We just entered Belle City Studio with Chris Wisco as a producer (Origin, Jungle Rot, Novembers Doom, Lazarus AD) to record new songs for upcoming material. We will be working for the next few weeks for our upcoming release.
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- Finnish metallers LESS THAN THREE releases a new EP (Oct 21, 2014)
- The Crinn Return With A New Track, Reveal Artwork for Forthcoming Album 'Shadowbreather' (Oct 21, 2014)
- Swedish metal titans RAM and PORTRAIT to release split album 'Under Command' (Oct 20, 2014)
- IN FLAMES - Get their classic albums (Oct 20, 2014)
- In Solitude Interview with Pelle Åhman (Oct 21, 2014)
- The Haunted - Interview with Marco Aro (Oct 12, 2014)
- EXODUS – Interview With Steve “Zetro” Souza (Oct 11, 2014)
- Interview with Jason Netherton of Misery Index (Oct 10, 2014)
- Devin Townsend Interview (Oct 9, 2014)
- Accept with support on Blind Rage European Tour 2014 at Amager Bio Copenhagen, Denmark (Oct 20, 2014)
- Eluveitie Calgary Oct 11, 2014 (Oct 19, 2014)
- Candlefest 2014 @ Camden Underworld, London (Oct 19, 2014)
- Amon Amarth Calgary Oct 4, 2014 (Oct 14, 2014)
- Summer Rock Festival 2014 with Twisted Sister and more at Friluftsbadet Svedala, Sweden (Oct 5, 2014)
Interview with Addison Herron-Wheeler, author of Wicked Woman
What first inspired you to write a book about the history of Women in Heavy Metal?
I have been thinking about women in relation to the heavy metal world for a long time, ever since high school, when I first began going to metal shows and studying feminism. But it wasn’t until I took a class in college called “Women in Music” that the idea really hit me. We all had to do a project on women in some genre of music, and I chose metal. That project made me realize what an interesting story there was to be told, and it was a very early and crude version of this book.
The title is a reference to the Coven Song “Wicked Woman,” which I think conjures up (witchy pun intended) the way that women are both worshiped and sort of scorned in the metal community. Also, I thought it was a catchy title; alliterations stick in your head!
There is not much, but I have read Running With the Devil: Power, Gender and Madness in Heavy Metal Music by Robert Walser, which is very good. I’ve also read a good deal of scholarship on punk and women in rock.
I am a writer and editor first and foremost. I write for Culture which is a cannabis lifestyle magazine and for 303 which is a magazine in Denver. I also write science fiction and I work as a teacher and tutor. I do play amateur guitar, acoustic mainly. I got rid of all my musical equipment when I moved across the country from Virginia to Colorado. I need to get an electric guitar again so I can build my metal chops back up!
There are so many it is hard to count, and they aren’t even all in my book! Jinx Dawson for starting it all, Wendy O. Williams, Patty Smith, my friend Kerry Zylstra of Occultist, who’s on the cover of the book, for being a really cool friend and a super badass frontwoman, my friend Dorthia Cottrell of Windhand for being like a big sister to me over the years, girls like Kat Katz and Thérèse Lanz for being in the grindcore scene when hardly any women are, the list could pretty much go on forever!
I noticed that this is an independent project. Did you solicit any publishers or female artists to contribute?
I did talk to Ian Christie of Bazillion Points and he was really nice, but he said he wasn’t taking on any new projects until the end of 2015 which was way too long to sit on this. And I did have some really awesome female contributors helping me out. Thérèse Lanz of Mares of Thrace did an interview for the book, as did this really cool band from Denver called Dead Temple. Awesome photographer Sarja Hasan did all the photos and my friend Kerry Zylstra is on the cover, along with a really cool lady named Dominique Withoff of Versklaven in Texas. Last but not least, Hannah Swann, whom I worked on a magazine with at college, did the graphic design. And I am not at all ashamed to say my mom helped with editing. My mom is a grammar wiz and a wicked woman herself. I could not have done this at all without the help of all these wonderful ladies!
