Plague 9: Debut EP Mr Ass Out Now

Plague 9: Debut EP Mr Ass Out Now

Plague 9‘s EP Mr Ass is out now! The Australian traditional heavy metal newcomers from Adelaide have just released their debut EP. Mr Ass is a good mix of thrash and more traditional style heavy metal riffs. Drawing influence from bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera, Iron Maiden and also Jeff Loomis, Marco Sfogli and Andy James… there is sure to be something for every headbanging metal junkie.

“Each track is riddled with savage & catchy riffs and filled out with blazing solos.” Hysteria Mag

The EP’s artwork was created by Dusan Markovic who has worked with bands like Dragony, Mystic Prophecy, Dragonheart..

Formed by rhythm guitarist/singer Devon Smith and bassist John Hopf in 2017, Plague 9 recorded their first song Stuck in Hell for the release on the Metal United Down Under Vol 1 compilation. Since then lead guitarist David Hone has jumped on board bringing his very unique playing style and blistering speed taking the songs into a new dimension.

Plague 9 are:
John Hopf – Bass guitar
David Hone – Lead guitar
Devon Smith – Rhythm guitar/vocals
Kon Tsacos – Drums


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Pavilion Light The Torch With New Video and Single ‘Hellfire’

Brisbane’s Hard Rock/Metal newcomer legends Pavilion are today announcing the imminent and explosive arrival of their brand new single ‘HELLFIRE’!  The four-piece outfit are unleashing the single into digital stores and streaming platforms this Friday July 12 and will be available on Friday at In the meantime, they are unveiling their filmclip for their debut track!

The videoclip was filmed in South-East Queensland’s hinterland and was shot and edited by Third Eye Visuals, who are also responsible for filmclips for tracks from Parkway Drive and In Hearts Wake, as well as promo videos for TapestryJustice for the Damned and more. The outfit perform the hard-out track surrounded and seemingly engulfed by fire.

At the end of 2018, Pavilion recorded this track among others yet to be released at Arcadia Recording Studios in Eaton’s Hill with engineer Gareth Hargreaves.

Vocalist Peter Muldoon mused on the meaning and themes of the fiery track. “This song explores the guilt and remorse associated with one’s actions through the adoption of heaven and hell. The ideology that sins must be paid for illustrates certain and familiar imagery for the listener.”

“The particular action in this song is left undetermined, allowing the listener to create their own version of sin and adapt the song to their own lives. Whether or not you are a believer of the afterlife, all actions have their consequences.”

Formed by vocalist and guitarist Peter Muldoon and guitarist Michael Fabricato, Pavilion take influence from heavy rock and alternative metal to create a sound of their own. Their structured combination of riffs, solos, melodies and drops creates a unique style that enables them to engage with a variety of audienc

Directed & Produced by Third Eye Visuals
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ABBATH Release Album ‘Outstrider’ Via Season Of Mist

ABBATH have released their album ‘Outstrider’ via Season Of Mist.

ABBATH comment on the album: “Abbath, honed sharp by trial and terror, proudly present ‘Outstrider’ – our latest catharsis wrung from the guts of darkness. Forged in fiery furnace of adversity, hammered on an anvil of rage, this album is conjured from conflagration coughed from rift of Chaos, rising like a Phoenix from the Pit, to infect our Spitegeist with shamaniacal reflections sheathed in metal compositions, hooked and riffed by razor wire licks impaling bass-lines pulsed on drumbeats dredged from thunderous abyss, by a hive-mind wed to one whole emission: To boldly go where no band has gone before and one step further!”

