Sunday, 30 December 2012

Within Temptation Covering ... everything?

To celebrate their 15th anniversary Within Temptation decided to do something a little different and released a new cover every week leading up to their celebratory live 15th anniversary performance in Antwerp in November 2012.

I am a big fan of metal bands covering more generic popular music and making them awesome and these covers are just genius.

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Anette Olzon - Solo Project

Recently Nightwish parted company with singer Anette Olzon.  Soon after I went to see Nightwish in Manchester with the awesome Floor Jansen.  I have to say it was a treat.  However, Anette has been working hard since the split and it seems that she recently posted this to her official blog:

"I just finished writing my new song that I've been working on for some weeks... This time I am doing the lyrics in Swedish and it was a bit hard but also challenging to do that, and now I've just sent it to my friend Fredrik Bergh to see how it will sound after the music is added. Since I don't play instruments so well, I always need help with recording. That, and Fredrik is fast and really good at what he does.

Monday, 29 October 2012

New Releases - October 2012

So I have been a little quiet of late for which I am very sorry.  I have been working with a fantastic charity, The Long Well Walk, assisting with their social media strategy and it has taken up a lot more of my time than I had imagined.  Still, there are a couple of days left of October and so if you haven't managed to come across these releases by yourself here is a quick summary of what October has had to offer.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Sylosis - Monolith



Sylosis release their third studio album Monolith this month and I am currently waiting for it to arrive.  I have had a listen to the free stream that was available through Soundcloud recently and am really excited.  There is something about their music.  There are so many layers, so much to listen to.  They sends chills down my spine and always clear my often scrambled head.

I have been lucky enough to see them live twice over the last couple of years.  Once supporting Cavalera Conspiracy in Sheffield and once headlining in Manchester.  They were just incredible, the atmosphere was completely breathtaking and I have never seen such amazing circle pits!  I don't tend to get involved in the circle pits but I do love to watch them!

In January 2012, Sylosis are headlining a short UK tour:

Wednesday 23rd Jan 2013 – The Fleece – Bristol, UK
Thursday 24th Jan 2013 – 02 Islington Academy – London, UK
Friday 25th Jan 2013 – o2 Academy 2 – Birmingham, UK
Saturday 26th Jan 2013 – Ivory Blacks – Glasgow, UK
Sunday 27th Jan 2013 – Academy 3 – Manchester, UK

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

New Releases - September 2012

September sees another collection of femet releases hitting the shelves!  I should be spending this evening seeing Firewind and Leaves' Eyes playing Corporation in Sheffield, but am instead catching up with the September new releases post for your viewing pleasure.

Kittie - Not So ... Safe
Vocals & Guitar - Morgan Lander
Drums, Vocal & Piano - Mercedes Lander
Guitar - Tara LcLeod
Trish Doan - Bass Guitar

All female extreme metallers Kittie release their compilation album Not So ... Safe this month.  The album features a mixture of songs spanning the bands 13 year history.  I can't say I've really listened to a great deal of Kitties music in the past, but I have been aware of the bands presence in the metal music scene for some time and the successfulness of their careers as female metal musicians.   Morgan Lander, one of the founding members of the band combines growls with clean vocals.  She also manages bands as well as running a clothing line and a management company with her family.



The Gathering - Disclosure
Vocals - Silje Wergeland
Bass - Marjolein Kooijman

Formed in 1989 by brothers Hans and Rene Rutten, The Gathering has seen a variety of vocalists take the helm, including most famously Anneke Van Giersbergen .  Most recently Silje Wergeland took over as lead singer and joined bassist Marjolein Kooijman as female members of The Gathering ranks. Disclosure is the bands 10th studio album and the second with Silje as lead vocalist.




Therion - Les Fleurs du Mal
Vocals - Lori Lewis

Swedish symphonic metallers, Therion release Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil) in September; the bands 15th album release.  The album is based on the famous poems of the same name by French poet, Charles Baudelaire and has been in the pipeline for a number of years.  The band finally decided to both finance and release this piece of work themselves to celebrate their 25th anniversary and is apparently only available from the band directly.  They hope to release it after their current Flowers of Evil tour, but in the meantime is only available from the merch stall at the gigs or direct from the bands website - Pre-Order Les Fleur Du Mal


2012 is really moving on a pace, I can't believe we are already in September.  There have been some awesome albums released so far and I know that the year is going to keep on getting better.  If you know of any femet releases coming up (perhaps from lesser known bands) please let me know via Twitter (@femetalism) or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Femetalism), while remembering to follow and like! Until next month ... \m/

Saturday, 25 August 2012

New Releases - August 2012

Having recovered from a fantastic weekend at Bloodstock last week I have finally found time to summarise the releases for August 2012.  Strictly speaking one of them is a live album and one is a re-release of older material but all of them are released this month and all of them have been added to my music collection.

