Our 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.
Our thanks go again to our buddies at Sonic Cathedral for sharing their reviews of female-fronted albums with us. Since we don’t review a great number of albums of the type that Sonic Cathedral does, our monthly digest of their reviews covers a lot of musical territory.
Like Metal State, Sonic Cathedral usually selects which albums to review from the dozens and sometimes hundreds released every month. As a result, their reviews cover the best of the best. They choose their material so well that Sonic Cathedral is widely recognised as the site for FF fans, bands and labels.
They reviewed eight albums during June. Here’s a brief look at all of them. Women have been at the heart of music for thousands of years, and it’s gratifying to note how many women continue to be supreme performers in every genre I can think of.
Posted in Album Reviews
Tags: Break the Silence, Crimson Chrysalis, Electro Metal, Elvellon, Elyose, Enraptured, Gothic Rock/Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, High Priestess, Immortal Waltz, Ipso Facto, Kobra and the Lotus, Luna Park Ride, Melodic Metal, Onyria, Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for June, Spellbound, Symphonic Metal, Symphonic Rock, Tarja, The Edge of Paradise, Time Stands Still, Unleash The Archers
Posted by Irmelinis
Release Date: April 10th, 2015
Length: 51 minutes
Genre: Power/Speed metal
Studio Albums: Purple Sky EP 2012, Lancer 2013
Location: Arvika, Sweden
Recommended for fans of: Iron Maiden, Avantasia, Helloween, Edguy
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.
Posted in Album Reviews
Tags: Battle Beast, Cadaveria, Crisis Cult, Esseker, Gothic black metal, Gothic rock, Heavy Metal, Kings & Queens, Leah, Macbeth, Melodic Rock, Neo-Gothic Propaganda, Silence, Sombras, Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for January, Symphonic Celtic Metal, Symphonic Metal, Unholy Savior, Voices of Destiny
Posted by Reggie
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 Reggie
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