Burning Metal Awards 2017: Best Album – The Vicious Head Society – Abject Tomorrow



Album of the year. It’s probably every musicians dream. To see the fruit of their labour recognised by someone else and pay them the ultimate compliment for that particular year. Well, it would be if a big source presented you that award and more than ten people actually read it! 

It’s a real bottom of the ladder award here, so at might at least make your Wednesday. Good job I didn’t release this at the weekend or it would be a complete afterthought for the winner! 

This year we were treated to some great albums here in Ireland. Nautilus, Overoth, The Crawling, zhOra as examples all released phenomenally good albums so this had major competition! 

Lets go back a bit to how this all came about. Graham Keane was a regular man, living his regular life and probably ironed his socks. A passionate musician and when his wife became seriously ill, which she has now recovered, he decided there’s got to more to life! Ironing socks just wasn’t cutting it now! He then decided to bring The Vicious Head Society to life. As a one man project working around guest players schedule, the finances involved  and a virtually unknown entity. It took a while! A few years in the end but after hearing the early tracks you knew this man was onto something with this album. We all hoped, well at least 20 people at the time that he would see this project through to the end. 

The album was released earlier this year independently.  I was sent an advance copy before release to cover on our site and I was right all along about what the man was going to deliver. It absolutely blew me away! I couldn’t believe the level of musicianship and overall quality of this release. I gave the album 10/10 and declared it album of the year. My view has not changed! I couldn’t believe I was listening to an Irish project and would compare it to the best Prog releases of all time! It really is that good! 

The Vicious Head Society are now signed to Hostile Media, so physical copies are available again! All sales go towards album number two. 

This is not your every day story. An incredible album that may not have happened, but the hands of fate dictated Graham was going to leave a legacy on this planet other than ironing socks. 

This album was untouchable this year as it’s an absolute masterpiece. Nothing came near it! A true timeless classic that will hopefully reach more people as time progresses. It deserves it… 


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Burning Metal Awards 2017: Best Video – zhOra – Infernal Liturgy


Photo © Olga Kuzmenko

C: Olga Kuzmenko


We now bring you our next award which like Best New Band, nobody gives a fuck about either! Again we’ll still do them in the hope at least one person may click on the link… It’s hard times in these the days of instant gratification where people don’t click links anymore unless it’s some nonsensical article. Maybe I should title all our stuff ‘Meteor Coming For Earth’ or the like? Actually, No! I won’t be doing that! Good job we don’t depend on this for financial reasons… 

This one was on my mind over the past while on who to actually award it to. There were loads of great music videos and all were deserving in their own right. Then Clonmel based Progressive Sludge barbarians dropped their amazing video for  ‘Infernal Liturgy’ and made my life a lot easier. 

The lads, and Colin in particular have a great artistic mind and it really shone through in this video. It’s D.I.Y at its finest here and a top job done by all involved. 

It was also nice to see Ritchie in this video. For those unaware, he was the bands original Bassist that had to leave the band due to health issues. 

A truly amazing video that proves you don’t need massive amounts of money to make a great music video. A creative mind and a get up and go attitude is all you truly need. 

The lads have really taken off over the past couple of years and we hope this continues in 2018 and beyond! 



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Burning Metal Irl Awards 2017: Best New Band – God Alone.



It’s that time of the year again. Our awards that nobody gives a fuck about! We still do them though as certain bands do deserve that bit of extra praise each year. Unfortunately for them though it’s not Metal Injection etc. It’s us….

This was a tough one in some regards, but an easy choice in the end all things considered. We’ve been treated to some great new bands this year, but the majority of them are experienced musicians that have started a new band. Other bands may be new, but a lot older than these lads! They were probably not that good when they were the same age as these lads either. 

God Alone. from Cork are all aged between 16/18 and describe themselves as post metal. I’d personally describe them as Progressive Black metal myself but how and ever. There’s about 5000 genres at this point. My view is, it’s good or it’s not! These lads are very good! 

