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.
I like when masters of the metal world collaborate to make music. A couple decades ago the word duet would have been more appropriate, but every time I hear the word “duet” all I can think of is Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. So, let’s call these a collaborative effort between metal musicians. Sometimes it can be an epic fail, but more often than not they usually create a great new song or even breathe new life to an older song. This week I am looking at collaborations I thought were done quite well. I know there are much more collaborative recordings out there, but that’s what blogs are about…sharing information. If there is something not on this list you think should be then please, by all means share and share alike. Here are a few I thought up held up well over the years.
For many moons men were the dominant gene fronting some of the most brutal and sometimes most haunting metal bands. This is still true as men outnumber women as front-men (front-people, singers, vocalists). Women, now more than ever, are taking the lead role and doing a damn good job maintaining the feel of a metal band, but with (usually) heart-piercing vocals. The other end of that spectrum are bands like Arch Enemy and Kittie whose female vocalists kick you where the pain shoots to your stomach and paralyzes you for a while (men know what I am talking about).
It’s time these women get their own theme of the week at A Metal State of Mind. Let it be known that women and metal unite and kick ass. Here are just a few of the many bands out there with women leading from the front. If you know of any others that kick-ass and take names, let us know.
If you like Nightwish and Within Temptation then it could be safe to assume you would like Delain. They are in the same ballpark with their clear and crisp female singers and rhythmic European melodies. Delain hails from the Netherlands and are making a name for themselves in the metal scene around Europe. Originally, Delain was intended to be a project until they solidified themselves as a permanent band. Since then they have been touring and playing the major festivals. They have a new single for the song Smalltown Boy which means a new album should be following in the coming months. So why choose Delain for the song of the week? Well, I have been listening to it while going for a run during the hours of darkness. And Charlotte has a sweet voice. So here it is.
This theme Thursday is going to be a little shorter than normal due to my work requirements. I have a lot of homework and little time to do it. I am going to revolve this week’s theme around music to listen to while exercising, specifically while doing cardiovascular exercises such as running, biking, or elliptical.
Running is something that I have to do as part of my job, but in order for me to have an effective run I have to do it to good tunes or it’s just not getting done. it may seem silly and a bit of metal thing, but it’s just the way I am with exercise and music…it’s a package deal. I have actually walked up to a treadmill before and realized my batteries were dead so I left and went home. Listening to music while keeping fit is a must for me.
Tonight is a good example of what I mean. I had to run, I didn’t want to because it was the end of a long day and around 8pm, but the music motivated me. I limited my run to about 30 minutes and toward the end when I felt like stopping, another song came on to motivate me. So if you exercise because you like to or you have to, then this playlist I am about to talk about might help you out…until it gets old and needs updating. Here is what I listened to this week in order.
1. 1,320 – Megadeth
2. Faster – Within Temptation
3. The Sage, The Fool, The Sinner – Helloween
4. The Last Fight – Bullet For My Valentine
5. Destroyer of the Universe – Amon Amarth
6. Warlord – Cavalera Conspiracy
7. Insurrection – Trivium
8. Northpole Throwdown – Children of Bodom
It’s short and sweet this week. If you like to workout or have to, what music do you like to keep you going? Have a great week!