Bloodstock Metal To The Masses Belfast Final Feature



The final of Belfast’s Metal To The Masses final has arrived! Six bands go into battle this Friday for a slot on the New Blood stage at Bloodstock 2017. 

We had planned to fully cover this years Belfast based competition, but a health issue on my behalf left me in a way I could have only started covering this over half way through. Taking that into consideration, I decided it would be bad form to start at that point… 

Overdrive, Planetmosh and Jetrocker cover and promote the Dublin based event, so we decided to focus on the NI competition instead as it doesn’t really get any coverage down south. 

To make up for this, I’m going to be starting a running feature “Northern Rampage” to hopefully open a few eyes and ears to the utterly excellent scene in Belfast at present. Then cover Metal To The Masses properly in 2018. 

Now, that’s that out of the way and nobody probably gave a fuck… We now focus on the bands performing at this years final. I’ll keep the descriptions very brief and let you check out their music here and if you like them? Links will be there for you to follow… 


Elder Druid 

Elder Druid are a 5-piece sludge/doom band from Belfast, Northern Ireland. 

Link to their Facebook page for more details:


Lock Horns 

Lock Horns are a progressive metal band from Belfast, Northern Ireland.


Link to their Facebook page for more details:



Neamhní are a Black Metal band from Belfast, Northern Ireland. 

Link to their Facebook page for more details:



Oracle are a five piece groove metal band from Belfast, Northern Ireland. 

Link to Their Facebook page for more details:




Shrouded are a Melodic Death metal band from Belfast, Northern Ireland. 

Link to their Facebook page for more details:


So Long Until The Séance / SLUTS

So Long Until The Séance / SLUTS are a Glam/Thrash/Horror band in the vein of Wednesday 13/Murderdolls from Belfast, Northern Ireland. 

Link to their Facebook page for more details:


There we have it! The band performing in this years final. I wouldn’t like to be Simon Hall on Friday night! Every band is very different which will make his choice even harder… Every band on this bill is a potential winner! 











Share Button

Sixth Extinction Off To Denmark To Record Their Debut LP With Tue Madsen



Clonmel based Groove metal monsters Sixth Extinction are taking things up a notch! I’ve documented the band here on the site since last year when they were still finding their sound with their new line up and direction. I gave their previous EP 8/10 as I saw serious potential in this band! There were a few things to iron out at that point, but I was right to trust my instincts on this band. Another unnamed site here slammed their debut, but I saw the full picture on the canvas…

Now, they head off to Denmark to Antfarm Studios in Aarhus, Denmark with acclaimed producer Tue Madsen, His credits include Meshuggah, Mnemic, The Haunted, Ektomorf among others. He also worked with Baby Metal, but we’ll let that one slide as he obviously done that for financial reasons… 

This is a huge opportunity for the lads and a real statement of intent on their part! I for one am really looking forward to the finished product. They keep improving, so with such a knowledgeable producer and their willingness to always improve. I can see a real blinder of an album upon arrival.

For now, check out their previous Single “Vivid Black”.



Follow them on Facebook:

Subscibe on YouTube:

Check out their previous self titled EP on Bandcamp:

Share Button

Black Svan Call It A Day

Black Svan Call It A Day



Drogheda based Black Svan have very sadly decided to call it a day on their eight anniversary as a band! 

The band released this statement today. 

On the eight anniversary of the formation of Black Svan we have come to the end.

We will be ending it as we started it as best mates.

We have achieved so much in our eight years together, an album we’re forever proud of, European tours with Fozzy and Stuck Mojo. We have supported the likes of Diamond Head and Kerbdog and have played shoulder to shoulder with all of the best metal bands in Ireland of which there are too many to single out!!

We played hard and always drew strength from the love and support of our partners, family, friends and fans.

To all of you THANK YOU, it was a blast…….

This is a massive shame as this band had all the tools and an amazing album to back them up! For whatever reason, it just never happened for the lads.

