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Milwaukee Meowsic Fest
Written by Doctor T.   
Sunday, 26 October 2014

Milwaukee Meowsic Fest
The Metal Grill
Cudahy, Wisconsin
October 11, 2014

We all have things we love in life that color our interest levels. For me they include metal, especially Gothic Female Metal, cats and swimming. Well, with Meowsic Fest, I got at least two, the first two. And, given that I made a significant impact on the Spotted Cow (a local Wisconsin brew) I guess you could say I was swimming in the suds. OK, that’s a reach.


Meowsic Fest

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Amaranthe Interview 2014
Written by Robin Stryker   
Thursday, 23 October 2014

Amaranthe Interview 2014
(via Skype)

 

Having interviewed vocalist Jake a couple weeks after the release of Amaranthe’s debut album in 2011, it was a double treat to meet him and co-founder Olof in person before my first Amaranthe show, which also happened to be the band’s first show of their tour run with Within Temptation in San Francisco.  After 12 hours of travel by car, plane, train, and bus, I showed up the interview in the nick of time, but rather discombobulated and with hair sticking up in every direction like a rabid hedgehog.


Amaranthe

 

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Doro Interview
Written by C.   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Doro Interview
October 2014


It isn’t every day you get to interview a legend; so needless to say, when I was asked by the staff at Sonic Cathedral to have a one-on-one conversation with metal’s quintessential rock goddess Doro Pesch, it goes without saying that I was excited by the opportunity, but also very nervous as well. After all, Doro is the reason that places like Sonic Cathedral even exist. She’s the reason there is a femme-metal scene to speak of to begin with. Doro is the reason I’m here writing this right now. She’s a trailblazer; and just like the others of her kind, she only needs to be known by one name.

Doro

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Within Temptation Interview 2014
Written by John Thornburgh   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Within Temptation Interview 2014

 

Sonic Cathedral was lucky enough to catch up with Sharon den Adel in person, backstage before the band’s sold out concert in San Francisco (the first stop of their 2014 U.S. tour). Sharon took a break from signing 6,000 posters for fans (!) to tell us about reactions to Hydra, including the controversial “And We Run”; what the band learned from adapting Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness”; how the upcoming Hydra DVD became an Elements DVD (a scoop we promised not to share until the band announced it); the inspiration for “Dangerous” and “Covered by Roses”; her favorite Game of Thrones character; and why WT’s tour doesn’t include as many states as she’d like. Read on!


Within Temptation

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Sorronia Interview
Written by C.   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Sorronia Interview
September 2014

 

Hungarian-based symphonic metal band Sorronia is causing quite a stir within the symphonic metal community, and with good cause: not even 3 years since forming and just within months of releasing their debut album, the band has already toured with notable names on the scene such as Tarja Turunen; which is no small feat for bands with twice their seniority or popularity. Sometime amidst all the crazy touring, I got a chance to chat with Anna, the band’s vocalist, about not only the tour with Tarja, but everything else from the story behind their unique name all the way up to what they’ve got in store for us next.


Sorronia

 

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Devilskin Interview
Written by Robin Stryker   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Devilskin Interview
September 2014
(via Skype)

 


Devilskin

 

 

If moonshine could transmogrify, it undoubtedly would take the form of Devilskin’s album, We Rise. One minute, the New Zealanders’ debut offering makes your eyes water and your throat burn in a wash of barely distilled rage. The next minute, it slides down smoothly and warms your belly with luminous melody. After three or four spins, your brain will urge you to put We Rise away, and quit neglecting the other albums gathering dust on your shelf. But you won’t; you CAN’T. You have become hopelessly addicted.

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From Light Rose the Angels Interview
Written by Robin Stryker   
Friday, 19 September 2014

From Light Rose the Angels Interview
September 2014

 

From Light Rose the Angels


It is a fine thing that Los Angeles vocalist, VK Lynn, turned to a life of music, instead of a life of crime. With her vivid pink hair and bright blue eyes, she wouldn’t exactly be hard to pick out in a line-up. Likewise, her blues-inflected voice makes her stand out from the more typical vocal style found in metal and rock. This busy lady has teamed up with a couple of Finns -- Janne Tamminen (guitars and keys) and Arno Nurmisto (bass) -- and fellow Yank, Justin Lee Dixon (drums), to form a brand new band that goes by the rather lengthy name of From Light Rose the Angels.

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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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