Label: Bakerteam Records
Review by Warren Mayocchi
“Torn Banners” by Artaius is well described by the progressive folk metal tag. The band was formed in 2008 and has seven members. It is obvious that everyone in the band is competent in their craft, the songs are well performed. The album opens with my favourite track, in your face, screaming, folk metal – “Seven Months”. I like that track because the elements of the band complement each other well and the folk is more dominant than elsewhere.
Most songs on the album feature clean female vocals and growling/screaming male vocals. Musically there is much happening in every song, keyboards, flute, violin, drums, guitars as well as the vocals. The exceptions, with several musical elements absent, are “Pictures of Life”, a ballad, and “By Humans Claimed”. Continue reading »
Interview by Miss Peaches
Thundermother are arguably the queens of rock and roll have been very busy touring all over the world with their mischievous and dirty tones (which I may add leads to a rather seductive overall tone). We have been lucky enough to steal Clare away for an interview about their most recent mind blowing album, “Road Fever”!!
Hey and thank you for taking the time for this interview Clare, how is life on tour going with the girls?
We’ve actually JUST come off a 2 week European tour supporting The Scams and Supercharger and it was amazing! A special show was in Verona as it’s Giorgia‘s (rhythm guitar) home town.
Let’s talk a little about the upcoming release of “Road Fever”. The opening track just a tease shows flashes of the sass you ladies have. What was the overall concept when you was writing this album?
Haha! Yes, we wanted to convey the sass and keep to our original hard rock classic roots also. But with this album you get a punchier more raw sound and when writing it we just wanted to convey the fun and energy behind it all!
What lead you ladies to use PledgeMusic over other sites?
We had seen pledge being used by other bigger artists and when we researched it we really liked the concept behind it as our own fans could support us in helping to make the album! Really great idea!:)
I love your packages you have on offer for the fans. What made you decide to offer clothing from the video shoots?
Well. we thought it was a great idea as its a very personal item and Filippa had spent hours pimping it up! The fact it was used in the music video was its selling point for sure!!
For the video, what lead you to decide to shoot the video at its present location…
It was in Gothenburg and Giorgia set it all up as she lives near by! It was available all day which was a bonus and we had the place to ourselves so it was a good choice!!
In the video for “Just a Tease” you ladies give off the cheeky vibe and have mischief in your eyes so I have to ask, has your voice ever got you into any trouble?
Hmmmmm good question!!! I am actually always getting myself into trouble I just attract it but it’s actually my mouth that gets me OUT of that trouble haha!!! Got the Irish charm onviously!!!
I love the overall power feel of this entire album, from start to finish you have hit every note pretty perfect I must say. What was your inspiration for the track alright alright?
Thank you very much!! Haha this track Filippa had come to me with lyrics and I said it needed a chorus as the original chorus was the pre-chorus! So when I read the lyrics I thought it was about riding a bike so I wrote the chorus accordingly! Filippa loved it but then told me it was a song about a pair of jeans but my lyrics still fit in well so the song was complete!:)
After completion of this epic album, how did you ladies come together with the art concept for the album?
That was actually Giorgia and Linda‘s (bass) department! Giorgia is a graphic designer and had come up with the amazing concept of the girl on the bike and Linda had done up some rough sketches. It was then all handed over to Jens who did the cover them for us! We spoke a lot about the colors and fonts etc and finally all were very pleased with the final product!
Would you mind telling us a little bit about the bands that influenced you growing up?
As a band we all love AC/DC, Mötorhead and Airbourne and I personally grew up on Irish folk and country music! Artists such as Christy Moore, The Cranberries and many more Irish artists were a big influence. But I also had a love for AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, CRR and Alanis Morrisette.
How old was you when you first discovered your passion and drive to sing?
My mother informed me when I was asked at the age of 4/5 what I wanted to be when I grew up I said “a rockstar”!! My first public performance was at the age of 7 in church for school and at this age I started learning the piano where I went through all my grades for 11 years and at the age of 16 I got my first acoustic guitar and started songwriting! Singing and music is all I’ve ever known and is my one true passion!
The time has sadly come for me to ask my final question. Are there any final words of advice you would like to share with any fans that are hoping to follow in your footsteps with making music from their hearts?
