Thursday, 30 April 2015

Synergy Protocol UK Chaos Tour Photos

This week Synergy Protocol made their way from the Netherlands to play their UK Chaos Tour. Supported by UK based The Last Of Us, the tour has so far taken in Ilfracombe, Redhill, Sheffield, Wakefield, Northampton and Evesham, with Wellingborough and Neath still to go. Femetalism have been supporting the band on this tour and were really pleased to be able to see them perform in both Sheffield and Wakefield.  

Synergy Protocol were incredibly energetic, enthusiastic and utterly fantastic. The whole performance was well put together and the band clearly work well together; playing each others instruments, carrying out some gymnastics and generally fooling around, whilst also blasting out some of the best progressive metal I have heard in a long time. The paper aeroplanes were a lovely touch to throw about during Flight From Terra and attracted lots of crowd participation.

Forged in Stone and Steel Part 2 - OUT NOW

The second part of our first compilation album is available for free download from Bandcamp. Please support, share and enjoy this incredible collection of music.

Grab a copy of the album here:


Jackknife Seizure - Trial of the Trilobites
Riseback - Make Me Real
Vehemal - Cosmin Collision
Burn The Void - Wrong Side of my Mind
Reign of Sirius - The Rook and the Feather
Bleeding Tears - Brother Wolf
Andraste - Bribe The Ferryman
Fate Prevailed - Blue Skies Burn Red
As Night Falls - Final Destination
Mongrel - Over and Over
Aonia - Reflections
Viper Arms - You Will Not Possess Me
Alwaid - Lacis Somniorum

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Forged in Stone and Steel Part 2 - Track 13 Alwaid - Lacus Somniorum

Alwaid is a melodic metal band from Lille, France, which was founded in 2010. Within a few months, the first songs were written and the band played its first gigs in local bars. The band's first demo was released in the course of the summer 2012. The year 2013 was dedicated to live shows before the band hit the studio to record their first album "Lacus Somniorum", which was released in March 2014. An intense promotion tour then took Alwaid around the north of France, Belgium and the UK.

The band was named after a star that evokes a nocturnal and oniric world, and each track of this album tells its own story, following the different stages of sleep, from waking to unconsciousness, from insomnia to nightmares. The band strives to create a diversity of atmospheres, sometimes relying on symphonic structures and sometimes on more aggressive heavy metal guitars, not forgetting a number of darker pieces when male growls combine with the melodic female vocals.

Lacus Somniorum is the title track from Alwaid's 2014 album.

Alwaid are:

Marie Perrier – Vocals
Simon Lamarcq – Bass
Max Renard – Guitar & Grunts
Alexis Godel – Guitar
Laurent Feisthauer – Keyboards
Marceau Canis – Drums

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Originally posted by Emma Sheridan on Femetalism.

Forged in Stone and Steel Part 2 - Track 12 Viper Arms - You Will Not Possess Me

Viper Arms is an all-female rock band from Turku, Finland. In the current line-up dating back to 2008, Niina sings and plays guitar, Päivi lead guitar, Laura drums and Soffe bass. Some members of the band have been making music in Viper Arms even longer. Viper Arms has very actively performed in Finland and abroad for the past six years. Their music is best described as rock music with hard rock influences.

The band's first single Closer (2013) was first released by Turku Rock Academy & V.R. Label Finland, but the song also appears on a compilation CD released by Outlanders Productions and Metal From Finland. The compilation presents various Finnish hard rock and metal bands.

In 2014 Viper Arms recorded two singles. The first one, Addiction, was released by V.R.Label Finland & Turku Rock Academy in May ´14. The second single, You Will Not Possess Me, was released by Outlanders Productions in April 2015.

Viper Arms is an independent, unsigned band.

Viper Arms is:

Niina - Vocals and Guitar
Laura - Drums
Soffe - Bass
Päivi - Lead Guitar

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Originally posted by Emma Sheridan on Femetalism.

