Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for May: Part 1

SC logoOur buddies at Sonic Cathedral reviewed 11 albums last month. As always, the albums span a range of genres. What they all have in common is that the bands have female vocalists.

Since Sonic Cathedral selects the best of the best for review, the albums on the list for May range from pretty damn good to most excellent. We’ll do our digest of six of the SC reviews today, and the other five tomorrow.

 

Lucid Fly – Stasis (EP)

Lucid FlyLabel: Self-released

Genre: Crossover Progressive Rock

Language: English

Total tracks: 3

Reviewer: Christopher Backeberg

Sonic Cathedral rating: 8.5 out of 10

The blend of alternative and progressive rock on Lucid Fly’s third EP impressed Sonic Cathedral reviewer Christopher Backeberg enough to make him an instant fan, one who is now set on grabbing the band’s small but tasty discography. As for vocalist Nikki Layne, she’s won his heart with the beautiful way she projects emotion and sensitivity.

Read the full review at Sonic Cathedral.

Visit Lucid Fly on Facebook.

 

Aeverium – Break Out

AeveriumLabel: Out Of Line Music

Genre: Gothic Metal

Language: English

Total tracks: 12

Reviewer: Allyson Kennig

Sonic Cathedral rating: 9 out of 10

Allyson Kenning recently checked out Aeverium’s first full length endeavour, “Break Out” and found it to be “powerful, and at times intense,” and she adds, “the band offers up a multi-layered and complex specimen” with this album.

Read the full review at Sonic Cathedral.

Visit Aeverium on Facebook.

 

Fright Night – Life Eternal

Fright NightLabel: Sound Age Productions

Genre: Gothic Rock/Metal

Language: English

Total tracks: 10

Reviewer: Doctor T.

Sonic Cathedral rating: 9 out of 10

Russians don’t do a lot of overt Gothic although they do like their witches. But Fright Night knows the terrain and works it nicely. If you like your Gothic in black, “Life Eternal” will work for you on multiple levels. And, band lead Marianna Lukianova knows her Gothic. Solid stories, solid thoughts, all provided with a solid Gothic sound.

Read the full review at Sonic Cathedral.

Visit Fright Night on Facebook.

 

Sirenia – The Seventh Life Path

SireniaLabel: Napalm

Genre: Gothic Metal

Language: English

Total tracks: 11

Reviewer: Justin Boyer

Sonic Cathedral rating: 7 out of 10

“The Seventh Life Path” is ambitiously titled, and it does boast a certain degree of well-intentioned experimentation in terms of the progressive nature of this album’s overall sound. But the production of the album is a bit underwhelming, as there is a lot of distortion to the sound. Justin Boyer wonders if this was the intention of the obviously skilled musicians, who were chiefly in charge of producing this complex work. Either way, “The Seventh Life Path” will most likely leave some fans feeling very pleased, while others will just be left feeling confused or disappointed.

Read the full review at Sonic Cathedral.

Visit Sirenia on Facebook.

 

One-Eyed Doll – Witches

One-Eyed DollLabel: Standby records

Genre: Goth/Punk Horror Metal

Language: English

Total tracks: 11

Reviewer: Doctor T.

Sonic Cathedral rating: 9 out of 10

One-Eyed Doll takes a look at the Salem Witchcraft trials, and sure makes a case for religious freedom gone wild, says Doctor T. He adds, “Nothing like a good acid trip to provide a reason for the sacrifice of hundreds of innocent young women. And, it’s done with some fine femme metal. Bring your cross and keep a victim in mind.”

Read the full review at Sonic Cathedral.

Visit One-Eyed Doll on Facebook.

 

The Way Of Purity – The Majesty Of Your Becoming

The Way Of PurityLabel: Plastic Head Distribution

Genre: Activist Electrocore

Language: English

Total tracks: 11

Reviewer: Christopher Backeberg

Sonic Cathedral rating: 9 out of 10

The band is anonymous. Its personnel, who change from album to album, seek no recognition for themselves. They are champions of animal rights and aren’t fussed about what genres they play as long as they encourage humane treatment of animals. On this album their messages are sung to a blend of techno, dance, electronic pop and Gothic rock/metal. SC reviewer Christopher Backeberg enjoyed the music even though the band would probably label him as an accessory to murderer.

Read the full review at Sonic Cathedral.

Visit The Way Of Purity on Facebook.

 

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About ChristopherMammal

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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