October 2014 band of the Month Candidates

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Kobra and the Lotus

kobra and the lotusIn 2009, Kobra and the Lotus was formed by classical singer Kobra Paige with guitarists Matt Van Wezel and Chris Swenson. The trio started recording their first songs in Calgary, initially produced by transplanted Toronto musician Greg Godovitz (Goddo). The trio added drummer Griffin Kissack midway through recording their independent release Out of the Pit. Kobra and the Lotus put the initial studio tracks on MySpace in summer 2009 and were approached by Metal Hammer to include Kobra Paige in the 2010 Metal Hammer Maidens of Metal Calendar  with Simone Simons, Epica and Cristina Scabbia, Lacuna Coil.

The band recorded the first album Out of the Pit in Calgary in early 2009. During the mixing of the album at Metalworks Studios in Toronto, Greg invited long time friend Rik Emmett to record a guitar solo to the only cover song on the album, a remake of Motörhead anthem Ace of Spades. After playing their first 2009 Canadian tour, Paige’s vocal style had changed significantly and the band approached Kevin Shirley to rerecord the vocals and remix the album. The remix was so different that many industry writers thought the band had brought in a new lead singer. Producer Nick Blagona (Deep Purple) rerecorded the vocals and remixed the last track of the album “Legend”. Kobra and the Lotus independently released their debut album Out of the Pit in March 2010. The album was a popular release on campus radio charts across Canada and several US internet Metal radio stations.

An extensive 2010 Canadian tour had a profound effect on the vocals of lead singer Paige. The vocal evolution is very distinct between the videos “Cynical Wasteland” from the first album and “Welcome to my Funeral” from the first album under the Simmons/Universal label. 


enkElinationenkElination (enkeli – meaning Angel in Finnish) was formed in November 2011 by classically trained former opera singer Elina Siirala. She moved to London in 2008 and fell in love with the power and performance of rock and metal. In 2012 she started working with a guitar player Shadow Venger, who’s previous band Empyreal Destroyer was voted as the best unsigned band of 2007, supported Amon Amarth and played Bloodstock. He brought the sound of the band to another level and since then they’ve been joined by Alasdair on bass.

After playing numerous live shows in and around London, enkElination released their first EP in September of 2012. The past few months they’ve been recording their debut album which is coming out in summer 2014. Their official music video “Tears of Lust” was released in March 2014 and they supported Van Canto at The Underworld London in April. 

Winter in Eden

winter in edenHaving formed in 2009, they have previously released an EP and two studio albums to critical acclaim.

Winter In Eden’s debut album ‘Awakening’ was recognised as one of the albums of the year by Sonic Cathedral and Metal Storm. They have also been nominated in Classic Rock Society’s ‘Best New Band’ (2011/2012), ‘Best Female Vocalist’ (2011/2012) and ‘Best Live Act’ categories. Additionally, the track ‘Lies’, taken from the album ‘Echoes of Betrayal’ has previously been awarded Classic Rock Magazine’s ‘track of the day’.

October 2014 sees the release of their highly anticipated third album ‘Court of Conscience’ which builds and further refines the unique style that is Winter In Eden. Produced by Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation) and mixed by Stefan Helleblad (Within Temptation), it also features guest vocals by the multi award winning Damian Wilson (Threshold, Headspace, Maiden uniteD) and Jermain van der Bogt (For All We Know, Ayreon). Mastering was handled by the industry renowned Sterling Sound (USA) and it is being distributed worldwide by Cherry Red Records (UK).

Winter In Eden’s energetic live performances have been enjoyed by capacity crowds in the UK at events such as The Cambridge Rock Festival and various Femme Metal Festivals alongside Delain and Revamp. Most recently Winter In Eden have taken their live show into mainland Europe, performing to increasing numbers in the Netherlands and Belgium, playing with acts such as Stream of Passion and Maiden uniteD.


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