Supporting Indie Music: Mongrel Kickstarter to record new album

Boston aggressive rock band, Mongrel have started a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their new album. Having successfully utilised crowd funding for their previous awesome release Evolution, they wanted to repeat their success and also their experience of sharing the creation of their music with their fans.

New Release: Forever Still - Save Me EP (April 2015)

Danish rock band Forever Still have released their second concept EP which will eventually make up their debut album.  Save Me continues where Scars left us and sees the journey continuing with for the main character, and things starting to clear up...or are they? No one ever said progress was easy and without a cost.

The EP features 3 awesome tracks:

Awake the Fire
Breathe In
Save Me

And it is also available for a Name Your Price fee on Bandcamp ahead of their UK tour.  They start in London on 30th April and finish in Sheffield on 3rd May.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Forged in Stone and Steel Part 2 - Track 11 Aonia - Reflections

The 7­ headed, 14 ­legged creation that is Aonia comprises a dual ­wield of 'sopranos with balls' as vocalists, along with shredding twin axes, symphonic keys and driving drums and bass ­ for fans of operatic metal, power metal, progressive metal and NWOBHM. Aonia’s tsunami of sound is a blend of the very old and the very new – a tempered steel in a velvet glove.

Aonia is starting to be climb the ladder of the heavy metal scene, supporting touring acts such as Canadian power metallers and Bloodstock veterans Kobra and the Lotus. Most recently, the band has been booked to play the acclaimed Dames of Darkness Festival. Aonia has also organised its own all ­day festival, Aonia Fest, in association with Feralworld Music and will be supporting the legendary Blaze Bayley. Furthermore, Aonia has booked their first show outside of England – supporting the melodic Alwaid in Belgium in July.

Reflections is taken from the bands 2014 EP, Sunchaser.

Aonia is:

Melissa - Vocals
Joanne - Vocals
James (“Carrot”) - Guitar and Backing Vocals
Przemek (“Slick”) - Guitar
Tim (“The Machine”) - Keyboards
Gary - Bass
Tony (“Feraldayor”) - Drums.

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Originally posted by Emma Sheridan on Femetalism.

Forged in Stone and Steel Part 2 - Track 10 Mongrel - Over and Over

Mongrel is known as "the hardest working band in Boston" (Metal Edge) and with the latest release "Evolution" the band has brought it's unique blend of aggressive rock, punk influence, and metal to a new level. Featuring Jessica Sierra's sultry to aggressive vocals, "Evolution" showcases founding guitarist Adam Savage on guitars, and features the recorded debuts of drummer Mike Hogan and bassist Michael Ariza. "Evolution" was recorded by Jim Foster (POD, Thy Will Be Done, Sully Erna), mixed by Dave Fortman (Otep, Slipknot, Evanescence, Godsmack), and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Pantera, Metallica, The Cult, Nirvana, Soundgarden) and has gotten a great response from old fans, new fans, and critics alike earning the band a good number of year end awards for 2014.

Over and Over is taken from the bands 2014 release, Evolution.

Mongrel is:

Jessica Sierra - Vocals
Adam Savage - Guitar
Mike Hogan - Drums
Michael Ariza - Bass

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Originally posted by Emma Sheridan on Femetalism.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Forged in Stone and Steel Part 2 - Track 9 As Night Falls - Final Destination

It all began in the summer of 2010 when two musicians who already knew one another from their previous musical projects – vocalist Anna Achtelik and guitarist Paweł Dylewski, decided to create the project of their dreams – a symphonic metal band that would follow in the footsteps of the greatest bands of the genre, but still remaining original and searching for its own style.

The first songs were created very quickly and the first shows were played at the beginning of 2012. The audiences' very positive reception confirmed that the direction was right. The first record was released later that year – an EP called My Secret Place, containing four songs, and the first music video for a song called My Memory. In the meantime new material was being composed and the band attended multiple shows and festivals. In 2014 As Night Falls released their second EP entitled From Grace To Oblivion.

