Seven more top albums with female vocalists, courtesy of our friends at Sonic Cathedral. Be sure to visit the SC website and Facebook page. If something good is happening in femme rock or metal, SC covers it.
As you all know, seven is a lucky number if there’s a competition and you draw number seven and number seven wins the prize. It’s also lucky if there are seven friends and they receive seven tickets to a metal concert. I keep drawing number 3.14159 these days so I haven’t won anything. No matter, here are seven winners to make me feel much better. Enjoy them! You’ll feel better too.
Tags: A Sound of Thunder, acoustic rock, Butcher Babies, Christmas music, electro-industrial metal, John Two-Hawks & Johanna Kurkela, Melodic Metal, Melphomene, Mizantropia, neo-thrash metal, Power Metal, Skeptical minds, Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for Q4 2015 – Part 2, symphonic/Gothic metal, The Rue
Since I’ve been snarled up in other matters since the end of September I haven’t been posting our monthly digest of Sonic Cathedral reviews. To catch up, today and tomorrow I’ll be posting a two-part digest covering the last three months of this year.
My heartiest thanks go to SC for being patient. The same to you lovely, gentle people who follow Metal State.
If you don’t know it already, SC runs the website and Facebook page for bands with female vocalists. The SC reviews are deep, detailed and knowledgeable. They carry a lot of other great information about the FF scene in metal and rock, too. Go there!
Posted in Album Reviews
Tags: alternative hard rock, alternative symphonic metal, classical, embassy of silence, Gothic Metal, Heavy Metal, Huntress, Melodic Metal, Mercy Isle, prog-related rock/metal, Setanera, Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for Q4 2015 – Part 1, Symphonic Metal, Tarja Turunen, Tattermask, The Fall of Eve, UnSeelie
Hey, sorry I’m late with our digest of last month’s album reviews by Sonic Cathedral, the best website and Facebook page devoted to rock and metal bands with female singers. We’re always extremely grateful to SC for sharing their reviews with us because we don’t feature a great number of FF bands.
I’ve been preoccupied with a few things during the last couple of months. First there was a zombie breakout in my part of Zululand and we had to stop the moshing dead with appropriate weapons. Drone metal disintegrated them. Then the Arcturans landed with hostile intent, and we repelled them with space metal. Then I woke up.
Enjoy SC’s September selections. They featured some super albums. I’d go so far as to say “awesome” if I knew what it meant. Check out SC for the full reviews and plenty of other great information about the FF music scene.
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Tags: A Place Called Home, Alternative Rock, Angellore, atmospheric doom metal, Bad Seed Rising, death thrash metal, Emma-O, Industrial Rock, King of Kings, La Litanie des Cendres, Last Red Ransom, Leaves’ Eyes, Mechanical, Melodic Metal, Melodic Rock, Once Human, Snubnose, Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for September, Symphonic Metal, The Life I Remember
Many thanks again to our buddies at Sonic Cathedral for sharing their reviews of the last month. In case you haven’t seen one of these posts before, we do a digest of their reviews. They specialise in rock and metal with female vocalists.
Everyone who is or wants to be anyone in FF rock and metal must, must visit Sonic Cathedral. They have a website/online store and a Facebook page. I don’t know any music site that goes into more depth in its reviews.
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Tags: Anfel, Beth out of Hell, Chaos Magic, Cinematic Gothic Metal, Experimental jazz-metal fusion, Fire and Ashes, Gothic Doom Metal, Grievances, Icy World, Inheritor, Karnataka, Melodic Metal, Mestizo, Rolo Tomassi, Secrets of Angels, Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for August, Symphonic Metal, symphonic progressive rock, The Murder of my Sweet, Xandria
Our 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.
Posted in Album Reviews
Tags: Break the Silence, Crimson Chrysalis, Electro Metal, Elvellon, Elyose, Enraptured, Gothic Rock/Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, High Priestess, Immortal Waltz, Ipso Facto, Kobra and the Lotus, Luna Park Ride, Melodic Metal, Onyria, Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for June, Spellbound, Symphonic Metal, Symphonic Rock, Tarja, The Edge of Paradise, Time Stands Still, Unleash The Archers
As we did last month and as we intend to do every month, we’re very pleased to share some of the information posted during the month by our friends at Sonic Cathedral, the website that specialises in reviews of albums by female-fronted bands. Sonic Cathedral covers a wide range of female-fronted metal and rock.
Once again we’re presenting the album details, an intro from SC, and a link to the full review on SC’s website.
Posted in Exploring New Things
Tags: Cailyn, Cantus Lucidus, Coronatus, Crimson Blue, Eye of Providence, Gothic Art Metal, Gothic Metal, Kalidia, Kliodna, Lies' Device, melodic death metal, Melodic Metal, Neo-Classical Symphonic Progressive Rock, Power Metal, Pythia, Set Me Free, Shadows of a Broken Past, Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for February, symphonic heavy metal, Symphony for a Hopeless God, The Agonist, The Angelic Performance, Voyager, Whyzdom
A small percentage of people of any age listen to metal. Probably an even smaller percentage listen to classical music. If you mix the two forms you risk bombing out completely. Fortunately bands like Dark Moor are masters of neo-classical integration.
Who was the master of pure integration? All you British, hands up for Newton. All you Germans, give a yell for Liebnitz. Of course a lot of the work both of them did was derivative.
Here are four for today, with more to come this week.
Posted by Reggie
Checking out Almah first thing on a Monday morning proved to be beneficial. It’s perfect for the gloomy start in my part of the world. Unfold is their forthcoming 64-minute opus that embodies an intricate pattern of Dream Theater-like progressive elements and combines them with the more uplifting components of power metal. Almah maintains a delicate balance the keeps the band from bathing in cheese. The 12 tracks possess a wide variety of rhythm and groove that emanates numerous influences noticeable to me such as Extreme, Dream Theater, Fair Warning, and Helloween. For a 64-minute album, Unfold is a quality composition that can lift the state of mind on any day of the week. Yet, it still has the necessary hard-rocking, riff-tastic elements I can tap my foot to, especially with the opening song In My Sleep. Overall, I enjoyed the album’s rhythmic balance between power and progressive elements.
Posted by Reggie
Nevermore is a band I would like to get to know better. Unfortunately there is too much new music coming out to get a chance to listen to their library. I have listened to The Obsidian Conspiracy more than any other Nevermore album though. I am a relatively new Nevermore fan. I like this album a lot and when I listen to it I actually feel something. Whatever they put into their music does have an effect on me so that’s got to be good. There is a lot of emotion in their music whether it’s one of their slower tunes or speedy melodic metal masterpieces. The musicianship in this band is outstanding, but who am I to tell you something you probably already know. The Obsidian Conspiracy is my first album from Nevermore and I wanted to share this song with you this week.
When pondering the complexities of life just remember that the world is just a spinning ball of confusion and we are just a small part of that. Have a great week.