favorite female fronted metal and rock albums (2010 releases)

A Listmania! list by Robin Stryker (Spokane, WA)
The list author says: "Hi friends! 2010 started rather unimpressively, but picked up momentum during the summer and steamrolled its way through December. There especially seemed to be a bumper crop of promising new bands, with a stronger showing than usual from Canada, the US and UK.

For your listening consideration, here is a list of my favorites from 2010, loosely grouped by sub-genre starting with the symphonic releases and ending with the extreme metal styles. My top picks for 2010:

- My Ruin, "Ghosts and Good Stories" (extreme metal)
- Seven Kingdoms, "Seven Kingdoms" (power metal)
- Triosphere, "The Road Less Travelled" (power metal)
- Winter in Eden, "Awakening" (melodic metal)
- AnsoticcA, "Rise" (symphonic metal)

If you don't mind travelling back in time to *gasp* 2008 and 2009, you might also discover some cool new bands on my incredibly-obvious-but-accurately-named ListMania "favorite female fronted metal & rock albums (2008 & 2009 releases)"

Hope you find some new bands that suit your ears. If you have or want other recommendations, feel free to drop me a line at stryker.robin@gmail.com -- Happy listening! Robin

P.S.: Come by and visit us at Sonic Cathedral webzine for new reviews and interviews (www.soniccathedral.com). \m/"
Awakening
1.  Awakening by Winter In Eden
The list author says:
  "The jaw-droppingly beautiful debut by UK newcomers, Winter in Eden.  Vicky Johnson's mid-range voice is particularly fine on the symphonic tracks, but still packs an emotional wallop on the up-tempo and proggier numbers. Thematically, the album is almost unrelentingly grim … war, death, loss, betrayal … but ends on a surprisingly hopeful note.  (UK, released 5/2010)"
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Awakening
2.  Awakening by Samandriel
The list author says:
  "Samandriel’s debut EP is not your typical string-heavy symphonic album -- having little in the way of violins and cellos -- instead it the music is more driven by guitars and drums, with some mighty nice keyboard passages and quirky time signatures.  Doneka Reid’s classic soprano training shines through, as her voice flexes up and down the scale with seeming ease.  (Canada, released 9/2010)"
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Secrets
3.  Secrets by Diabulus in Musica
The list author says:
  "The debut album by Diabulus in Musica is on many reviewers “Best of 2010” lists for good reason.   Zuberoa Aznárez has an impressive range, with a voice that holds its warmth even on the highest notes. Throw in a second soprano, a bit of growling, a selection of guest performers from Spain’s classical music scene, and it makes for a satisfying combination.  (Spain, released 5/2010)"
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What Lies Beneath
4.  What Lies Beneath by Tarja
The list author says:
  "Tarja Turunen arguably has one of the finest soprano voices in metal. I almost didn't pick up this album because, in my view, her previous album was an abomination of poor songwriting. She turned the tide with her sophomore release and is once again in top form, with a little help from guest artists like Phil Lebonte (All that Remains), Joe Satriani and van Canto.  (Finland, released 9/2010)"
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Close To Eternity
5.  Close To Eternity by Magion
The list author says:
  "The full-length debut by Dutch symphonic band, Magion, delivers the entire package -- Myrthe van Beest’s voice shifts effortlessly from mid-range to operatic (but tends to stay at the higher range), with superb composition and musicianship.  The lovely CD booklet with artwork on every page make this an album to buy in CD format.  (Holland, released 2/2010)"
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The Dawn
6.  The Dawn by Avariel
The list author says:
  "Given the small number of female-fronted bands that tour in the US, it’s always a pleasure to discover home-grown  symphonic metal bands.  First up is Avariel, a Boston quintet that combines American melodic metal and European symphonic metal sensibilities.  The band’s full-length debut is an ambitious mix of aggression and orchestration.  (US, released 12/2010)"
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EP
7.  EP by Angelical Tears
The list author says:
  "Next up is Angelical Tears, fronted by Russian-born vocalist Julia Flansburg, which combines haunting vocals with keyboards and crunching guitars for a hybrid Yankee-Euro symphonic gothic sound. (US, released 8/2010)"
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Nature
8.  Nature by Obsidian Lost
The list author says:
  "Here's an album I reach for when the mood strikes to just let the music swirl around me. Not understanding the Spanish lyrics doesn’t detract from the beauty of Christine’s delicate soprano and occasional spoken-word segments floating over gentle piano and quivering string passages. There is some riffing, but the album is primarily a moody, tranquil affair. (Spain, released 4/2010)"
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Rise
9.  Rise by AnsoticcA
The list author says:
  "AnsotticA’s debut "Rise" is a guitar-centered album that is occasionally softened by keyboard and violin passages. On balance, however, the sound is unusually heavy with crashing guitars.  The highlight of "Rise" is Carie van Heden’s caressing voice that is capable of hitting ear-piercing notes, but blessedly stays in the mid-range for most of the album.  (Germany/Holland, released 11/2010)"
