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May 9, 2014
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Savn – “Savn” (2014)

Label: CDR Records/Intergroove

Review by Tony Cannella

Every so often, I’ll think, “Whatever happened to The Sins of Thy Beloved?” They released two albums in the late 90s and early 2000 (“Perpetual Desolation” is such a great record). Well now, two of its former members Stig Johansen and Anders Thue have resurfaced with lead vocalist Carmen Elise Espenæs from Midnattsol in a Gothic metal super group of sorts called SAVN. With that mystery now solved let’s get to the matter of their self-titled debut album, shall we?

It remains to be seen if SAVN is just a one off project or will continue to record down the road. Whatever the case, this debut a pretty cool album, with some heavy and emotional moments featured within its 50-minutes of musical playing time. Continue reading »

Apr 11, 2014
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Introducing Margaret Berger

Article by Miriam C. & Alessandra Cognetta

Sometimes people (in particular some metalheads – now don’t take it personally, I’m just stating the obvious) confuse quality with commercial: at the end of the day that doesn’t mean anything, ’cause if you think about it , if the music doesn’t sell the artist doesn’t earn. Having said that, it’s now time to take a step forward and discover with me Margaret Berger, this fantastic Norwegian artist whose grace and soaring vocals are enchanting the European audience. Margaret expressed her interest in singing since she was a child, but except for some experiences in a band called Slim Void and in her local gospel choir we must wait till 2004 with her participation in the second Norwegian edition of “Idol”. Although Margaret gained the second place, “Idol” was her breakthrough. In the same year, Berger released her debut “Chameleon”, a Top 4 album that mixed pop, R&B and rock, that showed diversity but still denoted acerbity. It’s with her second album, released 2 years later, “Pretty Scary Silver Fairy”, that we can fully appreciate her musical evolution into a more electronic/synthpop sound.

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Mar 31, 2014
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Rebekka Karijord – “Music for Film and Theatre” (2014)

Label: Control Freak Kitten Records

Review by Luisa Mercier

Norwegian Rebekka Karijord produced one of my favourite 2012 record, “We Become Ourselves” with her dark and elegant atmospheres. She is multi talented since she also is an actress and with this new project, we also discover her ability as soundtrack composer. The record is largely piano and organ based, mostly instrumental with some vocals. Unlike her previous albums, the voice here is not used to sing actual lyrics, but it is used as an instrument mixing perfectly with the other arrangements.
I found particularly striking the opener “Prologue”, with its crescendo full of drama. It is wonderfully written. I would not recommend this record to start listening to her musical production, but the people who lover her more “pop” vein will also lover her as arranger and composer. Continue reading »

Mar 20, 2014
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Kari Rueslåtten

Interview by Alessandra Cognetta

Kari Rueslåtten is back and her new album “Time to Tell” has just been released through Despotz Records in March. Many of you will remember the Norwegian singer from The 3rd and the Mortal, but Kari has been releasing her own works for quite some time now and “Time to Tell” is yet another demonstration of her huge talent. It surely wasn’t unexpected news when, earlier this year, even Tuomas Holopainen (Nightwish) admitted her voice is among his favourites. We bring you this interview with Kari with lots of interesting details on her music, her musical collaborations and a few surprises.
 
Hello and welcome to Femme Metal, Kari! It’s a pleasure to have you here and we’re really happy to see you’re back with a new album! “Time to Tell” is due for release on the 7th of March and it’s the first work after you took a break from music back in 2005. What are your expectations for this new phase of your career?

Thank you so much, Alessandra! Right now I am just so happy to be back doing music again. It has been so long, and I feel now that a huge part of me has come back to me. Continue reading »

Mar 9, 2014
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Kari Rueslåtten – “Time to Tell” (2014)

Label: Despotz Records

Review by Alessandra Cognetta

Kari Rueslåtten is back with a new album, “Time to Tell”, after a long break from music that started back in 2005. It’s an all-acoustic album and, as Kari herself stated, it goes “back to the core of songwriting”. The announcement was preceded by the release of a cover song, “Why So Lonely”, whom many of you will remember as one of the early masterpieces by the doom metal band The 3rd and the Mortal. Kari worked with Nightwish mastermind Tuomas Holopainen on the acoustic rearrangement and the result is a song that manages to sound fresh and original while still retaining the nostalgic feeling of the “old days”.

The album starts off with the title track, a perfect set up for the rest of the “story” we’re going to hear. Continue reading »

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