Posts Tagged ‘female-fronted metal’

Elize Ryd of Amaranthe

LIVE PHOTOS: Amaranthe, Failure Anthem, Citizen Zero, Cypher16, Smash into Pieces
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Review by Jeff Maki
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It had been more than two years since I had seen Amaranthe open for Within Temptation (read review), also in Baltimore, Maryland. Now, with the success of Massive Addictive and its most recent album, Maximalism, Amaranthe has graduated from opening act to headliner. This was the third to last show of its North American Maximalism Tour, which featured four bands in support. (more…)

Dez Fafara of DevilDriver

Review by Jeff Maki
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DevilDriver, the headliner of the Bound by the Road Tour, now has seven studio albums under its belt. Yes, seven. The band has been around that long, and I’m getting that old. But the band in direct support on the tour has been around way longer—Death Angel. Thirty-five years to be exact.

Death Angel has been an absolute machine in recent years, churning out its style of Bay Area thrash metal with albums Killing Season (2008), Relentless Retribution (2010), The Dream Calls for Blood (2013) and last year’s The Evil Divide, which earned an honorable mention on my “best of the year” list. I also interviewed frontman Mark Osegueda in 2010 (read here) and again in 2016 (read here). Both times, his excitement and enthusiasm was unlike anyone I’ve interviewed. It turns out he carries this enthusiasm over to the stage (more…)

Amaranthe

Amaranthe will kick off their North American headline tour in support of their latest album Maximalism (read review) on February 10 in Houston. The opening acts are Failure Anthem, Citizen Zero, Cypher 16, and Smash Into Pieces. The trek winds through the U.S. and Canada, wrapping on March 11 in Reading, Pennsylvania. To herald the fact that they will be crashing the U.S. shores once again, the band has released the new video for “Boomerang.” Watch it and check ou tour dates inside! (more…)

Arch Enemy

The new video was filmed at Wacken 2016 and is featured on the Arch Enemy’s upcoming live DVD/Blu-ray As The Stages Burn!, which comes out March 31st. As The Stages Burn! will be available as a Ltd. Deluxe CD+DVD+Blu-ray Box Set (EU), Ltd Edition CD+DVD Digipak, Gatefold 2LP+DVD, and as digital album. Watch it inside and pre-order now! (more…)

Battlebeast—how can that name not bring a smile to a metalhead’s face? The Finnish band combines power metal and traditional ’80s metal into something special: anthemic songs with big hooks and choruses to bring out that inner headbanger in us all. Formed in 2008 and originally featuring vocalist Nitte Valo, the band was left in a compromising position in 2012 when she had to leave the band prior to a coveted opening slot on a tour with Sonata Arctica. In stepped the wild-haired, big voice of a frontwoman, Noora Louhimo, who up until this point had never performed in a heavy metal band. Well, Noora (or as she had me pronounce it, New-rrr-a, with an emphasis on the tongue roll) now has become the heart and soul of Battlebeast, as the band prepares to release its third album with her as vocalist, Bringer of Pain (Feb. 17, 2017, Nuclear Blast Records). The band—rounded out by bassist/vocalist Eero Sipilä, drummer Pyry Vikki, guitarist Juuso Soinio, keyboardist Janne Björkroth and his brother, guitarist Joona Björkroth—will serve as openers, along with Leave’s Eyes, for Sabaton on a U.S. tour this spring. Live Metal’s Jeff Maki talked with Noora about Bringer of Pain, the interesting story of how she joined the band, it’s ’80s metal style and much more. (more…)

The Agonist

The Agonist released their latest album and Napalm Records debut Five this past September. The record, which was met with global critical acclaim featured The Agonist’s own special take on the chart topping Hozier single “Take Me To Church”. Today the band is pleased to present the video for the song. Watch it inside! (more…)

Hammerfall

Hammerfall have been masters of groundbreaking metal anthems since the start of their remarkable career back in 1993. Today the brand new music video for the title track of their latest effort is being premiered! Built To Last boasts a programmatic title and brilliantly displays the strengths of the band. Highly melodic anthems with aggressive lead guitars turn this oeuvre into one of the most consistent, exciting and passionate Hammerfall ever recorded!

Watch the brand new music video inside! (more…)

Extreme metal giants Arch Enemy have now launched the first trailer for their upcoming live DVD/Bluray “As The Stages Burn!” which will be released on March 31st, 2017.

Featuring footage of their headline performance at WACKEN OPEN AIR 2016, marking the pinnacle of a highly successful album campaign in support of War Eternal, “As The Stages Burn!” highlights an impressive live production fans have never seen before! (more…)

Xandria

German Epic Symphonic Metal stalwarts Xandria have found lineup stability with singer Dianne van Giersbergen and are ready to take things to the next level with their seventh studio album Theater of Dimensions. The album is a hyper-emotional affair that digs deep, lyrically speaking. It’s also an incredibly metallic effort. There is a soundtrack-like, orchestral finesse inherent to the compositions, echoed by pounding groove and sophisticated shredding. You can experience it for yourself with the brand new music video for the track “Call Of Destiny” inside! (more…)

Walls of Jericho

Eight years after The American Dream, Walls Of Jericho have found new allies in Napalm Records and released their latest and highly anticipated record (and Jeff’s #10 album of 2016No One Can Save You From Yourself (review) in 2016.

There`s definitely no space for soft nuances! The band centered around power fronter Candace is famous for maddening riffing, downbeats and HUGE breakdowns. Fans worldwide count on the unmatched aggression and integrity of Detroit`s daughter and sons – be it at their brutal live shows or on record!

Just in time for the European EMP Persistence tour together with Suicidal Tendencies and Agnostic Front to name just a few from this killer line-up, the band released a brand new music video for the track “Forever Militant”! Watch the video inside: (more…)

Simone Simons of Epica

Dutch symphonic metal band Epica have launched the new music video for”Beyond The Matrix” taken from the band’s latest album The Holographic Principle.

Frontwoman Simone Simons comments: “The energy that lives within “Beyond the Matrix” is extremely contagious. It will sweep you off your feet when the melodies enter your mind. The video embodies the spirit and liveliness of Epica. Transcend together with us and shine past the sky”

Watch the video inside! And be sure to check out our recent live coverage of Epica live December 1st at Baltimore Soundstage:

Epica Live Recap Baltimore Soundstage
Epica Live Photos (more…)

Lacuna Coil

Just in time for the holidays, Italian metallers, Lacuna Coil released a brand new Krampus-themed Christmas song, “Naughty Christmas.” Watch the lyric video inside (with artwork by Marco Coti Zelati). It’s a fun song and, if anything, it’s even a little out of the realm of what we usually hear from Cristina Scabbia and the boys. (more…)