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! :)