Thursday, 27 February 2014

Extreme Thursday: Abnormality

Enough of Wednesday. It's time for Extreme Thursday! This week's sonic intensity comes courtesy of death metallers Abnormality from Massachusetts.

Formed in 2005, the band's stated aim is to "bury the weak female fronted gimmick" of bands who only use a female front woman so the promo material looks good. They do that by playing violent, aggressive death metal with technical dexterity and driving grooves. Vocalist Mallika Sundaramurthy delivers growls and guttural roars to put your soul on edge.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Bandcamp Series: Blodwen - When Autumn Ends (2013)

Blodwen, which means mountain white flower in Welsh, are a symphonic power metal band from Indonesia.  They were formed in 2004 by lead singer Bernice Nikki and released their first album Black Symphony in 2010 under Japanese label Red Rivet Records. Unfortunately, 2011 saw three members of the band quit to pursue other interests, leaving Bernice and guitarist Alexander Lexy with a band to reassemble.

In 2013, with new members Bayu Djody Gondokusumo on Bass and Nikolas Praditya on Drums, they released the long awaited EP When Autumn Ends and in 2014, they were officially contracted by Crysella Records.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Anette Olzon releases her first album, Shine - March 2014

Since her sudden departure from Nightwish in 2012, Anette Olzon has been working on her own solo album. The writing process apparently started in 2009, and by 2011 she had released two demo tracks on her MySpace page - Floating and Invincible.  Since then Anette has put all of her efforts into getting her first solo album released and at the end of March, that will become a reality, with the release of Shine.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Extreme Thursday: Wykked Wytch

From the bleak misery that is Thursday comes a fresh dose of Extremity, this week in the form of Florida's Wykked Wytch. Having been around for 20 years and having released 5 full length albums, this is a band not stuck in its rut and melds black, death and thrash metal with gothic imagery and aggressive melodies.

It would be fair to say that band is as much a vehicle for its terrifying frontwoman Ipek, the founding and only remaining original member. Driving the band through many fortunes, Ipek has used her unending aggression and drive as well as her trademark black metal screams and death metal growls to great effect.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Bandcamp Series: Forever Still - Breaking Free (2013)

Combining metal, hard rock and industrial, Forever Still are a gem of a find. From Denmark, this band have been making waves on the Danish music scene since Mikkel Haastrup first spotted front woman Maja Schønning playing with her previous band in 2009.  Soon after the band added drummer Chad T. Charlton, along with guitarists Anders Bo Jespersen and Carsten Christensen to the lineup.

In 2013, they released the 4 track EP, Breaking Free and if the Internet is to believed, there are hints at a full-length album in the making.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

HURRAY! The Femetalism Photo Gallery is LIVE!!

Since the we made the decision to overhaul the femetalism website, I have wanted to include a photo gallery. Craig takes excellent live music shots and I really wanted to showcase them in their own section of the site. Today he has finally completed the work and the photo section is alive!! Yay!

As you will see if you head on over there, there are a few sets already uploaded for you to be getting on with. These include: Epica and Stream of Passion, December 2012 in Sheffield, the fantastic Warhorns Festival, September 2013 in York and most recently, the Tarja and Elyose gig in Nottingham. I will also be going back through some older gigs and uploading a few more sets for you to enjoy.

Hmmm, so all I need now is to get to some more live music events pronto! :) Next up in our live music calendar will be in April - Van Canto in London and Within Temptation and Delain in Manchester - gigs that I am sure will produce some excellent images!

Do let me know what you think to the gallery and photos we post and remember to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for updates, ramblings and general femetalove.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Nocturnal to release third album, Storming Evil - February 2014

Nocturnal are a German thrash metal band born from the band Bestial Desecration in 2000 and with a vision to play teutonic thrash inspired by the German thrash metal scene. After two full length albums and a list of EPs and splits as long as your arm, they are preparing to release their first album in 4 years; Storming Evil.

Only the second to feature Tyrannizer (formerly of Necrosadistic Goat Torture) on vocals, the new album sets out to bring an even heavier slab of blackened thrash to your eardrums and promptly smash them into a million tiny bits.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Extreme Thursday: Cripper

This week Extreme Thursday hops back across the pond and heads into the depths of mainland Europe. After spending a week in Arizona with Landmine Marathon, we've crossed the meridian and landed in Germany to listen to Cripper, a thrash band from Hannover formed by guitarists Christian Bröhenhorst and Jonathan Stenger and vocalist Britta Görtz.

Utilising a technical thrash style with faster, thrashier parts offset by slower, death/doom parts and Britta's growls, they have carved a niche in the thrash market that has resulted in 3 albums in 7 years. Not a bad average. Incorporating angry thrash sentiments with more death metal oriented despair, loneliness and anquish, the lyrics sometimes take on an almost punk quality, while staying firmly on the metal side of the fence.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Bandcamp Series: Anaria - Evince Ethos (2009)

Anaria are an American symphonic metal band who were originally known as Evince Ethos.  Their self-titled EP was recorded in 2009 and is made up of five tracks.  After recording the EP they changed their name to Anaria and are currently working on a full-length album to be released this year.

In January 2014, Anaria released a brilliant cover of Ed Sheeran’s I See Fire, from The Hobbit soundtrack.  A version which I very much prefer and that is available to buy for just $1 on Bandcamp.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Extreme Thursday: Landmine Marathon

Another week is nearly over, which means it must be time for another Extreme Thursday. This week we are shunning the fantastical themes, the elaborate costumes and conceptual story arcs of last week and instead embracing the brutality of raw death metal with the curiously named Landmine Marathon from Phoenix, Arizona.

Active since 2004, Landmine Marathon was formed by bassist Matt Martinez and vocalist Grace Perry. Initially playing short, grindcore-influenced songs, the band produced two demos before being picked up by Level Plane Records to release their first full-length, Wounded, in 2006.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Van Canto release fifth album, Dawn of the Brave - February 2014

German a cappella metal band Van Canto release their fifth studio album on the 10th February. Dawn of the Brave features 9 original compositions and 4 covers (including The Final Countdown, Holding out for a Hero, Into the West and Black Sabbaths, Paranoid).

Van Canto also have one UK date on the Dawn of the Brave tour. Sadly it is in London, but as is proper and correct, I will be heading down south to catch them on the 2nd April at The Underworld, Camden.

The band have released a teaser video which provides a snippet from each of the tracks on the album: