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.
New York based; The Cringe might not be familiar to most people, but the band members are not unknown to the scene or media, as they have made their mark in acts such as Mr. Bungle, Sheryl Crow and Bruce Springsteen.
The band is going on tour with sleazy rockers, Steel Panther, in the UK and has no intention of stealing the hair metal-thunder from their colleagues.
OVERKILL’s highly anticipated new album, White Devil Armory, is due to be released worldwide in July. In North America it will be released by eOne Music and in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records. The album was tracked at Gear Recording and will be mixed by Greg Reely, who also worked on 2012’s “The Electric Age”.
The tracklist is as follows:
‘Where There’s Smoke…’
‘Down To The Bone’
‘King Of The Rat Bastards’
‘Another Day To Die’
‘It’s All Yours’
‘In The Name’
Denver thrashers HAVOK today announce their first headlining tour of Canada. Dates are set to commence June 5th and will see the band journey through north western Canada, making their way east with a final stop in St John’s, Newfoundland on July 4th. The tour will be the final leg of the their world tour in support of the band’s latest album, Unnatural Selection. Support on this trek of the great white north will come from North Carolina death metal titans Wretched (Victory Records).
Unnatural Selection, the band’s third full-length album for Candlelight Records, was produced by guitarist David Sanchez and mixed by Terry Date (Pantera, Overkill, Deftones). The album features original artwork from Polish illustrator Rafal Wechterowicz (Slayer, Mastodon) and was mastered by James Murphy (Testament, Death, Lazarus AD).
For a full list of dates visit the band’s official Facebook page HERE.
HAVOK, called “the finest thrash band in existence” by PopDose, released their full-length debut, Burn, in 2009. Time Is Up would follow in 2011. “HAVOK have hit their stride,” said Decibel Magazine. “HAVOK is everything that is great about thrash,” added Terrorizer. Confirmed HAVOK dates at press time are included below
6/5 Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
6/6 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
6/7 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
6/8 Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater
6/9 Salt Lake City, UT @ Burt’ s Tiki Lounge
6/10 Boise, Idaho @ Shredder
6/11 Portland, OR @ Branx
6/12 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
6/13 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
6/14 Calgary, AB @ Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club
6/15 Ryley, AB @ Farmageddon Open Air
6/17 Red Deer, AB @ The Vat Pub
6/18 Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brians Event Centre
6/19 Regina, SK @ The Exchange
6/20 Brandon, MB @ North Hill Inn
6/21 Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo Cabaret
6/22 Thunder Bay, ON @ Crock’s
6/24 Sault Ste. Marie, ON @ Canadian Nightclub
6/25 Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo
6/26 Ottawa, ON @ Maverick’s
6/27 Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus
6/28 Trois-Rivieres, QC @ Rock Cafe Le Stage
6/29 Quebec City, QC @ L’ Agitee
7/2 Halifax, NS @ Michael’s ** HAVOK ONLY **
7/4 St John’s, NL @ The Rock House ** HAVOK ONLY **
HAVOK is guitarist/vocalist David Sanchez, bassist Mike Leon, guitarist Reece Scruggs, and drummer Pete Webber. The band uses/endorses ESP Guitars, Charvel Guitars, EMG Pickups, Ernie Ball, Peavy Amplification, EVH Amplification, Pearl Drums, Trick Drums, and Sabian Cymbals.
Smokin’ Valves: A Headbanger’s Guide To 900 NWOBHM Records
Taking cue from the do-it-yourself attitude of their country’s punk movement, Britain’s up-and-coming heavy metal bands that comprised the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) were not content to wait for record labels to come knocking. Instead, they took to issuing their own music, typically in the form of 7 inch singles but also 12s and full-length album, many indie, some on small labels, and some on the major labels smart enough to get on board (essentially EMI and MCA).
Martin Popoff, author of 45 books on heavy metal (and at 7900, writer of more record reviews than anybody in history across all genres), has undertaken the task of documenting virtually every record large and wee from heavy metal’s most fabled period (beginning essentially in ‘79 with a hard stop at 1983) providing catalogue information, mini reviews as only he can do, plus a gob of thumbnails of those wonderful 7” picture sleeves and LP covers.
Note: the lion’s share of the material in Smokin’ Valves: A Headbanger’s Guide To 900 NWOBHM Records combines rewritten and expanded text from Martin’s long out-of-print The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Singles plus the relevant reviews of full-length albums from his Collector’s Guide series, specifically the ‘70s and ‘80s book. These reviews have also experienced judicious editing and rewrites.
