It is all about the heavy-rocking ladies this week.
Angelica have released Thrive on the world. Unlike the rest of releases in this column, this is pop and not the slightest bit metal. However since the lady, Angelica Rylin, behind this release is lead singer of The Murder of My Sweet it is worth a mention. Were this album to have come out in the ’80s, it could have been a hit. Soaring melodies and catchy choruses highlight the wonderful voice on offer. Yeah, it is throwaway, melodic pop rock that goes in one ear and out the other, but it leaves a smile on your face in the process (and you will probably sing along). Something light and fluffy for when the mood suits.
Benedictum unleashed Obey on the world. Veronica Freeman and her fellow San Diegans are back with another batch of traditional heavy metal. Freeman still amazes with her ability to sound so aggressive and brutal. Her voice is the antithesis of angelic for sure and that is obviously the point. I must confess that it did not grab in the way it probably should. One would expect the title track at least to be a bit more memorable than it is in the end. Possibly a bit of a grower of an album, impressive though the overall package might be after all. Benedictum are still missing that something to push their music to the next level.
Crystal Viper are set to release Possession on January 21, 2014. Never fear, they continue to sound like Annihilator/Helloween as filtered through Warlock. “Voices in my Head” is as creepy as anything produced by King Diamond, it has to be said. They do seem to have lost a touch of their Iron Maiden-esque sound, which is good as it didn’t always suit Marta Garbiel’s vocals (though there is still a hint). This is a solid metal album from this bunch of Polish rockers and they continue to improve and mature with each release. The sky is the limit for this band and you can expect big things from them.
Epica have just released a live album called Retrospect. It is suitably epic in scope and not for the faint of heart. Twenty-six tracks in all make up the CD version of this gig. As you might expect, it is a retrospective on their career in front of an adoring crowd. All sorts of goodies are thrown in by the band and their accompanying symphony orchestra and choir. Want a couple of Star Wars themes? Yep, they’re on here, as well some of the best of their back catalogue. Despite all the pomp and circumstance, Simone Simons voice penetrates it all. It is no wonder she is so sought after for duets? A feast for ears of symphonic metal fans everywhere.
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