Thursday, 26 February 2015

Femetalism Compilation Album Update No.1

A few weeks ago we put out a request for unsigned bands to submit tracks to a compilation album we are putting together. We expected a modest reception, but the response was overwhelming. Now, after several weeks of sorting, sifting, pondering and listening to every submission over and over again (oh, the hardship) we have come out the other side and are ready to make some announcements! 

The selection process was painfully difficult due to the volume and quality of the submissions, and it soon became clear that a single 15 track album wasn't going to cut it. We decided that that only way forward was to create a two-part release; the first on March 31st as planned and a second compilation on April 30th.

The hardest part of any project is thinking of a name, but a name we have thought of. The title of the compilation will be Forged In Stone And Steel, a name inspired by the music, by rock and metal, by strength and fortitude, and by Sheffield, the home of Femetalism. The two parts will be referred to simply as part 1 and part 2.

The artwork is being provided by Rowan Andrews, and is based on photographs of Sheffield taken by Femetalism's own Craig Andrews. The artwork for part 1 focuses on the stone element, and the artwork for part 2 will focus on the steel. And today we can reveal what part 1 will look like, and what it will be made of.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Black Mass and Femetalism Presents ... A Photo Roundup


The first of the Femetalism supported events for 2015 took place last Sunday, 22nd February at South Sea Live in Sheffield. Black Mass Presents, a recurring promotional night held at South Sea Live, joined forces with Femetalism to bring a night of all female-fronted metal bands featuring Lyxx, Lost Effect, Soul Shredder, Aonia, Morning Star and Bad Pollyanna.

The night was a huge success and the crowd and bands alike had a great time. We were on hand to promote the upcoming compilation, have a couple of beers, and take some photographs of proceedings. The full album of the night can be seen on the album page.

New Release: Whyzdom - Symphony For A Hopeless God


Symphony For A Hopeless God is the third album for French Symphonic Metal band Whyzdom. After two successful albums relying on the power of Symphonic Orchestra and Metal riffing, they push their own Philharmonic Metal concept one step further, adding an even more cinematic edge to their songs. Orchestra has never been so powerful. Choirs has never been so haunting. Riffs have never been so compelling. And vocals have never been so intense, ranging from pure and fragile melodies to harsh growls, all provided by mezzo-soprano Marie Rouyer.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

New Release: LEAH - Kings and Queens (February 2015)


Originating from the coast of British Columbia, Canada, symphonic metal artist LEAH has just released her much anticipated new album Kings and Queens. Inspired by Celtic and world music influences such as Clannad and Loreena McKennitt to European symphonic and progressive metal, her debut self-released album Of Earth & Angels received international critical acclaim, landing her on The Best Symphonic Metal Album Metalstorm Awards for 2012.

LEAH has had success in gaining thousands of fans around the globe, just through her online presence and social media, despite never having done a tour. International fans call her The Metal-Enya due to her ethereal ballads, folk-tales, mysterious world instrumentation and operatic blast beats.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

New Release: Ensiferum - One Man Army (February 2015)


Forged in 1995 as a trio by guitarist/vocalist Markus Toivonen, and presently featuring current and former members of October Falls, Rapture, Norther, Barathrum and Sinergy, Ensiferum has been flying the flag of epic, folk-infused death metal high and proud for two decades. The band's new album One Man Army will be released via Metal Blade Records on February 24th, 2015 and includes an accompanying four-track bonus CD.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Femetalism Spotlight: Soul Shredder


Influenced by the heavy rock and metal bands of their youth, inspired by virtuoso musicians of every genre and compelled to carry the flag of rock music forward against a backdrop of injection moulded TV talent shows, Soul Shredder was formed in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK and first hit the stage in 2009.

Now veterans of the Sheffield live metal music scene, Soul Shredder are Cookie (vocals), Stu and Tom (guitars), Ed (bass) and Rix (drums).

Friday, 13 February 2015

INTERVIEW: Kamera Obscura


Kamera Obscura, a band born out of a freaky musical experiment. Mixing the aggression of metal with the decadence of electro within the projected universe of the imagination of some of the greatest directors in cinema.

In January 2014 the band released its first self-produced album ‘Dark Reels’ supported by a series of gigs in Paris and in December 2014 they filmed a live performance that has just been released this month.

The band features Cécile MN on vocals, Joël CBN on drums, Jean-Philippe STX on guitar and Franck No-L on bass.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Black Mass & Femetalism Presents: All Female Fronted Line Up - South Sea, Sheffield, Sunday February 22nd 2015


Sunday 22nd February sees South Sea Live in our very own home city of Sheffield, play host to a fantastic female-fronted line up.  We were really pleased to be asked to sponsor this event and are incredibly excited to support such an event on our own doorstep.

The line up is pretty impressive to be honest and so if you haven't come across these bands before, let me take you on a quick whistle stop tour.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

INTERVIEW: Forever Still


Formed in 2010, Forever Still originate from Denmark and having released their debut EP in 2013, the band are now working on their debut album and a number of EP releases in 2015.

Lead vocalist Maja Højvang Schønning kindly sat down and answered a few Femetalism questions at the beginning of what is going to be a pretty busy year for her and the band.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Aonia Announce Sunset Symphony UK Tour with Alwaid


British gothic power metallers AONIA, who have been hailed by the likes of Metal Hammer and Global Metal Apocalypse for their Nigithwish-esque sound and use of Wagnerian warbling, have just announced the dates for their headlining UK tour with French melodic metallers Alwaid.



New Release: The Pretty Dead - Resigned To Fate (January 2015)

The Pretty Dead are a Manchester based band featuring what they describe as 'heavy riffs, classic sounds, rock, pop and metal thrown in a blender and served with the occasional slice of cheese.'  They were formed when guitarist Theo moved to Manchester in January 2014 and their line up grew to include Liam on drums, Mike on lead guitar and Nicola on vocals - the band are still searching for a bassist.

In January 2015, they released their debut three track EP - Resigned To Fate.

Track Listing:

  1. Nothing To Me
  2. Stealing The Night
  3. I Don't Believe

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

INTERVIEW: Selene


Selene is a metal band from Northern Ireland, mixing powerful operatic vocals with Heavy Atmospheric music, they create a unique brand of hard hitting Symphonic Metal.  In October they released their EP Paradise Over and guitar and keyboard player John Connor kindly agreed to answer some questions about the band, the EP and what the band are up to in the not too distant future.

Monday, 2 February 2015

ETHEREAL confirmed to headline the INFERNAL ORCHESTRA stage at NORTHERN SYMPHONY FESTIVAL, HYDRA confirmed as support


Liverpool's black metal legion Ethereal have been announced as the headliner for the Infernal Orchestra stage at Northern Symphony Festival. Bombarding audiences around the UK for over a decade, they have become one of the most prominent acts on the British black metal scene, showing no mercy as they unleash their unique, tactically executed brand of symphony metal.