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A true early Christmas is what I present below, maybe the real metal defenders totally won’t like it but here at FMW we like everything so a debut as a live reviewer, Jesse from Canada give us some insights about the Canadian gig of the Welsh indie pop artist MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS that according his review was a real blast. Just a note : more photos are coming, some technical details need to be fixed and when they will be out I’ll update the post but for the moment enjoy the review @ (via Live Report : Marina & the Diamonds @ The Kool Haus, Toronto, ON, CANADA 03/12/2012 « Femme Metal Webzine)
Review by Tony Cannella
From France, Soulmaker play technical heavy metal with some elements of Thrash metal mixed in. Their debut full-length is titled “Discordances” and the band really shows off their heavy riffs and melodic songs throughout the course of this 12-song 49-minute album. On “Discordances”, Soulmaker offer up plenty of crunchy riffs and melodic songs. Many of the lyrics are sung in the bands native French language and the band provides plenty of aggression and intensity to go along with the melody. “Married to a Ghost” is a strong opener that draws you in from the very outset. From there, “A Vide” and “Sing” keep things chugging ahead at full speed. “Requiem for a Creep” is another highlight with some of the riffs reminding me a bit of early Iron Maiden. Also impressive are the multi faceted vocals of Marina Viotti. She has the ability to go from a clean singing style to aggressive often times in the same song. There is simply no coming up for air until the final song, “I Remember” which is a beautiful, haunting ballad. On “Discordances”, Soulmaker creates an enjoyable metal experience that leaves quite an impression on the listener.
Rating - 89/100
Label : Fono LTD
Review by Tony Cannella
From Russia, Ghosthill plays great, straight-ahead heavy metal. Their debut album is titled “Embrace of a Chasm” and their style is along the lines of Crystal Viper, Germany’s Backslash or even going back a few years (okay, more than a few) classic Warlock. Not a bad lot to be compared too, but Ghosthill also puts their own stamp on things and delivers a powerful debut. The intro “A Billion Years of Torments” segues into the bouncy, “Keepers” era Helloween vibe of “The Last Dimension”. This song also features its share of crunchy, headbanging parts and Mira’s strong vocals; at times she reminds me of Marta from Crystal Viper or Heike from BackSlash. “Cyclonic Death” keeps up the frenetic energy and pace, with some cool riffing and guitar leads. “The Mist” is up next and has a dark, eerie feeling to it. Some cool sounding keyboards and mixing different tempos drives this number, and helps to make it an instant favorite, and shows that Ghosthill are capable of more than just headbanging music. If the band ever does a video, I vote for “The Mist”. The pretty sounding piano starts off the ballad “Silent Night”, before the rest of the band joins in and helps to make this song an effective ballad. You prefer the heavy stuff? Fear not. The band picks up the pace once again with the almost thrashy “Titanic Heroes”. Ghosthill returns to a darker vibe on the next track “Down the Dark River”. This is just a beautifully melodic track that is hands down my favorite. The classic European metal style of the title song is next. The final two tracks “Stronger Than Fire” and “Vigilant Forest” brings the album to a monstrous conclusion. Overall, I loved “Embrace of a Chasm” by Ghosthill. It is great to hear a band like Ghosthill, still flying the flag for traditional metal and playing the music that they love with such energy, power and conviction. “Embrace of a Chasm” is one of my favorite albums to come out in 2010 and Ghosthill is a band that I eagerly await to hear more music from in the future.
Rating - 93/100
Label : Stygian Crypt Productions
Review by Luisa Mercier
“My Endless Sorrow” is the second album of this Eastern Europe gothic metal band. They hail from Belarus and deliver us a gothic-doom which leans more on the gothic side than the doom one, I have to say. The music is quite up-tempo and strongly connected to heavy metal while the gothic flavor is given by keyboards and some hint of strings here and there. The vocals of Marina are quite simple, no operatic singing, but they shine through the music and sometimes have a growler as counterpart, creating the classic “beauty and the beast” contrast. Listen to “Dreams of Fire”, for example. “My Autumnal Images” is a nice power-ballad with almost a modern feeling, while the following “I Feel…” is maybe the doomier song on the album. The pace is slow pointed by keyboards and the atmosphere is overall romantic.The following songs are all in the same veins: heavy riffs and heavenly vocals, mid-tempo riffs and male growls. “My Endless Sorrow” is a good record and lovers of gothic metal will love it for sure.
Rating - 70/100