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Press and Reviews from all over the world. Including Metal Hammer, UK and Norway, Revolver Magazine, Total Guitar Magazine, Megafon Magazine, Norwegian newspapers and much more.
January 2013: interviewed and featured by Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, NRK, for the first time.
Januar 2013, The CIC´s first printed FRONT PAGE! Megafon Magasin in Bergen, Norway, interviewed her when she layed in Bergen in November 2012. It ended up being this front page cover and a 4 page article that was awesome!
FIRST CATALOG FEATURE! She is in the official AUDIX MICROPHONE CATALOG FOR 2013!!
Awesome feature in Deitra Magazine, USA.
Metal Hammer, Norway, featured The CIC with a full page interview + the feature as "1 of 10 modern Riff Gods" in the same issue!
Norwegian newspaper BERGENSAVISEN interviewed her before her first ever show in her home town, Bergen, in Norway in November 2012. She supported Norwegian metal legends TNT on their anniversary concerts in Bergen and Oslo.
Europe's leading Metal Magazine, Metal Hammer UK names The Commander-In-Chief 1 of 10 MODERN GUITAR GODS!
The world's leading Metal Magazine, REVOLVER MAGAZINE, featured The Commander-In-Chief as their Hottest Chick in Hard Rock in their July/August issue 2012!
Front page of the 1st issue of Firebrand Magazine, by a long time supporter; Firebrand Rock Radio!
Nowegian nationwide newspaper DAGBLADET writes about The CIC being confirmed for Bloodstock Metal Festival, 2012, headlined by Alice Cooper.
Norwegian newspaper Bergensavisen, from The CICs hometown Bergen, introduces her to their readers as the Metal Queen.
TOTAL GUITAR MAGAZINE, FEBRUARY 2012.
"Bow down mortals, meet the new Queen of Shred. The Norwegian guitar supremo is one hell of a player. This one-woman Metal Hurricane is smashing her way through the underground with her mix of great songwriting, face-ripping shredding and a refusal to listen to the few cynical wallies out there who judge her on image and not talent."
Metal Hammer, UK, January edition 2012
MEATAL HAMMER NORWAY, FEBRUARY 2012
Norwegian Nation wide newspaper "Dagbladet"
Norwegian newspaper "Halden Arbeiderblad"
BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR METAL FESTIVAL, REVIEWS:
"The tent is surprisingly full. Attired in blue regalia, The Commander conveys a striking image although as she begins to perform, my attention switches immediately to her musical talents, both vocal and fretboard. Her skillfully intricate playing, both rhythm and lead, is offset against some more straightforward passages of fretboard work, it’s all about what is right for the song rather than aimless displays of fretboard widdling. And every note and chord is played with precision and passion. There there’s her wide-ranging voice which she uses to vocalize and emphesize the emotions inherent in her guitar playing, hitting some high notes that leave many audience memebers looking as astonished as they are impressed. Her delivery sounds ever so natural and guitar/vocal sonics are at one in a series of melodically engaging songs. Musically, in talent and delivery, The Commander is flawless. Evidently thoroughly gratified and humbled by the enthusiastic crowd reaction she receives." Mark Holmes. MetalDiscovery.com
"This is Metal with Go Faster Stripes. This is what happens when classical skill and the cold north collide. This her first festival, The CIC not only can hit notes that shatters glass and blow the lights out, but shreds her 7string to oblivion. This Banshee caused my balls to be sucked in to hide somewhere near my liver.The CIC opens with Evolution, a lyrical criticism of science to destroy any professor and the catchy Dropout. These are songs with critical lyrics. The Commander provides a complexity finishing with a vocal middle finger to money in the metal aria THOU. I need to make my way trough the crowded tent past the air guitarists to go and find my testicles." Niall W.R.Scott, Metalmouth.net.
