Saturday, October 23, 2021

Swinging Saturdays #106: Black Hearts

Swinging saturdays is a musical meme hosted by Ice Cold Passion, to share our passion for music. The goal is to make a top 5 (or Top 10) for whatever genre or artist you like or get creative and share a theme based music top 5. For example a bookish soundtrack, funny songs, song to listen to on a rainy day top 5.

We are getting closer to halloween, to get in the mood I always crave the gothic scene. So today we  are doing a top 5 of some of my favorite (gothic) symphonic metal artists. Aside from 1 these are all European bands. Curious. Well lets get into it!

Lacuna Coil ~ I'm Not Afraid

Lacuna Coil has been around since the 1990's, they are from Italy. What I like is that they have a good balance between the male vocalist and the female vocalist. You don't see this often were the songs are divided evenly. Usually the focus lies with the female vocalist. It is an interesting combination.

Tristiana ~ Wormwood

So, it seems that the 90's are a starting point for many of the gothic metal bands I listen to (or in some cases used to listen to). Wormwood is the song that I remember, I thought the intro was very interesting, something different. I still find this a very peculiar but beautiful song, even after so many years. And of course I like it because of I believe it is latin? All in all this will always be special to me.

Sirenia ~ Dim Days of Dolor

So the founders from Tristiana, also found Sirenia, a band that really struggles to keep their female vocalists, I have done a little research and found at least 4 different vocalists. The music is still great though and the band still excists. I have chosen Dim Days of Dolor, because the video is stunning. Love it and very fitting for Halloween Month!

Ignea ~ Alga

So I have this thing were I am not all that enthousiastic about female grunters, I hate Arch Enemy for this reason, I just, Nooooo Noo no, I have seen Arch Enemy live and allthough the music is decent I could not wrap my head around the lead singer. I thought is was horrible. That was one half hour I rather forget. Any how when I was looking for a live video from Ignea I found out that she also does the grunts. It was a pleasant surprise! I really love the music they make. They are a relatively young band if you compare it to the rest of this list. I wanted to show you this, to let you know that there are still new bands as well that make symphonic metal.

Evanescene ~ Better Without You

Also an oldie but they did release a new album this year. So I decided, what the feck let's just throw in something from the new album. And I must say it sounds so much as the Evanescence from My Immortal and Call Me When I Am Sober. I like this song, it is just what you would expect from Amy Lee.

Any symphonic metal bands missing from this list? Let me know in the comments!
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