Spine-Chilling Goth Artist AVA VOX Creates Sonic Trance On Her Album ‘IMMORTALISED’

19 May 2022

Artist: AVA VOX

Who: Dublin native (real name Elaine Hannon) currently living in County Meath.
While she’s been involved with various music projects in the past few decades,
her Ava Vox persona emerged in September 2020. With a unique vocal timbre
and commanding delivery with a dash of Goth and Post-Punk, Ava Vox’s musical
style ranges from slow melodic atmospheric to dynamic rock.

New album: IMMORTALISED

Vox: “I revisited some songs that were written collectively by me and my previous band.
I wanted to give these songs new life again, for the world to hear them. Then these songs
would be preserved for evermore.”

Turn Up The Volume: Several impressive voices pop up on my inner stereo when Immortalised plays (loud) on my headphones. Patti Smith (Alone Again), Zola Jesus (One Sweet Goodbye) and Siouxise Sioux (Crash) but in the end, it’s Ava Vox‘s Goth-like twilight tonality that stands out when she invites us in her sonic trance.

The orchestral and symphonic cantata sonority fits the song’s themes such as break-ups, humankind’s destructive nature, loss, and heartache affectingly. No, it isn’t a happy record but reality is not something to be happy about all time, certainly not in these life-destroying times of pandemic and war.

Vox also decided to immortalise her interpretations of three timeless pop classics on
this album. Bowie‘s goosebumps tour de force ‘Life On Mars’, Soft Cell‘s big Tainted Love‘ hit (original by Ed Cobb – 1964), and The Cure‘s sad ‘Love Song‘. Not easy picks, but the way Vox integrates them into her own musical vision and her own dramatic approach is riveting.

Video clips: Crash / Silent Tear

– CRASH –

– SILENT TEAR –

Stream/buy the album here…


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Vocals by Ava Vox
Piano/Hammond/keyboard by Ray McLoughlin
Electric Guitar by Enda Dempsey
Bass Guitar by James Blennerhassett
Drums by Robbie Casserly
23 Piece String Ensemble/Orchestra by Four for Music Ltd, Sofia, Bulgaria.
Original lyrics & music written by The Seventh Veil
Artist/Producer: Ava Vox
Producer/Music Director/String Arrangements by Ray McLoughlin, RMC Recording Studios
Engineered by Michael Nestor
Cover artwork & artist photography by Laelia Milleri
Costumery by fashion designer Claire Garvey

AVA VOX: Spotify – Instagram – Facebook

(photos via Shameless promotion PS)

Turn Up The Volume’s 20 KNOCKOUT TRACKS Of The Month – FEBRUARY 2022

A stream of rattling rippers, jagged jams, and romantic reveries

All 20 together on Spotify

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Knockout by knockout…

1. ‘Demolition Row’ by METZ (Canada)

The hard-hitting Canadian bolide is on a supersonic roll here, rockin’
their tails off. Full blast ahead, no brakes, no looking back. Holy smoke!

The track comes as a vinyl 7″ split with British
band Adulkt Life. Out 4 March, buy here.

Holy guacamole…


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2. ‘I Am Kate Moss’ by DITZ (Brighton, UK)

“The best band in the world” according to Joe Talbot (frontman of Idles).

I Am Kate Moss will be on this ace indie mavericks’ upcoming
debut LP The Great Regression, out at the end of this week.

Order info here.

If your ears are looking for some badass fireworks you really should
play Kate Moss out loud. She’ll turn the heat up the way you like it.

C’mon, Kate…

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3. ‘Room 165’ by CROWS (London, UK)

James Cox (frontman): ““I used to be quite obsessed with true crime, and this song was
kind of born out of researching H.H Holmes and the World Trades Hotel in the 1860’s where
he would murder people staying at his hotel informally called ‘The Murder Castle’. I also got quite obsessed with a faith healer from the early 1900’s called Reverend Major Jealous Divine and reading transcripts of his old sermons, so this is basically just a weird amalgamation of mad shit I read about.”

Post-punk at its psych-o-tic best…

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4. ‘Digging’ by NOTHINGHEADS (London, UK)

A wham-bloody-bam drum intro, scorching guitars, filthy grooves, angry vocals,
all in just 50 seconds. Sounds like Nick Cave and his freakish gang The Birthday Party
are back with a filthy blues-injected blast. If you like creepy doom and gloom hullabaloo from a smelly basement you’ll love this to death.

Release the bats…

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5. ‘Cream’ by BOTCHED TOE (UK)

A razorblade uppercut as intimidating as a bulldozer and
cutting as a Swiss knife. No rest for the wicked. One of the
clamorous highlights of these hardcore junks’ debut album
A False Glimmer Of Hope.

Go bonkers, folks…


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6. ‘Junk Man’ by JON SPENCER & THE HITMAKERS (US)

Garage blues-rock junk Jon Spencer is back in town.
This time with his HITmakers. This razzle-dazzle cracker
is pushed by a bouncy synth touch and, schizophrenic
guitars and, of course, Spencer‘s freaky vocals.

