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UK based Ravenheart Music was set up as a hobby in June 2006 by Dave Smith and Aimée Halford (herself a musician), to promote and publicise FEMALE FRONTED rock & metal music. It has now become a full time business project together with a record label/distribution hub..Ravenheart Music Records that enables us to distribute and promote an artist's music if they so desire. You can also find Ravenheart Dave's Facebook page here!
We also now have a radio show every Wednesday to promote the female fronted rock and metal scene. The radio show airs 8pm-11pm UK time (that's 9pm-midnight central European time and 3-6pm EST USA) at www.rockindocradio.net. Tune in to hear some awesome music, new and not quite so new. And......
......this is the new Ravenheart Music YouTube website (Ravenheart YouTube). It is kinda work in progress but keep checking it out!
SITE UPDATES December 4th
Tour Dates last updated Dec 3rd
Gig Reviews:- 11th May 2013 - Dames of Darkness, Bilston, Wolverhampton UK.
Latest Interviews: Beyond Visions from Stockholm - Dec 4th 2013
Check out this link featuring Awesome female fronted acts! Female Voices Blog and if that is not enough.....
......look at this new feature we have on our other website. We are featuring the UK band Zeitgeist Zero, who in 2013 are celebrating their 10th anniversary.
Finally, I am immensely proud of this interview with UK Gothic Rockers VAMPYRE HEART. Click on link below. It is my very first 'live' interview, maybe my last! :)
AND NOW HERE IS THE NEWS!
ANETTE OLZON is to release her debut solo album 'Shine', at the end of February through earMUSIC. The former Nightwish singer co-produced this with Johan Kronlund.
WEEPING SILENCE is honoured to announce their affiliation with Hydra Productions & Booking Agency. Hydra is a leading agency with experience, pro attitude, & heavyweight partners such as Dokk'em Open Air & Power Prog & Metal Festival @ Lotto Mons Expo. We also wish to announce that the band is also now managed by Lugga Music - watch this space for further news!
Our very own and my very good mate SAKARA, will be taking to the stage with AZYLA on 22nd November 2014, at the Valkyrian Festival in Bridlington, Yorkshire, UK.
Hold on to your seat belts guys and gals - want a bit of aggression - need to see a woman with attitude. FLASH OF AGGRESSION (side-project of U.D.O. guitarist Andrey Smirnov) presents their official video for the song 'Paper God', from the debut album 'Seed Of Hate'. View the video here.
Want some Christmas ideas? Check out LEAH's merchandise here.
The new CORNERSTONE Single 'Smalltown Boy' is now available in stores and downloadable from iTunes, Amazon, 7Digital etc etc. The Single is released in aid of the LORD WOLFSON CYSTIC FIBROSIS CENTRE and the ROOM TO BREATHE CAMPAIGN of the Nottingham Post in England. So please support a good charity here in the UK, and part with a very small proportion of your hard earned cash (0.79p here in the UK). And here is a teaser for the new video - www.youtube.com/watch?v=mb7Z7on3kEQ.
Tina from the rather awesome band AGHARTI, will be in London for a guest appearance with the Croatian Band RAPID STRIKE, at the Monarch club on December the 8th.
WINTER IN EDEN news: So far, the band has recorded the album in the Netherlands with the amazing Mr Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation) and now the time has come to pass it on to the next stage. The mixing will be done in Sweden by the equally amazing Stefan Helleblad (also Within Temptation!). Lots more news to come on album 3 in due course, so stay tuned!
Symphonic Metal combo ELEGY OF MADNESS, will have their new album 'Brave Dreams' released via the worldwide digital market through The Orchard on the 22nd of December 2013. This critically acclaimed masterpiece of emotional and intense melodic metal is finally going to see the light! You can preview the song 'Sinner' at this location: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyGnI4675XU.
Check out the new video here from German Band ELYRIA. This track 'Faceless' is lifted from their recent S/T EP, which will soon be reviewed on this website.
LOVELORN DOLLS - their new store is now officially open HERE
Check this out from an artist called CHARACULA. It is a catchy little ditty called 'Mummy Dance' and the rather cool video can be viewed here. Characula has the desire of a woman, mixed with the blood of a she-demon.
Swedish Metal crew ZEPHYRA has signed a record deal. More news in due course but all songs are pre produced, cover art and graphics are done, and now they are just eager to begin the actual recordings which will commence at MathLab Recording Studio in Florence, Italy, along with producer Jonathan Mazzeo.
Diane Camenzuli of WEEPING SILENCE, will be a guest on Sare's Invasion Show on Stargazer Rock Radio on Sunday 8th December at 1pm EST (6pm UK time and 7pm Malta time). Many WS songs & loads of metal tunes from Sare can be expected - tune in for a cool show at www.stargazerradio.com/!
