I’ve loved music since the day I was born. I remember it well. The midwife delivered me just after eight in the morning on February 9, 1950. I thought she had kind eyes. My opinion changed when she snipped my umbilical cord.
My mother combed my fur and said to the midwife, “It’s interesting.” Then she added, “What species is it?”
“We’ll know soon,” the midwife replied. “We’ve sent some of its blood to the entomologists and some of its pollen to the botanists. Meanwhile, train it to climb a trellis and play it something with good riffs.” My mother chose these albums for me and I’ve loved them through all the subsequent decades.
Could that be why there’s cross-genre strain of psychedelia in today’s selections?
Posted in Best of 2015
Tags: Architects of Evolution, Australia, Finsterforst, Folk Metal, Global, Mach Dich Frei, Mammal's Best of 2015 – Part 4/10, Melted Space, Meta-stasis, Mimes on Rollercoasters – 3, neo-progressive rock, Neo-Prophet, Psychedelic/space metal, Psychedelic/space rock, Space Mirrors, Stella Polaris, Stoner doom metal, Symphonic Metal, T.I.M.E, Technical Death Metal, The Great Lie, The Paradox of Metanoia
Since I’ve been snarled up in other matters since the end of September I haven’t been posting our monthly digest of Sonic Cathedral reviews. To catch up, today and tomorrow I’ll be posting a two-part digest covering the last three months of this year.
My heartiest thanks go to SC for being patient. The same to you lovely, gentle people who follow Metal State.
If you don’t know it already, SC runs the website and Facebook page for bands with female vocalists. The SC reviews are deep, detailed and knowledgeable. They carry a lot of other great information about the FF scene in metal and rock, too. Go there!
Posted in Album Reviews
Tags: alternative hard rock, alternative symphonic metal, classical, embassy of silence, Gothic Metal, Heavy Metal, Huntress, Melodic Metal, Mercy Isle, prog-related rock/metal, Setanera, Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for Q4 2015 – Part 1, Symphonic Metal, Tarja Turunen, Tattermask, The Fall of Eve, UnSeelie
Hey, sorry I’m late with our digest of last month’s album reviews by Sonic Cathedral, the best website and Facebook page devoted to rock and metal bands with female singers. We’re always extremely grateful to SC for sharing their reviews with us because we don’t feature a great number of FF bands.
I’ve been preoccupied with a few things during the last couple of months. First there was a zombie breakout in my part of Zululand and we had to stop the moshing dead with appropriate weapons. Drone metal disintegrated them. Then the Arcturans landed with hostile intent, and we repelled them with space metal. Then I woke up.
Enjoy SC’s September selections. They featured some super albums. I’d go so far as to say “awesome” if I knew what it meant. Check out SC for the full reviews and plenty of other great information about the FF music scene.
Posted in Album Reviews
Tags: A Place Called Home, Alternative Rock, Angellore, atmospheric doom metal, Bad Seed Rising, death thrash metal, Emma-O, Industrial Rock, King of Kings, La Litanie des Cendres, Last Red Ransom, Leaves’ Eyes, Mechanical, Melodic Metal, Melodic Rock, Once Human, Snubnose, Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for September, Symphonic Metal, The Life I Remember
Many thanks again to our buddies at Sonic Cathedral for sharing their reviews of the last month. In case you haven’t seen one of these posts before, we do a digest of their reviews. They specialise in rock and metal with female vocalists.
Everyone who is or wants to be anyone in FF rock and metal must, must visit Sonic Cathedral. They have a website/online store and a Facebook page. I don’t know any music site that goes into more depth in its reviews.
Posted in News
Tags: Anfel, Beth out of Hell, Chaos Magic, Cinematic Gothic Metal, Experimental jazz-metal fusion, Fire and Ashes, Gothic Doom Metal, Grievances, Icy World, Inheritor, Karnataka, Melodic Metal, Mestizo, Rolo Tomassi, Secrets of Angels, Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for August, Symphonic Metal, symphonic progressive rock, The Murder of my Sweet, Xandria
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
I’ve heard it said that Sonic Cathedral agreed to let Metal State publish a digest of their reviews because I train the Sonic Cathedral unicorns. This is untrue. Their unicorns are untrainable. It is very dangerous to stand in front of them when they are moshing. It’s also dangerous to stand in front of their unicorns.
Sonic Cathedral reviewed nine female-fronted albums during April. We’re doing a two-part digest of those reviews, including the album details and a very short summary of each review. Here are the first five. Part 2 will cover the next four.
Posted in Album Reviews
Tags: Apocalypse? No Way!, Behind the Black Veil, City of Heroes, Dark Sarah, Kiske/Somerville, Limitless, Mechanism, Melodic Heavy Metal, Melodic Power Metal, Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock, Sonic Cathedral’s female-fronted roundup for April – Part 1/2, Symphonic Metal, Temperance, The Way I Am, Whispering Tales
Posted by Reggie
Label: Nuclear Blast
Songs: 22 (deluxe version)
Length: 2 hours; 38 minutes (deluxe version)
Previous Albums: Angels Fall First (1997); Oceanborn (1998)’ Wishmaster (2000); Century Child (2002); Dark Passion Play (2007); Imaginaerum (2011)
Genre: Symphonic Metal
I had high hopes for a newly invigorated Nightwish. Not that Anette’s departure was a blessing, I actually liked Anette with Nightwish quite a bit. Lineup changes happen and sometimes it is unfortunate. But, after hearing Floor’s initial performances with the band on various YouTube clips I maintained the hope that Nightwish would continue to pump out highly fervent symphonic metal to the masses. I read that Floor was with the band during the recording process which was something new for the band. This led me to believe things would be just different this time around. Sadly, the only thing that is different that Nightwish acquired a new singer that’s sounds equally as excellent their previous front-ladies, but the passion in their music seems to be largely absent. Read the rest of this entry →
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
There are more bands today playing classic-style heavy metal than there were at the height of heavy metal in the 1980s.
Since the advent of online music streaming and buying, more metal albums are released every month than the total number of albums of all kinds of Western music in 1980.
No one can possibly listen to every new metal album… but, oh man, it’s fun trying!
Yet again today I encountered some of the weird prejudices that prevail in the world of popular music, as in FM radio and the current Top 20 Best-Marketed Hits of the Week.
The young fellow I spoke to in a store was surprised that someone of my age, which is 64, would listen to modern music at all [Prejudice 1]. He was even more surprised that I would listen to something as weird as metal [Prejudice 2]. When I mentioned that I would be posting some of my favourite music from Sweden, Belgium and New Zealand, he exclaimed: “Oh, well, I wouldn’t listen to it anyway. I don’t listen to anything unless it’s from England or America because I can’t understand the words [Prejudice 3].”
I could add [Ignorance 1] but maybe they don’t speak English in New Zealand. Isn’t it a region in Mongolia?