Some good advice I received from my mentor in music criticism was to never underestimate or pigeonhole an artist. Cradle of Filth has made a twenty-five year career out of Black and Death Metal music supremacy, often covering the dark and all about that blasphemous life. Although she definitely has earned her place in that world as a member of that band, singer and multi-talented musician Lindsay Schoolcraft displays a wide array of gifts will not fit in a neat box for you to file and categorize. On her debut solo album Martyr (Self-Released), she satisfies her jones (and ours) for all types of Gothy Metal and Rock styles.
Fresh on the heels of their just released new album Haven (Napalm), Kamelot has embarked on a US tour with Dragonforce. This is the first of two legs of this joint bill the two bands will take part in this year and both bands seem evenly matched musically and with their respective fan bases. The first few shows of the tour have reportedly been packed affairs with both bands taking inspired turns at performing their challenging material. Haven, is one of the deepest and most diverse albums Kamelot has released in their career, and it showed in their choice of their new set list. While they are just starting their new album-tour cycle, Dragonforce is still out supporting last summer’s Maximum Overload album (Metal Blade). New front man Marc Hudson is now at home on stage and on record, and it shows. Captured at the Worcester Palladium by Nick Phelps of MasterPhelps Photography for Ghost Cult, you can see the bands put on quite the show.