Name: Helena Kotina
Associated Acts: Daffodil
Personal motto: Live life to the fullest! Go for what you are dreaming!
Current plans: After some great shows, Daffodil are now in the studio working on their first full-length album, which will be released later this year.
– 10 QUESTIONS WE ASK EVERYBODY –
Metal Divas: Please tell us what got you into music and describe your early days and the journey this far to be guitarist:
Helena: Things started back when I was about 10-11 years old and I felt the need to listen to some music (till that age I hardly listened to any music). I started trying listening to some pop-styled songs that were pretty popular at that period, but they really seemed meaningful to me. One of my older brothers was a fan of classic rock music and I remember myself sitting in the room next door observing what he was listening to. Yellow raven – Scorpions and Stargazer – Rainbow were some of the songs that were enough to prove to me that this was the right route to follow. After a few years listening and shifting through some more bands, I finally came along to a Scorpions DVD called “Humanity”. Immediately I realized that music was what I wanted to do. After begging my parents to get me started on guitar lessons, finally at the age of 14 I got my first Electric Guitar. Till now, the guitar and music in general, is my first priority.
Metal Divas: In your opinion what is the essence of music in general:
Helena: Expressing your feelings and having music as a good partner through every stage of your life.
Metal Divas: Describe any “before the show” ritual:
Helena: Nothing very special until now, just having a drink in the backstage, doing my warm up and saying my prayers!
Metal Divas: What is your most memorable moment of your career:
Helena: Every step you are making forward is something that you’ll remember, ’cause it takes many things to do every step. I think the most memorable was the show we gave two monts ago in Athens alongside Diary of Dreams. Everything was how it should be. The crowd, the atmosphere, the sound, everything was amazing.
Metal Divas: What is a rule — whether it’s a law, societal standard, or moral code that exists that you think should be broken:
Helena: Something that’s specific to my country, the government expects you to work your ass off and get by with a salary that puts you immediately below the poverty line.
Metal Divas: Name 5 things you can’t live without:
Helena: 1. Guitar
5. Good food
Metal Divas: Share any funny story while on the road or any crazy request received from a fan:
Helena: When you’re on the road, cause of the enthusiasm and energy, there are a lot of funny moments. I think, one of the funniest was when we had two concerts in raw but in different cities that they were far one from the other. There was a fan we met on the first concert and the next day he was at the venue of the 2nd concert even before our soundcheck and when we saw him, he just said ”Hi, it’s me again”, he asked for a t-shirt and then he just disappeared. We still don’t know who he was!
Metal Divas: What do you do to keep your skills in good shape:
Helena: I always keep doing exercises for my fingers, always from low bpm to high bpm, even in days when there aren’t many hours available to practice, I just do my usual exercises.
Metal Divas: Please give any advice to young aspiring guitar players who wanna enter the music industry:
Helena: Keep your eyes always open, don’t ever hesitate, cause nobody knows better than you what you have in mind, work hard and don’t take anything for granted. Keep in mind what experienced people tell you, but don’t let that stop you from trying things yourself.
Metal Divas: Ten years from now you will be…:
Helena: A rockstar!
– 5 RANDOM QUESTIONS WE ASKED HELENA –
Metal Divas: What makes you bored?
Helena: Sleepy and coward people
Metal Divas: Can you blow bubbles with bubblegum?
Helena: For sure!
Metal Divas: Why aren’t blueberries blue?
Helena: They aren’t???
Metal Divas: Do you have any secret family recipes?
Helena: Of course, but they won’t be secret anymore if I write them here, will they?
Metal Divas: What if Batman gets bitten by a vampire?
Helena: I guess he’s screwed. I mean the vampire.
During an interview with the Impact Metal Channel on May 7th in Budapest, Hungary, Lacuna Coil vocalists Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro talked about the band’s upcoming 20th anniversary and revealed they have no immediate plans for a new album, stating fans shouldn’t expect to hear brand new material until 2019. Check out the interview below:
Lacuna Coil are celebrating their 20 year anniversary and they have opened another chapter in the relationship between the band and their long-term label: Lacuna Coil have just signed a new deal with Century Media Records.
Antje Lange, General Manager International of Century Media Records: “Century Media Records is very happy that Lacuna Coil have renewed their contract with us and we are very much looking forward to the next albums of this exceptional Italian band. Century Media appreciates the continuous trust of the band. The recent album ’Delirium’ charted in 12 countries and the band is touring around the globe.”
