Wednesday, 26 November 2014

AONIA FEST: First Three Bands Announced - May 2015

AONIA FEST, a new metal all-day event, will take place in Birmingham at The Roadhouse on Sunday 3rd May. The event is organised by Aonia co-vocalist Jo and Aonia drummer Tony.

Aonia, the first of three bands to be announced thus far, hail from the midlands and mix NWOBHM, power metal and symphonic metal into one enchanting force of darkened melodies, dual operatic vocals and tragic symphonies.

Maelstrom added to the Ride to Helheim: Kings of the North Festival - September 2015

Scottish black metal executives MAELSTROM have been announced earlier today to join Old Corpse RoadThe Infernal Sea and Ulfarr at THE RIDE TO HELHEIM: KINGS OF THE NORTH. The all-day event is set to be a celebration of British black metal and aims to showcase some of the best acts in the UK's underground black metal scene.

Maelstrom who hail from the bonnie city of Glasgow fuse symphonic black metal with elements of doom. Having spent the last few years gigging in various parts of the UK, including support slots with the likes of Tyr, Wodensthrone, Winterfylleth, Alestorm, A Forest of Stars and more, with additional appearances at the Jorvik Viking Festival in York, King Tut's New Year Revolution in Glasgow and the third Hordes of Belial Festival in Dundee.

Monday, 24 November 2014

New Release: Nubian Rose - Mental Revolution (November 2014)

Nubian Rose are a melodic hard rock band from Sweden.  They were founded in 2011, released a self financed first album in 2012 and even played the first Hell Rock Hell AOR Festival when it took place in Rotherham in 2013.

Although the band have had some line-up changes their line up looks solid with Sofia Lilja Åkerlund on vocals,  Christer Åkerlund on lead guitar,  Simeon Liljegren on bass and Thomas Weijnesjö on drums.

Their new album Mental Revolution is being released on 24th November and was produced by Christer Åkerlund and mixed by Swedish super producer, Tobias Lindell (HEAT, Europe, Hardcore Superstar, Avatar, Mustasch).

Sunday, 23 November 2014

New Release: Cripper - Hyena (November 2014)

Hannover thrash legends Cripper released their 4th studio album, Hyëna, on November 21st on Metal Blade records. On the back of a hectic, yet highly successful tour schedule and the now legendary 70,000 Tonnes Of Metal cruise, Hyëna takes Cripper forward and into new waters.

We featured Cripper in an Extreme Thursday way back in February before any rumours of the new album started. Hyëna features 11 tracks of pure Cripper mayhem that are more polished, heavier and louder than before. Retaining the band's core sound throughout, this is a pure thrash record and is rammed full of catchy hooks, thundering basslines and distinctive riffs.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Extreme Thursday: Arkan

Life. Don't talk to me about life. Brain the size of a planet, and I can't even write a blog post once a week to publish on a Thursday. What's the point, eh? Well, the point is to talk about kick-ass bands who do awesome things, of course. Just because real life (ugh) commitments get in the way doesn't mean there aren't amazing bands putting out fantastic music.

But enough hyperbole. We're here to talk about music, not sporting events, and this neatly segues us into our band of the week, Arkan, from Paris. Their French influence, though, extends only as far as their location and the former band of founder Foued Moukid, who was drummer for progressive goth legends The Old Dead Tree. The band's sound is billed as melodic death metal with middle eastern influences. Not the shortest genre tag but probably not the longest.

Foued's initial vision of the band was a side-project highlighting Maghreb metal in reference to his Moroccan heritage. He hired Mus El Kamal and Samir Remila to play guitar and bass respectively from the Algerian band Worth. Finally Florent Jannier and Sarah Laysacc from French/Algerian band The Outburst joined on growls and clean vocals respectively, with Florent picking up some guitar duty too.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Caelestis Crowd Funding Campaign on Musicraiser

Caelestis recently started a crowdfunding campaign on Musicraiser to help create their new EP, which will come out in 2015.   As with all crowdfunding campaigns there are loads of goodies to claim.  In addition, the band have created a special exclusive club on their site for everyone who contributes.

Festival Preview: Valkyrian Festival 2014

The dark Autumn nights are really rolling in now and the long, dark winter is edging ever nearer. How do we combat this misery?  How about Valkyrian Festival in Bridlington, UK?

