A.D.D. (Analog Digital Disorder)
Chicago, Illinois
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Dame-Nation Redux 2010 and Dame-Nation 2012

Today's audiences are searching for something fresh, something new, something different. A.D.D. welcomes this challenge and gives rock fans hope of what's been missing in today's cookie-cutter world of music. This quintet, led by Margaret Young's words of real-life's hopes and failures, covers a cross-section of influences from the 70's to the present. As heard on their 11 track CD, produced by Tadpole (3 Doors Down, Disturbed), their mix of lyrical passion and superb musicianship, make for a great recipe for success.


Anaria
Pelham, New Hampshire
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Dame-Nation V

Melding power and beauty, Anaria leads the nation in defining American Symphonic Metal, forging unique and memorable melodies -- while retaining both strength and grace in delivery.

Taking root in a primarily European genre, Anaria is uniquely American.

It's time Europe takes notice.



Angelical Tears
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Dame-Nation 2011

Since forming in October of 2006, Angelical Tears has stood as a unique musical voice in the Oklahoma music scene. The band's sound is heavy but melodic. These elements all combine to create a metal sound with strong symphonic Goth elements. The combination of the vocals of Julia, pounding bass of Glenn, heavy guitars of Steven, thundering drums of Jeremy 'JC' Clifton, and the melodic keyboards of Robby Ray, give Angelical Tears a style and sound that sets them apart from their peers in the Oklahoma music scene.


Avariel
Boston, Massachusettes
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Dame-Nation 2011

Bold and dynamic, Avariel is Boston’s Symphonic Metal experience. Avariel brings forth an original sound derived from both American and European metal influences, united with a distinct classical element and soaring female vocals. Dedicated to producing music that balances accessibility with creativity, and melody with aggression, Avariel has spent the last six years putting together a skilled lineup and refining a powerful sound.


Beneath The Stares
Chicago, Illinois
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Dame-Nation Redux 2010

Beneath the Stares comes from the tradition of adventurous, dramatic, cohesive well-crafted songs in the style of Queen and Genesis, balanced with memorable hooks in the style of Muse, the ambiance of Radiohead, the artistic sensibility of Bjork, and blistering guitarwork reminscent of Opeth. Drawing from wide variety of musical influences while forging a distinct musical identity makes Beneath The Stares a truly unique act to experience live. (Photo Credit: Sarah Scott Photography)


Burning Eve
Chicago, Illinois
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Dame-Nation 2012

“Burning Eve” has spent much of the past winter writing and rehearsing new material for their upcoming album expected in late August or early September. After its release, the band anticipates a short regional tour of the Midwest. Burning Eve consists of fiery vocalist; Toyah, and the other members, guitarist: Kenny and bassist; Jeremy, Guitarist: Michael from Chicago, Illinois. They have brought forth a new heart-pounding rhythmic sound.


Candlelit
Chicago, Illinois
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Dame-Nation 2012

Candlelit is driven by a combination of Méridan’s sultry vocals and Tippett’s soulful crooning. Listeners will find themselves wrapped in an atmospheric haze surrounded by traces of worldly beats and homegrown synth sounds. Among the very crowded world music field, their dynamic sound exudes distorted guitar crescendos and lavish orchestral arrangements, but can sometimes involve copious digital editing and mixing with modern electronics



Circle of Fate
Chicago, Illinois
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Dame-Nation Redux 2010

Last years break-out CD by Chicago's own melodic rock band Circle of Fate has captured the attention of the music public at large and the response has been no less than astounding. Described as "Pop rock with metal undertones", Circle of Fate's latest CD 'Back To Life' is an amalgamation of catchy melodies and hooky rhythms. Produced by Larry Sturm, who has worked with top music artists such as Destiny's Child, Mary J. Blige and Disturbed, and who has said of Circle of Fate's new single, " 'My Religion' has all of the ingredients of a hit song!" With the airplay the song has been receiving, Larry Strum was right on the mark!


