MUSIC REVIEW: A Night in the Snow – Singles (2017)

It’s no secret that the Irish rock and metal scene has been thriving these last few years, with older acts moving onto to bigger and better pastures while new bands continue to form and find their place. The Dublin based metalcore group A Night in the Snow are part of this new wave of younger bands. Formed in 2015 performing covers and finding their voice, the band has very recently started to write and record their own original music for their upcoming debut EP.

LIVE REVIEW: Enter Shikari at the Academy (May 23rd 2017)

“Abusing music’s worthless genre boundaries since 2003”, this is how Enter Shikari introduce themselves and I couldn’t think a more accurate description. The band catapulted themselves into the spotlight with their debut single ‘Sorry, You’re Not a Winner’, its blend of post-hardcore and trance was something almost unheard of at the time and it was just the start of the bands journey.

LIVE REVIEW: underOATH at the Academy (May 2nd 2017)

underOATH in their prime were one of the biggest metalcore/post-hardcore bands going, releasing several acclaimed albums before calling it a day in 2013. Fortunately for fans, the band re-united in 2015 and welcomed back long time drummer/vocalist Aaron Gillespie to the fold. Since last year the band has been embarking on their ‘Rebirth’ tour for which the band are performing arguably their two biggest records, They’re Only Chasing Safety and Define the Great Line, now the tour has brought them over the ocean for their first ever Irish headline show.

LIVE REVIEW: Trivium at the Academy (Feb 11th 2017)

Trivium’s last show in Dublin was back in 2014 when the group were still supporting their album Vengeance Falls. A couple of weeks before the show vocalist Matt Heafy was taken ill after blowing out his vocals and was advised against performing. There were fears that the show would be cancelled but the band persevered and Matt was backed up by his fellow bandmates to finish the tour run. The band now returns as part of their final Silence in the Snow support shows and hopes are that they can push out a killer performance this time.

MUSIC REVIEW: Trivium – Silence in the Snow (2015)

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.

ARTICLE: Top 10 Irish Releases of 2016

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.

LIVE REVIEW: Avenged Sevenfold at the 3Arena (Jan 7th 2017)

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.

LIVE REVIEW: Avatar at the Voodoo Lounge

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.

ARTICLE: Top 5 Architects Tracks

On the afternoon of August 21st the tragic news broke that Tom Searle, founding member and primary songwriter, of UK metalcore band Architects had passed away after a 3 year battle with cancer. While we have lost many musical legends this past year, this one hit me particularly hard due to how young Tom was…

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…