LIVE REVIEW: Sabaton at Vicar Street (Jan 10th 2017)

Power metal giants Sabaton made their Irish debut back in 2012 with an unexpected runaway success. Since then the band have returned on a regular basis, playing bigger venues on each visit (not something that many bands could boast I imagine). Tonight’s show, their fourth, comes a mere 10 months since their previous show but a healthy crowd for a weekday show means their popularity shows no signs of slowing down.

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LIVE REVIEW: Avenged Sevenfold at the 3Arena (Jan 7th 2017)

Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed, two of the leading bands in the New Wave of American Heavy Metal movement have teamed up for a huge trek across Europe to support The Stage, the surprise seventh album from Avenged Sevenfold, dropped in October with little to no hype or promotion behind it. Dublin was lucky enough to be the first stop on this mammoth tour.

LIVE REVIEW: Avatar at the Voodoo Lounge

While the band had been working away for years with moderate success it was the release of their fourth album Black Waltz that Swedish metallers Avatar began to make a name for themselves. The wide range of musical influences combined with simple and effective beats made them a popular choice among younger fans.

LIVE REVIEW: Lacuna Coil at the Garage

Italian rockers Lacuna Coil rolled into Glasgow tonight on their current run of hugely successful UK dates in support of their latest album Delirium. With the band receiving some very strong reviews for the album it was no surprise that the venue had quickly filled with excited fans eager to catch the band performing the new tracks.

LIVE REVIEW: Delain at the Button Factory

Tonight ends a long wait for melodic metallers Delain to finally grace our shores, and what a year to do it in. The band not only released their fifth album Moonbathers but they are also celebrating ten years since the release of their debut album Lucidity and the wild ride which that album set them up on.

LIVE REVIEW: Amon Amarth at Vicar Street

It’s a rare treat when one of those shows comes along and every band performing could be worthy of headlining in their own right. Tonight was one of those nights with a top class line up of Swedish metallers Grand Magus, thrash legends Testament and those lovable Vikings in Amon Amarth.

LIVE REVIEW: Katatonia at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Twenty five years is a long time to stick it out in the music industry and in 2016 Swedish metallers Katatonia celebrate just that at tonight’s show in London. From their early death/black/doom days alongside the Peaceville Three, their depressive rock middle era and right up to their modern dark progressive metal, they’ve had quite a career.

LIVE REVIEW: Stream of Passion at The Classic Grand

My short hop over the pond to Scotland was a trip I had almost never made, a trip I would have regretted if I hadn’t taken the plunge. Stream of Passion have quickly risen through the ranks of my favourite bands after hearing the beautiful track ‘When You Hurt Me The Most’ from their second album The Flame Within more than 4 years ago.

LIVE REVIEW: Cruachan at The Voodoo Lounge (Aug 20th 2016)

I can’t think of a more fitting place where the tagline “The Gods of Celtic Metal together on one stage” is more appropriate. Ireland is probably one of the best breeding grounds for folk metal than any other country. We have an abundance of mythology and folklore to take as inspiration, as well as a whole host of traditional instrumentation to be used, and tonight three of them join together for a fun night of music.

LIVE REVIEW: Vektor at The Voodoo Lounge (Aug 16th 2016)

While the summer months have been somewhat quiet this year on the gig front there are always those specials shows waiting to rear their heads to those who wait. One of those is Philadelphia’s Vektor who have become the modern poster boys for progressive thrash, and with their new album Terminal Redux released to critical acclaim in May, it seemed like a dream come true for many fans when they announced they would come to Ireland for the first time and play the album in its entirety.