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Black Star Riders – All Hell Breaks Loose

Back in 2002, a guest appearance by Scott Gorham on the title track of ex-Almighty main man Ricky Warwick’s debut solo album “Tattoos and Alibis” may have gone unnoticed by many. To those who took note, there was a notable spark, and a creative seed was sown deep in the …

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Immolation – Kingdom Of Conspiracy

The first notes of Immolation‘s ninth and latest studio album, Kingdom Of Conspiracy, blare out from my speakers as I sit down and begin to listen. I reminisce: they were a killer band ‘back in the day’. Then I quickly realize: they still are. This newest disc drives that home …

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Kreator – The Academy, Dublin – 26/04/13

On Friday night Kreator tore down the walls of Dublin’s Academy. Here is a gallery of photos from the headliners. %%wppa%% %%cover=584%% %%size=300%%   Photos by Steve at Down The Barrel Photography

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Avantasia – ‘The Mystery Of Time’

Originally founded in 1999 as a means for the then 21-year old Tobias Sammet to produce what he regarded the ultimate rock opera project – something which he apparently eventually drew a line under when he announced the end of Avantasia from the Wacken stage back in August 2011.  But, …

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Thy Art Is Murder – Hate

  Albeit the death-core genre wouldn’t normally be one’s preferred choice in the world of Metal and having not heard previously of Thy Art is Murder, an open mind was needed before attempting to write this review. Needless to say if you like your technical, fast-paced death metal, incorporated with …

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Scar Symmetry / Beholder / Bloodshot Dawn – The Pint, Dublin – 30th March 2013

The Pint venue has undergone a revamp. The owners and promoter have increased the size of the stage, invested in a quality lighting rig, improved the sound system, and spoiled us with air conditioning. All of these improvements have made the Pint THE best venue in Dublin for underground metal …

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Avantasia – Interview with Tobias Sammett

After apparently calling it quits two years ago, German power metal maestro Tobias Sammett delivered a pleasant surprise to his legions of fans when it was revealed that there would, in fact, be a new Avantasia studio album, ‘The Mystery Of Time’, which is being released at the end of …

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Hardcore Superstar – ‘C’mon Take On Me’

This ninth album from the Swedish thrash/sleaze mutants sees them abandoning the former and very much planting their feet in the latter camp – a direction they have taken more and more since the recruitment of former Crazy Lixx guitarist Vic Zino six years ago. Following an intro that wouldn’t …

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Grand Magus – Interview with Fox – Belfast, February 23rd 2013

It’s been an eventful 12 months for Swedish metal trio Grand Magus – a successful support tour with Amon Amarth, a slew of festival dates, a change of drummer and the release of their strongest album to date, ‘The Hunt’. As the band return to the UK for the second …

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Suffocation – ‘Pinnacle Of Bedlam’

Over the past 25 years or so, Suffocation are one of a handful of bands who have towered over the US death metal scene, producing a handful of classic genre-defining – and, indeed, re-defining – albums, such as iconic debut ‘Effigy Of The Forgotten’, the majestic comeback ‘Souls To Deny’ …

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Hard Rock Hell 7 announces its first round of acts including Black Star Riders for this Novembers Event‏

Hard Rock Hell 7 (Cirque Du Rock) which takes place on the 28-30th November at  Hafan Y Môr Holiday Park in Phwelli , N.Wales is pleased to announce its first round of acts for this year’s event including a co-headline appearance by Black Star Riders. This brand new band featuring Thin Lizzy …

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Hardcore Superstar confirmed for Download Festival 2013

Swedish street metallers Hardcore Superstar have been confirmed for Download Festival 2013 which takes place from the 14-16th June at Donington Park, UK. They join a stella line up that includes headliners Slipknot, Iron Maiden & Rammstein along with Bullet For My Valentine, Queens Of The Stone Age, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Korn, Motorhead, Limp Bizkit …

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Holy Grail – Ride the Void

It’s been the best part of three years since US metallers Holy Grail released their critically acclaimed debut, Crisis in Utopia.  A number of line-up changes aside, they’ve continuously worked hard and played harder, touring and writing to produce follow up album Ride The Void. I remember supporting Holy Grail in Glasgow …

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Destruction – Spiritual Genocide.

When it comes to snarling, intense thrash metal then German bands always rise to the challenge. Over the last 30yrs,  3 of the most influential are certainly Sodom, Kreator and Destruction and the latest studio album Spiritual Genocide  from Destruction shows they have no sign of mellowing out. Old fans …

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Hammerfall – Gates Of Dalhalla Live CD

Gates Of Dalhalla is a live DVD and CD package that was recorded to commemorate Swedish heavy metallers Hammerfall’s 15 year-anniversary. The open-air concert was held in Dalhalla in Sweden on the 28th July 2012. With two hours and twenty minutes of HammerFall history featuring songs from every album as well as …

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Sylosis – Monolith

Few bands have pulled off an unforeseen reinvention with the same defiant aplomb that Sylosis have in the past few years. With the departure of vocalist Jamie Graham in 2010 after making significant headway in the industry, bagging a record deal with Nuclear Blast, high profile tours and slots at …

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Enslaved – RIITIIR (CD)

Hailing from Norway the mighty Enslaved will release their twelfth studio album RIITIIR is set to be released in Europe on the 28th of September via Nuclear Blast Records. I saw Enslaved annihilate at Bloodstock 2009 so I am quite excited to hear this. Track one is called Thoughts Like …

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Threshold – March of Progress

Indulge me if you will on this one.  I’m no Threshold fan, nor do I know any of their work prior to what this, their ninth studio album, brings to the table. So if you’re reading this as a fan knowing what to expect, feel free to shake your head …

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Metal Battle Winner Press Conference, Wacken 2012

This was a highly charged and packed press conference where they announce the overall winner of this year’s Wacken Metal Battle. They explain the system as well as trying to gain more countries to enter. No band goes away empty handed and the winner get as a 1-year record deal …

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Nile – At The Gates Of Sethu CD

As expected from the legendary trio from South Carolina, their seventh studio album ’At the Gates of Sethu’ opens with dark orchestral tones, followed by the blistering sound that Nile create so well. ‘Enduring The Eternal Molestation Of Flame‘ is much of the same band as they have been for …

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