I also noticed the book is quite short. This is not a criticism, I just wanted to read more! Do you feel there is enough room or time and energy to expand it into a second/revised edition with artwork, and more features?
Yes, the book is short, and part of that is because I didn’t have photo rights so I didn’t use photos except for Sarja’s wonderful pictures at the beginning of each chapter. I would love to re-release the book. I have been talking to some people about collaborations for both content and photos. To do this I would probably need to find a publisher, which I really hope can happen in a year or so!
I think this is a tough but fair question. You divided your chapters into rough genres (Death, black, Thrash etc) and the role of women in each. Why did you skip Power Metal, the largest of all Metal genres and the one that has historically had the most female performers and the genre that has also historically been the most progressive and accepting of women in Metal?
Hmmm, I do have a chapter on what I termed symphonic metal, which I think is what you are kind of touching on here . There are a few reasons I did not focus too heavily on that area. First, I was aware that another very interesting book, Not Just Tits in a Corset by Jill Hughes Kirtland, was in the works, and that is pretty much what she focused on. Also, I feel this is one area where women actually do get a lot of appreciation and exposure, and I really wanted to focus on the areas where they were less appreciated, like death metal and grindcore, and then tell the whole story of doom and Coven. And to be totally honest, I wrote the most about what I like the most, which are the genres mentioned in the previous sentence. However, I do think I could have more on this whole area, and if I do a reprint I will certainly keep that in mind!
Tell us a bit about being an independent author. Did you have a specific writing routine, i.e., staying up late, lots of coffee and cigarettes etc? What were some of your biggest challenges in writing WICKED WOMAN?
My writing routine every day consists of way too much coffee and way too much sitting in front of a screen ruining my back! In all seriousness, I try to be healthy but I think all writers suffer from caffeine addictions and not enough exercise! The biggest challenge was finding the time to finish the book. I work from home and do all free-lance; I don’t have a “job,” but it’s really hard not to prioritize the things that pay today or this week and put off the long term-projects. Also, my designer lives in San Fran, my photographer lives in New York, all my friends live in Virginia and my mom lives in Pennsylvania, so trying to coordinate and get feedback with the different timezones and schedules and whatnot got pretty crazy.
What has preliminary feedback been like?
Preliminary feedback has been amazing! I am seriously overwhelmed by all the people who have gotten in touch about the book or bought it or reached out to say they liked it. Since this is my first book and it is completely DIY I had no idea what to expect, so I am blown away.
How can readers get their own copy of WICKED WOMAN?
Wicked Woman is available on Amazon at the following link: www.amazon.com/Wicked-Woman-Women-Metal-1960s/dp/1501021079/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1411540544&sr=8-2&keywords=wicked+woman. You can get it as an ebook for $2.99 or in print for $7.00. It’s also on Smashwords as an ebook and available a few other places in print. You can go towww.wickedwomanbook.com for a complete list of everywhere it can be found.
The final most predictable question, what are your plans for the immediate future? A small book tour, some signing sessions or even another book?
I would love to do a book tour, and I’ve actually talked to a few other authors about speaking dates, but it’s all tentative so far. I plan to keep writing non-fiction articles and teaching, and I may go to graduate school to study creative writing. I currently have a book of science fiction short stories in the works due out in 2015. My fiction is pretty gritty and I almost always write strong female leads, so I am hoping for some cross over from my non-fiction audience!
Sonata Arctica with Delain and Xandria
Calgary, Alberta Sept 22, 2014
Photos by Jeff
Sonata Arctica was about half way through their North American tour when they hit Calgary on Sept 22nd. Touring in support of their 8th album PARIAH’S CHILD the band has even to Calgary on a few different occasions and I consider myself to have seen them seven or eight times over the years. They brought along Delain and Xandria, for a pretty flawless bill of speedy, clean European Metal.
