Start/Over - Laments

START/OVER is a Dutch Metalcore band founded in 2014 when members of two different starting bands just didn’t know where to break through in the overcrowded metal scene, until they combined their broad musical orientations into one band: and START/OVER was a fact...

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Bare Infinity - The Butterfly Raiser

In 2016 Bare Infinity announced the launch of their first indiegogo campaign to produce a new album titled "The Butterfly Raiser". After vocalist Ida Elena contacted us for a review, I was instantly enthusiast. I’ve always wanted to write something about Bare Infinity...

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Hexed - Exhaling Life (EP)

Hexed is a brand new heavy metal band from Uppsala, Sweden. The band was formed by vocalist Tina Gunnarsson and lead-guitar/vocalist Stellan Gunnarsson. They picked up their music after years away from the metal scene...

 

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Akoma - Revangels

It is said that a band has a whole life-time to write and produce a debut album and about 2-3 years for each of the following ones (if we’re talking about regular releases, that is). Akoma took more than 10 years to release their first full-length...

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Talvienkeli - Hybris

Talvienkeli is a progressive symphonic metal band which takes its roots in France, near Lyon. It was born from the merger of two musical projects in 2012 They eventually recorded their first EP called Blooming in 2014. Talvienkeli’s line-up changed a lot, but it did not hold them back...

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Concert review: Delain + Aeverium

@ P60 Amstelveen NL || Part I

Being a huge Delain fan a concert review has been on my to-do-list since I joined Lyrical Spell Magazine in August last year. Of course on 10 December 2016 there was the big 10th Anniversary Delain show with DVD recordings of the yet...

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Sinheresy – Domino

Sinheresy is an Italian metal band with power metal and symphonic metal influences whose journey began in May 2009 in Trieste when bassist Davide Sportiello met guitarist Lorenzo Pasutto and singer Cecilia Petrini.

 

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ShadoWhispers - A Tincture of Gothic Fiction (EP)

ShadoWhisperS was formed in 2009 in Luxembourg and after a lot of lineup changes, some recorded demo tracks in their rehearsal room, are releasing their first official EP in 2017. 

 

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Epica - The Holographic Principle

New releases of one of your favourite bands are always nerve wrecking because you never know whether you’re going to be satisfied or disappointed in your expectations. On 29 July....

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Vetrar Draugurinn – I

After Stream of Passion decided to disband in December 2016, guitarist and songwriter Eric Hazebroek needed to find a new outlet for his creativity and love of dark melodies. So he started a new band together...

 

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ATLAS PAIN - What The Oak Left

Epic/Folk metal band Atlas Pain (Italy) have signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the release of their debut album ‘What The Oak Left’. Combining elements of Extreme, Pagan/Folk and Symphonic Metal with a cinematic approach...

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Zaphyria - Hate and War (EP)

Zaphyria is a symphonic metal band from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I came across them through their Facebook page. As many of you might know...

 

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Cellador - Off The Grid

Cellador is an American power metal band formed in 2003 by Chris Petersen (vocals, guitars) and Josh Krohn (bass, vocals). Since then they have toured in support of such bands as Trivium, Sonata Arctica, Bullet for my Valentine...

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Battle Beast - Bringer of Pain

Who doesn’t know Battle Beast by now? They have toured with a lot of big names including Sabaton and Delain. Soon after that European tour the band parted ways with Anton Kabanen with both parties citing musical disagreements..

 

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Grá - Ramsvarta Tankar

Being the only Blackmetal-friendly reviewer in our team I have the honor to review the soon to be issued new single of Swedish Blackmetallers Grá. But also being unacquainted to most...

 

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Deathless Legacy - Dance With Devils

When I started to research this band and saw that they play Heavy Metal with a horror twist, my mind was like “Yey, a female-fronted Devilment, how cool”. But at a closer listen I realized that Deathless Legacy is actually....

 

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Lacuna Coil - Delirium

 In a new line-up as Diego Cavallotti (lead guitarist) and Ryan Blake Folden (drums) joined their ranks, the band decided it’s time to reinvent themselves and to go for a more aggressive, grittier sound. And thus “Delirium” was born...

