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There is a radio show presented by Mr DJ Ravenman every Wednesday, to promote the female fronted rock and metal scene. Tracks from albums reviewed on this site, will invariably pick up airplay on this show. The radio show airs 8pm-11pm UK time (that's 9pm-midnight central European time and 3-6pm EST USA). Listen by clicking below.
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I am immensely proud of this interview with UK Gothic Rockers VAMPYRE HEART. Click on link below. It is my very first 'live' interview, maybe my last! :)
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Athens based Symphonic Metallers FALLEN ARISE is very proud to announce that their singer, Fiona Creaby, will be guesting on the BLOOD RED SOUL debut album 'Symphony Of A Memory' later this year! Fiona stated: "I am very exited to be collaborating with Blood Red Soul as a special guest vocalist on the new project album - Symphony of a Memory - due to be released later in 2017. It is a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with BLOOD RED SOUL founder and composer Rainbow Walker (aka Achim Schriener), who is also the composer and multi-instrumentalist of 'WOODLARK'". More in due course.
You can view a brief preview clip of the new TANTAL album titled 'Ruin' here.
Tantal's singer Sofia Raykova is pictured above.
CORNERSTONE is back with their second single from the long player 'Reflections': the song 'Northern Light' was released on 03/31 and was mixed and mastered, like the whole album, by Harry Hess (SIMPLE PLAN, MUSE, BILLY TALENT) in Canada. The video for the song, which was shot at the same time as the first single 'Last Night', was produced by the well-proven film team THE COCKPIT and director Christian Enzmueller. 'Northern Light' is already available as download on iTunes and in all other online-shops and the video can be viewed here.
Italian opera core metallers ELEGY OF MADNESS is proud to announce "New Era european tour 2017", in support of their third album 'New Era'. The band describe their new full length as a result of "their inner change" and they are excited to present this new stunning masterpiece to their fans.
LYRIA are gonna have an online concert on April, 29 at 9 pm London time. Remember you can watch the concert live or whenever you want because it will be recorded. To join the band, please get your tickets here. It costs only 10 USD and you can interact with the band live through their Facebook event here. Lyria also has VIP tickets, which will allow you to video chat with Aline later!
BELLADONNA has just released a one/off single titled 'Spartacus', and its video was shot by the band's singer Luana Caraffa as a selfie video! "Spartacus" is inspired by the slave gladiator who started and led the major slave uprising against Rome in 72 BC. "It's a rebel song, a call to arms, 2 minutes of pure anthemic fury" says Luana. "We wrote it a few days ago and it portrays so powerfully how we feel in this current world climate that we've decided to speed-record it and release it immediately" adds Dani Macchi, BELLADONNA's guitarist and producer. Watch the 'Spartacus' Selfie Music Video here. 'Spartacus' is available exclusively on Gumroad at this link: www.gum.co/spartacus.
METALOCALYPSTICK FEST, the Western Canadian outdoor festival that just doesn’t celebrate heavy metal, but embraces the power of women in metal announce their 2017 line up for Canada Day weekend July 1st and 2nd in Valemount, BC. This year's line up features bands from across Canada and beyond with Cabrakaan (Toluca, Mexico), Sovereign Council (Kingston, ON), Violent Betty (Saskatoon, SK), Atmora (Windsor, ON), Scythia (Calgary, AB), Massive Scar Era (Vancouver, BC / Cairo, Egypt) and many more! In addition to the festival celebrating women in metal, METALOCALYPSTICK FEST gives back to the community by being a non-profit organization dedicated to raise funds and donating 100% of proceeds to local charities Girls Rock Camp, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, Earth Protectors plus sponsoring an independent band picked by Metalocalypstick Fest judges. Tickets/info here.
HERETIC'S DREAM will join the Finnish progressive metal masters AMORPHIS, as their main support, on the 10th Eclipse Anniversary Shows in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
AFTERMOON (Modern Metal from Ukraine) is proud to announce the release of the official video for the song 'Cold', taken from their album 'Phase One' (Wormholedeath Records). View the video here.