Female fronted heavy metal band EVYLTYDE fronted by Hannah Delany, has officially announced the release of their debut single 'Fight To Be Free' as an entrant into the hotly contested Christmas UK Singles Chart for 2013. This is the first time in history that a heavy metal song has vied for the top spot, which until recent years has been dominated by a raft of X-Factor winners. Here is the video for the single - http://youtu.be/CFuqWITUlSo. The single will be available for download from December 16, 2013 and will also be available for pre-sale on selected sites prior to that date. All profits from the sale of the single will go to charities to aid the victims of civil war in Syria and other parts of the globe. The band's website is here.
The new GEMINI ABYSS cd 'Claim of the Planet', has now been added to our store.
The French Band SILENT OPERA is releasing their new album on 21st February 2014 via Massacre Records. 'Reflections' was recorded by Mobo, alias Frédéric Motte, at the Conkrete Studio in Bordeaux (France). The band has also released not one, but two new video clips! Enjoy 'Dawn Of The Fool' on http://youtu.be/M6TCr_5v4N8 and 'Fight Or Drift' on http://youtu.be/yviAvJR4X98.
Ravenheart Music is very pleased to announce that they will be working in conjunction with the awesome WormholeDeath Records based in Italy. This co operation will include promotional packages and even possible distribution. WormholeDeath is itself a record label, publishing and film production company born 5 years ago and owned by Carlo Bellotti Publishing (www.carlobellottipublishing.com). After signing their first couple of bands, the label management then subsequently inked a deal with AURAL MUSIC GROUP for marketing, distribution and promotion. We are pleased to be working in co operation with WormholeDeath in every sense of the word. We will be publishing more information in due course.
Out now is 'After Dark' the newest video from the Belgian goth metal act Lovelorn Dolls. 'After Dark' is also the name of the band's latest single (released as an 8-track EP) and is taken from the album 'The House of Wonders', which was released earlier this year in March 2013 on the Belgian label Alfa Matrix. You can view the video here.
CELLESTE is proud to announce the release of 'Deconstructing The Infestation', a new EP featuring six selected tracks from her album 'Join The Infestation', reworked and transformed in an acoustic, "unplugged" format. Co-written with producer Eric Dick, 'Deconstructing The Infestation - Celleste Unplugged' is an exclusively digital release.
LEAVES' EYES - 'HELL TO THE HEAVENS' - here is the video clip - www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JPs7rFNGP4.
From today November 11th, the new WICKED FAITH album 'Under No Illusion' will be available from our store for just £7.00. They are a hard rock band based in the epi-centre of all things that rock i.e Norwich here in the UK! The band offer elements of classic rock, metal and HUGE ZEP GROOVES, combined with a huge soulful female voice. Rock music is getting a make over, so strap yourselves in for the ride of your life. As a taster, you can hear a track ('Just This Once') on our music page.
WHERE ANGELS FALL's new album 'Redemption' will be released in February! You can hear the sound of the new album here. The band has started the presale! If you order before December you will get: Your name in the booklet, a free download of 'Silver' and the album mailed by snail mail before it is released to stores - order here.
To confirm: Massacre Records releases due: ELYSION - 'Someplace Better' due 24th January 2014; SILENT OPERA (French Band) 'Reflections' due 21st Feb 2014.
A rising rock star, ROZII CHAOS has a song called ‘Beginning of the End'. Earth’s been hit by thousands of asteroids. The dinosaurs were wiped out one by one, and about a century ago a comet blew up above Siberia and incinerated a forest the size of London. 20 year old Rozii Chaos has enjoyed a surge in popularity with her distinctive leather look, and blonde appearance. She has performed all over Britain. Rozii realizes after a recent event she experienced that we all could be facing the beginning of the end. So she wrote a song about it. View it here.
ONLY FATE REMAINS from Holland will be releasing digitally through Ravenheart Music, a three track single 'Cravings'. The track in it's original format originally appeared on the band's debut 'Breathe', but here it has been given the acoustic treatment.
Female-fronted Symphonic Rock band BEYOND VIOLET has signed to Ravenheart Music Records. The first Beyond Violet release on Ravenheart will be the five track ‘Frozen Words’ EP, which is scheduled to appear in January 2014. This is currently being mixed in the US by renowned producer Jeffro Lackscheide who has worked with rock legends Cheap Trick and members of Queensryche and Kamelot. The EP will feature the track Frozen Words, which has already received considerable airplay worldwide. Distribution will be taken care of by PlasticHead/Code 7. A full-length album is scheduled for 2014. The band combines catchy melodies with an aggressive edge and a harmonically rich, theatrical sound, being strongly influenced by melodic rock and metal bands such as Lacuna Coil, Evanescence, Rammstein, Unsun, Sirenia, Within Temptation and Muse, as well as early progressive rock and new wave. This is a link to their video - the track 'FROZEN WORDS' - www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlnBpldC60Y.
Two albums that have dropped into Ravenheart Music for review is the new one from BENEDICTUM titled 'Obey', and also the debut solo album 'Thrive' from ANGELICA RYLIN, more well known as singer with THE MURDER OF MY SWEET. Reviews to follow, but the Angelica Rylin album sounds as if it is going to be a Melodic Rock/AOR epic.
