Jill Hughes Kirtland author of Not Just Tit’s In a Corset Celebrating Women in Metal will be attending Women of Metal Fest. Now only will Ms. Kirtland be attending she’ll be bringing copies of her book, which you will be able to purchase at the show. Ms. Kirtland has also offered up a copy of the book for raffle that one lucky fan will be able to win at the show.
From Jayson Shell: This isn’t a history book. But it is a march through time that covers Women in Metal in a clear concise and entertaining way. I found the book to be very entertaining. Ms. Kirtland’s heart and soul went into this book and it was quite clear in every word she wrote. She reminded me of bands I had forgotten about and mentioned a few I wouldn’t have thought would even be in a book of this magnitude. There isn’t a fan of Female Metal that shouldn’t read this book! Hat’s off to you, Jill.
About Jill Hughes Kirtland:
The first musician Jill Hughes Kirtland ever interviewed was Edgar Meyer, the GRAMMY award winning classical upright bass player, when she was a freshman at Ithaca College. She knew then she wanted to be a music journalist. In 2007, she started an online magazine for progressive rock & metal (USA Progressive Music), which allowed her to interview many of her favorite musicians and learn the art of concert photography. Around that time, she also became the manager for New Jersey-based progressive metal band Suspyre, and then she donned the hat of tour manager for Shadow Gallery, the progressive metal band based in Pennsylvania, all of this allowing her to immerse herself behind the scenes into the metal music industry. After selling USA Progressive Music in 2010, she traveled all over the world conducting interviews with female metalheads—musicians, fans, promoters, and other behind-the-scenes women—all the while fending for her life in the photo pits at metal concerts. credit: http://www.jillkirtland.com
We look forward to seeing Ms. Kirtland at Women of Metal Fest.
We would also like to take a moment to remind everyone that we have partnered with The BCRF (The Breast Cancer Research Foundation) and a portion of all profits from Women of Metal Fest I will be going towards this very worthy cause.
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation was established by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, with the intention of bringing about a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime. Larry Norton, MD, of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, has directed the Foundation’s scientific activities since its beginnings. In 2002, BCRF expanded its mission to include prevention as well as cure, reflecting the direction of its research grants aimed at prevention as well as treatment. In 2013, BCRF’s annual research funding increased to $45 million, with grants now supporting more than 200 dedicated researchers at major medical institutions across the globe—a very long way from the $159,000 awarded to eight researchers in 1994.
BCRF-funded research has helped save lives and significantly improved the quality of care and survivorship for tens of thousands of breast cancer patients in the past decade and a half. The research itself has revealed that “cure” is a mosaic made up of as many approaches to diagnosing, treating, preventing and surviving as there are different types of breast cancer.
Thank you to Leeja from the band Leeja Stark for the promo listed below.
This Tuesday 6/17/2014 8pm CDT on Insane Realm Radio‘s Women of Metal Radio Show We’ve hit a two run homer Christy Campbell of out February 2014 Band of the Month Theatrum Mundi and Sarah Teets from MindMaze join Jayson on the show to talk about their bands and the upcoming Women of Metal Fest I.
Theatrum Mundi is a female-fronted symphonic metal band from Springfield, MO. Their music takes you back to the world of England’s Queen Elizabeth I, a time when Shakespeare was composing sonnets, opera was first heard, and the Spanish Inquisition was terrorizing with ruthless efficiency. All that, plus metal guitars.
The music takes you on an epic journey where you will experience quiet moments of beauty, the intense release of operatic metal, and everything in between, with vocal melodies soaring above the fray by a duo of classically-trained vocalists, Christy Campbell and Stacey Elizabeth Luehrs, backed up by a world-class chamber chorus.
After two years of honing their songs live, in 2013 Theatrum Mundi released The Eyes of the Realm in 2013, The album received high acclaim by fans, radio, and critics alike, winning 2013 Best Symphonic Metal Album from The Symphonic Metal Show on AiiRadio, and garnering the February 2014 Band of the Month from The Women of Metal Show on Insane Realm Radio.
