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Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for June


SC logoOur thanks go again to our buddies at Sonic Cathedral for sharing their reviews of female-fronted albums with us. Since we don’t review a great number of albums of the type that Sonic Cathedral does, our monthly digest of their reviews covers a lot of musical territory.

Like Metal State, Sonic Cathedral usually selects which albums to review from the dozens and sometimes hundreds released every month. As a result, their reviews cover the best of the best. They choose their material so well that Sonic Cathedral is widely recognised as the site for FF fans, bands and labels.

They reviewed eight albums during June. Here’s a brief look at all of them. Women have been at the heart of music for thousands of years, and it’s gratifying to note how many women continue to be supreme performers in every genre I can think of.

 

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Roundtable Review: Kobra and the Lotus – High Priestess


katl_HighPriestessCoverLabel:  Titan

Release Date:  24 Jun 2014

Songs:   10

Length:  45 Minutes

Genre:  Just Heavy Metal

Studio Albums:   This is their 3rd studio album

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Album Review: Kobra and the Lotus – Kobra and the Lotus


Kobra-And-The-Lotus-Kobra-And-The-Lotus-Front-Cover-by-Eneas-300x300Named in part after lead singer Kobra Paige, Kobra and the Lotus create a classic style of metal in the vein of Dio and Iron Maiden with a slight touch of power metal thrown into the mix. I also hear influences from other Canadian bands such as Into Eternity and Annihilator.  Her unique vocal style is powerful and after having seen them at Download 2012, she definitely has the chops both in the recording booth and on stage.  After their short lead-off performance that year on the second stage I was anxious to pick the album up, but it did not surface on iTunes until now.  And sorry to say, I was just too lazy to actually find a place that sells CDs that would probably carry Kobra and the Lotus.  Oh shit, there’s this thing called the Internet.  I have no excuse!  So, without further delay, here are my thoughts on their self-titled sophomore effort…finally.

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Concert Review: Download Festival (Sunday Only)


Another Download Festival came and went…this year marking the 10th anniversary of the famed UK metal festival.  Here is my review of my one-day pass for Sunday, 10 Jun 2012 with Black Sabbath headlining and closing the event.   Before I talk about my day I want to note that this is most likely my last Download Festival for the foreseeable future.  Later this year I will move back to the United States and if this is in fact the last Download Festival I ever see, I honestly couldn’t have asked for more out of a one-day ticket.  The icing on the cake was the fact that it was sunny.

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