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Oct 18, 2014
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Die Like A Mayfly – “Dying Mayfly” EP (2014)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Dying Like A Mayfly is a Gothic metal band from Japan. Their debut EP is entitled, “Dying Mayfly”. The mixing of gothic metal and heavy pop of “Dying Mayfly” gets us off to a fast start. The eerie – almost horror movie like – “Whiteberry Shining Cicada” is next and is my favorite song. The vibe of this one is ominous and the sweet vocals of Rosiel make it even more so. Next is “At Sea” and this proves to another strong track. The final song is the ambience fueled “Everlasting Requiem”.

Die Like A Mayfly are interesting in the way that they combine Gothic metal with almost a heavy pop sound.

There are many different elements at work here and that contributes in making “Dying Mayfly” a worthwhile listen. Continue reading »

Oct 18, 2014
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Blodwen – “Requiem for Odette” EP RE-RELEASE (2014)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

From Indonesia, Blodwen are not a new band to emerge on to the Femme Metal Genre. They have actually been in existence for 10-years. They released their debut album in 2010 and followed that with a number of EPs and singles. This particular EP “Requiem for Odette” is not a new release. Instead, it is a digital only re-release to celebrate the bands 10th anniversary and it can be downloaded at Band Camp.

Blodwen are a very high caliber symphonic metal band and lead vocalist Bernice Nikki is one of the more talented operatic front women on the scene. The band fuses classically inspired compositions to go along with their bombastic metal sound. “Requiem for Odette” begins and ends this 20-minute EP of the same name. Continue reading »

Sep 23, 2014
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Butcher Babies – “Uncovered” EP (2014)

Label: Century Media

Review by Tony Cannella

The Los Angeles based groove metal band released their sophomore album “Goliath” last year to a huge amount of fanfare. The album proved to be a success and now the band returns with the covers EP “Uncovered”. This 5-song EP shows how varied the bands influences are. The songs that the band to chose to cover are eclectic to say the least; the one common denominator is the raw aggression put forth by Butcher Babies on each and every song. The set opens with a hellraisin’ cover of the ZZ Top classic, “Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers”. I wonder if this is what ZZ Top had in mind when they wrote it. This is a devastating opener, I love ZZ Top and I love Butcher Babies version of this classic tune. Next we have an unsettling cover of “They’re Coming to Take Me Away” by Napolean XIV. Continue reading »

Sep 4, 2014
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HavenLost – “Haven, Lost” EP (2013)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Clocking in at 37-minutes, “Haven, Lost” the debut from Italy’s HavenLost lies somewhere between an EP and a full-length. Whatever the case, this symphonic metal band was formed in 2010 and this debut was released in 2013.

In addition to symphonic metal, the band throws in other influences such as Gothic metal and classic heavy metal. The three singing styles on display are a male gothic sounding clean voice (similar to Vintersorg), screaming male vocals and operatic female vocals. “Carillon” is a strong opener and focuses more on the clean male and female vocals. The main riff has a classic metal vibe to it and the violins give the song a mournful-ness to it. The piano intro to the next song “Haven, Lost” creates a melancholic vibe before the song picks up in tempo, before… coming to a halt with rain and thunder sound effects and the melancholy returns. Continue reading »

Sep 4, 2014
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Edenkaiser – “Doomsday Juggernaut” EP (2014)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Edenkaiser is a “Thrashened” Black Metal band from Spain. The band formed in 2009 and has just issued their debut EP “Doomsday Juggernaut”. After the opening intro “Obsidian”, “Enter Mephisto” kicks in and comes on fast, loud, heavy, blasting and just freakin’ insane. Lianne’s vocals are wickedly brutal and way over-the-top (and I mean that in a good way). Next is “Inner Kingdom” which continues the brutality of the previous track but also mixing in tempo changes and rain sound effects which succeeds in giving it an eerie feeling. Musically the band comes across like a juggernaut. “A Jewel in My Skull” is a pure intensity and heaviness. The final two songs “Kill For the Crown” and a cover of the Vomitory song “Inferno” brings things to a fittingly vicious conclusion. I loved the simplicity of the production. Continue reading »

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