Part two of my growing band t-shirt collection:
David Coverdale Belt
I have no idea if this belt has a style name of some sort, but I'm naming it after David Coverdale! I need to buy it soon!
Best Buys 2013
I made a list in my Style Recap 2013 about my favorite pieces in 2013, but I thought I'd make a visual list of my best buys too. I've bought a lot of cool stuff (mostly black and studded), like a zillion band t-shirts and discovered two very talented rock and metal fashion designers. I've already gotten some cool stuff from Asos and H&M, and I've put in an accessories order with Skintight Rebel Clothing, so I'm off to a great spending spree this year too. But back to 2013 and my best buys:
I also love all of my Wicked Lester Clothing pieces, and my Megadeth top and accessories from Skintight Rebel Clothing, and I know I will be a loyal customer this year too :)
What were your best buys in 2013?
Movie: Howard The Duck
Happy Birthday, Kai Hansen!
My favorite musician, Kai Hansen, from my favorite band, Gamma Ray, celebrates his Birthday today :)
He's sooo talented, cool, fun and good lookin' (my opinion!). He's Mr. German Heavy Metal, and I can't wait for Gamma Ray's release of "Empire of the Undead" in March. Or to see Gamma Ray and Unisonic live this summer.
I love this Flying V playing guitarist! <3 Happy Birthday! :D
Love the first question: "Were you born that awesome? Or did you have to work really hard at it?" <3
LOVE this outtake video with Unisonic! I laugh just as hard every time! :D
Best Albums Of 2013
2013 was a great year musically, with a lot of great releases from my favorite bands. Here are this years highlights:
Helloween - Straight Out Of Hell
2. "World of War"
3. "Live Now!"
4. "Far From the Stars"
5. "Burning Sun"
6. "Waiting for the Thunder"
7. "Hold Me in Your Arms"
8. "Wanna Be God" (dedicated to Freddie Mercury)
9. "Straight Out of Hell"
12. "Make Fire Catch the Fly"
13. "Church Breaks Down"
Another great album from Helloween. I saw them live in Oslo last year in April, and it was a great show. My favorite songs from this album is "Nabatea", "Live Now!", "Waiting for the Thunder" and "Asshole".
Can't wait for their next release!
Gamma Ray - Master Of Confusion EP
1. "Empire of the Undead"
2. "Master of Confusion"
3. "Death or Glory" (Holocaust cover)
4. "Lost Angels" (Sweet cover)
5. "The Spirit" (live)
6. "Wings of Destiny" (live)
7. "Gamma Ray" (live, Birth Control cover)
8. "Farewell" (live)
9. "Time to Break Free (live)
10. "Insurrection" (live)
I love this EP! I love the "Master of Confusion" song, I love the two cover songs, and I can't wait for the full "Empire of the Undead" album to be released in March this year.
I saw Gamma Ray live twice last year, and it's the best shows I've been to. Can't wait to see them live again this year!
Deep Purple - Now What?!
1. "A Simple Song"
3. "Out of Hand"
4. "Hell to Pay"
6. "Above and Beyond"
7. "Blood from a Stone"
8. "Uncommon Man"
9. "Après Vous"
10. "All the Time in the World"
11. "Vincent Price"
12. It'll Be Me (bonus track)
This is a fantastic album. It's enchanting, spimply another masterpiece from Deep Purple.
Their show at Getaway Rock Festival last year in Gävle, Sweden, was magical. And I can't wait to see them live in Bergen in February.
Megadeth - Super Collider
2. "Super Collider"
4. "Built for War"
5. "Off the Edge"
6. "Dance in the Rain"
7. "Beginning of Sorrow"
8. "The Blackest Crow"
9. "Forget to Remember"
10. "Don't Turn Your Back..."
11. "Cold Sweat" (Thin Lizzy cover)
I love this album! I bought it last year at the beginning of my summer holiday, and I remember playing it in my car from beginning to end, cranking it up, and loving it right away. My favorite songs are "Super Collider" and "Forget to Remember", and their sexy take on "Cold Sweat". Can't wait to see them live at Skogsröjet in August.
Black Sabbath - 13
1. "End of the Beginning"
2. "God Is Dead?"
