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Scour – Red EP Review, Red Set For Release Via Housecore Records On November 3rd



An extreme metal supergroup with a pedigree covered in viscera, SCOUR is the brainchild of Philip H. Anselmo (Pantera, Down), John Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed), Derek Engemann (Cattle Decapitation), Chase Fraser (Animosity, Decrepit Birth), and Adam Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Misery Index). Forged in 2015, the band’s punishing mix of black metal, grindcore, and thrash made its debut with the ferocious single “Dispatched.” The band’s debut EP, Grey, was released the following year via Anselmo’s own Housecore label. Just before a crushing performance at Hellfest Open Air, which featured a cover of the Pantera classic “Strength Beyond Strength,” the band recorded their Red EP at Nodferatu’s Lair with Steve Berrigan (Down, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Eyehategod, Haarp, Classhole, etc.) at the helm. The record was once again mixed and mastered by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation, Cobalt, Khemmis) at Flatline Audio.

Like the Grey EP, this is pure Filth! Which I say that in the best possible way! The tracks are all short and pack an instant punch. All bar one, which was strange to me at first but once I got my head around it all I was more than impressed! 

The EP kicks off with previously released title track ‘Red’ which we shall link below and the first thing I noticed is Phil’s vocal improvement in this release over ‘Grey’. He really has the pure Black/Death metal vocals down on this EP. The song kicks off and holds a relentless pace throughout! A superb way to start things off. 

Another previously released track ‘Piles’ which again we shall link below blasts in and again holds a relentless pace. Full of fantastic guitar and drumming with Phil’s vocals killed it yet again. 

‘Bleak’ is a lot slower in tempo to begin, but oozes atmosphere and moves throughout the gears throughout effortlessly. The lyrics are excellent in this song and maybe my favourite track on this EP. It’s a truly excellent black metal song! 

‘Barricades’ speeds it up again and blasts its way through until a slight tempo change in the second half of the song. It moves up the gears again with and finishes with a bang. Another excellent song! 

We now move to the EP’s penultimate track and the one that caught me off guard. While they had an atmospheric piece in Grey at the same point. This track ‘Sentenced’  is an evolution of that idea. To sum up. It’s the best theme from a Horror film yet to be used. It’s eerie, atmospheric and a truly haunting piece of music. Fantastic!  

The EP concludes with ‘Shank’, which is different from the rest of the EP in ways. It’s still a tour de force Black metal track but a lot more dynamics this time. There’s also some fantastic lead guitar work and Phil’s vocals are excellent throughout! 

In conclusion, this is an excellent EP. There’s no weaker track and a real improvement over the ‘Grey’ EP. This easily ranks up there with Phil and the rest of the bands better works. A flawless release in my humble opinion! 







Red will see release on CD, digital, and vinyl formats on November 3rd. Physical preorders are currently available at this LOCATION. Desirers of the digital edition, go HERE.



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Pineal Gland Release Debut Album Brainwashed Societies



Pineal Gland are an extreme metal project formed in Dublin, Ireland by a guitarist Jan Cichos. The band’s style is a blend of thrash, death and groove metal based on irregular mathematical patterns. Lyrically it’s mainly focused on modern culture, political structures, 21st century social problems, conspiracies as well as ancient knowledge ( sacred geometry ) , forbidden chemicals ( DMT ), global mind control, human consciousness and their connection with pineal gland.
Since its formation in 2012 the project has had several members that contributed in creation of the debut album. ‘Brainwashed Societies’ was recorded by Guitarist Jan Cichos and the band itself in Dublin in 2016. The album, produced by Pineal Gland and Filip ‘Heinrich’ Halucha ( Vesania, Masachist ), mixed and mastered by the latter in Heinrich House Studio is set to be released in 2017. 

The album is now among us and I have to say this is an absolute work of art! Without doubt one of the best albums I’ve heard this year. It’s not your typical extreme metal release. Which makes it all the more appealing to me personally. It’s nice to listen to something with the variety this album offers. 

The album also has guest vocalists which add another dimension to the overall sound. Marcin Gąsiorowski ( Thy Worshiper ) provides vocals in ‘Nowhere’ and Carl King ( Two Tales Of Woe ) also provides vocals in ‘Me(n)tal Head’.

While this is a Death metal release so to speak, it very much reminds me of early MudVayne. The excellent technical aspect, time changes and just overall interesting music that personally kept me hooked start to finish. There’s some amazing guitar playing in here. Excellent Bass playing and drumming. The lyrics are also fantastic. It very much follows the album title and concept of ‘Brainwashed Societies’. 

