Swedish all-girl hard rock quartet CRUCIFIED BARBARA has inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records for North America (U.S., Canada, and México) plus New Zealand and Australia. The band’s third studio album, “The Midnight Chase”, will be released in North America this summer. The CD was recorded at Music-A-Matic Vintage Recording Studio in Gothenberg, Sweden with sound engineer Henryk Lipp and producer Chips Kiesby.
“We’re really proud of our new album and so incredibly happy that Nuclear Blast will release it!” states the band. “They’ve always worked with the coolest bands and now all of a sudden, we’re one of them. This is the beginning of a long, hard-rockin’ friendship!”
Formed in Stockholm in 1998 by bassist Ida Evileye (now-wife of MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake) and guitarist Klara Force, CRUCIFIED BARBARA plays a fiery brand of rock ‘n’ roll tinged with metal and lashings of punk, pop, thrash, and whatever else dares to cross their path. Ida Evileye dominates her trusty Sandberg bass, Klara Force rocks steady on her ’76 Gibson Explorer, Mia Coldheart belts out her unapologetic vocals while riffing all over her Gibson Gothic Flying V, and Nicki Wicked pounds on her hot pink sparkle Yamaha Maple drum kit until you’re splayed across the floor with a bull’s-eye knock-out punch that’ll make you spit your teeth out. Now you know what happens when MOTÖRHEAD mates with THE RUNAWAYS.
No strangers to hard work or success, CRUCIFIED BARBARA‘s debut single from their 2005 debut, “In Distortion We Trust”, climbed to #8 on the Swedish pop chart. They played Australia, toured across Europe opening for MOTÖRHEAD, SEPULTURA, IN FLAMES, and DORO, and earned a prestigious slot alongside BLACK SABBATH, VELVET REVOLVER, and SYSTEM OF A DOWN at the U.K.’s Download festival. With all that touring, it would be four years before the band got around to recording their second album, 2009’s “‘Til Death Do Us Party”. Next thing you know, there they were on national television performing at the 2010 edition of Melodifestivalen, the Swedish national final for the Eurovision Song Contest.
So how did they get their name? The band members attended Denmark’s legendary Roskilde Festival and came across something very unexpected in a nearby forest: a blow-up doll (generically called “Barbara” throughout Sweden) attached to a crucifix. And no, they didn’t identify with the victim, they claimed the power of the aggressor right on the spot and have never looked back.
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