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MAID OF METTLE - a female fronted, symphonic-influenced hard rock/metal band, hails from the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Founded and fronted by singer, songwriter Deanna Whalen in 2010, Maid Of Mettle draws from a wide range of influences from Evanescence, Dream Theater, H.I.M., Disturbed and Within Temptation just to name a few. Heavy but melodic guitars, Bass and Drums, soaring, ethereal vocals and harmonies with strings woven in, complete the symphonic-influenced sound. Drama (the good kind), theatrical, ethereally colored, quality written, produced and performed songs and stage show are what you get with Maid Of Mettle.
Deanna has studied Bel Canto (Italian Opera) for eight years under the tutelage of opera Diva, Bronya Dvorak and has been performing and writing since the early 90's in many genres including Irish Folk, Country and R & B. Deanna has had photos appear in Italian Vogue magazine. She teaches Bel Canto on occasion in her off time. Favorite singers are: Patsy Cline, Celine Dion, Sara Mclaughlin, Pat Benatar, Annie Lennox, Geoff Tate, Amy Lee, Ivan Moody and her Dad, legendary Bluegrass musician, Tommy Boyd.
Bassist Jeff Ashcraft not only rocks the Bass but additionally performs his masterful Cello parts on our recordings and at occasional shows. Jeff has been playing in different bands and studios throughout the Chicagoland area. He started playing in Metal type bands in high school and then continued to play additional different styles such as Jazz, Blues and Rock. he is classically trained and began playing cello at a very young age still playing professionally today. He is excited to be playing Metal again and feels like he has come full circle returning to his original genre of music. Jeff''s heavy and tasty bass work provides the driving heartbeat to the music of Maid of Mettle.