"I did not expect to see the Sophie tent that full at midday on the Friday. I did not expect to see a three piece fronted by the most immaculately presented female vocalist and guitarist shredding away on the coolest green seven string guitar.However, all this counts for little if they haven’t the tunes or the chops to back it up but I can tell you here that, well, they have. And then some. Commander In Chief are ostensibly a solo project, fronted by The Commander, a seven string virtuoso with a four octave voice, she and her other two band members filled the Sophie stage with superb songs, a fantastic sound and no little charisma. The crowd appreciated what they were seeing, “F***ing UNBELIEVABLE!” was how the punter next to me described it.The coolest person in the tent, even under those stage lights and that jacket, after having made the Sophie stage her own for half an hour it was time to bid farewell to a crowd that were most definitely under her spell, or should that be command" .RoarRock.co.uk
A sizeable crowd filled up the Sophie Lancaster stage tent for the performance of THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, hailing from Norway, and bedecked in a stunning light blue military jacket, The Commander-in-Chief was a pure boost of guitar shredding force that swept through the arena and had the whole Sophie tent rocking, a perfect way to kick things off for what was set to be a stunning weekend." Darren Patterson, nottinghamlive.co.uk
REVIEWS FOR DEBUT EP "EVOLUTION"
"Evolution is a perfectly fitting name for this EP, from the mysterious Commander in Chief, Track 1 kicks in and its a pure example of “where the hell did this come from”, pure adrenalin from the outset and masterfully performed. Yes the Commander is the next evolution in Metal. She is one of the most extraordinary talents I have come across in a long time, Operatically trained vocalist, superb songwriter and a guitarist that will blow any seasoned veteran off the stage. When you come to terms with the fact that she is younger than 25 years then you begin to understand what a legend she is in the making. The Commander’s song writing and lyric style is insightful showing a very wise grasp on the world for someone so young. Having witnessed the success she has gained in the last three months, its been truly astonishing. This EP is a must own so in years to come you can show it to your grandchildren and say....yup i was there at the start of her career" . Rick Palin, owner Firebrand Radio/Firebrand The Flame, April 2012
“The guitar is immediately all over the place on opener “Evolution”. You’ll hear shredding solos on top off rolling riffs. The axe work is extremely contagious and forces you to bang your head. The instrumental break introduces different styles of guitar playing. A more trashy sound is followed by pure guitar frenzy. “Famous” quickly transforms into a riff monster with chorus vocals in the vein of Guano Apes’s “Lords Of The Board”. “Let It Go” has a much slower pace but is heavy as hell. A more radio friendly track with higher sung vocals in a more gothic metal style! “Thou” is another full speed track with squeaky guitars on a high octane boost! The vocals also sound more aggressive. When you’re a sucker for fast and heavy axe work you just have to listen to this EP. It will blow your mind. The Commander is obviously inspired by several virtuoso but has managed to develop her own style. All the tracks sound fresh and make you instantly grab your air guitar and go wild.” Rik Bauters, Livereviewer.com, May 2012.
"It is only a matter of time before the Evolution EP from The Commander-In-Chief has you stalled in your tracks, grinning deliriously, and drooling eagerly from shredding of the highest order. From the off the four track release grabs the ear with a tight metal grip demanding attention and respect but before long the full impact of the musicianship and power within, as one delves deeper floods through from an EP which is deeply impressive. She is one of the most impressive emerging artists to badger and implore the ear for attention in a long while. She does not just ask and demand but backs up her request with skills and creativity that many others long for after decades as a musician. Singer, songwriter and a thoroughly mesmeric exponent of her 7 string guitar, Evolution is a dramatic and vibrant release that opens up metal to many opportunities and choices. Already from the evidence on the EP she is stretching boundaries and supposed limitations." Pete The Ringmaster, Ringmaster Reviews, March 2012
"Once in a while you hear one that stops you dead in your tracks and forces you to sit up and pay close attention. For all you metal heads out there that like your guitarists Long haired, muscular guys who can shred their way through anything, I’m about to change your perception.. enter a young lady in her early 20s who looks simply amazing, writes her own material, sings her own material…and wait for it…..Can play a guitar…..not only that but she makes a lot of her male counterparts look like amateurs. She is about to take the rock world by storm, Her debut EP Evolution is refreshing, thrilling and as soon as you press the play button on the cd it hits you like a brick wall. Her powerful mastery of the guitar is a joy to listen to, and again in this she is very very distinctive preferring to play an Ibanez Falchion 7 string guitar, of which she is the only person in the world to own this instrument, and she has tamed it easier than house training a domestic cat." Metal Shock Finland, World Assault, March 2012
"The Commander In Chief's EP Evolution is four tracks of shred-tasticness! This 22 year old young lady sets her seven string Ibanez Falchion aflame with her skill; skill that doesn't end on guitar strings. No, the Commander is also an accomplished songwriter and singer. Her songs on this EP focus on the injustice and egotism of society from corporations to celebrities and the "rest" of us as well. Produced by Sterling X (Pantera), Evolution boasts the distinguishment of being completely raw; no tuning vocals, no altered time patterns or looping, no doctoring whatsoever. The Commander plays every guitar and sings every note. Each song is tight and reminds that shred metal is not just a realm of metal for the guys and reinforces that it's still a force to be reckoned with in the world of music. Michael Meade, Tastes Like Rock Magazine, March 2012.
"I am always looking for something new and different to work on, but I have to say that when the unique talents of "The Commander In Chief" crossed my desk a few months ago, I was blown away! This was definitely new and different! In my twenty plus years as a producer and engineer I can honestly say that I have never seen or heard anything like what she has to offer. Killer guitar driven progressive hard rock, along with an unbelievable over the top vocal style, with just enough pop added so that it can be accessible to all. Neatly wrapped up in an image that is definitely fresh and exciting. I am looking forward to work with her again soon! Rock on Commander! Well done!"
— Sterling Winfield, Engineer/Producer (Pantera, Hatebreed, Hellyeah)
"Her music is fantastic, incorporating power, melodies, passion & inspiration; no mean feat for an artist in this day & age, not to mention a female doing business in what can be described as a male dominated genre! It was a real pleasure to talk with her, to listen to her talk about her influences & aspirations, plus play her records on the show. It opened my eyes to a fast-rising star, & if The Commander-In-Chief isn't on your MP3 player, then there's something wrong with you!"
