(Best Buy Collector's Edition)
Make no mistake, I'm a Slash fan. The guy writes and plays music I like, and he has proven it in multiple bands. While I'm sure it's more the record company's decision than the band's, this is the third version of this release that I've purchased. There was the original, then the "deluxe" with two bonus tracks, and now the Best Buy Exclusive Collector's Edition with a bonus acoustic show and a live DVD. Seriously, is the industry hurting so bad that they have to fuck the hardcore fans into purchasing the same music three times? Apparently so.
Hard work and determination can always pay off, if there's talent to match it. That is clearly the case with Crucified Barbara. These classic rock ladies have worked tirelessly for over a decade; self financing their work, their tours, their promotion and their lives all the while growing stronger and stronger as a band over the years. With the release of their MIDNIGHT CHASE recording, the band finally gets rewarded for all their hard work. Now signed with metal powerhouse label Nuclear Blast, Crucified Barbara sees the opportunity staring them in the face, and there's no stopping them now from grabbing at metal's proverbial brass ring. PITRIFF caught up with Mia Coldheart of the band to talk about all the things going on with them - both past and present. Here's what Mia had to say!
The road to success, or even survival, for any band is a difficult one. For a band like Mnemic, that's never found a way to break through in the United States for a wide assortment of reasons, it can be even that much harder. For every band, from the smallest local band to Metallica or Aerosmith, there always seems to come a point where the band is tested to decide if they should move forward or pack it in.
That time seemingly came for Mnemic following the release of their SONS OF THE SYSTEM release. It was at this point that 3/5 of the band turned over. This left the band's lone original member Mircea Gabriel Eftemie with a decision - continue Mnemic which has always shown the potential but has never broken through on the biggest stage, or call it a day and try something else. According to Eftemie, there really was no decision like this to be made. Mnemic found new members and went about the business of recording their latest release, MNEMESIS. As he explained to PITRIFF recently, the turnover of members did present it's own set of challenges, but never so much so that he ever considered putting an end to Mnemic. Here's the conversation:
There's always bands that everyone knows, and then there are bands and musicians that made an impact on you that weren't what any would call commercially gigantic. For me, vocalist Leather Leone has long been one of those musicians. While she never broke through like a contemporary like Doro Pesch did, her work was always as good (maybe better, to be honest) than the reigning queen of Metal's output was. Be it the work she did with Rude Girl, the critically acclaimed recordings as the frontwoman of Chastain, or even solo, Leather Leone was almost never considered as a "female metal singer". Instead, her grit and integrity always left her known as simply a "metal singer".
Over the last few years, one of the most busy and biggest growing metal bands as far as reputation has been Havok. These guys have proven, right from the start, to be one of the most motivated and hardworking bands on the planet. They seem to be doing one of two things at every moment for the last 3 years...touring or recording. These new band creates what has to be considered the freshest dose of Bay Area Thrash throwback music the metal scene has seen in quite some time. There are other bands that have come along with them (Warbringer, Lazarus AD, Municipal Waste), but Havok is the only one that has seemingly stayed busy every step of the way and gained its share of attention.