Eluveitie - The Early Years
Vocals, Flute & Hurdygurdy - Anna Murphy

Vocals & Fiddle - Meri Tadic

The Early Years incorporates the bands debut album Spirit along with a completely re-recorded version of their first EP.  I have not heard either of these releases previously so this will be a real treat for me.  The release marks the bands 10 year anniversary and builds from the release of their 5th album release, Helvetios early this year. I recently discovered that the band are supporting Sabaton on tour in the UK during November and have of course purchased tickets for the event.  I am stupidly excited about seeing Eluveitie live.



Tarja Turunen - Act I : Live in Rosario

This album is the first live audio/video release from Tarja and was filmed in March 2012 at the El Circulo Theatre in Rosario, Argentina.  The track listing is particularly impressive with a choice of DVD or Audio CD (or indeed both) to choose from to keep most Tarja fans very happy indeed.



Saturnian - Dimensions
Soprano Vocals: Lydia Bateman

Saturnian are an extreme symphonic metal band from the UK.  They release their debut album Dimensions this month; an album release certainly long awaited by me.  I first saw them live last August on the New Blood Stage at BOA11 and saw them again at BOA12 opening the festival on the Sophie Lancaster stage on the Thursday evening.


Saturday, 4 August 2012

Build up to Bloodstock 2012


With Bloodstock just a week away now it seems an appropriate time to start thinking about what there is to look forward to and which bands I am really looking forward to seeing.

Obviously I am looking forward to many mugs of tea at Mr Tea's, posh nosh from Deli Kates and a whole weekend with the most awesome of people, listening to the most awesome of live music!  I am not even concerned about the forecasted rain.  But what femet bands am I really excited about?  Who have I already earmarked as *must see* femet bands for the weekend?

First off, and opening the Sophie Lancaster on the Thursday night is Saturnian. I discovered Saturnian at BOA 2011 where they played the New Blood Stage. They are a fantastic live extreme symphonic metal band and have recently signed to Indie Records. Their new album is due out on 24 August this year and the first single from that album is available to listen to here. Saturnian move up from their relative unknown status to the Sophie Lancaster stage as well as releasing their album. August must feel like be a pretty awesome month for the band!


Another band I am looking forward to seeing on the Sophie Lancaster Stage are Pythia who take the stage on the Friday.  Pythia are a UK heavy metal band with classical influences from lead singer Emily Ovenden of Medieaval Baebes fame.  Their latest album, The Serpents Curse, was released earlier this year and combines power, heavy and classical metal.  I am really looking forward to seeing the band perform live after following Emily on Twitter for some time and playing the album considerably since its release.

Last year the New Blood Stage was filled with awesome new music from around the country - this year looks to be no different with dark melodic power metallers, Gone Til Winter performing on the Saturday.  I am certainly feeling the power metal at the moment and when these guys were announced I was intrigued.  With a couple of self released recordings already out, Gone Til Winter will release a new album, Hiding from the Sun, later this year.


Last, but by no means least are Andraste, folk metallers from Manchester.  I came across this band thanks to a message from one of the members asking me to check their stuff out.  Within a few weeks I had their album, which I adore and they had been announced for Bloodstock.  All I need now is the announcement that they will play a gig in Sheffield with Northern Oak and my life will be complete! Andraste are playing semi-acoustically on the Jagermeister Stage on the Friday afternoon.


So all that remains is 3 days of work, a frantic packing and checking of tent session and a short drive to Catton Hall.  Then a frantic check of the line up times (to ensure there are no clashes) and then the kicking back, ale, metal, friends and good times can begin.  \m/

Sunday, 15 July 2012

New Releases - July 2012

Another month and another set of femet releases.  I have been really enjoying these posts; finding out what is coming up and discovering loads of new bands.  It's an expensive hobby though and I have certainly been keeping Amazon afloat this year purchasing these awesome metal music releases.