Cristina Scabbia, vocals: “I am so excited to have signed with Century Media again. Nowadays it is so important that, whichever label is backing up an artist or a band, one has full trust in the artistic and musical vision. I know Lacuna Coil and Century Media will continue to work hard together to make common goals happen faster and more successfully.”
Andrea Ferro, vocals: “We are really excited about starting this new adventure with Century Media Records, we had some great 20 years together that helped us become an internationally successful band. Like in every relationship there have been ups and downs but overall we’ve worked with some great people always willing to grow up with the band and together we have achieved really amazing goals. Here is to another chapter about to start and more successful stories!”
Lacuna Coil have announced that they will be joining Dutch symphonic metal giants Epica on the North American leg of the band’s Ultimate Principal Tour. The month-long September trek marks Lacuna Coil‘s first US tour dates in over a year, as the band continues to support their latest full length studio album, ‘Delirium‘. Joining Lacuna Coil and Epica on the Ultimate Principal Tour are Insomnium and Elantris.
Synkvervet‘s new album entitled “Mistborn” showed up in our inbox, out of the blue, and we are really fascinated with this band. For those of you who don’t know, Synkvervet hail from the land of Norway and this should definitely govern your senses for what’s about to happen. Originally started out as a one-man studio project by Ingemar in the fall of 2011 to slowly evolve to the six piece metal ensemble that they are now. The name means illusion and comes from the Old Norse sagas, in case you were wondering.
So far Synkvervet has release two full length albums, one EP and two singles. More specifically their debut “Vår avmakt” (2013), their sophomore album “Trollspeil” (2014), the EP “Forgotten Memories” (2015) and the singles “Ishjerte” and “Aurora” both in 2016 all of which received favorable reviews in general. The band’s new, third full length album, is called “Mistborn” and its set to be released in the end of May (2017).
I have been listening to “Mistborn” for the past 3 hours in repeat and I can only acknowledge that Synkvervet did a terrific job with this album and delivered some of the finest Symphonic Black Metal tunes nowadays. The band is capable of infusing chilling Black Metal euphonies with Symphonic transitions having three different types of vocals; Yes, that’s correct. Christina is handling the female operatic voices, while Truls is liable for all grim/growls in the album and then there’s Niclas, the bass player, with his unforeseen melodic tone giving a melodious emphasis in the musical compositions. Everything sounds genuinely well blended and you can tell Synkvervet put a lot of thought and effort in their arrangements.
“Mistborn” is full of Symphonic harmonies and thrilling Black Metal outbursts all united by Folk mysticism and spiritualism. Lyrically the band cross Nordic pagan pathways along with mythology and folklore in a singular weave of interpretation. All songs are well orchestrated and all instruments well balanced with the operatic vocals sharing the growls and grim chorals in the majority of the album, while the melodic voices primary uplift our senses to memorable themes. I was pleasantly surprised with the language variety in Synkvervet‘s new release, as the band serenades in English and Norwegian (if I am not mistaken). It definitely elevates the whole darkened atmosphere of “Mistborn“.
My personal favorites include “Into Oblivion” which hands out an overture of immense vocal unity, “Lost in the Shadows” in which Truls really stands out with his warbling abilities and range, all under the fiery echo’s of Symphonic Black Metal, “Alone in Eternity” with its grandiose rhythm and obscurity and “Aurora“, which in my opinion, is the highlight of “Mistborn” as it conceptually demonstrates the release as a whole.
Overall “Mistborn” sounds crisp and thoroughly produced with the mix being downright heavy and fitting for Synkvervet‘s character. The band conveys a mature act with wonderful, dramatic arrangements and melodies gifted to gratify the listener from beginning to end. I am certain I will be listening a lot to this album in the upcoming weeks and I recommend it to all supporters of the female fronted Symphonic Black Metal scene. Exceptional work Synkvervet, well done!
“Mistborn” – Tracklist:
02. Anthem to the North
03. Into Oblivion
05. Through the Eyes of a Demon
06. Lost in the Shadows
07. On Raven Wings
08. Alone in Eternity
10. I Den Svarte Solens Rike
Christina – Vocals, Lyrics
Truls – Grim/Growl Vocals & Lyrics
Ingemar – Guitar & Programming
Niclas – Bass, Vocals
Rino – Drums
Espen – Guitar