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Ross The Boss – Voodoo Lounge, Dublin, 02/04/2017

Inside the Voodoo Lounge there is a very strong sense of high expectation tonight as evidenced by the early arrival of a large number of heavy metal enthusiasts. This is promising to be a rather special evening, spent in the presence of Ross “The Boss” Friedman, former guitarist of power …

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Armored Saint – Dublin, 20th March 2017

On a night that I am to write about the Armored Saint’s first ever performance in Dublin it certainly doesn’t help my impartiality to quite literally bump into all of the band a small distance outside the venue. For them to then ask advice on where to grab something to …

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Lordi, The Button Factory, Dublin, 09/11/2016

It’s a strange Wednesday night in Dublin, with the entire Internet in seeming meltdown over events that are taking place in the USA, that Finnish rock legends Lordi are here to prove to us that the only monsters we need care about are in town and ready to rock The …

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Bowling For Soup, The Academy, Dublin. 17/10/2016

Four years after their last visit to Dublin Bowling For Soup have had a farewell tour, a reunion, and now have a brand new album ‘Drunk Dynasty’ under their collective belts. The question is are they still as relevant and irreverent as ever? The sold out venue (first time to …

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Synergy Protocol – Odd To Get Even

The debut album from Dutch band Synergy Protocol is certainly not an album comprised of disposable, mindless tracks. No, this is heavy, symphonic progressive rock with all the Gothic and Classical influences that this brings with it. ‘Odd To Get Even‘ is a collection of hard edged songs that sound …

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FyreSky – The Circle

FyreSky’s debut EP ‘The Circle’ has left me very pleasantly surprised.  It may only contain 5 tracks, and be recorded in a ‘Live Lounge’ style, but this doesn’t diminish the fact that the songs are all fundamentally quite strong. It opens with ‘Magik Woman (Ritual Beginning)’, all dark incantations and …

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Sabaton – The Last Stand

Having given Sabaton‘s latest offering ‘The Last Stand’, a few spins by now, I would have to admit that it’s not, unfortunately, one of their strongest albums.  It seems a little uneven with some really strong songs and others that feel like they haven’t been given the full care and attention needed, …

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