‘Outstrider’ can be ordered here:

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1349 Release New Track ‘Through Eyes Of Stone’ From Their Forthcoming EP Available Via Seasons Of Mist

Norwegian black metal masters 1349 (Official) have unleashed a brand new single ‘Through Eyes of Stone’. The song has been taken from the self -titled EP, which will be released on August 16. 1349 have furthermore finished the recordings of their new full length, which will be released via Season of Mist in the fall of 2019. The new album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jarrett Pritchard Engineer

The new single can be found on all digital platforms and the limited vinyl. 
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1349 European tour w/ ABBATH and VLTIMAS:
01/23: Weimar (DE) @ Uhrenwerk
01/24: Bochum (DE) @ Matrix
01/25: Nijmegen (NL) @ Doornroosje
01/26: Antwerpen (BE) @ Trix
01/27: London (UK) @ Islington Assembly Hall
01/28: Paris (FR) @ La Machine Du Moulin Rouge
01/29: Nantes (FR) @ Stereolux
01/30: Toulouse (FR) @ Metronum
01/31: Barcelona (ES) @ Salamandra
02/01: Madrid (ES) @ But
02/02: Lyon (FR) @ Nikasi Kao
02/04: Mannheim (DE) @ MS Connexion Complex
02/05: München (DE) @ Backstage
02/06: Luzern (CH) @ Schüür
02/07: Parma (IT) @ Campus Music Industry
02/08: Brno (CZ) @ Fleda
02/09: Warschau (PL) @ Progresja
02/11: Berlin (DE) @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
02/12: Hamburg (DE) @ Kulturpalast
02/13: Copenhagen (DK) @ Amager Bio
02/14: Gothenburg (SE) @ Tradgarn
02/15: Stockholm (SE) @ Fryhuset Klubben

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Irish Metal Roundup June 2019

Irish Metal Roundup June 2019

Our round up of all things heavy within the Irish community.
I’m fairly confident we have all the releases here. The news? Maybe…
It was a quiet month in that regard. I heard about things that are happening, but not on social media as of now so…
Releases first and then the few news pieces I’m aware of this month that were put online.
Any shares appreciated with this post as it’s helping out multiple bands hopefully reach new people.


Svet Kant – The Visage Unbiased

Svet Kant released their album ‘The Visage Unbiased’ on the final day of May on Spotify. The album was however released to International distribution via Wormholedeath this month.
A fantastic experimental metal album in which this band have come of age.
Check this album out if you haven’t already. You won’t regret it!


Scorn Them – God Ends Here

Scorn Them formed in 2018 and appeared from nowhere last month with their debut EP ‘God Ends Here’.
It’s also a massive statement of intent and an excellent debut release. I’m very much looking forward to this bands development. If this is anything to go by…


Gravefields – Embrace The Void

Gravefields are a two man death/black metal project.
They were previously releasing material under a different name and more a tribute to classic Swedish death metal. With this release their went their own way and created an exceptional album. One death/black metal fans should really check out!


Spirit Ruiner – Cannibalistic Vegetarian

Spirit Ruiner released their debut music video ‘Cannibalistic Vegetarian’ from their excellent debut EP Vol 1.
The video was made by TWKOM Media.
The band have also announced their second EP Vol 2 is out this month so keep an eye on their page if this interests you.


Skypilot – The Affront

Born in 2002, Skypilot have been following their own distinct path through the past 17 yers. Drawing their influences from a wide and varied collection of bands and genres Skypilot simply play what feels right, making them notoriously hard to pigeon hole into any one area of the rock music spectrum.
They released their excellent album ‘The Affront’ last month.


Ketos – Temptations

Ketos released their latest music video ‘Temptations’. This time it’s a lyric video which was created by Very Metal Art.
Another excellent track from their amazing album ‘First Strike’. An album I strongly suggest checking out if you haven’t.

Stone Sea – Slice Of Depth

Stone Sea have returned. It was quite an unexpected one at that too! Their debut EP was very different to this track. They have now molded themselves into a sludge/doom band.
On the basis of this track, they’re heading in the right direction for sure!


Creep – Aurora

Dublin based Creep released their latest single ‘Aurora’. Full of riffs and a top class hard rock/metal track. A band firmly on the rise in the Dublin scene. A real Alice In Chains vibe off them too. A good thing!


Dead Label – Triggered

Dead Label released their second video/single with their new line up aka Triggered.
It’s definitely among their best tracks to date. The addition of a second guitarist has really beefed up their sound. Their growth shows no sign of slowing down either…


Ascend The Hollow – Echoes Of Existence

Ascend The Hollow released their debut album since re-branding from their previous band.
It’s an excellent album and getting great reviews. All deserved too!
Easily one of the best Irish based metal release this year!