— Big Jim, The Rock Show, UK
"The Commander in Chief is no less than a double threat to the metal world. Not only can she sing her ass off, and I mean sing (she is classically trained in opera with a vocal range of D3 to B6), and hit notes so high that glass shatters and dogs look at each other and go “what the fuck,” this 21-yr old Norwegian born shredder mangles the fretboard of her 7 string Ibanez RG 7620 with untapped ability and lightning speed.‘Battle For The Mind’ is year end, top list material. "
— Ken, Metalbuzz.net
"The Commander in Chief will have you standing at attention to the power of rock, pop, crunch and vocal styling that give the sense that she is destine for stardom. Her power & drive to succeed can be felt through every riff, shred and specifically in her voice. All combined its a delivery of powerful and genuine rock that makes you tap your foot and finds it's way always in your head. Raw energy, great hooks, and simply amazing songs best describes the exceptionally gifted artistry that is The Commander in Chief. "
— Bob Marino, Official FN Radio
"The Commander In Chief is so multi-talented! Her new version of PARANOID is AMAZING! Often, bands who make covers sound just like the original, but she managed to make that great hit her very own. That shows her true musicianship!""
- Allen Woods, owner Pirate Rock Radio
"The Commander In Chief takes female Metal to a whole new level!"
- Metal Express Radio
"Battle for the Mind is a six song EP from the seven-string guitar wielding singer/songwriter Commander In Chief. A perfect balance of technique and songwriting, every song has a catchy melody and great guitar work. Great Expectations was my personal favorite, with its wild solo and riff-driven chorus. The title track in particular showcases CIC's singing ability, while an adrenaline-fueled cover of Paranoid excites. This is an extremely well rounded and focused effort that will likely appeal to fans of rock, metal, and instrumental.--Hail to the Chief!! "
- Ben McCraw, maximummetal.com
“I find your music a masterpiece of originality, there is no other sound to compare it to, a mix of metal, and a little twist of pop, combined with hard rock.” - Tina Wilson, CEO/editor Global Entertainment Mag
"Get to know this HOT 21 year old Rocker who is destined to become the new Queen of Metal! Don't say we did not warn ya!"
- Metal 101 Radio, Metal 101 Radio
- Except the visionary war oriented artwork, the musical part of this album is also an aggressive one with speed guitars, high octave vocals and includes an unusual cover of "Paranoid". Undoubtly the percentage of metal here has an a addictive rate for the mainstream mass and draws then attention of all the musical producers that are looking for the next big thing in female metal voices. - Billy Infantis, Skylight Webzine
"Mindblowing! This is the music this decade has long been waiting for. It is familiar but it is different, it is Metal but it is daring but most of all it is unique!" - Mike Mitchell, bcbradio.co.uk "Rock the Mike"
"The Commander-In-Chief sonic blasts of molten metal harpie like voice, which shatters what is layed before her, and her knife like strings vibrate staccato like riffs with ease. As a dj on several radio stations on the internet i have found that she always seems to astound me with her virtuosity. "
- DJ Battle, Infernal Rock Radio/WFLM Radio
"When put into the correct environment, using the right tools, and working with the right people, the Commander In Chief was able to explode into a powerhouse. She has a powerful sound of high impact vocals and strong guitar technique and has definitely taken office in the world of rock and metal. When I'm playing music on Music World Radio, it doesn't matter what type of rock I'm playing... be it classic rock, modern rock, or heavy metal, I can always play the Commander In Chief's music in any set. And probably the greatest thing about what she's doing now, is that she's young and eager to grow. There is no end in sight to what this young artist can do. " - Eblison Grun, Music World Radio
"NME says; rise-of-the-machines-esque cyber-metal-babe"
"Great songs, insane guitarplaying and a truly unique voice! Like David Bowie/Ziggy Stardust was a fresh breath in the sound at that time, so are you. You are a fresh breath in the whole music picture. People need this!" - S.R.Eriksen, www.norskmusikk.org
"The instrumentals are superb and very METAL.The Commander is definitely a prodigy on the guitar.A voice that is sure to amaze anyone. She hits octaves that could shatter glass while also sounding quite angelic. It creates that sound that I believe can start a new and exciting time in heavy metal."- DDay, ddays revenge, www.wickedspinsradio.com
"The Commander In Chief, who started her career in Norway, who moved to the U.K and now in the USA. With breath taking riffs on guitar, with mouth watering lyrics that demonstrate nothing but perfection,as she continues to prove her dominance in the metal scene, is the new sound of female rock that will soon dominate the world. So for those who love to rock look out for The CIC (Commander In Chief)" - Jeffrey Rubin, Banana Peel Radio
METALBUZZ.NET HAVING MY 6 SONG DEMO "BATTLE FOR THE MIND" ( 2010) ON THE LIST OF BEST RELEASES OF 2010!!!!!
The Demo was only available as a pre release package with merch for a limited time. It sold out but I decided to never release the EP. Some of the songs will be re-recorded.