Label: Nuclear Blast
Review by Tony Cannella
On his debut solo album, Nightwish keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen has created a concept album based around the graphic novel “The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck”! According to Mr. Holopainen this project was 14 years in the making and written during his downtime from Nightwish.
Granted Scrooge McDuck may not be a very metal topic to tackle, but “The Life and Times…” isn’t really a metal album… so there! “…Scrooge” features 10-songs and almost an hour worth of symphonic, classically influenced music with folk and cinematic influences as well – with the album artwork done by the book’s author Don Rosa. There are several guest musicians, including four singers: Alan Reid, Johanna Kurkela, Johanna Iivanainen & Tony Kakko. Continue reading »
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 »
Label: Spinefarm Records
Review by Cristina Gregori
Still unknown to some in the metal panorama, myGRAIN is a melodic death metal band from Finland, already musically active on the scene since 2004. After the release of three albums, these guys are back with a brand new full length record, “Planetary Breathing”. If with the previous and the self-title album “MyGrain” we felt in love with this band, this new work can only confirm our thoughts: these guys are excellent musicians and they’re able to bring the name of the melodic death genre up.
The intro “Incantation” introduces the album, immediately some of you will recognize the melody that brings back to our mind the riff of “Dreamscape”. This songs is a pure blast. “Waking Up The Damned”, the second single that also included a videoclip for this track, is a genuine and a very rhythmic tune and the main characters here are keyboards and guitars. Continue reading »
Label: Kaiku Recordings
Review by Cristina Gregori
Finland is the land of great voices, as examples we can take lots of singers (such as Tarja Turunen, Hanna Pakarinen, Jonsu, etc.) but now our focus is on Johanna Kurkela. After 5 albums and some collaborations with Club for five, Vesa-Matti Loiri and Sonata Arctica, just to name a few, she is back with the 6th brand new album “Joulun Lauluja” that means Christmas carols.
Johanna Kurkela sings in Finnish, her mother tongue, and this suggestive new album is a collection of the best Christmas Finnish songs. The first song “Maa on niin kaunis” really introduces us to Christmas, Johanna caresses the notes with her voice,this track makes you shiver. “Lyhty” means “Lantern” and in this track you can hear a sound a bit more modern. Continue reading »
Interview by Ary R. and Miriam C.MyGRAIN is a melodic-death band from Finland. In these recent years, this 6-piece esemble gained more celebrity thanks to a few tours in Japan, Asia and especially Europe. After a long delay, the guys were able to release their 4th album via Spinefarm Records and in this exclusive interview, the singer Tuomas and the keyboard player Eve give us a few more details about the new record! Hi Tuomas, hi Eve. Welcome to Femme Metal! First of all, I’d like to tell you that it’s a great pleasure to have you here today! How are you doing there in Finland?
Eve: Nice to have a chat with you as well! The leaves are falling to the ground here in Finland and the autumn seems to evoke a serious creativity boost… So we’re working with the new songs already!
Tuomas: Hi there and thanks for having us! We’re living exciting times as we’re at the moment starting the Finnish shows with the new album “Planetary Breathing”. And at the same time we’ve already made arrangements for yet newer stuff!
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- Tuomas Holopainen – “The Life and Times of Scrooge” (2014)
- Anna von Hausswolff – “Ceremony” (2013)
- Introducing Margaret Berger
- Zuberoa Aznárez – Diabulus in Musica
- Xandria – “Sacrificium” (2014)
- Arkona – “Yav” (2014)
- Asami – Voice of Divine Children (Japanese version)
- Hanna Pakarinen – “Olipa kerran elamä” (2013)
- Stream of Passion – “A War of Our Own” (2014)
- Leah – “Otherworld” EP (2013)
- Nina Persson – “Animal Heart” (2014)
- Cristina Scabbia – Lacuna Coil
- AkromA – “La Cene” (2014)
- Temperance – “Temperance” (2014)
- Rebekka Karijord – “Music for Film and Theatre” (2014)
- The Floating World – “The Apparition” (2012)
- Still Corners – “Strange Pleasures” (2013)
- Magistina Saga – “Two-Facedness of A Tale” MINI ALBUM (2013)
- Lacuna Coil – “Broken Crown Halo” (2014)
- Heart – “Fanatic Live From Caesars Coliseum” (2014)
- Eths – “Ex Umbra In Solem” EP (2014)
- Wallis Bird – “Architect” (2014)
- Revontulet – “Hear Me” (2014)
- Louna – “Behind a Mask” (2013)
- Shear – “Katharsis” (2014)
- Memoira – “Memories, Tragedies, Masquerades” (2013)
- Nene – ElupiA (JAPANESE version)
- Diabulus in Musica – “Argia” (2014)
- Kari Rueslåtten
- Loreena McKennitt – The Journey So Far (The Best of) (2014)