– includes a few hundred rare 45 picture sleeve and album cover images
– every record rated out of 10
– layout designed so that albums are distinguished from 7”, 10” and 12” singles/EPs by larger, bolder typestyle
– label, year of release and catalogue number for almost every entry
– two appendices, displaying all 9’s and 10’s for singles as opposed to LPs
Final note, one thing I like about an experience like this book in the internet age, hopefully the idea is that you will read some of these glowing 8 to 10 rated reviews of hopelessly obscure singles you ain’t never going to get alerted to otherwise, and then check out if they can be heard and enjoyed on youtube (many of them can!), so you can decide for yourself, or begin some sort of whacky digital collection of this stuff to park in yer metal library. In that respect, I’m just being a DJ that instead of talking, types. Price including shipping:
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Metallica posted official footage of “The Lords of Summer” live debut via the band’s official YouTube channel:
The band debuted a brand new song on Sunday night (March 16) during the opening show of the band’s South American tour in Bogota, Colombia. As promised, the band played a nearly all-request set, with 17 songs chosen online by fans prior to the gig and the last slot filled by the new track.
DECEPTION started out in 2012 by making the debut EP called “Break the silence”. It was released on March 9th 2013, and we were quite overwhelmed with the positive response and critics we received.
DECEPTION was formed during the process of making the “Break the silence”-EP. Peter (guitars), Markus (drums) and Fredrik (bass) started to jam some ideas at the rehearsal room and later hooked up with Daniel (singer) and Oscar (guitars).
In the writing process Peter and Fredrik found it easy to complement each others musical backgrounds and songwriting skills to create an original sound. When “Break the silence”-EP was done we still had a lot of material left. We decided to record yet another EP to really establish the DECEPTION-sound.
Our second EP, named “Altars of sin”, will be released april 5th 2014 through Big Balls Productions, and the very same night we´ll be performing live at Nöjesfabriken in our hometown. “Altars of sin” contains four songs, and we´re all eager to show our new material to the world. We´re also proud and happy to have a special guest performing on the “Altars of sin” EP. Anders Björler is known from two big Swedish pioneers in the genre of metal, “The Haunted” and “At the Gates”. Anders is playing the first of two killer solos in the song called “Our Damnation”.
In October 2014 Deception will travel overseas for a Mexico & US tour. We got the opportunity to do this tour via our management, and we are of course looking forward to it. The tour will contain approximately seven shows in twelve days covering Mexico City, Monterrey, Saltillo, Los Angeles and Anaheim. Read the rest of this entry »
Leviathan Records Worldwide has just released the new CHASTAIN video “Evil Awaits Us” from the band’s new CD “Surrender To No One.” This marks the first music video from CHASTAIN with Leather Leone on vocals since the classic “For Those Who Dare” video from 1990!
The video was filmed on 3 different continents. David T. Chastain explains, “With the band scattered around the world it took us a little more time than we would have liked but in the end it does justice to the story.” Joining David and Leather on the video are original bassist Mike Skimmerhorn and new drummer Stian Kristoffersen. There is also a special appearance by Metal internet sensation Ladyevil. David states “Ladyevil brings her beauty to go with the beast of CHASTAIN. Her transformation from innocence to evil as she moves through the supposedly haunted mansion is exactly what the lyrics foretell. I was told the ghosts were out and about during her video shoot in Brazil!”
Leather adds the final words, “I am so excited to be back out doing the things I love. Seeing myself in another CHASTAIN video was something I thought would never happen again! Thanks to all the fans who have helped make ‘Surrender To No One’ such a success and make me feel wanted again in the world of Metal.”
If you haven’t heard much about English thrashers Shrapnel – not to be confused with the dozen or so former or active metal/hard rock bands around the world who also bear that name – fear not. Because chances are you soon will – like, for instance, here! After forming on 2009, the Norwich-based quintet have flown somewhat under the radar, playing sporadic shows – though with such higher-profile bands as Sepultura, Death Angel, Chthonic, Turisas and Exodus – around England and self-releasing a pair of EPs.
With the second EP, 2010’s The Devastation To Come, however, the band hooked up with acclaimed producer Russ Russell and took a big step forward. On the strength of that, they signed on with Candlelight Records last year and recorded their proper debut full-length, The Virus Conspires, which was released in February.
Despite their obvious old-school thrash proclivities and youthful exuberance, Shrapnel boasts a mature, viciously infectious sound on the debut that is bolstered once again by Russell’s smart, brash production. The album has been earning raves since its release, and rightfully so, and bigger and better things could certainly be ahead for the band.