Final Destination is taken from that EP - From Grace To Oblivion.

As Night Falls is:

Anna Achtelik - Vocals
Paweł Dylewski - Guitar
Łukasz Hatłas - Bass
Łukasz Siwy - Keys
Darek Markiewicz - Drums

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Originally posted by Emma Sheridan on Femetalism.

Forged in Stone and Steel Part 2 - Track 8 Fate Prevailed - Blue Skies Burn Red

Fate Prevailed is a metal band with a full and addicting sound. Combining melodic female vocals with heavy instrumentation and screaming vocals, the band appeals to a wide variety of listeners. The music is progressive, technical, and changes with every song.

Coming from different musical backgrounds each member of the band brings new life to the music as they come together. Dark lyrical themes, raging solos, and haunting melodies make Fate Prevailed a band you need to hear.

Blue Skies Burn Red is the title track from their 2014 EP.

Fate Prevailed is:

Michael Seeley – Keyboards, Vocals, Lyrics
Ariane Ganga – Vocals
Zach Karry – Guitar
Grant Kimmerer – Guitar 
Roger Harris – Bass, Vocals

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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Forged in Stone and Steel Part 2 - Track 7 Andraste - Bribe The Ferryman

Andraste was formed following a mosh-pit collision at Paganfest '08, and became established as Manchester's foremost exponents of folk metal. Founder member Hazel Mayow (whistles and mandola) had long harboured a vision of combining her folk background in the wildlands of Cumbria with extreme metal; with Justin Morley (lead vocals, guitars, mandolin), Greg Chick (drums, vocals) and Tommy Rushton (bass, vocals) completing the lineup, the band proceeded to forge a very human take on history and mythology against the resulting epic backdrop of progressive virtuosity.

A self-produced debut album, The Secret Valley, was released in 2011 and garnered sufficient praise to earn the band an appearance on Bloodstock's acoustic stage in 2012. 'Bribe the Ferryman' is taken from the band's second album, due for release in mid-2015, and tells the tale of a grieving widow from the perspective of a priest who offers safe passage for the dead ... but at a dreadful cost.

As Bribe The Ferryman is a brand new, as yet unreleased track here is another Andraste song to keep you going until the compilation is released.

Andraste is:

Justin Morley - Lead Vocals / Guitars / Mandolin
Hazel Mayow - Whistles / Mandola
Greg Chick - Drums / Vocals
Tommy Rushton - Bass / Vocals

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Originally posted by Emma Sheridan on Femetalism.

Forged in Stone and Steel Part 2 - Track 6 Bleeding Tears - Brother Wolf

Gothic metal band, Bleeding Tears was formed in August 2004 in Valencia, Venezuela. With two female vocalists and combining pianos, lyric voices and distorted guitars with extreme voices, Bleeding Tears creates an ambient sound, that connects the feelings of melancholy, anguish, desolation and heavy burdens. A sound that shows the anger and the contrast of human emotions.

Bleeding Tears has played in Europe with the Norwegian Band Ancestral Legacy and the Portuguese Band Chaos in Paradise on a tour entitled Brother Wolf European Tour 2011. They performed in cities such as Berlin, Roermond, Amsterdam, Valencia, Madrid and Porto. The band has also been chosen to support International Bands such as Epica, Theatres Des Vampires, Siebenbürgen and played at important festivals in Venezuela.

Brother Wolf is taken from the bands 2013 album of the same name.

Bleeding Tears is:

Vanessa Murillo - Mezzo Soprano
Carla Valsangiacomo - Soprano
Darwin Gil - Extreme Voices and Guitar
Jaime Murillo - Bass
Sergio Rivas - Guitar
Alejandro Pinto - Keyboards and Synthesizers

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Originally posted by Emma Sheridan on Femetalism.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Forged in Stone and Steel Part 2 - Track 5 Reign of Sirius - The Rook and The Feather

Reign of Sirius are a Melodic/Symphonic Metal 6 piece band from the UK, based in Macclesfield in North West England. They reformed as a Symphonic Metal band in 2010 after a 3 year Electronica project of the same name founded by guitarist Mayo and Vocalist Alex. After multiple line­up changes they settled as a six­ piece to complete the resurrection of the band.