March 2014 will see releases by XANDRIA and DIABULUS IN MUSICA on the Napalm label.
Here is the hot new HYDROGYN video (click here). Titled 'Rock Me' it also features Angel of Angels Revenge, who hail from Huntsville, Alabama. The song is the lead single and video from the forth coming Hydrogyn release 'Break The Chains'.
Global Metal Apocalypse has nominated Ravenheart Band UNDER HEAVEN in their 2013 Global Metal Apocalypse Awards. The band has been nominated under the “Breakout North & Central America Band” category. We have also been informed that CRIMSON CHRYSALIS has also received a nomination from Global Metal Apocalypse.
We are very pleased to announce that SAKARA is taking her music live next year and already has been booked to headline Hereford Pagan Moot’s Beltane Ball, & also has secured a support slot at a Metal Festival. And she is currently working on her second album which is expected to be released around Spring 2014.
SORRONIA, the Hungarian symphonic metal band who we recently interviewed here, will be supporting Xandria through their Spanish tour. Sorronia will be introducing its new album, titled 'Words of Silence', released on the 28th October on Bakerteam Records. These will be the first shows in Europe where Sorronia will bring the songs from the album live.
LAHANNYA will be releasing 'Sojourn' - Live DVD + 2 bonus audio CDs; over 100 minutes of video footage; full length performances from Metal Female Voices Fest and M'Era Luna 2012. Beautifully presented in high quality Digipack with 16 page booklet. Will ship 18th November - order here.
Limelight Productions has restyled their way of working and is now focusing on a few bands, one of which is ONLY FATE REMAINS from Holland. To support the bands, Harm (Limelight's founder) has set up a festival https://www.facebook.com/events for which he has arranged a lot of national coverage for interviews, reviews, press stuff etc! The fest takes place on 30th November 2013 and will of course will feature Only Fate Remains amongst other bands. And in further news relating to OFR, they will soon be releasing a new single, a complete acoustic re working of 'Cravings', this number first appearing in it's original form on their debut album 'Breathe'.
DARKYRA BLACK's album is finally complete...well almost, a couple of little tweaks have to be done and then off for stem mastering. It's taken a while to get finished but Darkyra and her band are all really proud of how it has turned out. She will be over in Greece next June to record the next album and do some shows.
Italy based Symphonic-Gothic metallers TOTHEM has signed a worldwide deal with Canadian label Maple Metal Records, to release their debut full-length album ‘Beyond the Sea’. The worldwide release date is set for Nov. 18th.
Breaking news from Germany's top symphonic metal band XANDRIA: The five piece is presenting astonishing Dutch talent Dianne van Giersbergen as its new singer.
Handsome van Giersbergen, equipped with a fantastic vocal range, will replace the leaving Manuela Kraller, who decided to follow other musical challenges after three successful years with the band.
A message from Steve at WINTER IN EDEN to us here at Ravenheart Music regards the recording of their forthcoming album. "We had a great time working with Ruud (Within Temptation). He is a great guy professionally and socially. Recording is going well and I've learned a lot from him in only a week, so the experience was invaluable.... It is all sounding great already, but we have a few more things up our sleeves". So watch this space guys and gals!
The new album by Italian rockers BLUE DAWN entitled 'Cycle Of Pain', is due November 15th.
NOCTURA has released their song 'Caged', written exclusively for the film Savaged. The band is incredibly honored to be part of this film, which celebrated a sold out US premiere in LA earlier this week! Plase take a listen here.
You can listen too and buy the new MAGION cd, 'A Different Shade Of Darkness' here.
Preview song (click HERE), taken from the upcoming LEAVES ep 'This is the Time'. It will be released via digital markets by Wormholedeath/The Orchard. And I can assure you, the EP is good - see our review!
The Finnish Band THE RACK DOLL fronted by Minna Ora, will release the single 'Shannadoah' via Ravenheart Music later this year, as a prelude to a full album release in 2014. Minna would be more well known for her recent involvement with the band ELECTRIC LADY. More news will appear as we have it.
Here we have a video from the rather nice looking young lass who goes by the name of DIAMANTE. This is the latest rather catchy release titled 'Savage' from this emerging teenage star, that has been kindly sent to me, and was unleashed on the 14th October. Click here to view! Also visit her on FaceBook - www.facebook.com/diamanteofficialmusic.
This has come my way - an artist called ELEANORE & THE LOST. One can view YouTube for video's of tracks from her album 'Parlour Game' here. She has an impressive 4 octave range with influences from the likes of Kate Bush to Evanescence.
ASHES TO ASHES from Genova is proud to announce that they have just signed a worldwide publishing deal with WormholeDeath. During April 2012 the Italian combo flew overseas to produce their debut album 'Borderline' at Westfall Recording Company in New York. Whilst in New York, the band also recorded the first studio video for the single 'Alice’s Song' taken from their record distributed later by Underground Symphony Records and now published by Wormholedeath/Warner/Chappell Music worldwide. The video can be viewed here.
