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News that we pick up from the web, or news with the blog site.

Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for July


SonC logoOur friends at Sonic Cathedral reviewed three albums in July. Two of the albums are hard rock and the third album is as much hard rock as metal. Accordingly, all three albums feature powerful, clean female vocals, considerable melody in the compositions, and plenty of driving beat and oomph.

Sonic Cathedral’s website and Facebook page focus mainly on metal with female vocalists. However, they also cover many types of rock. The SC July selections show how comfortably hard rock and heavy metal go hand-in-hand. SC is a great destination for fans, performers and promoters of what has become known as female-fronted metal and rock.

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Mik’s favourite 2015 albums… so far. In no particular order.


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Somehow it feels like it’s been a slow beginning of the year, but when I started to look over my lists of albums I’ve listened to and rated, I could gather quite a large collection of favourites. Counted 17 really good releases in 6 months, that’s not bad! Not including all of them, here’s some of my must-listens of 2015:

Bosse-De-Nage – All Fours (hipster black metal)

It’s a very clever mix of frantic black metal and chaotic post-hardcore, with a well structured, intriguing story in the lyrics, impressive drum work and everything else a good, memorable album should have.

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Music To Check Out – Unleash The Archers, Half Hearted, Feared, Nasty Habit


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Canada’s Unleash The Archers was featured right here on A Metal State of Mind a few years ago.  We were fortunate enough to catch up with them for a quick interview which you can read here and check out their previous work while you are at it.  It’s about the fantasy and power metal with this outfit.  The strong female vocals are styled right up there with classic Rob Halford.  The music is fast-paced, doused with occasional blast beats, and a touch of death metal here and there.  Very much fitting for sword battles…or a Mad Max battle.  They must have done something right…they are now part of the Napalm family.  Enjoy!

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Free Music: Lanthanein – Nocturnálgica (EP)


coverThis should be too good to resist if you’re fan of Gothic doom-death metal with galactic-class soprano vocals. Lanthanein, from Argentina, are giving away their EP to help promote their forthcoming full album, Lágrimas (“Tears”).

There’s a link on their Facebook page to the EP download. You can get Nocturnálgica free at this location. Before you do that, it would be good of you to visit Lanthanein on Facebook and say hello, thank you, etc.

The heart of the band is two people. Marilí Portorrico, the exceptionally good vocalist, also does the arrangements and directs the choir that gives the music its rich, operatic metal flavour. Juan Mansilla plays guitars and bass, and also does the backup male vocals and growling.

Marilí and Juan set out to make music that captures the splendour of classical music and the darkness and bite of 1990s Gothic metal. They achieve both objectives completely. The result is a set of songs reminiscent of The Sins Of Thy Beloved and bands of that ilk and era, but with grand symphonic backing.

I’ll most certainly want the full album. Judging by Nocturnálgica, Lágrimas will be beautiful. Here’s the title track from the EP.

 

New Videos in May 2015


A small selection of new videos from the last month, including Voyager, Between The Buried and Me, Helloween, Secrets of The Sky and more.

Voyager – Seasons of Age, from their 2014 album “V“. (melodic progressive metal)

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Roundtable Review: Leprous – The Congregation


The CongregationLabel: InsideOut/Century Media

Release Date:  May 25th (Europe), June 2nd (USA)

Tracks:  11      Length: 1 hour, 11 minutes

Genre:  Progressive Metal

Studio Albums: Aeolia 2006, Tall Poppy Syndrome 2009, Bilateral 2011, Coal 2013

Location:  Telemark, Norway

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Full Concert Goodness: TesseracT – Odyssey/Scala


Century Media are giving us a full stream of TesseracT‘s upcoming live DVD “Scala”, filmed in November last year at The Scala in London. With the release comes a live audio CD titled “Odyssey” which was recorded during various shows on the band’s 2014 European Tour.

As a dedicated and patient (*coughs*) fan, I’m waiting for my own signed copy to arrive in the mail. Then I’ll lock the front door, turn the lights and my phone off, and place scented candles in a circle on the floor in my living room before I sit down to witness my favourite band with my favourite vocalist in all its liveliness and glory. It’s going to be the most awesome night.

Release date: May 19th. Available from Tesseract official store on both CD and vinyl, signed by the whole band.

 

 

 

 

Atmospheric Videos: The Sun Explodes – The Unnatural


It’s not the first time we write about the brilliance of a little band called The Sun Explodes, a progressive metal/rock act from Carlisle, UK. Their adventurous album “We Build Mountains” was one of my favourite releases in 2013, and these guys are finally back with more music to caress and impress our ears. Here’s the first single from the upcoming EP, accompanied by a beautiful, atmospheric video that smoothly emphasizes the strong melancholic emotions in the song.

“The Calm, The Storm” EP is released on May 18 and front man Dave Maclachlan gives us a good picture of what it’s about:

“Expect some big hooky chorus’, the occasional techy riff, and plenty of self-indulgent grandiose. Remember when you had some good food and you were all like, f**king hell this is so good, why doesn’t all food taste this good?! That’s us, but we’re a band not a food.”

No, he’s not just bragging. It’s actually true.

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Album Review & Interview: Southern Front – Death Throes


sothern_front_-_death_throesAlbum:  Death Throes

Label:  N/A

Release:  1 Nov 14

Songs:  8

Length:  28 Minutes

Genre:  Thrash/Death

Previous Albums:  Join or Die (2010); Seasons of Hate EP (2012)

FFO:  Lamb of God, Testament, Exodus, Pantera

Location:  Austin, Texas, USA

For those that feel an album must be of a certain length, Southern Front’s Death Throes is probably going to disappoint you before it even begins.  It’s a quick album and you’ll have to get used to it.  Southern Front is not about pumping their albums full of anything irrelevant.  Therefore, it’s quality over quantity on this one.  It’s just metal and quite heavy metal at that.  I’ll admit it even falls a bit short on whether I would call Death Throes an album or an EP, but for eight songs and the punch they pack, it’s an album.  Following up their Seasons of Hate EP, Death Throes is a no frills experienced mixed with growling (Lamb of God-like) vocals, copious double bass drumming, and enough guitar solos that give them a more thrashy edge. Read the rest of this entry

Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for March: Part 1/2


SC logoOur good friends at Sonic Cathedral have reviewed 12 albums since our February digest. SC covered a lot of different types of music, from alternative and prog rock to death metal, all featuring female vocalists. Sonic Cathedral is a destination all FF metal and rock bands and fans should know about and visit.

Thanks again, SC, for sharing your coverage and the summaries of every review!

We’re posting a song from each album. This round-up will be in two parts ‘cos we don’t wont to super-saturate you with top-class FF music. As a digression, that reminds of an answer some chemistry student gave in a test. Q: What is a super-saturated solution? A: A solution that holds more than it can hold.

 

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