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Metal Female Voices Fest Day 2
Written by SC Staff   
Saturday, 18 February 2017

Metal Female Voices Fest Day 2 (Metal Day 1)
Saturday, 22 October 2016
Oktoberhallen, Belgium
Written by Doctor T, Kassandra Novell, Ton Dekkers

Metal Female Voices Fest Day 2 

Saturday morning saw the beginning of the metal part of MFVF. The night before had been an acoustic show and it was delightful. But most of the people at this event came for the metal. And they got what they came for early.

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Sonic Cathedral’s Best Releases of 2016
Written by SC Staff   
Monday, 02 January 2017

2016 was another good year for female-fronted metal. Major releases included Epica, Lacuna Coil, Delain, Amaranthe, and Tarja. Epica's new album, The Holographic Principle, was widely praised by fans and continues the heavier sound introduced by Design Your Universe. Simone's vocals have never been better. Lacuna Coil's new release, Delirium, was also widely liked by fans who hailed it as a return to the band’s roots (though this reviewer prefers their Comaliies sound). Meanwhile Delain released another excellent album, Moonbathers, after teasing with the Lunar Prelude EP. Moonbathers is a prime example of Delain's energetic sound and Charlotte's emotive voice and gothic lyrics. Finally, Amaranthe's new album, Maximalism, literally maximized that band's sound. It is simultaneously Amaranthe's poppiest and heaviest album and in this reviewer's opinion their best.

 Delain - Moonbathers Epica - TheHolographicPrincipleLacuna Coil - Delirium

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Metal Female Voices Fest Acoustic Performance
Written by SC Staff   
Tuesday, 06 December 2016

Metal Female Voices Fest Acoustic Performance
Friday, 21 October 2016 Oktoberhallen, Belgium
Written by Doctor T, Kassandra Novell, Ton Dekkers

 Metal Female Voices Fest Acoustic Performance

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Leaves’ Eyes - Live in Minneapolis
Written by Deb Freytag   
Monday, 05 December 2016

Leaves’ Eyes - Live in Minneapolis
September 30, 2016

 

Leaves’ Eyes -- Live in Minneapolis

Leaves’ Eyes recently rocked their way through Minneapolis, Minnesota. The show took place on November 22nd at Mill City Nights in the middle of the very first snow storms of the fridge midwest's winter season. One of the last shows remaining for the closing venue, the tour additionally featured Omnium Gatherum, and headliners Sonata Arctica.

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Huntress - Live in Minneapolis
Written by Deb Freytag   
Sunday, 04 December 2016

Huntress -- Live in Minneapolis
September 30, 2016


Huntress - Live in Minneapolis

On Friday, September 30, 2016, Huntress rocked their way through Minneapolis, Minnesota. On tour with Sabaton and headliners Trivium, Huntress is supporting their last album, Static, which came out in late 2015.

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Letters From The Fire Interview
Written by Robin Stryker   
Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Letters From The Fire Interview
September 22, 2016 (live)

Letters From The Fire Interview

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I strolled into the venue to meet up with Letters From The Fire vocalist, Alexa Kabazie, for an interview before the band’s Spokane show. In the promo pictures, everyone looks suitably grim and leather-clad. Likewise, the band’s new album, Worth The Pain, has plenty of rocking riffs, but still has a dark and aching quality to the lyrics. “Give In to Me” (based on Alexa’s love-hate relationship with her ADHD meds) is written from a drug’s perspective, as it attempts to seduce a user into just giving in. A few songs later, “Last December” tells of her cousin’s slide into hopeless, helpless addiction. Dark stuff, right?

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Forever Still Interview
Written by Robin Stryker   
Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Forever Still Interview
(via Skype)

Forever Still Interview

These days, it seems rare for a major label to sign a band on the strength of a few self-released EPs. But that is precisely what happened with the Danish rock band, Forever Still, after they popped up on Nuclear Blast’s radar. See? Sometimes working your ass off and investing all your energy in music really does pay off! Forever Still hits that sweet spot between having enough bite to appeal to metal fans, while still having those catchy hooks that open the doors for cross-over appeal.

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Epica Interview 2016
Written by Ton Dekkers   
Monday, 03 October 2016

Epica Interview 2016
In Person Interview

Epica Interview 2016 

Related to the release of Epica’s new album The Holographic Principle, Nuclear Blast organized a press day in Amsterdam. Sonic Cathedral was given the opportunity to meet Mark Jansen (guitars). Although Mark is endorsed by Ibanez, the meeting was at the new Gibson headquarter in Amsterdam Tower, with a nice view over Amsterdam harbor. In a very relaxed atmosphere we could meet Simone and Mark before going into in the interview mode.

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