Six Magics - Falling Angels
Vocals - Elizabeth Vasquez

Chilean power metal band Six Magics release their fifth studio album, Falling Angels, in July.   The band were formed in 1996 and have toured with bands such as Nightwish and Rhapsody.  Sic Magics mix latin American beats into their power, symphonic metal style and the results are wonderful.  The track 'Another Name' is taken from the new album:




A Forest of Stars - A Shadowplay for Yesterdays
Violin, Flute, Vocals - Katie Stone (Katheryne, Queen of the Ghosts)

The Gentlemen's Club of a Forest of Stars are a UK based psychedelic black metal band formed in 2007.  They release their third album, A Shadowplay for Yesterdays in July.  Believing they are living in the 1890's and maintaining an impressive historical accuracy from the Victorian era, A Forest of Stars are certainly an interesting and complex set of musicians.  'Gatherer of the Pure' is taken from that new album and is possibly the creepiest video I have seen for some time.  It's quite lovely in an odd way.

Friday, 29 June 2012

Earthen Grave


I have recently been pointed in the direction of American Thrash/Doom metallers Earthen Grave.  They feature violinist Rachel Barton Pine, a child prodigy who started playing the violin at the age of 3.

They released their debut in April 2012 and as well as receiving an unprecedented level of media coverage for such an unknown band, have also opened for headliners such as Anvil, Megadeath and Pentagram.



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Monday, 25 June 2012

3 inches of Blood - Metal Woman






I have to admit to finding this video absolutely hilarious.  The band are not to my taste musically and their clear misogynist view of women is also distasteful.  It is clearly a poor attempt to garner some media interest and cause some controversy in a bid to sell music; often the case with videos such as this.  Whether this is meant to be irony, humour or simply a badly thought through video concept - the video offends and undermines every real 'metal woman' out there.

Of course, sharing the video and asking you to watch it is playing into the PR department's hands.  However, the song is so appalling that I have every confidence that anyone who reads this blog won't be parting with their hard earned cash on anything this band produces least of all 'Metal Woman'.

Monday, 4 June 2012

A Bonus for Fans ...


I was just reading some band profiles on the Bloodstock website.  Having a look at who was playing and checking out all of the lovely ladies that are due to play over the weekend and I came across an article about Taiwanese metal band, Chthonic.

I was pleased to hear that they are one of Taiwans most active metal bands, that they have received awards in Taiwan and appear in their popular music charts, that their female basist has advocated a women's rights organisation, that their drummer works in music education and that their lead vocalist is active in human rights and social justice .  I was less impressed and slightly puzzled as to what merit the following paragraph has to the article or indeed the band itself?

"Meanwhile, Chthonic's bassist Doris -who was dubbed one of the sexiest female rockers by Revolver, and has been on magazines such as FHM and GQ- is a bonus for fans all over the world."

What exactly do they mean by 'a bonus'?  Do they mean an unbelievable bassist who is so amazingly talented in playing bass that fans should be grateful she decided to grace the band with her presence?!  Or do we think they mean she is just a bit of eye candy on stage and in videos to improve the aesthetics that accompany the bands music?!  Do you think I really needed to ask that question? *sigh*


New Releases - June 2012

A little late this month I am afraid! Trying to get my Foundation Degree work finished up ... finally graduating this year all being well.  Add into that the fact that I am currently sitting in a caravan in West Wales enjoying a family holiday in the good old British weather, it has been hard finding time to sit down and actually post something.  Saying that I had to write something about this month as soon as I had a chance.  Why is June so important you might ask?  Two of my favourite bands are releasing albums this month - that's why! :)

Delain - We Are The Others
Vocals - Charlotte Wessels

The release of We Are The Others has been held up considerably following the take over of Roadrunner records by Warner Music.  Fans were relieved to hear that tracks they had been tempted with during Delain's 2011 tour were finally going to make it to release when the band announced the 1st June release date.  I recently saw them touring in my own city and have had the album on pre-order from Play.com with apparently a limited signed edition on it's way to me.  Sadly it will probably be sitting on my doormat waiting for me to get back from the holiday.  Am looking forward to getting back just for that! :)



The Agonist - Prisoners
Vocals - Alissa White-Gluz

The Agonist are a Canadian metal band formed in 2004.  Prisoners is their 3rd studio album.  The band stands out from the others thanks to lead singer Alissa White-Gluz's impressive ability to switch between clean and growl vocals.  I would really like a chance to see the band perform live and have been looking forward to the new album release.  It is also on pre-order and will probably also be waiting for me on the doormat when I get back from the holiday.  Goddamnit!



