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3rd July 2012


London-based rock siren Lahannya, frontwoman of the band that bears her name, personifies the evolution of today's musician from record label puppet to self-made, independent entrepreneur...

'Dystopia' is the third full-length album the band releases on their own label, Kabuki: despite the absence of major label backing, Lahannya has been winning over audiences on tours and at festivals across Europe and is a regular on the covers of the European gothic and rock press.

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'Dystopia' continues the theme of the previous album, 'Defiance' Set in a dark futuristic version of Britain, an erstwhile liberal country now transformed into a surveillance society through the politics of fear, tolerance has been replaced with mistrust, and privacy is a privilege of the past. The underground resistance, whose story began with the 2008 EP 'Welcome To The Underground' and continued on the 2009 album 'Defiance', has collapsed through treachery and betrayal from within. Now the survivors are left with their lives and ideals shattered to pieces.

Although a natural continuation of where 'Defiance' left off, 'Dystopia' is more sinister and aggressive in both sound and lyrics as the storyline takes an even darker turn. Once again Lahannya defies narrow genre definitions with her explosive cocktail of industrial rock infused with plenty of Metal attitude, strong gothic sensibility and a sprinkling of pop appeal. The single/video 'Save Me' will be available this month, and another single and video, 'Cocoon', will be released in July.

Lahannya will be playing a number of European festivals this summer... watch this space!



Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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