In an e-mail interview, guitarist Chris Martin offered the following about one of England’s most promising new metal bands.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of rock and roll giants KISS and, in true KISS fashion, the band plan to make 2014 the biggest and loudest, non-stop rock and roll party of the century. Millions of people around the world originally discovered KISS when they brought home an album and put it on their turntable for the first time. Those original KISS albums are now remastered and will be available on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl. The first batch of 10 will be released March 31 through Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. Another 18 vinyl titles will be issued in the first half of 2014, along with a 2-CD compilation, KISS 40, which features one track from every major album release, live selections and an unreleased demo from 1977, available in May. And finally, starting today, the definitive KISS vinyl box set, KISSTERIA – The Ultimate Vinyl Road Case, featuring 34 KISS LPs – including titles never-before issued on vinyl, six exclusive albums to the box set and a plethora of collectibles only available in KISSTERIA will be available exclusively for D2C pre-order at kissteria.kissonline.com. Only 1000 copies of KISSTERIA will be available worldwide.
KISS were the first signing to Neil Bogart’s Casablanca Records in 1973, offering them a contract on the spot after seeing them perform in New York City. Their self-titled debut would propel the band to the top of the rock and roll hierarchy where they have reigned for the past four decades, selling over 100 million albums worldwide. The KISS legacy is a global brand with more than 3,000 licensed merchandise products, including a recent partnership with the Arena Football League as owners of the Anaheim-based expansion team LA KISS. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, with long-time members guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer, are stronger than ever with a legacy that continues to grow, generation after generation. KISS will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April, proof of the unparalleled devotion and loyalty of the KISS Army to the “Hottest Band in the World.”
As announced earlier this month, the upcoming official ALICE COOPER documentary, Super Duper Alice Cooper, will premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and will hit theaters nationwide beginning April 30, 2014. Super Duper Alice Cooper will officially premiere on April 17, 2014 and is presented by Banger Films, in association with Eagle Rock Entertainment, and distributed to theaters and venues by SpectiCast (As The Palaces Burn, Aerosmith: Rock for the Rising Sun, Morrissey 25: Live).
Catch this special “doc opera” at a theater or venue near you! Super Duper Alice Cooper will screen in over 250 U.S. cinemas and venues following the premiere (see below for a full listing). As mentioned previously, a special pre-recorded “Keep Calm & Just Ask Alice” Q&A and welcome from Alice will be included exclusively with each screening.
See below for a current list of U.S. theatrical and venue screenings, sorted by their original screening date. Several of the mentioned theaters and venues will show multiple screenings of Super Duper Alice Cooper, so make sure to check your local listings for more information.
UPCOMING SUPER DUPER ALICE COOPER U.S. SCREENINGS:
Fairfax, VA Angelika Mosaic
Dallas, TX Angelika Film Dallas
Plano, TX Angelika Film Plano
San Diego, CA Gaslamp 15
Honolulu, HI Ward Stadium 16
Sacramento, CA Tower Theatre
La Mesa, CA Grossmont Center 10
Rohnert Park, CA Rohnert Park 16
Bakersfield, CA Valley Plaza 16
New York, NY Village East
Manville, NJ Manville 12-Plex
Murrieta, CA Cal Oaks 17
Cleveland, OH Capitol Theatre
Cleveland, OH Shaker Square Cinemas
Pittsburgh, PA Southside Works Cinema
Peoria, AZ Arrowhead Fountains 18
Oklahoma City, OK Bricktown 16
Chandler, AZ Chandler Fashion 20
Moreno Valley, CA Moreno Valley 16
Denver, CO Northfield 18
Phoenix, AZ Scottsdale 101
Arlington, MA Regent Theatre
Claremont, CA Claremont 5
North Hollywood, CA NoHo 7
Pasadena, CA Playhouse 7
Amherst, NY The Screening Room Inc.
