Archive for June, 2017

After all the hype and promotion surrounding the Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses competition in Dublin over the past few months which saw zhOra victorious, you’d be forgiven for missing the relatively under-promoted Wacken Metal Battle Ireland, where once again, some of the best metal bands from around Ireland fight it out in Fibber Magee’s to win a slot at a major European metal festival. Wacken Open Air is a massive festival with around 80,000 attendees, most of whom buy their tickets even before the lineup is announced, so getting the chance to play there is sure to be an incalculable boost to any unsigned band’s career. Vying to be that band tonight are: Two Tales of Woe, Animator, The Devil Wants Her Swagger Back, Jailbirds, Xerosun and Jenova (in that order). It’s a varied lineup in terms of styles and experience, with the first two bands having already pounded the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock.

Two Tales of Woe get the night started with chugging riffs and crunchy sound that seem to really get the building crowd into the mood for heavy music. Next up, Wexford-based Animator return to competition in Fibbers sounding better than ever. Their now-familiar classic thrash riffs still reminds us of something Megadeth or Slayer would have been proud of in their earlier days. And Corey Taylor would most likely approve of The Devil Wants Her Swagger Back, who are third onstage and blow the audience away with more high octane brutality. Even a broken string doesn’t slow the momentum too much. Remember the name (if you can) because these hard working lads deserve a big break, and it must surely be coming soon. Dialling back the heaviness, Jailbirds deliver thirty minutes of Australian flavoured rock, not a million miles from the style of Airbourne who recently played at the Academy. A thoroughly enjoyable set, especially after a few tinnies, but maybe not the most obvious choice to represent Irish Metal at Wacken. Dublin-based Xerosun are the penultimate band of the night, and they get stronger each time they perform. With Martyna’s impressive vocal range adding the flavour to an already tasty foundation of rhythm and umpteen-string guitars, the crowd seem duly impressed. Gambling on a debut performance of a new track at the competition is a brave move, but unfortunately technical difficulties detract from what otherwise was a Wacken-worthy performance. Finally, Jenova wrap up the night with an explosive delivery of heaviness, spurring moshpits and even seeing vocalist Brian Harrington surfing the crowd.

A noticeable difference between this Wacken Metal Battle and the recent Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses is the lack of an MC to introduce the bands or drum up enthusiasm from the audience, even though no drumming up was actually needed. Only once all six bands had performed, did the event organiser take to the stage to thank all involved and to announce the winner as judged by a panel of mystery metal mediators. The runner-up place is awarded to Jenova, who would take their place, should the winner be unable to travel to Germany in August. But Animator are crowned the well-deserved winners, and let’s be honest, are unlikely to miss the opportunity for any reason. Go on the lads!

See the full gallery of photos from the night by Olga Kuzmenko here.

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Triverse Massacre Release Two New Videos From Their EP “Hades”



Carlisle based Triverse Massacre have just released two brand new videos in promotion of their new EP “Hades”. “Styx” is an official video and “Acheron” is a lyric video made by the highly talented Andy Pilkington of “Very Metal Art”. 

This band are one of the best in the UK underground scene in my humble opinion and should a hell of a lot better known than they are! They played a great set on the New Blood stage at Bloodstock Festival last year and have really taken things up a notch with this release! 

The two videos are here for you to stream and we suggest you head to their YouTube page after and check out their previously released track “Phlegethon”. 

A band to watch!! 





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Rabid Bitch Of The North Unveil Album Release Plans


Rabid Bitch Of The North have unveiled their album release plans and this is one we are really looking forward to! They released the following details today. 

“After being holed up in the studio for well over 6 months we are excited to finally announce details of the release of our debut album “NOTHING BUT A BITTER TASTE”!! Featuring exclusive artwork by Jason Hendry, the album contains 8 tracks of ferocious, no-holds-barred, proper Heavy Metal and includes a few already well established live favourites. We’ve singed a deal with our new friends at Hostile Media and the album will get a worldwide physical and digital release (itune, Spotify, Deezer etc) on FRIDAY 18th AUGUST 2017.

But that’s not all! We’re also very pleased to announce that there will be a special fan pack and we will be taking pre-orders from our bandcamp page from today!!

This package will contain an exclusive Rabid Bitch of the North patch, beer mat and pin badge, and these items will not be available anywhere else. You’ll get all this for just £10.00 per package and you will receive your album 1 week before the official release date. Pre-orders will close on WEDNESDAY 26th JULY so don’t delay – get yours now!

Finally, we’re pleased to announce our album launch gig (in conjunction with The Distortion Project) on SATURDAY 19th AUGUST in THE LIMELIGHT 2, BELFAST. Doors 5pm – £5.00. We’ll have the album on sale that day as well as a range of other merch and 1 or 2 surprises for you too! Keep it here for further updates and announcements. 


