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Steel Panther is premiering their upcoming full-length album All You Can Eat in a unique interactive experience that has just launched. The premiere is taking place on SteelPanther.TV and features a television set that will broadcast all things Steel Panther including the complete album stream of All You Can Eat. With each change of the channel on the television set, fans will experience different content from the Steel Panther world. The set will broadcast the latest Steel Panther music videos, current episodes of SP TV and a few surprises as well. The experience will take fans deeper in to the lifestyle of Steel Panther and is a must see for all Fanthers around the globe. The new album is in-stores on April 1st and is being released on Open E Records via Kobalt Label Services. The album is available for pre-order at SteelPanther.tv and was produced by longtime Steel Panther producer Jay Ruston.
Steel Panther has also launched a worldwide “hotline” that fans can call for up to the minute updates on the band. Fans who call 941-75-Steel (941-757-8335) and verify that they are over 18 are sent an immediate link to see the band’s latest unreleased video for the song “Glory Hole.” The video was shot in an unnamed glory hole location and features a performance by Steel Panther in the stalls as only they can do it. A few surprise visitors showed up that day during filming and can be seen in the video as well. The phone number has been getting major attention with fans around the globe calling in to experience what Steel Panther delivers on the “hotline.”
Steel Panther is heading out on the road across North America this Spring in their unending quest to bring heavy metal back to the masses with the All You Can Eat tour. The tour, which marks the first shows for the band in the US in 2014, will kick off on May 3rd in Seattle, WA and run through June 1st where it wraps up in Dallas, TX. The 21-city trek will make stops in Denver, Houston, Orlando and New York and will even jump across the northern border for a stop in Montreal, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario. The band has teamed up with On The List to provide a variety of fan ticket packages for the tour, including meet and greets, photo ops, parties and more. Fans who are interested in these packages can go to http://steelpantherrocks.com/aycetour/ for more information. Steel Panther will be playing three shows in Los Angeles to celebrate the release of All You Can Eat. The Threesome dates are taking place at the former Monday night home of Steel Panther, the House of Blues on Sunset Blvd., on April 7th, 14th, and 21st. Steel Panther recently won the Best Live Act for the second year in a row in the Loudwire Music Awards beating out the likes of Metallica, Rob Zombie, Halestorm and Iron Maiden to name a few this year. Tickets for all of the shows are available at www.ticketmaster.com.
Steel Panther was, for a long time, rock’s best-kept secret: a cult legend on the LA scene. But in recent years due to the success of their albums (both debuted at #1 on the Billboard Comedy Album Charts), and live shows, the band has enjoyed huge acclaim from fans and peers alike. Steel Panther has been joined on stage by rock and roll icons such as Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Paul Stanley of KISS, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and Green Day to name a few. Steel Panther has also been seen on Dancing With The Stars, Bad Girl’s Club and most recently in a national web campaign for Warner Brothers Pictures hit film, Rock Of Ages.
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@ O2 Islington Academy, London, UK
13th March 2014
Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
Next time London decide they want to bulldoze one of our beloved music venues perhaps they could invite the wrecking crew, aka Overkill, along. At least then we’d be guaranteed one more good time before ‘progress’ steps in. Cause after more than 30 years Overkill know about good times, and crucially with them progress isn’t a frightening word. Because in Overkill’s case it doesn’t mean destroying the existing but keeping building on those foundations. Maybe it’s because they’re not British. Take note London.
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Tags: overkill gig review, overkill review o2 islington academy london 13th March 2014, Soilwork, Xentrix
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Legendary thrash metal band EXODUS is pleased to announce their recent signing with Breaking Bands LLC and The Agency Group. Breaking Bands LLC is directed and founded by the powerhouse team of Testament vocalist and co-manager Chuck Billy, Adrenaline PR CEO Maria Ferrero, and former MegaForce Records and Crazed Management owners Jon and Marsha Zazula.
Maria Ferrero states, “Working with EXODUS in this capacity has been an ongoing conversation that we finally solidified. The band and I have a continuous history, since 1984 to be exact. I am a true fan of their music, so I look forward to being a part of taking this band to the highest level.”
Maria asked us to join forces and manage bands together. When she told us our first project would be EXODUS there we’re smiles from cheek to cheek,” adds Jon Zazula. “EXODUS has been ready to explode for years and the time has come. 2014 will be the year that EXODUS blasts off to an unstoppable assent like never before. We can’t wait to be part of it.”
