From the capital fashion of Milan (I) comes the alternative metal band, female fronted “EXILIA” led by histrionic, blondie, dreadgirl and very talented vocalist: Masha Mysmane.
EXILIA is a unique fusion of metal aspects, crossover, spoken words, catchy melodies, screaming, poetry, metal riffs, breaking rules, breaking sound barriers. Articulate. Pure adrenaline.
From the sonic assault of their album’s opener UNLEASHED (Gun/SonyBmg) that fought it´s way up to #38 in the German Charts, they raised up with their legendary Hits: “Stop Playing God“, “Coincidence“, “Can’t Break Me Down“.
An immensely successful tour with Rammstein inspired the band to expand their tonal repertoire in all directions. With new album NOBODY EXLUDED (2006) providing a track for the soundtrack of hugely popular US T.V series Grey’s Anatomy and big collaboration with Amnesty International with the hit “Kill Me” shooting a video for Guantanamo considered to be a major breach of human rights.
The release of Grey’s is followed by 2 years of touring in addition to band members diversifying their interests with projects in television and music production. But this spreading of the collective wings did not distract from the development of the next album. Bearing the title MY OWN ARMY (2008) and produced by Dave Chavarri (Sepultura), it showcased an increasingly mature and nuanced sound, without losing any of the riff vitality that is very much their calling card.
Several more productive years follow, which sees the release of acoustic/oddities collection NAKED (2010). This period of hard work and reflection culminated with the release of their 5th album, the mesmeric DECODE (2012). This led to a USA-wide tour, featuring a performance at the world renowned SXSW festival in Austin, Texas and a well received stint supporting Drowning Pool, Otep on their East Coast tour.
Since returning home from this excursion, EXILIA have been preparing their latest release. The only diversion from this mission being another trip to America supporting global stars Buckcherry, on a 5 week tour.
Last record named PURITY was released late in October 2015. This time around this attitude is filtered through self-awareness and compassion, creating songs filled with momentum and intelligence.
The guitars are both sinuous and delicate, combining the addictive melody of fractured pop with the whispered edges of brutality. Brazen riffs weave seamlessly into the foundation created by a highly adept rhythm section.
This musical alchemy extends to the vocal dexterity of front-woman Masha. Her voice seduces and soars in equal measure. Filling delicate moments with a distinct and robust truth, as well as crafting highly addictive sing-a-long choruses. All the while her voice reverberating with mature sensuality.
The singles “Bliss”, “She’s Not Me” and “One Minute” are ideal examples of this rousing skill and the band was showing a new side live on their european tour with “Mustasch” from Sweden.
In January 2018 EXILIA announced the writing session and pre-production of their seventh album as well as the collaboration with producer Joerg Umbreit from Principal Studios Germany.
“The new record gets back to our roots and it’s captured a feeling that we haven’t gone after in many years.” says Masha in her last interview, and it is due for release in March 2019.
In the meantime their first new single + video “Feel The Fire” is giving us preview of what to expect and it will released in November 2018 along with a new set of tour dates.