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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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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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