Chestnut Hill, MA Showcase SuperLux
Millbury, MA Blackstone Valley 14 Cinema de Lux
Dedham, MA Showcase Cinema de Lux Legacy Place
Bridgeport, CT Showcase Cinemas Bridgeport
White Plains, NY City Center 15: Cinema De Lux
Whitestone, NY College Point Multiplex Cinemas
Edgewater, NJ Edgewater Multiplex Cinemas
Farmingdale, NY Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas
Holtsville, NY Island 16: Cinema De Lux
Lowell, MA Showcase Cinemas Lowell
Foxboro, MA Showcase Cinema de Lux Patriot Place
Providence, RI Providence Place Cinemas 16
Springdale, OH Springdale 18: Cinema De Lux
Warwick, RI Showcase Cinemas Warwick
Randolph, MA Showcase Cinema de Lux Randolph
Revere, MA Showcase Cinema de Lux Revere
Elmsford, NY Greenburgh Multiplex Cinemas
Yonkers, NY Showcase Cinema de Lux Ridge Hill
Bonita Springs, FL Prado Stadium 12
San Francisco, CA Balboa Theatre
Cincinnati, OH Esquire Theatre
Columbus, OH Gateway Film Center
Sparta, NJ Digiplex Sparta
Mechanicsburg, PA Digiplex Mechanicsburg
Camp Hill, PA Digiplex Camp Hill
Williamsport, PA Digiplex Williamsport
Bloomsburg, PA Digiplex Bloomsburg
Selinsgrove, PA Digiplex Selinsgrove
Reading, PA Digiplex Fairgrounds
Solon, OH Digiplex Solon Cinema 16
Surprise, AZ Digiplex Surprise Pointe 14
Bloomfield, CT Digiplex Bloomfield
Lisbon, CT Digiplex Lisbon
Torrington, CT Digiplex CINEROM Torrington
Temecula, CA Digiplex Temecula Tower 10
Apple Valley, CA Digiplex Apple Valley 14
Bonsall, CA Digiplex River Village
Oceanside, CA Digiplex Mission Marketplace 13
Poway, CA Digiplex Poway 10
Westfield, NJ Digiplex Rialto Westfield
San Rafael, CA California Film Institute
Phoenix, AZ FilmBar
Athens, OH Athena Grand
Tuscon, AZ The Loft Cinema
Super Duper Alice Cooper is the first ever ‘doc opera’ – a dizzying blend of documentary archive footage, animation and rock opera that will cement forever the legend of ALICE COOPER.
The film is the twisted tale of a teenage Dr. Jekyll whose rock n’ roll Mr. Hyde almost kills him. It is the story of Vincent Furnier, a preacher’s son who struck fear into the hearts of parents as ALICE COOPER, the ultimate rock star of the bizarre. From the advent of Alice as front man for a group of Phoenix freaks in the 60’s to the hazy decadence of celebrity in the 70s to his triumphant comeback as 80s glam metal godfather, we will watch as Alice and Vincent battle for each other’s’ souls. Alice’s story is told not only by the man himself, but through exclusive interviews with members of the original ALICE COOPER band, Elton John, Iggy Pop, John Lydon, and Dee Snider.
Super Duper Alice Cooper is the creation of Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn at Banger Films, producers of Iron Maiden: Flight 666 (2009 SXSW Audience Choice Winner) and Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage (2010 Grammy-nominated and Tribeca Audience Choice Winner), and much-lauded filmmaker Reginald Harkema, winner of the TIFF Special Jury Prize for his film Monkey Warfare.
In early June 2014, Arch Enemy will unleash their 9th studio album, War Eternal, worldwide via Century Media Records and Trooper Entertainment in Japan. With this upcoming release, the band will introduce a new member to their ranks: Alissa White-Gluz, former vocalist of Canadian extreme metallers The Agonist. Angela Gossow, who joined Arch Enemy in 2000 and made her debut on the now classic Wages Of Sin (2001), will be stepping down as front-woman and focusing on management, while Alissa takes her place.
Angela Gossow comments:
“Dear ARCH ENEMY fans, this is not easy to tell you…I have decided to step down from being ARCH ENEMY’s voice of anger. After 13 years of pure fucking metal, 6 studio albums and countless tours through five continents, I feel the need to enter a different phase in my life, be with my family and pursue other interests. I will however remain business manager for ARCH ENEMY, and I will continue to develop my artist management roster. I am staying true to my heavy metal roots, just leaving the spotlight so to speak. I am passing the torch to the super talented Alissa White-Gluz, whom I’ve known as a dear friend and a superb vocalist for many years. I always thought she deserved a chance to shine – and now she’s getting it. Just like I got that chance back in 2001.
I want to thank all ARCH ENEMY fans, our labels Century Media (worldwide) and Trooper Entertainment (Japan), our dedicated road crew, and in particular Michael, Daniel and Sharlee for their love and support throughout all these years. It’s been one hell of a ride! We conquered every situation, made it through thick & thin together in the most exciting and rewarding time of my life. Thank you all for being there with me on stage, in front of the stage, and backstage. You have touched my heart, and I hope I was able to give something back to you. I am grateful for the wonderful memories – I will cherish them forever! I am looking forward to the next decade of ARCH ENEMY madness! Right now I am listening through rough mixes of the new studio album and I am blown away! 2014 will see a renewed ARCH ENEMY at the top of their game. I am proud to be part of this ARCH ENEMY chapter, albeit in a different way – revving up the engines behind the scenes. I hope to see you in front of the stage; I will join you there this time. Let the killing begin, once again!”
Bane Of Winterstorm burst onto the international scene in late 2013 with an incredibly well-recieved independent debut album THE LAST SONS OF PERYLIN. It ranked highly on a number of Metal webzines year-end lists including #7 on my own Top 20 list here at Metal-Rules.com. I contacted this powerful Australian act to learn more.