There is only one real success in life: to be able to do what you want. Look at this awesome 21-year-old girl and fancy how satisfied with herself she must be: not only is she a great singer, but she has also achieved elevated skill in playing her guitar divinely and she's just released her first EP, which has several chances of enthroning her as new Metal queen!
"Dropout" attacks fast, straight, embellished by brilliant vocals, sometimes going as high as only a woman can; there's place for a heavy as hell break, where the drums go fast before a slow part where the female vocals are split in two: seducing one and threatening ones dubbed before a shredding killer axe solo. The mixing is perfect because one semitone higher and her voice would have sounded like a mouse's in a cartoon; luckily this mistake's been avoided, so we can enjoy the mid-tempo of "Great Expectations"; this song is suitable to become a single and also boasts a memorable riff, then the solo structure reminds of the "Rust In Peace" Megadeth. Another bull's eye hit by the stunning Californian goddess! The third track is the cover version of Black Sabbath's very popular classic "Paranoid", enriched by her high vocals, made heavier and also more devilish by a few male illdisposed effected vocals. For "Illusions Are Dying" the vocals and the arrangement utilised remind of a metallic version of Garbage, with the difference that this girl owns special charisma and her voice does hypnotize all of the time, not only during the chorus. Unbelievable is the blast-beat and the Guano Apes-like break before the repeated refrain and the shrieking vocals bringing the song to the end. "You're So Crazy" is a short track where the band shows their Punk side; once again the superior mistress invents great vocals to make this song unforgettable, to put aside the typical high ones. A scorching guitar solo is the icy on the cake and the frantic drums add the necessary backbone to the composition.
The highlight is kept to conclude the mini-CD: "Battle for the Mind" is a Heavy metal song possessing all the traditional characteristics: hooks, guitar and drums solos, epic moments, catchy vocals, all one better than the others. On this occasion her voice is - oh - so sexy here that I'm raising the desk without hands and I don't doubt she is a witch or has at least some occult knowledge to awaken our senses, cuz I haven't felt such female power in over a decade. Believe me, I am not exaggerating: there aren't many women on earth like her and when you see her, listen to her voice or get in touch with her, you won't forget them for the rest of your lives. Everytime I listen to this song I feel the same emotions and they don't lower after further listens; yes, audience, there's really something more than meets the eyes.
To me the biggest joy is the unexpected one, and that's the very case: owing to Ms. Hagen's 3 pics in the digipack and the absence of a booklet, I didn't know what music I would find in this CD, and now I can say I have found all that I'm looking for from a real Metal album: loud, balanced and clear production, excellence, sublime vocals and instrument performances, top-notch arrangements rife with catchy and powerful lines. If you are an honest, serious Metalhead endowed with self-esteem, follow my advice and do all your best to get this EP. I adore you Commander In Chief, I am your little sex toy, order me whatever you want, I will fulfill your every wish with no hesitations.
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - July 20th, 2010 www.rockmetalbands.com
NEW INTERVIEWS POSTED NOW! You can find interviews with The Commander on the following great rock and metal zines:
Hilarious and cool interview with Big Jim on The Rock Show, UK, from July 2010! Listen to Jim asking about her Viking background and her influences etc on http://www.therockshow.co.uk/trs80.mp3
Really good, in depth interview with Paul Readman from Music World Radio in June 2010, where they talked about her guitarplaying, songwriting and who is her big idol on guitar. The CIC was a guest on this show for an hour and you can listen to it on http://www.sendspace.com/file/rtdz5w
Check out the interview with the wonderful DJ MissTree on Metal Messiah Radio from June 2010 on http://www.mixpod.com/djmisstree
www.ddays-revenge.com, a brutally honest interview about her mission from the Viking Gods. This is an interview not to be missed!
www.artistsandbands.org, all in Italian. The Commander lived in Italy for 7 years and was thrilled to do this interview.
From April 3rd 2009: an in-depth interview on the site for the great French Metal radio; Radio Metal on www.radiometal.com.
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