MindMaze also made it onto the ballot for Best Metal Band on the 2012 and 2013 Lehigh Valley Music Awards. The band reached an international audience with the release of their first full-length album “Mask of Lies” in February 2013. Featuring almost 60 minutes of original metal, “Mask of Lies” aims to satisfy fans of Traditional, Progressive, and Power Metal and all points in between with in-your-face metal anthems, sprawling epics, and melodic balladry.
The group’s sound strives to be something truly unique while paying homage to their variety of influences. Fans of Iron Maiden can admire the harmonized guitar wizardry and galloping bass lines, while fans of Savatage can admire the use of piano work alongside heavy rhythm guitar playing. Fans of Dream Theater and Rush can admire the bass and drum interplay as well as the variety of time signature changes, but most of all there is something to be said for the quality level of songwriting the band strives to achieve.
The band has always been female fronted, but has never allowed being female fronted to dictate the style of music they play. Vocalist Sarah Teets displays both power and range in her vocal work, which maintains a cleanness that still has grit when it needs to. Matched with the impressive yet tasteful playing of the rest of the band (including brother Jeff Teets on guitar/keyboards and Kalin Schweizerhof on drums as well as live bass by Mike Lepond of Symphony X and Rich Pasqualone) and an exciting live performance to boot, MindMaze are winning audiences over with every show.
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Leeja Stark is an industrial electronic metal band from Pittsburgh, PA. Formed in 2012, the band found its sound through lyrics about love, hate, and the supernatural world. Songwriters Leeja and Bret Stark bring very different influences to the band; Bret has a symphonic metal music background with influences like Nightwish and Within Temptation, while Leeja has an obsession with vampires, demons, and the supernatural. Their video for the single Symptoms of Insanity received almost 200,000 views in the first 24 hours on YouTube. Leeja also co-wrote the song Charming Arms with producer/musician Christopher Lee Simmonds (Filter, Thought Industry, Good Charlotte). Expect live shows and new music early summer (2014). www.leejastark.com .
Theatrum Mundi is a symphonic metal band from Springfield, MO fronted by classically-trained vocalists, Christy Campbell and Stacey Elizabeth Luehrs, backed by Michael Ray Gould (guitar), Li’Anne Drysdale (keys), B.J. DeClue (bass), and Caleb Rust (drums). TM released The Eyes of the Realm album in 2013, winning 2013 Best Symphonic Metal Album from The Female Fronted Symphonic Rock and Metal Show on AiiRadio, and was February 2014 Band of the Month from The Women of Metal Show on Insane Realm Radio. www.theatrummundi.us .
Lies, Inc. In the realm of the corporate world, there are fallacies so devious that it would take a certain kind of seedy corporation to cover-up and encourage such deceits. Enter Lies, Inc., a four piece progressive metal machine with a chairwoman at its front. Through a combination of hard rock, punk, metal, and progressive, Lies, Inc. ensnares its listeners with sheer skill and driving force. With catchy hooks and an aggressive edge, this band brings a powerful female-fronted presence to the music scene. Lies, Inc. consists of Jarrett Bickel (guitar), Ron Brode (drums), Lily Taylor (vocals), and Kent Tonkin (bass). www.liesincorporated.com, www.liesincrocks.com , https://www.facebook.com/Liesincrocks/app_2405167945
Beyond Eden describes their sound as “harder rock fused with R&B undertones and a theatrical edge.” They teamed with Grammy Nominated producer, writer, and engineer, David Ivory in the spring of 2012 and recorded their first single, “Rosebud War,” about domestic violence. The song has attracted the attention of internet magazines, internet radio, and main stream radio stations. It was featured on a charity fundraising compilation CD with Grammy Winning Producer, Gloria Domina in 2013. The band has played with GRAMMY decorated band Halestorm, the Michael Schenker Group, George Lynch, Madam Adam, Sister Sin, and many more. http://www.beyondedenrocks.com/
Midnight Eternal is a female fronted symphonic metal band based out of New York City/New Jersey. The current line-up of Midnight Eternal includes Raine Hilai on lead vocals (Raine has been involved in theatre and various musical ensembles, as well as solo work), Richard Fischer on guitars and vocals, Daniel Prestup on drums, Greg Manning on bass guitar, and Boris Zaks on keyboards. http://www.midnighteternal.com/
A Sound of Thunder is a Washington DC based, female fronted heavy metal band. The four piece band consists of Josh Schwartz on guitar, Nina Osegueda on vocals, Jesse Keen on bass, and Chris Haren on drums. A Sound of Thunder conquers metal realms ranging from ’70s blues-based proto-metal a la Black Sabbath and early Judas Priest, to triumphant modern power metal a la Hammerfall and Primal Fear. Soaring vocals, incendiary instrumentals, and classic songs combine to form an unrelenting, unapologetic slab of metal to stand the test of time. http://www.asoundofthunderband.com/#!
