The Sirens of Metal is a two-day music festival featuring all female fronted bands.

A last minute addition to the show, Reign, kicked off the Sirens of Metal music festival. They are a progressive rock band from Clarkston, MI, influenced by Dream Theater, Rush, Journey, Queensryche, and Circus Maximus. These guys captured the audience’s attention with heavy riffs mixed with soaring vocals and harmonies, their chemistry emanating into the crowd. Reign has opened for bands such as Queensryche and Stryper, and has toured with bands like King James. They were in the studio in late June 2014 to record their second album, which is expected to be a big change from their debut album, The Greatest Story Ever Told, released through TMG Records in 2012.

A punk-metal band from Pittsburg, PA, The Motorpsychos, had the crowd up and amped by sound check. The Motorpsychos blend aggressive punk, metal riffs, and screaming choruses into a supersonic, heavy hitting, powerful set. They have played with Disturbed, Kittie, Nashville Pussy, Ten Years, Ill Nino, Harlow, the Shocker, Broadzilla, Jucifer, Bottom, and other heavy bands. They have released four albums and have won several regional and national band competitions, including Best Metal Band and Best Metal Album from The Pittsburgh Rock Music Awards, in both 2012 and 2013. The Motorpsychos have appeared on Vans Warped Tour, X-Fest, and the Zippo Hot Tour.

One of the most anticipated bands of the night was Maxine, a metal band from Detroit, founded by Maxine Petrucci. No stranger to the metal scene, Petrucci has a long musical history dating back to 1984 with the band Madam X, which she formed with her sister, Roxy Petrucci (who went on to play drums for Vixen). Former Skid Row frontman, Sebastian Bach, would later join the group.

Petrucci has commonly been compared to Yngwie Malmsteen. Many guitarists, both male and female are inspired by her skills. But Petrucci isn’t the only living legend in this band. With Maxine’s current lineup of Petrucci, Rachel May (of Broadzilla) on guitar, Pat DeLeon and Bryan Paxton (both of Imminent Sonic Destruction) on drum and bass, this band has become a juggernaut in the metal scene. Rachel May did a lot of the vocal work for the night. Her tribute to Dio had everyone raising their metal horns.

Their third heavy, melodic metal album, Back to the Garden was released in 2013 and is available on Amazon.

The last band of the night was Flight of Fire. The all-female rock band from Detroit, was founded by “The Twins,” Tanya and Tia Dmuchowski, in 2009. Their stage show is loud, wild, and exciting. They are a band that thrives with live shows, putting on an over the top set that turns any smaller venue into an arena show. As a high-octane band full of energy, this band gave 100% the entire night, creating a great atmosphere for the crowd.

The band has a contest going on, Flight of Fire’s Rock In Vegas Sweepstakes. The Sweepstakes Grand Prize includes: international airfare for two to Las Vegas, lasting two nights at the MGM Grand, $1,000 of spending money, VIP Tickets to see the band play in Vegas, and an appearance in their new music video. You can enter the sweepstakes by ordering an exclusive, limited edition EP + Shirt Package on their website. You may order as many packages as you want to increase your chances of winning!

They hope to follow in the footsteps of their idols – Joan Jett, Janis Joplin, Ann and Nancy Wilson, and Stevie Nicks, making their own impact, inspiring girls not only to take up instruments and rock, but to live more inspired and fearless.

With a strong lead vocalist belting powerful melodies, a drummer with fantastic energy, the rhythm being the driving force, and twin sisters providing thrilling guitar leads and heavy bass jams, Flight of Fire is a force to be reckoned with.

There are rumors that there will be another Sirens festival happening in mid winter. Nothing is for sure yet but a rock fan can only hope.

Flight of Fire
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Maxine
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Motorpsychos
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Reign
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About The Author

Calling Detroit, Michigan home, Sami has been photographing for many years and has been with National Rock Review since near the beginning. She works freelance contributing to National Rock Review as well as being the owner of Sami Lipp Photography. Capturing the excitement of live music and the passion of musicians is something she lives for. She looks forward to expanding her career in music photography.

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