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

SC logoHere are the second six of the 12 female-fronted albums our friends at Sonic Cathedral reviewed during March. I’m still trying to determine if the Christopher Backeberg who does reviews for SC is the same one who posts as ChristopherMammal on Metal State. Every time I look for him, he seems to be looking for me.

 

Viper Solfa – Carving an Icon

Viper SolfaLabel: Massacre Records

Genre: Dark Metal

Language: English

Total tracks: 10

Reviewer: Christopher (Mammal) Backeberg

Sonic Cathedral rating: 9.5 out of 10

Members of three top-quality, very well-known bands joined forces to create the new supergroup Viper Solfa. Their dark metal has impressed the daylights out of Sonic Cathedral reviewer Christopher Backeberg and plunged him into the dark realms he loves. He believes their debut album, “Carving an Icon”, extends its appeal beyond dark metal and should please fans of Gothic, heavier symphonic, and melodic death/doom metal.

Read the full review at Sonic Cathedral.

Visit Viper Solfa on Facebook.

 

Kaipa – Sattyg

KaipaLabel: Inside Out/Century Media

Genre: Symphonic Progressive Rock

Language: English

Total tracks: 7

Reviewer: Christopher (Mammal) Backeberg

Sonic Cathedral rating: 10 out of 10

The metal/jazz/prog rock hybrid on the SC reviewer team chose Kaipa’s “Sattyg” as his female-fronted album of 2014. With great glee he tells not only why “Sattyg” was his prog rock pick of the year but why Kaipa has been one of his most beloved bands since the 1970s.

Read the full review at Sonic Cathedral.

Visit Kaipa on Facebook.

 

The Gentle Storm – The Diary (2 CDs)

The Gentle StormLabel: Inside Out Music

Genre: Dark Metal

Language: English

Total tracks: 22

Reviewer: Allyson Kennig

Sonic Cathedral rating: 10 out of 10

The Gentle Storm, comprising Arjen Anthony Lucassen and Anneke Van Giersbergen, take the listener on an epic 17th century journey in their upcoming release “The Diary”. Sonic Cathedral reviewer Allyson Kenning was blown away by it and thinks it’s in the running for her album of the year, even though it’s only March.

Read the full review at Sonic Cathedral.

Visit The Gentle Storm on Facebook.

 

Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful

NightwishLabel: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Symphonic Metal

Language: English

Total tracks: 11

Reviewer: C.

Sonic Cathedral rating: 10 out of 10

Nightwish are back with their long-awaited first album with Floor Jansen. Does it live up to all the expectation? As a longtime fan, C. cites this as “their best effort since ‘Century Child’” and advises the listener to approach the album with an open mind, because “the symphonic bombast, the poetic lyrics, dramatic vocal delivery… all the things people have come to love about Nightwish, it’s all there”.

Read the full review at Sonic Cathedral.

Visit Nightwish on Facebook.

 

Anthology – The Prophecy

AnthologyLabel: Self-released

Genre: Symphonic Power Metal

Language: English

Total tracks: 11

Reviewer: Doctor T.

Sonic Cathedral rating: 9 out of 10

Anthology is a Slovakian-based Gothic band performing an interesting blend of Eastern European Gothic metal. They seem to cover most of the bases, symphonic, metal and interesting lyrics. Don’t let the bookend classical tracks fool you, these guys can bring the metal.

Read the full review at Sonic Cathedral.

Visit Anthology on Facebook.

 

Berserker – Dark Worlds Collide

BerserkerLabel: Self-released

Genre: Symphonic Gothic Metal

Language: English and Lithuanian

Total tracks: 9

Reviewer: Doctor T.

Sonic Cathedral rating: 9 out of 10

Berserker is a Lithuanian band with Polish roots, doing a version of Viking/Gothic music that seems to be well received at biker events in Northern Europe. But Doctor T says: “You don’t need a motorcycle to appreciate the musical style presented here. It’s solid symphonic-based metal that should appeal to a wide range of listeners.”

Read the full review at Sonic Cathedral.

Visit Berserker on Facebook.

 

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About ChristopherMammal

I've made it to Mammal. I still hope to be classified as Human one day. Meanwhile I have evolved enough to recognise different types of music as well as the shrieks of certain vervet monkeys who are known for their scurrilous behaviour in the proximity of unguarded bananas.

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