NIGHTWISH live DVD preview here - release date 29.11.2013
News from NIGHTWISH - Ms. Floor Jansen is a keeper. Also, the band will be a six-piece from now on, as Mr. Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes, low whistles, vocals) will become a full-time member. Originally Nightwish was going to wait until 2014 to make a decision about the future line-up of the band, but the past year has clearly shown them that Floor and Troy are perfect matching pieces to their puzzle.
'Otherworld' by LEAH is a 5-song Celtic metal masterpiece from this Canadian artist, taking you from the stormy shores of an ancient era... to fantasy landscapes... to the battlefield of love and loss. 'Otherworld' is released digitally 31 October 2013 and there is a video teaser here.
GRACE SOLERO and her band are about to start their UK tour and are quite excited about it! Dates on our tour dates page. Note that their album ‘Hundred Years Apart’ has just been released and is now available on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby etc.
'Possession', the brand new studio album from the Polish female fronted Heavy Metal act CRYSTAL VIPER, will be released on Friday 13th December 2013, as CD, limited edition LP and digital download.
BEYOND VISIONS is a metal band from Stockholm, Sweden formed in 2007. The band consists of Rebecka Heijel, Henrik Jansson and Alexander Berg. The band is now fully focusing on releasing their debut album - 'Your Face Is Familiar', and HERE is a video of 'Everything Needs To Change', which is a track from the aforementioned album.
For the last couple of months, the Dutch band LA VENTURA has been in talks with labels, to see if the new album 'White Crow' can be released in other parts of Europe. Result is that the first deal has been signed for The UK and Ireland territory with us here at Ravenheart Music. Distribution as always will be done by PlasticHead/Code 7, making the album available for online sales and in specialized music shops in The UK and Ireland.
With an extended license, the album 'White Crow' will also be available in shops in The Benelux! The band will do a re-release for The Benelux where the album can be ordered through the distributer Bertus. For further inquiries about this release, send a message to La-Ventura’s management at: firstname.lastname@example.org, but stay tuned for further information.
UK band LEGEND is a new Ravenheart signing and here is a video to the first track to be released from their forthcoming album 'SPIRIT'. And for all you music lovers out there, singer Beck Sian is related to the famous Kate Bush. The number is titled 'Crossing Of The Ways' and you can check this absolutely beautiful song out here.
Italian symphonic metal band NORHOD has just released their video for the song 'Fading with the Dark', taken from their massive debut album 'The blazing Lily'. The videoclip has been posted at this location: http://youtu.be/YDoMg-43D1Y.
JANEY SUMMER is pleased to announce she will be doing a series of acoustic gigs across Bristol and Somerset UK over the autumn and winter. This enables her to give the new songs an airing before she records them later in the year! Check out our tour dates page for info.
LEVANIA has just posted online the advance full track 'Seven Times To Forget' taken from their upcoming album 'Renascentis'. Click HERE to hear it. The sophomore record has been produced by Wahoomi Corvi at Realsound studio and is scheduled to be released via Wormholedeath/Aural Music in early 2014.
EDENFALL is a Gothic Doom band from Gloucestershire in the heart of England, who emerged from the ashes in the autumn of 2009. The idea of starting the band grew out of the relationship between the two founding members: Clare Webster (Lead Vocals) and Rob George (Guitar and Vocals) who were both drawn together by a passion for the darker aesthetics of life. Influenced by a range of weeping poets and tortured artists, Edenfall emit a truly melancholic sound which embodies all of the horror and the beauty within ourselves and the world around us. The band has now signed with RAVENHEART MUSIC and is currently working on new material for their next release.
On September, 29th 2013 the Ukrainian metal-band INFINITE TALES has released a new single 'Pandemic of Anger'. A video presentation of 'Pandemic of Anger' can be found at www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_pdM_uMVbE. And here is a FREE download of the song from SoundCloud. The track will be the third and the last prior to the release of a full-length album, scheduled for the end of 2013.
Here is the new PSIDERALICA song for the "REEVOLUTION MOVIE". Listen on SoundCloud - www.soundcloud.com/psideralica/reevolution.
A REMINDER:- If anybody would like the 3 track 'FIRE' EP from Ukrainian Band DELIA for FREE by way of an mp3 package, then please contact me here. If you are not a fan of downloads, then I can arrange a CDR of these three tracks on this EP for £1.50 (UK) and £2.50 (elsewhere) to cover postage etc. Again, please email me if interested. This Ravenheart Band also has their 'RECOLLECTION' CD available via the normal outlets or via us here at Ravenheart Music. For your information, DELIA's YouTube channel is at www.youtube.com/user/DELIAband.
Wormholedeath is extremely honored to announce the long awaited signing of Spanish Gothic Rock/Metal band RAINOVER. The label will release their massive album titled 'Transcending the blue and drifting into Rebirth' world-wide through Aural Music Group/Wormholedeath Japan. Release date is due during 2014, still to be scheduled. You can stream a full song HERE.
LAUREN HARRIS, the daughter of a certain Steve Harris is proud to welcome you to her new musical project, KINGDOM OF I.
