Reunited Madison, Wisconsin-based, female-fronted quintet LUNA MORTIS (formerly known as THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE) will headline the Dame-Nation V festival on August 15 at Reggies in Chicago, Illinois. The event will feature two stages; the main stage being the Rock Club Stage and the second stage being the Music Joint stage.Dame-Nation owner and producer Eric Sanchez comments: "I had the pleasure of finally meeting Mary [Zimmer] from LUNA MORTIS a month or so ago. We were able to discuss a topic that I've wanted to ask for quite a few years, but didn't have a chance since LUNA MORTIS was broken up. I had heard that they were reuniting and wanted to know if they would like to headline the fifth anniversary of Dame-Nation. This year is a special one for me and to have Mary and the boys be a part of this year's festivities will make it even more memorable for everyone involved, including the fans." CRADLE OF FILTH's touring backing vocalist and pianist, Lindsay Schoolcraft, will host Reggies Music Joint Stage. Tickets will be available May 3. Tickets will be $10 or $18 for entrance to both The Music Joint and The Rock Club. For more information, visit Dame-Nation.com.
In 2009, LUNA MORTIS was dropped by Century Media Records, the label that released "The Absence". The CD, which came out in in February 2009, was tracked at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof (ALL THAT REMAINS, TRIVIUM). LUNA MORTIS's "Forever More" video can be viewed below. The clip was directed by David Brodsky, who has previously worked with ALL THAT REMAINS, BLEEDING THROUGH, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER and KITTIE, among many others. In a 2009 interview, LUNA MORTIS singer Mary Zimmer stated about the progression of the band's sound: "The older stuff is more New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, IRON MAIDEN-ish kind of stuff. You can hear our metal roots in that. It's also a little more proggy. As we've progressed, the music has gotten darker and heavier with more elements of death metal coming in. We're all happy with that evolution." Asked which is easier for her, the singing or the screaming, Zimmer said: "The screaming is so easy. If that was my only job and didn't have to do any singing, I'd be hooked up. I don't want to say that it's easy for everybody that does it, but for me personally it's way easier than singing. The singing is much harder."