Aponym – Live At The Paranoid Pit

Cork based Progressive Metal/Post-metal band Aponym released their live EP ‘Live At The Paranoid Pit’ which features a previously unreleased track ‘Berserker’.


Acid Age – The Burning Of Rome

Acid Age play a fusion of jazz and thrash/death metal. It sounds mental, and it is! In the best possible way though!
You’re either going to like this band or you’re not basically…


Zephire – Malice (Demo)

Limerick based Zephire released two demos last month. Malice and Awake. Both are very raw of course, but good markers for them to work from. I’ve seen them live and I was impressed by them. One to watch!


New Age Messiah – Afterwill (Demo)

New Age Messiah are from Limerick and building their name the old fashioned way. Good promoters and put on great live shows.
This is a demo so very raw of course and a marker to work from. A young band doing everything right!



Svet Kant Sign To US Based Booking Agency DEATH BY METAL MMB

They released this statement.

We are super happy on how our new album “The Visage Unbiased” is doing so far. We wanted to specially thanks to everyone who shared it, streamed it and downloaded it.

On a side note, we are extremely excited to announce an international partnership with American booking/management agency DEATH BY METAL MMB. We will work hard together to book gigs, festivals, and tours over in the USA. 

Go check them out and keep on ROTTING in the free world!

Ten Ton Slug Record New Material

They released this statement.

Thanks a million to Ciaran Culhane for a great weekend recording!

Fresh Slime inbound!



That concludes our round up for June 2019. I may have missed something newsworthy, but I’m pretty confident on the releases. If not, I’ll amend this post.
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Interview: Graf Holzfeuer of Arnocorps

Interview: Graf Holzfeuer of Arnocorps

Arnocorps are back touring Ireland and the UK this month. They’re regular visitors to these shores now. Generally every couple of years since 2012.
This tour was set to be another heroic adventure, but sadly Amplitude Festival was cancelled due to visa issues aka the uncertainty around Brexit.
What’s the matter? The CIA got you pushing too many pencils?
Like the heroes they are they have filled the remaining dates and set to bring the party to to us once again. Without Richter….

We spoke to founder and front man Graf Holzfeuer ahead of their tour!

BM: Come on, don’t bullshit me! It’s been a long time since our ballsy hero Cormac Bennett brought you over to Ireland. 
Ireland isn’t normally a location bands tour every time they come to Europe. Why do you think Ireland and ArnoCorps have always had such a connection? 

GH: Exactly, come on! We first hit Ireland with our audio assaults back in 2006 and it has always just felt like home away from home for us. Heroes and sheroes in Ireland just naturally pick up on the sincerity of our intent, right there. Our purpose for being there, I believe. They can spot bullshit, no two ways about it. They sense that ArnoCorps as a band is more a way of life than any sort of financially-motivated career or anything like that. They pick up that we’re a family up there on stage, brothers just wanting to spread our comradely and enthusiasm of having a good goddamn time, making the most of life and all this! The Irish fans intuitively feel they can be a part of, too, even the first-timers. It’s goddamn fantastic, let me tell you!

BM: I remember that. A lot of my friends in Galway were at the gig in Richardsons and were all talking about it. They felt the pump! I soon learnt about all those Austrian tales bastardised by Hollywood let me tell you!
Due to too many pencils been pushed in the UK by those in the public sector, Amplitude festival was cancelled. 
You’re obviously disappointed, but would you like to play more European festivals if the opportunity arose? 

GH: We’ve only done one large festival appearance, which is wild for a band that’s been active for 18 years like us! One of our strengths has always been creating a big event-style atmosphere inside tiny clubs, so the need to be on a huge stage isn’t really there. We create a kind of excitement and pump for the people that feels huge, even if it’s a tiny 100 person capacity bar. This is terrific, but we were very confident that our pump would translate to a big stage, too. Based on feedback we received and reviews we saw online for our Bloodstock opening night headline performance in 2015, we succeeded, big time! That was satisfying, performing for 6,000+, but I admit something felt like it was missing. I kept jumping off the stage and climbing the railing to get in the crowd. I never shared this publicly, but I actually broke my foot from jumping off the goddamn stage! I had to finish the rest of that tour in pure goddamn agony! Hey, what does not kill you makes you stronger! But the answer is yes, we’d love to do more big festivals, absolutely! Maybe next time I’ll break a leg or get a concussion! Fantastic!

