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Oct 28, 2014
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Ashes to Ashes – “Bordeline” (2013)

Label: Underground Symphony

Review by Tony Cannella

We always mention how the country of Italy is becoming the epicenter for female fronted bands. Well, the band Ashes to Ashes are a bit different than the majority of Femme Metal bands coming from that part of the world. Instead of the usual symphonic, gothic metal styles Ashes to Ashes are an Alternative metal band from Genova, Italy. The band were founded in 2010 and in 2012 flew to New York to record their debut album as well as play some shows and even found the time to film their first video for the opening track – and one of the standout tunes, “Alice’s Song”.

Ashes to Ashes are fronted by Marta Vassallo who alternates between a clean singing voice and really aggressive growling vocals. Continue reading »

Oct 28, 2014
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Sabina Classen, Peter Geltat & Thomas Neitsch – Holy Moses

Interview by Miriam C.

People, we’re in front of a legend. Or better a metal LEGEND. If think about thrash metal, the first band you’ll gonna refer to, at least in the European musical panorama, is German’s Holy Moses. Why? The reason is really really  simply ’cause without Sabine Classen, there’ll be no Angela Gossow, Alissa White-Gluz and Runhild Gammelsæter singing in any whatsoever extreme metal band. Holy Moses‘s first demo release date back in 1980 but it’s the third demo, published in 1982, “Satan’s Angel” that marks Sabina‘s debut behind as a band vocalist until their break-up in 1994. Right now, after 30 years of activity, it’s really natural that a band undergoes a lot of lineup changes but with their new album “Redefined Mayhem”, Holy Moses seems to have found a stable line-up and vocalist Sabina Classen, guitarist Peter Geltat and bassist Thomas Neitsch took some time to speak about it. Thrash on! Continue reading »
Oct 26, 2014
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Forever Still – “Breaking Free” EP (2013)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Forever Still is a melodic hard rock band with a decidedly fierce metal edge. Hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark the band was formed in 2009 and in the time that they have been together, they have already been receiving positive press and recognition. After listening to their debut 4-song EP, it is easy to see why.

So we begin with “The Key”. It opens with a bit of electronic music before the heavy guitars come in. My first impression is the singer Maja. She’s got a truly captivating voice. Near the end of the song comes this hell-ish screaming vocal part from Maja, which is quite impressive. “The Last Day” is a solid mid-tempo number with another bit of screaming from Maja. It is really disarming because it seemingly comes out of nowhere. 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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Die Like A Mayfly – “Dying Mayfly” EP (2014)

Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Dying Like A Mayfly is a Gothic metal band from Japan. Their debut EP is entitled, “Dying Mayfly”. The mixing of gothic metal and heavy pop of “Dying Mayfly” gets us off to a fast start. The eerie – almost horror movie like – “Whiteberry Shining Cicada” is next and is my favorite song. The vibe of this one is ominous and the sweet vocals of Rosiel make it even more so. Next is “At Sea” and this proves to another strong track. The final song is the ambience fueled “Everlasting Requiem”.

Die Like A Mayfly are interesting in the way that they combine Gothic metal with almost a heavy pop sound.

There are many different elements at work here and that contributes in making “Dying Mayfly” a worthwhile listen. Continue reading »

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