Despite the fact this band doesn’t actually have an Irish born member, it’s without doubt one of the most interesting and best albums released by an Irish based band this year! It is truly something different from what we normally get so to speak. We have a very vibrant and varied scene here in this country, but this to me just stands out by a mile as it clearly has many influences and a truly original sound in regards to other bands based in this country. 

This will without doubt be in my list of best Irish based releases of 2017! It’s a very ambitious album that succeeds in every conceivable way. I’m also very eager to see this performed live! 

Pineal Gland have delivered something truly special with this release! 

We have the full album stream here for you to make your own mind up. I think you have gathered I really like this album… 

Without doubt the most interesting and varied album I’ve heard this year from an Irish based act! 




Pineal Gland are: 

Lukasz Szulczyk – Vocals
Jan Cichos – Guitars, Vocals
Sebastian Majka – Bass Guitars
Michal Tomczak – Drums






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Irish Sludge Metallers ZHORA Release Free Track Download From Forthcoming Album ‘Ethos Pathos Logos’ Ahead of Headline Tour


photo credit : Olga Kuzmenko

Irish sludge powerhouse zhOra have released the latest single ‘Infernal Liturgy’ for free download ahead of their headline tour which starts October 20th. The track is taken from forthcoming sophomore album Ethos, Pathos, Logos which is released on 27 October

Download ‘Infernal Liturgy’ for FREE here: 

Vocalist Colin Bolger comments“Infernal Liturgy takes place right in the middle of the story. It deals with our main character “Riverchrist” and how he convinces a group of desperate tribespeople to resort to cannibalism and devour each other. We like to think of it as our demented death metal ballad. It’s slimy yet angular and features our drummer Tom spitting a glorious vocal rhythm with some genuine venom. We took director Zoe Kavanagh, her camera crew and a group of our oldest friends to the forest for a few days in September and shot a mad new video which will be debuting soon. We used fake limbs, fire and skulls, lots of mushrooms, not enough cans and 27 litres of fake blood. Things got weird and sticky just just the way we like it and the result is a real horror show.”

Over the span of six years zhOra have quickly become one of the most recognisable names in the burgeoning Irish metal scene. In this time the band has released one EP Feet Nailed to the Ground (2011) and their debut LP Almaz (2013), both releases garnering huge praise within the scene. Now in 2017, the band is set to undertake the next stage in their journey, Ethos, Pathos, Logos.

In the only predictable aspect of the band’s sonic trajectory, Ethos, Pathos, Logos finds the band once again putting themselves under their own microscope and refining their approach. With a lush cover designed by acclaimed Visionary Artist Jake Kobrin, the record is zhOra’s first back-to-back concept album, an hour long journey through past lives and cannibalism. 

Pre-orders for Ethos, Pathos, Logos are available now via Big CartelBandcampiTunes and all other digital outlets. 

Catch zhOra throughout October: 
October 20 – On The Rox, Dublin
October 21 – The Poor Relation, Cork
October 27 – Central Arts, Waterford
October 28 – Fozzys, Clonmel
October 29 – Siege of Limerick 

Find out more about the band
Facebook || Twitter || Youtube || Bandcamp

Ethos, Pathos, Logos track listing:

1) The Stone
2) Riverchrist
3) Sin Eater
4) The Breach
5) Jettatura
6) Infernal Liturgy
7) Turmoil
8) Rubic(On) the Styx
9) Earth’d
10) Server, Seer, Soothsayer
11) Tabula Rasa



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Cursed Sun Announce Tenth Anniversary Show – A Cursed Decade



Northern Ireland based Cursed Sun are set to play their tenth anniversary gig on November 25th in the Limelight, Belfast. 

Ten years for any band is something or an achievement, but for a band that aren’t a full time project it’s an absolute abnormality so to speak. Through thick and thin, good times and bad, they are still here and getting ready to celebrate their achievements. 

They released this brief statement. 

“Hard to believe it’s been a decade already for us guys. Who’d have thought, right?

With An album and 4 EP’s recorded, a few music videos and tours thrown in for good measure, oh and a recent endorsement, we have plenty to celebrate.

We hope you can all come down and support a decade of The Curseds. Support in the form of Words That Burn, Altus and Oracle, it’s sure to be a great gig. See you all down the front!”

Check them out here if you are not already aware. We have included their two most recent releases with a new music video on the way! 