They’ve been gigging around Cork and already have a ‘Siege Of Limerick’ on their CV so they are impressing the right people within the Irish scene. Are they the finished article? Clearly not, but considering all and the kind of music they are play, it’s a massive step above 99% of musicians their age! 

I’m very much looking forward to this bands progression and as winners of the ‘Best New Band’ award here at Burning Metal. An empty can of prawn cocktail pringles will be in the post in early 2018! 

Congratulations lads! It’s all the way down from here…. 

Check out their debut EP ‘Intivim’ here! 



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DEADLY CIRCUS FIRE Unveil New Single ‘Ghost’ and Announce Headline Tour UK Tour



Progressive metal band Deadly Circus Fire embark on a new expedition unveiling new single ‘Ghost’ 

This track questions the meaning of forgiveness and greed through cinematic soundscapes and lyrical ambiguity. David Pear’s ever alternating vocal style combined with immense guitar riffs and dynamic instrumental passages define Deadly Circus Fire as a band ready to do something colossal.



Deadly Circus Fire look to continue their artistic growth having announced a UK headline tour, as seen below:

09th Feb 2018 – Bridgewater / Cobblestones
10th Feb 2018 – Leicester / The Vault
11th Feb 2018 – Manchester / Satans Hollow
12th Feb 2018 – Glasgow / Garage Attic
13th Feb 2018 – Edinburgh / Opium
14th Feb 2018 – Newcastle / Jumpin’ Jacks
15th Feb 2018 – Birmingham / Subside
16th Feb 2018 – London / The Lounge
17th Feb 2018 – Ashford / The Junction



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PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS: Irish Premiere ‘The Ignorant Point’, ‘Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue’ Preorders Available



Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue is the anticipated new full-length from PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS. In advance of its January 26th, 2018 release,  We have the Irish premier of “The Ignorant Point.”


Relays ANSELMO of the crushing tune, “‘The Ignorant Point’ is a tip of the hat to today’s top-notch, morally-sincere, trustworthy news agencies, websites, bloggers etc. that have kept the public in such great spirits with their dedication to truth and honesty. Burp. Keep up the good work, bullshit artists. We’ve got our collective eyes on you.”


Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue will see release on CD, vinyl, and digital formats in North America via Housecore Records. The record is being licensed in Europe by Season Of Mist. Physical preorder bundles are currently available via the Housecore Store at THIS LOCATION. For digital orders, point your browser HERE .


PHILIP H. ANSELMO hasn’t just paved his own path; he’s bulldozed it with his bare hands. His primal, powerful presence led Pantera to Grammy Award nominations, sales of 20 million albums worldwide, legions of diehard fans, and an indisputable heavy metal legacy. Simultaneously, Down carved out a distinct niche with a gold-selling debut and three more critically acclaimed releases. Superjoint made a triumphant return in 2016 and in the midst of everything, ANSELMO joined Scour alongside members of Pig Destroyer and Cattle Decapitation and teamed up with horror icon Bill Moseley for the Bill & Phil project. However, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS speaks to a certain need for him.


Instead of treading the same ground, ANSELMO and his bandmates in THE ILLEGALS, open up another doorway altogether with their 2018 sophomore release, Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue, available through the vocalist’s own Housecore Records. It’s extreme, abrasive, aggressive, and anthemic. In other words, it’s purely ANSELMO.


Following up 2013’s Walk Through Exits Only, this new body of work hinges on no holds-barred lyrical misanthropy and insurgent instrumental intricacy as it sharpens any and all edges to guillotine precision. “It ain’t pretty,” ANSELMO exclaims. “It’s more straightforward and cohesive to a degree, but it still goes off the rails here and there. We went through it song after song cut and fucking dry. I was in a specific mindset. I wanted to further my endeavors into a genre of music that I adore. As all ten songs blow by, I wanted an unforgiving feel. This is what was on my mind. It’s a recorded capsule of time.”

