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Women of Metal Fest
Written by Doctor T.   
Saturday, 16 August 2014

Women of Metal Fest
Pittsburgh, PA, The Rex Theatre
July 19, 2014

 

 


Women of Metal Fest

 

When it comes to Female Metal the big events tend to be in Europe, with MFVF being the Cadillac. But then, most of the big names are European, both East and West and that festival is largely organized to feature artists from Western Europe. Yea, we get some Japanese, the occasional South American band, others maybe from Russia but the US has, for the most part, been ignored. So where do you go to see good American Femme Metal? Well, we had a few events in Chicago, you could see things in Atlanta at the big festival there, but, for the most part, this is not a popular event in good ol’ ‘murica. But, some people are trying to change that a little. And Pittsburgh seems to be one of the hot spots in that effort, who knew? The culprits in charge included Jayson Shell, Richard Stark and others and they put together a rather interesting lineup for the event.

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Epica on tour again
Written by Ton Dekkers   
Thursday, 14 August 2014

CD Presetation @ 013, Tilburg – 30 April 2014
Parkpop @ The Hague – 29 June 2014





Epica

 

Sonic Cathedral had the opportunity to see Epica twice within a “short” timeframe. Or better three times.

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Dames of Darkness @ Robin 2
Written by Ton Dekkers   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Dames of Darkness @ Robin 2
Bilston (UK)

 

 


Dames of Darkness

 

It’s already some time ago that Sonic Cathedral was present at the Dames of Darkness Festival at the Robin 2 in Bilston. The good reputation built up over the last years and of course the line-up were the main reasons to visit. Also the option to meet old friends makes it attractive. For me the festival day would be a long one. Flying in from the Netherlands and getting to the venue made me get up very early. Arriving after a reasonably smooth trip a little early was not really a problem. In the local pub you could find already visitors of Dames of Darkness (DoD) based on their outfit. After a beer in the pub it was time to go to the Robin 2. The Robin 2 is a nice venue for this kind of event. It attracted sufficient visitors to fill up the space in front of the stage. The crowd was a little too big for the two “corners”, the food and drinks area and the merchandise area. With the social behaviour of the metal heads (as usual) that was no problem. Everybody respected each other and looked after each other. That in itself made it already a nice party.

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Rockharz 2014
Written by Angela Infernale   
Monday, 28 July 2014

Rockharz 2014 – Review
July 10-12, 2014
Ballenstedt, Harz Region, Germany

 

 

Rockharz


For a Female Fronted Metal fan this year's Rockharz was the “New Singers Edition”. Even though this year there were only three female fronted bands – Arch Enemy, Xandria, and Battle Beast – the trip out into the remote Eastern Harz region in Germany was still worthwhile. One reason is that all of the bands named above made an appearance with their new (or not so new anymore) singers. On top of that, both Arch Enemy and Xandria have just released their new studio albums and had some new material in store. Lastly, a Femme Metal fan is almost never a Femme Metal fan only, and Rockharz always has an amazing array of male fronted bands worth seeing.

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Edge of Paradise Interview
Written by Robin Stryker   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Edge of Paradise Interview
by Robin Stryker June 19, 2014 (via Skype)

 

 

The Los Angeles-based hard rock/metal band, Edge of Paradise, might have come together through a series of happy accidents, but the mark they are making on the music scene is anything but an accident. Hard work and a single-minded focus on developing their sound, honing their stage presence, and winning over fans is more like it. Fans who already love Edge of Paradise’s debut album, Mask, will be in for a bit of a surprise with Immortal Waltz, which redefines the band’s sound. With Michael Wagener (Metallica, Dokken, Ozzy, etc.) in the producer’s chair, Immortal Waltz is sure to please.
Edge of Paradise

 

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Destiny Potato Interview
Written by Robin Stryker   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Destiny Potato Interview
May 31, 2014 (via Skype)

 

 

Destiny Potato. Let that name roll around in your brain for a while … DE-STI-NY PO-TA-TO. Aye, it’s a quirky name. But make no mistake: This Serbian alt-rock outfit is not a band thrown together for a lark. Fans of progressive music should already be well-acquainted with David Maxim Micić from his BILO albums and innovative guitar style. Destiny Potato’s debut album LUN recalls David’s progressive roots to some extent, but it also is accessible to casual listeners with catchy hooks and a satisfying range of styles. The original idea for the band was to have two female vocalists, but Destiny Potato ultimately went with a single siren, founding vocalist Aleksandra Djelmas. When you already have a singer who can growl, scream, hit the operatic notes, deliver a whisky-soaked purr, or sing in a rock/pop style, a second set of pipes would be rather superfluous; wouldn’t it?

 
Destiny Potato

 

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Revamp: North American tour
Written by Allyson & C   
Friday, 04 July 2014

Revamp: North American tour

 


Revamp


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Blackmore’s Night @ The Paramount Theatre
Written by John Sherman   
Saturday, 28 June 2014

Blackmore’s Night @ The Paramount Theatre
Long Island, New York May 22, 2014

 

It was a cold and dreary evening in Huntington Long Island, as dark clouds hovered over the sky. Yet the mood surrounding The Paramount Theatre was quite festive as Blackmore’s Night fans from around the world, many dressed in costumes, gathered at local bars prior to the performance. The concert was in support of their most recent studio LP, “Dancer and the Moon.”


Blackmores Night

 

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