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.
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.
Novembers Doom are one of the premier death / doom acts from the US, with a career spanning almost 30 years. Their latest album Hamartia follows the same dark gothic sound as 2014’s Bled White. While the death metal elements are toned down compared to their older material it helps that the darker gothic and doom…
When Chelsea Wolfe released the first single, ‘Carrion Flowers’, from her fourth album Abyss I knew I was onto something special; the album subsequently went on to become my top album of 2015, and her Dublin show that same year was also one of the year’s highlights. Fast forward almost 2 years and Wolfe returns to Ireland as part of her European spring mini-tour.
The mighty death metal pairing of Polish legends Vader and US juggernauts Immolation took over the Voodoo Lounge for a night of crushing heaviness.
Within the first minute of ‘March of the Samsara’ I knew I had my hands on something special, not only as my pick for March’s Album of the Month but potentially a spot on my ‘Best of 2017’ list. Vocalist/guitarist Joseph E. Martinez leads the band into the heavier realm of their spacey post-rock while keeping…
While it’s become a somewhat common sight to see the bigger, older bands announcing tours to celebrate those monumental and influential albums (think Fear Factory’s Demanufacture which turned 20 years old in 2015 or Anthrax celebrating 30 years of their classic Among the Living), it’s still a commodity for younger bands. However, these bands quickly remind us that they aren’t those young kids anymore with more than a handful of noughties bands starting to celebrate 10 years of their ‘classic’ albums.
Trivium’s last show in Dublin was back in 2014 when the group were still supporting their album Vengeance Falls. A couple of weeks before the show vocalist Matt Heafy was taken ill after blowing out his vocals and was advised against performing. There were fears that the show would be cancelled but the band persevered and Matt was backed up by his fellow bandmates to finish the tour run. The band now returns as part of their final Silence in the Snow support shows and hopes are that they can push out a killer performance this time.
Taking a look through your music collection it would be hard to find a band that had not been influenced by Black Sabbath in some way. The Birmingham natives released their seminal self-titled debut more than 45 years ago paving the way for the genre of heavy metal, becoming a household name even among non-metal fans.
Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed, two of the leading bands in the New Wave of American Heavy Metal movement have teamed up for a huge trek across Europe to support The Stage, the surprise seventh album from Avenged Sevenfold, dropped in October with little to no hype or promotion behind it. Dublin was lucky enough to be the first stop on this mammoth tour.
A look back at our top picks for the albums we loved in 2016.
Circle of Dust have been teasing us all year with the excellent remasters of the bands entire discography but now it was finally time to show off some new material. Taking us back to the bands heyday of the 90’s, sole member Klayton Scott has delivered a strong addition to his catalog that mixes the…
While many may know Arizona rockers Jimmy Eat World by their breakthrough hit ‘The Middle’ released back in 2001, the more hardcore fans have been following the band beyond that right up to the release of their ninth studio album Integrity Blues in October.
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.
The Siege of Limerick is a bi-annual free metal festival held in the center of Limerick city during the Easter and Samhain bank holiday weekends since 2008. All of the latest information and stage times can be found on the events facebook page. This quick-starter guide will give you a taste of the music that…