Deadmanswake
Chicago, Illinois
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Dame-Nation, Dame-Nation Redux 2010, Dame-Nation 201
1, Dame-Nation 2012, and Dame-Nation V

DMW is a five-piece music machine with JP Soule and Josh Barker trading leads and rhythms on the front line. Troll proves that the bass isn't something to be shoved into the background with brilliant and talented grooves sure to keep you moving. Topped off with Kryssie Ridolfi's bluesy-yet-rock'n'roll vocal styles, DMW promises to rock your face while you sing along. Recently seen opening for In This Moment, with their debut album "It Comes To This" flying off the shelves and a tour in the works, DEADMANSWAKE is about to show the world what the Chicago music scene really has to offer.


F.H.O.D.
Chicago, Illinois
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Dame-Nation & Dame-Nation Redux 2010

Combining the musical styles of alternative, hard rock, classical, progressive, and heavy metal, F.H.O.D. has become a band with a sound for everyone. From hypnotic drum rhythms in the vein of Tool and Rush to old school metal bass lines reminiscent of Iron Maiden and Sabbath, F.H.O.D. borrows from the old classic rock and combines current trends and modern hooks to create a sound uniquely their own. Together with dynamic guitar roar and powerful, emotionally charged vocals, this Chicago band is receiving great reviews as a live band with a huge sound and endless musical potential. (Photo Credit: Star-Fire Studios)


False Hope Fades
Chicago, Illinois
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Dame-Nation V

False Hope Fades proudly hails from the mighty city of Chicago. Started in the summer of 2012 FHF is ready to make some music. They are three unlikely characters who have come together to create something soulful, passionate, and real. Driven by their unparallelled determination and broken hearts, FHF is here to rock. They are currently working on new material for their debut album. With fingers crossed and hopes high FHF will soon be coming to a town near you!



4WITHOUT
Chicago, Illinois
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Dame-Nation 2012

Straight-lined hard rock band based in Chicago fronted by a female vocalist. All members of 4WITHOUT have many years of experience as musicians, playing all over Chicago and suburbans venues. The music is very energetic and powerful with nice vocal melodies. The overall sound of 4WITHOUT is very promising, it’s tight and catchy!



Genotype
Hampshire, Illinois
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Dame-Nation V

Formed in December 2010 by Charlie Esposito and Shaun Combee. Ideas were exchanged and a platform was created. Kadie Kirby (vocals) joined shortly after and because of her background in stage performances and her love for macabre horror films/ femme metal groups. Tony Florio joined the ranks thereafter. Their debut album was independently released in February 2012. In June of 2012, Genotype was completed with the addition of Remington Roberts on drums.


The Hannah Ford Band
Chicago, Illinois
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Dame-Nation

Hannah Ford isn’t the least bit embarrassed about admitting that she found true love at the tender age of seven. She even remembers when and where she was smitten. It happened the day she was introduced to the drums in her third grade music class. According to her, it was love at first sight. Since then she has pursued her passion with a passion. Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Hannah had the privilege of studying with some of the world’s greatest drummers and teachers, including Diane Downs, Louie Bellson, Ruben Alvarez, Jerry Steinholtz and Ndugu Chancler.


High Gloss Black
Chicago, Illinois
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Dame-Nation

You know it when you see it. Dark, heavily polished, pretty, but a little bit evil…  The result is an amazing mix of influences and experiences. It's oozing darkness that's raw around the edges, capturing the vibe of the roots of hard rock and metal laid down by the pioneers like Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, and Black Sabbath. (Photo Credit: Outer Focus Studios)


KILLTHEROBOTSDEAD
Chicago, Illinois
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Dame-Nation V

KILLTHEROBOTSDEAD, from Chicago's south side, formed in February of 2009 when guitarist Mike Gudino joined up with vocalist Melinda Arce to create a new sound. After a few line up changes, the 2 of them hooked up with drummer Luke Scriven, bassist Mike Kladis, and continue to work on music. The result is music that combines power, melody and chaos; a walk in the park interrupted by a zombie attack. This band continues to evolve everyday, and is currently playing shows throughout Chicago.