Chuck Billy adds, “I’m excited to be a part of this, I am forever Bonded By Blood!”
As mentioned above, EXODUS has also signed with The Agency Group, who are known for booking some of today’s biggest and best artists. The band is proudly represented by agents Dan Rozenblum in North and South America, and Tom Taaffe in Europe and Asia.
Dan Rozenblum states, “EXODUS remains as one of my favorite bands of all time, and words cannot describe how pleased I am that we are now able to assist the band to reach fans around the globe.”
Tom Taaffe adds, “EXODUS is one of the most integral bands in metal music from the last thirty years. The amount of bands that they have influenced is staggering. It’s great to be working with them and it’s an exciting prospect that The Agency Group will be taking them to all corners of the globe going forward.”
EXODUS recently announced their participation in a monumental upcoming tour with headliners Slayer and additional special guests Suicidal Tendencies. This metal-head’s “dream tour” kicks off on May 9th in Salt Lake City, UT, and hits six more cities, including a stop at the world-famous Rock On The Range festival on May 17th in Columbus, OH.
Gary Holt will perform double-duty on this run as guitarist for his band EXODUS, while also filling in for Slayer’s fallen guitarist Jeff Hanneman.
In addition, EXODUS will perform in Germany and Belgium
See below for all tour dates:
EXODUS US TOUR with SLAYER, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES:
5/9 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Great Salt Air
5/10 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium
5/11 – Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium
5/13 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
5/15 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
5/16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
5/17 – Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range @ Columbus Crew Stadium
EXODUS INTERNATIONAL DATES:
7/11 – Balingen, Germany @ Bang Your Head Festival
7/12 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Antwerp Metal Festival
When it comes to thrash metal, Bay Area thrashers EXODUS epitomize, define, raise the bar and have the genre on lockdown. EXODUS are one of the true forefathers of thrash, hailing an illustrious career spanning 34 years. Their 1984 breakout debut, Bonded By Blood, is a stonewall genre classic featuring cranium-crunching standards such as ‘”A Lesson In Violence”, “Strike Of The Beast” and more. Formed in 1980 with original members Kirk Hammett (guitar), Tim Agnello (guitar), Tom Hunting (drums), Carlton Melson (bass), the line-up has evolved through numerous changes before coming to their current status. EXODUS are Gary Holt (guitar), Lee Altus (guitar), Tom Hunting (drums), Jack Gibson (bass), and Rob Dukes (vocals). To date, EXODUS has released ten studio albums, two live albums and one compilation, including their most recent release of 2010’s Exhibit B: The Human Condition via Nuclear Blast Records. EXODUS has sold over 5 Million albums worldwide. EXODUS recently broke ground on their brand of blistering new material, set for tentative release later in 2014.
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Germany’s HELLOWEEN have been one of the most influential and internationally most successful acts of the global Heavy Metal scene and this year the Hamburg-based quintet, founded in 1984, celebrates their 30th anniversary. Their latest studio album »Straight Out Of Hell«, charted at a sensational #4, their highest German chart entry to date, holding this position for five long weeks. Additionally they made anotherfive top ten entries in Europe and also cracked the US Billboard Charts.
Now HELLOWEEN return to their old label home Nuclear Blast, where they released two albums – »The Dark Ride« (2000) and »Rabbit Don’t Come Easy« (2003), both of which have just been re-issued with extended bonus material.
Nuclear Blast are overwhelmed to bring the band back into the fold: “We are more than proud, that HELLOWEEN is part of the Nuclear Blast family again,” Label owner Markus Staiger announces. “All those years we had a friendship-like connection and ways crossed on a regular basis at concerts and festivals. HELLOWEEN to us is a matter of the heart, there’s not only the two records to mention, but an act that influenced me and many of our employees. Together there are big plans and we are looking forward to having another productive and successful cooperation.”
The band itself are equally celebratory. Vocalist Andi Deris: “As a label, Nuclear Blast is “Heavy Metal to the bone”, and we are really looking forward to working together with a lot of familiar faces.”
HELLOWEEN are currently busy working on the successor to »Straight Out Of Hell«, that saw the founders of German Melodic Speed Metals playing a total of 84 shows in 34 different countries. After summer, the band will hit the MiSueno Studio on the isle of Tenerife with producer Charlie Bauerfeind (GOTTHARD, HAMMERFALL etc.) to record a new album set to be released in early 2015.