Ephel Duath are also due to release an EP this month,  On Death and Cosmos features new band members including vocals from Karyn Crisis.  Ephel Duath are an Italian progressive metal band who have not only had a constantly changing line-up but also managed to fuse Jazz and metal effortlessly.  Really looking forward to hearing the new line up on this EP.

 

Monday, 30 April 2012

New Releases - May 2012

May 2012 is another exciting month for femet releases in the UK.  Here are four I have come across so far:

Dawn of Destiny - Praying To The World
Vocals - Jeanette Scherff

Jeanette joined Dawn of Destiny in 2010, replacing founding member Tanja Maul on vocals.  Dawn of Destiny are a German power metal band and were formed in 2005.  Praying To The World is their fourth studio album release and the first to feature Jeanette on vocals.



Diablo Swing Orchestra - Pandora's Pinata
Vocals - Annlouice Loegdlund

Diablo Swing Orchestra are a Swedish Avant-Garde metal band who were formed in 2003 and who come complete with a tongue in cheek back story.  Pandora's Pinata is their third album release and the first single from that album, Voodoo Mon Amour was released earlier in 2012.  This is of the same kind of awesomeness as Van Canto.  An utterly brilliant twist on traditional metal music and a really exciting find.



The Murder of My Sweet - Bye Bye Lullaby
Vocals - Angelica Rylin

The Murder of My Sweet are a Swedish symphonic metal band formed in 2006.  Bye Bye Lullaby is their third album.  Follow The Rain is taken from their 2010 album Divanity and has made me really keen to hear their new material which they claim to have taken down a darker path.



So there is May - have you heard about or are you looking forward to any other femet releases in May?  Get in touch and let me know so I can check them out!  I am personally looking forward to the releases expected in June 2012 - Delain's release date was finally announced for June along with The Agonists new album!!  Awesome.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Delain - We Are The Others Release Date

After months of not knowing when or even if Delain's new album 'We Are The Others' would be released I am pleased and excited by the news that they have finally been able to give us a release date!  The album will finally be available from June 4th with the single 'Get The Devil Out Of Me' being released on the 13th April. 


I saw this track played live last year when I went to see Delain in Manchester and it was fantastic.  I have been eagerly awaiting the new album since that night!  I am pleased to say that this year they are playing my own city of Sheffield, at Corporation and I am very excited to be seeing them again.

Their tour starts on the 14th April and they arrive in the UK on 12th May in Birmingham.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

New Releases - March 2012 - UPDATE



Recently I missed the release of debut album Breaking the Stillness from finnish female-fronted metal band Shear.   Having taken a listen to some of the previews on their website, this looks to have been a hugely successful debut!  It came out on the 28th March in the UK and features Alexa Leroux on vocals.

New Releases - April 2012

April sees a new collection of awesome femetal releases in the UK.

Eths - III 
Vocals - Candice Clot

Eths are a metalcore band from Marseille who formed in 1999.  They have developed a unique mix of styles to include nu, death, alternative and deathcore.  III is their fourth album release and their second with Season of Mist.   


Ignitor - Year of the Metal Tiger
Guitar - Beverly Barrington

Ignitor are a heavy metal band from Texas who were formed in 2003.  Their sound is a mixture of 80's thrash and heavy metal with a hint of new wave and this album is the bands fourth release.  Take a sneaky listen to 3 tracks from the new album:



Halestorm - The Strange Case Of ...
Vocals, Rhythm Guitar - Lizzy Hale

Halestorm are an American rock band from Pennsylvania.  They formed in 1998 and The Strange Case of ... is their second album.  This video showcases Love Bites (So Do I) which is taken from the new album.



Lullacry - Where Angels Fear 
Vocals - Tanja Lainio

Lullacry are a melodic gothic metal band from Finland.  Formed in 1998, Where Angels Fear is the bands fifth album release.  With a 7 year wait for this album - will it have been worth waiting for?  If this video for Bad Blood is anything to go by I should say it has been! 