Ambre Lake
Chicago, Illinois
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Host of Dame-Nation

Upon gaining widespread notoriety as the girls who won rock star Bret Michaels' heart on season 2 of the Vh1 Rock of Love series, the two formed a strong friendship after dating for almost a year.

Prior to ROL2, the Alabama native moved to Chicago, where she co-hosted the syndicated TV show "Health & Lifestyles Weekly".
 





Last Red Ransom
Atlanta, Georgia
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Dame-Nation 2012

Atlanta based Last Red Ransom formed in 2007. Charlotte Kelli on vocals, keyboard, guitar and programming, Saint on vocals, guitary, keyboard and programming, Adair on drums, and Zakk on bass. Their debut album released in 2010, Sleep Well Sweet Vanity, can only be described as epic and is a splendid introduction to the world, says John Wiled with Rock Realm.


Lindsay Schoolcraft
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
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Dame-Nation 2011, Dame-Nation 2012 and Host of Dame-Nation V

Well known for her voice in Mary and The Black Lamb, Lindz Riot is taking the reins yet again in her first ever solo effort “Schoolcraft”. Native to Canada, the classically trained vocalist and pianist draws new inspiration from nature, fantasy, electronic ambience, and symphonic orchestration. All while keeping the simplicity of piano driven pop ballads. In 2013, Schoolcraft was selected to be the live session keyboardist for British extreme metallers Cradle of Filth.


Losing Scarlet
Chicago, Illinois
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Dame-Nation and Dame-Nation 2011

Losing Scarlet was formed in late 2007. Within three months, Losing Scarlet had written and recorded a six song demo and performed several shows. They were very well received and have steadily been building a fan base ever since. Losing Scarlet's fan base is as diverse as how the band came to be. (Photo Credit: Mario Salazar Photography)


Luna Mortis
Madison, Wisconsin
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Dame-Nation V

From the valleys of Southern Wisconsin come Luna Mortis. At once melodic and abrasive, technical and engaging, the female-fronted quintet blurs genre lines and transcends convention, carving a niche all their own, providing a new and powerful voice in metal. In February 2013, Luna Mortis announced plans to reunite for festival appearances and the release of new music, tentatively due in late spring/early summer of 2013.



Grace Méridan
Chicago, Illinois
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Host of Dame-Nation V

Grace is a proud representative of Eve's Apples, a worldwide community of professional female singers, designed to be a platform that informs about women's work in the world of music, supports new female fronted bands, and offers advice for navigating the music business world. Grace sings celtic and opera as well as provides vocals for symphonic metal. In the metal world,  her past music projects include Lifeaftergod, Candlelit, and Shield of Wings.


Metal Sanaz
Los Angeles, California
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Host of Dame-Nation Redux 2010

Metal Sanaz has carved a niche in the media industry of the Metal/Hard Rock scene. The popu/WST.aspx#larity of her online content has received over 9 million views through all of her licensing partners.. She has also co-hosted the HD Live web casts of Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution Tour and Operation Myspace in Kuwait. She hosted the 2009 Golden Gods Awards in London UK.



The Pain-Kurst Girls
Chicago, Illinois
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Dame-Nation


Who are the Pain-Kurst Girls? A multi-talented and fiercely artistic supergroup. With a penchant for spectacle, danger, and sideshow antics, we are spearheading the movement to win the right for women to Rock!!! Like Emmeline Pankhurst who fought for the freedom for women in the Suffragette Movement, The Pain-Kurst Girls use their sexual magic and belief in the power of femininity to entertain and captivate audiences.


Persistence of Memory
Chicago, Illinois
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Dame-Nation 2012


Persistence Of Memory is an up and coming hard rock band out of the Chicago land area. Singer Jennifer Imparato, Drummer Justin Luebeck, Lead Guitarist Dan Bikar, Rhythm Guitarist Grant Forkenbrock, and Bassist Keith Hensley join musical abilities together to create a dark melodic sound glorified by meaningful lyrics. With themes of love , loss, and life , POM reaches their audience through their ears and into their hearts.


