Five Years at Sonic Cathedral – A Retrospective, Part 2: Artists #15 through #11

As you may already know, I’m celebrating 5 years of writing for Sonic Cathedral by counting down my 20 favorite artists covered at the SC WebZine. I revealed Artists #20 through #16 last week. Today, it’s time to reveal #15 through #11. So let’s continue!

By the way, a big apology that the artist photos in the previous SC Retrospective article. I’m not sure what happened in the uploading process, since they were all of decent size to begin with.

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Review of Seven Kingdoms’ “The Fire Is Mine” at Sonic Cathedral

It’s no secret that I’ve been looking forward to Seven Kingdoms’ new album The Fire Is Mine all year long. So as soon as the release date (October 9th) was announced, I volunteered for the review faster than you can say, “Yes, please!” I knew that Seven Kingdoms, a female-fronted power metal band from Deland, Florida, had planned to shed the remaining death metal influences from their early days. (Their previous album, Seven Kingdoms, features sporadic male grunting.) And Seven Kingdoms didn’t deviate from those plans. The Fire Is Mine is straight-up power metal with lots of grit and fire, as well as a frontwoman (Sabrina Valentine) who’s more confident in her role than ever before. You’ll have to read my review for my entire verdict, though. *wink*

Click here to read my review of Seven Kingdoms’ The Fire Is Mine.

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.”

The Best of 2010 – Sonic Cathedral and My Personal List

So 2010 has come and gone – which means it’s time for those ever popular end-of-the-year lists! So Sonic Cathedral recently posted its best-of-2010 list.  And what an interesting list it is.  It features a healthy mix of veteran musicians (Arjen Lucassen, Tristania, and Tarja) and popular newcomers (Diabulus in Musica, Seven Kingdoms, Magion, The Mariana Hollow).  Click here to see who made the cut!

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