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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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Heavy Lazy Sunday Afternoon @ Dynamo
Written by Ton Dekkers   
Saturday, 21 June 2014

Heavy Lazy Sunday Afternoon @ Dynamo
Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Sunday 27 April 2014
Ton Dekkers & Hans Kraaijeveld (Rockportaal)

 


Ex Libris

 

This time a concert with a little history. By visiting gigs, doing reviews and interviews for Sonic Cathedral you meet a lot of musicians. Often it becomes more than just a contact. You experience their passion for their music and see the struggle for getting known and finding gigs to play. When you have the possibility to organize a gig for your friends it feels good. That is the idea behind Heavy Lazy Sunday Afternoon, a concert with friends on a Sunday Afternoon. The version on 27 April in Dynamo was already the 2nd version. The name is introduced by Joop de Rooij (ex-Magion) when Magion played at the first edition. Writing a concert report from a gig you organize doesn’t feel good. Therefor I asked fellow critics Hans Kraaijeveld (report below) and Wendy Steenmans (photos) from Rockportaal to help me. Thank you for that.

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Stream of Passion @ Bibelot Dordrecht
Written by Ton Dekkers   
Sunday, 01 June 2014

Stream of Passion @ Bibelot Dordrecht
The Netherlands - Friday 18 April 2014

 

 

Finally the day arrives that would be the great finale for a lot of Stream of Passion Legion members. All songs from the fourth album A War Of Our Own (marked 4 in set lists) will be played live on the main stage of the (new) Bibelot. It’s also the official release date for the independent, crowd funded release. For the Legion Members this was totally not relevant, as they had already their copy either by digital download, regular mail or for some lucky ones by personal delivery by band members last weekend. Being part of the party was the thing.


Stream of Passion

 

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Genya Ravan Interview
Written by Doctor T.   
Sunday, 25 May 2014

Genya Ravan, April, 2014
conducted via FaceTime

 

Femme Metal is an expanding category in the music scene. MFVF is attended by large numbers, bands like Nightwish, Epica, Within Temptation and others travel the world to sold out concerts. But, these women are not the first in rock and metal, far from it. And, much as we appreciate the work that has been required to get them to this point, they benefit from others who came before them. One of these is Genya Ravan. And hers is a story that makes the others pale by comparison. Genya was a Polish Jew whose early years were spent as a prisoner in Nazi Death camps in WWII. After liberation by Russian troops, she, and what was left of her family, were transferred to a Russian work camp. They escaped and, with the help of sympathetic western aid groups, found themselves in the Hell’s Kitchen section of New York City where Genya grew into her teens. From there, Genya found her way into the music scene in New York, later in Europe and continues her career today. Sonic Cathedral’s Dr. T has long followed her illustrious career and recently arranged the following conversation via Face Time in New York.


Genya

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