Irish metal fans have truly been spoiled this week, having already welcomed Gojira just a few nights ago, tonight we have the master of “low mid-tier prog metal” Mr. Devin Townsend.
On Sunday night Dublin welcomed back to its shores one of the heaviest bands on the planet. Gojira returned to Ireland after a two year absence in support of their acclaimed album Magma, which the band released last year.
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 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.
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.
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.
Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed, two of the leading bands in the New Wave of American Heavy Metal movement have teamed up for a huge trek across Europe to support The Stage, the surprise seventh album from Avenged Sevenfold, dropped in October with little to no hype or promotion behind it. Dublin was lucky enough to be the first stop on this mammoth tour.
While the band had been working away for years with moderate success it was the release of their fourth album Black Waltz that Swedish metallers Avatar began to make a name for themselves. The wide range of musical influences combined with simple and effective beats made them a popular choice among younger fans.
Tonight ends a long wait for melodic metallers Delain to finally grace our shores, and what a year to do it in. The band not only released their fifth album Moonbathers but they are also celebrating ten years since the release of their debut album Lucidity and the wild ride which that album set them up on.
The Siege of Limerick is a bi-annual free metal festival held in the center of Limerick city during the Easter and Samhain bank holiday weekends since 2008. All of the latest information and stage times can be found on the events facebook page. This quick-starter guide will give you a taste of the music that…
A couple of weeks ago I reviewed the demo of a young Irish metal band called Afterlife to Ashes. While I could see the bands potential, there was little to tell of what the band were really like based off nothing but a cover track. Luckily the band has been busy recording some music since then.
Afterlife to Ashes are a young metal band hailing from Dublin. Formed last year, the four-piece released their first recording a few weeks ago for a cover of the Slipknot classic ‘Eyeless’.
There are many milestones to be reached when you’re starting out in a band, from your first show to music videos or releases. Since forming last year, the young guys in Pain in Vain have been working towards this day, the day they release their very first EP Leave Me.
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.