MindMaze is a female-fronted traditional prog/power metal band. Hailing from Allentown, Pennsylvania, this young four-piece band consists of lead vocalist Sarah Teets, guitarist, keyboardist, and backing vocalist Jeff Teets, drummer Kalin Schweizerhof, and live bassist Rich Pasqualone . MindMaze have honed their craft with over one-hundred gigs, including sharing the stage with metal mainstays such as Saxon, Doro, Overkill, Jon Oliva’s Pain, Circle II Circle, and many more. http://www.mindmazeband.com/.
Writing Off Tomorrow (WOT) is a 4-piece, female fronted Hard Rock/Metal Band based out of Morgantown, West Virginia. WOT is vocalist and songwriter Megan Edison, guitarist and songwriter Casey Ringler, drummer Joe Canfield and bassist Bill Wiltrout. In November, 2012, WOT released a 7-track EP called “Last Moments” containing all original tracks, accompanied by a music video for “All the Blood I Need.” WOT is currently working on their new album “Flirting with Death” to be released in 2014. http://www.writingofftomorrow.com/
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We are excited to to announce that Midnight Eternal has decided to join us at Women of Metal Fest I in Pittsburgh, PA. on July 12, 2014
Midnight Eternal is a female fronted symphonic metal band based out of New York City/NJ. It was created in March 2014 when two members of Operatika (Richard Fischer and Boris Zaks) invited Daniel Prestup (of Rivera Bomma and Spider Rockets) and Mike LePond (of Symphony X) to join them to record a two song single.
During the recording the band reached out to Raine Hilai to lay down the vocal parts for the song. When they realized that they had something special on their hands, the members decided to form a full time band. Midnight Eternal is scheduled to have its debut live appearance supporting Adrenaline Mob this coming June. The band is looking forward to playing more shows in the upcoming months and recording more songs for their upcoming album
The current line-up of Midnight Eternal includes Raine Hilai on lead vocals (Raine has been involved in many different projects including theater and various musical ensembles, as well as solo work), Richard Fischer on guitars and vocals (besides Operatika, he has been involved in other projects such as Infamous Plague)
Daniel Prestup on drums (Dan has been touring extensively with Spider Rockets and Rivera Bomma), Mike LePond on bass guitar (Mike is the bassist of the band Symphony X and has also been involved in other musical projects) and Boris Zaks on keyboards (besides Operatika, he has been also played live shows with Rivera Bomma).
Midnight Eternal joins the lineup of Lies, Inc., Writing off Tomorrow, Theatrum Mundi, MindMaze, Leeja Stark and A Sound of Thunder and Beyond Eden. All these great bands will be performing at the Rex Theater in Pittsburgh, Pa. on July 12, 2014. Doors open at 2pm EDT, Showtime is 3pm EDT
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We are exited to announce that Beyond Eden from Lehighton, Pennsylvania has joined us for Women of Metal Fest I
With a truly unique sound and powerful lyrics, Beyond Eden takes its listener on journey with every song. They describe their sound as “harder rock fused with R&B undertones and a theatrical edge.”
