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!
Once again, the top of the leaderboard seemed to switch back and forth between two bands early in the month. Would it be Pythia, the symphonic metal outfit from the UK? Or, would it be Elyose, the electro-rock quintet from Paris, France? Well, by the middle of the month, one of those two bands made a push to stay ahead – and they never had to look back. So, Elyose’s reward is the honor of being our Band of the Month for March 2012! Coincidentally, Elyose’s debut album, Théogyne, will be released tomorrow (March 1st)!
Click here for Elyose’s Band of the Month page.
After more than 2,600 votes were cast, the final results are:
- Elyose – 1,468 votes (56.09%)
- Pythia – 965 votes (36.87%)
- Alpine Fault – 120 votes (4.59%)
- Midnight Cry – 45 votes (1.72%)
- Nightqueen – 19 votes (0.73%)
Now it’s time to unveil our nominees for our April 2012 Band of the Month! This may be the musically heaviest and most aggressive group of bands we’ve rounded up so far for this honor. And, two of this month’s choices will be on tour together in North America by month’s end. Here they are:
- Arkona, a pagan folk metal band from Moscow, Russia. Led by Masha “Scream,” the band is touring North America for the second time in 6 months as part of this spring’s Paganfest. Arkona’s most recent album is Slovo, which was released by Napalm Records in September 2011.
- Huntress, a melodic thrash/death metal band from Highland Park, California, USA. Huntress is the other female-fronted band joining the latest Paganfest tour, which starts in Baltimore, Maryland on March 29th. The band will release its debut album, Spell Eater, via Napalm Records in late April / early May.
- Mortad, a death metal band from London, United Kingdom. Mortad recently released its debut album, The Myth of Purity, as a cover-mount CD in a recent issue of Metal Hammer UK.
- Shadowside, a heavy metal band from Santos, Brazil. Shadowside’s latest album, Inner Monster Out, was released in Europe and North America in the summer of 2011, and will be released in Japan via Spiritual Beast on March 14.
- Vainglory, a melodic heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Vainglory is in the process of finishing its second album, entitled Manifesting Destiny.
As always, visit our WordPress site and scroll down to find the poll on the right-hand sidebar. Vote once a day, every day through Saturday, March 31st!
Which bands would you like to see featured in our next Band of the Month Poll? Let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.