Interview by Tony Cannella
Questions by Miriam C.With a new label home (Artery Recordings), iwrestledabearonce returns with a killer new album, “Hail Mary”. This was a good enough reason to catch up with lead vocalist Courtney LaPlante. We discussed a variety of subjects but most importantly, “Hail Mary”. A huge thank you goes out to Miriam C. for her help with the questions. Read on… First of all, welcome to Femme Metal, Courtney. How are you doing?
I’m doing very well, thank you.Your new record “Hail Mary” is due out June 16th via Artery Recordings. What can you tell us about it?
Oh man, the keep it short and sweet, it’s the heaviest thing we’ve ever done. It’s the most dark, heavy album that this band has ever done. I also think it’s the most technically adventurous album this band has ever done and it’s the most pissed off album this band has ever done.How would you say this record differs from your previous album, “Late For Nothing”?
I think on this one we just didn’t care if it sounded too extreme. This one is completely groove, rhythmic based and the vocals are as extreme as the heaviness on the guitars. It has a lot more of a – I don’t want to say a prog feel to it – but it definitely has more of a groove, a pulse.Your new single is called “Erase It All”. Eddie Hermida from the band Suicide Silence guests on vocals on this track. How did that collaboration come about?
This collaboration was straight up being best friends with him and ten feeding him a bunch of margueritas and coaxing him into being on the album (laughs). He’s a really good friend of ours. I hadn’t had a guest vocalist on our album. There are a lot of people I really respect and admire. I really, really respect Eddie and it’s just cool that he’s also a very good friend of ours. You know, I would have had him anyway. He also just happens to be one of my favorite vocalists in this industry right now. That was kind of like a happy coincidence, he’s my friend and I would’ve loved to collaborate with him anyway, the fact that he’s so good is a wonderful bonus. Continue reading »
Interview by Laura MedinaCalifornia-based alternative, experimental rock band Stolen Babies is fronted by the beautiful Dominique Lenore Persi on vocals and accordion and is backed by twin brothers Gil and Rani Sharone on Drums and bass. Their dynamic, unbreakable bond that these three have and the passion and love they share about music is the number one reason why Stolen Babies is here to stay!! Stolen Babies made became an instant household name with the release of “There Be Squabbles Ahead” in 2006 with their upbeat single and animated video clip for “Push Button.” With the release of “Naught”, their second full length album, has received positive reviews and continues to do so even after a year of being released via No Comment Records. “Second Sleep” is their latest single taken from “Naught” and marks their triumph return as one of the best bands that has come out of Los Angeles, California to date. To say that Stolen Babies is one of those bands that once you hear a song of theirs, you’ll instantly become hooked and wanting more. I got the chance to sit down and have a lovely, nice chat with Dominique during their last stop on the With A Vengeance Tour with Otep and New Years Down in West Hollywood. Here’s what she had to say when I sat down with her before their hometown live set at the legendary Whiskey A Go Go! Continue reading »
Review by Luisa Mercier
Alexander Nordgaren, already member of the Norwegian black-avant-garde metal band Fleurety, is the mind behind the project I Left the Planet. He has been joined by other Fleurety collaborator : Ayna Beate Johansen on vocals, Per Amund Solberg on bass and Mari Solberg on saxophone. The present release is a 3-track EP which might be compared to the main project Fleurety because the members are always the same, but has its own features of course. There are no black metal hints, nor the electronic which can be found in Fleurety. The avantgarde of I Left the Planet is more leaning on the jazzy/prog side. You can hear it starting from the opener “Diamond. Hazard”, a short track with chubby riffs and a long instrumental break enriched by the saxophone played by Mari. It is a nice mix of metal and jazz made even more effective by the weird, but versatile vocals of Ayna. Continue reading »
Review by Davide Torresan
ElupiA is a symphonic metal band coming from Japan. As initial description it could be too much generic, but there are two interesting elements you should know. The first one is the unusual and unexpected presence within the line-up of two keyboardists. By one side this choice contributed to strengthen the rhythmic section, while by the other it has enriched the band sound.
“Wilderness” is their debut (mini) album with which they look out to the renowned metal scene of the Land of the Rising Sun. The second feature of this group through which it stands out from the other clone bands of the European acts like Nightwish, Within Temptation and Epica, is the ability of mixing classical music, rock, electronics, little hints of jazz (listen to “Risky Wine”) and, sometimes, techno. Continue reading »
Review by Tony Cannella
The progressive/avant-garde metal band Phavian returns with their third album “Meridian II”. The band first came on the radar in 2009 with their debut “Kiena”. After releasing an EP (“Foreword”) in 2011, they released the epic “Meridian I” a few months later and have now released the follow-up.
The acoustic, melancholy of “Adam’s Ale” begins the 6-song, 39-minute album on a beautiful note. Lead vocalist Elizabeth Matson shows what a diverse singing style she has and fits in perfectly with the music. The opening song clocks in at almost 3-minutes and is followed by two 8-minute tracks. “Purl” is next and is a nice mid-paced song, with tempo changes that goes from heavier, guitar driven and back to the acoustic style of the first song – in fact, it is almost like an extension of the opening number. Continue reading »
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- Cradle of Filth – “Hammer of the Witches” (2015)
- Whispering Woods – “Perditus et Dea” (2015)
- Alissa White-Gluz – Arch Enemy
- Tarja – “Luna Park Ride” CD/DVD (2015)
- Natalie Koskinen – Shape of Despair
- Tezaura – “Unleash the Butterflies” (2015)
- Royal Thunder – “Crooked Doors” (2015)
- Zola Jesus
- Jenny Hval – “Apocalypse, girl” (2015)
- Kobra Paige – Kobra and the Lotus
- Frantic Amber – “Burning Insight” (2015)
- Johanna Sadonis – Lucifer
- Galley Beggar – “Silence & Tears” (2015)
- Shape of Despair – “Monotony Fields” (2015)
- Lucifer – “Lucifer I” (2015)
- Lullacry – “Legacy 1998-2014” (2014)
- Ethernity – “Obscure Illusions” (2015)
- Amanda Somerville – Kiske/Somerville
- Kiske/Somerville – “City of Heroes” (2015)
- Les Discrets – “Live at Roadburn” (2015)
- Kamelot – “Haven” (2015)
- Elize Ryd & Olof Mork – Amaranthe
- Sirenia – “The Seventh Path Life” (2015)
- Asylum Escape – Even If I’m Broken EP (2015)
- Uhrijuhla- “Jokainen on vapaa lintu” (2015)
- Courtney LaPlante – Iwrestledabearonce
- Halestorm – “Into the Wild Life” (2015)
- End of Skyline – “EOS” EP (2015)
- Ailyn – Sirenia