May 28, 2015
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Halestorm – “Into the Wild Life” (2015)

Label: Atlantic Records

Review by Warren Mayocchi

“Into the Wild Life” takes Halestorm into familiar and new musical territory. The band continue to rock hard, however this album features notable additions to their previous material. There is a wider exploration of the rock sound, perhaps paying tribute to past masters.

Every time that I have listened to the first couple of seconds on “I Like it Heavy”, I think that Deep Purple‘s “Smoke on the Water” is about to begin, but an anthem about rock music continues which reminds me of “I Love Rock n’ Roll” by Joan Jett and “We Will Rock You” by Queen. There is a short, vocal only, soul style song at the end of that track that continues the lyrical theme – ‘If there’s a church it’s rock and roll’. Later in the album, “What Sober Couldn’t Say” has a 60′s/70′s keyboard sound in a short musical passage that begins, and is at times within the song. The lead vocal is almost country rock, and there are also backing vocal touches reminiscent of the era as well. Continue reading »

May 27, 2015
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End of Skyline – “EOS” EP (2015)

Independent Release

Review by Mimi Robins

I really enjoyed this EP by Italy’s modern metal band End of Skyline – I played it on repeat while packing up my room and preparing for a move, to the extent that I’ve almost got them memorized. My first impression of the songs and the vocals in particular is that they’d be the perfect to sing along to in a car.

Though I wasn’t sure what to expect, I found “Protection” to be heavier than expected – it just hit me in the face. I was grinning immediately, and replayed the first track a few times because I enjoyed it so much. It’s been stuck in my head for ages. “Reproach” is still moderately heavy, and I love the guitar lines in it. The bridge is stuck in my head and I love it. “Alone” is a little more low-key, and there’s something about it that just makes me feel very still and quiet. Continue reading »

May 26, 2015
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Ailyn – Sirenia

Interview by Alessandra Cognetta and Miriam C.

We have been following Sirenia for quite a few years, here at Femme Metal. We saw the Norwegian band created by mastermind Morten Veland evolve and develop their own style, which, in time, made them a distinguished protagonist of the symphonic metal scene. The recent release of their 7th full-length album “The Seventh Life Path”, which provides further evidence of Sirenia’s worth, gave us the chance to ask frontwoman Ailyn a few questions about the album and its conception, giving us an overview of the band’s own path throughout the years.
 
Hello and welcome to Femme Metal, Ailyn! It’s a pleasure to have us with you. Let’s start with the big news: Sirenia‘s upcoming album “The Seventh Life Path” will be released almost all over the world on the 8th May, so how are you and the band living this important moment of your careers? What has been the reception so far?

In this moment, we are very excited! The album is finally released so we are looking forward to see people’s reaction. Continue reading »

May 22, 2015
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Kari Rueslåtten – “Collection” (2014)

Label: GMR Music/Border

Review by Alessandra Cognetta

I interviewed Kari Rueslåtten about one year ago for the release of “Time to Tell”, the album that marked her comeback into the music scene. During this year, Kari collaborated with fellow Sirens Anneke van Giersbergen and Liv Kristine and wrote music for her upcoming solo album. In the meantime, she gave fans the opportunity to take a look at her career so far with “Collection”, a compilation of selected gems showcasing her unique voice.

“Collection” gathers material from Kari’s solo work, which could seem limiting, but the songs included manage to give a very complete perspective on her music. There’s the classics from “Other People’s Stories”, the Norwegian folk roots of “Spindelsinn”, the pop vibes from “Mesmerized” and a few songs from her most recent work, such as the rearrangement of “Why So Lonely”, the meeting point of her origins with The 3rd and the Mortal and her current style. Continue reading »

May 17, 2015
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Romeo’s Daughter – “Spin” (2015)

Label: RD Records

Review by Gary Holy Magica

First thing that comes to mind with Romeo’s Daughter is originality, I remember as a teenager catching the video ”I Cry Myself To Sleep” during the wee small hours on late night TV,”pretty classy”, I thought next day I bought the record on the strength of only one song and fast forward some years we have Romeo’s Daughter 4th album ”Spin”. Today there best work they have ever done by trying to recreate the late 80′s would be kinda lame. There is something different about the songs and RD, there is layers of substance in the music, you can hear a freedom in the recordings and it makes a huge difference.

”Spin” is a flash from the past of the highest order, the music makes you want to dig out piles of records and shake your head like it was 1988, this is a collection of songs that are ‘foot tapping beats’ of Romeo’s Daughter iconic early songs.There is hints of these past days but this VERY much modern and sophisticated CD.  Continue reading »

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