Winter in Eden - Echos of Betrayal
Vocals - Vicky Johnson

Winter in Eden are a symphonic rock band from the UK.  With an ethos 'To produce and perform the music we feel compelled to create' they are a difficult band to pigeon hole into one genre.  As luck would have it, they are playing in a few weeks in Rotherham supporting DeeExpus through the Classic Rock Society.  I think a little trip out to see them might just be in order.  This video is a live performance of the track Suffer in Silence which appears on the new album.



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Friday, 30 March 2012

A Cappella Metal is The Future

Not since I came across Northern Kings have I been quite as excited about music as I was when I came across Van Canto.  A German a cappella band with classic heavy, power metal and symphonic metal influences.  The group is made up of five singers and a drummer.  The band have 2 lead singers and 3 singers who use their voices to create the sounds of the guitar and bass.

Formed in 2006 the band have produced 4 studio albums and collaborated with numerous artists such as Victor Smolski from Rage, Tony Kakko from Sonata Arctica, Chris Boltendahl from Grave Digger, Tarja Turunen and Joakim Broden from Sabaton.  Their music is a combination of original compositions and covers.  Their most recent album Break The Silence, released in 2011 includes a Sabaton, Alice Cooper and Manowar cover as well as a bonus track cover of Bad to the Bone by Running Wild. 

The band have to be seen to be believed.  I am still amazed that they can make these sounds with their voices.  Here is the Sabaton cover Primo Victoria. Blew me away.


Thursday, 22 March 2012

Guest Post: A Spectacular Symphonic Selection

Doozr from The Mix Eclectic has kindly agreed to share occasional posts if they are relevant to Femetalism. Today he has written a short round-up of this year's female-fronted symphonic metal releases. Enjoy!



Fans of female fronted symphonic metal are going to find it hard to be disappointed with 2012. Only three short months in, and already three albums released by some of the genre's finest. Most recently, Epica have released Requiem For The Indifferent, their follow up to 2009's Design Your Universe. Xandria have produced Neverworld's End, their first album in 5 years and first with singer Manuela Kraller.  Finally, Pythia, featuring Emily Ovenden of Mediaeval Babes, have released The Serpent's Curse, their second album after 2009's Beneath The Veiled Embrace.

One name conspicuous in its absence from this list is Delain, whose new album We Are The Others seems stuck in record label purgatory. Some hoo-hah to do with label buyouts has meant that the band are having a tough time getting the album actually produced and on the shelves. Hopefully it'll be sorted by the time they tour in May!

Pythia - The Serpent's Curse

The Serpent's Curse, Pythia's second album, is an unrelenting torrent of power metal to batter your ears into submission. Unlike other symphonic metal bands, Pythia never seem to go the way of the ballad. Instead, they have mostly power metal verses with the occasional operatic chorus. While often being compared (as all female fronted bands are) to Nightwish, their sound is much more like Blind Guardian meets Dragonforce. It can get a bit much sometimes; in parts it can feel that the music could be replaced with any loud, repetitive noise because the vocals carry the melody and the mood. The music is just there for volume. It has its moments, though, and if you like your power metal fast, loud and with operatic bits, then you couldn't really ask for more. One odd thing about it is a nagging feeling of déjà vu. I'm sure I've heard half the songs on this album before, but can't quiet put my finger on it. I'm wondering if it's just a little too similar to music I've heard in the past, but not similar enough to make that connection.

Xandria - Neverworld's End

When a band gets a new singer with a dramatically different vocal style, the music often has to change to accomodate it. That's exactly what Xandria have done, to great effect. However, I'm going to go against my previous statement about Nightwish comparisons and make one myself. The new Xandria line up sound uncannily like Nightwish circa 2004. If you liked Once, you'll like this.  And given that Nightwish themselves don't sound like themselves (a bad thing, according to many), Xandria look to be well placed to step up and fill the void in the market. I've struggled to find details of Manuela Kraller's musical abilities beyond "soprano", so I don't know if she can match Tarja's 3 octave lyric soprano, but for the purposes of symphonic metal she does a bloody good job of it.