HELLOWEEN Festival Summer 2014:
2014-05-24 S Metallsvenskan Metallsvenskan
2014-06-27 SLO Piešťany Topfest
2014-06-29 BG Kavarna Kavarna Rock 2014
2014-07-11 D Ballenstedt Rock Harz
2014-07-12 CZ Masters Of Rock Masters Of Rock
2014-07-19 FIN Karjurock Karjurock
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Metallica had a bit of a hard time deciding which Ronnie James Dio track to cover for late icon’s “This Is Your Life” tribute album, resulting in the decision to compile “Ronnie Rising Medley,” a 9-minute jam of Dio’s four all-time classics.
Combining “Tarot Woman,” “Kill the King,” “Stargazer,” and “A Light in the Black” songs under the Metallica banner, the song is available for streaming in full. Make sure to give it a listen below, courtesy of Rolling Stone.
As for the album, “This Is Your Life” is scheduled for April 1 release via Rhino Records, featuring Dio covers by such class acts as Judas Priest, Motorhead, Anthrax, Slipknot and more. Pre-orders are available via iTunes here.
“Ronnie’s music, and what he was, was part of my life,” drummer Lars Ulrich said. “[Dio’s] music is so much a part of what’s in Metallica’s DNA, the harder, edgier, blues-based hard rock from the Seventies. It was fairly effortless to put this together, because it’s something that we were all reared on.
“I don’t recall sitting there in a band meeting or anything deciding what to play. Somebody starts playing ‘Stargazer’ – which is sort of just like something that’s in our arsenal to jam – and then that whole period there, ‘Tarot Woman,’ ‘Kill the King,’ ‘A Light in the Black’ – that’s just really effortless to jump into,” Lars added.
Noting that putting together cover jams is something that Metallica loves working on, the drummer concluded, “You just try and do your own thing, respectfully, in the shadow of these legends,” the drummer says. “It becomes more of an homage and respect thing rather than trying to copy the song – it’s not even about outdoing them.”
Ronnie James Dio Tribute Album: This Is Your Life
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Bass player Pasi Kauppinen – Silent Voices
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview, and to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band.
From Finland comes Silent Voices, a band that plays excellent melodic metal and who released their fourth album REVEAL THE CHANGE at the end of last year. I really loved the album and when I realized that Henrik Klingenberg (Sonata Arctica) also was a part of this band I decided to check them out. I got in touch with Pasi Kauppinen (also a member of Sonata Arctica) and we had a long talk about the new album, the influences and the many guest appearances the band has featured. A few of the guests are Mats Levén, Mike Vescera and Mike DiMeo. Of course came Sonata Arctica up in the conversation…enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »
Tags: Henrik Klingenberg, Mats Leven, mike dimeo, Mike Vescera, Pasi Kauppinen, REVEAL THE CHANGE, Silent Voices, SONATA ARCTICA, Tony Kakko
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As reported by GossipExtra.
Anthrax guitarist Dan Spitz and his socialite wife are filing for divorce — three months to the day after his arrest at his Lake Worth in a domestic violence incident.
The charges stemming from the Christmas eve fight were eventually dropped, but wife Candi says she and the heavy metal axman are calling it quits after nine years and the birth of twin boys.
“Life is too short,” she said, “no matter how much you might love someone, it may not be the right thing.”
Candi, 38, has just become a manager at the local chapter of Alzheimer’s Association, and says the split has been amicable so far.
“Obviously, the Christmas incident shows this was a long time coming,” she said. “I hope we can co-parent effectively.”
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Jack Flanagan, manager of GWAR has issued an official statement:
“It is with a saddened heart, that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR passed away at approximately 6:50 PM, EST – Sunday March 23, 2014. His body was found Sunday by his band mate at his home in Richmond, VA. Richmond authorities have confirmed his death and next of kin has been notified. A full autopsy will be performed. He was 50 years old, born August 30, 1963.
My main focus right now is to look after my band mates and his family. More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed.”
