A look back at our top picks for the albums we loved in 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.
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.
I’m ashamed to admit but despite being Irish I had been very out of touch with my own countries music scene, even sighing at the prospect of a local band playing at any concert of an international artist I was attending. However, over the last couple of years I’ve been exposed in many ways to…
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 been a while since orchestral metal legends Therion have been to Ireland, their last show was back in 2007. Marked as a ‘Best of’ show, the night see’s Therion bringing their best known tracks and those lesser played ones in a mammoth 2 hour long set.
Over the past few years I’ve been lucky enough to see many of my favourite bands performing here in Dublin, with many thanks to our multitude of small and large promoters. However, there are times when bands, for one reason or another, don’t make the trip over here and you can be forced to go abroad to catch them.
The last time Eluveitie graced our shores they played a support slot to Swedish power metal band Sabaton, 2 years later they have returned to treat us to a headline show. They’ve also brought with them some friends, Russia’s pagan metal band Аркона (Arkona) and Skálmöld, viking metal from Iceland.