Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for June

SC logoOur 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.

 

Elyose – Ipso Facto

ElyoseLabel: Season of Mist

Genre: Electro metal

Language: Mainly French

Total tracks: 11

Reviewer: Doctor T.

Sonic Cathedral rating: 10 out of 10

“There’s a lot to like about Ipso Facto, not the least of which is I’ve lost 10 pounds dancing to the music,” says Doctor T. “You can like it from a lot of perspectives; the music, the lyrical beauty, the production….” What really won him over, though, is the voice of Justine Daaé.

Read the full review at Sonic Cathedral.

Visit Elyose on Facebook.

 

Crimson Chrysalis – Enraptured

Crimson ChrysalisLabel: Self-released

Genre: Symphonic rock

Language: English and Spanish

Total tracks: 12

Reviewer: Doctor T.

Sonic Cathedral rating: 10 out of 10

Doctor T says: “Crimson Chrysalis presents a slightly different perspective from what we often get in femme metal. Maybe it’s because they’re from Africa. But, with this release they up the ante significantly. And they do it with the help of two of the finest voices in the genre doing guest appearances. Get ready for some good stuff, it doesn’t get much better than this.”

Read the full review at Sonic Cathedral.

Visit Crimson Chrysalis on Facebook.

 

The Edge of Paradise – Immortal Waltz

Edge of ParadiseLabel: Pure Rock Records

Genre: Gothic Rock/Metal

Language: English

Total tracks: 8

Reviewer: John Thornburgh

Sonic Cathedral rating: 9.5 out of 10

“The Edge of Paradise is a fantastic embodiment of intense melodic metal with piercing vocals, like their inspirations Dio, Guns N’& Roses, and Led Zeppelin,” writes John Thornburgh. “Fans of those bands, as well as other aggressive, melodic FFM bands like Sister Sin and Devilskin, will love this album.”

Read the full review at Sonic Cathedral.

Visit The Edge of Paradise on Facebook.

 

Onyria – Break the Silence

OnyriaLabel: Break the Silence Records

Genre: Symphonic metal

Language: English and Italian

Total tracks: 10

Reviewer: Doctor T.

Sonic Cathedral rating: 9.5 out of 10

In Doctor T.’s words, “Onyria does Italian Gothic, and does it well. Vocalist Helena is a bit of a mystery woman but there’s no denying the talent. The writing is solid, the ideas are more than a little interesting and we get a range of styles.”

Read the full review at Sonic Cathedral.

Visit Onyria on Facebook.

 

Kobra and the Lotus – High Priestess

KobraLabel: Titan Media

Genre: Hard rock/heavy metal

Language: English

Total tracks: 10

Reviewer: John Thornburgh

Sonic Cathedral rating: 9 out of 10

John Thornburgh rates “High Priestess” one of the best releases of 2014: “If you missed it, now is a great time to pick it up before the band heads to the UK and Europe for a summer tour. It’s a great heavy metal album – worthy of the band’s inspirations Judas Priest and Iron Maiden – with soaring vocals, melodic riffs, and pounding double-bass drums. It’s also the band’s best release to date.”

Read the full review at Sonic Cathedral.

Visit Kobra and the Lotus on Facebook.

 

Elvellon – Spellbound

ElvellonLabel: Self-released

Genre: Symphonic metal

Language: English

Total tracks: 5

Reviewer: Doctor T.

Sonic Cathedral rating: 9 out of 10

Elvellon are currently working with Sonic Cathedral personnel on tour in Europe and they are clearly a potential biggie. Doctor T. says: “This short 5 track release is a tease, but one well worth paying attention to. That way you’ll know them when they hit the big time.”

Read the full review at Sonic Cathedral.

Visit Elvellon on Facebook.

 

Tarja – Luna Park Ride

TarjaLabel: EarMUSIC

Genre: Symphonic metal

Language: English

Total tracks: 15

Reviewer: C. & Justin Boyer

Sonic Cathedral rating: C. 8 out of 10; Justin 8.5 out of 10

While Tarja Turunen fans patiently await news of her fourth album, EarMUSIC decided to release an older Tarja concert to fill the void between now and the eventual release of the next Tarja album.

Read the full review at Sonic Cathedral.

Visit Tarja on Facebook.

 

Unleash the Archers – Time Stands Still

Unleash the ArchersLabel: Napalm Records

Genre: Melodic metal

Language: English

Total tracks: 10

Reviewer: Angela Infernale

Sonic Cathedral rating: Not stated

Angela Infernale says: “With ‘Time Stands Still’, Unleash The Archers have reinvented themselves yet another time, and have taken a turn towards heavy metal. Fans of their older death and power metal work, don’t fret, you will still find those things, and love this record!”

Read the full review at Sonic Cathedral.

Visit Unleash the Archers 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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