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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH (@FFDP) premiere video for “THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN” today on VEVO:
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, undoubtedly one of the most relevant and successful rock bands globally, dominated 2013, releasing their blockbuster project, the two-part masterwork, THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN AND THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF HELL ─ VOLUME 1 and VOLUME 2. Both volumes debuted on the Billboard album chart at #2 (more notably, within a four-month period), featured two #1 hit singles at Rock Radio (“Lift Me Up” and “Battle Born”) and have combined sales of close to 600,000 units (as of March 2014). Today (3/24), the multi-million selling rock titans debut their new video for their current single–“The House Of The Rising Sun”–on VEVO. Watch the video here. Read the rest of this entry »
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De La Cruz just posted the following on their Facebook page;
As many of you may have noticed, De La Cruz is no longer active. We’ve decided to part ways and move onto new projects. We apologise for keeping you in the dark through the start of 2014, but we hope you understand that this hasn’t been an easy decision for us to make. We want to thank everyone for their support over the last few years. We’ve had an absolute blast and owe all our success to you. Right now we’re going to have a beer, and raise our glasses to all you De La fans worldwide. You’ll always be the raddest fucks around. We’re going to keep the page open to promote new projects from members past and present, as well as share some music from our mate’s bands that we’re particularly fond of. Later! – DE LA CRUZ
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The frontman Oderus Urungus aka Dave Brockie has reportedly been found dead. Oderus Urungus died at the age of 50. The management of Gwar will be making an official statement regarding the passing of Oderus Urungus aka Dave Brockie later today.
“I wish it was a joke,” says former band member Chris Bopst, a music writer for Style. “Everyone is in shock.”
“Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I’ve known,” former Gwar bassist Mike Bishop says. “He was brash sometimes, always crass, irreverent, he was hilarious in every way. But he was also deeply intelligent and interested in life, history, politics and art.”
“His penchant for scatological humors belied a lucid wit. He was a criminally underrated lyricist and hard rock vocalist, one of the best, ever! A great front man, a great painter, writer, he was also a hell of a bass guitarist. I loved him. He was capable of great empathy and had a real sense of justice.”
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@ The Garage, London
4th March 2014
Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
When your band’s called Crowbar, The Garage seems like quite an apt venue. It could also work for the likes of Tool, Nine Inch Nails… Hammerfall… and a mechanic/handyman line that’s dying on its ass. Unlike tonight’s gig. See arrive at doors and the place looks dead with tickets still changing hands; give it an hour or two and there’s barely room to swing a crowbar without caving someone’s head in. Which might be the only way you’ll get to the bar.
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with Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth
at O2 Islington Academy, London
13th March 2014
Interview by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
BOBBY ‘BLITZ’ ELLSWORTH
“I’m not sure what the fuck is going on here with these lights!” laughs Bobby, as we board the Overkill tour bus, which does appear to be operating some pulsing disco light setting. “This is like day one for me. I dunno if it bothers you or not – I feel like I’m doing a porn!” He laughs again.
Hang the lights. We got things to discuss. Especially as given that Overkill’s forthcoming new album has been delayed, and with it the rest of the European tour, we’re lucky we’re here at all. With the band about to take in a handful of dates throughout the UK, including a headline spot at Hammerfest, we grab a few moments of frontman Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth’s, one of heavy metal’s nicest guys, time to talk about the new record (It was probably the hardest one to make for me…), the music industry (But for some reason there’s always a want for this stuff. There’s always a need….), seizing opportunities (You know take that chance and if you can and succeed more times than fail you can string days into years and into decades…), and pie…
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INTERVIEW WITH JOE HASSELVANDER
(Raven, Pentagram, Deathrow, The Hounds Of Hasselvander, Blue Cheer etc…etc…)
Joe Hasselvander is a real metal drummer icon and has been rocking since 1965 in various bands. Above all Raven and Pentagram have both carved immortal marks on his long career. Therefore it was about time for this Metal-Rules.com journalist to sit down and talk to the true hard working musician who definitely lives up to his legendary status in metal and rock in every aspect.
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Interview with author Jill Hughes Kirtland
Not Just Tits in a Corset: Celebrating Women in Metal
What first inspired you to write a book about Women in Metal?
JHK: I used to run an online magazine called USA Progressive Music. I interviewed many progressive rock and metal musicians. I started to get more and more interested in interviewing female metal musicians and felt like my magazine was not the right outlet for that because of its focus on prog, so I sold the site to one of my contributing writers. I thought maybe I’d just start another website and focus on interviews of female metal musicians and reviews of female-fronted bands’ albums, but there were already sites like that. What I noticed was that there weren’t really any book publications on the topic so this was a good opportunity. Women are very under-represented in heavy metal anthologies and it was time to give them a voice and celebrate the achievements they have made thus far in the metal genre.