Since moving to Los Angeles last year, she has been working with some of the most amazing people who have helped her to create one of her most exciting projects to date.
Here is a press release: LEGEND is very happy to announce that their new album 'Spirit' is to be released through Ravenheart Music UK. As the band told us - "we are absolutely delighted to be working with a label whose passion is to promote our kind of music." We here at Ravenheart will be handling publicity and distribution for the new album, which will be released on November 4th 2013 via Code7/PHD.
CADAVERIA 'Karma' double DVD will be released on October 22nd, 2013 via our friends at Scarlet Records. Here is a video trailer... http://youtu.be/y1IDemZkolw.
The artist ROZII CHAOS is an unsigned artist and she has just released the song 'The Beginning Of The End' on iTunes. As an unsigned artist, Rozii`s skills have combined to complete all the tasks required to write, record, and release this song. Everything is her own work including the photography and artwork. She is currently editing the video for the song, and the track can be purchased from iTunes here - iTunes-Rozii Chaos.
'COLD RAIN' is the new video from Polish Melodic Metal crew GEMINI ABYSS. The video from this Ravenheart band can be viewed here. And remember to check out the track 'CLAIM OF THE PLANET' on our music page.
Two new tracks have been added to the music page - 'Claim of the Planet' from GEMINI ABYSS and 'Dream in Color' from Florida Progressive Metallers SACRIFICE TO SURVIVE.
THE PRETTY RECKLESS has informed us that they are gearing up for the release of their highly anticipated sophomore full-length album, 'Going to Hell'.
TRAINING ICARUS - 'Stand Aside' album teaser is HERE. The album is due October 14th.
I love a woman with bags of attitude, and when that young lass fronts a Heavy Metal band that has enough energy to light up the streets of Melbourne, then I become rather interested. Here is the video to the new HEAVEN THE AXE single 'Good Things Come To Those Who Hate' - www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqhtbonR5w0&feature=youtu.be. The band fronted by the lovely Phoebe Pinnock hail from Melbourne, have toured extensively and sold thousands of copies of their record 'Sex, Chugs & Rock 'N' Roll', independently released in September 2011. 'Good Things Come To Those Who Hate' incorporates some of the hottest talent in Australian metal, highlighting the huge cameraderie and ironically, the love, that exists within the Australian metal scene. HEAVEN THE AXE continue to work on their second record with Peter "Reggie" Bowman.
WITHIN TEMPTATION has re-scheduled it's 2014 tour. The new dates are on the tour dates page. Anybody that has bought tickets for the original dates - those tickets will of course be valid for the re-scheduled ones.
WITHIN TEMPTATION joining forces with TARJA...a quick peek here.
Australian singer DARKYRA BLACK has her own unique style of vocal delivery. Her music is being described as Dark, Passionate and Edgy. She has just released a video to the song 'Tears By Candlelight' and you can view it here.
'SUPERSTAR (BY MYSELF)' is the latest video from CELLESTE, and it represents the 2nd single off her sophomore album 'Join The Infestation'. Filmed in Chicago, the video is a parody of "prefab" superstars in the music industry. The windy city with it's many 1940's style establishments, was the prefect backdrop to capture the retro feel of the storyline. Watch it here.
IMPERIA will return to the UK next year and will play a headline- minitour over here. The initial dates are on our tour dates page with more to be added.
And to add what I have said below, the EX LIBRIS cd titled 'Amygdala' has also now been imported from Holland by Ravenheart Music for our web store - price £10.
COLD SIGHT hail from Russia. They are fronted by 18 year old Natalia Zolotova, and their music can be best described as Melodic Symphonic Metal.
Sung in their native tongue, the album titled 'A/H1N1' has been specially imported from Russia in a special deal with Ravenheart Music, and is now available in our web store for £10.
As the record label of CORNERSTONE, ATOM Records, confirmed yesterday, the band will work together with the Grammy-award winner BRAD BLACKWOOD in the course of their next single release. Brad has acted on behalf of great musicians like MAROON 5, KORN, EMERSON LAKE & PALMER, etc.! And Brad won this highly coveted Grammy award for his work on the Alison Krauss Album "Paper Airplay", which came out back in 2012, and now he will give the finishing touches to Cornerstone's new single.
US rockers ALICE SWEET ALICE is excited to announce that they are now working with Bonedigger Halford (the cousin of Rob Halford from Judas Priest), who is a well-known and respected music producer and manager based in the UK. They will also be signed to his label for the start of 2014. In related news, it has been decided that the bands newest album 'Ribbons & Stone' will be re-produced at Halford’s commercial studio in Ireland. For the time being, Alice Sweet Alice will continue to sell their current version of 'Ribbons & Stone', which will now be a LIMITED EDITION copy. After the last CD is sold, no more will be printed of this particular version of the album.
Vocal goddess Jill Janus and her warrior brothers are about to return to the old continent! HUNTRESS will team up with LAMB OF GOD for an extensive tour in January 2014, laying European cities to waste and leaving fans craving for more!
