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It’s kind of this upside down feeling being lost in the mayhem. Trying to understand the world, our place in it, and wondering if music still has the power to change the world – the way that I once believed it could. Sitting down with artists this year feels a little superficial. Not that they

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It’s been one long summer of festivals for us at Circle Six – Mayhem, Ozzfest and now Uproar. And while the Mayhem Festival claims the top spot boasting the most solid lineup of bands from top to bottom, Uproar easily captures our interest as the festival with the best main stage of acts (at least the best of the three festivals that we’ve attended thus far). How can it not? Uproar features Halestorm, Stone Sour, Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed all sharing the same stage.


Mention the term femme metal and it conjures up images of bands fronting beautiful singers such as Amy Lee of Evanescence, Carly Smithson of We Are The Fallen, Cristina Sacabbia of Lacuna Coil and maybe even Anette Olzon of Nightwish. But femme metal hardly does the genre justice and is probably just used for a lack of a better term. After all, femme metal didn’t start with Evanescence and it certainly isn’t going to end with them either. What makes these bands isn’t just that they are fronted by capable lead singers with sex appeal. What makes these bands is that, for the most part, they churn out great music in an industry that is dominated by men. Maybe this is why the surprise find, for me, was the band In This Moment.