If you are not by any chance familiar with this band? Check ou their previously released track “Green Eyes” here! 


Follow them on Facebook for more details and their upcoming plans!

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Subsist Recruit New Vocalist

Subsist Recruit New Vocalist



Carlow based Subsist have revealed the identity of their new vocalist and getting ready to move onto bigger and better things! They released this statement on the matter. 

So as alot of you guys may already know, a few months back we were forced to kick our old vocalist Daniel from the band due to personal reasons. But instead of calling it a day we decided to keep pushing, We have played one show since with help from our brother Patrick Scanlon from Heel Of Achilles which we are very grateful for.

With all that being said we needed a more permanent fixture to the band, So we would like to welcome Jimmy Rogers as our new vocalist, I have been personally friends with Jimmy for a good while now and he brings a really good positive attitude to the band and we are all alot happier with him.

This of course starts a new chapter for SUBSIST which we are all very excited about and cannot wait to get back playing, writing and most of all get back to the studio ♥

Our first show with Jimmy is Next Saturday the 17th supporting Antidotes w/ Minus Ten Thousand Hours and Sectile in Fibber Magees! Free entry so get down and show Jimmy a warm of a welcome as he deserves.

– Jake

Ricky Shortall – Drums
Jimmy Rogers -Vocals
Mark Gavin – Guitar
Jake Deverill – Bass
Aran Byrne – Guitar

Photo by Fox Bolt Photography


A band with a lot of potential so this could prove to be a great move for them. They seem to be all on the same page, so we at Burning Metal wish them well! 

Here’s a track they recorded with their previous vocalist, but gives you an idea of the bands sound! 



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Wacken Metal Battle Ireland 2017 Feature

Wacken Metal Battle Ireland 2017 Feature



The Irish Metal Battle final is almost upon us! Six bands are chosen with just one heat, the final. A representative from Wacken shall be in attendance on the night and the winner goes onto play Wacken Open Air, the biggest metal festival in the world! 

Descriptions here shall be brief, it’s their music that will get them to Wacken…

Two Tales Of Woe 

Dublin based “Two Tales Of Woe” are a band reborn! Performed at Bloodstock last year, UK based gigs, main support to Crowbar on their Irish dates and new material on the way. 

Link to their Facebook page for more details, links etc:



Dublin based Jenova are Ireland’s fastest rising Death metal band. They appeared from nowhere in 2016 and suddenly everywhere! They’ve been a bit quieter in recent times, but that’s all about to change with the release of their highly anticipated debut EP in the coming months.  

Link to their Facebook page for more details:



Dublin based Thrash metal titans Animator have really taken off internationally over the past couple of years. They’ve already played Bloodstock, a Heavy Scotland pre-night among others. Their new EP “The Venom Within” released in January really sent them out further… 

Link to their Facebook page for more details:



Dublin based Xerosun have really stepped up their game over the past twelve months! The release of their excellent EP “This Dark Rage” and their video for the title track which is probably one of the best videos ever made by an Irish metal band! They recently played FrankFest in the UK and set to work with esteemed producer Kris Norris on their forthcoming new material. A band on thee rise!! 

Link to their Facebook page for more details:


The Devil Wants Her Swagger Back 

Dublin based The Devil Wants Her Swagger Back are another who are on the rise internationally. A tour of Russia this year, a slot at MammothFest, and more on the horizon! Another band that are really heading onto bigger and better things! 

Link to their Facebook page for more details:



Dublin based Jailbirds are 50% Australian and very much like Airbourne in musical style. A band I know very little about, but they are growing nationally and internationally. All very impressive as they aren’t even a year formed! Unfortunately, their material in confined to Spotify and Itunes so I don’t have a direct link to put here! I’d recommend heading over to their page and checking them out though! Really good band!


Link to their Facebook page where links to “Break The Silence” can be found!


That concludes this years finalists and I think you’ll agree this could be won by anyone on this list! All are great bands and worthy of their slot. We shall see this coming Saturday night in Fibber MaGees! 




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Stereo Nasty Debut New Track “Reflections Of Madness”



Kildare based Thrashers “Stereo Nasty” have just unleashed a brand new track “Reflections Of Madness” from their forthcoming album “Twisting The Blade”, which is due for release on July 1st. 

I loved their previous album, and was looking forward to this release. If this track is anything to go by, it’s going to be an amazing album! 

This is 80’s influenced Thrash at its finest! 

Check out “Reflections Of Madness” here right now! Then rock the fuck out… 


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