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Sonic Cathedral’s Top Female-Fronted Albums of 2014


Sonic Cathedral is the top website for news and reviews focused exclusively on female-fronted bands. That’s my honest opinion. Femme metal and associated modern FF genres have become hugely popular this century. No group of writers has better relations with the women of rock and metal than SC. No website publishes as much honest and deserved admiration for  the great female artists, their music and their gigantic crusade against gender prejudice in metal.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2012, #9 – #7

MetalCatThe number of genres and sub-genres of modern metal far exceeds the total number of genres that existed in Western music 30 years ago.

There are more bands today playing classic-style heavy metal than there were at the height of heavy metal in the 1980s.

Since the advent of online music streaming and buying, more metal albums are released every month than the total number of albums of all kinds of Western music in 1980.

No one can possibly listen to every new metal album… but, oh man, it’s fun trying!


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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2009, #8 – #5

MetalCatHave I mentioned that Simone Simons is the most beautiful woman in the world and I ❤ her? “Design Your Universe”; we all do that, unconsciously and instinctively, all the time. Everyone’s brain interprets external stimuli and experiences differently. We all internalise, modify and store memories that can never be the same as anyone else’s. Each of us does effectively inhabit our own, unique universes that our minds build for us.

If a Simone Simons is a twin-rotor helicopter in your universe, it must be a very interesting place.


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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2007 / #6 – #4

MetalCatNear the top of my song ladder for 2007, two giant bands bracket a relative unknown. Symphony X and Epica shouldn’t need any introduction. Age of Nemesis, however, gained little following outside their native Hungary. That’s a pity.



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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2003 / #6 – #4

MetalCatMy goodness, today we have a head-to-head between Angela Gossow, my favourite female growler, and Simone Simons, my favourite metal soprano. That’s just how the sorting worked out.

Black Label Society and Ozzy bring the temperature back down to normal in my office.

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Album Review: Epica – Requiem for the Indifferent

Epica blessed symphonic metal fans with a new album, Requiem for the Indifferent.  This is their fifth studio album which follows up 2009’s Design Your Universe.  The Dutch 6-piece returns with more of Mark Jansen’s grunts and screams accompanied by the beautiful vocal stylings of Simone Simons.  If you are largely unaware of Epica, but a fan of Kamelot, you have seen Simone Simons.  She is a guest on many of their songs, videos, and even tours with the band.  Simone is a highly talented vocalist who carries the weight of vocal duties in Epica.  For that reason alone, Requiem for the Indifferent is worth your time and money.

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Song of the Day, 8 March 2011 – Semblance of Liberty

Hello Everyone,

Today’s SOTD is a good one.  I recently picked up this album, and I really like it.  This band really incorporates a lot of elements into their music, and it makes them a really great band. 

Today’s SOTD is “Semblance of Liberty” by Epica, from the album Design Your Universe

I got into these guys by listening to the Divine Conspiracy album, and this one is even better.  I like the mix of clean female vocals and growls.  This album has a lot more guitar-driven songs, but there is still a good mix of symphonic elements throughout the album.  They have a new album coming out in 2012, and I really think it sucks that I have to wait a year to hear it.  Epica are a great power symphonic band, and they are definitely underrated. 

Have a listen, and let me know what you think (If you can spare a few minutes).

Up the irons.