As one of the industry’s most respected female-fronted bands, THE LAST YEAR has built its reputation on its innate ability to blend alternative rock and new wave. Led by singer/songwriter Niki Barr, who embodies an edgy yet magnetic stage presence, and Scott Ensign (guitar, bass, synth, percussion, programming), the duo is rounded out by touring musicians BJ Kerwin (drums, percussion), who performed on the new EP, and guitarist Scott Griffith (from the Perfects) to create an electrifying energy while pouring its heart into every performance. Here is their latest video.
The official video for GRACE SOLERO's latest single 'Electro', has been just released on YouTube.
Last month, the new CORNERSTONE fan shirts arrived with the band. They are now available for a very good price (14 EUR/ 11 GBP/ 20 USD + Shipping costs)! Just send an email to email@example.com with your favourite size, colour and quantity.
In a follow up to the physical release, 'Shield of Faith' by HIGHLIGHT KENOSIS will be released digitally on Sept 9th. And congratulations to Highlight Kenosis on being voted Band of the Month by the readers of Unleash the Furies.
I have just been given some release dates from Wormholedeath and Dreamcell11. LIGHTLESS MOOR's 'The Poem' will be released on September 2nd, and NORHOD's'The Blazing Lily' will appear on Oct 7th. 'Change' from AGHARTI will see the light of day on November 12th.
WINTER IN EDEN is proud to release a 4 track EP entitled ‘Hard As Ice’, comprising of remixed and reworked tracks from the last album, 'Echoes of Betrayal'. Take 4 of WIE’s most popular tracks and give them to Underground Industrial/dance producer ‘Skinflick’, and you get symphonic rock with a hypnotic driving beat. Having already put his mark on songs by Britney Spears, Sigue Sigue Sputnick, Attrition and many more, he now extends his unique style to Winter in Eden. These versions are different to what we are used to from WIE, but we think they bring a whole new feel to the tracks. The EP is available to pre-order now from iTunes and Amazon, and officially released on Monday 2nd September.
On the 8th of November, EPICA will release via Nuclear Blast 'Retrospect' as a deluxe hardcover book with 48 pages. It will be released both as a 2DVD/3CD and 2Blu-ray/3CD version.
The new song from Trieste based SILENT LIE can be viewed at this location: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqeGLATrdzk&feature=youtu.be. The song titled 'While I Hurt Myself' is lifted from the band's 'Blood Under Snow' EP.
SECOND HEAD from London will release their new album 'Disease Comes In Waves' through Ravenheart Music/Code 7. The release date was scheduled for October 7th, but will now be delayed until December 2nd.
Chile band THE FALLACY fronted by Angeline Bernini, has just released a new video entitled 'LOVE DIVISION'. View it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKg0Qk4FwYM#.
Upcoming Napalm releases include LEAVES' EYES 'Symphonies Of The Night' in November, the newie from DELAIN in January, and both XANDRIA and DIABULUS IN MUSICA next March.
May I suggest you check this lass out. JANA MONETTE hails from the Czech Republic, but is now based in London and occasionally Germany. She has already caused a bit of a stir on my radio show with people asking "who is she?".
Her Soundcloud link is www.soundcloud.com/janamon - go on, check her out, you know you should :) Furthermore, as Jana is looking for a band, if there are any bands out there looking for a female vocalist, then do drop me an email.
Listen here to the new album by Russian Band LATELESS titled 'Way Out'.
The Polish Band GEMINI ABYSS has signed a distribution deal with Ravenheart Music for worldwide distribution of their album 'Claim Of The Planet'. Actual release date to be announced in due course. Here is a very brief preview of the track 'Cold Rain' from the aforementioned cd.
We now have a stock of WEEPING SILENCE tee shirts for guys and tank tops for gals - check out the store.
THE GATHERING is to release a new album 'Afterwords' in September. This will be on CD, vinyl and other formats.
European female-fronted metallers FACE OFF have released 2 ‘live-in-studio’ music videos for their tracks “Voices” and “The End”, from their debut album ‘The Colour of Rain’. The videos were filmed on location and recorded at Attic Studio in Belgrade, RS. 'Voices' is streaming here: Voices, and 'The End' can be viewed here: The End.
I have actually known this was about to happen for some time now, but Massacre Records has signed the French Band SILENT OPERA. Not to be confused with the Ravenheart band of the same name, the main characteristics of SILENT OPERA's musical style are sharp riffs, Laure Laborde's clear voice combined with Steven Scriver's heavy and growling vocals, coupled with amazing melancholic melodies. SILENT OPERA's new album 'Reflections', mixed and mastered by Mobo (Lokurah, Gorod, Minushuman) at the Conkrete Studio, is expected to be released in February 2014.
Lisa Jarvis is a good mate of mine from Canada. Once the front lady with the now defunct DAMSEL FLY, she has been very busy over the past few years with her latest project MOJAVE. Voted one of Vancouver’s best bands by readers of the Georgia Straight and named “promising newcomers” by Billboard Magazine, Mojave is about to release their 3rd cd titled 'Rainy Ghost', and you can hear the track 'Pavement' at www.mojave.fm/.
