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Urban Assault 2018



The second annual Urban Assault festival takes place this weekend in Cork. Following the success of last years Urban Assault they are continuing this event at the same time this year.
The only question is……. WILL YOU SURVIVE??

Here’s the full line up for you to check out. Starting with the opening band through to the festivals headline act Dead Label. 


God Alone.

Five piece post-metal band from Cork, Ireland. They bring a free flowing energy to their music, each song a crescendo of progressive styling dipped in Black Metal. God Alone are one of the more interesting young bands in the country today.

Following The Signs

A metal band from Cork City writing banging heavy riffs, blistering drums, cheeky bassliines and diverse heavy vocals. 

I know we have been fairly quiet lately , so here's a snippet of one of our new tracks , you'll hear it live at Urban assault!!

Posted by Following The Signs on Saturday, 20 January 2018




Death Metal/Melodic Death Metal from Northern Ireland. Formed in January 2016, debut EP “Legion “Within” now available.


Words That Burn

Words That Burn is a alternative/melodic metal band from the North East of Ireland signed to WormholeDeath Records/Aural Music



Dissonant progressive sludge from the south coast of Ireland.

Strangle Wire

Strangle Wire was formed by four guys determined to leave their mark on the worldwide Death Metal Scene. Having being collectively involved in bands for over several decades, Strangle wire is a band built on experience. 

Branding themselves as Psychological Death Metal, Strangle wire’s artwork and lyrical concepts attempt to capture the darker parts of the human condition. 


 Audible Joes

Four young whippersnappers with a knack for solving mysteries.


Conjuring Fate

Conjuring Fate are an Irish heavy metal band from Co.Antrim, Northern Ireland. Formed by founding member Phil Horner in 2005 alongside vocalist Tommy Daly. This has been the core of the band since the beginning. 

There have been various lineups and other projects over the years but they are now back with a full new lineup as of 2014.


Na Cruithne

Is banna Folk Metal as Éirinn é Na Cruithne. Tháinig an grúpa le chéile i 2012 i nGallimh. 
(Na Cruithne are a Folk Metal band from Galway, Ireland)



Overoth are a Death Metal Band hailing from the Belfast area of Northern Ireland. They formed in late 2005 by four friends with a raw passion for no frills Death Metal.


Corr Mhóna

Corr Mhóna are a West Cork metal band.
Their music is a blend of different genres, with doom and death metal elements more prominent.
Corr Mhóna sing entirely in the Irish language (Gaeilge), and use a combination of harsh and cleanly sung vocals.
They are inspired by many different bands and musical styles, and always attempt to combine these influences to create something new.



Dead Label

Dead Label are a Kildare based three piece metal band. Fast becoming one of our best known acts on the international stage! 


Running order is as follows!

13:30 – 14:00 God Alone.
14:15 – 14:45 Following The Signs
15:00 – 15:30 Indominus
15:45 – 16:15 Words That Burn


17:00 – 17:35 Partholón
17:50 – 18:25 Strangle Wire
18:40 – 19:15 Audible Joes
19:30 – 20:15 – Conjuring Fate


21:00 – 21:40 Na Cruithne
22:00 – 22:45 OVEROTH
23:00 – 23:45 Corr Mhóna
00:00 – 01:00 Dead Label

These are a guideline and may change !!!

An Spailpin Fanach
South Main Street, Cork
24th February, 2018
Doors from 1pm

Day Tickets: €15… (on the door)

Under 18’s: €5… (on the door until 9pm)
Under 12’s: FREE… (with parent/guardian until 7pm)



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HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY’S New Album ‘ARSON’ Available To Stream In Full



Following months of anticipation and high critical praise, Austrian metal band Harakiri For The Sky has released their 4th studio album, Arson, today via AOP Records. Fans can purchase and stream the record now at the links below.

Founded in 2011 in Vienna, Austria, Harakiri For The Sky has become widely known for their black metal meets post-rock style and unique mixture of melancholy and aggression, madness and meaning, all which are wrapped in alternately manic/mellow songs. The band was initially begun as a studio project by Bifröst member M. S. and vocalist/lyricist J. J., and has since expanded to a live lineup, which has gone on to perform with the likes of A Forest of Stars, Ellende, Fäulnis, Der Weg Einer Freiheit, and Agrypnie among others, encompassing over 20 countries to date.


Arson was recorded, mixed and mastered by Daniel Fellner and follows the band’s critically celebrated 2016 album III: Trauma. Their latest effort raises the intensity with massively epic tracks filled with anguish and rage and set to the tone of machine gun rhythm and crushing riffs. 


