2018: Ones To Watch!



2018 is fast approaching and there’s without doubt many Irish bands that are set to unleash new material upon us during the year. Many of which we are currently unaware, but there’s some bands that we know have material coming in 2018. If not, working on it anyway… 

Here’s a few bands we recommend you keep a close eye on next year. 



Cork based Hardcore/Metal band WORN OUT released their debut video/single in mid December. This is a serious statement of intent! They very much remind me of early Cancer Bats, and that’s a massive compliment coming from me! I’m very much looking forward to what happens next in 2018! 


Call To Arms

Dublin based Call To Arms are set to release their debut album in 2018. A band that have steadily being on the rise for three years now and ready to take it up a notch in 2018. Bigger things await! 




Sixth Extinction 

Clonmel based Groove metal monsters Sixth Extinction went to Denmark in 2017 to work with acclaimed producer Tue Madsen. They are set to release their debut album in 2018. This is going to be good! 



Belfast based Oracle are set to release their debut full length in 2018. They have a five track EP coming first! Considering all the hype coming down, I reckon these lads have something serious in the bag! We are very much looking forward to it! 



Dublin based Death metal titans Jenova are working on new material and hopefully we shall see the next step in this amazing bands evolution in 2018! It’s going to be different, but it is also going to be really good! 


By Conquest Or Consent 

Belfast based By Conquest Or Consent were everywhere in 2015 and then suddenly vanished. They are back with a new single and a new EP to come in 2018. I’m looking forward to their future release as their previous album ‘Empires’ was among my favourite in 2015. 



Belfast based Erosion have just released a new track ‘Manic Smile’ from their self described forthcoming collection of songs “The Cyclopean passage”.  The lads are also confirmed for ‘Rally Of Lúgh Longarm’ so an eventful year awaits them! 


Iona Death Cult 

Dublin based Doom/Sludge/Progressive metal band Iona Death Cult are set to release a new EP early in 2018. The band are on the rise and getting better as time progresses. This could be one of the better releases of early 2018? 

Words That Burn 

After the massive success that was their 2016 release ‘Regret Is For The Dead’ the lads have a new single on the way. The bar was set very high with that album. We gave it our album of the year award last year, so I’m very much looking forward to this release! 



A newly formed black metal trio featuring Shane Hughes formerly of Shrouded. The lads are set to play their first gig supporting Bloodshot Dawn next month and it’s only up from there on. No links etc available as of now, but they are certainly one to keep an eye on in 2018! 


God Alone. 

Cork based Post Metal band God Alone. really made a splash in 2017. Coming from nowhere a band with members aged 16-18 released their debut EP and got the country talking. They are set to release their debut album in 2018 so I’m very much looking forward to hearing it. Incredible potential here!  


Dublin based Marabou are set to release a new EP in 2018. Two new members and now a four piece. A release I’m very interested to hear as the new members will definitely add a new dynamic to their sound. I expect this to be a great EP.  



Belfast based Death metal band Idominus are set to release a new album in 2018. The lads have played together for a while now and I expect this to be an improvement on their previous EP ‘Legion Within’. Another release I’m looking forward to hearing! 


Afterlife To Ashes

Dublin based Alt-metal band Afterlife To Ashes just released their new single ‘Park Benches’ and set to record their follow up release sometime in 2018. 


Black Shuck

Featuring 3/4 members of  Negativ Result. Galway based Black Shuck are set to release new material in 2018. No details as of yet. It’ll be different from their days of old… 


The Sluagh

Dublin based Death Metal band The Sluagh are set to release their self titled album this year. Still in production at present. From this track, it’s already an early album of the year contender! I’m very much looking forward to hearing the full album! 


That’s all the upcoming releases I’m aware of at present. There’s a lot more without doubt, but for now this is our list of bands to watch in 2018. 

Another great year for Irish metal beckons! 









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