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Best of 2016

Best of 2016



2016 was a stellar year for the Irish scene. So many great EP’s and LP’s were released along with more stand alone tracks. 

I’ve compiled a list here of what I considered to be the best this year. If I forgot anyone? I do apologise, but trying to recall a years events is not easy! 

Lets get this underway. Descriptions shall be very brief. I’ll post a track and a link to their Facebook page for more details, links etc. 


Axial Symmetry 

Dublin based death/black/thrash metal fusion at its finest. Their EP “United Corruption” was one of my favourite releases of 2016. Check out D.F.E here! 

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Aeternum Vale

Black Metal from Dublin. Their new EP “Ashes Of Memory” is without doubt their strongest work to date. A band all Black metal fans should already know… Check out Ashes Of Memory here! 

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Brutal death metal from Dublin. Their album DEATHMETHYLTRYPTAMINE is easily one of the best albums of 2016! Death Metal fans need to know this band! Check out “Vicious Mucus” here! 

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Belfast based melodic Death metal with a progressive edge. Indominus released their debut EP “Legion Within” in 2016. It’s a statement of intent! Check out Legion Within here! 

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Dublin based Xerosun really mix it up. But in the best possible way of course! It’s death metal, but more… I really liked their EP “This Dark Rage” and fans of extreme music need to check them out. Check out This Dark Rage here! Amazing video!! 

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Theories Divide

Dublin based Theories Divide’s album “The Outcast” is full of grooves, aggression, melody and full of riffs. Great fucking album that I’d suggest you check out if you haven’t. Check out The Outcast here! 

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Dublin based Psykosis are Thrash metal at its finest. They finally released their full album “Welcome To The Psyko Ward” this year and their debut video “Driller Killer”. Which is amazing as they’ve played Bloodstock twice and Metal Days. It was worth the wait! Check out Driller Killer here! 

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Sixth Extinction 

Clonmel based Sixth Extinction released their self titled EP in march this year. I really liked it and saw massive potential. As a result I’ve added their latest song/video “Vivid Black” here as it’s more suitable to where they are going in 2017. One to watch! Check out Vivid Black here!


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Ten Ton Slug

Galway based Ten Ton Slug had quite the year. The release of their new EP “Brutal Gluttonous Beast” and their triumphant performance at Bloodstock. Check out “Unit” live at Bloodstock here!


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Two Tales Of Woe

Dublin based Two Tales Of Woe had a great year also. Playing to a packed out Jager stage at Bloodstock and the promise of new material in 2017. One of my favourite Irish bands! Check out “Burning Lands” here!


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Carlow based Subsist released their debut EP this year. Deathcore is probably the best description I can think of. It’s modern metal and it’s done really well. The lads are still very young so they could do something yet!! Check out “Psycho Feat. Patrick Scanlon ( Heel Of Achilles)” here! 

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Words That Burn

Dundalk / Carrickmacross based Words That Burn stepped it up their year with their album “Regret Is For The Dead”! It’s one of the best albums I’ve heard from an Irish band anyway. The perfect modern metal release! Check out “Unalive” here! 

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Minus Ten Thousand Hours 

Dublin based Minus Ten Thousand Hours are probably the best live band you will ever see! Their finale “I Cut The Gasline” ends in utter carnage! Really good band that could be big if they got the chance… Check out “Tidal Waves” here!


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Dublin based Alpheidae released their EP “I In All” after a long delay. It was well worth the wait though and showcased how good this band really are. The EP has many progressive elements and full of layers. It’s an excellent EP start to finish! Check out “Altruist” here! 

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Cork based Emigra really came back with a vengeance this year. Their previous vocalist Tony Macca back in the fold and unleashed their strongest track to date. This band may finally recognise their massive potential and I have to see them live this time…Check out “Tomb” here!


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Limerick based Hedfuzy is the brainchild of one man. Mr Pat Byrne. He done pretty much all this album himself and now has a full band. They have played one date as of now. So lets hope for more! This is Prog at its finest! Check out “Snakes” here! 

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Dublin based Jenova really had a phenomenal year. They are a full band just over a year now. An insane rise on their behalf. But it’s for one reason. They’re good. They are really fucking good! Check out “Nail The Eye” here! 

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Dead Label!

Kildare based Dead Label had quite the year themselves. Toured with Fear Factory. Main stage at Metal Days and supported Gojira. They also released their full length album “Throne Of Bones” this year. That’ll do!! Check out “Salvation In Sacrifice” here! 

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Galway based Ilenkus released their heaviest and most direct material to date with their EP “Hunger”. It’s also their best work to date. Real change in direction, but for the better! Check out “Hunny Bunny” here! 

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The Devil Wants Her Swagger Back 

Dublin based “The Devil Wants Her Swagger Back” released the first of their two part EP “Malice” and it has set the tone for where the band are going. A definite evolution in their sound and lets hope the next instalment will be as good… Check out “Casualties” here!