Interview with POWERWOLF Guitarist Matthew Greywolf
By Victoria Fenbane
Iconic female-fronted metal act HELLION announce details of their first new album in over a decade. Entitled Karma’s A Bitch, the new mini-LP is set for release via HNE/Cherry Red Records on October 8 in Europe and the UK, just before the band set out on a massive tour of the US. The title-track ‘Karma’s A Bitch’ is to be released as a digital download on September 29.
Momentum keeps building for the UK’s latest technical death metal outfit, COGNIZANCE, as they just released a brand new lyric video for the song “The Succession of Flesh” via Metal Injection, which features guest vocals by SUFFOCATION‘s Frank Mullen and a guest guitar solo from Eyal Levi. “The Succession of Flesh” is from the bands latest EP titled _INCEPTUM which is set to be released in the fall of 2014.
COGNIZANCE has been adding to their brutal arsenal with the recent inclusion of drumming phenom Alex Rüdinger (THE FACELESS, CONQUERING DYSTOPIA) on this release. In addition Tommy Jones of Videohammer Studios (TESTAMENT, SUFFOCATION, DEATH ANGEL), has been documenting the evolution of both the band and the making of _INCEPTUM. The entire EP was tracked by acclaimed producer Eyal Levi (DAATH, MONUMENTS, REFLECTIONS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ARSIS).
HAVOK’s David Sanchez (guitar/vocals) suffers arm injury; band forced to cancel select dates on current North American tour
Due to unforeseen circumstances, HAVOK is forced to cancel select dates on their current North American tour. David Sanchez (guitars/vocals) comments: “Due to injury, we have been forced to cancel a few shows on our current tour with CROWBAR, REVOCATON, FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY, and ARMED FOR APOCALYPSE. We plan to rejoin the tour in California in early October.
While hiking in Boulder, Colorado, I took a pretty nasty fall and ended up shattering my left wrist. Since I’m currently unable to play guitar, our friend Dan Gargiulo from REVOCATION has offered his 6-string services and will be laying down the riffage for the rest of our stint in the USA. I will still be doing vocals on the remainder of the upcoming shows and I cannot wait to get back on the road!
I’d like to apologize to anyone that was looking forward to seeing HAVOK in these coming days. We will definitely make it up to you. In times like these, one must remember the ancient American proverb, ‘Shit happens.’ See you on the road!!
One last thing! Here is some good news for a change. Pete’s mom is making a full recovery from her recent accident and that means Pete Webber will be back behind the kit rejoining the tour in California. We want to thank Marshall Wieczorek from WRETCHED for stepping in on drums and doing an awesome job on such short notice.”
Helsinki, Finland – September 29th, 2014 – Ensiferum have been locked away in Astia Studio (astiastudio.fi) in Lappeenranta in Finland with producer Anssi Kippo for three weeks. Drums, bass, and most of the guitar parts have been recorded. At the end of last week, guest musician Timo Väänänen tracked some takes with his kantele, and over the weekend, vocalist Petri Lindroos began tracking vocals!
Bassist Sami Hinkka comments:”Hi folks! For last few days, Mahi and Pete have sweated their asses off while recording guitars. Songs sound, like our friends in UK would say, bloody awesome! Today (Friday, September 26) we recorded kantele and some special guitar tracks. Tomorrow it’s time to set up a microphone and start to record vocals. Things are proceeding as planned.”
The album is tentatively scheduled for release worldwide on Metal Blade Records in early 2015.
British melodic hard rock giants TEN to unveil the European track listing for the new album ‘Albion‘, officially released on the 21st November, 2014 via Rocktopia Records/Cargo Records. Limited advance copies of ‘Albion‘ will actually be available to buy at their UK Firefest Performance, October 24th and at the album pre-listening party on October 23rd at The Royal Suite, the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nottingham. ‘Albion‘ is the first of two new albums that TEN will release through Rocktopia Records, with second album due for release first half of 2015.