I noticed that this was an independent publication. Did you shop the idea around to publishers or choose to go independent from the very beginning?
JHK: At first I was considering pursuing a book publisher, and even reached out to one that seemed interested in the book topic (this was before the manuscript was written), but I needed to work at my own pace and I wanted creative control over the process so I decided to self-publish for the first edition. I would consider re-releasing it with a publisher in the future, though.
I love the title. It’s strong and potentially controversial, just like lots of Metal music. How did you come up with the title? Did you have any reservations about the name, or second thoughts before committing to it? Have you had any negative comments about the title yet?
JHK: I came up with the title late at night brainstorming with a friend of mine. It is outrageous but I love it. I do get negative comments about the title. People have thought I am being demeaning. Not at all the case. I wanted it to be catchy and controversial, but I also think it captures the essence of my book. Women in metal unfortunately have their tits (and other “assets”) as the focus way more than their music ability. I have no regrets making that the title except maybe at times when radio stations can’t say the full title. I use “Celebrating Women in Metal”, the subtitle, when I talk about it in more conservative environments. I have many people say they love the title and they started using the hash tag #NotJustTitsinaCorset instead of #CelebratingWomeninMetal. It is getting people’s attention, that’s for sure!
As a family person, mother and busy professional what was your writing routine like? Many late nights or working away on the lap-top when you had time?
JHK: I telecommute for my job (rather than work in an office) so it’s much easier for me to balance it all. I would work on my book during my down time during the day, and yes, very late at night, too. That’s why it took me so long to write this book. I did have to take about a year off because I had a slightly difficult pregnancy in 2013 and had no energy to work on the book after I already put in 8+ hours for my day job. This book should have been finished by Fall 2013 but that was around when my daughter was born so I was not able to complete it until February 2014.
Were there any exciting bands that you discovered through your research?
JHK: I think that this book allowed me to explore some of the “older” bands that I researched that I might not have been as familiar with because I didn’t really get into metal into later in life. The festivals I attended (Flight of the Valkryies and Metal Female Voices Festival) definitely exposed me to some of the lesser known bands such as Cassandra Syndrome, Flames of Fury, A Sound of Thunder, Valkryie, Lahannya, etc. and even some of the bigger names like Amberian Dawn, Diabulus in Musica, Arkona, and Benedictum.
In your book you mentioned you travelled while writing your book? Where did you go and who did you talk to?
JHK: Yes, I traveled a lot to local concerts to interview women and to take photos at concerts, but I also took two trips to Europe for the book. I went to Belgium to the Metal Female Voices Festival to take photos of all the bands performing in 2012, and I was able to interview Lisa Middelhauve and Manuela Kraller while I was there (the other ladies at the festival I had interviewed prior to coming to the festival). Then I went to Netherlands/Belgium again the next month and was able to attend Within Temptation’s 15th anniversary Elements show, take photos at a metal charity concert where Stream of Passion, Autumn, Kingfisher Sky, Sin7Sins and others were playing, and interview Charlotte Wessels (Delain) in her hometown. I also went to the Flight of the Valkyries festival in Baltimore in 2010 and 2011 and interviewed many of those women such as Angelica Vargas, Chelsea Knaack, Melissa Ferlaak, and Irene Jericho.
What were some of the more inspiring interviews for the book?
JHK: It was really great to hear a lot of the stories from the women who were there from the beginning such as Doro Pesch, Ann Boleyn, Linda McDonald, Roxy Petrucci, Addie Lee, Sandy Sledge, Leather Leone, Betsy Bitch, etc. They had such great stories and inspiration because they have been doing this for so long! They truly have seen the “evolution” of women in metal. Sitting down in person with Lita Ford was amazing. She’s such an inspiration for so many women, not only because she was in one of the first all-female rock bands but she also had a successful metal career in the ‘80s, and she is not just a singer but also a guitarist. There were many women who also gave really great interviews and had some inspiring stories to tell. My favorite was Charlotte Wessels of Delain. Not only did she have some good ‘adversity’ stories to tell, but also she is a gender studies major so she had some really great psychological insight to share. It ended up being more of an intellectual conversation rather than what felt like an interview for a book.
The next couple of questions are tough but fair. I noticed there were at least half a dozen major female artists not represented in your book. Were there any artists that you wanted to talk to but just could not reach?