Showcasing their desire for heavy guitar riffs blended with epic symphonies and compositions, topped with the hard hitting screams and growls that build to the melodic and catchy choruses.The concept is strong with that hint of darkness and theatrical storytelling verses and lyrics which make the grand live shows more of an experience than you would get at your usual metal show.

Reign of Sirius released their second album 'Mirror Figures' which was a huge step up from their previous album. Released in April 2014 'Mirror Figures' is the promising next step for this fresh and original band, first heard with the release of the first single from the album 'Dice of Fate', released on 31st July 2013. The 8 minute plus single was more than a taster of what was to come and has shown exactly what the band can do.

The Rook and The Feather is taken from the bands 2014 album Mirror Figures.

Reign of Sirius is:

Alex Blaikie - Vocals
Simon Mayo - Guitars
Tom Perry - Guitars
Charlie Blaikie - Bass
Alex Williams - Keyboards
Jacob Lockett - Drums

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Originally posted by Emma Sheridan on Femetalism.

Forged in Stone and Steel Part 2 - Track 4 Burn The Void - Wrong Side Of My Mind

Burn The Void are a UK band formed in late 2010 by guitarist Steve Peril and bassist Nicky Rogerson. The idea from the start was to create a sound, which brought together their NWOBHM influence, merged with more modern elements of the rock and metal genres. This idea was finally realised when they released their debut self titled EP in 2011, including popular songs ‘No Man’s Land’ and ‘Embrace The Night’. The response they received was more than they anticipated and their following started to grow around the world. They were achieving recognition in the UK, USA, Europe and Russia, even accomplishing high standing positions in the Myspace Rock/ Metal music charts against fully established bands at the time.

The band continued to write and gig throughout 2011 until early 2012 when the line up parted ways. Steve and Nicky continued to write and in October 2012 the band was reborn, with the introduction of Doogle Hill on guitar and Londa Ntotila on lead vocals. With this new line up came a new musical direction for them. Fusing together the rich classic rock and metal sound of their past, with soaring classical-styled vocals, the music has found its unique edge.

Burn The Void is:

Steve - Lead/Rhythm Guitar
Nicky - Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals 
Doogle - Lead/Rhythm Guitar
Londa - Lead Vocals

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Originally posted by Emma Sheridan on Femetalism.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Forged in Stone and Steel Part 2 - Track 3 Vehemal - Cosmic Collision

Vehemal is a Montreal-based music outfit formed in September 2008 by Marie-Josée Sévigny and Martine Bourque. The original concept was to compose metal music from a feminine perspective of the world. The writing of the album "The Atom Inside", which was recorded at Silverwings Studio, reflects this idea. The album was released in September 2014.

Cosmic Collision is taken from The Atom Inside.

Vehemal is:

Martine Bourque - Vocal
Marie-Josée Sévigny - Rhythm Guitar
Neuromancer - Lead Guitar
Guillaume Baupré - Bass
Keven Cabana - Drums

Recording Members:

Martine Bourque - Vocals 
Marie-Josée Sévigny - Rhythm Guitar
Daniel Simard - Lead Guitar
Anya Hallmich - Bass
Sarah Lecompte - Bergeron Drums

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Originally posted by Emma Sheridan on Femetalism.

INTERVIEW: Celtachor

Irish blackened folk metalers Celtachor have today released their second album: Nuada Of The Silver Arm. Recorded in Sept/Oct 2014 at Sun Studios in Dublin with Ola Ersfjord and mastered by Chris Common, it will be their first release on German label Trollzorn.