The new album and second release from French metal merchants DUST IN MIND has just hit the shops. Titled 'OBLIVION', it is an awesome slab of metal. The latest video from the album titled 'I'm Different' can be viewed here.
THE SHIVER, female alt rock quartet formed in 2005, plays a unique blend of dark, beat-heavy rock with spikes of Electro/Ambient. Their new album called 'Adeline' has been released today, April 4th 2017. To celebrate this news the band is also releasing a lyric video for the track 'Adeline'. View it here.
Here is the new video from NINA ROSE. View 'Holy Water' here.
LESBIAN BED DEATH, the UK female fronted HARD ROCK/GOTHIC PUNK band has released the third single, 'SON OF A THOUSAND MANIACS', from their current studio album, 'EVIL NEVER DIES'. 'SON OF A THOUSAND MANIACS' is a hell raising, hard rock party anthem and has already become a live favourite. The song was inspired by the band's love for the Nightmare On Elm Street movies as frontwoman SIENNA VENOM explains, "I grew up watching all of the classic 80s horror movies, and the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise was one of my favourites. We've always wanted to pay homage to Freddy Krueger in a future music video, and now we've finally made it happen with this track". Shot on location at the famous haunted 18th century pub, The Leopard Inn, Stoke-on-Trent in the UK, the music video for 'SON OF A THOUSAND MANIACS' sees SIENNA VENOM take on the role of Freddy Krueger as she torments a teenage girl through her nightmares. Check out the 4K video here.
SERPENTYNE will be supporting Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow at Manchester Arena on June 22nd! Tickets are now on sale from today (29th March) here: https://myticket.co.uk/rainbow/.
Today (March 24th), French band ORMSYT are premiering 'Dreamsailor', the first single taken from their debut album, which has been slated for release on March 31st. The single can be streamed here.
'Dominion of Pain', the second single by CADAVERIA from the 'Mondoscuro' EP, is now available on iTunes. The track, is streaming on the band's YouTube channel at this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbdWgNxhVc4&feature=youtu.be.
Progressive Modern Metal band with female voice – TANTAL has published a video for a new song from the upcoming album 'Ruin'. The link is here.
The Iranian band THE UNKNOWN present the single 'Lithium' featuring AMY LEE. The song is the expression of a strong collaboration that THE UNKNOWN had with EVANESCENCE singer AMY LEE. 'Lithium' ft. Amy Lee is available here.
London metal merchants EVYLTYDE has just dropped the latest music video on their YouTube channel. The video is for 'Eye For An Eye' - the first song from their forthcoming album 'Rising', available worldwide from the 27th March 2017 on all major digital platforms.
The new AEVERIUM album teaser. The album called 'TIME', the track called 'VALE OF SHADOWS'. Album due 24th March - view video here.
The female fronted progressive power metal band VANDROYA has just released a lyric video for "I'm Alive", the first single from their highly anticipated new album "Beyond The Human Mind". The album will be released on April 28th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings. The album concept revolves around the journey we all go through in search of fullness and inner peace. The album artwork is created by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire, Iced Earth]. Check the video out here
THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE present 'Under Your Spell', its most intimate and emotive record to date. This album is a captivating hybrid of 80's, electronica, and aggressive guitars, fused with dark, cinematic melodic progressions. The new album blends the expansive breadth of The Birthday Massacre's signature sound and creates a deeply personal, immersive collection of songs. The album we understand should be available early to mid June.
After sending a current demo to their label Napalm Records it`s official: MIDNATTSOL will make a fourth album together with Napalm Records!! The release will be at the beginning of 2018, and there will be live gigs next year too.
20th August 2017 - DAMES OF DARKNESS returns with EDENBRIDGE as the headliners. This promises to be another feast of female fronted metal. The venue is the Robin 2 in Bilston near Wolverhampton UK.
Explosive Canadian Hard Rockers, KOBRA AND THE LOTUS has completed work on their new album and Napalm Records debut 'Prevail I'. The album is set for release on May 12th! Listen to the new single 'Gotham' here.