Having a scan through the bands announced for this weekend, it's clearly going to be a pretty epic event musically.  The festival is being held in The Londesborough, Bridlington, East Yorkshire so there will be plenty of opportunity for land locked sea lovers such as myself to breath in some brisk sea air. Supported by The Crypt of Curiosities, Wolf Band Management and Music Promotion and Black Phoenix Rising and with all proceeds being donated to RapeCrisis there really is no reason to miss out!

From our point of view there are a tremendous number of bands featuring female musicians and so in this quick preview let's have a look at the line up and highlight some of the femetal bands who we will be rocking out to in a few short days.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014


Rainover hail from Spain and bring with them a wonderful atmospheric, gothic metal sound. Formed in 2011, the band have been prolific of late with numerous exciting announcements that UK fans will be excited to hear. After recently featuring their album Transcending the Blue and Drifting into Rebirth on the site, we were able to talk with lead vocalist Andrea and drummer Quini about these exciting announcements along with more about the band, their album and the metal scene in Spain.

Monday, 17 November 2014

New Release: The Way I Am - Apocalypse? No Way (November 2014)

The Way I Am are a French alternative metal/rock band with intense and accessible music along with bespoke trademark imagery. Their compositions are a blend of British Rock ( Muse, Radiohead), American Alternative Metal (Deftones, Korn, Flyleaf) and movie music (Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner). The band recently signed to Klonosphere label and their new EP Apocalypse? No Way is to be distributed by Season of Mist.

New Release: Ascending Dawn - Coalesce (November 2014)

Hailing from 3 corners of the globe, Ascending Dawn bring their melodic prog-metal to us in the shape of debut album Coalesce.  The band, fronted by Greek/Cypriot pop/rock singer Marlain Angelides began in London, UK in 2013 with Mark Weatherley on drums and guitars, Owen Rees on guitars and Constanze Hart on bass.

Friday, 14 November 2014

New Release: The Birthday Massacre - Superstition (November 2014)

The Birthday Massacre are a Canadian band, formed in 1999.  They have released six studio albums: Nothing and Nowhere (2002), Violet (2005), Walking With Strangers (2007), Pins and Needles (2010), Hide and Seek (2012), and this week Superstition. The current line-up consists of Chibi (vocals), Falcore (guitars), Rainbow (guitars), Owen (synthesizers), Nate Manor (bass guitar) and Rhim (drums).

The band announced they were working on a new album back in 2013 and at the beginning of 2014, they announced that they would be partly funding it through a crowdfunding project on PledgeMusic in cooperation with their label Metropolis Records.  They reached their goal in less than 24 hours.

New Release: Forever Still - Scars EP (November 2014)

This week saw Danish metal band Forever Still release their new EP Scars.  Following the release of the lyric video for the title track Scars, we have been eagerly awaiting the new material and it has not disappointed.  The band mix metal, hard rock and industrial influences to create their sound and their releases to date have been firm favourites here at Femetalism, Scars included.

New Release: Nonamen - Obsession (November 2014)

Polish progressive metallers Nonamen mentioned their upcoming album, Obsession back in September during their interview with us and this week the album was finally released to the world. Nonamen blend a whole range of musical influences from progressive rock/metal to classics and the distinctive sound of Nonamen's music is further supported through the use of violin and a unique vocal style.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

New Release: Triosphere - The Heart Of The Matter (November 2014)

Norwegian metal band Triosphere have released a brand new studio album, The Heart Of The Matter this month. The band delivers a slice of high-class melodic metal music, cleverly mixing power metal, progressive metal and a few contemporary rock elements.

The Heart Of The Matter was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (a.o. Opeth, Paradise Lost, Symphony X, Amon Amarth, Kreator) at Fascination Street studios, Sweden.

Interview with Dréa Drury of Anilah

Anilah is the solo project from vocalist and composer Dréa Drury, a musician based in the Selkirk Mountains of Western Canada. She combines the shamanic and esoteric with modern musical elements. Earlier this year she released Warrior, a mysterious and enchanting EP that features a captivating 36 minute musical experience.


