Tonight’s “Bloodshed Rituals” show is a dream for any fan of black metal. It’s co-headlined by two heavy weights of the genre with celestial black metal heavyweights Inquisition and some melodic black metal from the Greeks in Rotting Christ. Joining them on the long trek around Europe are cult act Mystifier and relative newcomers Schammasch.
Much like Finnish legends Amorphis just a matter of days beforehand in the very same venue, Portugal’s dark metal purveyors Moonspell play their first show in Ireland in the illustrious 23 year long career. Joining them on this mini-tour of Europe, the UK and Ireland are Swiss self-described “epic melodic death metal” group SoulLine.
Over the past few years I’ve been lucky enough to see many of my favourite bands performing here in Dublin, with many thanks to our multitude of small and large promoters. However, there are times when bands, for one reason or another, don’t make the trip over here and you can be forced to go abroad to catch them.
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.
The last time Eluveitie graced our shores they played a support slot to Swedish power metal band Sabaton, 2 years later they have returned to treat us to a headline show. They’ve also brought with them some friends, Russia’s pagan metal band Аркона (Arkona) and Skálmöld, viking metal from Iceland.