MY OWN GHOST, a rock band from Luxembourg and the Finnish record label Secret Entertainment continue their co-operation. The second album named 'Life On Standby' is released April 7th 2017. The album is produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Apocalyptica, Amorphis, etc.) and mastered by Svante Forsbäck (Rammstein, Sunrise Avenue, Bullet For My Valentine, etc). Their critically acclaimed debut album 'Love Kills' was released in 2014 also by Secret Entertainment. The band just released a music video from the album and it can be seen here.
After about a year of writing, rehearsing and recording, END OF THE DREAM from The Netherlands can finally announce that their second album 'UNTIL YOU BREAK' will be released on May 11th! Presale starts tomorrow (Friday 17/2) at 10:00 CET.If you Pre-order the album, you will get a SIGNED copy delivered to your home a few days before the release date! The album will have eleven tracks, with about an hour of music.
Frontiers Music is happy to announce the release of ADRENALINE RUSH'S second album, 'Soul Survivor' on April 21, 2017. Following the successful release of the band’s 2014 self-titled debut album, Adrenaline Rush are now ready to unleash their next infectious slice of hard, sleaze, melodic rock on the rock 'n roll masses! This time, blond bombshell vocalist Tåve Wanning mainly collaborated with Fredrik Folkare (FIRESPAWN, UNLEASHED), who brought fresh influences to the table that fit very well with Tåve’s ideas. The band is set to perform a few club gigs in Sweden, before appearing at the 4th annual Frontiers Rock Festival in Milano, Italy, on April 30th.
Hailing from Turin, Italy, 8-member Symphonic metallers AEVUM with female vocals from LUCILLE NIGHTSHADE, has signed with Canadian label Maple Metal Records to release their sophomore full-length album ‘Dischronia’ on March 17th Worldwide (and in the Youtube Aevum channel). As part of the deal, Maple Metal Records will re-distribute the band’s 2014 debut album 'Impressions’, plus previously released material from the band’s two EPs “Celestial Angels” (2008) and “Nova Vita” (2012).
On January 27 RAVENSCRY released a video for their track 'Oscillation'. The song features on the band’s upcoming album entitled 'The Invisible', which is out on February 24, being the first concept album from the band. This will be their third work after 2014’s 'The Attraction of Opposites'. The Oscillation video was directed by Max Valerio and it can be viewed here.
Eclectic female fronted metal band TANTAL, fronted by Sofia Raykova reveals cover artwork for their new album which is titled 'RUIN'.
As usual for the band, the 10 track album will contain a lyrical concept.
ASHES TO FALL is a Hard Rock Act from Fayetteville Georgia fronted by 16 year old Clarice Keilani. View the video to their song 'Speak In Circles' here.
Greek Symphonic Metallers FALLEN ARISE fronted by Fiona Creaby, have been confirmed as special guests on PARADISE LOST'S Russian shows in May 2017.
Female-fronted Finnish metallers CRIMSON SUN will join AMBERIAN DAWN's 10th Anniversary Tour, performing 10 shows in Europe in Feb. The 2017 Tour will include stops in the UK, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Spanish symphonic metallers DIABULUS IN MUSICA will be direct support to Amberian Dawn on the Tour.
XANDRIA has 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' HERE. And yes, we can fully understand if you can't get enough of XANDRIA! So check out their latest lyric video for 'We Are Murderers (We All)' feat. Björn Strid (SOILWORK) HERE.
This coming October marks thirty years since the release of the 'Heaven On Earth' album from BELINDA CARLISLE. So to mark the occasion, she is going to do a short UK tour themed around the record - the dates are on our tour dates page.
EMERALD MIND play a unique mixture of power and progressive metal with one of the most professional female vocalists on the Russian metal scene, Svetlana Vysotskaya. The band has released a new video for the song 'Astronaut In Her Space' from their second album 'Civilization'. This song draws parallels between the depths of the universe and a human mind. One person explores the other one like a spaceship, drifting among the space. Anyway even if you are far from philosophy you can just enjoy powerful riffs, catchy melodies and exceptional vocal of the beautiful Svetlana! View it here.
