Browsing articles tagged with " symphonic"
Dec 15, 2014
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Charlotte Wessels – Delain

Interview by Abigail Henry

Dec 2, 2014
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Coen Janssen – Epica

Interview by Alessandra Cognetta

The European Enigma Tour has just started and Epica decided to once again play a couple of shows in Italy. Their packed concert in Rome gave us a chance to have a nice chat with Coen Janssen and discuss Epica’s recent accomplishments and collaborations, from music videos to videogames, but also some more peculiar matters, like the role of streaming services in metal music.
 
The venue was warmed up by an energetic opening set from Dragonforce, whose newest member, Italian drummer Gee Anzalone, had a very uplifting message for the audience. But the crowd went completely crazy when the first notes from “Originem” started playing, greeting the band with incredible enthusiasm. The setlist was very diverse, spacing from the old classics to the latest singles, and Epica proved to be the usual more than well-oiled machine, delivering a memorable performance. Continue reading »
Nov 13, 2014
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Amazon – “Rise!” (2014)

Label: Ravenheart Records

Review by Tony Cannella

From Brazil, Amazon returns with their 3rd album “RISE!”. This album is appropriately titled because it continues to bands upward ascent. It may be easy to become jaded with the many symphonic metal bands out there, but Amazon have proven to be one of the better ones – and criminally underrated – bands out there.

“RISE!” is an album that is just steady from beginning to end. Starting with “Ball of Vanities”, the bands writing, musicianship and presentation has matured which for a 3rd album you would hope that it would. Amazon managed to hold my attention throughout the majority of the album and songs like “Three Lives” and “The Path” are just excellent. Continue reading »

Nov 4, 2014
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End of the Dream – “End of the Dream” EP (2013)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

End of the Dream is a female fronted metal band from the Netherlands that was formed in 2010. They have recently issued their debut 6-song self-titled EP. Let’s have a listen, shall we?

First off, for an EP this is pretty long. Clocking in at 33-minutes, EOTD presents a longer than your average EP, not that I’m complaining. “Colder” opens things and is a pretty cool way to kick things off. The riffs are sharp and the song is dramatic with a solid groove to it. The next track “Follow the Angels” begins with a slower tempo before a choir kicks in and then the heavy guitar riffs. I would describe the band as a cross between Within Temptation and Evanescence. Lead vocalist Micky certainly has a pretty cool and expressive voice. Continue reading »

Nov 4, 2014
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Voices of Destiny – “Crisis Cult” (2014)

Label: Massacre Records

Review by Tony Cannella

The symphonic metal outfit from Germany, Voices of Destiny returns with a new singer Ada Flechtner (ex-Coronatus) and their 3rd album “Crisis Cult”; since changing vocalists is often one of the biggest decisions a band can make, you had better make sure that you have found the right one. Well, in listening to “Crisis Cult”, I couldn’t help but think to myself that Ada is the perfect choice to be the bands new female voice.

“Crisis Cult” is basically a concept record. Lyrically it is perhaps the bands best and musically they straddle the line between head banging metal and a more melodic tone, but all of the songs have a bombastic element. The majority of the vocals are handled by Ada, but keyboardist Lukas Palme also contributes with his grunting vocals. Continue reading »

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