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.
Axecatcher are a melodic hardcore 4-piece from Derry. The group formed in 2011 and were quick to get and start gigging straight away. Their previous releases We Watch the Sun Burn and Sparks & Spears garnered rave reviews and the latest EP Common Blood looks set to follow suit.
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’.
Horrenda are a Dublin based black metal band formed by Darragh “Outis” O’Connor in 2015 after his departure from metalcore group Theories Divide. Originally a solo effort by Outis, he quickly released a pair of demos not long after forming, Echtra and Bellum Civile both released in September.
In February of this year we had the sad news that Vile Regression, one of Dublin’s most promising metal bands, had decided to call it a day. With the highly praised Empires E.P. under their belt and a string of successful support slots with the likes of Architects, Xerath and Fleshgod Apocalypse, they were definitely ones to watch.