Check out Russian band D-SENSE. The video to the track 'Sin In Your Eyes' can be seen here.
Check out the rather cool Italian Band FIVE WAYS TO NOWHERE, who are fronted by Charlotte S. Their YouTube channel can be found here.
The band is a powerful blend of loud guitars, aggressive and groovy riffs, a scratchy voice with catchy melodies all driven by a neurotic rhythm section. Sounds cool to me!
MORLAS MEMORIA has a cool crowd funding campaign! Check it out here. Their previous work 'Follow The Wind' won many plaudits. So I really look forward to any new music from this German band.
TEMPERANCE with string quartet and choir, will be recording a live DVD, with tunes from their latest album 'The Earth Embraces Us All'. Date: Saturday 29 April at TEATRO SOCIALE, PIAZZA VITTORIO VENETO 3, ALBA, CUNEO, ITALY. This will be an amazing live experience.
Italian/British rock/metal band ONYRIA has announced a comeback. The band is excited to announce that they have reformed with their original line-up and will continue to write, perform and record both original and cover songs in the immediate future. Their new single, 'Alone', has been released worldwide on January, 9th 2017. Enjoy the video here!
BLACKDOWN MUSIC and BARE INFINITY are thrilled to announce the release date for the NEW album, 'THE BUTTERFLY RAISER', available everywhere on the 3rd of March 2017. The album is BARE INFINITY's 3rd studio release and signifies the bands return with this killer 12 Track album, boasting guest musicians Albert Dannenmann ( Ex-Blackmores nights), Ioannis Maniatopoulos ( TriState Corner), Max Morton (Morton Band) and Sarah Wolf (AfterTime). The album offers a combination of beautifully balanced melodies, folk elements and heavy guitar riff-work, all highlighted by Ida Elena's mesmerising vocal talent. The production has been mixed and mastered by Max Morton at Morton Studios (Ukraine).
The Female Metal Event - FEMME is from 22nd September - 24th September 2017 in Eindhoven (The Netherlands). On stage include: DELAIN, EDGE OF PARADISE, MAYAN, THEATRES DE VAMPIRES, WEEPING SILENCE, VETRAR DRAUGURINN.
ASHES TO ASHES official video for the song 'Once Upon a Time', taken from 'Urania' (2016, Epictronic), is out now via Vevo! The song has been re-recorded with the new singer Giulia Sarpero. View the video here.
Another video to enjoy. The band is BRIGHTSTORM from Brazil and the track is called 'Walk', lifted from the album 'Through The Gates'. See the video here.
Canadian Gothic rockers VAN HALST are recording the follow up release to their debut album 'World of Make Believe' with famed Canadian producer Arnold Lanni, best known for his work with Our Lady Peace, Finger Eleven and Simple Plan. VAN HALST released 'World of Make Believe' on March 4th, 2016 to great acclaim from the Canadian music scene. For more news, watch this space.
Hungarian female fronted metallers ANN MY GUARD, has just released a new lyric video for the song 'Hekate', which is taken from their forthcoming album ‘Ourania‘. The album is due out on January 13, digital and January 27, 2017 as CD via Rock’N’Growl Records. View the video here.
Epictronic and Wormholedeath Records are proud to announce that ARSENIC UNBIRTHDAY's official video for the song 'Another Sin To Hide', taken from 'Ravens and Writing Desks' E.P. (2015, EPICTRONIC), is now out via Vevo! View it here.
Let's have a bit of Stoner Rock - yay! Here is the link to BEEF SUPREME's new EP 'Witchcraft In School'. Have a listen - why not? www.soundcloud.com/beefsupreme-2/sets/witchcraft-in-school. Also check out their website here where you can download their music.
News from the KILL FOR EDEN camp. The London band has released the single 'Love You So' from their forthcoming album 'PETTY CRIMES', due April 2017. There is also a video to the said track, and that video can be viewed here.
AETERNITAS has posted a video with the acoustic version of the title track of their latest album 'House Of Usher', enjoy it here.