Addictiveness guaranteed.” –

“a brilliant astonishing work” – 

“black metal fans are going to be very, very happy” – 

Arson, is easily the best thing they’ve ever done.” –

“Dynamic, majestic music that justifies the subgenre’s existence” – Outburn

On Arson, we’re confronted with an upheaval of the status quo” –

“This album is a serious contender for album of the year.” –

“Harakiri For The Sky are masters of their craft and Arson is the proof.” –

There’s so much emotional force and power behind this music that it demands your attention” – 

Arson is full of strong and emotionally resonant material that’s easy to get wrapped up in.” – 

an emotional album that seeps into listener’s hearts with blends of heartache and serenity.” – 

“(Arson) is surely a benchmark for the scene as its construction and presentation are near perfect.” – 


Purchase/Stream Arson:

Apple Music
Google Play



AOP Records (North America): 

AOP Records (Outside North America):
EMP (Deluxe DLP lim.100 & Boxset)
Napalm Records (Deluxe DLP lim.150 & Boxset)
Amazon (Deluxe DLP)
Amazon (Boxset)
Plastic Head (Deluxe DLP lim.150 & Boxset)
Sphera Noctis (Brazil & South America)
Nuclear Blast
Media Markt
World of Music
Ex Libris (CH)
Grooves Inc

Harakiri for the Sky will continue their tour of Europe in support of Arson in March. 


Tour Dates:

Mar 2 – Essen, DE – Turock

Mar 3 – Vosselaar, BE – Biebob Concerts

Mar 5 – Nantes, FR – Le Ferrailleur – Café Concert

Mar 6 – Paris, FR – O’Sullivans Backstage

Mar 7 – Colmar, FR – Legrillen Grillen

Mar 8 – Aarau, CH – KIFF

Mar 9 – Pavia, IT – DAGDA Live Club

Mar 10 – San Donà di Piave, IT – Revolver Club

Mar 12 – Budapest, HU – A38 Hajó

Mar 13 – Kraków, PL – Klub Alchemia

Mar 14 – Magdeburg, DE – Factory

Mar 15 – Erfurt, DE – Club From Hell

Mar 16 – Berlin, DE – Roadrunners Rock & Motor Club

Mar 17 – Mannheim, DE _ MS Connexion Complex

Mar 18 – Tilburg, NL – Poppodium 013



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Music Video Premiere: Cursed Sun – The Amygdala

Music Video Premiere: Cursed Sun – The Amygdala



We are very proud to exclusively bring you Cursed Sun’s final promotional video ‘The Amygdala’ from their critically acclaimed EP ‘The Amygdala’. 

The video was filmed in a dream like state to both match the tone/mood of the song and they do so to great effect. It’s my personal favourite track from the EP so to see this amazing song come to life in this way is great! 

The lads celebrated ten years as a band in 2017 and show no signs of slowing down in 2018. Four confirmed gigs as of now to include supporting Nu Metal titans Hed Pe tomorrow night. 

I keep saying the scene up north is leading the way in Ireland. The fact they were unable to enter their heat of the Bloodstock Metal To The Masses due to their drummer suffering an injury didn’t cost them their shot. Bands and promoter James Loveday all worked in union to move things around to keep them in the competition at a later stage. This only emphasises my point about the unity in the northern metal scene! We have a lot to learn… 

The band recently recruited Steve Martin on Bass. A heavily experienced player that is full of energy and enthusiasm so with his dynamic on stage, maybe this is their year to take it to the next level and a slot at Bloodstock? 

For now, here’s The Amygdala! A truly fantastic song and a great way to conclude The Amygdala era. 

We look forward to what comes next!  




Stream The Amygdala in full. 


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The Dali Thundering Concept Announce New Album ‘Savages’ To Be Released 13 April via Apathia Records Single ‘Ink’ Features Adam Warren of Oceano



French progressive metal quintet THE DALI THUNDERING CONCEPT have announced the release of their dystopian concept album Savages, out 13 April via Apathia Records.

The band have also unveiled new single ‘Ink’, featuring guest vocals from  Adam Warren (Oceano).

Savages is a dark projection of the future of humanity, should it not take drastic action to alter its course. What are the consequences of the global warming, the rise of right-wing populism and the politics of nostalgia, the growing rich-poor divide? According to THE DALI THUNDERING CONCEPT the future is very bleak.

Low-tuned riffs, crushing grooves and painfully abrasive vocals deliver this message with huge effect and urgency, however there is a glimmer of hope, illustrated by hints of electronica and even jazz. It’s an album of anger, suffering, despair and conflict, with many twists and turns; an impressive achievement for a band so young in their career.

THE DALI THUNDERING CONCEPT will be touring the UK and Europe far and wide in 2018, dates to be announced soon.



