LIVE REVIEW: Kreator at Vicar Street (Mar 1st 2017)

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.

LIVE REVIEW: Sabaton at Vicar Street (Jan 10th 2017)

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.

ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Deadlock – Hybris (July 2016)

German modern metal outfit Deadlock have been through many lineup changes and stylistic transformations over their near 20 year career but the departure of long time vocalist Sabine Scherer was perhaps one of their hardest yet. Their latest album Hybris welcomes new vocalist Margi Gerlitz to mixed but mostly positive reception. Musically the album continues…

LIVE REVIEW: Blind Guardian at The Academy (May 19th 2016)

Even when there was just mere teasing at the thought of Blind Guardian coming back to Dublin people’s excitement could hardly be contained. A few days later it was officially announced that the “modern day travelling bards” would be making their long awaited return to Ireland after 10 long years. Still touring in support of their latest masterpiece Beyond the Red Mirror the band promised over 2 hours of music spanning their entire back catalogue.

ARTICLE: Top 10 Albums of 2015

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.