The new singer of French Band ASYLUM PYRE is OXY HART. The band has already worked on several songs with her. Prepare for a huge blow of power and subtlety.
'Circles On The Water' is a sweeping, atmospheric ballad from Russian band SLOT, that explodes into raging guitar & vocals that encapsulate singer Nookies fantastic vocal range, and the bands direct song structures. The video is their most ambitious to date with powerful images and a specific story line, that capture the mood and message of the song. This is yet another tremendous track from the album 'Septima', released on Sliptrick Records earlier this Spring. View it here.
A band that has just sent me some information: They are EXCELSYUM from Nicaragua, fronted by Lucia Espinoza. They were formed in 2012, are young ageing from 19 to 25 and they play Progressive Symphonic Metal. Check out their YouTube channel here.
I have been chating with Anna Holtz, singer with the band Desdæmona. Check this link out and consider supporting: www.facebook.com/events/1758659704396672/?active_tab=discussion.
HEART AVAIL from Spokane, WA. are soon to release a five track S/T EP, of which the first single, 'Pink Lace' has been released on video. That video can be viewed here. A second track, 'Broken Fairytale' can now also be viewed here. The EP actually gets released 9th December.
ASHES TO ASHES is proud to announce the addition of new singer Giulia Sarpero. To celebrate, the band has re-recorded the songs 'Nymph' and 'Once Upon A Time' taken from their new album 'Urania' with Giulia. The songs have been released via Soundcloud and can be streamed HERE.
One of the most successful songs from SCARLET AURA's the 'Falling Sky' album - 'My Own Nightmare' - has a video out now!!! It is on YOUTUBE and you can watch it here. It can also be viewed in 3D!
Italian progressive rock/metallers HERETIC’S DREAM has premiered a new video for the song 'My Epiphany', taken from their new album 'Floating State Of Mind'. The video was directed by Adriano Giotti. Watch 'My Epiphany' here.
UK Band SERPENTYNE has recently released their new album 'The Serpent's Kiss'. The album is available from the band or can be purchased from this website. Their previous albums 'Myths and Muses' and 'Stella Splendens' can also be purchased here too.
FORBIDDEN LORE is a Greek Symphonic Metal band from Thessaloniki, formed in Jan 2015 by Timoleon Adamopoulos(guitars), Georgia Mavrantza(vocals) and Argirios Tsagkalidis(bass). The band's music style is Symphonic Metal combined with soundtrack and progressive elements. Now it's time for the band to release their very first self-titled EP-CD, which includes 3 songs which will be reviewed here soon. Meanwhile, to get a taster, check out the track 'Grace In Our Fall' here.
Hailing from the English Midlands, stoner doom outfit ALUNAH is finally back in the studio recording a brand new album, which is set to see the light of day in early 2017 on Finland's cult label Svart Records! Look for them to expand their sonic palette with their upcoming album 'Solennial', set to be released in early 2017, and see them build on what they’ve accomplished before in their rich, engaging sound that seems to be always wandering and never, ever lost.
NERANATURE (ex Darzamat female vocalist's project) is working on their third album. Here is the band's new single entitled “Słowiańska łza” (a Slavonic tear): View it here.
LEVANIA is proud to announce that their upcoming single & official video 'Memory' (original track taken from the album "Carousel" by Deplacement and arranged by Levania), is now available via Wormholedeath Records/The Orchard and Vevo! View it here.
Frontiers Music is very pleased to announce the launch of a new musical partnership between singer ANETTE OLZON and producer/songwriter/guitar player Jani Liimatainen for a new studio album. Frontiers looks forward to releasing this record in mid to late 2017!
SAECRED SPIRIT - Is a new exciting Swedish female fronted project. Anuviel features on Vocals & Keyboards, with: Lars Chriss - Guitars & Drums (Lion’s Share, Seven), Andy Loos - Bass (Glory, Lion’s Share, Seven), Jeff Paris - Backing Vocals (Mr. Big, Vixen, Y&T)... Music & Lyrics by: Anuviel. Debut single and video 'Unbreakable' can be viewed here - awesome!!
