Led by their mesmerising frontwoman The Imperial Priestess – without doubt the most arresting frontperson in heavy music and possessor of a remarkable voice honed over her many lives and incarnations throughout human history – Neptune Power Federation are one of the most aurally and visually compelling bands in Australia. Combining all manner of classic ’70s melodic hard rock with punk energy and a psychedelic heavy metal attack, the band’s singular vision and stunning music has won them hordes of fans throughout Europe and beyond.
New single “Emmaline” – from the forthcoming new album Le Demon De L’Amour! – tells the tale of a troubled spirit who enchants a lonely fellow named Gideon to avenge her death at the hands of some of the village’s most powerful men. It is a vocal tour de force and a perfect example of the group’s spirited rocking while its video shows off the group’s amazing visual presence and sense of macabre humour and even gives their old faves Slade and Suzi Quatro a nod.
Formed in 2012 by guitarist Inverted CruciFox (aka Mike Foxtall ex-Nancy Vandal), drummer River Sticks (aka Dean Bakota, ex-Nancy Vandal), bassplayer Jaytanic Ritual (aka Jay Frenzal, ex-Triple J and Frenzal Rhomb) and guitarist Search And DesTroy (aka Troy Scerri, ex-Mortal Sin, Daredevil, Buffalo Revisited), the band was adopted by the eternal space witch The Imperial Priestess aka Screaming Loz Sutch after their second album. While 2019’s Memoirs of a Rat Queen featured a collection of stories told by the Priestess from her various lives throughout human history – from accusations of witchcraft during the depths of the black plague in Medieval Germany to taking a lover in a boogie van at a Maryland Judas Priest concert in 1986 – new album Le Demon De L’Amour! takes a new lyrical approach; one that suits its projected release date of Valentines’ Day 2022.
Heading into the creation of their fifth album, The Neptune Power Federation couldn’t let go of the fact that love songs had been commandeered, in their words, by “soft rockers, bedwetters and the introvert crowd.” While Rock in its glory period in the 1960’s, 70s and 80s, was not afraid of Love, the art of the Love Song has become lost to heavier music. Few heavy bands are now willing to venture into such territory — metal and rock have settled comfortably into typical, predictable lyrical tropes that fail to pull at the heartstrings the way they used to. On Le Demon De L’Amour, The Neptune Power Federation reclaims the art of the Love Song as their own.
The Neptune Power Federation will premiere Le Demon De L’Armour! a few days before its release on February 11 at Thrashville Festival at Dashville in Lower Belford in NSW’s Hunter Valley, where they headline the Friday night. Full Thrashville Festival details and ticket links are here. The group will announce album launch and tour dates shortly.