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by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — It’s a shame really that such a hierarchy exists, but it does. At one end of the spectrum are the true heavyweights within the genre of Female-fronted Symphonic/Melodic Metal bands – Lacuna Coil, Leaves’ Eyes, After Forever, Epica, Xandria, [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Here’s an interesting recipe: take 4 powerhouse female vocalists, a talented (but sadly uncredited) studio band, and a mix of songs from pop to rock – then cut them loose. The ultimate result is Exit Eden, and they are debuting an 11 track release of [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — If “Theatrical Metal” ever becomes a fully recognized genre American rockers Seven Spires will be the picture next to the definition. This very talented Boston-based quartet are blazing a unique musical path, combining modern Melodic Metal with touches [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — With a mix of Canadian and American band members is the female-fronted Insatia and its sophomore offering Phoenix Aflame released on the Pitch Black Records label. While not as sweeping and epic as Xandria, Sirenia, or After Forever, fans of [...]
by Joe Mis – Sr. Columnist — Epica – THE quintessential Symphonic Metal act – is poised to release its latest evolutionary gem entitled The Holographic Principle. Die-hard fans of the band will certainly not be disappointed, and Epica weaves enough conventional elements into [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — Formed in Tampa, Fla. by Thomas Youngblood and Richard Warner in 1988 as “Camelot,” by 1991, the band would change their name to “Kamelot” and sign a deal with Noise Records and release their debut Eternity in 1991. Which brings us to this, [...]
by Franco Cerchiari – Sr. Columnist — From Valencia, Spain comes The Third Grade and their autonomously released first full-length contribution to the Metal world, Deeper, Darker. This is a follow up to their 2013 EP The Garden of the Whispers which featured the complex, keyboard-heavy [...]
by Christophe Pauly – Sr. Photojournalist — Sorronia is a female-fronted, Symphonic Metal band from Budapest, Hungary. Vocalist Anna Kiraly talks with Hardrock Haven about the formation of the band, signing with Bakerteam Records and the release the album Words of Silence and more [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — King of Kings marks the triumphant return of Leaves’ Eyes to the pinnacle of the Symphonic Metal world. After adopting somewhat of a softer and more varied sound on their prior release Symphonies of the Night, King Of Kings cranks the power and [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — Italian Symphonic/Death/Black Metal (the exact mix keeps changing) band Graveworm is back with a new album, their ninth full-length offering to date – titled Ascending Hate. Newly signed to the AFM label, the band has served up a sinister new [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — 2015 is shaping up to be a very good year for fans of Symphonic/Progressive/Power Metal. We’ve already seen outstanding releases from Nightwish and Damnation Angels; now Kamelot has delivered their much-anticipated follow-up to [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — (Mostly) UK-based symphonic/power metal band Damnation Angels is back with a new album, their second overall, titled The Valiant Fire. It’s the highly-anticipated follow-up to their breakthrough 2013 debut full-length Bringer of [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — Finnish symphonic metal legends Nightwish are back with a new studio album titled Endless Forms Most Beautiful, and it’s kind of a big deal. Sure, every new album is a big deal when you’re one of the most prominent metal bands on the [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Where Stories Unfold is an apt name for the latest release by the Austrian Symphonic/Theatrical Metal act Illuminata. Combining elements of Gothic Metal with full orchestra backing, Illuminata presents an interesting musical tale backed by strong [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska – Senior Columnist — There’s hardly a thing as solid and imperishable as the Teutonic Metal scene – from the classic Heavy/Speed legends such as Running Wild, Rage or Accept to the groups that evolved from the same genres, yet shifted elsewhere somewhere along [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Canadian Symphonic Metal songstress Leah McHenry has put the finishing touches on Kings & Queens – her second full-length studio release. Leah blends elements of Celtic, World Music, and Progressive Metal influences into European-style Symphonic [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Canadian symphonic metal songstress Leah McHenry has put the finishing touches on Kings & Queens – her second full-length studio release. Leah continues to blend Celtic, world music, and progressive metal influences into European-style symphonic [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — Riding the waves of popularity from the great success of their last studio album, Dutch symphonic metal masters Within Temptation and their label, Nuclear Blast, have just released Enter & The Dance. This is a win for any new fans of the band as it [...]
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