Turn it up…

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7. ‘Staring Into The Sun’ by 50 FOOT WAVE (USA)

The wonderful Kristin Hersh has an impressive résume.
10 albums with Throwing Muses, 10 solo albums and one
full LP and several EPs with 50 Foot Wave (trio with
Throwing Muses‘ bassist Bernard Georges).

And Hersh doesn’t think about retiring yet, she never will.
A new 7-track 50 Foot Wave album, entitled Black Pearl
comes our way on 15 April. Order info here.

Taster Staring Into The Sun is, a boisterous and metallic
slo-mo groove with a hammering beat, pumped-up guitars,
and Hersh’s manic vocals augmenting the shadowy tone of
this belter.

So what’s next for 50 Foot Wave? Playing at
metalfest Aftershock in Sacramento in October?


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8. ‘Clowns For President’ by BAD SKIN (Montreal, CA)

Think legendary gritty grrrls Bikini Kill having a ball with
Pussy Riot while kicking Russian president Putin up the ass.
These 4 steamy sisters in punchy punk crime buzz and fuzz
like a hot rod on the run.

Bad Skin storm full steam ahead with front Amazon Dope sneering
like a raging riot grrrl. Yep, Dope is dope. And this stunning stonker
is dope too!

To hell with Putin…

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9. ‘Alone Again’ by AVA VOX (Dublin, Ireland)

Sounds like Patti Smith‘s Because The Night ends in a painful break-up
for the lovers. Ava Vox‘s heartache vocality and hurt timbre emphasise
the confused state of mind of the abused one and the melodramatic
sonic boom of this emotional eruption expresses sorrow, distress,
and angst. Another gripping Vox piece.

Affecting performance…


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10. ‘This Cost Of Life’ by TIDAL WAVE (Toronto, CA)

Oh my, oh my. This sky-reaching gem left me out of breath after just one spin.

A tower of a song with an imposing impact. A masterstroke that explodes after the foreplay-intro and moves up and down like a roller coaster. Stellar tune, stellar sound, stellar guitars, stellar emotions, and a stellar chorus. Anthemically orchestrated with goosebumps arrangments. I’m quite sure their awesome fellowmen Arcade Fire would
like this grand exploit.

Here‘s why…

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11. ‘Fear Of The Dawn’ by JACK WHITE (Detroit, US)

The former white stripe plans the release of two
albums this year. Fear Of Of The Dawn, out 8 April
and Entering Heaven Alive, out 22 July.

Here comes the title track of the first LP.
Expect 120 seconds of flaming guitar
hysteria with White going totally blue…

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12. ‘Back To The Radio’ by PORRIDGE RADIO (Brighton, UK)

The lead-single of new, upcoming full-length album
Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky out
in May.

This is one of those songs that hypnotise from the get-go
to the eager finale. A feverish chant, one long chorus with
Marglin‘s delirious voice causing goosebumps.

Stupendous stroke…

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13. ‘Alone’ by STALKER (Sweden)

This is classic heavy metal. Huge sound, huge vocals, huge tune
with a huge chorus. If you’re a metal addict you will not mind if this
Swedish hit team stalks you. After an ominous violin intro, all burners
are on and frontman Michael Storck’s overwhelming pipes take over.

Self-titled debut longplayer comes on
11th February 2022 via WormHoleDeath.

Holy shit!

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14. ‘Colorful White Lies’ by ELECTRIC HIGH (Bergen, Norway)

After a dancey handclap intro, it’s all burners on with
a headbanging impact. Heavy boogie drones to play air
guitar to, in front of the mirror.

Echoes of muscular American motherrockers – like Van Halen,
Sammy Hagar
and Aerosmith – are all over the heated place.

Add firm Lynryd Skynyrd harmonies and you know you’ll
have this blaring beast on your speakers for quite some time.

Press the start button here…


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15. ‘Hostile Music’ by SALEM WOLVES (Boston, MA)

This boiling-hot-cooking stroke hit me and my ears from
the moment the first chord blasted out of my shaking stereo.

Ardent anxiety and edgy excitability dominate this fanatical
outburst. And when the hair-rising chorus erupts you’ll
go mental just as these wolves do.

Right here, right now…

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16. ‘Love Burns’ by ODAWIN (Italy)

A twist and turn prog-pop-rock composition bringing legends
Genesis (early years with Peter Gabriel) and YES (with voice Jon Anderson)
to mind. My favorite cut from Odawin‘s triumphant debut EP ‘Untitled.

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17. ‘Golden Apple’ by HVIRESS (Brighton, UK)

Sensual, puzzling, tempting, synth-matic,
imaginative, seductive, esoteric, and relaxing.

HVIRESS are here to stay.

