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Nov 25, 2014
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Cadaveria – “Silence” (2014)

Label: Scarlet Records

Review by Tony Cannella

The Italian queen of horror metal Cadaveria returns with her 5th album “Silence” and silent is one thing she is not. Beginning with “Velo (The Other Side of Hate)”, “Silence” is off to a wicked start.

Cadaveria is back with her mixture of extreme and clean singing as she alternates between the two. Musically, the band continues with its mix of Black Metal and Gothic Metal to create a dark piece of theater. Overall, “Silence” is a very strong record and songs like “Carnival of Doom”, “Free Spirit” and “Existence” are huge highlights. My favorite track however is the brutal “Out Loud”.

With “Silence”, Cadaveria have released a whirlwind of an album which incorporates different styles but is always mindful to create a dark and sinister vibe. Continue reading »

Nov 20, 2014
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Giada Etro – Tystanden

 

Interview by Miriam C.

Tystnaden is probably one of so many “underrated bands” Europe-wise, despite having what it takes to hit the big time in this difficult area, also thanks to a constantly evolving fresh and innovative sound. On the occasion of Go4Rock, we had a little talk with Giada Etro, a.k.a. Jade, the new frontgirl of this six-piece band from Udine (Italy), who reveals us some behind-the-scenes-activity about the new album, “Anima” and she also talked about her cooperation with the Croatian doom metal band Ashes You Leave.
 
Maybe I’m asking the wrong person, given that you joined the band a short time ago. Maybe I’m hindering you, but I wanted to know what is your opinion concerning the latest album, “Anima”. What do you think about it?

To me, it’s a wonderful record! I’m very proud to be able to perform myself in it, also because it had a great response with the reviews on a national and International basis. I like the songs, of course I do like the previous albums, although there has been a turning point here: the style is slighty different, but I must say that I’m really happy! My favourite track is “Mindrama”, the second single, it’s gutsy and the album is a truly pleasure to sing. Continue reading »

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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Dear Sinner – “Faith” (2014)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Dear Sinner is a gothic metal band from Thailand. They formed in 2000 but have only been known as Dear Sinner since 2007. They started out playing a death metal style before transitioning into more of a sympho-gothic, romantic style when the band changed their name. In 2010 Dear Sinner released their debut album “Sin”, and followed that up with the EP “Dark to Light”. Now, the band returns with album number two, “Faith”.

Dear Sinner features two female singers, although I will admit that it is hard to differentiate the two. Their style is ultra-operatic and some might feel that they are a bit over-the-top, suffice it to say, some may view the vocals as an acquired taste – but there can be no doubt that the two vocalists possess a huge amount of talent. Musically, I was instantly drawn into the intricately classical style of their compositions. The intro track “Voiceless Angel” segues into the bombastic opener “Crimson Moon”. Continue reading »

Sep 30, 2014
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Lyriel – “Skin and Bones” (2014)

Label: AFM Records

Review by Tony Cannella

“Skin And Bones” is the 5th album from Germany’s Lyriel. The band has thus far flown under the radar, but after listening to their newest album, I think that is about to change for this gothic, folk metal band.

The thing that impresses me about Lyriel – one of the things, anyway – is their ability to combine the heaviest of metal with almost pop-like melodies. It’s no easy feat to do that, but Lyriel pulls it off nicely. Also, the lead vocalist Jessica Thierjung puts in a stellar performance and along with cellist Linda Laukamp do some cool things with harmony vocals. Getting to the music, the album begins with the awesome opening riff of “Numbers” and this song is instantly memorable and infectious. “Falling Skies” is excellent as well and the straight ahead metal of “Skin and Bones” follows. Continue reading »

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