Uhm, have we mentioned recently how excited we are to partner again with the mighty Dame-Nation festival in Chicago, and introduce you to the hottest up-and-coming female-fronted bands in North America? Come join us on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at the Abbey pub for a night of bone-rattling metal and rock! If you can’t be there in person to throw some horns and bang your head until your brains leak out, show some metal love by checking out the gals and guys on the line-up.
Come meet Chicago locals, Virulence Factor, which was also a new band to us. Virulence Factor is a heavy/melodic metal band with female lead vocals, but also male vocalists with (as the describe on their Facebook page) “tasteful keyboard/piano parts, soaring leads from both guitarists, and a groove-driven rhythm section.” Formed in 2008, the band started out as a male-fronted band that recorded a five-song demo album. After the departure of one of the founding members, the band went on hiatus before resurrecting itself with frontwoman, Deborah Villanueva, securely behind the mic. In April 2012, Virulence Factor added a keyboardist to the mix, so Dame-Nation attendees will be among the first to see the band’s new line-up.
Virulence Factor are busily working on new material, so check them out!
Virulence Factor are:
- Deborah Villanueva — lead vocals
- Mark Villanueva — guitars/vocals
- Jackson “Jax” Fabros — guitars/vocals
- Justin Fernandez – bass/vocals
- Rick Madison — drums
- Joseph Connors — keyboards/piano
You can check out Virulence Factor on their Facebook and ReverbNation profiles.
We’d love to hear what you think of the band! (robin)
Next up on our Dame-Nation 2012 line-up is another band from the Chicagoland area, Analog Digital Disorder.
What with the show this upcoming weekend, I’m getting pretty excited; I’ll keep this brief for you.
These guys are veterans to the Dame-Nation stage, having performed at the festival in October of 2010. They’re not foreign to the concept of rocking out; their music is more than willing to get in your face and amaze your pants off. Often featured on local radio stations, I first heard this band on a small road trip one summer, and looked them up as soon as I had access to the internet. You might also be familiar with the song “Hear Me Now” that was on the UTF companion compilation with last year’s Dame Nation show.
Since launching in 2007, they released their first full length album, Elements of Emptiness, and last year released their EP, Hear Me Now. Their songs feature a myriad of influences that would be liked by almost any hard rock or metal fan; despite this, A.D.D. promise not to be your average, cookie-cutter hard rock band, with their raw vocals about things like the hardships of reality that slap you in the face and stay with you for hours or days on end.
You can see a video of a 2010 performance below.
- Margaret Young – vocals
- Dave Adams – guitar
- Jeremy Sparta – guitar/vocals
- Randy Berg – bass
- Jason Delismon – drums
You can find A.D.D. at their official website where you can buy their music, and also on Facebook, Twitter, and ReverbNation.
Hope to see you all at Dame Nation this weekend!
Next up on our Dame-Nation 2012 series is yet another local Chicago band, 4WITHOUT!
These guys are pretty new. So new, in fact, that they don’t even have a demo yet! All we curious music lovers have to go by for now are a few songs posted to YouTube and a somewhat uninformative facebook page, but don’t let that be a reason to write this band off. Despite what little this band has for us to hear, they do show incredible promise, and I, for one, am excited to see where this band goes and what Dame-Nation attendees think of them!
4WITHOUT aren’t your generic hard rock band. There’s something about their sound that’s refreshing and unique. There’s a good amount of old school rock sensibility here, but not your general classic metal sound (Judas Priest, AC/DC, etc.) that a number of bands these days are going back to. Instead, it’s a bit closer to classic rock. Combine that with a bit of crunchy hard rock, some fun guitar work, and a bit of an alternative edge and you have 4WITHOUT.
Check out their song “Move On” below:
Needless to say, the music needs a little polish, but given that they don’t even have a demo out, this is easily forgivable. The band’s got plenty of time to perfect their sound, and with a little work and the right production, they can go a long way. So give ‘em a chance, and maybe one day, you can tell people you knew them before they even released a demo!
- Janey Age – Vocals
- Jiri Jerry Cafourek – Guitar
- Karel Carl Hudecek – Second Guitar
- Filip Halas – Bass
- Josh Rockel – Drums
See them at this year’s Dame-Nation and even if you can’t, listen to a few songs on their YouTube page and go ‘like’ them on facebook!
Next up on our list of Dame-Nation 2012 bands is another group of hometown favorites: Burning Eve!
Burning Eve are a melodic metal quartet from Elk Grove Village, Illinois. The band was formed by guitarist Kenn and bassist / keyboardist Jeremy in 2008. However, it wasn’t until when Polish-born singer Toyah joined in 2010 that the line-up was complete and the songs began to take shape. Since then, Burning Eve has played a number of local gigs and recorded a self-titled, three-track EP, which was released on May 25th. The band’s Facebook profile also mentions an upcoming full-length album called Mirrors, but I haven’t been able to find more information on that…
Burning Even has described their sound as a “female fronted powerhouse that can blow your socks off one minute, and then send chills down your spine the next.” (That quote comes from the band”s recent interview at Hail The Hero, which you can read here.) Based on the three EP tracks on Burning Eve’s ReverbNation page, I have to agree with that description. Each song offers a different flavor of melodic metal. “Bleeding” is a radio-friendly anthem with terrific guitar hooks and electrifying vocals from Toyah. She really shows off her talents on “Serpent,” shouting and belting it out over thunderous riffs and dynamic rhythms. I really like the mix of grit and sassiness that oozes from “Serpent,” so much that I’d call it my favorite Burning Eve song so far. Finally, there’s the ballad “Embrace.” This one is quieter and brooding and has an acoustic rock-soul vibe for the first minute-and-a-half before the full band kicks in.
Below is Burning Eve’s recently released video for “Embrace.” Don’t panic when you hear silence at the beginning – the song doesn’t start playing until 0:27 seconds.
Burning Eve are:
- Toyah: Vocals
- Kenny: Guitar, Backing Vocals
- Jeremy: Bass, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
- Michael: Guitar
(Hmmmm, does that mean that Burning Eve is looking for a full-time drummer?)
Check out Burning Eve at their official website as well as on Facebook, ReverbNation, Twitter, and YouTube. And remember: Dame-Nation 2012 is at The Abbey in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, June 30th – 2 weeks from today!
Ok, so it’s a little awkward to write about a band who’s only (officially) released one song so far, but I feel like Huntress is a good enough discovery for me to do just that. Formed in Highland Park, California in 2009, Huntress signed a deal with Napalm Records last year and released a badass music video for their equally badass single, “Eight of Swords.” Check it out below:
Ok, that banshee scream by vocalist Jill might be a turn-off for some, but I personally am damn impressed! Add to that the fantastic instrumental work and that classic metal sound with a bit of pagan flair, and I’m sold! If the rest of the band’s debut, Spell Eater, due out April 27th in Europe and May 8th in the US, is anything like this song, the CD is bound to melt before I’ve listened to it enough.
Don’t think you can wait to hear more? Huntress is one of the band’s featured on this year’s Paganfest America tour this spring, supporting Turisas, Alestorm, Ex Deo and Arkona! Make sure to check them out, along with the other fantastic bands on the bill (especially Arkona!)
- Jill Janus – Vocals
- Blake Meahl – Lead Guitar
- Ian Alden – Rhythm Guitar
- Carl Wierzbicky – Drums
- Eric Harris – Bass
For more info, check out the band’s official website and facebook!