Dawn’s Dark Music Corner: mAdAlice

Seattle Sounds-mAdAlice- By Dawn Wood

10153692_853667944643256_2645040646761387756_nI have been blessed to be surrounded by such talent, living here in the great Northwest. There are many male-fronted amazing bands in the Gothic/Industrial/Metal genres here. A charismatic, strong female-fronted act is a rare gem and something that, as a strong female in the business, always inspires and delights me. Alicen Hensley, AKA mAdAlice, from the Portland area, is one of those inspirations.

Vocalist, Songwriter and Artist mAdAlice was born Alicen Hensley from Anaconda, Montana. Her musical concept, mAdAlice, is an up-and-coming metal project that began in 2010. After being rejected by a few bands, Alicen decided to take matters into her own hands. She attended audio engineering school to network in the industry. Soon after graduating she met mAdAlice co-writer/co-producer Matt Jefferson. With her lyrics, music concepts and ideas for the songs, the two worked on the project for three years. The results are the five-song EP, entitled Skin. Skin was released on Beltane April 30th,2014. A few months after releasing her first EP, Alicen met co-writer, Arnold Hablewitz and the two began working together. June 21st, 2015 Mad Alice released a single “Bless the Bitch” off her upcoming album set to release Halloween 2015.

Check out her videos, produced by Asher Vast of AVAST Productions and 2014 featured bands: “Endless Sunder and Desillusion”.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kabKzWZESMQ

Other places to check her out:
http://www.madalicemusick.com (website link)
https://soundcloud.com/madalice-2 (sound cloud link)
www.facebook.com/madaliceproductions?fref=ts (facebook)

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Seattle Sounds CD Review Mixed Messages: by Dawn Wood

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logoFronted by Seattle Industrial scene veteran musician, Wesley Rogers, Mixed Messages has only officially been a band since early 2012. Before that, while he and guitarists Nicklos Frank and Dim Rott played for Bell’s Theorum, Whether they bomb or blow your mind, one thing is certain, you will never get bored or want to leave a Mixed Messages show. Things will be broken, aggression will be released and VHS tape will envelop you. If you are looking for a Seattle band to knock your head off with sound and entertainment, I highly recommend Mixed Messages.  Not only is their singer, Wesley Rogers an absolute hurricane of raw, screaming energy, but every band member (“the other Nicks” in the band, synth/keyboardist Nick McCoy, drummer, Nick Plantz), guitarist extraordinaire Dim Rott and the lovely Sharon Collier on bass, are talented and interesting…to watch…to hear…to conversate with.

Mixed Messages band mates are huge fans of horror.  Dim and Nicklos are “classic horror” fans and the music is heavily influenced by the horror of our political system today. You can also see Mixed Messages playing shows with fellow Industrial Horror Addict’s Band: Murder Weapons.  Wesley even jumps in on some live performances with Murder Weapons for added debauchery.

Wesley_christmasshowOn March 1st of this year, Mixed Messages started a fundraising campaign with Indiegogo to fund their CD release.  They wound up raising enough money, though their dedicated fans, to record and master their CD entitled: “The Ordeal”.  I have seen Mixed Messages live, so it was a real treat to sit down and listen to all of their material, which I have witnessed live, plus some great new songs.

  1. MMChivalry- Starts off with a bang with angry vocals and guitars, with a sprinkling of interesting samples.
  2. Into the Middle of Things-  Driving beat with screams and intriguing (mid Easternish) guitars wailing throughout.
  3. Hopeless- Slows down to a very sexy, yet rhythmic grind.  Wesley’s vocals are more spoken, even whispery (in some places) trading off to samples then eventual tormented signature screams.
  4. Did What You Had To- brings us back to “in your face” aggression.
  5. Lust and Jealousy- This is the Cds “pretty song” and is my favorite.  Sensual beats and vocals are captivating.
  6. Suffer- is a crowd favorite live.  The beat is driving and intense, almost punk rock in feel.  You will find yourself screaming “SUFFER!!!” even after the song is over.
  7. Do Nothing- Definitely a great candidate for a remix.  The beat is infectious and danceable, with overlaid dynamic vocals.
  8. Then What?- Thumping bass goodness starts this song, with plenty of samples, cacophonies of sound and hypnotic vocals.
  9. 2 Weeks Notice- Thinking this is one of those “I hate my day job” anthems.  I think we can all relate!
  10. Abomination- Political Industrial Goodness!
  11. Emerald City- I especially enjoyed the guitar harmonics in this song.  Very classic rock inspired.  I also like the Seattle reference: “Emerald City!!!!!!”
  12. Collapsing In- Hmmmm….I sense a familiar influence…Butthole Surfers.  What a cool song and a nice variable on this CD.  One thing is for sure with Mixed Messages, they like surprising their listeners.

You can check out Mixed Messages on Facebook: www.facebook.com/mixedmessagesband?fref=ts

On Reverbnation:

http://www.reverbnation.com/mixedmessages

On Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n04ltND4q_M

Website:

http://mixedmessagesband.bandcamp.com/

 

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