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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tonight’s “Bloodshed Rituals” show is a dream for any fan of black metal. It’s co-headlined by two heavy weights of the genre with celestial black metal heavyweights Inquisition and some melodic black metal from the Greeks in Rotting Christ. Joining them on the long trek around Europe are cult act Mystifier and relative newcomers Schammasch.
While many may know Arizona rockers Jimmy Eat World by their breakthrough hit ‘The Middle’ released back in 2001, the more hardcore fans have been following the band beyond that right up to the release of their ninth studio album Integrity Blues in October.
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.
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.
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.
Ne Obliviscaris are a group who’ve gone from strength to strength over these past few years. Their albums, Portal of I and Citadel, have garnered critical acclaim and over this past year they’ve embarked on huge tours supporting Cradle of Filth in the US and Enslaved throughout Europe.
Progressive death metal legends surprised a lot of people earlier in the year when the group announced that they were to re-unite after a four year absence. With the release of a new single (‘Inner Sanctum’) and a slot at this year’s Bloodstock festival, a club tour of the UK and Ireland was also on the cards.
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.
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.
There are many milestones to be reached when you’re starting out in a band, from your first show to music videos or releases. Since forming last year, the young guys in Pain in Vain have been working towards this day, the day they release their very first EP Leave Me.