Review by Luisa Mercier
“Silent Siren” is a multifaceted album, but how could it be otherwise when so many disparate personalities and influences are involved in the Underhill project? It features vocals by Martina Astner (from symphonic metal legends Therion) and MC Coppa (Marvin Hay, whose vocals have shown up in many different contests ranging from drum’n'bass to dubstep, and hip-hop) and music written by Dean Rodell, Ivan Shopov and Tim Elliot.
In the first three songs alone, trip-hop, dubstep, lounge and ska music surface, but they often are mixed together therefore to label the exact style is even more a challenge. This trend is found throughout the album, as shown by tracks like “Black Sun Butterfly”, which is equally influenced by dubstep and ska. “Night Lines” opens the album with a polished instrumental of downtempo music before vocals appear in “Blind”, which is easily compared to a Portishead ballad. You might hear influences of an myth like Dead Can Dance in the ethnic-dark atmospheres of “My Shadow” . The quintet are closer to noise on a couple of occasions (“Civil Lies” and “Creator”), and “Silent Siren” includes also heavier tracks, such as the gloomy “Rivers of Hades” and drum’n'bass based “Solace”. Variety is not something that is missed on “Silent Siren”, but I found that the album is a bit too long and may result boring on the long term. Continue reading »
Italian Symphonic Metal band SILENT OPERA offers 3 more EXCLUSIVE STILLS from the upcoming videoclip “Symphony of Time”
In exclusive for Femme Metal Webzine, Italian Symphonic Metal band SILENT OPERA offers some stills from the upcoming videoclip “Symphony of Time” that will be released on February. As always we recommend to follow and like the band on Facebook for update.
This week director and guitarist Rain (you can see him pictured in the backstage) introduce for us the next stills releasing the following statement : Continue reading »
German indie record label SPV launch an exciting new series of catalogue vinyl releases in January 2013, kicking off with eight titles of original albums, re-issued on 180g vinyl and featuring original artwork from their Steamhammer and Yellow imprints. Continue reading »
Photos and report by Jesse StClair
New Years Eve has long been a day of celebration and parties. Everybody knows about the massive countdown in Times Square, New York, but the true party was 3 hours south in a small club in Baltimore, Maryland. Halestorm headlined the Baltimore Soundstage on New Year’s Eve to a sold out crowd of 1000 people.
The show was no ordinary concert, but rather a celebration of Halestorm’s past, present and future. The night was divided up into two sections: Light and Acoustic as well as Dark and Electric. The first part of the show was the acoustic set. There was no intro music, the lights simply turns on and Lzzy Hale (vocalist, guitarist) walked onstage followed closely behind by the rest of the band. Everybody was dressed in white, and Lzzy even had on a long white gown. Almost right away, the band started playing “I’m Not an Angel” off their first album. Lzzy’s powerhouse voice easy soared in the acoustic arrangements, with not a crack or flaw to be heard. Most bands soften their songs for acoustic sets, but not Halestorm. The band left after a few songs, leaving Lzzy alone onstage. Halestorm Rocked harder than most bands out there. Arjay (Lzzy’s younger brother and the band’s drummer) furiously pounded away on the Cajon drum box while his sister belted and screamed to a cover of Heart’s “All I Want to Do Is Make Love to You”. The band cleared the stage aside from Lzzy and Joe (the other guitarist). They talked about the old days of Halestorm where they would perform for hours in small bars. They launched into a favourite of theirs back then, a beautiful cover of The Bee Gee’s “To Love Somebody” with just the two of them. Joe then left the stage leaving Lzzy alone. She told a humorous story about drinking an entire bottle of wine by herself and recording a song on her record label’s voicemail which turned out to be “Hate It When You See Me Cry”, which she performed on her own in a beautiful, stripped down arrangement. She then went over to the metal plated piano and played “A Rose in December” which is a song she wrote when she was 16 years old, and Halestorm was in its early days. That wasn’t the only rarity in the acoustic set, in fact, most of this section was comprised of older songs, beautiful covers, and newer ballads which typically don’t fit into Halestorm’s rocking shows.
When Halestorm returned to the stage for the second segment, the Dark and Electric portion of the show, gone were the white gowns and attire and were replaced with black leather jackets, sunglasses and an overall sleek rockstar look. Once again, without any intro music, they dived straight into “Mz Hyde”, which possibly is their heaviest song to date. It was quite a contrast from the acoustic set. Despite playing both guitar and singing, Lzzy found the time to run around the stage in her massive stilettos, a task no male rockstar could ever accomplish. Behind her on drums, her Brother Arjay was putting on quite the show. He kept making funny faces and sticking his tongue out at his sister. At one point, he was twirling his drumstick up in the air while using only 1 drumstick to do the part that typically both sticks were needed for. Continue reading »
Review by Tony Cannella
Beyond Violet is a melodic rock/metal band based in The Netherlands. They are actually a multi-national act that includes members from England, Italy and The Netherlands. Their new demo contains just 3-songs and almost 12-minutes worth of music, but the band managed to win me over during that time.
First of all, for a demo the sound is excellent, you would think that it is put out by a big label. Beyond Violet’s line-up includes two females and two males. Lead vocalist Roxanne really makes the songs come to life with her high-pitched vocal style – even though she doesn’t offer much in the way of diversity in her style, she still has a distinctive voice that suits the songs well. I don’t know who I would compare her to, maybe Liv Kristine? At times they sound similar but there are also differences. On to the music: the best song is first. “Cybercherry” does exactly what an opening song should do, it grabs your attention. I was immediately swept up in the guitar riffs and infectious melody that carries the song. The next song, “Beyond the Fire” starts off with a slower tempo and has some great lyrics. The tempo picks up and the song is helped out by some great guitar work. The final song “Cupid” is the heaviest and like the opener this is a memorable song – and a great way to end things.
What a wonderful surprise that Beyond Violet turned out to be. Their new EP may have only three songs, but they speak volumes about what this band is capable of.
Rating – 85/100
- Beyond the Fire
- Roxanne – Vocals
- John – Guitar
- Ilona – Keyboards
- Chiara – Bass
- Merlijn – Drums
Style switcher only on this demo version. Theme styles can be changed from Options page.
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