One of our innovations for 2015 is an alliance with Sonic Cathedral, the website that specialises in reviews of albums by female-fronted bands. Collectively, the Sonic Cathedral team is probably the best team of experts in the world on the types of female-fronted music we at Metal State don’t cover too often, notably symphonic metal and Gothic metal. SC covers a lot more ground than that, however, featuring FF albums in various genres of rock and harder metal as well.
We’ll be presenting a highlights roundup of the Sonic Cathedral reviews every month. Our coverage will include the album details, an intro from SC, and a link to the full (and often extremely comprehensive) review on SC’s website.
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Posted by WarpRider
Release Date: 27 Jan 2015 (US); 23 & 26 Jan 2015 EU and World
Length: 37 Minutes
Genre: Sludge / Doom / Metal!
Sounds Like: Crowbar / Mastodon / High On Fire / Red Fang / Black Tusk
Location: Portland, OR USA Read the rest of this entry →
Posted by WarpRider
Release Date: 24 Jun 2014
Length: 45 Minutes
Genre: Just Heavy Metal
Studio Albums: This is their 3rd studio album
Location: Canada Read the rest of this entry →
My 2002 kicks off with folk black, heavy and melodic power metal.
Release Date: 19 August, 2014
Length: 38 minutes
Genre: Heavy Metal
Studio Albums: This is their debut album
Dark Metal Cat says I should post only the intro to my hit parade stuff on the home page and put the songs on a turn-page so that (a) I don’t use up the first three screens of the home page and (b) he can be on the home page.
I had 1995’s #10 and #9 yesterday. I am not skipping #8 and #7. I did them last week by mistake because of solar flares and asteroid belts and the Oort Cloud and such phenomena.
It’s 1995 this week. The only reason it starts with the end of 1994 is that I cunningly posted part of 1995 instead of 1994 one day last week. How that happened can only be explained as one of the paradoxes of time travel.
1994, #2: The 3rd And The Mortal – Death Hymn
Album: Tears Laid In Earth
Genre: Atmospheric Doom Metal
1994, #1: Megadeth – À Tout Le Monde
Genre: Heavy/Thrash Metal
Since Ozzy needs no introduction, here’s a quick anecdote instead. A journalist friend who reviewed lighter music gave me her review copy of Ozzmosis in 1995 because it was way too heavy for her taste. A few days later some old buddies came to visit and one of them happened to ask, “Do you think Ozzy’s still got it, or is he a has-been?” I played this song. My mate withdrew his question.
Posted by RiffRaff
Thirty minutes. That’s all it took for Castle to come in, make their siege, and completely conquer anything else I had planned on listening to for the past week. In thirty minutes, Castle delivers one of the most concise, beefy, and enjoyable records I have heard this year. And due to its quick run time and incredibly catchy songs it makes for a record that I just want to listen to over and over again. The clichèd saying ‘all killer; no filler’ rings incredibly true here.
Following up 2012’s outstanding Blacklands (which landed on my list of favorite albums of 2012), Castle have taken their doom metal laden hard rock style to the grinding wheel and polished out one hell of a diamond. Infusing a bit more of a traditional heavy metal feel with their groovy and slightly quirky riffs and an even better sounding vocal performance by Liz Blackwell each track on this record is so well done any of them could easily work as a lead single.
Throughout the record you will hear some heavy influence to classic metal bands like Black Sabbath, Manilla Road, Candlemass, and Iron Maiden, yet through some great songwriting and top-notch production nothing feels verbatim nor just another retro band that can’t stop worshiping the bands of days yore. Songs like the opener ‘Distant Attack’ deliver a direct assault of galloped riffing and barrages of solos as the unique and sultry voice of Ms. Blackwell is constantly delivering catchy vocal hook over catchy vocal hook. And then you have tracks like ‘Pyramid Lake’ and ‘Powersigns’ where mood and direction is always in flux while never meandering away from their intended purpose of rocking your fucking socks off.
I really have to commend the massive step in lyric writing on this offering. While not incredibly poetic, each track excels in the story-telling department. The words really add a nice punch to the music as they work in tandem to create some detailed and moody settings. This especially rings true on what is easily my favorite track on the album, ‘Labyrinth of Death’. Here the strut of the rhythm section, the winding of the guitars, and the lyrics about, well… a labyrinth of death, really work to suck you into an inevitable bout with the Minotaur. And it all comes to a culmination as the mood takes a darker turn as the chase nears its end.
I can not speak highly enough of this record nor stop listening to it. Concise, catchy, outstanding performances, incredible songwriting, and overall a damn good feel; what else more could one ask for. Go grab this album now, you can thank me later. 5/5
You can stream Under Siege here courtesy of Terrorizer.
Release Date: 1976
Length: 40 minutes
Genre: Heavy metal
Studio Albums: 16 studio albums