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.
The last in our series of ‘Best of’ features for 2016, here we take a look at the best live releases.
A look back at our top picks for the albums we loved in 2016.
It was tragic to hear about the passing of Trees of Eternity vocalist Aleah Starbridge earlier in the year. Thankfully, despite the tragic circumstances, the bands debut album was still released in her memory. The music is deeply melancholic with Aleah’s soft vocals giving it a haunting, emotional atmosphere. Broken Mirror
Here is a collection of the latest and greatest music videos and tracks from a whole range of bands both big and small alike.
It was another tough decision to make this month but after a tremendous performance in Dublin recently the choice was clear with Jumalten Aika, the 7th album from Finnish Pagan metaller’s Moonsorrow. Fusing their folk/pagan styling’s with old-school Scandinavian black metal, Moonsorrow have created a larger than life album that sucks you in
Dubbed the “Finnish Folk Metal Mafia”, this co-headline tour see’s two of Finland’s biggest folk metal bands, Korpiklaani and Moonsorrow, together for what promised to be an entertaining night. While both bands are at opposite ends of the musical spectrum they couldn’t have complemented each other any better.
Finnish progressive metal giants Amorphis have been a much requested act by many (myself included) for many years now. This year finally the marks the Finn’s first visit to Ireland in their 20+ year long career. Tonight they’re supporting their 12th album, the phenomenal Under the Red Cloud, alongside their classic tracks.
My first experience of melodic death/folk band Ensiferum was back in 2011 when they played here with Children of Bodom. A killer performance ensured that I would go see them again the following year and now this evening for a third time.
It’s that time of year when we take a look back at all the great music 2015 as given us. Here is my personal top 10 albums released during the year, some are from my favourite bands, debut albums or even new discoveries I’ve made.
Playing a single large arena show rather than touring the country was a risky move but it seems to have paid off for symphonic metal giants Nightwish. Not only are they the first Finnish band to play in Wembley Arena but they’ve also managed the amazing feat of selling out the 12,000 capacity venue.
With music sales struggling in recent years due to the popularity of streaming sites and music piracy, it seems like a crazy idea for a band to release a triple album. Finland’s Swallow the Sun have done just that with Songs from the North, with each disc showing off a different musical style and focus.…
It has been an amazing time for metal fans in Ireland recently. Just a couple of weeks ago we had the Deathcrusher tour, the Seige of Limerick and the Fires of Samhain events, and now we have one of the biggest metal shows of the year with metal titans Megadeth and Lamb of God co-headlining
Under the Red Cloud is the 12th album from progressive rock/metal group Amorphis. Combining their recent Joutsen-era sound with hints of past works, like Elegy and Tales from the Thousand Lakes, it’s their strong album since 2009’s Skyforger. From the oriental folk sounds of “Death of a King” to the more light hearted “Sacrifice” and…