LIVE REVIEW: Amon Amarth at Vicar Street

It’s a rare treat when one of those shows comes along and every band performing could be worthy of headlining in their own right. Tonight was one of those nights with a top class line up of Swedish metallers Grand Magus, thrash legends Testament and those lovable Vikings in Amon Amarth.

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: Moonspell at The Button Factory

Much like Finnish legends Amorphis just a matter of days beforehand in the very same venue, Portugal’s dark metal purveyors Moonspell play their first show in Ireland in the illustrious 23 year long career. Joining them on this mini-tour of Europe, the UK and Ireland are Swiss self-described “epic melodic death metal” group SoulLine.

LIVE REVIEW: Kataklysm at The Voodoo Lounge

It’s a rare treat when a concert line-up is announced and any of the bands would be considered worthy headliners but that’s exactly what happened with the announcement of the “Northern Hyperblast” Canadian’s Kataklysm. As part of a massive 44-date European tour they were joined by death/grind masters Aborted and symphonic death metal pioneer’s Septicflesh.