Rolling Thunder (3:19)
Warrior (11:45)
Calling the Others (6:25)
Medicine Chant (15:05)

Femetalism recently spoke to Dréa about the project, her influences and how the project came about in this inspiring interview.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

New Release: Cadaveria - Silence (November 2014)

Horror metal maestros CADAVERIA have released details of their forthcoming album, Silence, set for release on November 18th on Scarlet Records.

Femetalism has featured CADAVERIA in a past Extreme Thursday on discovering their previous album, Horror Metal. Silence continues in the same vein; conjuring images of darkness, incense, rage and melancholy. The otherworldly atmosphere could be the backdrop to a horror movie.

Monday, 10 November 2014

New Release: Kontrust - Explositive (November 2014)

Austria's premium crossover act, Kontrust, release their fourth album Explositive this month through Napalm Records. The band are well known for their rapid rhythms, catchy slogans, brutal guitars and unique vocals and this new album does not disappoint.

The band, made up of  Agata Jarosz and Stefan Lichtenberger on vocals, Mike Wolffon guitars, Gregor Kutscheraon on bass, Roman Gaisböck on drums and Manuel Haglmüller on percussions released their debut album in 2005.  With Explositive, they continue to stretch the boundaries.  Check out the album preview:

Friday, 7 November 2014

New Release: Zephyra - Mental Absolution (2014)

Swedish melodic metal band Zephyra have finally released their long awaited debut album Mental Absolution through digital retailers this last week. The band signed with Wormholedeath for the release which has been produced by Jonathan Mazzeo, The physical CD will be released worldwide by Wormholedeath/Aural Music before the year is out.

Made up of husband and wife duo Åsa Netterbrant on vocals and growls and Tony Netterbrant on guitars along with Jonas Thörnqvist on bass and Kujtim Gashi on drums, this band have been a firm favourite for Femetalism for sometime.  We were privileged to interview Tony and Åsa in August when the announcement of the album had just been made.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

New Release - Season of Ghosts - The Human Paradox

Season of Ghosts is a groundbreaking music project, dedicated to the love of the unseen, and film soundtracks. Conceived by Greek singer-songwriter, Sophia Aslanidou (previously of Blood Stain Child), the project came to life in October of 2013 and the highly anticipated debut concept album, The Human Paradox, is set to be released in December 2014.

Season of Ghosts combine extreme rock and metal sounds, harsh electronics and powerful, compelling vocals, through the eerie spectrum of a Sci-Fi, horror movie. Sophia is in charge of composition, lyrics and co-production and handles both melodic and distorted vocals in a unique, storytelling atmosphere, that is bound to captivate audiences around the globe.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

New Release: Evil Scarecrow - Galactic Hunt

Master of parody metal Evil Scarecrow have released their long-awaited third album, Galactic Hunt. Now five years in the making and awaited anxiously and eagerly by literally thousands, Galactic Hunt contains some firm fan favourites from live performances over the last few years.

Managing to span the metal genres, Evil Scarecrow unite the metal masses like no other. Never ones to shy away from an in-fight over genre pedantry, metalheads are notoriously difficult to please. And yet at 11 o'clock on a Saturday morning at BOA 2014 a crowd of 10,000 came together as one to scuttle left, scuttle right and throw grass in the air at the command of the enigmatic Dr Hell.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Northern Symphony festival update: 2 more bands confirmed!

Northern Symphony Festival has become one of the most talked about festivals in the UK's symphonic metal scene recently, and there's no wondering why! As the UK's first ever symphonic metal festival it boasts a line-up that already includes headliners WINTER IN EDEN as well as Gothic doomsters Scandelion and Midlands-based symphonic metallers Divided We Fall.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

New Release: May The Silence Fail - Of Hope And Aspiration

German melodeath metallers May The Silence Fail released their debut album, Of Hope And Aspiration, on October 10th 2014. The product of seven years' hard work, the band have been developing their live performance as well as a demo in 2007 and an EP, Beyond All Dispute, in 2009.

May The Silence Fail features dual vocalists, Janina Kutschewski and Sarina Wijasuriya, one handling cleans while the other taking on the growls. Their philosophy is expressed in the name of the band; to break down the walls to self-expression and non-compliance. Silence and indifference are tantanount to confirmation and acceptance, but speaking out can make a difference.