Ahead of the release, the band took some time to talk to Femetalism about the band and the new album and we are pleased to present this today along with the album release.

Forged in Stone and Steel Part 2 - Track 2 Riseback - Make You Real

Riseback is an alternative metal band from Istanbul/TR. The band is founded in February 2010. Influenced by contemporary rock/metal the band created its own musical style. In love with metal music, the band produce modern rock-metal sounds, melodic and rich guitar riffs, strong drumming, solid bass and sincere female vocals with musical colours coming straight from the heart.

Live Performance history includes concerts at Dorock, Rock'n Rolla, 5th Marmara Rock Days, 13th Istanbul Rock Festival, Headbangers' Weekend Refresh The Venue, Msgü Spring Fest. Riseback also performed at Metal Crowd Open Air, Belarus with headliners including Sybreed, Suidakra and many other international bands. The song ''My Treasure'' was included to the festival compilation CD.

Riseback's song ''Faraway'' was first released on the compilation album of Prog Power Festival U.S.A in 2011. The bands self titled debut album was released in 2013.  They are currently working on music for the second.

Make You Real is taken from the bands debut album.

Riseback is:

Riella Eskenazi - Vocals
Ali Safa Uzun - Guitar
Koner Memili - Bass
Onur Akça - Drums

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Originally posted by Emma Sheridan on Femetalism.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

New Release: Viper Arms - You Will Not Possess Me (Single + Video)

Today, Viper Arms, an all-female rock band from Finland released their new single You Will Not Possess Me along with this great music video.  The band have released the track with Outlanders Productions.

You Will Not Possess Me tells a story about passion, obsession and the need to own another person. The video is inspired by 1950's Finnish movies.

Keep checking out news on our compilation as Viper Arms will be appearing on Forged in Stone and Steel - Part 2 due out on 30th April 2015.

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Originally posted by Emma Sheridan on Femetalism.

Forged in Stone and Steel Part 2 - Track 1 Jackknife Seizure - Time of the Trilobites

Formed in 2008 by guitarist Mit and bassist Dave, Jackknife Seizure's line up was not completed until 2010. The past few years have been spent writing, rehearsing, demoing and gigging all over the capital and beyond as their unique blend of melodic, proggy riffs and heavy grooves started to take shape. Jackknife Seizure is sneaking up on the British rock and metal scene, an endeavour boosted by the band winning the London Metal 2 The Masses finals to play Bloodstock Open Air's prestigious New Blood Stage in 2014.

With influences ranging across the spectrum from heavy Soundgarden and Black Sabbath style rock to more progressive metal, i.e. Mastodon and Tool, their hard-to-classify yet captivating style has caught the attention of a rapidly growing audience and various media outlets. Their debut release 'Time of the Trilobites', a four track EP, is out now and available through the band's website and bandcamp pages.

Jackknife Seizure's debut record, the four track EP ‘Time of the Trilobites’ was released in Autumn, 2014 and is available for purchase and download via the band's website. The title track is featured on Forged in Stone and Steel Part 2.

Jackknife Seizure is:

Mit - Guitar
David - Bass
Sylvy - Drums

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Originally posted by Emma Sheridan on Femetalism.

Smirking Revenge - Mind Uploading

Smirking Revenge is an all-female death metal band from Montreal who are, their bio says, ready to rip your guts out. They are doing this via their debut EP, Mind Uploading, available on Bandcamp.

Smirking Revenge was formed in 2012 when drummer Joannie Gagnon and guitarist Roxane Labonté decided to form a death metal band from ashes of the defunct Aenygmist. Charlotte Lemieux, whose voice is described as "from beyond the grave", joined in early 2013 on vocals, and Gabrielle Bordeleau completed the lineup on bass.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Valkyrian Festival 2015: Danelaw Stage headliner revealed, plus an additional band on Valhalla Stage

Saturday 21st November will see, after five years, the last ever Valkyrian Festival at The Venue and The Riverside in Selby. Two more bands have been added to the line up; another on the Valhalla Stage at The Venue to play alongside Winter Storm as well as the headliner for the Danelaw Stage at The Riverside.

