of 2013, raising over $23,000.

“The Lesser Key of Solomon” running time of 61 minutes, features 10 of A Sound of Thunder’s most intense yet nuanced songs, exploring territory which is simultaneously heavier and more atmospheric than ever before. The steel-armored wail of prodigal vocalist Nina Osegueda (called by some “the lovechild of Rob Halford and Bruce Dickinson”) tops off deft performances by a band that knows how to deliver the goods. From the demonic fire of “Udoroth”, to the crushing Dio-esque “Master of Pain”, to the sweeping scope and dark theatricality of “Elijah”, A Sound of Thunder delivers a timeless album full of metal classics.

“The Lesser Key Of Solomon” available as a digital download, compact disc, and limited deluxe vinyl-book format. The cover art, shown below, as well as all the pieces contained in the deluxe edition and CD booklets were created by Dusan Markovic.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Nexus Of Realities
2. Udoroth
3. Fortune Teller
4. The Boy Who Could Fly
5. Elijah
6. Master Of Pain
7. Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb
8. Black Secrets
9. One Empty Grave
10. House Of Bones

A Sound of Thunder

Credit: Metal Underground