Oct 28, 2014
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Ashes to Ashes – “Bordeline” (2013)

Label: Underground Symphony

Review by Tony Cannella

We always mention how the country of Italy is becoming the epicenter for female fronted bands. Well, the band Ashes to Ashes are a bit different than the majority of Femme Metal bands coming from that part of the world. Instead of the usual symphonic, gothic metal styles Ashes to Ashes are an Alternative metal band from Genova, Italy. The band were founded in 2010 and in 2012 flew to New York to record their debut album as well as play some shows and even found the time to film their first video for the opening track – and one of the standout tunes, “Alice’s Song”.

Ashes to Ashes are fronted by Marta Vassallo who alternates between a clean singing voice and really aggressive growling vocals. Continue reading »

Oct 28, 2014
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Sabina Classen, Peter Geltat & Thomas Neitsch – Holy Moses

Interview by Miriam C.

People, we’re in front of a legend. Or better a metal LEGEND. If think about thrash metal, the first band you’ll gonna refer to, at least in the European musical panorama, is German’s Holy Moses. Why? The reason is really really  simply ’cause without Sabine Classen, there’ll be no Angela Gossow, Alissa White-Gluz and Runhild Gammelsæter singing in any whatsoever extreme metal band. Holy Moses‘s first demo release date back in 1980 but it’s the third demo, published in 1982, “Satan’s Angel” that marks Sabina‘s debut behind as a band vocalist until their break-up in 1994. Right now, after 30 years of activity, it’s really natural that a band undergoes a lot of lineup changes but with their new album “Redefined Mayhem”, Holy Moses seems to have found a stable line-up and vocalist Sabina Classen, guitarist Peter Geltat and bassist Thomas Neitsch took some time to speak about it. Thrash on! Continue reading »
Oct 27, 2014
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While Heaven Wept – “Suspended At Aphelion” (2014)

Label: Nuclear Blast

Review by Tony Cannella

From Virginia, While Heaven Wept has existed since 1991. As they have done throughout their career, their 5th album “Suspended At Aphelion” merges different genres and influences to create an open canvas with a lot of scope and depth.

I love progressive music, especially progressive metal, but even I have to admit that it can be a crapshoot. There are a lot of cool bands out there in the genre and While Heaven Wept is one of the better ones I’ve heard in recent years. Of course to label them as a strictly progressive would be short sighted, they also incorporate other elements from the metal spectrum. “Suspended At Aphelion” features guest spots from guitarist Victor Arduini a founding member of the great Connecticut progressive metal band Fates Warning and drummer Mark Zonder formerly of Fates Warning and formerly and currently of Warlord. Continue reading »

Oct 26, 2014
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Forever Still – “Breaking Free” EP (2013)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Forever Still is a melodic hard rock band with a decidedly fierce metal edge. Hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark the band was formed in 2009 and in the time that they have been together, they have already been receiving positive press and recognition. After listening to their debut 4-song EP, it is easy to see why.

So we begin with “The Key”. It opens with a bit of electronic music before the heavy guitars come in. My first impression is the singer Maja. She’s got a truly captivating voice. Near the end of the song comes this hell-ish screaming vocal part from Maja, which is quite impressive. “The Last Day” is a solid mid-tempo number with another bit of screaming from Maja. It is really disarming because it seemingly comes out of nowhere. Continue reading »

Oct 23, 2014
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Mia Coldheart – Crucified Barbara

 

Interview by Miriam C.

“In the Red”, beside being the fourth album released for the Swedish explosive heavy metal quartet Crucified Barbara, it shows how the band, through its path, has matured, enhanced and enriched its musical palette. Yeah, don’t get me wrong, I love the ‘booze & party’ themed songs but trying to improve and evolve stylistically is part of the natural flow for a band, probably in this particular case CB were helped by the fact that were able of counting on a reliable partner as their new label Despotz Records but let’s read what the singer Mia has to say about it…
 
Hi Mia, first of all welcome back to Femme Metal Webzine. How are you?

Thank you! I’m fine! Right now I’m in a dressing room in Italy. We’re playing at a club called Rock Planet in Pinarella di Cervia. We’re out on the In the Red Europan Tour with Supercharger and Junkstars since 17 days and we’re just about to finish a set of 13 days in a row with no day off so I’m a bit tired. Starting to mix up lyric lines and stuff on stage but the important thing is that my voice isn’t that affected about it, which I’m very happy about. We’ve never done so many shows in a row before. And today I went to the beach 2 times during the day, very appreciated! Continue reading »

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