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The all new album by Monica Richards/Infrawarrior comes with 12 tracks. But this is not a ‘regular’ CD release – no! It’s MUCH more! The new album comes in a super-deluxe, full colour hardcover book this time! See picture+details below! The list of the illustrators of the wonderful artbook and the musical guests on this album read like a ‘Who’s Who’ of American Goth, and proves that this genre is still able to breathe new inspiration - more than 20 years after its inception!
One knows Monica Richards' music not just from her unmistakeable style but from the heart she puts in her work. Her new album, Naiades (named after mythological Greek seanymphs), is a melt-in-your-ear masterpiece, a perfect mix of strength and vulnerability in both sound and vision. Monica says, "The focus of Naiades is really about water…I feel I have undergone a Sea Change, though I'm the same on the surface, I've changed profoundly from within. Thus I focused on its power, its delicacy, its long-lasting permanence, its strength, its depth-and the artworks also based on water creatures.
Monica described her first solo album, Infrawarrior, as electro-tribal focusing on "the power within" as well as songs based on matriarch almythological themes. With her new album, Naiades, we can see that the connection between Woman and Nature is still a prominent theme in Monica's work... Monica has truly come into her own as an artist, adding new elements of her own tribal style to harder, almost ‘rock’, anthems and neoclassical work, creating an all new level of expression, and at times, all the more personal, especially in songs like "WeGoOn" and "Lureinlay".
ARTIST ROSTER (* = Exclusive Artwork just for NAIADES):
*Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing, Creepshow)
*James O'Barr (The Crow)
*Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra: Assassin, The New Mutants)
Miran Kim (X-Files, Deadtime Stories)
*Kelley Jones (Batman, Sandman)
*Nat Jones (Death Dealer, 30 Days of Night)
*Menton3 (Silent Hill, Monocyte)
*Chrissie Zullo (Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love)
*Andrew Mangum (Grimm Fairy Tales, American Wasteland)
*David Ocampo (Freelance Artist and Colorist with Andrew Mangum)
Milx (Silver Surfer, Wake the Dead)
*Jordie Bellaire (Colorist for Hellraiser, Planet of the Apes)
*Don Bishop (Traditional Artist)
*Cathy Ashworth (Traditional Artist)
Jim Neely (Anafae)
*Lee Kelly (Abstract Artist)
*Daniele Serra (Fade to Black, Teenage Timberwolves)
Monica writes, "I don't think I need to say this, but I am also very excited about the new album as far as the music! The songs stretch from classical and ambient to acoustic and harder rock. Paul Mercer and his producer Bruce Bennett are working on a gutwrenching classical song entitled "LureinLay". There is also a purely tribal drums and vocal piece entitled "Scylla and Charybdis" where I really have fun with multiple vocals. I even have a couple near punk rock-like tunes due to the help of my wonderful beau, Steve Niles. Steve was in Gray Matter back in the day, one of the first Dischord bands, so he's been writing riffs with me. We knew each other when we were just kids in the punk rock scene, and I love how things have come back full circle for us! One epic piece, "EndBegin", is an electro-tribal work that blasts into a thunderous storm of vocals and timpanies. Chad Blinman is mixing and mastering the album, as well as adding live drums to a couple songs."