symphonic metal

Amon-Sethis - Part II: The Final Struggle (Own Label)

Exciting storytellers from France...

French progressive metallers Amon-Sethis return with the second part of, I think, a six part series rooted in the myths and traditions of Ancient Egypt, and very good it is too.

Epica’s new album The Quantum Enigma will blow your mind, says Simone Simons

Simone Simons is one of the most recognisable women in metal: a vivacious, flame-haired beauty and soprano who has fronted Dutch sextet Epica for over a decade. Now, at just 29, she’s leading Epica into a new era of profound music with their stunning (and of course, epic) new record, The Quantum Enigma.

You could call Simone Simons the epitome of the modern woman as she chats to me from her home in Germany, the first in a bevy of press calls she will be making this morning to talk

Delain - The Human Contradiction (Napalm Records)

World class metal...
Release Date: 
4 Apr 2014 (All day)

After a brief sung intro from vocal talent supreme Charlotte Wessels that sounds like it’s been half-inched from a West End show (Oliver! at a guess), Delain

Darkyra - Dragon Tears (Own Label)

Nice entry to the world of female-fronted gothic rock..
Release Date: 
20 Feb 2014 (All day)

Female-fronted gothic rock. No, no, come back!

Astral Dominae - Arcanum Gloriae (Bakerteam Records)

Depressingly familiar...
Release Date: 
21 Jan 2014 (All day)

If I was one for New Year’s resolutions, I think my one for 2014 would be to stop listening to bands like Astral Domine.

Nightwish - Showtime, Storytime (Roadrunner)

Bombast, pomp, plus a side of cheese...
Release Date: 
29 Nov 2013 (All day)

So (mainly) Finnish act Nightwish tick off another milestone in their path to the top table of the metal pantheon: The Double Live Album.

Sinheresy- Paint the World (Bakerteam Records)

A fine display of European power...
Release Date: 
30 Sep 2013 (All day)

I consider myself something of a cheese connoisseur, I adore clean melodic vocals as much as I do the dirtiest death growl and mere mention of the words "symphonic" or "power" gets me hot under the

The Anatomy of Wild Card with Floor Jansen of ReVamp

“I think you should listen to Wild Card if you have ideas about how bands with female singers sound like. It brings something new to the table. It's more modern, it's heavier than most people would think, and I think that is something refreshing.”

In symphonic metal, the soaring soprano vocals of Floor Jansen are well known, increasingly so since she began to work with industry heavyweights Nightwish.

Goblin, Billboard The Venue, Melbourne - 14/07/2013

Goblin terrified Melbourne with their inimitable Giallo classics on a chilly Sunday night. Goblin creep, bolt and stalk from the very heart of metal itself…

Without Goblin, we’d be without metal. Well, not entirely, but metal as we currently understand it.

Infinita Symphonia - Infinita Symphonia (Scarlet Records)

Classy stuff indeed!
Release Date: 
18 Jun 2013 (All day)

Wow, yet more symphonic/power/prog metal seeping out of Italy – somebody turn that tap off, it’s flooding the place!