Symphonic/Celtic vocalist LEAH – described affectionately by her fans as “the metal Enya” – is recognized in the music world for her work with established heavy metal musicians such as Eric Peterson of Testament and Dragonlord, Timo Somers of Delain, Troy Donockly of Nightwish and many others. With three well-received releases under her belt ( Of Earth & Angels , Otherworld  and Kings & Queens ), LEAH is currently working on her upcoming, currently untitled album featuring many of the players above, in addition to former Delain drummer Sander Zoer and Barend Courbois of Blind Guardian. LEAH‘s music places the listener in a world of fantasy, magic, history and everything in between. Continue reading Symphonic Vocalist LEAH Releases Ethereal Cover of Skyrim Video Game Theme Song “The Dragonborn Comes”
Finnish / Dutch / British symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH will release a new single, “Élan”, on February 13, 2015 via Nuclear Blast. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming album, which is due in the spring.
Commented NIGHTWISH keyboardist and songwriter Tuomas Holopainen: “‘Oh, while I live to be the ruler of life, Not a slave. To meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me.’ This beautiful quote from my hero Uncle Walt [Walt Whitman] was the starting point for writing ‘Élan’. Continue reading NIGHTWISH To Release ‘Élan’ Single In February
“…fucking hell. watch out for the new Heaven The Axe single…I was privvy enough to hear it and it knocked my fucking head off. Well done Phoebe Pinnock and Steve Watts”
– Liv Repas, HEAVY MUSIC MAGAZINE, Publisher
I got fucking goose bumps when I watched this.
Then I watched it again.
You have a room full of dirty sweaty nasty looking metal heads (including different drummers) ready to tear your face off.
Then you have Phoebe up front to take that edge off, until she proceeds to spit venom and scare you into submission.
Throw in two brutal guest singers in Youngy from King Parrot and Danimal from Frankenbok and.. well.. just watch.
Then hit replay and watch it again.
Australia, stand up and be proud!”
– Higgo, Anchor Triple M/Triple M Distortion
‘Wow, this Melbourne band have taken a serious dose of the angry pills, and gone several miles into left field. They released their debut album a couple of years back, and have now hit back with a brand new single. And they’ve taken the very gutsy step of releasing just about the least commercial track you could possibly imagine from them.
Not only is it angry to the point of being quite vicious, not only does lead singer Phoebe Pinnock sound like she’s about to kill someone as she screeches out her vocals, not only have they enlisted the help of two of the most out of control vocalists in Aussie heavy music to sing some of the backing vocals (Matt Young from King Parrot and Dan from Frankenbok), but the arrangement of the song is quite off-kilter. And yet it still seems to flow very nicely indeed.
It’s not just a snarling, angry song however. Pinnock’s schizophrenic vocal delivery intersperses sexy, sassy melodic lines amidst the angst, and the blistering lead guitar lines provide further colour. It’s a song of stark contrasts, a song of fury and beauty all at once.
This is not the song you’d expect from a female fronted heavy rock to metal act to release as a first single from a new album, and that is a truly wonderful thing”
– Rod Whitfield
Credit: Heavy Mag.com.au