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Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for January


SC logoOne of our innovations for 2015 is an alliance with Sonic Cathedral, the website that specialises in reviews of albums by female-fronted bands. Collectively, the Sonic Cathedral team is probably the best team of experts in the world on the types of female-fronted music we at Metal State don’t cover too often, notably symphonic metal and Gothic metal. SC covers a lot more ground than that, however, featuring FF albums in various genres of rock and harder metal as well.

We’ll be presenting a highlights roundup of the Sonic Cathedral reviews every month. Our coverage will include the album details, an intro from SC, and a link to the full (and often extremely comprehensive) review on SC’s website.

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What’s Cookin’ In the Inbox: 14 Jan 2014 Post #1


empty mailboxIn order to bring you cool music you may not have heard of, my intent with this piece is to try to bring you 20 bands a month via two monthly posts featuring 10 bands each.  We thank you immensely for sending us your music whether you are a band/artist, publicist, or otherwise some kind of band promoter.  This is a great way to spread the gospel of metal and we hope you find something you will like.  For the first installment of 2014, here are 10 bands ranging from electronic to death metal and everything in between.  Enjoy!

Blue Stahli

Song:  The Fall

Style:  Electronic/Hard Rock

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Mini Reviews: Antigama, Cadaveria, Infinita Symphonia, Death SS


smg106_webI didn’t realize I was going to start off my morning being assaulted by the sounds of Antigama.  I didn’t know quite what to expect when I hit play and what I was exposed to was brutal to say the least.  In a vein much like Napalm Death, Antigama’s concoction of Grindcore comes complete with all the viciousness you should expect, but this Polish outfit has a unique flair to them…almost like Napalm Death meets Voivod, just heavier on the Grindcore.  Meteor is released on 28 May 2013 and the 11 songs in its entirety conclude after about 30 minutes.  The songs are short, sweet, and utterly wicked with the longest song, Turbulence, chiming in at just 3:33.  It is also an instrumental song featuring some electronic and atmospheric elements.  Several of the songs are utterly bone crushing such as Meteor, Fed By The Feeling, and Crystal Tune.  Overall, Antigama is nothing less than uncompromising.  Need a Grindcore fix?  Look no further.

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