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Solitaire
10.  Solitaire by Edenbridge
The list author says:
  "Fans of symphonic power metal band, Edenbridge, either love or hate their seventh album.  For me, it falls somewhere in the middle.  Sabine Edelsbacher’s voice is a pure and lovely as ever, and the album is lushly orchestrated.  However, Solitaire does not lend itself to memorable singles, which is why I tend to play it as background music.  (Austria, released 7/2010)"
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Ever Rain
11.  Ever Rain by Raven Tide
The list author says:
  "A brief but tasty blend of brooding symphonic and power metal, with a touch of electronica and an unexpected bagpipe solo.  Cheryl's voice is clear and lilting, but can get  sharp on the higher notes.  Altogether a promising debut.  Favorite tracks: Alfirin Alagos, Doom Reveil (Italy, released 3/2010)"
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Seven Kingdoms
12.  Seven Kingdoms by Seven Kingdoms
The list author says:
  "The second album by power metallers Seven Kingdoms is a galloping album that keeps up a relentless pace from start to finish, with the exception of a lovely piano ballad midway through.  Sabrina Valentine has a slightly throaty, mid-range voice fit for a Valkyrie.  7K's style is in the vein of Blind Guardian, for whom 7K opened during their North American tour.  (US, released 7/2010)"
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Road Less Travelled
13.  Road Less Travelled by Triosphere
The list author says:
  "Ida Haukland, vocalist for the power metal band Triosphere, has a MASSIVE rock-metal voice.  No elves or fairies or dragons inhabit this album ... just full-throttle metal with some glorious double-guitar riffing.  The lyrics won't lower your IQ either.   (Norway, released 6/2010)"
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HolyHell
14.  HolyHell by HolyHell
The list author says:
  "The debut by N.Y. power metal band, HolyHell, has FINALLY been released domestically.   Maria Breon has a muscular voice that evokes Sarah Brightman (if she wore leather pants and drank human blood), and guitarist Joe Stump is a master shredder.  Some folks may find the Paradise Lost theme a bit overdone, but it suited me just fine.  (US, released 6/2010)"
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The Alliance Of The Kings (The Black Crystal Sword Saga - Part 1)
15.  The Alliance Of The Kings (The Black Crystal Sword Saga - Part 1) by Ancient Bards
The list author says:
  "Here's an album that will make you want to grab a sword and jump around like an idiot.  Pure power metal ŕ la Rhapsody (of Fire) with the big, warm voice of Sara Squadrani telling Part 1 of the Black Crystal Sword Saga.  The lyrics and story guide are available from the band's website, which I recommend downloading because Sara’s accent leads to some “huh?” moments.  (Italy, released 4/2010)"
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Betrayal, Justice, Revenge [+Digital Booklet]
16.  Betrayal, Justice, Revenge [+Digital Booklet] by Kivimetsän Druidi
The list author says:
  "If you're in the mood for barbaric growls overlaid by operatic vocals (Leeni-Maria Hovila), this is an album for you.  The sophomore album by Finnish extreme fantasy metal band, Kivimetsän Druidi, continues the fantasy-inspired theme of their debut album, but with a harder, more aggressive sound.  (Finland, released 5/2010)"
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Innocence Weakness
17.  Innocence Weakness by Mandrake
The list author says:
  "Mandrake’s fifth album is a strange beastie that may take some getting used to.   The guitars shift from a low-tuned and liquid (Cowboy Junkies, anyone?) to typical metal riffing.  The vocals have a similarly schizophrenic rift, with Birgit Lau’s girlish voice (which would sound at home in a Celtic or folk band) playing against Lutz de Putter’s growls.  (Germany, released 6/2010)"
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Dark Diary
18.  Dark Diary by Magica
The list author says:
  "Fans of melodic metal band, Magica, can expect top-notch production values on their fifth album, with Ana Mladinovici’s vocals and each instrument standing out clearly.  Instead of the mythical themes presented of previous albums, “Dark Diary” tells the story of a teenage lost in her struggle with a ruthless society.  (Romania, released 5/2010)"
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Silent Scream
19.  Silent Scream by Elysion
The list author says:
  "This little gem from melodic metal/rock band, Elysion, is a great listen from start to finish.  One of the most infectious releases I've heard in the last year.  The melodies are fairly simple, with a few touches of electronica. Christianna's mid-range voice, which alternates between powerful and tender, basically carries the album.  (Greece, released 1/2010)"
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Divanity
20.  Divanity by The Murder of My Sweet
The list author says:
  "The debut by symphonic/gothic rock band, The Murder of My Sweet, has a decidedly film noir vibe to it.  Angelica Rylin's big mid-range voice will keep your ears entertained throughout the 13 melodic, up-tempo tracks.  (Sweden, released 1/2010)"
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Kiske / Somerville
21.  Kiske / Somerville by Michael Kiske & Amanda Somerville
The list author says:
