Irish metal fans have truly been spoiled this week, having already welcomed Gojira just a few nights ago, tonight we have the master of “low mid-tier prog metal” Mr. Devin Townsend.
On Sunday night Dublin welcomed back to its shores one of the heaviest bands on the planet. Gojira returned to Ireland after a two year absence in support of their acclaimed album Magma, which the band released last year.
Scáth Na Déithe is a collaboration between Stephen Todd from Astralnaut and Cathal Hughes of Nautilus, and more recently Aeternum Vale. Given their relative backgrounds I expected a filthy slab of sludge/doom but instead what they’ve presented with this project is atmospheric black metal with touches of death and doom thrown in.
“Abusing music’s worthless genre boundaries since 2003”, this is how Enter Shikari introduce themselves and I couldn’t think a more accurate description. The band catapulted themselves into the spotlight with their debut single ‘Sorry, You’re Not a Winner’, its blend of post-hardcore and trance was something almost unheard of at the time and it was just the start of the bands journey.
Combining equal parts Anathema, The Gathering and Isis, Cork natives Ealadha present to us their debut EP Limit of our Sight. The group have been working away, perfecting their sound since their inception evolving from the original instrumental sound to the ambient post-rock they play now.
Swedish progressive rock/metal band Katatonia released their 10th album The Fall of Hearts last year to much acclaim from fans and critics. Embarking on a European tour later that year, many were disappointed when the band announced a single UK show. However, the band were quick to rectify that by announcing their return to the UK and Ireland for a longer tour.
Jackals is the last release from Galway’s technical thrash outfit Twisted Wrath. A step up from previous E.P. Madman’s Chorus, the bad aimed for a darker and grittier take on the traditional thrash blueprint.
underOATH in their prime were one of the biggest metalcore/post-hardcore bands going, releasing several acclaimed albums before calling it a day in 2013. Fortunately for fans, the band re-united in 2015 and welcomed back long time drummer/vocalist Aaron Gillespie to the fold. Since last year the band has been embarking on their ‘Rebirth’ tour for which the band are performing arguably their two biggest records, They’re Only Chasing Safety and Define the Great Line, now the tour has brought them over the ocean for their first ever Irish headline show.
When Chelsea Wolfe released the first single, ‘Carrion Flowers’, from her fourth album Abyss I knew I was onto something special; the album subsequently went on to become my top album of 2015, and her Dublin show that same year was also one of the year’s highlights. Fast forward almost 2 years and Wolfe returns to Ireland as part of her European spring mini-tour.
The mighty death metal pairing of Polish legends Vader and US juggernauts Immolation took over the Voodoo Lounge for a night of crushing heaviness.
Below the Hengiform is the first E.P and second release from Irish super group Malthusian. With members from Mourning Beloveth, Altar of Plagues and Wreck of the Hesperus, the band have made quite a name for themselves already with their immersive live shows, including a support slot to Behemoth and, more recently, Mayhem. Their music can best be described as blackened death/doom with some psychedelic/hallucinogenic elements to give it an uneasy feeling.
A couple of years ago the power metal scene in Ireland was almost non-existence with fans begging for bands to come over only to be met with the response that the demand simply wasn’t there. However, Sabaton’s show in 2012 started to kick up interest in the genre meaning that the band have since enjoyed subsequent visits (in bigger venues no less) with other giants of the genre coming to our shores such as Kamelot and more recently Blind Guardian.
For those that follow the metal shows in Ireland the name of Grand Magus is one that is instantly recognisable. The band have been frequent visitors to our fair shores since their first visit way back in 2012 as supporting Amon Amarth and every subsequent year since then. Their most recent visit was as the opening act for Amon Amarth and Testament this past November and they were quick to announce their own headline show quickly afterwards.
Opening up tonights show were grindcore behemoths Aborted. The band played in Dublin just last year as support to Kataklysm and tore up the stage despite being the opening band then as well. Tonight the band prove that they can match the raw intensity from the much smaller Voodoo Lounge in the Vicar Street, no stage is too large or too small for these guys.
At this point young Irish metal band Afterlife to Ashes are no strangers to this site. Having originally reviewed their very first demo (a cover of the Slipknot classic ‘Eyeless’) and later on their first original track and video ‘Dahlia’, they showed some serious potential. They’ve proudly let people know that they’ve produced all their own music and videos so far, a commendable feat, but that can only take you so far and the band knowing this stepped into the studio to record their latest single ‘Insects’.