Epica - Requiem For The Indifferent

Requiem For The Indifferent is classic Epica in most respects, but with some nice progressions from earlier works. It's the only album of these three to use the "beauty and the beast" vocal styles, and the beastly growls seem to have stepped up a notch. As a result the album feels nicely heavy and gothic, with choral elements and excellent orchestration building the whole. In fact, the whole band seems to have stepped up a notch, from more varied vocal delivery from both vocalists to a complex intermixing of styles to make Epica sound even epic...er (sorry, had to do it). This is a well balanced album, possibly more restrained than Design Your Universe with its growl and bombast. On the whole it leans toward a softer, more introspective feel. The beautiful Delirium showcases the band's softer side wonderfully and is as emotionally wrenching as it is perfectly delivered. A fine addition to an already accomplished repertoire.


Monday, 5 March 2012

New Releases - January 2012 - UPDATE

I have just come across a band called Kells who are a female fronted symphonic nu metal band from France.  Their new album Anachromie was released in January and this track from that album is sounding pretty darn awesome!

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Professor Elemental supported by Northern Oak and Kassandra Killjoy - Corporation, Sheffield - 3rd March 2012


Well Saturday evening was spent at Corporation, Sheffield enjoying an evening of Burlesque, Folk Metal and Steampunk Hip Hop.  An eclectic mixture I am sure you will agree.  It was of course amazing.  Northern Oak were as always, immense and played an amazing set to one of the best audiences I have ever had the pleasure of standing in.  In addition, Kassandra Killjoy provided sultry entertainment in between the main acts.

The Professor was as expected hilarious, wearing his trademark hat and goggles and providing the audience with renditions of such tracks as Splendid and Cup of Brown Joy.

Having watched this video after it was posted on Facebook by the band, I had to share it here.  The completely brilliant Professor Elemental with the utterly awesome Northern Oak peforming Fighting Trousers.  Watch it and wish you had been there too (unless of course you were in which cause ... Hurrah!)




New Releases - March 2012

So I finally had some time to start researching femet releases for March.  I have to say I have struggled to find very many.  Bearing in mind that I am looking at albums that are being released in March in Europe or more specifically the UK.  Have I missed some amazing releases?  Please comment and let me know because I can't believe there are only 2 this month!!

Epica - Requiem for the Indifferent
Vocals - Simone Simons

Epica are a Symphonic metal band from Holland formed in 2002.  They have been releasing a layer by layer set of teaser videos leading up the the release of the album.  I saw them play live last year when they graced our fair city and it was without a doubt the best live performance I have ever seen - I am still waiting for something to top that night.  Requiem for the Indifferent is their fifth studio album.  I already have it on pre-order.  What more can I say?



Exilia - Decode
Vocals - Masha

Nu metal is not usually my thing, but having taken a listen I am actually really quite intrigued by this band.  Exilia are an Italian female fronted nu metal band formed in 1993.  Their new album is called Decode and is the bands fifth album to date.



So a short but sweet post.  Really not found many femet releases at all for March.  Hoping that April is a little more 'girl friendly'! :)

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

New Releases - February 2012 - UPDATE

I have just come across an album that was released on Monday, that I hadn't mentioned in my previous post.  This is bound to happen a lot throughout the year and I encourage everyone to let me know if there is a femet release that I have missed.

The album in question is the long awaited debut album from Sanguine.  I first came across this female fronted UK rock/metal band at BOA11 and thought their stage performance was outstanding, lead vocalist Tarin Kerrey has an amazing vocal and style.  I was handed a copy of their EP which has been played a lot since the festival.  The band are currently selling a limited number of the album directly from their website, where I am hoping to secure a copy myself! :)

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

New Releases - February 2012

February 2012 has me very excited for album releases.  As you would expect, some I have been eagerly anticipated for some time, others I have only just come across but will certainly be checking them out when they are released.

Eluveite - Helvetios
Vocals, Flute & Hurdygurdy - Anna Murphy
Vocals & Fiddle - Meri Tadic

Eluveite's fifth studio album Helvetios has just been released - my copy will hopefully arrive this week.  Eluveite are a Swiss Folk Metal band formed in 2002.  I absolutely love this band and have been looking forward to this album release for some time.  They have released two videos prior to the album release, The video for A Rose of Epona, the ninth track on the new album was released in January and features majority fem vocals.  The video for Havoc, the tenth track from the album was released in February.  They are both awesome tracks from what I anticipate will be a stunning album.



Wykked Witch - The Ultimate Deception
Vocalist - Ipek

Wykked Witch are a female-fronted black metal band from America, formed in 1994 by lead vocalist Ipek.   The Ultimate Deception will be their fifth studio album.



