Naturally, we love events that support women in Metal!
Four female fronted bands rock MarX in Hamburg.
Female Metal Voices Fest is an event we, of course, had to visit. But first things first: There is a shadow over the evening. HELVETICA who were supposed to play, too, lost their singer in an accident and cancelled for the obvious reason. FIRTH OF DRANGISS wanted to play a gig in Kiel the other day, which was cancelled. So they agreed to fill the gap and open the evening.
And they do a really good job! I’ve seen opening acts, who were just trying to get through the gig quickly. FIRTH OF DRANGISS is not that kind of band. They put the pedal to the metal and show why their music is called power metal. With a lot of energy, they perform before a couple of fans – it’s quite early in the evening. So more and more people come to see frontwoman Marit and the guys rock the stage as if there were a thousand people watching. Even if it’s not the music I usually listen to, I feel entertained! FIRTH OF DRANGISS dedicate the last song of the set to HELVETICA. Nice gesture!
Cuddly bands and great performances.
SPIEGELKELLER are second to hit the stage. Their musicians obviously have Russian roots and vocalist Karina has a cute accent. The whole gig is really fluffy – Karina asks the audience to come closer to cuddle and sing along. They also know how to entertain and slowly but steady, people enter the venue. SPIEGELKELLER manage to use a violin that is not dominant in the songs – I like that!
After this cuddly warm-up, MOLLLUST start their gig. It’s always strange to see a keyboard in the front of the stage, but if the lead singer – Janika in this case – is the keyboard player, too, it makes sense. The show is kind of a theatre play; there is a story to almost every song and Janika puts a lot of drama in her performance. But she also makes jokes with the guitar player who is wearing a crown in the beginning of the gig. MOLLLUST are not as serious as one could think when looking at their music. The level of their opera metal is quite high and they don’t fear big names like Bach and cover his song ‘Ave Maria’. Goosebumps everywhere!
Raining fire, encore!
Last but not least SÜNDENRAUSCH play their gig as co-headliner. The band comes from Hamburg and some of their biggest fans are around. But vocalist Kira, who we interviewed before the show, has serious problems with a drunken guy in the first row. He wanted to see THE EXPLOITED, whose gig was rescheduled but didn’t want to stop his party. So Kira and some other fans in the first row had to avoid his beer which was flying around. Nevertheless, SÜNDENRAUSCH‘s performance is great! For their song ‘Böser Wolf’ the musicians put on wolf masks and also during the other songs they rock the stage like hell. In the end, the audience wants them to play one more song, something they aren’t prepared for – but SÜNDENRAUSCH had an acoustic gig in a church lately and just played an acoustic version of their song ‘Feuerregen’. Goosebumps again (not for me, I don’t like acoustic performances…) and people went home happily.
Do you like metal bands covering classical music? What’s your favourite cover version? Let us know in the comments!