New at Sonic Cathedral: Evince Ethos EP Review and Triosphere Interview

Better late than never again, I suppose? Anyway, here are my two most recent articles at Sonic Cathedral!

First is my review of Evince Ethos’ self-titled EP. Like Avariel and Era For A Moment (which I’ve discussed here in the past), Evince Ethos is from my local area. They began as a darkwave project in 2005 and gradually evolved into something grander and heavier. The EP I reviewed was recorded in 2009 but never fully finished, as three of Evince Ethos’ six members left due to creative differences. That didn’t stop the remaining members from releasing the EP, a “sea of stormy, majestic symphonic power metal” that’s equally impressive and refreshing.

Click here to read my review of Evince Ethos’ self-titled EP.

Also new at Sonic Cathedral is my interview with Ida Haukland, the vocalist and bassist of the Norwegian progressive heavy metal band Triosphere. What’s exciting about this article are its exclusive details about Triosphere’s new music video, “Marionette,” as well as the band’s plans for their upcoming third album. So it was neat to be the first to learn the news and then pass it on to the world! Ida also talked about what led her to play the bass, people’s reactions towards Triosphere’s music, and the band’s desire to play in North America. It’s a thoughtful glimpse into one of female-fronted metal’s most powerful and promising bands.

Click here to read my interview with Ida Haukland of Triosphere.

Now, for your listening and viewing pleasure – and since I still think it’s gorgeously done – here’s the video for “Marionette”!

New Review at Sonic Cathedral: Seven Kingdoms – “Seven Kingdoms”

What do you think when you hear the words “female-fronted power metal”?  Nightwish must come to mind.  Maybe Edenbridge, Krypteria, Amberian Dawn, and HolyHell, too.  All of these bands have shaped female-fronted power metal as being bombastic, symphonic, and driven by a classically trained female singer – and as a result, whenever we heard someone describe a band as female-fronted power metal, we think, “Uh oh, I think I know exactly how this one will sound.”  Well, you can’t say about about Floridian power metallers Seven Kingdoms.  They’ve taken pages out of Iced Earth’s and Blind Guardian’s books, opting for a guitar-licking style with fantasy-inspired lyrics and thrash, progressive, and death metal influences.  Thus, saying that Seven Kingdom’s self-titled second album is different from other releases in this genres is a huge understatement – and one that fans shouldn’t miss.

Click here to read my review of “Seven Kingdoms.”