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Evil Scarecrow Gig Review

Evil Scarecrow, Voodoo Lounge Dublin, February 2nd 2019

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What better way to lift spirits after Ireland’s home defeat to England in their first game of the Six Nations championship than a healthy dose of fun-filled metal in the Voodoo Lounge and some lovely cans? Previously described as “the Saturday morning cartoons of heavy metal”, Nottingham-based Evil Scarecrow have made their much-awaited return to Dublin after more than three years. With their new(ish) album Chapter IV: Antartarctica [sic] building on the success of their previous release Galactic Hunt, the frivolous five-piece have brought more stage props and gimmicks than you can shake a stick at. So much so, that tonight’s show was bumped from On The Rox to the larger downstairs venue to accommodate their peculiar paraphernalia.

An oversized igloo dominates more than half of the stage, leaving barely enough space for the drumkit of Ringmaster Monty Blitzfist on the other side. After a recorded intro comprised of ‘The Kiss’ from the Last of the Mohicans soundtrack followed by a teaser of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’, Dr. Hell, Brother Pain, Kraven Morrdeth and Chucky the Bastard squeeze through to the front of the stage and kick into ‘Way to Die’ and ‘Skulls of our Enemies’. Both may be from the new album, but front-row fans already know the words and are singing along. It’s a gentle warm-up for them, with compulsory audience participation expected as the show goes on.

Pausing to greet the Dublin crowd, Dr. Hell laments the prohibitive expense of travelling to Ireland for this final show on the tour. “Fuck the Rugby”, he grumbles, “it cost us 800 quid to get here. That’s about 4000 Euro!”. Ironically, his light-hearted gripe about the cost for UK bands to play here may be a taste of things to come thanks to the royal mess that is Brexit!

Side-scrolling, Eighties 8-bit-inspired ‘End Level Boss’ is up next and gives the audience their first opportunity to join in by jumping, hitting, dodging and hitting some more. No rest for the wicked, as ‘Robototron’ keeps them animated with more synchronised choreography. Dr. Hell and his face-painted brethren struggle to keep straight faces whilst they enable the pantomime-like participation from the normally-oh-so-serious metal community before them. This “Blue Peter Metal Band” have somehow managed to find a perfect middle ground between nerdiness, nostalgia, humour, and genuinely catchy riffs and lyrics. The modest audience that have come out for tonight’s early show are thoroughly enjoying themselves, and frankly it’s a shame that so many people are still Evil Scarecrow virgins.

The pace slows down with tear-jerker ‘Blacken the Everything’ and ‘The Ballad of Brother Pain’, which came to Dr. Hell in a dream and is a new departure for the band. He informs us that the next song is the title track from their latest album and is a ten-minute long prog epic, “so if you need a poo, now’s a good time to go”. Almost every song has some sort of custom-built stage prop or costume-wearing extra making an appearance, and none is more iconic than the mighty crablord ‘Crabulon’. Of course, much scuttling and claw-pinching ensue, and the ludicrous chanting of the lone lyric “Eggs” prevents anyone from keeping a straight face. HOWEVER… no matter how many times I’ve seen this act, I never tire of the silliness. The silliness that continues and culminates with the finale of ‘Polterghost’ and ‘Hurricanado’, leaving everyone dizzy and delighted.

With Steel Panther playing Vicar Street on Tuesday and Wednesday it’s a good week for parody metal in Dublin. Don’t miss Evil Scarecrow at Bloodstock in August. If their last appearance in 2016 is anything to go by, it’s going to be one of the most talked about slots at the festival.

B.Y.O.C. (Bring Your Own Crabs)

Review by Alan Daly.

Photography by Olga Kuzmenko

Full Gallery Of The Night HERE

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MISERY INDEX: Release ‘The Choir Invisible’ Video As Rituals Of Power Full-Length Nears Release Via Season Of Mist 

We are pleased to unveil MISERY INDEX‘s lyric video for “The Choir Invisible,” the latest sampling from the band’s impending Rituals Of Power full-length. Set to drop March 8th via Season Of Mist, the record boasts nine punishing tracks centered around the concept of “truth” and its use throughout history as a means to uphold power, regimes, and ideologies. “‘The Choir Invisible’ is a euphemism for the dead, or those who have passed on,” issues the band. “In the context of this song, it is an anthem of the dispossessed and the hopeless. Many across the world exist in an ‘in-between’ state that is often ignored and/or washed over because they lack the power and voice to plead their case as human beings. The song takes up this theme and tells it from the somber view of those who risk their lives, board ships and cross oceans in order to find a better life.