A new video from Hungarian band DHARMA - 'She Wolf (Falling To Pieces)', is a song recorded by French DJ and music producer David Guetta, originally featuring vocals from Australian recording artist Sia. Check Dharma's version out here.
Wormholedeath is extremely honored to announce the signing of Italian Gothic Metal band LEVANIA. The label will release their incredible second album titled 'Renascentis' world-wide through Aural Music Group/Wormholedeath Japan. This is the follow up release of their critically acclaimed debut album 'Parasynthesis' (released by Wormholedeath's sister label Dreamcell11 during 2012).
FRIDA EURENIUS, ex of Swedish Symphonic Rockers LAPIS LAZULI has a new EP due this coming winter. Watch this space!
The Blackpool band FATE OF FAITH fronted by Kitty is no more. The band has decided to seek a new musical direction (Synth Rock/Metal), and with new members will now be known as ONLY WE REMAIN. Signed to Ravenheart Music, the mainstays in the band remain Kitty on Vocals and Mikey on guitar. For a taster of ONLY WE REMAIN, click here.
The USA Prog Metal band SACRIFICE TO SURVIVE fronted by Emily Aldridge, will see their S/T album distributed via Ravenheart Music/Code7. The album will hopefully be available worldwide from September. So far the album has only been released by the band, but hopefully, Ravenheart will get the album to a bigger audience.
The new video from the Ravenheart Music band NOSTRA MORTE is now viewable, so check it out here.
Italian Band RAVENSCRY, is working with Roberto Laghi for the mixing (In Flames, Hardcore Superstar, Sonic Syndicate, Freak Kitchen) and Dragan Tanasković for the mastering (In Flames, Hardcore Superstar, Dark Tranquillity) for its second full length album, which will be released in 2014.
The magically spooky and hauntingly dark tones from the 4 octave range of SARAH VAN WYK, are matched perfectly with the robotic pop-locking movements of break dancer D-Rok. The ambiguous mask he wears assists in defying all societal convention by matching the street with the classical in the most relevant and captivating way.
Sarah's SYMFONY can perform set lists of high-class industrial classical originals, rock covers done classically or classical pieces in 7 different languages: This girl is awesome and she has now signed a deal with Ravenheart Music in the UK & Ireland. Pop to our music page to hear the song 'Prayer Brings Black', or better still, click this LINK. Sarah and Ravenheart Music will be working together in due course. Visit the official symfony website: www.symfonysarah.blogspot.com. Not only that, this girl does not hang around, six albums are already in the can and they are available via Sarah's link above.
ARKONA is a Russian Female Fronted Folk-Metal band. Here is an English subtitled video report of a show they did in Moscow. This video features parts of the performance, true Russian circle pit and mini-interviews with the band's members, in which they reveal that Arkona's next record will be their darkest and most black metal-sounding album. Click HERE to see!
Check out this new band from Helsinki in Finland - They are called VERONA SEPTIMA, so click here to listen to their debut single.
ARCANE DIMENSION, an "Avantgarde World Rock", San Francisco Bay Area based band has inked a worldwide deal with RAVENHEART MUSIC. Fronted by Teresa Camp (Halcyon Days, Highway 17), backed by mastermind Jarek Tatarek, a multi-instrumentalist and the founder of the legendary Polish thrashers Astharoth, industrial trio Enclave, and atmospheric metal band Halcyon Days.
The duo is joined by Jared Marill (Occision, Grindstorm, Prevail) on bass. Their self-described style of “Avantgarde World Rock” falls somewhere between Finnish cello rockers Apocalyptica and neoclassical darkwave duo Dead Can Dance with touches of electronica, metal and Middle Eastern music. A remastered and remixed release of the current album 'Avantgarden' is expected, enriched by bonus tracks and updated artwork. Release date TBA.
Swedish cross-over Rock act WE ARE THE CATALYST, featuring Catrin Feymark and Kenny Boufadene from the band ONE WITHOUT, will enter the studio this summer to record their debut album. A preliminary release date has been set to early 2014, with a working title "Believe In Everything Because Everyone´s Right".
Check this video out folks. The band is DEAD END AMELIA from the USA and the track is called 'Better Off This Way'. Click here to view the video!
The working title of the next NARWHAL TUSK album is 'Wasted Wonderland'.
DELAIN will support WITHIN TEMPTATION on their European tour in January & February 2014. The band is also scheduled to release a brand-new masterpiece in January/February 2014 through Napalm Records.
Click HERE for the new video from UK rockers SKARLETT RIOT.
PSIDERALICA live Costa de Fuego 2012...the track.....'Disturbing Dreams' - Click Here. The video kindly sent to me by my good friends in the band.
Check out this band from Los Angeles..they are VARNA and here is the video to their single 'DOWN'....Varna Video. Think of a mix of Evanescence and Kelly Clarkson.
