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Aug 27, 2015
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Whispering Woods – “Perditus et Dea” (2015)

Label: Loud Rage Music

Review by Tony Cannella

“Perditus Et Dea” is the second album from the Romanian/dark/ gothic metal band Whispering Woods. Musically and lyrically the band definitely likes to explore the darker side of life and “Perditus…” certainly continues this.

The intro “Perditus” segues mightily into “Original Sin” which is followed by the excellent “Demon Blood”. Actually one of the biggest highlights for me has no vocals at all. With all due respect to the vocalists Alexandra and Corina – both of whom are just awesome – but I love the beautiful instrumental “My Altar”. The track that follows is another great one. At almost 9-minutes “Farewell Ladybug” has this great big, epic feel to it and the two vocalists are quite magical together even though there are no lyrics to the song. Continue reading »

Aug 25, 2015
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Tarja – “Luna Park Ride” CD/DVD (2015)

Label: earMusic

Review by CriX

The queen of the symphonic metal Tarja Turunen is back with the live DVD and double CD “Luna Park Ride” and this is not your typical DVD because it was filmed by fans during the concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 27th of March 2011. I think that she had a great idea because normally during the shows is forbidden to shoot any videos and photos: due to this particular point of view you have the feeling to be there, among the audience.
The live starts with “Dark Star” where Tarja‘s band plays concealed by a black transparent cloth which get dropped right in the middle of song and she wears a matched gray suit jacket and pants. In “The Crying Moon” the bass line by Doug Wimbish is incredible and as her tradition with “I Walk Alone” marks one of her countless dress change where she wears a long sweater and some grey leggings. Argentina represents for Tarja  her second home so it seems the right occasion to pay homage with the cover of “Signos” from the rock band Soda Stereo who get dedicated to the late singer/guitarist of the band, Gustavo Cerati. Continue reading »

Jun 10, 2015
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Kamelot – “Haven” (2015)

Label: Napalm Records

Review by Warren Mayocchi

Kamelot have a distinct sound and on their second album with their new singer Tommy Karevik the sound remains. This is the third time that I have attempted to write this review. I have been having problems because the individually the songs sound better than when listening to the entire album. After some thought, I think that with the removal of a few songs the album would be stronger and allow the greatness that is present to shine. Too many of the songs are too similar and lyrically there are some awkward lines both in how they are sung and in content. To my ears there are also moments where the transition between symphonic and metal elements seems forced. So as an experiment, which songs to remove? I remove “Liar Liar”, “Veil of Elysium”, and “End of Innocence” and listen again. This took out the sameness and the lyrical content that did not work for me. Continue reading »

Jun 8, 2015
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Sirenia – “The Seventh Path Life” (2015)

 Label: Napalm Records

Review by Warren Mayocchi

Sirenia have been active for fourteen years, and with their current female vocalist – Ailyn – for seven years. It is somewhat fitting then that Sirenia have a penchant for numbers, and in particular the number seven. To date there have been songs featuring seven on most albums: “At Sixes and Sevens” from “At Sixes and Sevens”; “Seven Sirens and a Silver Tear” from “An Elixir for Existence”; “Seven Keys and Nine Doors” from “Nine Destinies and a Downfall”; “Winterborn 77”, “The Seventh Summer” and “Sirens of the Seven Seas” from “The 13th Floor”; and finally “Seven Widows Weep” from “Perils of the Deep Blue”. The only album to miss out on a seven song has been “The Enigma of Life”. The latest album from Sirenia has no song with seven in the title, but the album is called “The Seventh Life Path”, and you will find that seven is a major feature of the album cover art. According to the artist – Gyula Havancsák – in the album art there are 7 ravens, 7 snakes, 7 roses and the scythe is a shaped like a number 7. Continue reading »

May 26, 2015
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Ailyn – Sirenia

Interview by Alessandra Cognetta and Miriam C.

We have been following Sirenia for quite a few years, here at Femme Metal. We saw the Norwegian band created by mastermind Morten Veland evolve and develop their own style, which, in time, made them a distinguished protagonist of the symphonic metal scene. The recent release of their 7th full-length album “The Seventh Life Path”, which provides further evidence of Sirenia’s worth, gave us the chance to ask frontwoman Ailyn a few questions about the album and its conception, giving us an overview of the band’s own path throughout the years.
 
Hello and welcome to Femme Metal, Ailyn! It’s a pleasure to have us with you. Let’s start with the big news: Sirenia‘s upcoming album “The Seventh Life Path” will be released almost all over the world on the 8th May, so how are you and the band living this important moment of your careers? What has been the reception so far?

In this moment, we are very excited! The album is finally released so we are looking forward to see people’s reaction. Continue reading »

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