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MFVF XII – Day 2
Written by Ton Dekkers   
Tuesday, 06 January 2015

MFVF XII – Day 2
@ Oktoberhallen Wieze (Belgium)


MFVF XII

 

Although it was early after the partying I managed to get to the venue on time. As I could use the backstage entry, I didn’t need to go into the queue in front of the doors. It was not bad there because the sun was shining. There were fewer people than I can remember from previous editions but still a nice number so early in the morning (10AM), great for the small bands that open the day. Being in the empty venue before the doors open, it’s great to see the crowd getting in for a long day of Female Fronted Metal.

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Triosphere 2014 Interview
Written by Robin Stryker   
Monday, 05 January 2015

Triosphere 2014 Interview
(via Skype)


Triosphere

 

The snowy reaches of Trondheim, Norway is home to many fine metal bands, and the four-piece outfit, Triosphere, continues to stake its place within the flourishing music scene locally and internationally. Fans have had a long, four-year wait for Triosphere’s third album, The Heart Of the Matter, but good things come to those who wait. The new album adds symphonic elements (sparingly) and a surprisingly tender ballad to the existing melodic power metal base layered with progressive elements and a strong rock sensibility. However, the heart Triosphere’s sound remains the distinctive voice of Ida Haukland.

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Femme-Metal: An Evolutionary Process
Written by C. & Doctor T.   
Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Femme-Metal: An Evolutionary Process

 


Femme-Metal: An Evolutionary Process

 

Femme-metal, like any other form of music, has undergone an evolutionary process; it didn’t just appear in its current form from day one. There is even some difficulty in tracing the roots of femme-metal, and there is some ambiguity as to who the first artists were that set down the groundwork for what would ultimately become femme-metal. Unlike Black Sabbath, the undisputed forefathers of heavy metal, femme-metal’s originators are not as easy to pinpoint. For one, it depends how far back in rock history one wants to go. For another, women in rock and heavy metal music have always had to fight for acceptance and respect; therefore it is more difficult to place where certain aspects of various genres began, considering that there were artists before who had to strive for their place in the rock hierarchy, leaving a lot of “unsung heroes” in their wake.

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Sonic Cathedral’s Best Releases of 2014
Written by SC Staff   
Thursday, 18 December 2014

Sonic Cathedral’s Best Releases of 2014
Written by SC Staff December 2014

 


SC Top 10

 

Introduction by John Thornburgh

2014 was an incredible year for female-fronted metal. There were so many excellent albums it was hard to keep up (and hard to pick just ten for my list)! We had releases from lots of big bands (Within Temptation, Arch Enemy, Lacuna Coil, Epica, Delain, and more), as well as many excellent releases from newer and less famous bands. The large number of releases is reflected in the diversity of picks by the different SC staffers. We all love female metal, but our favorites are different. In fact, with ten staffers submitting lists, we have nine different #1 albums! Only Delain gets the nod twice.

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MFVF XII – Day 1
Written by Ton Dekkers   
Sunday, 14 December 2014

MFVF XII – Day 1
@ Oktoberhallen Wieze, Belgium
Friday 17 October 2014


MFVF XII

 

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FemME – Female Metal Event
Written by Ton Dekkers   
Friday, 05 December 2014

FemME – Female Metal Event
@ Effenaar Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Sunday 28 September 2014

 

LaVentura 

 

Again a report with support from fellow critics Hans Kraaijeveld (report) and Wendy Steenmans (photos) from Rockportaal Thank you for that. Also a thank you to Sonic Cathedral that opened doors for me. That helped to make FemME possible. Ton Dekkers

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White Empress Interview
Written by Robin Stryker   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014

White Empress Interview
(via Skype)


White Empress

 

Paul Allender originally planned for White Empress to be a side project -- a band into which he could infuse the rebellious and raw spirit of metal, while Cradle of Filth took a break between albums. That break did not materialize, and Paul left Cradle of Filth to devote himself to White Empress. With an ambitious vision for the band, he set out to find a vocalist and cadre of musicians to bring the Empress to life in all her furious glory.

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The Sirens Interview 2014: Anneke + Liv + Kari
Written by Robin Stryker   
Monday, 10 November 2014

The Sirens Interview
(via Skype)



“Siren” is a word that is often overused in the female-fronted metal arena. But when you’re talking about three women who pioneered a new sound -- Anneke van Giersbergen (with The Gathering), Liv Kristine Espenæs Krull (with Theatre Of Tragedy), and Kari Rueslåtten (with The 3rd And The Mortal) -- calling their collaboration The Sirens could not be more fitting. The Sirens are hitting the road for live shows that will include a mixture of classics and brand new material from their solo albums and current projects. Check out “Embracing the Seasons” and “Sisters of the Earth” for a taste of what awaits!


The Sirens

 

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