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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 »

Oct 23, 2014
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Meden Agan – “Lacrima Dei” (2014)

Label: No Remorse Records

Review by Tony Cannella

“Lacrima Dei” is the 3rd album Greece’s symphonic metallers Meden Again. “Lacrima Dei” sees lead vocalist Maya making her debut with the band as she replaces Iliana who now fronts Enemy of Reality.

First off, the addition of Maya seems to be a really good decision. Her voice fits in well with the bands intricate musical arrangements and the few songs where she is paired with a male vocalist are some of the highlights. The male vocalists range from traditional metal to extreme metal and either way, Maya’s voice gels perfectly with them. Songs that stand out in particular are: “Divine Wrath”, “Embrace the Sorrow”, “Portal of Fear” and “Commemorate the Fallen”. Another song that stands out is the tear jerking ballad “Loss”. Continue reading »

Oct 18, 2014
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Blodwen – “Requiem for Odette” EP RE-RELEASE (2014)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

From Indonesia, Blodwen are not a new band to emerge on to the Femme Metal Genre. They have actually been in existence for 10-years. They released their debut album in 2010 and followed that with a number of EPs and singles. This particular EP “Requiem for Odette” is not a new release. Instead, it is a digital only re-release to celebrate the bands 10th anniversary and it can be downloaded at Band Camp.

Blodwen are a very high caliber symphonic metal band and lead vocalist Bernice Nikki is one of the more talented operatic front women on the scene. The band fuses classically inspired compositions to go along with their bombastic metal sound. “Requiem for Odette” begins and ends this 20-minute EP of the same name. Continue reading »

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