I’m a sucker for clean female vocals in metal. Whether it’s the bombastic delivery of Nightwish, the smoky-sweet crooning of Purson, or any of the multiple styles of my golden-voiced goddess, Liv Kristine, I’m almost always on board. Enter the Finnish band Psalms for the Dead Sun and their first LP, Holy Charade, featuring Jenny Malmberg on vocals.
When we last left Dave Rotten, he was delivering some tortured roars for FamishGod. Well, Dave is back, but this time he’s altered his delivery and is fronting a thrash band, Holycide, on their debut EP Toxic Mutation released under his Xtreem Music label.
Initially a one-time cover band known as Moonburn, a quintet of Finns found they enjoyed playing together and began working on original material. They changed their name to Red Room Ensemble and self-financed and released their first album, the self-titled Red Room Ensemble.
Dark Void is comprised of five seventeen year-old Cyprus teens who took their love of thrash metal and self-released their first EP, Release The Kraken. Given the age of the performers, how does the music stand up?
No lie — I love me some doom/death. Being a fan of My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost from “back in the day”, I’ve always loved the atmosphere of dread created by well-done music of this type. Enter FamishGod from Spain with their debut album Devourers Of Light.