Pre-order here: 



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Exclusive Album Premiere: The Blessing Way – From Empty Plates We Dine



We are very proud to bring you this exclusive album premiere. It’s not just any premiere though! This is the work of one man. Mr Ollie Gill. 

An excellent album spanning ten tracks and a true work of art from beginning to end. I really can’t speak highly enough of this album and the fact it was created by one man is just outrageous! 

Ollie released this brief statement upon the albums long travelling journey to release. 

“The album is based around my love of the book Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice. It is a concept album so to speak and based around a piece of literature that is very important to me. I hope this release has done it justice! 

It was recorded with Michael Richards in Trackmix studio, Dublin.” 

Ollie, I can saw with confidence you have more than achieved your goal. This is an incredible body of work and the fact it’s available for free download means all can enjoy it at any time offline. 

Don’t take my word for it though, stream/download it here in full and prepare to be blown away! 

A true Gothic Black metal masterpiece! 


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Gibson Guitar Facing Bankruptcy After 116 Years In Business



We’ve been hearing about declines in guitar sales for years.  Now, one of the most storied guitar makers in history — Gibson — may be in serious trouble.

Gibson Guitar is now falling on hard times, and softer guitar sales are just part of the picture.  According to details surfacing this week, the company remains deluged in debt, with desperate sell-offs to service a growing list of creditors.

Ringing the scary alarm is Nashville Post reporter Geert De Lombaerde, who unearthed mountainous debt obligations and a worsening financial crisis.  De Lombaerde pointed to a recent, $16.6 million coupon payment by Gibson to service $375 million in senior secured notes that come due this year.

The debt pile wasn’t a secret to frustrated bond holders.  But De Lombaerde is seeing an iceberg ahead.  “The situation facing the iconic Nashville-based music instrument maker, which has annual revenues of more than $1 billion, is far from normal,” De Lombaerde remarked.  “CFO Bill Lawrence recently left the company after less than a year on the job and just six months before $375 million of senior secured notes will mature.”


“On top of that, another $145 million in bank loans will come due immediately if those notes, issued in 2013, are not refinanced by July 23rd.”



Gibson Guitar started in 1902, and has been interwoven into the musical life of America ever since.

Back in 1952, the company produced its first signature Les Paul, one of the most famous guitar series of all time.  The rest, as they say, is history.  But that storied history is making the present situation harder to stomach.

Just recently, Gibson sold its ownership of a former Baldwin Piano warehouse for $6.4 million.  Now, the guitar maker is trying to offload an even bigger Nashville property: the Valley Arts building, located on Church Street.  The selloff is expected to draw $11 million.  Both payments are likely to evaporate almost instantly to service a growing debt tranche.

We’ve read a separate report that Gibson is selling off Baldwin entirely — though that hasn’t been confirmed.


Gibson still pulls annual revenues north of $1 billion.  But multiple investors, bondholders, and analysts are now saying the ‘b-word’ out loud.

“This year is critical and they are running out of time — rapidly,” Kevin Cassidy, a senior credit officer at Moody’s Investors Service, told the Post.  “And if this ends in bankruptcy, [CEO/owner Henry Juszkiewicz] will give up the entire company.”

Moody’s has already downgraded Gibson.  And others are projecting a major change ahead — in leadership, or total control of the company.

One question is whether sagging guitar sales are playing a role here.  This has been a growing problem for years, thanks to surging interest in EDM and rap.  But broader cultural shifts are also putting the guitar in the rearview.  Indeed, the recurring ‘rock & roll is dead’ cliché may finally be coming true — and seriously impacting Gibson’s bottom line.

Incidentally, Moody’s also downgraded Guitar Center last year, as well.  The mega-retailer, a massive seller of guitars, is saddled with more than $1.6 billion in debt.


The issue of plunging guitar sales became glaringly apparent last year.

That’s when sales figures revealed a serious sales drop over the past decade.  Specifically, guitar sales have dropped from approximately 1.5 million units annually to roughly 1 million — all in less than a decade.  That’s still a million a year, though this is all heading in the wrong direction.

And buried beneath those top-line statistics is another problem: sinking prices.  All of which is great for anyone on the market for a guitar — new or used.  But it’s disastrous for a company like Gibson.

One obvious problem is that the guitar is just another toy for younger people today.  Up until relatively recently, it was a must-have for a giant percentage of young Americans — all of whom were in love with rock & roll in some form or another.  Now, the six-string is just as easily replaced by a turntable, videogame console, or simply a laptop.

And the ‘guitar gods’ of the past are fading, with their adherents downsizing.  “I don’t know. Maybe the guitar is over,” Eric Clapton said last year when asked about eroding guitar sales.

“Good question though.”


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