5. "Age of Reason"
6. "Live Forever"
7. "Damaged Soul"
8. "Dear Father"
9. Methademic (bonus)
10. Peace of Mind (bonus)
11. Pariah (bonus)
A really cool and heavy album. Great guitars, mean bass lines and Ozzy of course. My favorite songs are "Loner", "Age of Reason" and "Dear Father".
Queensrÿche - Queensrÿche
1. "X2" (instrumental)
2. "Where Dreams Go to Die"
4. "In This Light"
7. "Midnight Lullaby" (instrumental)
8. "A World Without"
9. "Don't Look Back"
11. "Open Road"
Queensrÿche has kinda been my boyfriend's band, so I've never really listened that much to their music. But this album I actually had to put on and listen to by myself, it's that good! It's really easy to like, and my favorite songs are "Redemption" and "Fallout".
Motörhead - Aftershock
2. "Coup de Grace"
3. "Lost Woman Blues"
4. "End of Time"
5. "Do You Believe?"
6. "Death Machine"
7. "Dust and Glass"
8. "Going to Mexico"
9. "Silence When You Speak to Me"
10. "Crying Shame"
11. "Queen of the Damned"
13. "Keep Your Powder Dry"
Loved this album! A lot of great songs, and rockin' as hell! You just want to jump around, headband and play air guitar! Hard to pick some favorite songs, but "Silence When You Speak to Me", "Queen of the Damned" and "Knife" are pretty cool, but we're talkin' great album here, beginning to end!
Andi Deris & The Bad Bankers - Million Dollar Haircuts On Ten Cent Heads
2. Will We Ever Change
3. Banker's Delight (Dead Or Alive)
5. Don't Listen To The Radio (TWOTW 1938)
6. Who Am I
7. Must Be Dreaming
8. The Last Days Of Rain
10. This Could Go On Forever
11. I Sing Myself Away
Gotta love this album! Great melodies, written and composed by Andi Deris. It's melodic, kinda new metal-ish, but with great vocals and just awesome as fuck! My favorite songs are "Cock", "Will We Ever Change", "Don't Listen to the Radio (TWOTW 1938)" and "EnAmoria".
These are the album realeases I've bought and listened to last year. I got some more albums too, like Place Vendome - "Thunder in the Distance", Michael Schenker - "Bridge the Gap" and Saxon - "Strung Up and Unplugged". Of course, there's a lot more albums that's been released in 2013, studio and live, like Deep Purple - " Now What?! Gold Edition", where three songs are recorded live at Getaway Rock Festival, Lita Ford - "Bitch is Back...Live" and Joan Jett - "Unvarnished".
I think 2014 is going to be a great year for music too. Gamma Ray will be releasing an album in March, Unisonic and Helloween are entering studio, and a new Judas Priest album will be happening too. Heavy metal music joy!
Hope you liked my music 2013 recap. Do you got any favorite album(s) from last year?
Style Recap 2013
I was off to a slow start style wise this year, but I think I kicked it into motion in April/May. Like I said in the summary of 2013 - A Great Year, my trip to Oslo and seeing Gamma Ray and Helloween kinda kicked my ass into a place where I found my inspiration and risk-taking again. I hope 2014 will be an even greater style year, with lots of cool pictures and inspo for you guys to get inspired to dare 2 dare.
Here's a quick list of my favorite pieces from 2013 before I post some pictures with my favorite outfits from each month:
Shoes: Lita Spike, UNIF Hellbound, Converse and boots
Tops: Band t-shirts, Gina Tricot leather vest and ripped denim vest, battle vests and jackets, Badlands 777 studded leather jakcet, and H&M black blazer
Bottoms: Studded shorts, ripped jeans, leather skirts, black highwaist jeans, and coated black pants
Accessories: Studded bracelets, studs and skull earrings, statement necklaceses, studded belts and bullet belts
Brands/Shops: Wicked Lester Clothing, Skintight Rebel Clothing, Carlings and H&M
No outfit pictures from November and December due to it being dark outside when coming home from work, and bad indoor lighting and boring background.
Here's the interview with Janine Gibbons, the mastermind behind Wicked Lester Clothing:
Q: What inspired you/when did you decide to start making clothes?
A: When I first started it was down to lack of clothing I liked being available to me in shops. I could never find what I wanted and if I did the prices were always through the roof, so I decided to make my own. Music has and always will be been an influence when creating.
Q: What are your favorite bands?
A: The fav bands is always a hard question, haha, but Pantera, Aerosmith, Ghost, Judas Priest and King Diamond are some of my top most played.
