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St. Catharines alternative rockers Aria recently and independently released their full-length album We Are All Prisoners. The offering consists of 10 tracks that are each infused with melody and emotion. While the music may be simple, but as a unit the group have created a solid sound. The predominant focus for Aria is Bianca Dyrland’s voice which is both powerful and moody, and delivers an attitude that demands to be taken seriously.

Los Angeles, CA’s Echoes Of Eternity released their label debut, The Forgotten Goddess, in 2007 on Nuclear Blast Records. The album kicks off with an acoustic intro entitled “Burning With Life” which leads right into the first (“Expressions Of Flesh”), of 9 EOE anthems. each song features heavy metal instrumentals accompanied by the mellow female vocals of Canadian-born Francine Boucher. My only major negative about The Forgotten Goddess is the lack of energy throughout the recording. This point aside, the album overall is fairly good and provides some rocking tunes.

Two growing metal trends over the past few years include both a surge in melodic death metal and bands fronted by female vocalists. So what if we blended these two fads together; what do you think we’d get? In this case, German group Deadlock! The band has been creating music since 1997 and is stronger than ever with this, their fifth full-length album, Bizarro World.

The Birthday Massacre have one of the most unique and recognizable sounds to come out of the Canadian music scene. For the past 12 years, the band has released eight albums that took their new-wave and industrial fused sound successfully into the international masses. When the band stopped by in Toronto, I got a chance to speak with lead singer Chibi about the longevity of the band’s career.

Back in the summer me and some friends drove down to Chicago, IL for Dame-Nation 2011. This being a small female-fronted festival it afforded me the opportunity to find new talent. One such discovery was the night’s headliner, a band called Avariel. After looking into the band I found they released a 9 song LP entitled The Dawn back in 2010.

One of Australia’s finest female fronted metal acts, Divine Ascension have proven to be an awe-inspiring live act. Lead by the powerful, emotive performance of Jennifer Borg; a name to be etched alongside the likes of Anette Olzon (Nightwish), Sharon den Adel (Within Temptation) and Floor Jansen (After Forever). Today an exclusive premiere of Divine Ascension’s video for their single “Answers” can be seen HERE.

Lindz Riot, lead vocalist of the Canadian rock band Mary And The Black Lamb, gave me some time to pick her brain about her band and their two releases As The City Sleeps and Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing. She also told me about some future plans for the remainder of 2010. To date the band has shared the stage with Alannah Myles, Bury The Bully, Odium, Johnny Hollow, Frankie Whyte, The Dead Idols and…