JHK: It’s absolutely fair to criticize who is in the book and who is not. I had my ‘wish list’ of whom I wanted to interview. It was not possible to interview everyone for many reasons. 1) They were not available to be interviewed. 2) Either the artist or their management did not want them to be interviewed for the book and 3) I could not possibly include everyone because of time and space. The book otherwise would have been 500+ pages but I did not want to make it that long and I could not spend 10 years making this book. Instead I included a cross-section of women who I thought represented the metal community well, and told their stories. It is not meant to be an encyclopedia about EVERY woman in metal.
In a related note, were there any artists who just did not want to be involved or declined to be interviewed?
JHK: There were 3 people whose management declined the invitation for me to interview their artist: Joan Jett, Amy Lee (Evanescence), and Jill Janus (Huntress). I figure it’s their loss, not mine. Many others who were not included just did not make themselves available or I could not reach them.
With so many artists worthy of inclusion was it hard to decide who to include and who did not make the cut?
JHK: Yes, but I tried to be as comprehensive as possible and include women from all subgenres of metal. I have to admit it may be a bit heavier on the traditional heavy metal and symphonic metal side, but probably because I am more familiar with those subgenres. I tried to do a lot of surveys on the forums I frequent and the book’s facebook page to find out who people wanted me to include in the book. If I was able to interview those people, I did. But of course you can’t make everyone happy!
Despite the recent massive (and welcome) increase of women participating in Metal in all areas and genres, the total number of women in Metal bands still hovers at less than 3%. Why do think that is?
JHK: Maybe not enough interest in performing in the genre. Maybe some are fearful of the scene since it is so testosterone-heavy. I am hoping this book will inspire other women to get involved and not be afraid to be in bands or work behind the scenes.
In your opinion what is the largest barrier to entry into the world of being a professional Metal musician/performer? How can people help eliminate that barrier? Conversely should there even be a stated goal or threshold or should the genre evolve organically unit there is gender equity, in terms of number of people participating and making music?
I think the biggest barrier is the criticism and comments that come from metal fans towards women. So often you see derogatory and sexist comments on the Web towards anything that has to do with women in metal. I think if women were accepted more they would be willing to perform metal music. You have to have a thick skin to be a female metal musician. I don’t think there should be a stated goal. I hate goals/thresholds. I think if everyone would just be accepting and encouraging then those numbers would naturally increase. But I also don’t want the metal genre to be saturated with people who think they can make music. You need talent to back it up.
Back to the book, were you involved with the lay-out, editing and design? What is your proudest moment of the project?
JHK: For the most part it was a DIY (do-it-yourself) project. I did hire a research assistant (Bobbie Dickerson) to help me prepare for interviews and some content for the book. I also hired a professional writer/editor (Heather Leah Huddleston) to help me proofread the book. And the book cover design was done by Gustavo Sazes who is known for his album artwork for bands such as Arch Enemy, Amaranthe, Firewind, Angra, James Labrie, Stream of Passion, etc. Although I took many of the photos in the book, there were other photographers who also contributed photos, either through the artists or directly. Tim Tronckoe, Sako Tumi and Michelle Feingold were some of the biggest contributors. Definitely the proudest moment was the moment I finished that last proof and was able to upload it to the printer’s site. It was a big sigh of relief that after 4 years it was finally done!
I really like how you focused on women in the industry as well. With so many powerful and dynamic personalities working behind the scene, how did you choose to spotlight. It must have been a tough choice!
JHK: It was really who I knew personally, who was recommended to me by others, and who was available/willing that helped me choose who was included in that section of the book. There were SO many others I could have interviewed for that chapter but I wanted to keep it brief and also show a cross-section of different roles available to women to do behind the scenes.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers and journalists who are interested in working in Metal?
JHK: I think in chapter 7 of my book there is much better advice from others than I could ever give, but the biggest thing I’ve learned over the past decade of doing music journalism is to be professional. You can be a fan after your work is done. But don’t ask for an autograph or photograph with the artist until later. And don’t act like a groupie and linger on the tour bus. Be casual, friendly, and if they want to hang out, that’s fine but don’t be a nuisance. I’ve seen so many times, both males and females, be more of a fanboy/girl than a professional journalist. Also be courteous in the photo pit. We’re all there for the same reasons (to promote metal music) so don’t hog the best spot or push people out of your way.
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