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Nov 14, 2015
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Ellie Goulding – “Delirium” (2015)

Label: Polydor Records/Universal

Review by Warren Mayocchi

“Delirium” is Ellie Goulding‘s third album. She is building on the success of her first two albums and has a reputation for a husky vocal delivery and an edgy-pop songwriting style. So her latest album has been anticipated by many. Part of the anticipation is sure to be because of the Fifty Shades of Grey song, “Love Me Like You Do”, which undoubtedly gained her many new fans. On Ellie‘s previous albums I particularly enjoyed the emotional quality present in her singing, and “Love Me Like You Do” contains that quality but bought it into a cinematic style. With this background I was interested in hearing what “Delirium” would deliver. After a few listens of the album it is clearly focused on the pop oriented influences from Ellie‘s prior music – not a bad thing, but it has come at a cost. Continue reading »

Apr 28, 2015
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Jennifer Haben – Beyond the Black


Interview by Miriam C.

If right now there’ll be any competition for the 2015 Best Release, the winner in my personal rank might be, without any doubt, Germany’s Beyond the Black. Although they don’t re-invent the genre, their debut album “Songs of Love and Death” sounds so fresh and enthralling. So, it was the right occasion for chat with the singer Jennifer Haben and to get more infos about BTB and their next plans.
Hi Jennifer, first of all welcome to Femme Metal Webzine and thank you so much for dedicating some of your time to us. How are you?

No problem! I’m fine, thank you. :)

For our readers that still don’t know your fantastic band would you like to introduce us how Beyond the Black is born?

Beyond the Black was born last year. At the beginning of 2014, I wrote some songs with the producers of Elephant Music that progressed into that sound we have now. Later, I met my bandmates through Hannes of Kissin’ Dynamite. We hit it off immediately, both on a professional and personal level. After that, it didn’t take long until we were standing in the rehearsal room together, practicing our songs. Continue reading »

Feb 7, 2014

Birgit Muggenthaler-Schmack – Schandmaul

Interview by Miriam C.

 After 3 years of silence the premium German folk rock band Schandmaul is back with their new album “Unendlich” (translated in English “Infinity”) and as our interviewee states, the multi-instrumentalist of the band Birgit, Schandmaul “will be going on for a very long time…”
Hi there, how are you? I hope you’re really fine!

This is Birgit answering, hi.

So, Schandmaul, after the 2011 album “Traumtänzer”, is back with the eighth album “Unendlich”. How was its genesis? When you have started to compose it?

We started composing round about 2 and a half years ago.

Why is passed so much time between “Traumtänzer” and “Unendlich”? Continue reading »
Oct 21, 2013

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – “Tales of Winter: Selections From TSO Rock Operas” COMPILATION (2013)

Label: Lava/Universal Republic

Review by Tony Cannella

As the holiday season approaches, Trans-Siberian Orchestra gets ready to embark on their annual Christmas tour/extravaganza. In conjunction with the bands holiday dates they have released a compilation album from all of the bands rock operas.

The cool thing about TSO has always been their wide-ranging appeal, from kids to parents to grandparents and of course metal fans. With “Tales of Winter” all six of their releases are represented in one neat 74-minute package. The band has included a long list of musicians/writers from founder Paul O’Neill, Jon Oliva, Al Pitrelli and Chris Caffrey among others. They have also utilized numerous female singers throughout the years on their albums and tours since their inception in 1993. Continue reading »

Oct 10, 2013

Anathema – “Universal” DVD (2013)

Label: Kscope

Review by Luisa Mercier

Last year in September, Anathema held a special event, a very special event: a concert with the Plovdiv Philarmonic Orchestra in the Roman theatre in Philippopolis, among ancient ruins. Now that event has been captured into “Universal”, the DVD recently released.
Upon watching it, I feel compelled to say that was one f the most mystical experiences of my life and one of the best shows I have ever seen because of the feeling and of course, the Anathema music.

The setlist is mostly comprised of tracks from the last two masterpieces “ We Are Here Because We Are Here” and “Weather Systems” plus some other songs from their recent past. Only “Fragile Dreams” is the witness of their past, coming from “Alternative 4”. The set was divided into a main one with the orchestral part, while the final 30 minutes are devoted to rock only with four pieces played in the usual way. Continue reading »

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