TEN are also proud to announce the launch of their new updated official website, www.tenofficial.com. In celebration of their stunning new album ‘Albion‘ they are launching an all new social media compatible site. It comes complete with links to all the TEN Fan Sites around the world. The new website will be the Mother site, providing up to date news and links translated into every language imaginable, including Greek, Spanish, Italian and Japanese.
The track listing as follows:
01. ALONE IN THE DARK TONIGHT
03. IT’S ALIVE
04. ALBION BORN
05. SOMETIMES LOVE TAKES THE LONG WAY HOME
06. A SMUGGLER’S TALE
07. IT ENDS THIS DAY
08. DIE FOR ME
09. GIOCO D’AMOURE
010. WILD HORSES
“Rise of the Empress” out tomorrow on Peaceville Records
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – White Empress, the new band founded by former Cradle of Filth guitarist Paul Allender, has teamed up with Revolver to stream the band’s debut album Rise of the Empress at: http://www.revolvermag.com/?p=
“Rise of the Empress is what metal has been so desperately wanting for such a long time,” Allender told Revolver. “Something to wake it up from the mundane normal safe scene we are all in now. It’s heavy as hell, rocks like fuck and it grooves along like a possessed freight train….. Hail the White Empress!”
@ The Koko, Camden
26th September 2014
Review and Photography by Ashlinn Nash
There is a lot to be said about a band by the choice of venue, and here the Koko seems to be the perfect one for the British progressive outfit, Anathema to be in. With its dramatically pleasing high balconies and theatrical interior the venue harmonises with the bands uplifting, passion fueled and refreshing sound.
Underground Symphony is proud to announce that “Tales Of The Northern Swords”, tribute album dedicated to the mighty Heavy Load is now available! The Swedish epic metal band released in the 80’s the two cult albums “Death Or Glory” and “Stronger Than Evil”. 22 bands revisit the cult hits from the Swedish metal band, among them: Isengard, Shadows Of Steel, Dark Horizon, Tragodia, Great Master, Arthemis. Read the rest of this entry »
Los Angeles based extreme metal masters, ABYSMAL DAWN, return with a massive display of refined brutality on their fourth full-length Obsolescence. Obsolescence will be released October 27th in North America (UK/World October 27th and Germany/Benelux/Finland on October 24th) via Relapse Records. Obsolescence is available for pre-order from Relapse Records HERE and digitally via Bandcamp HERE. The album will be released on CD/LP/Digital/Deluxe Digital formats. The CD and digital releases include a bonus cover of Dissection’s “Night’s Blood” and the digital deluxe version includes demo recordings of every song on the album. A Relapse.com exclusive vinyl color is also available and includes a full color album cover poster. The devastating, otherworldly artwork was created by Pär Oloffson. (The Faceless, Spawn of Possession).
Two months since the release of the first single from the metal opera Waterghost, the project has been collecting positive reviews from specialized sites and blogs, accolades from around the world and is gaining new fans every day on social networks. The premiere, titled “The Four Elements”, can be heard in its entirety at this link:
The creator and songwriter, Marcelo Beckenkamp, meets with producer and multi-instrumentalist Vinicius Almeida (Legendary band) to compose to the second single, with probable launch date for October / 2014. All work is being done in DRK Studios and with the participation of brazilians and international guest musicians with exceptional skills in technical and interpretative aspect.
ARWEN are now in New Life Studios in Madrid finishing what will be their next album. Bandmembers Jose Garrido & Daniel Melian are in charge of production duties. Also ARWEN has a new band member, Gonzalo Alfageme from “ENEMY OF MYSELF” and ex “COLDSEED”, band where he concurred with Björn Strid (SOILWORK) and Thomen Stauch (ex-BLIND GUARDIAN) Soon we will release current news and information about the band, recording, pictures, videos and more.
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