Following a successful maiden touring cycle for THE ILLEGALS, the frontman hunkered down at his home studio in Louisiana to record what would become Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue in 2014 and 2015. The lineup shifted as Stephen Taylor (Superjoint) transitioned from bass to guitar, Mike DeLeon (Flesh Horder, Being Killed, ex-MOD et al) joined as a guitarist, and Walter Howard (Grieved, Oppressive Force) took over bass duties. Meanwhile, Jose Manuel “Blue” Gonzalez (Superjoint, Warbeast) held down the drums. Through rigorous rehearsals and writing sessions, a framework for the new music took shape as ANSELMO wholeheartedly welcomed the ideas of his cohorts.


“Their creative input is fucking fantastic,” beams ANSELMO. “This is something that was very different from the first record where I was very staunch. I wanted it to be ugly. I was very firm that I was writing every fucking note. The thought was, ‘This is my contribution to ugly music right this second in a heavy metal vein.’ That was great at the time. Walk Through Exits Only made its own little statement that I am a free agent and I belong to no single band. This time, I worked closely with everyone. We tried different ideas together. It made the spirit of this thing come alive even more because of the enthusiasm these guys bring. It enhanced the integrity of the project.”


“Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue is going to get hated. It’s going to get loved. Like every record I’ve ever done, I put zero expectations upon my peers, critics, or the general fucking public,” he continues. “If you take one thing away from it, let it be this: Do not bog yourself down to one brand, character, or whatever. Have the guts to spread your wings and fucking flourish. I can promise you this is a beginning. As my music trickles out over the next two years, it’s going to be quite the roller coaster ride. This new ILLEGALS is just the tip of the whole fucking avalanche.”


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Austrian Progressive Black Metal Band ‘HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY’ Unveil New Song “YOU ARE THE SCARS” New Album ‘Arson’ Out On February 16th Via AOP Records



Austrian post-black metal band Harakiri For The Sky has unveiled a new song called “You Are The Scars”today. The 10+ minute, epic metal-gaze masterpiece is the latest offering from the band’s highly-anticipated 4th studio album, Arson, which will debut on February, 16th via AOP Records with distribution from Plastichead Distribution (Europe/North America/World) and Edel(Germany/Austria/Switzerland). 

This song is like a retrospective on broken relationships and the void that stays when people leave. To me it’s not the saying good-bye which is the greatest burden, it’s the never-ending silence, the rejection and the uncertainty. This song tributes the pain that’s left when beloved people disappear completely as if they’d have never crossed way.” – J.J. (vocals)



The lyric video for “You Are The Scars” was directed, filmed and edited by Andreas J. Borsodi with calligraphy and creative consulting by Albert Hupeka.


Arson is currently available for pre-order, and is available as a Deluxe LP on 4 different, limited edition vinyl colorways. Purchase now before they sell out.


AOP Records (gold vinyl lim.100) https://goo.gl/uzVYvS 

EMP (red vinyl lim.100) https://www.smarturl.it/harakiriemp 

Napalm Records (white vinyl lim.150) https://goo.gl/awQ4uC  

Plastic Head (orange vinyl lim.150) https://goo.gl/Js2Usw 


Harakiri for the Sky will tour Europe this spring with support from Dutch dark-rock band Dool. The three week excursion will take place March 2nd through March 18th, with performances in 8 different countries. 


The band will perform one exclusive album release show on February 10, 2018 at Szene in Vienna, Austria.  Opening the show will be fellow Austrian atmospheric black-metal band Ellende. Tickets are available now at http://bit.ly/2B0t1GD


Tour Dates:

Jan 17 – Turku, FI – Gong

Jan 18 – Tampere, FI – Klubi

Jan 19 – Jyväskylä, FI – JKL Metal Festival

Jan 20 – Helsinki, FI – Metal Crane Festival

Jan 21 – Tallinn, EE – Tapper

Jan 25 – Malmö, SE – Babel

Jan 26 – Göteborg, SE – Musikens hus

Jan 27 – Stockholm, SE – Klubben

Jan 28 – Karlstad, SE – Nöjesfabriken
Jan 29 – Oslo, NO – Revolver

Feb 10 – Vienna, AT – Szene Wien (Exclusive Release Arson Show)

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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