Interview by Tony CannellaVocalist Leather Leone left Chastain after the 1990 album “For Those Who Dare”. Now a mere 23 years later she has returned and their new album “Surrender to No One” picks right up where they left off. After listening to this album it seems that no time has passed at all and Leather’s vocals are just as forceful as ever. Recently she took the time to answer some questions via email and this is what she had to say. The long awaited new Chastain album “Surrender to No One” is out now. Please tell us a little about it.
It has been along time for all of us, myself included. It feels exhilarating to be back in the scene. The idea of creating music again with Chastain has brought me a great sense of accomplishment. More importantly, all of the feedback from all of you glorious people is beyond words.How do you feel it’s been received by the fans and media?
Repeating myself, the friends and media have been exceptional. I had no idea of the impact those early Chastain releases had. It is an honor to have been a part of that chapter of life. The music we make is hard and true, so of course all of you relate to the message. Thanks for that! Continue reading »
Label: One Little Indian
Review by Luisa Mercier
This is the first release after five years for the legend Sinead O’ Connor and someone may object that “Theology” was not a real full-length as well as all the special compilations and the albums in Gaelic language. So to find her latest true release, we have to go back to 2000, when “Faith And Courage” was recorded. Media all around the world were more focused on the gossip, the rumors, her shocking statements or actions than her music lately and I have to admit that even when she was under the limelight in the ’90s, I knew her more for this than for hits like “Nothing Compares to U”. “How About I Be Me (And You Be You)” is a true, intimate record. Nine songs with a classic structure (a modern pop-rock produced by John Reynolds) in which the old rebel tells us about herself, sincerely and sometimes merciless. Continue reading »
Label: Leviathan Records
Review by Tony Cannella
Back in the 80s female fronted metal bands were certainly nowhere near as a prominent as they are today, but there were some really great ones. One of my favorites from that era (or any era for that matter) was Chastain. The band released 5 albums between 1985 and 1990 and featured the guitar virtuoso David T. Chastain. Riding shotgun with Mr. Chastain for all those years was a great vocalist named Leather Leone. Unfortunately she left the band (and the music business, apparently) following the release of the “For Those Who Dare” album in 1990. Leather was replaced by another excellent singer named Kate French as Chastain continued to release albums (albeit more sporadically) with the last one being issued in 2004. Well, lo and behold not only has Leather resurfaced but she has re-united with Chastain for a new album entitled “Surrender to No One” and I have to say that not only are the results fantastic, but it seems like the unit hasn’t skipped a beat. Continue reading »
Label: Strange One Records
Review by Tony Cannella
From Atlanta, Georgia the alternative electro-metal band is led by front woman, belly dancer Kadria. The uniqueness of their shows has already created quite a buzz for this band, but their potent music should not be undervalued. Inviolate released their debut EP in 2007 and now return with a new 7-song 28-minute EP titled “Feast of Ashes”.
The industrialized opened “Condemned” gives way to a truly pounding and aggressive rhythm. Lead singer Kadria proves she is up to the task as she more than manages to keep pace with the thrashing rhythms flying around her while still injecting the song with a melodic tone – particularly on the chorus. This is my favorite song – hands down! Middle-Eastern like rhythms open the next tune “Illusion of Mercy” and like the previous song, it soon evolves into a hard charging up-tempo metal song. Continue reading »
Interview by Robert Brady
Intro by Miriam C.The last power progressive metal sensation comes from Brazil and it’s called Vandroya and they are fronted by the majestic force (and vocals) of Daisa Munhoz. Although their debut album “One” was released at the beginning of the 2013 onto Inner Wound Recordings, we totally release that they deserve a bigger space then a review and so here served a nice and interesting interview. Daísa welcome to Femme Metal Webzine it is a pleasure having you here. Thank you for your time. Vandroya is a very unique name for a band. Can you explain how the band settled on the name Vandroya?
It’s my pleasure, thank you very much for this opportunity. There isn’t a special story behind the band’s name, actually. We started as a cover band and we rehearsed in the garage of our guitarist Rodolfo Pagotto and many people frequented these rehearsals, to drink beer, listen to heavy metal. So, we were turning news in our region and invitations for small presentations began to appear and we didn’t have a band name. A friend of ours, Andre Deutern, suggested this name during a rehearsal and we adopted it, cause we thought it was a strong name. Continue reading »
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