Archive for December, 2018

Best Music Video: Lock Horns – Blood and Oil

Best Music Video: Lock Horns – Blood and Oil



Our next Irish Metal Golden Raspberry award equivalent and yet another award nobody gives a fuck about. 

This time we honour the band that made the best music video of 2018. There were a few contenders but this one just stood above all in the end.

I’m not one of those anti-capitalism types as I can clearly see capitalism is the best system we could possibly have. It encourages people to do and be more. Really bring out the best in them and not expect things to be handed to them… It’s not capitalism’s fault human greed got involved and ruined everything. Communism is a good theory, but tell that to the people in Cuba, previous USSR or North Korea. Humans have a habit of ruining any system! 

I probably shouldn’t have had these couple of cans after work while writing this. I promise no politics tonight, two drinks later…… 

The main thing I like about this video is the fact the subject matter and theme all line up perfectly. If it had a big budget to back it, it would have been on many media sources etc. It’s relevant to current politics and has a strong message behind it. 

Lock Horns are one of the best bands on our small island in my humble opinion and when they do something, they do it right! No half measures…

Great to see an up and coming Irish act act in such a professional way. (I could do with taking a leaf out of their book..) They understand the product has to be right and that will hopefully stand to them in 2019. They are now on books of a UK based agency and the next step is within sight. 

They shall be included in two more pieces from us before the years end and I promise the next ones will be no better. A Burning Metal award is like winning a Golden Raspberry award. It’s the worst kind of recognition possible! 

Being serious, Lock Horns have all the tools to really go far and in a just and fair world they’ll take off next year and the capitalist world will bring them many album/merch sales instead of loads of commies listening to their stuff for free on Spotify. 
I done it again….




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Best New Band: Grey Stag

Best New Band: Grey Stag



Time for our highly prestigious end of year awards that nobody gives a fuck about. Winning one of these is the Irish metal equivalent of a Golden Raspberry Award. Nobody wants one despite it been some sort of recognition… 

There were a few contenders for this and the lucky ones just didn’t make the cut. Tonight they shall not cry themselves to sleep in shame… They will be recognised in our ones to watch feature coming later this month though. 

All aspects were taken into consideration in regards to this pointless award. Online promotion, live show and how far they had come in the year 2018. 

Grey Stag formed in 2017 and I had heard about them towards the end of the year. They had played a few gigs and were going about their business. They really took it up a level though in 2018. They gigged wherever they could and put on a brilliant live show. I caught them during the year knowing little or nothing about them. After 30 seconds I knew I had found a new band. They levelled the place and seriously impressed me. 

They then dropped their debut EP ‘The Guide’ which is one of the finest Irish releases of 2018 in my humble opinion. It’s that perfect sync of  groove/sludge/doom metal. By their own description, Grey Stag are a sociopathic groove tyrant with a penchant for dank riffage. I couldn’t have said it any better myself! 

I expect this band to continue along their steamrolling path in 2019 and it’s anyone’s guess how far this band will go at present? With the right luck and timing hopefully they will go far. They have the talent, songs and amazing live show required to go a long way so I genuinely hope when I’m looking back at the end of next year they will have gone as far as our previous winners God Alone have this year. 

The Guide can be streamed here in full and links to where it can be bought below. 








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Children Of Bodom Release Single/Video ‘Under Grass and Clover’



Over 20 years into the tough, heroic grind that represents the lifeblood of extreme musicians, Finland metal scientists Children of Bodom have certainly won over crowds globally through a crafted alloy that is theirs alone. But the building of their esteemed career has also been aided an abetted by the simple math of all that work, the intense touring, that inevitable return visit to your town that has made the band’s shows engaging, personable and energetic thrash parties indelibly stamped on the circuit boards of headbangers worldwide.

They released this statement today. 

“Today we kick off the pre-order for our new album “Hexed” which will be available on March 8th 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records! 
You can order your copy here:

To celebrate we are releasing the first single “Under Grass and Clover” alongside the brand new music video.” 