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Derry based ProXist have started moving on the release of their long awaited album “Join You In The Sun”. It’s been a while coming but this will be worth it. I fucking love this band! Check out “Synthetic Creation” here!


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Louth based Okus released their full debut album and man it is good! Dirty blackened crust at its finest. Check their full album “Scourge” here! 

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Black metal from Dublin. The band had quite the year. Played some high end gigs and toured the UK. They also released their debut album ” Heir To Scoria and Ash. Big things await! Check out “Searing Impulse” here! 

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Clonmel based barbarians highlight of 2016 has to be playing Wacken! They are coming back strong in 2017 and their album “Ethos Pathos Logos” should be along soon. Due for release in 2016, but it will be worth the wait! Check out “The Breach” here! 

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Dublin based AeSect had a busy first half to the year. Including the release of their EP “Devour The Earth” and reaching the Metal To The Masses Final. They are currently recording playthrough videos and have plans for 2017! I look forward to seeing what they do next. Check out Devour The Earth here! 

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Probably the best black metal band to appear in 2016. If Carlsberg made black metal. It would be watered down shit! Not this band though! Check out “Bonegrinder” here! It’s an amazing video. 

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This concludes our best of 2016 list. If there’s anything I’ve missed out on or something I should consider which I haven’t heard. Please make me aware and I can edit this very easily. 

I think we can all agree it was an amazing year for Irish metal. Long may it continue! 






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The Burning Metal Awards Nobody Gives A Fuck About 2016 – Band Of The Year – Ten Ton Slug



I had many thoughts on this one. Dead Label toured with Fear Factory, supported Gojira… Psykosis playing to a packed Sophie Stage at Bloodstock. ZhOra going to Wacken. 

When you take the whole story into consideration, Ten Ton Slug had such an unlikely rise and nobody saw it coming! 

Before I go any further. This isn’t a “best band” award or anything like that. It’s to acknowledge a bands accomplishments in 2016.

Right, lets get the story underway! 

About a year ago, Ten Ton Slug were doing their own thing and had applied for Metal To The Masses. They competed and were knocked out in their first heat. That is usually the end of the story…

The lads got the wildcard vote and were told they were through to the semi finals. This really lit a fire under them and they organised a bus to bring supporters, went all over social media and done everything in their power. They even printed off Ten Ton Slug wildcards and handed them out on the night. In another unlikely twist. They were through to the final and an audience with Mr Simon Hall coordinator of Metal To The Masses awaited! 

In that time. They really put themselves out there. Custom glass Slugs. Competitions. Anything they possibly could. 

But something was lingering behind the scenes and if things had worked out different? It could have been their last gig on that fateful night. Adam was moving back to Lithuania and the final was to be his last gig with the band… 

The night of the final arrived. I was there myself, and fucking hell that was one stacked night in regards to talent. With nothing to lose. Adam’s last gig etc all to take into consideration. Also, they were the last band on so had to be on form… It was my first time to see the band with Ronan on vocal duty, and man! They fucking killed it that night. I’m not surprised they won as they were band of the night. It could have been their last gig, so they were going out with a serious fucking bang regardless of the result. 

The lads couldn’t believe they had won. I got a surprise myself when Simon Hall named them as winners…. 

After that, another massive promotional campaign including a large Ten Ton Slug flag flying at Metal Days.  

It was now time for Bloodstock. Now, maybe it was the fact I’d been drinking since the Wednesday before hand and had started the day with a can of cider along with an aul “shmoke” on the way to the New Blood stage… Watching the lads play to a packed out stage at 12pm on a Saturday was an emotional sight! They absolutely nailed it and left an impression all over Bloodstock that day! Many calling them the best band to play the New Blood Stage all weekend. 

Taking all into consideration and the unlikely story that followed. Ten Ton Slug have to be our Band Of The Year. The Slug is hungry! The Slug grows… 

Check out their triumphant set at Bloodstock this year here! 


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Sixth Extinction Release New Video/Single “Vivid Black”



Tipperary based grove metal monsters  Sixth Extinction have released a brand new video/single today as a taster of where the band are going next.

It’s also without doubt their strongest work to date!

We were sent their previous self titled EP to review earlier this year. I saw massive potential and gave it 8/10. 

I was very much right in regards to my view of where the band were going. I knew this band had something in the tank and they are firmly delivering on that promise. 

Their sound is moving even further away from their death metal origins. It’s also a massive progression on their previous EP. The foundations of what the band were becoming were set, and this track is a huge step forward in every regard.  

One to watch in 2017 and I’ll have to check this band out live. 

Check out Vivid Black here! 


Sixth Extinction are: 

Liam Ryan – vocals
Wojtek Orlik – guitars
Dave Fogarty – guitars
Lukasz Ryz – bass
Grzegorz Skowroński – drums


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Special praise from the band in regards to their fine work in the making of this video. 
Joe Gallagher at GAF Studios 
Patrick and Mark at Killer Turtle Productions

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The Burning Metal Awards Nobody Gives A Fuck About 2016 – Hall Of Fame – Trevor McCormack



This was an award I gave a lot of thought to. I was considering bands, promoters among others in the Irish scene. This will also be a separate part of our site when silly season is over…

After much consideration, I decided Trevor deserves an award. Even one as pointless as this one…

For seven years Trevor has dedicated great amounts of time to the Cranium Titanium Metal Show. The amazing thing is, he does it all for free. All the graphic design work, research, and travels into Galway city every Monday without fail to broadcast the show and promote underground music. 