” Adds Loudwire, “If you’ve heard MISERY INDEX before, you know what you’re in for – a neck-snapping journey through tight grooves, crunching riffs, and the undeniable urge to put your fist through a couple layers of sheetrock. We’ve all been there before, right?”

The Choir Invisible

View the band’s previously released videos for “New Salem” and the record’s title track. 

New Salem
Rituals Of Power

Rituals Of Power will be released in several formats including standard jewel case CD and digitally as well as limited LP, limited cassette, and limited deluxe digibox which includes bonus cover tracks – Nailbomb’s “Wasting Away” and M.O.D.’s “Man Of Your Dreams” – as well as a carabiner with key strap and bottle opener, a patch, and three vinyl stickers. For preorder options visit:

When their debut EP Overthrow was recorded in 2001 by vocalist and bassist Jason Netherton (ex-Dying Fetus), MISERY INDEX immediately charted a course to explore and push the limits of death metal and grindcore, drawing influence from bands like Morbid Angel, Napalm Death, Terrorizer, Bolt Thrower, and Entombed. By 2003, MISERY INDEX released their debut full-length Retaliate to exceptional reviews followed by numerous support tours and festivals through North America and Europe. After several lineup changes, second album Discordia was released in 2006 with even more touring in its wake. Their third full-length Traitors (2008) reaped raving reactions from both critics and fans and saw the band on the road again until 2009. MISERY INDEX dropped 2010’s Heirs To Thievery like a bomb on the death metal masses, shattering all expectations. The album was both a commercial and critical success, elevating the band to headlining slots. During that year, guitarist Darin Morris joined the fold. A string of shows and festivals around the globe followed and on the Munich date of the Full Of Hate Tour alongside Cannibal Corpse and Behemoth, the band recorded their first live album. Released early 2013, Live In Munich perfectly epitomized the rawness and ferocity that MISERY INDEX elevated onto a whole new level with their fifth full-length The Killing Gods in 2014. 

With their sixth full-length Rituals Of PowerMISERY INDEX are more furious than ever before. “Rituals Of Power is a disavowal and warning against the consequences of our so-called ‘post-truth’ age,” issues the band. “Each of the nine songs revolves loosely around this theme, yet each track also stands very much on its own. As an album however, they are all brought to life as one ‘reanimated’ monster; it’s roughly thirty-five minutes of unhinged, yet cohesive, riff-driven aural ballistics. We were pissed off and on fire during both the writing and recording, and we think it shows in spades. We set out to write the best album we could, based on what we would want to hear first as fans of this music, and we could not be happier.”

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New Zealand metal band Seas of Conflict have been sitting on this banger of a track for 2 years and now ‘Monachopsis’ is available to the world!

The single was produced & Mixed by Zorran Mendonsa Productions (Antagonist AD, Set On End, and Skyharbor) at his home studio in Auckland, NZ and mastered by Ermin Hamidovic (Architects, Intervals, and Periphery) of Systematic Productions. After working on the single, towards the release of their EP Vestige, the single became a lyrically collaborative effort from both current and past members of the band.

Kody Naidoo, lead singer for the band, says Seas of Conflict single ‘Monachopsis’ sees them pushing themselves both musically and lyrically into a new realm. “The title and meaning of the song is inspired by John Koenig’s ‘Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows’” and misunderstanding the construct of what might be the norm, and being discouraged from breaking away to try and create your own path.The line “Surrounded, but always alone” is a hint of the band’s growth, aiming for a more relatable theme and delivery on this single as they continue to work towards a thematic full-length album.” 

The lads in Seas of Conflict are no strangers to touring. They have supported bands like Antagonist A.D, Make Them Suffer, Counterparts (CAN), Stray From The Path (USA), and 
Thy Art is Murder 
but also have an upcoming NZ tour supporting NZ Heavyweights 
Alien Weaponry
. So whilst many of the shows are local, I have no doubt we will be seeing them on the international circuit very soon!

