Monday, June 2, 2014

Awesome Lady Vocalists/Moms Formerly From The Gathering, Theatre of Tragedy, Leaves' Eyes Team Up For "The Sirens" Tour

THE SIRENS Tour ft. Anneke van Giersbergen, Liv Kristine, Karl Rueslåtten There are some who say that you can't have a successful career in music (or in anything) if you have kids and a family. Well, these ladies are living proof that you can, in fact, strike a balance between the two!

Anneke van Giersbergen of The Gathering (wonder if she's any relation to Xandria's Dianne van Giersbergen), Liv Kristine Espenaes Krull of Leaves' Eyes & Theatre of Tragedy, and Kari Rueslåtten of The 3rd and the Mortal - all awesome and very talented lady vocalists who also happen to be great mothers - are teaming up to present "The Sirens" tour overseas in lucky, lucky Europe in October and December.

You Europeans have it so, so good when it comes to metal. Be thankful. Why my ancestors ever traveled over to this lunatic-infested hunk of rock, I'll never fully understand.

The tour will be a two-parter (including a few appearances at festivals) to showcase the trio of superwomen and one other band. Expect to hear some songs from The 3rd and the Mortal, The Gathering, and Theatre of Tragedy as well as a few tracks from each singer's solo career. There is also going to be a few duets, and a song performed by all three at the end of the night.

These ladies were some of the first to really appear in metal and helped to shape it and other female-fronted bands of the future, along with others like my favorites Tarja Turunen and Simone Simons. This tour will be a huge reminder of who some of the pioneers are and how formidable they still are, both individually and all together.

According to Blabbermouth, Anneke said of upcoming tour:

"The female-fronted scene has become so big all over the world, sometimes it's hard to believe the three of us were at the very beginning of it. I am very proud of that. Without intentionally wanting to start a new genre, our bands made it okay to sound and look as a girl singer on a metal stage. It was all very new and exciting. I think the tour is great to, in a way, celebrate those early days now that a third-wave of bands is appearing on the scene."

That's awesome. Goddamnit it, now I have another ten reasons to be jealous of all you lucky bastards in Europe and Scandinavia. Stop it, you guys.

As proud as I am of all the lady vocalists holding their own, I really wish that we still weren't either self-segregating or being segregated into our own genre, "female-fronted metal". That shouldn't be a genre, in my opinion. You're either power metal, death metal, doom metal, or what have you - just with a chick singer. It doesn't mean you need to separated from all the other metal bands because they're afraid of girl cooties.

So, yeah, using female-fronted as a genre description? That needs to die. As part of a larger description of the band? That's better.

Herein is your proof that yes, you can have a successful and fulfilling music career and have kids at the same time. Honestly, I think those who say otherwise just use it as an excuse by some people who choose not to have kids to make them feel superior or distract from why they really didn't want to have kids (duh, you can spend more time and money on yourself, which makes everything a little bit easier - and that's really nothing to be ashamed of if that's what makes you happy, so why not just say so and be proud?)

Not that there's anything wrong or selfish in choosing not to have kids. If it's not for you, it's not for you! No shame in that. It's just... when shit like that starts popping up as a "reason" not to procreate, it's no longer your personal opinion on the matter. Rather, it can be kind of insulting to those who already have them, since you're basically saying that everyone with kids will amount to nothing beyond being a parent.

For sure, it can certainly be more challenging to manage everything when kids and a family are involved. If that's your reason, then boy do I understand 100%. However - it's not impossible. It can be done and you are more than likely up to the challenge.

Anyway, now that my ovaries are finished ranting, these incredibly awesome and talented ladies (and inspirations to metal maidens everywhere) are going to be making a lot of fans happy with this tour (me included, if I lived in the Utopia across the pond). Liv even mentioned she'll be doing lots of harmonization with her tour-mates, which is something she's extremely good at and something that I hope one of you over there will film for me so we can all bask in the triple-dose of phenomenal female vocals, too!

Here are the initial tour dates (with more to be announced soon):

Oct. 14 - DE Bonn, Harmonie
Oct. 15 - FR Colmar, Grillen
Oct. 16 - UK London, Proud
Oct. 18 - BE Wieze, Metal Female Voices Fest
Dec. 17 - NL Zoetermeer, Boerderij
Dec. 18 - DE Jena, F-Haus
Dec. 19 - DE Nagold, Alte Seminarturnhalle
Dec. 20 - FR Paris, Divan Du Monde

Full article here.

Liv Kristine & LEAVES' EYES

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