Author/music journalist/band manager Jill Hughes Kirtland has just self-published a book entitled Not Just Tits in a Corset: Celebrating Women in Metal, which “…details the unique history, challenges and triumphs women have encountered throughout their careers in metal music.” The book features interviews and photographs of many of metal’s most famed and respected musicians, including Lita Ford, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Alissa White-Gluz, Cristina Scabbia, Tarja Turunen, and many, many more.
An excerpt from the book: “Ten years ago I heard [from women], “Since I saw you in a metal band, I thought ‘okay, I can do this as well.’” Sometimes we need a little bit of an example.” – Anneke van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering, solo artist)
The book is available for order through Kirtland’s website.
I personally am extremely interested in picking up a copy of this book. Women in metal are often seen first for their visual appeal and second for their talent, which is incredibly disheartening. I welcome a book that tackles this topic! READ MORE
Dutch symphonic rockers Within Temptation have unveiled tons of details about their upcoming sixth studio album Hydra, which will be released in early 2014 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The album will feature guest appearances from ex-Killswitch Engage singer Howard Jones, ex-Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen, rapper Xzibit, and Soul Asylum singer Dave Pirner.
Asked to describe Xzibit’s performance on the song “And We Run”, guitarist Robert Westerholt states, “Xzibit is amazing. This song is about how you’ve got to live your life now. He’s rapping at full force on this song. It’s really heavy.” Singer Sharon den Adel adds, “Xzibit brings a new element to our music that we’ve never had before! It’s a new cross-over and we love it!”
Sharon comments on the appearance by Turunen, saying, “The way she delivers those high melody lines left us all speechless. We had a great time, and the fans responded beyond our expectations.”
Den Adel adds more about Jones’s appearance on “Dangerous”: “I always loved Howard’s voice. He makes the song even heavier than it already is. That song is one of my favorite songs on the record and one of the fastest we’ve ever written. It has the most bass drums we’ve ever used, too, and a very fast riff which we doubled with synths. It’s not a typical synthesizer, though – it’s distorted like a guitar, and it’s very aggressive.”
“Whole World Is Watching” features Soul Asylum’s singer Dave Pirner. The band comments, “When we wrote ‘Whole World Is Watching,’ Dave was at the very top of our list. He has such a captivating voice: it made the song exactly how it needed to be.”
Head on below for a teaser trailer, track list, and edition information. READ MORE
Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation has released a video for the title track of their upcoming EP Paradise (What About Us?), which features ex-Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen. Within Temptation singer Sharon den Adel comments, “Tarja was our instant favorite partner for this! When we listened to the demo version of ‘Paradise,’ it was clear that her classical voice would fit perfectly.” Head on below to watch the video.
You can pre-order the EP, which comes out digitally in N. America October 1st, here. READ MORE
In a somewhat shocking bit of news, Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish has parted ways with its singer Anette Olzon. The band has released an official statement, which can be read below, in which they explain the situation as well as state that no live shows will be cancelled. It has been announced that they will be using temporary singer Floor Jansen (ReVamp).
In 2005, the band released an open letter via their website in which they fired singer Tarja Turunen. READ MORE