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Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for April – Part 1/2


SC logoI’ve heard it said that Sonic Cathedral agreed to let Metal State publish a digest of their reviews because I train the Sonic Cathedral unicorns. This is untrue. Their unicorns are untrainable. It is very dangerous to stand in front of them when they are moshing. It’s also dangerous to stand in front of their unicorns.

Sonic Cathedral reviewed nine female-fronted albums during April. We’re doing a two-part digest of those reviews, including the album details and a very short summary of each review. Here are the first five. Part 2 will cover the next four.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2012, #15 – #13


MetalCatI’d arrived at the time to start posting my songs of 2012 when I finally twigged that I’d picked only 15. Lately I’ve been posting 20 songs for each year.

To make up for that – to the music, not just for me – I’ll post 25 songs next week for 2013. That will be the last year of my year-by-year self-indulgence. I may as well finish with a flourish.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2010, #20 – #17


MetalCatDark Metal Cat says it’s healthy to have a mixed diet. Mine today consists of melodic power metal, prog metal, post hardcore and folk death.

He also has a mixed diet. He eats all his own food and all of the other cats’ food. His favourite kind of metal music tastes like tuna, he says.

 

 

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2009, #12 – #9


MetalCatA 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.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2007 / #9 – #7


MetalCatI’m sure the guys from Dark Moor are terrific blokes. None the less…

Have I ever mentioned that I heart Angela Gossow? I heart her with all my love. It’s such a pleasure to have her here today. It’s such a pleasure to have her here on any day.

Have I ever mentioned that I love Masha Scream? Wow, two heart girls on the same love, or is it the same day? They scramble my brain.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2007 / #15 – #13


MetalCatIt’s very melodic here today, thanks to Kamelot, Devin Townsend and After Forever. It makes a welcome change from all the whining and complaining that usually happens in this world.

Dark Metal Cat is right — we should ask Ziltoid to transport us to a happy, contented planet. We can conquer the inhabitants and let them do the whining.

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2006 / #9 – #7


MetalCatThe Metal State team of reviewers
Moved Mammal’s room down to the sewers.
They said that his singing
Left all their ears ringing
Much worse than the beer from bad brewers.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2005 / #3 – #1


MetalCatToday we have Pink Floyd disguised as Dream Theater. We also have Kamelot and Circus Maximus as themselves. That makes it a progmost metal selection to end the week and 2005.

If a song is both brilliant and 24 minutes long, the only way to do it justice is to post all 24 minutes of it.

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2005 / #12 – #10


MetalCatToday’s selections portray articulate sensitivity, shadowy depths and a lust for hectic adventure. That sounds like the psychological profile of a typical metal fan. Has anyone told you you’re a strange bunch?

 

 

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Mammal’s 21-Year Hit Parade: 2004 / #12 – #10


MetalCatArjen Lucassen’s Ayreon kicks off today’s selection. I really look up to him. So does almost everyone. He is 2.03 metres tall (6 feet 8 inches). In nautical terms, he is more than a fathom deep. In astronomical terms, a beam of light that started at his toes would take approximately 0.0000000077 seconds to reach the top of his head.

Collectively, the members of Isis and Dark Moor have many more arms and legs than Arjen.

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