DAMNZAL BIOGRAPHY Damnzal prides itself in being a band of three hard playing grrls and one very loud guy, spewing forth a heavy mash of new edge punk/metal tunes that fans of contemporary heavy music would enjoy. The ferocity in the Damnzal songs is confronting and at times quite brutal, yet the band appeals to fans of all “rock” genres because of the diversity in the quality of song-writing and innovation in the approach to writing heavier edged music. The current CD which was mastered by Drew Lavyne (Foo Fighters, RHCP) hits the listener “like a freight train on heat” with infectious riffs and hooks that collide in a mixture of extreme, hardcore and melodic types of metal as well as seventies style punk The band members came together in early 2003 and consists of Tania Pennisi on lead vocals (ex Ruby Doomsday), Paula Condell on lead guitar (ex Velvet Hammer, Spine Of God), Vanessa Payne on bass guitar (ex Ruby Doomsday) and Scott Danson on drums (ex Cyclone Tracy). Each band member has a history within the Australian music industry and each have been actively involved in the scene for several years whether it be in previous musical projects, bands, releasing vinyl/CDs/DVD's, video production, touring, merchandising etc. Previous projects of the band members achieved significant success in their own right. The songwriting is done by lead gutarist, Paula, yet the band members bring in their own influences, helping to create the overall vibe and ambience which personifies the Damnzal philosophy and style. The influences range from extreme, hardcore and melodic types of metal as well as seventies style punk. So the deal is to provide a total experience: a band that is visually and musically confronting............ The self-titled debut CD (Australian release only) which was released late 2004 has received excellent reviews in both Australian and international webzines and street press, and the prior demo songs have managed to chart successfully reaching the top 10 of the metal charts on the mp3 site. The CD is distributed nationally by MGM. It was recorded by friend Chris Gatz at GM Sound Studios on Pro Tools. Mastering courtesy of Crystal Mastering. Damnzal have released a video clip for 'cherry bomb', one of the tracks from the self-titled debut CD. The video was shot by Peter Andrian (Unlimited Vision) who has done extensive work for many Australian artists, including 1200 techniques and DJ Peril. It has already been screened on most of your favourite music shows including Rage, Asylum, Channel V and MTV Aust. The response has been overwhelming! In April 2007, Damnzal signed to Dead Famous (Astral) records worldwide, and will have their CD released in the US with Blastzone/Nightmare and Fontana/Universal in Canada. The new CD has been re-mixed By Mike Puskas and Matt Lefroy at Salt Studios and mastered by Drew Lavyne in New York (Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chilli Peppers) fame, for a release in October. A US tour is currently being planned for Sept. 2008. In the short lifespan of the band, Damnzal has had the pleasure of playing with many bands of note: the highlight obviously being the Pungent Stench (Austria) support gig 2005, but also proud to have played with other local and interstate bands. The band has also managed to attain the 'quiet' attention of various industry people including Alan Griffith (Union Entertainment USA: who manage Nickleback, Cinderella etc) and promoters who have greatly assisted with various promotional activities including promotion of the demo in the UK metalfests 2004, where Damnzal was the 'centre of attention' amongst all other submissions. Further to this Damnzal has been published in the esteemed European 'Metalmaidens' magazine, the Age Melbourne, street magazines and various local, interstate and international websites. The Damnzal girls love tattoos and boots... !!. The band were previously the only unsigned band to have a sponsorship connection with Vision Streetwear. Any sponsorship deals are welcomed lol!
Read Damnzal CD review by MetalMaidens (9/10)
Reviewed on www.metalmaidens.com
By: Toine van Poorten
Rating: 9 points (out of 10)
DAMNZAL- Damnzal independent
Four loud, wild, beautiful girls and one metal boy keeping the beat together bashing his drum kit, that's what DAMNZAL is all about in a nutshell. And if the "Intro" will wake you up already, your eyes will definatly be opened by "Superstar". They continure with a good version of the RUNAWAYS cover "Cherry Bomb". No big surprise, when you know that one of the ladies in the band is a huge RUNAWAYS fan. It's a tribute to this all female metal band."Come On" is another solid rock song, but with "I Feel Used" they take down speed a little. It's a heavy, ballad like song with lots of power. You can almost feel the anger of the ladies, when you listen to the lyrics.
In "Sin City" (which is not an AC/DC cover by the way, but a very good possibility because they're both from Down Under), the band throws in a more new fashioned sounding song. I hear distorted, angry vocals, and lots of heavy riffs. It's the way KITTIE would have played a song. However with "Hey Way" they return back to their more traditional approach. And I think you can guess already that CD closer "Vibrator" is not about superstars, sin cities or cherry bombs. It's more and ode to the biggest friend of every lady, the electric milkman, the low voltage batteried postman, if you know what I mean. The lyrics of the song say that the ladies like their pink vibrator better than a hot rod made of flesh and blood...
Anyway, this reminded me of the following joke:
A huge, fat lady wants to buy a vibrator. But she's far too embarassed to go to the sex shop in her hometown. So she replies to an ad in her newspaper. She phones this guy, and he tells her that he will make an appointment with her. The only thing she has to do is to search for her favorite toy, pay and enjoy. They make an appointment, the man rings at her apartment, she comes out of her house and looks into the trunk of the man's car, where hundreds of different vibrators are stalled out. She makes her difficult choice, after all she needs quite a huge one. But when she points at the beautiful shining, red vibrator of her choice, the salesman replies that she can buy every vibrator in his car, but that he doesn't want to sell his fire extinguisher..
Anyway, if you want to get rocked, better listen to this great debut album of DAMNZAL. The band consists of Tania Pennisi on lead vocals (ex RUBY DOOMSDAY), Paula Condell on lead guitar (ex VELVET HAMMER), and Vanessa Payne on bass guitar (ex RUBY DOOMDSDAY) and Scott Danson on drums (ex CYCLONE TRACY). Let DAMNZAL rock your world today, and visit http://www.damnzal.com.
Damnzal hails from Australia and possesses a sound usually reserved for American punk metal bands. Fronted by Tania Pennisi, Damnzal delivers the attitude immediately with the snarling "Superstar". Immediate comparisons can be drawn to the likes of L7, the Lunachicks and the Cycle Sluts From Hell. They follow up with a cover of the Runaways "Cherry Bomb" which is rather faithful to the original in its stripped down sound. "Come On" is a gang vocal raucous rocker that seems to cross Girlschool and Slade with a hint of Joan Jett.
"I Feel Used" is the most laid back song on the disc. "Sin City" is not an AC/DC cover, rather an original once again more along the lines of L7. Closing track "Vibrator" sums up the album without much of a description.
If you link through Damnzal's web site, you can also find more tracks by the group. What they may lack in originality, they more than make up for in aggression and attitude. The CD is a rather fun listen and annoying enough to upset someone in the neighborhood.
I Feel Used