LIVE REVIEW: Katatonia at the Academy (May 14th 2017)

Swedish progressive rock/metal band Katatonia released their 10th album The Fall of Hearts last year to much acclaim from fans and critics. Embarking on a European tour later that year, many were disappointed when the band announced a single UK show. However, the band were quick to rectify that by announcing their return to the UK and Ireland for a longer tour.

LIVE REVIEW: Grand Magus at the Voodoo Lounge (Mar 25th 2017)

For those that follow the metal shows in Ireland the name of Grand Magus is one that is instantly recognisable. The band have been frequent visitors to our fair shores since their first visit way back in 2012 as supporting Amon Amarth and every subsequent year since then. Their most recent visit was as the opening act for Amon Amarth and Testament this past November and they were quick to announce their own headline show quickly afterwards.

LIVE REVIEW: Meshuggah at Vicar Street (Jan 18th 2017)

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.

LIVE REVIEW: Sabaton at Vicar Street (Jan 10th 2017)

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.

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.

LIVE REVIEW: Delain at the Button Factory

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.

LIVE REVIEW: Amon Amarth at Vicar Street

It’s a rare treat when one of those shows comes along and every band performing could be worthy of headlining in their own right. Tonight was one of those nights with a top class line up of Swedish metallers Grand Magus, thrash legends Testament and those lovable Vikings in Amon Amarth.

LIVE REVIEW: Katatonia at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Twenty five years is a long time to stick it out in the music industry and in 2016 Swedish metallers Katatonia celebrate just that at tonight’s show in London. From their early death/black/doom days alongside the Peaceville Three, their depressive rock middle era and right up to their modern dark progressive metal, they’ve had quite a career.

ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Thenighttimeproject – Thenighttimeproject (January 2016)

The self-titled debut album from progressive rock group Thenighttimeproject caught me by surprise upon its release in early January. Led by October Tide guitarist Fredrik Norrman, In Mourning vocalist Tobias Netzell and drummer Nicklas Hjertton, the bands self-titled debut showcases what these musicians do best, deeply emotional music. The musical style is undeniably Fredrik with…

ARTICLE: Top 10 Albums of 2015

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.

LIVE REVIEW: Nightwish at Wembley Arena

Playing a single large arena show rather than touring the country was a risky move but it seems to have paid off for symphonic metal giants Nightwish. Not only are they the first Finnish band to play in Wembley Arena but they’ve also managed the amazing feat of selling out the 12,000 capacity venue.