Musician Isabel Aimee is a good friend of mine. Isabel wrote songs from the age of four, sang before she spoke and has always had ideas about 20 years ahead of the rest of the crowd: she is also a philosopher with a PhD. Her songs are a fusion of jazz, rock, classical and dance, distilled into POP. Stevie Nicks is a fan (she asked record labels in LA to take Isabel on..). Isabel came late to the profession of singer/songwriter- she had her three children first and moved on to create her career second. Inspired by her pop singer sister, Isabel created her first band in 2006; INSPIRITION. 'Truth Telling' was her first album, released in 2008. 'My Dear Sweet Stranger', her first solo album and second INSPIRITION album, released in 2011. 'Aligned' is to be released in June 2013. “I wrote these songs" says Isabel "because I sought the soundtrack to describe, define and support the magic I weave in my life.” 'Aligned' is a pop album, to dance, think, love and chill to. The songs are made of Voice, layers of harmony, dance and rock drums, piano, guitar, synthesizers, flute and cellos. If you would like to make a pledge to help my mate Isabel with this album, then click HERE.
Ravenheart Music is very pleased to announce that we have signed a promotion and worldwide distribution deal with South African band CRIMSON CHRYSALIS regards their new album 'CRIMSON PASSION CRY'. Fronted by René van den Berg (pictured below), the album is strong enough to appeal to fans of modern Nightwish, but familiar and accessible for classic rock listeners as well.
It will sit comfortably in anybody and everybody’s record collection, a timeless and universal set of classic symphonic rock/metal songs perfectly performed and well produced. Indeed, go to our music page and check out the track, 'Letters From The Edge'.
I like DORIS BRENDEL. I am fast coming to the conclusion that this girl has an awesome sense of humour. Here is the latest video from Doris and Lee Dunham - CLICK HERE. The video is and I quote Doris - "suitably nutty as usual". Check it out!
The awesome Swedish Metal Band ZEPHYRA fronted by Åsa Netterbrant, has signed a promotional agreement with Ravenheart Music, to "get their music out there". I love this band and what I like about Åsa's vocal style is she can be singing like an angel one moment, and growling like a honey monster the next :) There is a track from their latest EP 'Kämpaglöd' on our music page, and all their EPs can be purchased from iTunes.
And check out the track 'Imprisoned Queen' from the new EP 'Kämpaglöd' by Swedish band ZEPHYRA, which is now on our music page!
Check out MAID OF METTLE folks, fronted by Deanna Whalen. They hail from Chicago and play some pretty decent Melodic Metal. Their Reverbnation is HERE.
Gothic Metal from India! That's right folks, so check this link out HERE. The band is called DROWNING MELANCHOLY and they hail from Jaipur.
May I suggest Ravenheart punters check this link out. DIVIDED WE FALL fronted by Philippa Ricketts, is a young band from Stafford here in the UK. The link is HERE.
WEEPING SILENCE is very proud to announce their new female vocalist: Diane Camenzuli.
In a statement, the band says: "Diane has brought a dynamic & exciting edge to our music, and we can’t wait to have her on stage with the band. Thus, the Weeping Silence journey continues, with a new album already being composed & plans for concerts in the making. We thank all our friends & fans for their help & support during this transition, & look forward to meeting you all soon!" In additional news which is basically old hat now really, male vocalist Joseph Grech has also left the band.
Russian band LATELESS wish to present to the world their new vocalist, Anna Serebryakova pictured below:
THE CULT OF WHORES AND DOGS leading lady JESSE THEMACHINE HARDY (under the name KELSANGEL) has released a solo cd, that can be purchased via cdbaby.com. Jesse is a good mate of mine, and I can assure you that after listening to a sample of the music that is on offer, that this release is rather good, and treads a very different path to that of the band that she fronts. A review will be posted very soon so watch this space!
My friend Nicole Morgan has a website not only dedicated to Rock Art, she also has very kindly dedicated a page to Ravenheart Music. Her website can be checked out here, but there is also a link on our links page. Please go and take a refreshing look at this lovely site.
VOIDSTATE is a band from the Cambridge area here in the UK, with whom I had the pleasure of meeting up with a few months ago. Check some of their music out HERE including their new track 'NEVER'.
Introducing the new EVIL'S DESIRE..... www.evilsdesire.com/lineup.html. This is the new line up with singer Marcia van 't Kruijs on vocals. Okay, the new line up has been together for a few months now, Marcia has settled in, and good things are promised in the future, including a slot at Ravenheart 2013.
"As a site we are dedicated to the promotion of female fronted metal, rock and industrial bands (I'm a feminist can you tell?). The idea came to me in 2008 after seeing much discrimination, sexist and perverse comments directed towards women in metal. We conduct reviews of band's material and some interviews with bands in the aim to promote new releases. On our facebook page - as it's the largest social network currently - and also our twitter page we post the latest news from female fronted metal, rock and industrial bands so that those who follow us are always in the loop. Through this we hope many people discover and support new, as well as the older more established bands!"