Hail the Tragedies of Man, the third album from Sonus Mortis, was released right at the end of November but lots of pushes and advertising from their side meant that it didn’t fall through the cracks. Sonus Mortis is the one man project from former Valediction bassist Keven Byrne, who handles all vocals, instruments and drum programming.
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.
A look back at our top picks for the albums we loved in 2016.
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.
My short hop over the pond to Scotland was a trip I had almost never made, a trip I would have regretted if I hadn’t taken the plunge. Stream of Passion have quickly risen through the ranks of my favourite bands after hearing the beautiful track ‘When You Hurt Me The Most’ from their second album The Flame Within more than 4 years ago.
Here is a collection of the latest and greatest music videos and tracks from a whole range of bands both big and small alike.
I’m ashamed to admit but despite being Irish I had been very out of touch with my own countries music scene, even sighing at the prospect of a local band playing at any concert of an international artist I was attending. However, over the last couple of years I’ve been exposed in many ways to…
The cover of Fleshgod Apocalypse’s fourth album King oozes an extreme sense of pride and nobility, the same of which can be said of the music contained. The Italian symphonic death metal giants have never sounded better, having tapping producer Jens Bogren, they’ve managed to find the right balance between the death and symphonic elements. King is an album…
It’s a rare treat when a concert line-up is announced and any of the bands would be considered worthy headliners but that’s exactly what happened with the announcement of the “Northern Hyperblast” Canadian’s Kataklysm. As part of a massive 44-date European tour they were joined by death/grind masters Aborted and symphonic death metal pioneer’s Septicflesh.
It’s been a while since orchestral metal legends Therion have been to Ireland, their last show was back in 2007. Marked as a ‘Best of’ show, the night see’s Therion bringing their best known tracks and those lesser played ones in a mammoth 2 hour long set.
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.
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.