I think he done 60 interviews overall this year? I didn’t contact him for clarification as I wanted this to be a surprise. It’s not every day you win a Burning Metal Award That Nobody Gives A Fuck About… 

Trevor really is the salt of the earth. He’s both a fantastic husband and father and you can tell he absolutely loves them all unconditionally. His loyalty to the show is a sign of what this man is about. A genuine, dedicated and loyal human being with no ego whatsoever. 

I’ve been lucky enough to be on the show on three occasions now and you’d never even think he was a well known member of the Irish scene. If it has gone to his head? It’s so well hidden he has probably forgotten it at this stage… 

He’ll be back on the air after the Christmas break and will no doubt continue this show for a very long time. You’ll hear new bands, Irish and beyond. Interviews any band on any level. He’ll just help you out no problem at all and will never look for anything in return!

The man is a legend of the Irish scene and that hero that would probably refuse to wear a cape. 

If we do any more gigs in Galway? Which we probably will but nothing planned as of now. I might get him one. Just for the shits and giggles… 

For now. Trevor, you are the first ever Burning Metal Hall of Fame Inductee. 

You’re a top class human being on every level and I wish continued success in both your personal and professional life. You deserve every bit of it man! 



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The Burning Metal Awards Nobody Gives A Fuck About 2016 – One To Watch – Axial Symmetry



This may seem a strange award, but then again nobody gives a fuck about them. So it doesn’t really matter.. 

This was one I actually gave a lot of thought to. My love for Axial Symmetry‘s style of death/thrash/black/industrial metal fusion clinched it in the end. 

In the assumption someone actually reads this, they may think “Hey! Didn’t you organise their EP launch tour..” 

Yes, but there’s a story behind how that all came together, but nobody gives a fuck about that either.. So all I’ll say about that is it just all fell together. Never planned, just happened. It was also the first time I had met any of the lads also. So fate or some shite like that… 

I was familiar with their earlier works and I always saw a lot of potential. They had such bad luck in regards to a steady line up, so the question always remained would it ever happen for them?

Thankfully they now have a steady line and all on the same page and it’s already evident you’ve got a serious fucking proposition on your hands now with this band.

Their live show is excellent and they look like a band. If that makes any sense… They kick it off and fucking annihilate the place for their duration onstage. One of the best live acts in this country hands fucking down! 

Looking towards 2017. They now have their EP “United Corruption” out in physical format and ready to kick on in a big way. They have belief and ready to take on the world. I for one can see it’s all there now. If they get the breaks? The sky really is the limit for this band. 

I’ve added a few links here both studio recordings and a live performance. Check them all out as they are excellent. 

Watch out 2017. Axial Symmetry are coming and they are going to kick you square in the bollocks!! 


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United Corruption (Live in On The Rox, December 3rd 2016) EP Launch Tour.



Axial Symmetry are: 

Gavin Doyle – Vox/Guitars/Keys.
Matt O’Brien – Guitars.
Diego Rodrigues – Drums.
Dave O’Reilly – Bass.

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The Burning Metal Awards Nobody Gives A Fuck About 2016 – Best Album – Words That Burn



There were a few thoughts in my head regarding this particular award that nobody gives a fuck about. Due to the sheer magnitude of the achievements Words That Burn have accomplished in 2016 it was always a straight forward decision. 

When the lads dropped “Regret Is For The Dead”earlier this year, did anyone else think it was going to reach number 1 in the Itunes album charts? I know I didn’t anyway! I don’t think anyone could have predicted such an amazing accomplishment for a heavy Irish band of their stature in 2016.  

It was well deserved though! I was lucky enough to have received this album prior to release for review purposes, and I still stand by my words that it’s one of the best albums ever by an Irish band.  The dynamics are amazing! The whole album is a fucking work of art! 

I listened to it again today for the first time in a while and instantly thought, “Why don’t you listen to this album more?” It’s pretty much a perfect modern metal release. It has melody. Heavy as fuck! Clean vocals. Heavy vocals and loads more dynamics inbetween. 

“Last Breath” also has to be one of the best album outros I’ve heard in a while… 

Just listen to the album damn it! I’ve linked it below…

Time to wrap this up. Words That Burn! I commend you! You set the bar so high James Cameroon has gone back to finish off Avatar 2… 

The benchmark for Irish acts is here!! 

Album of the year hands down!! 


Check out “Unalive” here! 


Words That Burn are:

Roni MacRuairi – Vocals & Guitar
Ger Murphy – Bass & Vocals
Shane “Jelly” Martin – Guitars & Vocals
Jason Christy – Drums


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