A couple of years ago the power metal scene in Ireland was almost non-existence with fans begging for bands to come over only to be met with the response that the demand simply wasn’t there. However, Sabaton’s show in 2012 started to kick up interest in the genre meaning that the band have since enjoyed subsequent visits (in bigger venues no less) with other giants of the genre coming to our shores such as Kamelot and more recently Blind Guardian.
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.
After stunning people with their transformation into symphonic metal with recent albums, some may be disappointed with the over the top and theatrical turn that Xandria have taken with their latest album Theater of Dimensions. However, the album is brimming with personality from the folk stylings of ‘Ship of Doom’, the death-like ‘Murderer’ to the…
The last in our series of ‘Best of’ features for 2016, here we take a look at the best live releases.
Power metal giants Sabaton made their Irish debut back in 2012 with an unexpected runaway success. Since then the band have returned on a regular basis, playing bigger venues on each visit (not something that many bands could boast I imagine). Tonight’s show, their fourth, comes a mere 10 months since their previous show but a healthy crowd for a weekday show means their popularity shows no signs of slowing down.
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.
Even when there was just mere teasing at the thought of Blind Guardian coming back to Dublin people’s excitement could hardly be contained. A few days later it was officially announced that the “modern day travelling bards” would be making their long awaited return to Ireland after 10 long years. Still touring in support of their latest masterpiece Beyond the Red Mirror the band promised over 2 hours of music spanning their entire back catalogue.
Symphony X is a band who has hardly put a foot wrong in their 20+ year long career, their latest album Underworld is no exception. While their last album, 2011’s Iconoclast took a heavier, groovier direction, this one fuses that with their trademark progressive power metal. Russell Allen’s vocals are much more powerful and commanding…