Women of Metal January 2014 Band of the Month Candidates
A Sound of Thunder
Based out of the Washington DC area, A Sound of Thunder (taken from the Ray Bradbury short story of the same name) specialize in a decibel-pushing mix of classic hard rock and classic power metal that invokes names like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Dio. Built around the powerhouse vocals of classically trained opera singer Nina Osegueda, the band was formed in 2008 by guitarist Josh Schwartz and drummer Chris Haren. Their eponymous debut EP appeared in 2009, followed by the full-length Metal Renaissance in 2011. For their sophomore outing, 2012’s Out of Darkness, the band enlisted the help of platinum award-winning producer Kevin “131” Gutierrez, and in 2013 and 2014 they issued the Kickstarter-funded Time’s Arrow and The Lesser Key of Solomon, respectively, the former of which featured a guest vocal from Blaze Bayley (Wolfsbane, Iron Maiden)
Release of the album is scheduled for 22nd of September 2014 by “No Regrets Records”. Meden Agan were formed back in November 2005 in Paris, France by guitarist Diman Koutsogiannopoulos. Their first demo was released in April 2006 and received very good reviews and feedback. Later on they recorded their debut full-length album entitled “Illusions” which was released in November 2007. It contained epic/progressive metal songs with male vocals. During that period, the band shared the stage with bands like Pain Salvation, Skyclad, Within Temptation, After All, Bloodtales, ETHS, and The Old Dead Tree.
In February 2013, Meden Agan parted ways with lead vocalist Iliana due to musical differences. After 5 months of auditions, coloratura soprano Maya Kampaki joined the band and together with Meden Agan’s original drummer and main lyricist, who returned behind the drumkit, the band entered ARTemis studios late 2013 to record their new album entitled “Lacrima Dei”. Mastering was done at Finnvox studios, Finland by – the well known – Mika Jussila (Nightwish, Children of Bodom, Stratovarius).
Selene is a fresh new Symphonic Metal band from L/Derry in Northern Ireland.Bringing together a mix of soaring Operatic vocals, infectious hooks and hardhitting metal they bring forward a signature Symphonic Metal sound without losing the Metal Edge.
Selene was founded in 2013 by John Connor and Shonagh Lyons. Having previously worked together in Gate XIII when Shonagh performed vocals on one track of their 2012 EP Once Upon a Time and acted as Lead vocalist in the following live shows, they decided to start a band playing Symphonic Metal that would fit well in a live environment.
After Among the Frozen the line up was expanded in order to further the band’s sound and allow for live playing. First Thomas Alford joined on bass which saw the release of “Sweetest Dreams” and their first music video and shortly after, Cameron Ahslund-Glass took over drums. Selene are currently working on completing their debut album which is due for release in 2014.
Lyria is a Brazilian Symphonic Alternative Metal band. It was idealized and founded by the singer and songwriter Aline Happ in 2012.
The name Lyria was inspired by the Greek Mythology and the lyre that was an important musical instrument for the Greeks. It is also related to the flower lily and to the word lyrics.
In the end of 2012, Lyria presented its first song called Reflection inspired by the Narcissus Myth. The song was really well received especially in Europe and in The United States. In 2013, Eliezer Andre (drums) and Thiago Zig (bass) joined Lyria as official members.
In 2014, the band decided to take a break from concerts and focused on its first album that was produced through a successful crowdfunding campaign where fans from different parts of the world got really engaged with the cause.