Xandria - Never Worlds End
Vocalist - Manuela Kraller

Xandria are a German symphonic metal band formed in 1997 with not only a new album, but also a new vocalist.  I have loved Xandria is in the past and from what I have seen online, the new vocalist Manuela has slotted into the band perfectly.  I am really looking forward to hearing this album.



Terrorizer - Hordes of Zombies
Guitarist - Katina Culture

Terrorizer are a grindcore and death metal band from the US.  They were originally formed in 1986 but have split and re-grouped a number of times.  Hordes of Zombies is their third full length album this time with Katina Culture on guitar following the death of original guitarist Jesse Pintado.




Lyriel - Leverage
Vocalist - Jessica Thierjung
Cellist - Linda Laukamp

Another folk metal band release an album in February.  German folk metallers Lyriel were formed in 2003 and Leverage is their fourth studio album release.  Lyriel mix hard rock and metal with elements of folk and celtic music.



Pythia - The Serpent's Curse
Vocalist - Emily Ovenden

Mixing classical and heavy-metal artists, Pythia are a symphonic metal band from London and were formed in 2007.  The Serpent's Curse is their second studio album release.  I have been really looking forward to hearing this album and if the track below is anything to go by I imagine it will be awesome!



Monarch - Omens
Vocalist - Emilie Bresson aka Eurogirl

French Drone Doom Metallers Monarch, release their new album Omens in February.  Formed in 2002, Monarch have apparently matured in their approach to creating music and the result has been described as surpassing expectations.



Ambrian Dawn - Circus Black
Vocalist - Heidi Parviainen


Releasing their fourth studio album, Circus Black are Ambrian Dawn; a Finnish symphonic power metal band formed in 2006.   Ambrian Dawn cite Finnish and Norse mythology; including the Finnish poem Kalevala as their influences and have used a real choir for this release.  I have to say I am looking forward to giving it a listen.



Earth - Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II
Drummer & Percussionist - Adrienne Davies
Cellist - Lori Goldston

Earth release a new album in February - Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II.  Earth are an American drone metal band formed in 1990 and closely linked with the Seattle grunge scene.  Videos of their new material was somehow difficult to find ... so here is the album art instead!


So there you have it.  Another month of 2012.  There is so much to look forward and it's only the second month of the year.  Can March top this?

Monday, 6 February 2012

New Releases - January 2012

Having looked ahead at the upcoming metal album releases, I noticed there were a spattering of bands which also had a female member.  Some albums stand out as must haves for my CD collection; others have been an interesting adventure of discovery.

Here is the first instalment of femetal album releases for 2012 with a look back at January.

Skylark - Twilights of Sand
Vocalist - Ashley

Skylark is an Italian power metal band formed back in 1994.  Twilights of Sand is their 10th album release.  I have not come across them before but found this 'interesting' promo video on their website:



Lacuna Coil - Dark Adrenaline
Vocalist - Cristina Scabbia

Lacuna Coil are an Italian gothic metal band who also formed in 1994.  I first saw Lacuna Coil live in January 2010; officially my first ever metal gig.  I have gone on to see them a further two times and am always blown away by their stage performance.  Dark Adrenaline has been much anticipated following apparently disappointing reviews of their 2009 Shallow Life album.  Although they promised a much darker and heavier album this time, I don't find it is particularly heavier than their previous release, nor do I see anything wrong in that. \m/



Cadaveria - Horror Metal
Vocalist - Cadaveria

Cadaveria is an Italian extreme metal band formed in 2001 by ex Opera IX members Cadaveria and Flegias.  They released their 4th studio album Horror Metal in the same month as Opera IX released their latest release Strix Maledictae in Aeternum.



Bleeding Through - The Great Fire
Keyboardist - Marta Peterson

Bleeding Through are a metalcore band from California, formed in 1999.  The Great Fire is their seventh studio album release.


So there you have it.  A very brief overview of the femetal albums released in January 2012.  This year is shaping up to be an epic year for new metal releases and the ladies are certainly making their mark!  Bring on February.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Swallow The Sun Featuring Anette Olzon

Swallow The Sun have released their new album Emerald Forest and the Blackbird today which features a guest appearance from Nightwish's Anette Olzon.



Pretty awesome actually! :)

Sunday, 29 January 2012

A Stunning Duet!



This is an absolutely beautiful duet. I had to share it.