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Scarlet Stories - Resurrection (EP)

 Even though this EP was released 1 year and 9 months ago, I wanted to dedicate some time to a small review because this new and original Dutch Female-fronted Progressive Metal band deserves it. The band is working on their first full length album which will probably be released later this year....

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Beyond the Black – Lost in Forever

One of the revelations of symphonic metal, Beyond the Black is a band to watch out for, as they will become a household name on the metal scene. Since their formation in 2014, they played Wacken every year...

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The Murder of My Sweet - Echoes of the Aftermath

It has been two years since the release of Beth out of Hell, but The Murder of My Sweet have not been sitting still. In the meantime the Swedish cinematic metal band has recorded a whole new, full length album called Echoes of the Aftermath...

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TDW - Aphrodisia (EP)

TDW stands for Tom de Wit, founder, singer, multi instrumentalist and producer of this Progressive Metal ensemble/project. Some may know Tom as the frontman of Mind:Soul a progressive....

 

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SHADOWRISE - ESCAPE FROM SHADOW ISLAND (EP)

It has been a while since this EP was released, but I still wanted to review it anyway! Shadowrise is a symphonic, power metal band but you can also hear big influences coming from melodic...

 

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Ithilien – Shaping the Soul

here are many bands that found their name in literature – Steppenwolf, Of Mice and Men, Joy Division, The Doors, Opeth or Paradise Lost come to mind. However, it seems that Tolkien’s vivid imagination....

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Witchwood - Handful of Stars

After two years of songwriting they released their debut album Litanies From The Woods in May 2015. “‘Handful Of Stars’ represents an hypothetical band’s cycle as it contains also music based on ideas developed....

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Enfeeble - Momentum of Tranquility

Enfeeble is a mix of melodic thrash, metalcore and progressive metal, coming to you from the north of Germany. They are a five piece band, but the songs...

 

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Slechtvalk - Where Wandering Shadows and Mists Collide

The Dutch Blackened Deathmetal band Slechtvalk was founded in 1999 as a solo-project by Shamgar (Mark Geertsema). ‘Where Wandering Shadows and Mists Collide’ is their 5th full length album.

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Xandria - Theater of Dimensions

Xandria is slowly but surely becoming a household name on the symphonic metal scene. Or, to phrase that better, they are cementing their status as one of the best symphonic metal bands around...

 

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Sandness - Higher and Higher

Sandness was formed in 2008 by two teenage friends, Mark Denkley (vocals) and Metyou ToMeatyou (bass and drums). They decised to be a hard rock band to bring back the 80’s....

 

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Mors Principium Est - Embers Of A Dying World

Mors Principium Est (MPE) Latin for ‘Death Is The Beginning’ is a Finnish Melodic Death Metal band which was formed in 1999. Of all original members drummer Mikko Sipola is the only one still present in the current line-up. However....

 

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Crystal Viper - Queen of the Witches

Many female singers follow Tarja Turunen’s footsteps and enrich the symphonic metal genre while a select few choose to walk Doro’s path and carry the flag of heavy metal with elegance and grace. Crystal Viper’s leading lady....

 

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Mercy Isle -Undying Fire

Mercy Isle is the wonderful Dutch-American, symphonic metal band. Performing at Metal Female Voices Fest 2016 alongside Tarja, Leaves’ Eyes and Mayan, Mercy Isle has claimed...

 

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Dark Sarah - The Puzzle

After The Deviant Hearts (Phantasma) from 2015, a new fantasy concept album comes our way as ex-Amberian Dawn vocalist Heidi Parviainen’s solo project ...

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Live review Epica + Powerwolf + Beyond the Black

On Friday 13 January 2017 I got the chance to shoot my favorite Dutch Symphonic (Death) Metal band Epica from the photo pit...

 

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Borealis - World of Silence MMXVII

Debuting in 2008 with World of Silence, Canadian progressive metal band Borealis has come a long way since then and their concept album Purgatory (2015) is testimony to the band’s ever evolving sound...

 

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Aephanemer - Memento Mori

Aephanemer was founded in 2013, Martin crafted and published online five instrumental pieces inspired by his Scandinavian melodic death metal heroes...


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Degrees of Truth - The Reins of Life

Degrees Of Truth (DOT) is a new Italian Progressive  Symphonic Metal band which was formed in 2015. It seems the soil for Italian Symphonic (female fronted) metal bands is fertile in Italy...

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