Q: Where does the name "Wicked Lester" come from? I know it's what early Kiss used to call themselves, but how did you land on it? Did you have other names?
A: Yes early KISS of course, when studying I always imagined Wicked being in the name my brands, sketchbooks. I always liked the way its sounds. Once reading a KISS autobiography I knew that was the name.
Q: Do you remember the first piece you ever made?
A: The first piece I ever made was for myself, it was a Motley Crue ‘Girls Girls Girls’ bodysuit.
Q: What inspire you when you make a piece of clothing/collection? How do you develope an idea to an actual piece. Do you draw first?
A: I don’t draw i just imagine something in my head, and make a start, the idea develops as i am making a piece. Depending on what I am listening to, the materials I am using and so on. I find I feel most creative in the evening, and especially at night when thoughts are whirring though my head. I usually visualise a few pieces in my mind before falling asleep and then bring them to life the following day.
Q: How much time do you spend on making clothes?
A: It depends on what I am making sometimes something can be made in less than an hour sometimes days.
Q: Do you get many custom orders?
A: Yes, lots. I have to stop opening up from them from time to time, as I have done now. I love creating customers ideas but, in order to evolve I need to be able to focus on my own new ideas.
Q: Where do you get all your amazing material for the clothes? Or is that a secret? ;)
A: I spend so much time sourcing my fabrics, I never buy from a single given place, the internet and local fabric stores.
Q: Do you only wear your own design? What do you wear on a everyday basis?
A: When working I tend to wear leggings and an oversized hoody, I need the comfort as I can be rolling around on the floor pattern cutting one minute, then outside spray painting the next. I always wear Wicked Lester when i go out, whether it be gigs, shopping or festivals, paired with the highest platforms I can find.
Q: Has "Wicked Lester Clothing" became more of a lifestyle than a hobby?
A: Since starting Wicked Lester it has always been a full time thing. I quit my previous job in management to go into Wicked Lester full steam ahead. I took a risk and it paid off. I have worked so hard this past year and grow everyday. I truly believe that when taking a creative path its all or nothing.
Q: Do you work alone, or do you have a side kick? People with ideas to pieces?
A: All me.
Model Dani Devine in a Wicked Lester Motörhead bodysuit and Hot Cocoa in Wicked Lester Mötley Crüe pants.
Q: What else do you do? Work, school?
A: I help promote a local heavy metal club night ‘Dusk Till Dawn’ where I podium dance and proudly wear Wicked Lester with some gorgeous ladies.
Q: What's your goal with this line? Near future plan?
A: Spend time growing and working on new ideas, everyday is a fresh start and who knows what I will have in my hands by the end of that day. I want the business to grow and for people to spread the word. You CAN afford one of a kind heavy metal inspired clothing. I always aim to create unique pieces, no two are the same, that goes for custom orders. Each piece is totally individual and I want to keep it that way.
Q: Who would you like to see in your clothes/designs?
A: Everyone who adores heavy metal music.
Q: Describe your perfect/favorite outfit?
A: I love a good pair of leather look pants, the kind you can really move in and wear practically. Teamed up with a heavy studded lace up top and super platforms. A girl can never have enough studs or mega heels.
Q: Biggest thing accomplished yet?
A: Just getting to where I am today, I am so proud of how far Wicked Lester has come in the past year. I am extremely thank full to everyone who has supported myself and Wicked Lester. Things can only get better from here.
Q: Your all-time favorite piece you've made so far?
A: I recently made a super studded bodysuit for myself as a treat, I almost always wear bodysuits on a night out, they are so flattering and sexy. But with each piece i fall in love over and over again!
Don't forget to drop by the Wikced Lester web shop, like the Facebook page and follow on Instagram!
I've had nothing but pleasant buys from this brand. Janine is super nice, and makes awesome stuff! The web shop is easy to use, and got a lot of other facts and info. A custom collaberation is fun, and whatever you're imagening, she'll try to make, and you get your own awsome piece with your favorite band/musician/movie - as long as it's rock and metal, and no mainstream crap ;)
PS! Don't forget to check out her 10 piece collection that will be released this Friday, 10th of January, at 7PM (UK time) >www.wickedlester.bigcartel.com<
My name's Marita. I'm a musician and songwriter from Norway. I'm interested in music, books, movies, clothes and more.
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