Monday, 20 April 2015

New Release: Gruesome - Savage Land (April 2015)

Gruesome is a band, a supergroup of sorts, that plants its roots firmly in the Florida death metal scene of the late 80s and early 90s. Unapologetically retro, the band set out to capture the spirit of the early Death records. Savage Land is their debut album, and it's out soon.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Temperance - Limitless (March 2015)

Temperance is born from the dedication and efforts of a group of musicians with more than a decade of experience in the scene, hundreds of concerts played with the likes of Rhapsody Of Fire, Dragonforce, Parkway Drive, Leave’s Eyes and Rage to name a few.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

New Release: Anachronism - Reflecting The Inside (April 2015)

April 10th saw the release of Anachronism's new EP, Reflecting The Inside. The band's first release since their debut album Senseless in 2012, the EP is six tracks of ear-bursting technical death metal. Reflecting The Inside demonstrates the band's progress, both technically and musically. The sound on the new EP sounds fresh, brutal and angry.

Anachronism were formed in Switzerland in 2009 by Matthieu Favre, Lisa Voisard and Florent Duployer on vocals, guitar and drums respectively. After a few lineup changes, Nicolas Riederer and Julien Waroux were added on backing vocals, guitar and bass.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

INTERVIEW: Undersmile

Oxford sludge doom outfit Undersmile released their second full-length  album Anhedonia on the 1st April, a follow up to the bands 2012 full-length album Narwhal.  We saw the band at Bloodstock 2014 and thoroughly enjoyed their set - we were quick to buy a stylish Narwhal Tee and pick up the new album when it was released.

Femetalism were fortunate enough to have Taz and Olly from the band, answer some of our questions in this recent interview:

Monday, 13 April 2015

New Release: Celtachor - Nuada of the Silver Arm (April 2015)

Irish blackened folk metalers Celtachor have revealed the title and artwork for their upcoming second album: Nuada Of The Silver Arm. Recorded in Sept/Oct 2014 at Sun Studios in Dublin with Ola Ersfjord and mastered by Chris Common, it will be their first release on German label Trollzorn. The release will be out on April 24th!

Friday, 10 April 2015


Midlandic melodic metallers Winter Storm are the first (and currently only) band to be announced to play the Valhalla Stage for the 2015 edition of Valkyrian Festival, which is also set to be the last ever Valkyrian Festival.

Valkyrian Festival: The Requiem For Valhalla will take place at both The Venue and The Riverside on Ousegate in Selby, North Yorkshire with the Valhalla Main Stage being hosted in The Venue and the Danelaw Stage being hosted in The Riverside.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Northern Symphony 2015 - Photo Roundup

April 4th 2015 saw the first ever Northern Symphony Festival take place in Selby at The Venue and Riverside.  An incredible selection of symphonic inspired metal bands took to the stage and put on an amazing show.

As official sponsors of the event, we were particularly looking forward to the festival and have been working hard with the promotor to ensure the evening was a great success - and a great success it really was.  The atmosphere was awesome with a great crowd of people, all of the bands performed their socks off, the venue was superb and the whole event was electric.

With two stages and so many bands playing, we did our very best to get to everyone and at least listen to some, if not all of their sets.  We missed a few and for that we are really gutted.  Here is a selection of the photos we took of the bands we did get to see.

See all the pictures at the Northern Symphony photo page!

New Release: Forever Still - Awake The Fire (Single)

Independent female fronted rock band Forever Still have released a new single called "Awake the Fire". The single is the first single from their upcoming EP “Save Me”. The “Save Me” EP is the part two of three digital EPs that will eventually end up as one physical full length album later in 2015. The single can be downloaded directly from the bands website: where the band let their fans pay what they want for it.