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On Tour:


VIDEO CREDITS: DIrector, Editor, Producer Ykä Järvinen DOP Juge Heikkilä F.S.C. Focus Puller Aaro Visala Gaffer Sami Mäntymaa Electrician Tatu Tuominen & Arttu Korpela Venue Lights Lassi Seppä & Lauri Hakoniemi Band make-up Aino Hyttinen Colorist Timo Luomanen/Post Control Crew Taneli Ratas, Brother Ratas, Jyri Helko, Valtteri Ihalainen Master of The Universe Liina Rislakki THANKS: Elmu/Nosturi, Jukkis Lappalainen, Tapio Hopponen, Maria Kuusinen, Tomi Riionheimo, Sanna Mäkynen, Teemu Järvinen, Pete Voutilainen, Teemu Salminen, Anal Thunder,,, Special Thanks to Everyone in the audience who showed up. You´re Priceless!


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Folk Metal Legends Waylander Set To Release 5th Album ‘ÉRIÚ’S WHEEL’ In 2019



Formed in 1993 and after a long break, Waylander are set to release their fifth album ‘ÉRIÚ’S WHEEL’ in March 2019. 

They released this statement.

We are delighted to announce that our 5th studio album, “ÉRIÚ’S WHEEL” will be released in late March 2019 via Listenable records on CD, Vinyl and Digital release!

“‘Eriú’s Wheel’ is the band’s first concept album which will bring the listener on a journey through the pagan wheel of the year, from dark to light. Beginning at Samhain and finishing at the Autumn Equinox, the songs will encapsulate the atmosphere of the changing seasons as well as the celebrationary, yet solemn vibe of the four fire festivals, solstices and equinoxes.”

More details to come shortly. Please like and share the band page and this post to spread the good news.

-Clan Waylander-

Cover art by Matt Vickerstaff

As a sneak peak, here’s a live recording of one of their new songs ‘As The Sun Stands Still’ recorded in The Button Factory.



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Antidotes Announce New Line Up

Antidotes Announce New Line Up



Dublin based Antidotes formed in 2014 by mutual friends with the idea of playing their own unique form of Metalcore. They’ve never had an easy ride with this band but it was looking like they had reached their conclusion this year. 

As that old saying goes, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. It will probably leave severe anxiety issues, manic depression and an overall sense of self loathing, but it if it doesn’t kill you… 

They recently released this statement. 

“As some of you may or may not know…

A few months ago Stephen Cannon, longtime vocalist and rhythm guitarist of Antidotes for over 4 years, made the decision to part ways with the band. This has been the reason for our radio silence in the last few months and the biggest hurdle we have ever had to face. We made the decision to stay quiet and try to figure out, what is the best direction for us to take?

After a long process and constant discussion, we decided to recruit Dean Donnelly, former vocalist of Call To Arms, and long time friend of the band, Cormac Tunstead, to fill both positions of vocalist and guitarist.

From the bottom of our hearts we would like to thank Stephen Cannon for his undying passion and his vision that molded this band into what we are today. To say his contribution in this band was huge, would be an understatement. but we must move on.

This is the new Antidotes.”

We wish the new Antidotes well and hope 2019 is the year all goes their way and they take it to the next level. I think these lads deserve a bit of luck at this point! 

This track is with their previous line up, but it gives you an idea of what they sound like if you’re not familiar with the band.




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Passengers Release Second Single ‘Faces Of Janus’



Based in Lancaster UK, the P Λ S S E N G E R S story is one of persistence to find the right pieces from within a small local scene. Finally rounding out the line-up in early 2018, P Λ S S E N G E R S arrived – and what a welcome they’ve had. Their live debut on September 9th 2018 saw the band share the stage with Martyr Defiled as part of their final farewell show, setting a high precedent from the off.


Drawing influence from a range of Alternative sub-genres, P Λ S S E N G E R S combine the aggression of contemporary Metalcore, the gut-loosening heaviness of Djent and the ambience and creativity of Post-Rock, all fired atop a hotbed of contemporary electronics/synths, the band have created a sonically infectious sound which fans and listeners have rapidly identified with.


‘Faces of Janus’ is a highly impressive listen from such a new band, drawing from the aggression of contemporary metalcore, the gut-loosening heaviness of tech-metal and the ambience and creativity of post-rock.


PASSENGERS made their live debut in September, playing with Martyr Defiled, and already seen support from Metal Hammer, as well as being shortlisted in second place to play Progress Wrestling’s Wembley showcase. The band’s debut single ‘Boundaries‘ has already been streamed nearly 20,000 times.

More about the band: 

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