The global metal scene recognizes ALISSA WHITE-GLUZ for her unforgettable and inimitable work as the vocalist of iconic metal band ARCH ENEMY. The versatile singer has worked steadily in heavy bands for half her life. Now she is doing something new. It's an entity dubbed simply 'ALISSA' and her brand new solo project has now been worldwide signed by Napalm Records. She will however, remain firmly installed in her role as the frontwoman of Arch Enemy. That status has not and will not change. 'ALISSA' is more of a musical collective, led by White-Gluz and featuring contributions from her wide network of also-talented friends. The album is already scheduled for 2017 and tour dates will follow around the album release as well. Stay tuned for many more exciting details & info to follow!
SORRONIA's back with new members, a new EP and a brand new lyrics video! The band's newest song 'Forsaken Tale' is now available, together with a brand new lyrics video that can be viewed here. Sorronia's new EP, the forerunner of the band's second full length album, 'Forsaken Tale', will be available from October here. There are gonna be three tracks on this EP, all with freshened, stronger sound and brand new melodies. The band's next LP meanwhile, is expected to be released in 2017.
SOS Festival is thrilled to announce the first 9 bands for their 2017 edition, the 10th in their history. And among those bands will be PYTHIA now fronted by Sophie Dorman. The fest will take place 14-16th July at he Longfield Suite, Prestwich, Manchester. For more info, visit www.sosfestival.net.
INFY's new video is up. View it here, and yep, they still smash guitars on stage, or she tries too :) Love it!
Sander Gommans [After Forever] and the Dutch/Brazilian band PHANTOM ELITE are coming with full power to breathe fresh air into the female-fronted metal scene. Intense and powerful vocals by Marina La Torraca [Avantasia live], in-your-face guitars by Ted Wouters and Goof Veelen, unique keys and orchestration by Erik van Ittersum [The Theater Equation], and furious groove-heavy drums by Eelco van der Meer [Stream of Passion live]. These young, talented, and experienced musicians are kicking the doors wide open with the lyric video for their debut track, ‘Siren’s Call’ - view it here.
BENEATH MY SINS fronted by Emma Elvaston is a French Symphonic Metal band founded in January 2016. In December 2015, the members of the last line-up of the band EVOLVENT decided to create a new band closer to their ambitions and their approach to music. Thanks to the experience learnt with Evolvent, Beneath My Sins now offers Symphonic Metal that is more mature and exploring all the possibilities of the kind. Recently, the band released their first single and music video entitled 'From The Flames', view it here.
UK Symphonic Folk Metal band SERPENTYNE fronted by Maggiebeth Sand, have kindly sent me some info about what to me sounds a rather awesome band. Here is a link to their video 'Helen Of Troy'. It can be viewed here.
Also, the band's website can be checked out at http://www.serpentyne.com. Their new album (their 3rd in-fact) titled 'The Serpent's Kiss' is due to be released end of September.
PERSONA is a female fronted metal band from Tunisia fronted by Jelena Dobric. They have just released on YouTube a track from their forthcoming album 'Elusive Reflections' (due Feb 12th), and the track is bloomin' good!!.
The track is called 'Forgotten' and that can be listened too here. There are links on this YouTube page to other tracks from the band. Watch for a review of their new album soon!
THE RACK DOLL - here is the video to the awesome track 'Pain In My heart' from the very good album 'Hot City'. Please check the video (and the album) out and support jolly good old independent music. The video can be viewed here.
The awesome and magical Hereford (UK) based gal SAKARA, has a new website and it can be found at www.ladysakara.wix.com/ladysakara. Furthermore, on this site you will find Sakara's new video 'Serenity' from her most recent album 'Beauty and Bravery'. Please check the website out and support fine independent music.
Here is the new video from Aussie singer/songwriter JEWEL NIGHT. The song 'How Forever' caught our attention some weeks back now and we do rather like it. You can view it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWz3NcAXoQ4. The single can be purchased from here.