They teamed up with Grammy Nominated producer, writer, and engineer, David Ivory in the spring of 2012 and recorded their first single, “Rosebud War”. The song, which is about domestic violence, has managed to attract the attention of internet magazines, internet radio, and main stream radio stations alike.
In September 2012 the band successfully funded their KICKSTARTER campaign and their dedicated fans helped them raise nearly $1,700 to use towards their EP with David Ivory.
Now they return to the studio as a newly signed artist on David Ivory’s Label, FlexiTone Records, to finish their long awaited EP.
They have played with the GRAMMY winning band Halestorm, the Michael Schenker Group, George Lynch, Madam Adam, Sister Sin, and many more.
A 3 time nominee and winner of 2011 “Best Loud Rock Performance” in the nationally recognized Lehigh Valley Music Awards, the bands fan base voted and earned them 10 nominations in the 2012 awards. 2 of their songs “Rosebud War” and “Queen of Ice” were nominated and up against each other for best original song. They credit their fans for their success. “They are what makes this ship sail” says their singer Jenn. Between writing new songs and touring the band plans to finish their full length album with David Ivory in 2014.
Beyond Eden joins the lineup of Lies, Inc., Writing off Tomorrow, Theatrum Mundi, MindMaze, Leeja Stark and A Sound of Thunder. All these great bands will be performing at the Rex Theater in Pittsburgh, Pa. on July 12, 2014. Doors open at 2pm EDT, Showtime is 3pm EDT
We are proud to announce that A Sound of Thunder from Washington, DC. has agreed to join us for Women of Metal Fest I in Pittsburgh, PA. on July 12, 2014
A Sound of Thunder is a Washington DC based, female fronted heavy metal band. Their four piece band consists of Josh Schwartz on guitar, Nina Osegueda on vocals, Jesse Keen on bass, and Chris Haren on drums. A Sound of Thunder conquers metal realms ranging from ’70s blues-based proto-metal a la Black Sabbath and early Judas Priest, to triumphant modern power metal a la Hammerfall and Primal Fear. Soaring vocals, incendiary instrumentals, and classic songs combine to form an unrelenting, unapologetic slab of metal to stand the test of time.
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We are proud to announce that Leeja Stark from Pittsburgh, PA has agreed to join us for Women of Metal Fest I in Pittsburgh, PA. on July 12, 2014
Leeja Stark is an industrial electronic metal band from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Formed by Leeja Stark in 2012, the band has found its sound through lyrics about love, hate, and the supernatural world. Songwriting team Leeja and Bret Stark bring very different influences to Leeja Stark which is how the sound came to be. Bret has a symphonic metal music background with influences like Nightwish, Within Temptation, Lacuna Coil, where vocalist Leeja finds comparisons in Stevie Nicks or Gwen Stefani, but has a bit of an obsession with vampires, demons, and the supernatural world.
In their first EP House of Eyes (2013), the music tells a story of a girl caught in the throes of the demon world. It begins with the song Supernatural in which an incantation to release the demon from the body is recited and ends with a chilling ballad Impossible Things that leaves the story to be continued as we find out she is pregnant.
Before the EP, a video for the single Symptoms of Insanity was released. The song is a duet featuring screamer Bret Stark. When the video hit Youtube, it received almost 200,000 views in the first 24 hours and has become the band’s flagship song.
In another collaboration, Leeja co-wrote the song Charming Arms with producer/musician Christopher Lee Simmonds (Filter, Thought Industry, Good Charlotte, Marcy Playground). The message about the agony of drug abuse is written in Simmonds’ music as well as the lyrics. Charming Arms was released in April 2014 in three forms; the original, a dis-honesty mix with an electronic dubstep sound, and the raw honesty mix highlighting Leeja’s vocals.
In addition to performing live shows, you can expect new music from Leeja Stark early this summer (2014).
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