Included is also a short documentary on the band. 







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Ghoulstock 2017 Announce The Event Is Now Dedicated To The Memory Of Dani Kansanaho



The people behind Northern Irish festival Ghoulstock today made an amazing announcement which further emphasises the strength and brotherhood of the Northern Irish metal community by dedicating the event to Dani Kansanaho who sadly recently passed away age 23. 

They said;

Due to the terrible and unfortunate news of Dani Kansanaho’s passing we have decided to dedicate the whole of Ghoulstock ’17 to our fallen brother. We will be announcing ways to donate at the fest to Aware NI in the coming weeks but you can donate now through this link:
In place of Shrouded’s set we will be playing their EP Ominous Divinity in full as tribute to Dani. We hope that during this time everyone can come in and enjoy it with us.

We at Burning Metal commend them for doing this and wish this event all the luck it deserves for this gracious act! 

Here’s a link to what Dani achieved with Shrouded. 


WeedPriest StonerDoom

The Crawling


Nomadic Rituals



Congenital Abnormalities




Abaddon Incarnate

Wounded Pig


Daniel WAX OFF



Deathgrip HC Punk


10th-11th Novemeber, The Warzone Centre, Belfast


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Outis: An Irish Black Metal Project Featuring Members Of Horrenda, Xeropulse And Argonath


Black metal outfit “Outis” features Darragh O’Connor (Horrenda), Shannon Bowman (Xeropulse) and Daithí Ó Mathúna (Argonath and Aponym) whose music tells a very passionate story about Irish history, politics, the modern world and mythology.

Their debut album, “The Sacred and the Profane”, tells a myriad of stories and folk legends from around the isle. “What’s so special about that?” you might ask. Fair enough. What makes Outis special amidst the very large amount of music out there? What makes Outis worth your time? Outis portrays that wonderful Irish quality I like to call wrathful sorrow. The music is angry yet there is a pride the music, a pride in the subject matter. 

The Sacred and the Profane is raw but it’s honest. Each song is different, both in tone and style but they are arranged in such a way that they make maximum impact. Some of the music is peaceful even though the style of the music is black metal, and some of the music is nerve wracking and intense even though the style of the music is ambient. Outis tries to make their music different from, they’ve made it intriguing and engaging. 

Lead single “The Guillotine” fused Black Metal with classical overtures and is a delight for all fans of unconventional metal and darkwave. This track was the first single from “The Sacred and the Profane” and was launched with an exclusive airing on Monday September the 11th on The Cranium Titanium Metal Show on Flirt Fm 101.3. And the entire album was launched live on the Monday, 25th September show.

The album boasts some 20 plus tracks with a wide and diverse range of music covering and incorporating all genres and musical styles from Metal, Dungeon Synth, Techno, Electro, classical, ambient and drone.

What the critics are saying: 

The sounds of Outis are incredibly eclectic. With three members whose background in music ranged wildly, I thought it was going to be tough for them to blend. But that wasn’t the case. Remarkably, the music sounded coherent and cohesive. Yet it sounded nothing like any of the three. They came together and created a piece of music that wasn’t black metal, dark ambient, noise, or dungeon synth yet at the same time it was all of those. The guitar riffs are crunchy, raw, and razor sharp, the drone is melodic but atonal, and the synth work is ethereal.

Highlights: Dead Butterflies, Sídhe, The Guillotine, The Black Gates
For Fans Of: From the Bogs of Aughiska, Horrenda, XeroPulse, Argonath, Ninhursag


The project of Darragh O’Connor (Horrenda),

Shannon Bowman (Xeropulse) and Daithí Ó Mathúna (Argonath).





1.Tír na nÓg 06:12           

2.Caislean Dubhe 04:07 

3.Ov 03:13         

4.Mortal Sin 02:18           

5.Sídhe 02:02     

6.Lessons in Blood 03:36              

7.The Restless Dead 04:42           

8.The Guillotine 03:20    

9.The Coffin Cure 01:55 

10.The Masquerade 02:11            

11.Black Mirror 03:34     

12.Liminal 02:25              

13.Dead Butterflies (feat.Colo Calin) 06:32            

14.Tuireann 02:56           

15.The Wailing of the Banshee 03:55       

16.Wrath of the Goddess 04:14  

17.Sacred Wells 01:42    

18.The Black Gates 04:14             

19.Sacred and the Profane 02:08

20.Brian Bóruma (feat. Harsh Discipline)




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