2015 Veronica Freeman interview
Edgy, beautiful and powerful are just three words one could use to describe the voice of vocalist Veronica Freeman. They could also be used to describe who she is as a person. “The V” as her friends and fans call her, has been the indomitable force behind Arizona based metal outfit, Benedictum for the last decade. After four acclaimed traditional metal albums, The V will be releasing her debut solo album, Now or Never, on July 10 in North America (July 3 in Europe) on Frontiers Records.
Now or Never showcases Freeman’s vocal diversity as well as her softer side. The album, which has been in the wings since the recording of the last Benedictum album, two years ago, features more straight forward hard rock and 80s metal. Two of the tracks were written and produced by Stryper frontman Michael Sweet; “Again” and “Love Should Be to Blame”, both of which have an 80s vibe to them and something of a Dioesque feel.
Freeman reached out to her friends Leather Leone (Chastain) and Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath) for duets on the tracks “Kiss My Lips” and “King for a Day” respectively. Although the album is not a Benedictum record, bassist Aric Avina played on the record, as did guitarist, Pete Wells, who co-wrote several of the tracks on the record as well.
Friends like bassists Mike Lepond (Symphony X, MindMaze, Silent Assassins) and Jeff Pilson (Dokken, T&N, Foreigner) also lent a hand to the effort.
This week, Metalholic and Metal Nation Radio caught up with the dynamic Veronica Freeman to discuss her long-awaited solo effort, working with Michael Sweet, Tony Martin and Leather Leone, as well as her recent adventure with legendary rockers, The Rods. The V also discussed the ongoing women in metal discussion, the current status of Benedictum, and what songs she turns on to lift her spirits. Check out the full 50 minute interview below, and get ready for Now or Never!