Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for March: Part 1/2

SC logoOur good friends at Sonic Cathedral have reviewed 12 albums since our February digest. SC covered a lot of different types of music, from alternative and prog rock to death metal, all featuring female vocalists. Sonic Cathedral is a destination all FF metal and rock bands and fans should know about and visit.

Thanks again, SC, for sharing your coverage and the summaries of every review!

We’re posting a song from each album. This round-up will be in two parts ‘cos we don’t wont to super-saturate you with top-class FF music. As a digression, that reminds of an answer some chemistry student gave in a test. Q: What is a super-saturated solution? A: A solution that holds more than it can hold.

 

ISSA — Crossfire

IssaLabel: Frontier Records

Genre: Melodic Rock

Language: English

Total tracks: 11

Reviewer: Eastcoaster

Sonic Cathedral rating: 8.5 out of 10

“After a three-year hiatus, ISSA is releasing ‘Crossfire’, her fourth studio album. With a plethora of international guest musicians, layered keyboards, great guitars and vocals, the melodic rock queen is back with her best album yet.”

Read the full review at Sonic Cathedral.

Visit ISSA on Facebook.

 

Jamie-Lee Smit – Mon Amour Monique

Jamie-Lee SmitLabel: Epictronic / Titanic Lab

Genre: Indie Rock

Language: French, English

Total tracks: 10

Reviewer: Doctor T.

Sonic Cathedral rating: 9 out of 10

“Chanteuse Belge Jamie-Lee Smit of Azylya takes a shot at some solo material that goes in some interesting new directions from her previous work. It’s largely in French but the message is clear, as is the strong melodic work. She’s not done with Azylya by any means, but she certainly has broadened her appeal with this one. Well worth a listen.”

Read the full review at Sonic Cathedral.

Visit Jamie-Lee Smit on Facebook.

 

White Empress – Rise of the Empress

White EmpressLabel: Peaceville Records

Genre: Melodic Metal

Language: English

Total tracks: 12

Reviewer: Doctor T.

Sonic Cathedral rating: 9.5 out of 10

“White Empress is a new project headed by ex-Cradle of Filth guitarist Paul Allender and featuring Wisconsin native Mary Zimmer on vocals. It’s hard metal full-time with a melodic undertone and provides a solid interpretation of current Femme Metal. Everything you need in the genre both vocally and visually.”

Read the full review at Sonic Cathedral.

Visit White Empress on Facebook.

 

Illuminata – Where Stories Unfold

IlluminataLabel: Self-released

Genre: Melodic Gothic Metal

Language: English

Total tracks: 11

Reviewer: Eastcoaster

Sonic Cathedral rating: 9.5 out of 10

Following a successful crowd funding, the Austrian melodic/Goth band Illuminata have unleashed their third full-length album. Employing the use of the Czech Film Orchestra and many years in the making, this is their best album by far. With soaring melodies, lush harmonies, and the ever-present metal ingredients, listener, be warned, you will not want to stop until the end.

Read the full review at Sonic Cathedral.

Visit Illuminata on Facebook.

 

MindMaze – Back from the Edge

MindMazeLabel: Inner Wound Recordings

Genre: Progressive Power Metal

Language: English

Total tracks: 10

Reviewer: C.

Sonic Cathedral rating: 9 out of 10

“There has been a flourishing femme-metal scene here in the United States that has been growing stronger over the past several years; and bands like MindMaze are pushing their way to the surface and showing their European counterparts that we Americans can still rock with the best of them.”

Read the full review at Sonic Cathedral.

Visit Mindmaze on Facebook.

 

Arsenic Unbirthday – Ravens and Writing Desks

Arsenic UnbirthdayLabel: Epictronic

Genre: Post Dark Alternative Rock

Language: English

Total tracks: 6

Reviewer: Eastcoaster

Sonic Cathedral rating: 8 out of 10

With an unusual and unique name, the band Arsenic Unbirthday are releasing their first EP, “Ravens and Writing Desks”. They bill themselves as an alternative poisonous rock band. The EP features sometimes dark lyrics, nice vocals, and a plethora of synthesized sounds.

Read the full review at Sonic Cathedral.

Visit Arsenic Unbirthday on Facebook.

 

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I've made it to Mammal. I still hope to be classified as Human one day. Meanwhile I have evolved enough to recognise different types of music as well as the shrieks of certain vervet monkeys who are known for their scurrilous behaviour in the proximity of unguarded bananas.

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