Another page turns in the Autumn saga. The band's magnificent singer Nienke de Jong left last year. Her replacement is 22 year old Marjan Welman. Although relatively unknown a buzz started to develop around her after her appearance on the latest Ayreon album.
It's been some time since Autumn released Summer's End. Apparently the band band through an upheaval with a number of members splitting. With new members comes a slight change in sound but they are none the worse for it.
US edition of this great album comes with two bonus tracks "Destroyed" and "Jane Doe". Stunning gothic metal - perhaps the best in the world for this style.
Within Temptation get their long overdue North American debut with the release of The Heart Of Everything.
Krypteria is a multi-cultural gothic metal band featuring three Germans fronted by the gorgeous Korean vocalist Ji-In Cho. She sings a clear, precise way with zero accent. She also has a wonderful voice and great range.
Ashes is Tristania's fourth album and first for their new home SPV. The music is moving into a more symphonic direction blending angelic female and gruff male vocals but there are still lots of gothic and black metal elements. One of the first Beauty & Beast bands and still one of the best.