Plague of Stars
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Dame-Nation V


In 2012, four months before the impending Mayan apocalypse date, a Plague of Stars was first engineered by alchemist Melissa Ferlaak and vibratory physicist Will Maravelas. The two then brought in two additional scientists, Christopher Quinn and Aaron Lanik to add their expertise to the formula. These two strains ("In The Pines" and "When Morning Came") of the virus would soon be engineered to include multiple strains of the infection to be released into the public in June 2013 following a top secret campaign by private donors, who believe this biochemical weapon is the answer to the struggles we currently face. The plague to be remembered in history….if history continues to exist….the Plague of Stars.



SAGE4
Chicago, Illinois
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Dame-Nation

SAGE4 is a female-fronted band that is exploding out of Chicago’s original rock scene. SAGE4 features one-of-a-kind powerhouse vocalist Tracey Sage, along with internationally renowned virtuoso guitarist Mike Walsh. Together, they combine elements of Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Progressive, Gothic and Alternative music to create a sound that breaks through musical boundaries. SAGE4 captivates their audience with intense live performances, dark and aggressive melodies, edgy, thought-provoking lyrics, impeccable musicianship and killer style.


Scarlet Canary
Denver, Colorado
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Dame-Nation V

A Scarlet Canary is known for her ability to scream into the dark caverns below just to get better reverb and hit a higher harmony.Scarlet Canary is an energetic rock act that balances heavy drop tuned guitars driven by deep toms that back clean hard rock inspired vocals. Just when the music has hit a climatic bridge it is not uncommon for Ms. Haze to scream into the crowd. Hannah is a bird of prey ready to show any audience why the caged bird screams.


Shield of Wings
Chicago, Illinois
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Dame-Nation 2011

Based out of the Chicagoland area, Shield of Wings is a symphonic metal band comprised of four members – Grace Meridan, James Gregor, Patrick Eulitz and Jeff Olsem. Over the years, the band lineup has changed, developing it's own unique methods of writing, musical direction, and style. While the band has evolved through it's member's progressing abilities and imaginations, the music's essence has remained true and embedded deep within the lyrics.


Solarsphere
Chicago, Illinois
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Dame-Nation 2011

Solarsphere is a modern hard rock band from the Midwest United States with multiple influences ranging from metal to classical. The band’s sound includes a blend of aggressive guitars overlaid with melodic keyboards, and supported by a solid rhythmic foundation. The concept of the name is a fancy name for the sun and that something with so much light and energy can exist with darkness surrounding it is fascinating, much like life in general.


A Sound of Thunder
Washington D.C.
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Dame-Nation 2011

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.


Virulence Factor
Rockford, Illinois
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Dame-Nation 2012


Virulence Factor can be described as a female-fronted heavy/melodic metal band consisting of catchy riffs, strong vocal harmonies from all three vocalists, soaring leads from both guitarists, and a groove-driven rhythm section. Originally formed in 2008, the band finally put the pieces together to delivery the sound that is known today as Virulence Factor.


Whiskey Blonde
Chicago, Illinois
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Dame-Nation


Brooke Bartlett fronts the band with a captivating presence and a style that's all her own. Her explosive vocals can only be described as one-of-a-kind, bringing a unique and soulful edge to WB's rockin' tracks and bluesy ballads. WHISKEY BLONDE gives its fans an energetic and exciting live show that incorporates theatrics, showmanship and a hearty helping of rock 'n' roll.


Wicked Soul
Chicago, Illinois
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Dame-Nation Redux 2010

Wicked Soul is an original modern melodic hard rock band that performs in Nashville, Milwaukee and various Chicagoland venues & has opened for John Corabi.  Consisting of talented rock musicians: Linda Lars, Paul Armin, Kevin Cobleigh and Eddie Gunz, this band is a force to be reckoned with. Wicked Soul’s newly released EP, Fear, Lies & Contradictions, features dynamic cutting edge tracks created with an energy that will rock your soul and is available upon request from Wicked Soul.