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Jun 2, 2015
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Courtney LaPlante – Iwrestledabearonce

Interview by Tony Cannella

Questions by Miriam C.

With a new label home (Artery Recordings), iwrestledabearonce returns with a killer new album, “Hail Mary”.  This was a good enough reason to catch up with lead vocalist Courtney LaPlante.  We discussed a variety of subjects but most importantly, “Hail Mary”.  A huge thank you goes out to Miriam C. for her help with the questions.  Read on…
 
First of all, welcome to Femme Metal, Courtney. How are you doing?

I’m doing very well, thank you.

Your new record “Hail Mary” is due out June 16th via Artery Recordings. What can you tell us about it?

Oh man, the keep it short and sweet, it’s the heaviest thing we’ve ever done. It’s the most dark, heavy album that this band has ever done. I also think it’s the most technically adventurous album this band has ever done and it’s the most pissed off album this band has ever done.

How would you say this record differs from your previous album, “Late For Nothing”?

I think on this one we just didn’t care if it sounded too extreme. This one is completely groove, rhythmic based and the vocals are as extreme as the heaviness on the guitars. It has a lot more of a – I don’t want to say a prog feel to it – but it definitely has more of a groove, a pulse.

Your new single is called “Erase It All”. Eddie Hermida from the band Suicide Silence guests on vocals on this track. How did that collaboration come about?

This collaboration was straight up being best friends with him and ten feeding him a bunch of margueritas and coaxing him into being on the album (laughs). He’s a really good friend of ours. I hadn’t had a guest vocalist on our album. There are a lot of people I really respect and admire. I really, really respect Eddie and it’s just cool that he’s also a very good friend of ours. You know, I would have had him anyway. He also just happens to be one of my favorite vocalists in this industry right now. That was kind of like a happy coincidence, he’s my friend and I would’ve loved to collaborate with him anyway, the fact that he’s so good is a wonderful bonus. Continue reading »

Apr 27, 2015
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Second Empire – “Second Empire” EP (2013)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

It’s good to see more and more symphonic metal coming from the U.S. lately. Pittsburgh’s Second Empire is one such band – and a good one at that. They have just issued their debut self-titled EP and after listening, I have to say that this band has a lot to offer.

The keyboard intro kicks off the opening tune “Everlasting” as the rumbling guitars join in. Lead vocalist Alex Lindsay Roth has a cool mid-range voice. This song really takes off in different directions with a strong orchestral part and a great solo. The next track, “Hold Me (‘Til We’re Both Dead)” gets started with a piano intro before the song steadily picks up the tempo. Still, this is a great mid-tempo song and one with an undeniably catchy melody and chorus. Continue reading »

Apr 21, 2015
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The Lust – “One Life Ago” & “Decomposition Deluxe” (2010/11)

Label: Wordlessness Records

Review by Tony Cannella

Hailing from Russia, The Lust plays Gothic Rock/Metal with a definite electronic/industrial edge. They formed in 2004 and that is the same year they released their debut album “Tangled”. Since then they have continued to release albums at a productive pace and their newest album “Decomposition Deluxe” is also their fifth, so they have been busy since their formation but one year before the band has released  ”One Life Ago” that is a compilation album made up primarily of rare tracks and alternate versions of some of their older songs.

The first six songs on “One Life Ago” are made up of unreleased tracks. The self-titled song starts things and right away I notice that their earlier stuff has more of an electronic/industrial edge to it. Continue reading »

Apr 14, 2015
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Never Trust – “Morning Light” (2013)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

When it comes to female fronted metal, the awesome country of Italy has produced some of the best. To this point it’s been mostly symphonic, operatic, power metal (with a few exceptions). Well, the band Never Trust offers something a bit different to the mix. Their debut album, “Morning Light” has more of an edgy, punk-ish, alternative metal vibe.

The opening track “Fade Away”comes flying out the gate like a shot of adrenaline. For 11-songs and about 39-minutes, Never Trust maintains a consistent, straight-forward approach. The songs are aggressive yet still maintain a catchy, basic rock and roll vibe. “Worthless” is another powerful song. The third track, “Rebound” is a cool mid-tempo number which has a ready-for-radio vibe – and is therefore – one of the more accessible tracks we have here. Continue reading »

Mar 31, 2015
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Flowing River – “Inner Strength” EP (2013)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

I first heard of Flowing River by way of their initial single “Poison Rose” back in 2010. At the time the band was located in Portugal, now – I guess – they have relocated to England. Whatever the case, there is not much info on the internet about this band. This is why I really wish bands would include a bio or something when sending in their stuff for review, so if I got any of the background on Flowing River wrong, I apologize, but next time please send a bio. Now, on to their debut EP “Inner Strength”. As I mentioned earlier they have only previously released a one song single. With “Inner Strength” the band has released 20-minutes and 5-songs, so I feel this will probably be a better sampling of their style. And what is their style? I would say they band has a sort of dramatic, gothic vibe, not unlike say, Evanescence. Continue reading »

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