Irish Metal Roundup: July 2019

Time for our July roundup of all things heavy in the Irish scene. We normally have news and releases but just the releases this month. I’ve had an extremely busy month and possibly missed releases, but I’ll add them in later if needed. 
It’s my jobs peak season so I haven’t had a minute these past few weeks and working insane hours due to been in the middle of a take over and can’t recruit the needed bodies… 
That’s my tale of woe out of the way! 
Another stellar month for the Irish heavy music scene! 


Spirit Ruiner – Vol 2

Belfast based Spirit Ruiner have released their second EP aka Vol 2. Like their previous EP Vol 1, it’s a down and dirty death/sludge release. It’s also an excellent EP yet again. A band firmly heading in the right direction and the evidence is now there that this band can continually release great material.


Ascend The Hollow – Sea Of Crises (feat. Jon Howard & Kris Norris)

Cyber metal band Ascend The Hollow released a new lyric video ‘Sea Of Crises’ They released this statement.

We are thrilled to reveal #SeaOfCrises featuring Jon Howard (Threat SignalImonolith) and Kris Norris Official (Official Darkest HourScar The MartyrShadow Domain).

The video was created by Andy Pilkington / Very Metal Art who did an awesome job turning our lyrics into a powerful visual representation.

While the song’s theme is centered around the so called “lunar lunacy”, what we really dig into is our current socio-political and environmental climate. Instead of progressing as humans, we elect incompetent leaders who dismiss the most basic science, deny evidence for global warming, build walls instead of unite people… sounds familiar? Let us know in the comments if you spot that person in the video!

The song is taken from our debut album #EchoesOfExistence released via Dr. Music Records / Dr. Music Promotion…

Lock Horns – Pages

Belfast based Lock Horns released a new music video ‘Pages’ ahead of their appearance at Bloodstock Festival next weekend.
A top class release from an absolutely top class band! If you haven’t checked out their album ‘Molon Labe’? Do yourself a favor and do it! A feckin’ marvelous album!


Fornoth – Of Mist and Murk

Dublin based experimental metal band Fornoth released their debut EP ‘Of Mist and Murk.
They recently released this rather magnificent statement about it all…

Want a free copy of our EP, Of Mist and Murk? To win, simply like and share this post, like our page, invite all your friends to like the page, share five of our photos, send us a self-addressed envelope, perform a minor sacrifice to Mithras and collect enough tokens!

Alternatively, you can download it for free from our Bandcamp:

Being serious, this is easily one of the most ambitious and interesting albums released by an Irish band this year. A fusion of black metal thrash and more.


This Place Hell – Zero Point

Dublin based This Place Hell released their comeback video/single. They released this statement.
Our new single Zero Point is out now across all platforms!
Back in March of 2018 we ventured over to the UK to record with Justin Hill who helped us more truly realize our sound on record.
The rest of 2018 was one of the most exciting and surprising years for us, from winning our @bloodstockfestival slot through the Bloodstock Festival Presents: Metal 2 The Masses – Ireland competition, playing our very first KnockanStockan, supporting DevilDriver, premiering our last single Filth through Kerrang! and then finally the departure of our founding guitarist Mick Hynes to join friends Dead Label
This video, put together by our good friend Angel Croitor is a recap of all we got up to last year and is a final send off for Mick.
This isn’t our return, but we hope it will tide yous over until we’re ready.
We owe you all so much for that amazing year, and if you want to support us more give it like, comment and share it with your friends 🤘🏻
Overdrive / polymath_pr / / Rhino RadioDown The Barrel Photography / Photography by Olga Kuzmenko

Instagram: @thisplacehell

Aborted Earth – Grindcore Allegedly

Experimental grindcore nutters Aborted Earth have released a simply quite bonkers EP in Grindcore Allegedly! It’s great though so that’s all good!
Not for everyone, but imagine if Mike Patton at his most bonkers decided to create a grindcore album. That paints the picture here…

Ilenkus – 3456

Galway based Ilenkus released their long awaited new single ‘3456’. As usual it is of the highest quality. Any long term fans of this band know they always kill it with all their material. 3456 is no different!
Like all their material, this is another evolution of their music. A band that always keep it fresh!


Coroza – The Plutonian Drug

Cork based Coroza released their first single ‘The Plutonian Drug’ from their forthcoming debut album Chaliceburner which will be released August 31st.
If this is anything to go by, the album was be excellent! This is a top class sludge/doom release. 18:24 in length too. Never gets bring either so bring this album on!!

Stone Sea – Seeing Red

Stone Sea released their third track ‘Seeing Red’ from their forthcoming album ‘Mankind Maze’. While their last release was full on sludge, this is more of a direct hard rock approach. Still very good so who cares? Not me! I’m very much looking forward to this album. It’s sounding extremely varied and great.


Gealach – Gealach (Demo)

Gaelach are a new Black metal band from Cork. They released their debut Demo this month to a good reaction. Deservedly so too!
This band clearly have all the tools required and looking like they could be among the best black metal bands in the country if this demo is anything to go by!


Strangers With Guns – Monkey King

Modern grunge band Strangers With Guns released their second single ‘Monkey King’. This is absolutely bonkers, but in the best possible way. This band clearly don’t take themselves seriously and in this for right reasons. Commendable! Just write what they want and have a good time doing it!


Jailbirds – The Great Escape

Hard rock band Jailbirds have released their new album ‘The Great Escape’.
They released this statement.


Our debut album “The Great Escape” is out today via Golden Robot Records. Special thanks to everyone who worked behind the scenes making this possible including our friends at North South Recordings, who made this album sound incredible, and also Lacuna Creationsworking around the clock putting together our music videos. Big thanks to our manager Oran at Overdrive for believing in us and taking us under his wing, and pushing the band in such a positive direction. 
And finally, thank YOU to the fans who have been following and supporting us up until this point, we would be nothing without you.

So go and check out our brand new video of single ‘Thrill of the Chase’ and crack open a beer for the weekend!!



We have one bit of news though! Iron Mountain Metal Festival was launched today! I’m the chief of staff on this so please support it. I plan to tie all this in together over time…
Lets get this over the line first!

That’s the July round up of all things heavy within the Irish scene. Same again next month. This month will be another really busy one with Bloodstock etc and IMMF promo nights in Galway on the 16ht in the Cellar bar and Fibbers, Dublin on the 17th.
Hopefully back to the full proper reports in September!

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