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.
“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.
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.
Belgium’s Oathbreaker have set the hardcore scene on fire since their formation in 2008 with their albums Mælstrøm and Eros|Anteros. However it’s their third album Rheia and their foray into the metal world which has made music lovers sit up and pay attention to the young band. Touring in support of their newest album has brought them far and wide including tonights show in Dublin, it’s their first time coming to our shores and they managed to attract a healthy crowd.
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…
There have been a few times in the past when I’ve been to see a band and it later on turns out that would be the final time I would get to catch them. However, it’s a whole different feeling when buying tickets to a show knowing that this will be potentially the last time you will ever see them.
St Albans’s post-hardcore/electronic rockers Enter Shikari are no stranger to our shores, coming over fairly regularly since their inception. This time the band have decided to treat us to something special in the form of ‘A Mindsweep Christmas’, named after their latest album The Mindsweep, which was released at the beginning of the year.
Japanese rockers One Ok Rock’s popularity has soared in recent months, they released their seventh album 35xxxv earlier this year, their debut US release which then saw them make their US tour debut supporting All Time Low. Now they’ve stopped over in Dublin for their first show in the country as part of the European leg of their world tour.
The Deathcrusher tour steamrolled its way into Dublin’s Vicar Street last week for what was set to be the metal event of the year. With a mammoth line-up, the likes of which this isle hasn’t seen the likes of since the 90’s, needless to say the excitement for this one was through the roof.
When Enter Shikari first appeared on the rock scene they were just about everywhere with their highly praised debut single ‘Sorry You’re Not a Winner’. Fast forward to 2015 and the band have just released their 4th album The Mindsweep. Having largely forgotten about them after their initial popularity, I decided to give the band…