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NERVOSA Announces New Second Guitarist

Helena Kotina, who played bass live with Nervosa in 2022.

Helena Kotina
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Nervosa has announced Helena Kotina as their new second guitarist. Kotina fills the void left by Karen Ramos, who left the band in 2011 and was never replaced.

According to a statement from Nervosa, frontwoman Prika Amaral asked Kotina to join the band in March 2021 and have quietly been working on the follow-up to Perpetual Chaos. Nervosa also introduced Kotina to the world during their 2022 tour when she filled in for bassist Mia Wallace.

Nervosa is currently without a drummer, as the band parted ways with Nanu Villalba in December 2021 due to a "lack of common agreement."

"The position will be filled by guitarist Helena Kotina. In the very beginning Nervosa consisted of two guitarists, but after the departure of Karen Ramos the band decided to stay as a trio for logistics reasons. After the complete line-up change in 2020, Prika thought of adding a second guitarist, but she decided to do it later, there were too many new members in the band to manage alone and the line-up had already moved from 3 piece to 4 piece, rising the touring costs of the band in general, so an addition of a second guitarist had to be postponed.

"Few months after the release of Perpetual Chaos, in March of 2021, Prika called Helena to join Nervosa, since then they started composing a new album together. At the end of 2022, Mia could not come to tour Latin America, so Prika thought of asking Helena to come to play bass and have the first touring experience with Nervosa.

"Helena Kotina is a young guitar player born and raised in Greece. She picked up the guitar at the age of 14, being her main influences on bands like Scorpions, Rainbow, Deep Purple. Her professional career started by releasing the first EP of the Greek band Daffodil called A hope for things that never come, in the summer of 2022 she released her first personal work called One of those days and later on she toured with Nervosa as a bassist in their Latin America tour. Also by the end of the year, Helena played alongside Paul Di'Anno and Gus G in their Greek tour.

"Nervosa is finishing the new songs now and very soon they are going to enter the studio to record the 5th album in Nervosa's career."

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