Yes!! Do what I did….NEVER listen to anybody who tries to steal your dream/vision. If I had of listened to these people (and believe me they existed) I wouldn’t be where I am today. But it’s also thanks to them that I AM here because I was on a mission to prove them wrong and show that I COULD make a living out of music!! I was told I would be wasting my brain and to get a ‘real’ job! Pure jealousy!! Thankfully I have an amazing family and friends who always believed in me! Never give up hope, always follow your heart and keep setting goals and conquer them…only YOU can hold yourself back! Always believe in what you do, create and write. And have fun along the way. Music is a creative art and should always be enjoyed (even if it’s your job!)
Stephansdotter Photography & RenÇ U.Valdes
Review by Warren Mayocchi
YOUSEI TEIKOKU have been together creating music since the mid-nineties. A band survives for nearly twenty years by playing great music, and “SHADOW CORPS[e]” is their latest album. The vocals are delivered in a definite Japanese, not-quite-pop style. For an interesting contrast the band are blasting out a gothic-metal guitar and drum sound. Having the vocals and the band perform their dance of contrast delivers a duel-like atmosphere to the music. There is no conflict within the band though – they are tight, the interplay is more that of (zombie) army and (undead) queen. Neither dominates the other, they are both powerful in their own way.
Label: Crysella Records
Review by Warren Mayocchi
Cinnamun Beloved formed in 2011 and quickly recorded their debut album “The Weirdest Moment”. If you look at the history of the band they have been promoting this album for some time. There is a 2012 concert – “The Live Moments” – on the band’s YouTube page. It is now 2015 and the album has been released to the worldwide market after the band joined with Crysella Records. Gothic Metal is the musical genre mentioned on the band’s Facebook page, though that covers a lot of territory for Cinnamun Beloved.
Argentina is home for Cinnamun Beloved – maybe the diverse range of sound on this album is a result of being created in a non-European location? Personally I love hearing music created by bands from across the world, because the creative boundaries evident in some regions are disregarded elsewhere. Continue reading »
Label: Divebomb Records
Review by Tony Cannella
Back in the 80s, there were many guitar heroes. You had your Yngwie’s, Vai, Vinny Moore, Marty Friedman, etc. etc. but for my money one of the best (and most underrated) was David T. Chastain. He made some great albums with his bands Chastain as well as CJSS – hell they are still making some great albums. In addition to Mr. Chastain he also featured some killer musicians including the original (and current) Chastain vocalist, the legendary Leather Leone. Now, in the 80s there were not a ton of female vocalists like there is today. Many were in the hair metal/more commercial hard rock style. However, there were a few like Doro and Leather Leone, who did enough to stand out based on the sheer talent and vocal ability they possess. But I digress… Recently the good folks at Divebomb Records has re-issued two of the late 80s Chastain records: “The 7th of Never” (released in 1987) and “The Voice of the Cult” (released in 1988) with bonus material. Continue reading »
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- BAND-MAID – “New Beginning” (2015)
- Enya – “Dark Sky Island” (2015)
- Artaius – “Torn Banner” (2015)
- Milena Eva – GOLD
- Kari Rueslåtten
- Clare Cunningham – Thundermother
- YOUSEI TEIKOKU – “Shadow Corps[e]” (2015)
- Cinnamun Beloved – “The Weirdest Moment” (2015)
- Kobra and the Lotus – “Words of the Prophets” EP (2015)
- Veronica Freeman – The V
- Chastain – “The 7th of Never” & “The Voice of the Cult” REISSUE (2015)
- Diemonds – “Never Wanna Die” (2015)
- Embassy of Silence – “Verisimilitude” (2015)
- Burning Point – “Burning Point” (2015)
- District 97 – “In Vaults” (2015)
- Jaded Star – “Memories from the Future” (2015)
- Lauren Hart – Once Human
- Priya Panda – Diemonds
- Cœur de Pirate – “Roses” (2015)
- Caterina Nix – Chaos Magic
- Phaedra – “Blackwinged Night” (2015)
- Yui – YOUSEI TEIKOKU
- Kiarely & Janel – Conquer Divide
- Conquer Divide – “Conquer Divide” (2015)
- Lindsay Schoolcraft – Cradle of Filth
- Severnica – “Long Lost Longing” EP (2014)
- Tarja Turunen – “Ave Maria – En Plein Air” (2015)
- Francheska Pastor – Bad Seed Rising