BM: I was there man! It was great to see you playing to a packed out Sophie tent.
Your new EP Welcome To The Gym is out now. 
To me, it’s among the best tracks you have written. Real crowd anthems. Will you be playing both tracks on this tour? 

GH: Hey, thank you! Jello Biafra, who runs our label Alternative Tentacles, he said the same thing, actually! He said these two tracks were among our best ever, which is terrific! “Scavenger Hunt” with the chorus of “Hello! Welcome to the gym!” is our new set opener, so fans will get to hear that and Dead Lift at all of our tour dates. It’s really intended to be a sequel to our last 7-inch release, “Two More!”, so both can be combined for the ultimate motivational gym playlist, let me tell you! Come on, even if you don’t workout, the ballsy inspiration can apply to anything you’re trying to accomplish, right there. Exactly!

BM: No bother man! Nice to know Jello agrees…
A great set opener without doubt and Two More is excellent!
Due to your backlog of heroic releases. How hard is to pick a set for a tour? 
Certain songs will always remain, but for the rest how do you decide? 

GH: Ha, you’re goddamn perceptive! Yes, this is a big struggle for us. We really don’t write any filler songs to pad our records. Each individual song holds a special place, they’re all our babies! So it’s tough to decide, right there. We recently stopped playing some old classics just to make room for some newer tunes and it was tough to do! Playing some shows without Predator and Commando didn’t feel right. Don’t worry, they’re back! Basically, we try to include at least 50% of each record in every set. On tour, often we’ll make up our set list backstage right before going on, just to keep it from being repetitive for fans that come to several of the audio assaults. It’s funny though, we don’t have a really hard time agreeing as a group. I guess it’s based on some kind of intangible energy that we can all sense, so it always comes together. No problemo!

BM: You are also bringing your biggest line up to date on this tour. How will such pumped heroes like ArnoCorps deal with smaller stages on the tour right there? 

GH: That’s right! We have this thing where we don’t like complacency or repetition without progression. So, each tour, we need something that will make it unique, right? Different from the time before. What can we do to make this one memorable? This is our 7th tour out there, so we just took a look this time at the situation we were in as a band, with having multiple members in different countries and we never have the chance to all play together. Usually we have the symmetry of 2 guitarists with 2 bass players. But now we have 3 guitarists with the addition of Öddum Kriegtroll in California who was originally intended to just fill in for Nagelbett who moved to England, but he ended up being such a hit with fans that we decided he needed to come to Ireland and UK with us. Hey, then we realized we need to keep the symmetry, so fuck it, let’s have 3 bass players, too! COME ON! We won’t fit properly on stages, but we’re ballsy. We’ll figure it out! You really can’t be a hero without challenges and obstacles to overcome, can you? Forget about it! It will be a spectacle for sure!

BM: Any advices you would like to give to anyone that is on the fence about attending one of the dates on this tour? 

GH: Truthfully, if you’re on the goddamn fence, then maybe you shouldn’t go! Hahaha! Our shows are about a communal pump, total strangers coming together and feeling like brothers and sisters, putting arms around each other, buying each other beers, all these things. If you’re not in the mood to have potentially the best night of your entire life, make new friends and experience the greatest band of all time in their ballsy prime, then hey, what can I tell you?

BM: Thanks for taking the time to speak to us today. Is their anything you would like to add? 

GH: I’d like to add that I’m feeling the goddamn pump right now! Thank you to everyone that comes to our audio assaults, keeps in touch with us online, shares with us their stories of leading the action adventure lifestyle and most of all, for all the support you’ve shown over the years. It’s the fans that keep ArnoCorps still feeling like a new band and keeping us feeling young! The most unbelievable thing is that we initially set out to share advices and educate listeners, but it’s the fans that really show us what is best in life. See you at the party! GO!!!!!!!!!!!

Catch ArnoCorps in Belfast, Galway and Dublin!
Get to the boat!
Get to the plane! Get To The Choppa!

See you at the party Richter!

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