Seas of Conflict single ‘Monachopsis’ sees them pushing themselves both musically and lyrically into a new realm. The new single will be in digital stores and streaming outlets from Friday January 18. 


Visuals by Prophesied Design Produced + Mixed by Zorran Mendonsa Productions Mastered by Ermin Hamidovic @ Systematic Productions Follow Seas:

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Sludgecore Leviathans MASTIFF Release New Video ‘Brainbleed’

Sludgecore leviathans MASTIFF have released their latest single, ‘Brainbleed’, taken from the critically acclaimed new album, Plague, which was unleashed upon an unsuspecting and quite frankly unprepared public last Friday, 1st February via APF Records.

Brainbleed is a 44 second savage, blink and you’ll miss it, sensory assault. Watch the video 

The UK’s premier misery spreaders MASTIFF have gained worldwide notoriety,  applause and disgusted confusion from metal outlets for their abrasive blend of churning sludge and formidable hardcore, creating a release dominated by raw, unadorned aggression and volatility. 

Plague is the band’s first full-length album on APF Records, and represents the misanthropic quintet at their most intense and unrelenting. Born of their disgust at humanity’s false nature, and the way in which our deceit and lies spread through social media, Plague is the culmination of a lifetime of frustration, hatred and sorrow, filtered through the most brutal and pummelling material MASTIFF have ever concocted.

Across eight tracks of mutable anger, raw power and bitter resignation, MASTIFF manage to capture the sound of a country in its death throes.  From the opening blast of ‘Hellcircle’ to the apocalyptic finality of ‘Black Death’, the album is a work of nail-biting extremity, and finds the band veering wildly from Nails-esque grind into the depths of harrowing doom. The end result, a band that sounds like it’s trying to rip itself apart through music.

Plague is out NOW via APF Records. Ltd edition vinyl orders are available via APF Recordshere. CD and digital orders available here. Stream on Spotify here

Catch the band live:

21st Feb – Coventry UK: The Arches Venue (supporting King Witch)

22nd Feb – Stevenage UK: Red Lion

23rd Feb – Newcastle Under Lyme UK: The Freebird 

2nd Mar – London UK: The Black Heart

18th May – Manchester UK: Rebellion (supporting Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard / Witchsorrow)

Find out more about the band 
Facebook || Twitter || Bandcamp || Instagram || APF Records

Previous Video ‘Vermin’

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Hedfuzy Release New Album ‘Waves’

Hedfuzy Release New Album ‘Waves’



Irish prog rock/metal band Hedfuzy have released their new album ‘Waves’. Their first as a full band with their new line up. Hedfuzy’s previous album was Pat Byrne’s creation. He played Guitar, Bass and done the vocals himself with the help of others for drum parts. With Waves he recruited a full line up and shall be bringing this to the live circuit in the hope of reaching more people. 

Since then they have signed with Hostile Media and as of today dropped the almighty ‘Waves’. The future is bright for them and they have delivered what will be one of the best Irish prog releases of 2019 without absolute doubt! 

Don’t take my word for it though. Stream it in full here! 


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As of now, Hedfuzy are first in the Irish metal Itunes chart.




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Spirit Ruiner Release Vol.1 EP

Spirit Ruiner Release Vol.1 EP


Spirit Ruiner are a three Piece Doom/ Sludge Metal Band Hailing From Belfast, Northern Ireland. Today they released their new EP Vol.1. 

The EP features three tracks. Spirit Ruiner – Cannibalistic Vegetarian and Upon The Ashes. All of which are top drawer Sludge/Doom tracks. They’re also a hell of a lot heavier than their name and logo suggests. I was expecting a more fuzzy/doom release, but this is down and dirty with great guttural vocals. They also incorporate the use of samples perfectly in Cannibalistic Vegetarian and Upon The Ashes. 

A great introduction to this band for me and I’ll be keeping an eye on them as they progress. 

They released this statement today. 

“We are delighted to announce that we have officially released our Vol. 1 EP!”

Subside Distribution 

We are delighted to release Spirit Ruiner‘s debut EP ‘Vol. 1’ to you all. CD and t-shirt can be ordered via the following links. There has been a slight delay for all preorders, as t-shirts have been pushed back a couple of days.




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