Thursday, 27 March 2014

Extreme Thursday: Arch Enemy

It's Thursday again. Sorry about that. But to try and improve the situation we're going to look at a band. A band who need no introduction. A band whose name is the Family Fortunes top answer for "death metal bands with female vocalists". And a band who has been very much in the public eye of late. I am referring, of course, to Bananarama.

I jest, of course, but to try and pretend that nobody has heard of Arch Enemy would be somewhat foolish. Over the last 15 years the band have forged a name for themselves and become of one the best known names on the melodeath circuit.

They have certainly had their fair share of nay-sayers, detractors and general curmudgeons trying to decry them as false and relying on the "gimmick" of Angela Gossow's gender. Fortunately they didn't take any of it to heart, and through it all they have maintained a consistent style that is recognisably Arch Enemy, and a fiercely loyal fan base.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Bandcamp Series: Lethe - When Dreams Become Nightmares (2014)

When Dreams Become Nightmares is the recent release from an experimental collaboration between Anna Murphy of Eluveitie and Tor-Helge Skei of Manes who came together in 2012.

The result is a genre bending musical extravaganza touching upon aspects of electronica, metal, jazz, pop, rock and trip hop.  It leaves you pretty speechless.

The whole listening experience is atmospheric, dark and completely refreshing.  It is impossible to categorize or compare because there is just nothing like this anywhere else.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Delain to release fourth studio album: The Human Contradiction - April 2014

On April 7th, Delain release their fourth studio album, The Human Contradiction.  The Dutch symphonic metal act were formed back in 2002 by former Within Temptation's Martijn Westerholt and are a Femetalism favourite

The new album is particularly exciting for me because the band have collaborated with Marco Hietala again along with George Oosthoek and Alissa White-Gluz.

I love a good collaboration, don't you?

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Extreme Thursday: Holy Moses

Flares. What better thing to brighten up a dismal Thursday than a pair of epic flairs? Walk with me, back in time, back to the dim, distant past, to a time when the 70s were still lingering in the air like a bad smell. Back ... to the 80s.

The year is 1980. A group of high school kids, Ramon Brüssler, Peter Vonderstein and Jochen Fünders, were putting together a thrash metal band that, little did they know, would kick off a multi-decade storm of German thrash. That band was, and is, Holy Moses. A band who have been around, on and off, for over thirty years, and have somehow never made it beyond cult status.

Things did not run smooth for the young band, and over the next six years a great churning would oust the founding members and replace them with a whole new lineup and, importantly, a new vocalist in the form of Sabina Classen (née Hertz), girlfriend and future wife of the new guitarist Andy Classen.

Monday, 17 March 2014

The Agonist's Alissa White-Gluz is announced as the replacement for Angela Gossow in Arch Enemy.

Unexpected and shocking news today as not only does Angela Gossow announce she is leaving Arch Enemy after 13 years, but Alissa White-Gluz also announces she is leaving The Agonist to join Arch Enemy.  What?!

As a huge fan of both ladies this news is met with mixed emotions.  I am excited to see Alissa performing with Arch Enemy and I am sure she will do a fantastic job stepping up into Angela's shoes. I am also looking forward to seeing the new material The Agonist have been working on and how they move forward without Alissa.  That said seeing Angela perform with Arch Enemy was at the top of my gig wish list and it will be sad for us not to not have the opportunity to see Angela play live with the band.

Bandcamp Series: Stand Your Ground - Standards (2013)

Stand Your Ground are an American hardcore metal band from Tennessee.

After touring relentlessly and gathering a strong US fan base, the band released their first full-length album Despondenseas in 2011 and this 5 track EP Standards in 2013.

The band are currently made up of Brandi Pillow on vocals, Daniel Taylor and Micah Messamore on guitar, Jonathan Taylor on bass and Tyler Domingues on drums.  Their sound is aggressive but also melodic, their EP is short yet sharp.  The tracks are real crowd pleasers and I am sure they would be immense when played live.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Extreme Thursday: Nocturnal

Only three things are certain in life; death, taxes and Thursday. In an effort to make that last one more bearable, we're featuring a band who are very, very difficult to find. If you search for their name on Metal Archives, you'll get no less than 123 different bands bearing the same moniker. If you try and find out much of anything about them, you'll draw a blank. And yet, they are somehow well known amongst the German thrash underground, and even got a mention on this very blog not a month ago. That band ... is Nocturnal.
Adding to the mystery that is Nocturnal, the band go by pseudonyms and have very little in the way of an online presence. There is a Facebook page that is kept up to date, but the band's website is offline, the MySpace page has hardly anything on it, and I'll be honest, I'm only guessing that the photograph at the top of this post is even them.

Started by Avenger way back in around 2000, the band have been insanely productive despite producing very few full length albums on general release. With a total of 2 singles, 5 EPs, 7 splits, 3 compilations and even a DVD and live album thrown in there, there is a lot of Nocturnal about.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

International Women's Day photo collage "who's who?"

As you may have noticed, today we posted a collage of awesome women in metal to celebrate International Women's Day.  

All of the photos were taken by Craig Andrews at live music events we have been to over the last few years.  Obviously there are many, many more women who also deserve a mention, but these are the ones we have been lucky enough to see and photograph for ourselves. 

You have probably looked through the photos and recognised a lot of these lovely ladies, but just incase, here is a quick look through the photos and a shoutout for each of them.

Celebrating International Women's Day

On March 8th the world comes together to celebrate International Women's Day.  Here at Femetalism we decided to celebrate today with this photographic collection of wonderful women in metal.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Extreme Thursday: Izegrim

This week Extreme Thursday takes a stroll to the Netherlands to investigate long-standing death/trashers Izegrim. Playing a deeply political, thrashy take on melodic death metal, Izegrim have four studio albums under their belt and have just returned from a stint on 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2014.

 Featuring bassist and vocalist Marloes Voskuil on double duty, the band have been hard at work over the last few years, producing three of their albums since 2008. The most recent, Congress Of The Insane, came out six months ago in October 2013.

Seemingly always busy, the band has certainly built up a large following since joining their current label, Listenable Records, in 2009. No sooner have they landed from 70k Tons, they are already promoting the new tour.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Lacuna Coil release their seventh album Broken Crown Halo - April 2014

Italian gothic metal band Lacuna Coil have released 6 albums to date and have sold over 2 million records throughout their 20 year career.  If the recently released single Nothing Stands in our Way is anything to go by, their new album Broken Crown Halo continues the slightly darker themes from Dark Adrenaline, whilst maintaining their standout Lacuna Coil sound.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Dawn of Destiny release new album F.E.A.R - March 2014

German Power Metallers Dawn of Destiny release their fifth full-length album this month - F.E.A.R. Dawn of Destiny were formed in 2005 and are currently made up of Jeanette Scherff on vocals,  Veith Offenbächer on guitar, Jens Faber on bass and Dirk Raczkiewicz on keys.  They play a mix of thrash, gothic and death metal.

F.E.A.R represents: Forgotten, Enslaved, Admired, Released and contains an intense story throughout. The album also boasts contributions from Mats Levén (Therion, Candlemass, Yngwie Malmsteen, Treat and Krux) and Jon Oliva (Savatage).  This is the second album featuring Jeanette's vocals.