The ladies have once again teamed up with Scott Chalmers
to create an unsettling music video that leaves the viewer
pondering what they’ve just seen, a perfect partner to
the song’s opening lines…

“What is it that you see? It almost seems unreal
What is responsible for all the things you feel”

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18. ‘Impossible’ by RÖYSKOPP and ALISON GOLDFRAPP (Norway / UK)

Norway’s synth heroes teamed up with the gorgeous
Alison Goldfrapp for this trippy and sultry dance thrill.

Shake your booty, ladies and gents…

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19. ‘Shallow Graves’ by THE MINIMUM WAGE (Ontario, CA)

This riff-rowdy ripper flames with fervid fervency and resonates
as if Bob Mould was invited to play guitar. Ace tune, towering
sound, impassioned vocals, and a sickly sticky chorus.

Just what you need to activate your serotonin production.
Maximum result for a minimum wage.

Be yourself, stay yourself…

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20. ‘Hello Dreamer Baby’ by THE ROYAL FOUNDRY (Canada)

This is what ecstatic pop grandeur is all about. Music that elevates
your state of mind to a titillating level. This new majestic single
generates a spellbinding buzz we all can use in these difficult
pandemic times.

When the multi-layered vocals/harmonies kick in, a gospel-like choir delight
creates an atmosphere of utter joy comparable with the euphoric drive of
The Polyphonic Spree. Vitalizing vibe, refreshing rapture.

Enjoy here…

See/hear you next month, music junkies

Alone Again After A Night For Lovers – AVA VOX In Distress On Impressive Single

Daily electricity to load your batteries

15 February 2022

Artist: AVA VOX

Who: Dublin native (real name Elaine Hannon) currently living in County Meath.
While she’s been involved with various music projects in the past few decades,
her Ava Vox persona emerged in September 2020. With a unique vocal timbre
and commanding delivery with a dash of Goth and Post-Punk, Ava Vox’s musical
style ranges from slow melodic atmospheric to dynamic rock.

FFO: Siouxsie & The Banshees, Autumn, Florence and the Machine,
The Danse Society, Carole Pope, Joy Division, The Cure, Nick Cave

New single: ALONE AGAIN
From her upcoming album ‘Immortalised!, out March 25.

Vox: “The song is about an abusive relationship, where the victim eventually
gets the courage to escape from their abuser. Once away, they realise it was
the right thing to do for them, and they feel happy and safe at last. But then
the abuser lures them back again, saying they will change, it will never happen
again.”

Turn Up The Volume: Sounds like Patti Smith‘s Because The Night ends
in a painful break-up for the lovers. Ava Vox‘s heartache vocality and hurt
timbre emphasise the confused state of mind of the abused one and the
melodramatic sonic boom of this emotional eruption expresses sorrow,
distress, and anxiety. Another gripping Vox performance.

Push me, push me, hard against the wall
kick me, trip me, push me till I fall
Alone again a smile that says it all
Alone again a smile that says it all
Till I crawl
Till I crawl.

Stream/buy here…


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Also on Spotify

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AVA VOX: Facebook

Lyrics and music written by The Seventh Veil (Elaine Hannon,
Robert Johnston, John Dalton)
Produced by Ava Vox & Ray McLoughlan at
RMC Recording Studios, Westmeath, Ireland
Engineered by Michael Nestor
Cover Artwork by Creative Photographer Robin Hannon.
Model by Claudia Pérez Losada

(Ava Vox photo via Shameless PR)

Alarming Anthem – Irish Banshee AVA VOX Warns For A Fatal Future ‘CRASH’

Daily electricity to load your batteries

2 December 2021

Artist: AVA VOX

Who: Dublin native (real name Elaine Hannon) currently living in County Meath.
While she’s been involved with various music projects in the past few decades,
her Ava Vox persona emerged in September 2020. With a unique vocal timbre
and commanding delivery with a dash of Goth and Post-Punk, Ava Vox’s musical
style ranges from slow melodic atmospheric to dynamic rock.

FFO: Siouxsie & The Banshees, Autumn, Florence and the Machine, Divinyls,
The Danse Society, Rough Trade (Carole Pope), Joy Division, The Cure, Nick Cave

New single: CRASH
From the same-titled debut LP, out on 16 December

Vox: “‘Crash’ brings you somewhere – to a place, to another dimension, another time / futuristic. The music and the words lead me to create a music video (forthcoming) about
the consequences of Global warming/climate change, to our planet and the human race.”

Score: When pitch-black Goth vibrations, dark sonic waves, whamming rock, and
mystifying vocals come together there’s a big chance for a crash. When humankind
keeps on messing up the climate, nature, and its own existence there’s a big chance
for a crash. When you combine this music the lyrics of this ominous warning together
you hear the sound of the world crashing down with a big bang. Both scary and overwhelming.

This alarming anthem predicts a doomed
future if we don’t act now and here…


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AVA VOX: Facebook

Photos by Laelia Milleri Photography