The RaZor Skyline strive to bring together disparate musical influences to create new and original albums. They've been labelled goth, industrial, aggro-goth, electro goth, all of the above and none of the above. Although the band itself may defy a label, their songs have been described as powerful, lush, emotional, dark.
Originally formed in Seattle, they have shared the stage with bands such as Switchblade Symphony, Sunshine Blind, Bella Morte, and A Flock of Seagulls.
The band also has songs appear in 2 movies - the documentary "Sex, Death and Eyeliner" and the German horror movie "Demonium".
In 2009 Miska Kazda replaced founding member Karen Kardell as the new voice of The Razor Skyline. At the beginning of 2010 2 more members were added to the band - Zo on synths and SooozhyQ on middle eastern percussion. The new lineup immediately set off to begin writing and recording their 4th full length album "Dark Water Oasis" with Jon Klein of Specimen/Siouxsie and the Banshees fame. The album was released on COP International in June of 2012.
The RaZor Skyline headlines Hexenfest Saturday night.
Her Undulating Scales is a Gothic-Industrial-Trip-Hop project envisioned by Paige Lawrence, a male belly dancer in the Tribal Fusion Belly Dance movement. Dark, sensual, and reminiscent of Dead can Dance, Paige describes Her Undulating Scales as “a place for the muses to stop along their gossamer way and sing to me; when I'm paying attention, I press record. Here you will find the songs I'm lucky enough to hear along my way”.
For the first time ever, Sharon and Winter flesh out their Neofolk Romantique duet with a full band, featuring Betsy Tinney on Cello, Alexander James Adams on Fiddle, and a mystery percussionist! (Even we don’t know who it is yet!)
Festival Favorites Sharon Knight and Winter are internationally touring musicians in the mythic-Celtic vein. Their penchant for combining fierce and gutsy bravado with ethereal beauty, a hearty dose of fantastical lyrics, and an obvious love of storytelling has inspired their own style, “Neofolk Romantique”. This often sound less Celtic and more “Folktales that ran away with the Faeries at the turn of the century and took cover in an old trunk bound for the circus, which was then commandeered by pirates.” This suits them fine.
They have shared stages with mythic music favorites such as Faun, Omnia, Corvus Corax, SJ Tucker, Tricky Pixie, Heather Dale, Wendy Rule, Stellamara, and many more.
Betsy Tinney is a cello storyteller. Using her cello and an electronic looper, she weaves rich, complex and varied tapestries of sound; her original cello compositions paint pictures and tell tales, from thunderstorms and skeletal mice to dancing elephants and humpback whales.
As faerieland’s most sought-after cellist, she is a member of of Tricky Pixie, a longtime collaborator with SJ Tucker and Heather Dale, and will be joining Sharon and Winter for their first ever full band performance!
Alexander James Adams, inheritor of the Heather Alexander legacy, brings us his fairytale folk songs, which have been well-loved on the Con and Renn Faire circuit for many years! A charming and dapper fellow, he shall whisk you off to the land of faery before you’ve even fastened your dancing shoes.
Bonus: Such is Alec’s charm, that Sharon features him as the “Fiddle of Dubious Intent” in her song Crimson Masquerade.
Gothic-tribal fusion dancer Belladonna Atropa hosts our Friday evening dance show, featuring dancers from the Tribal style bellydance, gothic fusion, and cabaret movements. Celebrating the human form in motion!
Sydney Miles (Belladonna Atropa)
Photo credit: Ari Adair
The Malevolent Mermaids
Malevolent Mermaids is an entertainment group whose goal is to educate and empower. We are dedicated to eating the Patriarchy, one bloody heart at a time. With a mix of storytelling, music, and performance art, Malevolent Mermaids are here to remind you that mermaids are not always benevolent. We pull inspiration from different mermaid mythologies from around the world with a biodegradable glittery flare. We would love for you to come join us for a Malevolent Mermaid swim party at Hexenfest. Let us tell you the stories of Mermaids from around the world. We have a strict catch and release policy at events so you will be safe to return to the rest of the festivities once you’ve visited our watery home.
Tranquil Sound Gardens
Tranquil Sound Gardens returns to Hexenfest with their Saturday morning sonic temple! Start your morning bathed in sound!
Wonderful for meditation, yoga, or play, this sound bath will wake you up gently and beautifully, giving you a musical tuneup to set a wonderful tone for the day.