Tag Archives: metal

DEATH – Spiritual Healing (2-CD Remaster)

22 years after its original release and after shoddy attempts at repackaging, Relapse Records have come to the rescue with a decent package and a remaster. Having bought this album on vinyl from the much missed Shades in London on release, I was surprised at how the impact of this …

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Clock Paradox – Egotheism

Finnish progressive death metal. Quite a mouthful really isn’t it? And even more so if you take it in the form of Clock Paradox’s debut album, Egotheism. You may already know these guys from their 2010 promotional release The Five Precepts. If you aren’t so familiar then don’t worry; their …

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Seasons Beatings 2, Dublin. 2 December 2012

Saturday 1st December was the second year Dublin was to be subjected to a beating. The dealer of this beating was Robbie McCabe of Eye Hate Tony Promotions. Seasons Beatings 2 was an all day gig with a long line-up of a variety of Irish metal bands. So, let me …

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Venturia – Dawn of a New Era

Female fronted, French melodic metal band Venturia haven’t exactly had an easy time of it over the last couple of years. An unfortunate series of line-up changes (sometimes due to circumstances plainly  beyond their control) have meant that putting music out there has been a difficult task for the band. …

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Cradle Of Filth – The Manticore and Other Horrors

As bands always do in the lead up to a release of their new album, they make a lot of predictions and comments on how they think or what they think the album will sound like. In the running up to the release of The Manticore and Other Horrors, Cradle …

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Evile,Wolf and Animator review, 21st October, Dublin

For some people Sunday is a day of rest – the Sabbath if you will. A time to go to mass and light a few candles and throw a wink up to God so that nobody ever finds out about that one time…we all have that one time. Well, Sunday …

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Guitar Universe Tour, Dublin, The Village 13 Oct

The Guitar Universe Tour came to Dublin on 13 October and took over the Village venue. Not just about promoting the new releases of the artist’s, this tour was more about bringing something new and different to the masses. While Marty Friedman had Bad DNA and Tokyo Jukebox 2 to …

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Marty Friedman Interview, The Village, Dublin 13 Oct

I had the pleasure of catching up with Marty Friedman before he took to the stage at The Village in Dublin.   What has it been like being back on tour again? Great, it’s been so busy because all three bands are together. I’m used to being by myself so there’s like …

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Between The Buried And Me/Periphery + The Safety Fire – Manchester Academy, 5th October 2012

Both the evolution and diversity of progressive metal is displayed in full effect at the Manchester Academy tonight. The rise of “djent” cannot be understated since one of tonight’s co-headliners first rose to prominence, themselves the product of more traditional progressive metal combined with an unmistakeable Meshuggah influence, opening the …

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Sinheresy – The Spiders and the Butterfly EP

Symphonic metal gives most people another scope into the world of heavy music. Many of the major names in this particular scene are where they are today as a result of their skill in combining the force and pace of metal with the angelic sounds of female vocals and orchestral …

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Papa Roach – The Connection

Late nineties, early noughties nu-metal giants Papa Roach have been quiet for the last few years. It’s a shame, too, because they had a real flair for writing instantly recognisable, catchy music. In fact, almost everyone into metal has heard their anthem Last Resort, so it’s great for music fans …

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Molten Battle of the Bands, 16th September, The Pint, Dublin

Sunday 16th September was the fourth heat of Molten Magazine’s Battle of the bands. The fourth stage of the competition was held in The Pint, Dublin. In each heat four bands will battle to win prizes and opportunities that most people would sell their mother for. Prizes for the winners …

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Fibber’s Monthly Massacre, Fibber Magees, Dublin, 14 September.

Fibber’s monthly massacre was the first endeavour by new Rock and Roll promotions to provide the people of Dublin with a fun metal gig.  Hosted by Dan Keogh (Vile Regression) and Lar Bowler (Two Tales of Woe) it was a great night with a decent turnout to go on top …

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The 69 Eyes – X

The latest gothic rock band to emerge from the depths of Scandinavia, Finland to be precise, are The 69 Eyes, a band that adds another name to a long legacy of rock and metal bands from the snowy country. Their latest release, a full length studio album imaginatively entitled X …

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Evershine – Renewal

Pop-metal seems to be the new thing, these days. Softer metal bands that are meant to appeal to a wider audience are becoming ever more common, (The City Divided, Dead By April). Therefore, the fact that Italian metal masters Evershine are grasping this genre with both hands, and grasping it …

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CarnageFest , The Pint, Dublin, August 25th

For the general public, Saturday August 25th in Dublin was all about gawking at the flagships but for the metal lover, Saturday was all about CARNAGEFEST 2012. So, while the rest of Dublin was down by George’s Dock, admiring the flagships and (let’s be honest) the sailors there was one …

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Vision Of Disorder – The Cursed Remain Cursed

Reunions are such a tricky business. A band will never be followed under such scrutiny and (often biased) critique than if they’ve disbanded and eventually reunited. You can double up the cynicism if we’re talking about a band who were universally lauded and respected within their genre during their original …

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Thousand Autumns – Chasing Boats

Hertfordshire is getting a bit of a habit of producing excellent bands. First Enter Shikari appear out of St. Albans, then The Subways out of Welwyn Garden City. Now, it looks like the musical county is at it again, with Welwyn Garden City based metallers Thousand Autumns cooking up a …

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The City Divided – The Endless Moment

Unsigned pop-rock quartet The City Divided, hailing from the county of Hertfordshire, last month released their début EP The Endless Moment under their own steam. Hertfordshire is a county that is rapidly becoming famous for producing rock bands, the most prominent being Enter Shikari, and then also The Subways and …

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Simbiose – ‘Economical Terrorism’

Symbiosis is generally described in the dictionary as “the living together of two dissimilar organisms in more or less intimate association” – which, one has to assume is the effect this Portuguese five piece were trying to achieve when they merged crust, punk and metal nigh on two decades ago. …

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