Sunday, 27 November 2011

Northern Oak - The Great Exhibition

Friday night was Great Exhibition night in Corporation, Sheffield.  Four fabulous bands including Sheffield's own Northern Oak. Doozr took a few photos which he has just posted to TheMixEclectic but no videos have popped up on YouTube as yet. Found this one though from the Derby leg of the tour. New material as well. Awesome :) Thanks for making the last gig of 2011 a real highlight!

Nemesea Featuring Charlotte Wessels - High Enough

I recently discovered that Charlotte Wessels and Manda Ophuis have collaborated on a track from Nemesea's new album 'The Quiet Resistence' which was released on the 21st November here in the UK.  I absolutely love Charlotte's voice and it compliments Manda's really well.  The track is called 'High Enough' and sounds awesome.  The new album is on order and I've now just got to wait a little longer for the very much anticipated new Delain album next year. :)

Check out the track here:

Nemesea have also released the first single from the new album 'Afterlife'.  The song is beautiful.  I cannot wait for the new album to arrive.

Support the band and buy directly from here.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Nightwish - Storytime

So it's finally November.  This means not only a whole load of awesome live music, but also the long awaited release of the new Nightwish album Imaginaerum! :D

They recently released the first single from Imaginaerum - Storytime:

There is also this additional video which provides a little background to the song:

I am so looking forward to the new album.  It's been 4 years since the release of Dark Passion Play (my personal favourite Nightwish album) and I can't wait to seeing what they have been up to!!  Roll on 30th November!

Support the band directly and pre-order your copy now from the Nightwish Shop.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Forests, Folk Metal and Photography - October 2011

Having Doozr around is rather useful sometimes.  A great writer for The Mix Eclectic, a fantastic photographer for LazyRobot and a stupidly talented computer geek (creating femetabase most recently) - the boy is genius.  However, when he was asked to take some photographs for Northern Oak recently it was me he turned to for assistance of the lighting and reflector kind! :P

The first trip out into the Peak District was a bit of a washout - literally.  It was the first wet weekend of the summer and although we battled through, there was no way any of the photos would be good enough.  So on the 16th October we headed out again.

The resulting shots were fantastic and we had such a laugh creating them.

I'd really like to thank Northern Oak for calling me a 'glamourous assistant' in their recent newsletter seeing as I looked anything but glamorous during the shoot ...

Lighting Wench.

A great day had by all and a lovely set of Northern Oak photographs for the world to enjoy!

Monday, 7 November 2011

November Rocks!

2011 has been a great year for me as far as female fronted metal is concerned.  In March I went to see Epica and ReVamp and in April I saw Delain.  Pretty awesome enough I am sure you will agree?  

This week however is femet-heaven.  Friday night was spent watching Lacuna Coil blow the roof off Corporation here in Sheffield.  Lacuna Coil were the first metal band I went to see live - not that long ago - back in January 2010.  Here is my very first gig review from that night.  Last Friday was as anticipated fantastic.  They played lots of older stuff with a selection of the new tracks and I am so looking forward to the new album release on my birthday next January! 

Someone kindly recorded some of the set and posted it to YouTube so for your listening pleasure here is the beautiful Enjoy The Silence sung by the amazing Lacuna Coil. Although you can't see us we were having a romantic cuddle somewhere in the middle of that awesome group of Sheffield Coilers!! :D

Then on Wednesday night we will be heading to Manchester Academy for the long awaited Within Temptation UK tour - supported by non-other than Agua De Annique - I can just imagine how amazing this will be!

This gig has been a long time coming, but I am glad we've had to wait so long.  It's given the album time to really grow on me.  When I first heard it I wasn't overly bothered.  I thought it was a perfectly good album, but no where near as exciting as the hype had lead me to believe.  Now it's a firm favourite on the iPod and I can't wait to see it performed live.

This week has been awesome so far as gigs are concerned, and this does continue through the month of November.  Somehow we have managed to also be seeing Devin Townsend performing acoustically at Corporation next week and then seeing Northern Oak on their Great Exhibition Tour at the end of the month.  I am one happy little bunny right now!