For me, as a symphonic metal fan of a different generation, Kari Rueslåtten is an unfamiliar name. It’s a shame that I never got to know about this lady earlier. She has been the inspiration for so many fantastic symphonic metal bands out there these days. She is also part of the female vocal three-piece called The Sirens, which I can fully understand. With a background in symphonic metal, but a future in Nordic folk music, miss Rueslåtten has a chosen the softer sound. ‘To The North’ proves, again, that the choice was absolutely a good one.
Weighed down by depressions and a couple of different mental illnesses, Huntress front woman Jill Janus has become a strong presence in the heavy metal community. With the band supporting the likes of Lamb Of God, Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy and Killswitch Engage, there is clearly something good going on in the Huntress camp. After extensive touring and promoting the band, they continue to express themselves with another album: ‘Shock’.
Symphonic metal is huge these days and has always been quite popular. Yet in the nineties there was a band that defined a lot of the symphonic metal, Tristania. Co-founder of that band was Morten Veland, who left Tristania to form a new band Sirenia. After signing with Napalm Records again, these Norwegians release their seventh album ‘The Seventh Life Path’.
Kamelot’s recent line-up change has probably been one of the most shocking moments for the band’s fans. Signature vocalist Roy Khan has left gigantic shoes for Tommy Karevik to fill. This second record with Karevik behind the microphone could be a turning point in the band’s career. ‘Haven’ might even mark the beginning of a new Kamelot era.
Last month I reviewed an album by the American band The Midnight Ghost Train. In the review I said that sludgy rock is one of my favorites. And now, at the end of March, the band Mammoth Mammoth will be releasing their fourth album. I won’t go over the sludge rock again, but ‘Volume IV: Hammered Again’ is one of those rock records.