  "If you're looking for an album on the melodic rock end of the spectrum, the duet album between Amanda Somerville (best known for her work with Epica and Avantasia) and Michael Kiske (Helloween) is an excellent choice.  Both have clear, powerful voices that play off each other beautifully.    (US/Germany, released 9/2010)"
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Intoxicated
22.  Intoxicated by Dyonisis
The list author says:
  "A perfectly lovely album from ethereal rock band, Dyonisis.  What stands out most is the interplay between Nel Cave's folk-oriented voice and Louisa Welsby's operatic voice -- sometimes the voices intertwine, sometimes they take separate narrative paths, and sometimes follow a more typical lead and chorus approach.  (UK, released 6/2010)"
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Cruel Temptation
23.  Cruel Temptation by Modified
The list author says:
  "The five-song debut EP by Canadian melodic rock band, Modified.  Tricia Stanley has a mid-range voice that shifts from sweet to sultry to aggressive.  The songs are catchy and have great radio appeal.  (Canada, released 3/2010)"
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Tear The World Down
24.  Tear The World Down by We Are the Fallen
The list author says:
  "There's no getting around the fact that American goth rock band, We Are The Fallen, sounds a whole lot like Evanescence on some tracks. Still, the band is more than an EV clone and experiments with different styles while never venturing far beyond the mainstream. (US, released 5/2010)"
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Rebirth
25.  Rebirth by Acrida
The list author says:
  "(US, released 5/21/2010)"
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True Sound of the Underground
26.  True Sound of the Underground by Sister Sin
The list author says:
  "A down-and-dirty metal album that reminds me of the '80s hair bands.  There is no operatic warbling or ethereal cooing ... Liv's voice is all blowtorch, all the time.  (Sweden, released 6/2010)"
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The World Is Too Big For One Lifetime
27.  The World Is Too Big For One Lifetime by Die So Fluid
The list author says:
  "This album is an energetic one that I pull out when grumping off to work on Monday morning.  Grog Rox's voice reminds me of Siouxsie (always a favorite), and the music is lean and stripped down. (UK/US, released 6/7/2010)"
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From The Ashes
28.  From The Ashes by Nemhain
The list author says:
  "Once upon a time in a land far away (the UK, actually), a fire-eating dominatrix married Cradle of Filth's drummer.  After a long night of Jack Daniels and cheese toasties, they formed a gritty punk band so the local serfs would buy them drinks after gigs.  Good plan.  The end. (UK, released 1/22/2010)"
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Obtenebration
29.  Obtenebration by Dimlight
The list author says:
  "If I were making a horror movie that would make you sleep with the lights on for a week, the debut album by the dark goth band, Dimlight, would be the soundtrack.  Beautiful and menacing and frankly creepy.  (Greece, released 11/3/2009)"
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Pins & Needles (Jewl)
30.  Pins & Needles (Jewl) by Birthday Massacre
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Inward Beauty | Outward Reflection
31.  Inward Beauty | Outward Reflection by Kandia
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Skin of the Earth
32.  Skin of the Earth by Kingfisher Sky
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Clinic for Dolls
33.  Clinic for Dolls by Unsun
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It's sno baby - not sugar
34.  It's sno baby - not sugar by Snovonne
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  "(released 6/11/2010)"
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Dying & Falling
35.  Dying & Falling by I:Scintilla
The list author says:
  "(mp3 released 12/3/2010)"
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Sleep Well Sweet Vanity
36.  Sleep Well Sweet Vanity by Last Red Ransom
The list author says:
  "Here's an interesting industrial/electronic/metal band with both male and female vocals, although female vocals predominate.  Charlotte Kelli has a smooth melodic voice in "clean" mode, but also does the guttural howling on the album.  I rather like the switch-up of hearing a guy singing only in "clean" voice, while the woman gets the growling bits.  (US, released 7/2010)"
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Ghosts and Good Stories
37.  Ghosts and Good Stories by My Ruin
The list author says:
  "My Ruin's sixth album is the aural equivalent of being whacked upside the head with a slapjack ... it's black, brutal and may make your ears ring for a few hours after the assault ends.  My dogs find Tairrie B's screaming to be more terrifying than the vacuum cleaner, and hide behind the couch when the album comes on.  (US, released 8/2010)"
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A Star-Crossed Wasteland
38.  A Star-Crossed Wasteland by In This Moment
The list author says:
  "Screamy goodness from LA metalcore band, In This Moment.  Maria Brink and her mates have returned to the harder sound of their debut album, with a few ballads to let your ears rest before her soul-eating screams resume.  The album is loosely a concept album that chronicles the push and pull of starcrossed lovers in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.   (US, released 7/2010)"
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