While it’s become a somewhat common sight to see the bigger, older bands announcing tours to celebrate those monumental and influential albums (think Fear Factory’s Demanufacture which turned 20 years old in 2015 or Anthrax celebrating 30 years of their classic Among the Living), it’s still a commodity for younger bands. However, these bands quickly remind us that they aren’t those young kids anymore with more than a handful of noughties bands starting to celebrate 10 years of their ‘classic’ albums.
Anathema formed in 1990 under the name Pagan Angel by the three Cavanagh brothers, Vincent, Daniel and Jamie, drummer John Douglas and vocalist Darren White. A part of the ‘Peaceville Three’, together with My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost, Anathema helped to define the death/doom/gothic genre.
The local Irish scene has been growing and growing in recent years with the younger bands now lining up to find their place. If you’ve been keeping up with the new breed of Irish bands then you’ll know that one name that sticks out is Dublin based Call to Arms. The young band formed in the summer of 2013 and since then have been relentless working to better themselves and have really made a name for themselves as a formidable live act gaining a rabid fan base.
Trivium’s last show in Dublin was back in 2014 when the group were still supporting their album Vengeance Falls. A couple of weeks before the show vocalist Matt Heafy was taken ill after blowing out his vocals and was advised against performing. There were fears that the show would be cancelled but the band persevered and Matt was backed up by his fellow bandmates to finish the tour run. The band now returns as part of their final Silence in the Snow support shows and hopes are that they can push out a killer performance this time.
Hail the Tragedies of Man, the third album from Sonus Mortis, was released right at the end of November but lots of pushes and advertising from their side meant that it didn’t fall through the cracks. Sonus Mortis is the one man project from former Valediction bassist Keven Byrne, who handles all vocals, instruments and drum programming.
Trivium has always been a band who liked to switch up their music, with each album usually being a mix and match of heavy, thrash and metalcore. Their latest album Silence in the Snow is one that see’s vocalist Matt Heafy dropping the screaming completely along with all traces of metalcore. The result is one of their most melodic albums to date, with the music strongly rooted in traditional heavy and power metal.
After stunning people with their transformation into symphonic metal with recent albums, some may be disappointed with the over the top and theatrical turn that Xandria have taken with their latest album Theater of Dimensions. However, the album is brimming with personality from the folk stylings of ‘Ship of Doom’, the death-like ‘Murderer’ to the…
Taking a look through your music collection it would be hard to find a band that had not been influenced by Black Sabbath in some way. The Birmingham natives released their seminal self-titled debut more than 45 years ago paving the way for the genre of heavy metal, becoming a household name even among non-metal fans.
Belgium’s Oathbreaker have set the hardcore scene on fire since their formation in 2008 with their albums Mælstrøm and Eros|Anteros. However it’s their third album Rheia and their foray into the metal world which has made music lovers sit up and pay attention to the young band. Touring in support of their newest album has brought them far and wide including tonights show in Dublin, it’s their first time coming to our shores and they managed to attract a healthy crowd.
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They say good things happen to those who wait, well after years of people begging and clamouring it was finally announced that metal giants Meshuggah would be making their return to Ireland more than 20 years since their last visit. The show was more than halfway sold out from just one day of ticket sales and had to be quickly upgraded, not something you hear too often with a metal show here.
Axecatcher are a melodic hardcore 4-piece from Derry. The group formed in 2011 and were quick to get and start gigging straight away. Their previous releases We Watch the Sun Burn and Sparks & Spears garnered rave reviews and the latest EP Common Blood looks set to follow suit.
My path in writing first took off with some Irish bands which opened me up to a an exciting rock and metal scene that was happening right under my nose. Even with starting this site that intrigue of Irish music still remains and its only right that I put the spotlight on that which got me started.