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Oct 31, 2014
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theNAME – “Unchained” (2013)

Label: V2 Records

Review by Tony Cannella

From The Netherlands, theNAME are a hugely underrated band. They formed in 2000 and have just issued their fourth album, “Unchained”. The sound is a mix of hard rock and metal with groove-laden riffs. They have toured extensively throughout Europe with some of hard rock and metal’s biggest and best acts – most recently theNAME has shared the stage with Tarja Turunen.

From the opening track “Draw the Line”, the riffs are so damn infectious and the songs boast a lot of power and energy which are contagious as well. The songs have a certain groove metal quality with the riffs. The production is very clear and in-your-face. Continue reading »

Oct 31, 2014
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Will Wallner & Vivien Vain – “Rising” (2012)

Label: Metal Mind Productions

Review by Tony Cannella

Wallner & Vain is the collaborative hard rock/metal project put together by English guitarist Will Wallner (former White Wizzard ) and Croatian power house vocalist Vivien Vain. Despite both being from Europe, Wallner and Vain met in America and secured a star studded line-up of guest musicians for their debut, “Rising”.

While “Rising” boasts a ton of talent, the most important thing is the material and fortunately the songs are definitely well written and recorded. Each song stands on its own and with the likes of the Appice brothers on drums, Tony Franklin, Rudy Sarzo and Derek Sherinian to name a few, how could you go wrong. Throughout the 38-minute disc, Wallner & Vain delivers 9-songs worth of some guitar-driven classic style hard rock and metal. Will Wallner certainly brings back the guitar hero vibe that is missing from so much current metal. 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 22, 2014
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Tåve Wanning – Adrenaline Rush

Interview by Miriam C.

Italian label Frontiers Records  is synonymous of good quality for the hard rockers/AOR fans and it’s not the first time that Frontiers commits in discover and promote new and exciting bands. A blatant example is Sweden’s Adrenaline Rush  whose debut album was produced along with one of the best talent of this recent years, Erik Martensson from Eclipse and W.E.T. Without further ado, let’s  the singer Tåve tell us more about AR‘s debut and her career…
 
Hi Tåve, first of all welcome to Femme Metal Webzine. How are you?

Hi. All good, thank  you.

 Later this year, Frontiers Records launched AR with the release of your first video/single “Change” in late April and then you were invited to play at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan. But, let’s take a step back: could you introduce the band to us from the beginning? How Adrenaline Rush was born? Continue reading »
Oct 7, 2014
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Amaranthe – “Massive Addictive” (2014)

Label: Spinefarm Records/Universal

Review by Tony Cannella

With their 3rd album, Sweden’s Amaranthe returns with their patented blend of hard rock, metal, metalcore and pop. It’s an infectious brew and one that you will hear in all its glory on “Massive Addictive”.

Amaranthe has steadily seen their stature grow with each album and “Massive Addictive” is sure to see that trend continue. From the opening track, “Dynamite” it is clear that Amaranthe are at the top of their game. The guitar riffs are crunchy and the ever present triple vocal attack is still there. Next we have the fantastic “Drop Dead Cynical” which the band has also done a video for. This – in my opinion – is one of the best songs the band has done and gets instantly stuck in your head after one listen. It is always cool how the band manages to toe the line between almost pop-like melodies with heavy guitars, electronic sounds and metal. Continue reading »

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