We wish them well and hope they remain involved in music. 

Check out their amazing song “Sickness” here and if you like it? I’d suggest checking out their full album as it’s excellent! 



Their entire album “16 Minutes” can be streamed here at this link!


Share Button

So Long Until The Séance / SLUTS Release Their Debut Music Video “The Bride of Frankenstein”



Belfast based So Long Until The Séance / SLUTS formed in late 2014 and came to a lot of people’s attention in 2016 by reaching the final of the Belfast based Metal To The Masses competition. Things were looking good for them at the time and they seemed to be on a roll. 

Then, almost all the band decided to leave and pursue other musical projects. I’m not aware of what happened, but it was at the time looking bleak for this band. 

Rather than throw in the towel, frontman Mike Van D has assembled a new band and back stronger than ever with the release of their debut music video and lessons of the past firmly learned! 

Their style of music aka Wednesday 13, Murderdolls could have been viewed as dated by some people, but with the return of Wednesday 13 and two Irish dates set for 2017, it’s looking like his perseverance is going to pay off! 

If I were the lads, I’d be having a bit of gentle hint dropping in the direction of James at The Distortion Project about a possible support slot! It’s the crowd they would work for and undoubtedly gain new fans!

Whatever happens next? This is massive statement of intent from the band and show they have no intention of stopping and getting ready to take things up a level.

They have reached  the Metal To The Masses final again this year. They are set to go into battle in Voodoo, Belfast on the 12th May. Where Simon Hall and a possible slot at Bloodstock 2017 awaits!

I wouldn’t bet against them… 

Check out The Bride Of Frankenstein here! 


Follow them on Facebook:

Subscribe on YouTube:

Buy their Debut EP “Seducing The Devil” via Bandcamp:

Share Button

Between The Lines – Between The Lines LP Review

Between The Lines – Between The Lines LP Review



Between The Lines are a band I’m familiar with for quite a while now. Early 2013 to be exact! I was a fan of their early demo works and when I got to see them play live in 2014, I was very impressed by them. I wasn’t familiar with all their work as they were not recorded, but they held me from start to finish and it left me looking forward to their then upcoming recorded material. 

After that, they had many hold ups. Their original Bass player leaving and replaced by their new Bassist Eoghan. Their drummer having a serious accident among other factors. At one point, it was starting to look from an outside perspective that this release would never see the light of day. 

As their self titled album is now upon us, was it worth all their time and effort and our wait? Yes. Yes it most certainly is! This is a fantastic album. Start to finish! I never found myself wanting to stop it or skip forward at any point. If I were to try and explain their sound, I would say it’s a mixture of Alice In Chains type Grunge, southern rock, groove with a progressive feel throughout. There’s some great melodies, hooks and grooves in their sound that really adds to the albums overall feel. As five of the seven tracks are all around seven minutes long, the variety in their sound really keeps the listener interested and you find your head moving with it without noticing as it just hooks you in…

As a big fan of Alice In Chains, I found many of my favourite aspects present in their sound. Excellent Bass, great guitar leads and solos, haunting vocals and top class yet solid drumming. They don’t sound like a direct copy as there’s a real southern rock groove in there along with a real Prog style.

The albums opens with a track I’m very much familiar with in “Rumour”. It still sounds like the older demo, but it’s a very new song in its own right now in comparison. As it’s one of their older songs, it does sound a bit different to the rest of the album and the new material goes in a very different direction musically. When “All Free” kicks off next, it’s almost like an entirely different band, and goes on from there…

We’ve included the bands two previously released tracks “Southern Steel” and “Sands Of Time” via YouTube here for you to check the band out and make up your own mind. If you like the sound of our description, I’m sure you will like this band.

For me personally, this will be one of my favourite albums of 2017. I’m already on full album listen number six and it’s getting better with each time. It’s a real grower! It won’t be for everyone of course as the tracks are all quite long, and not for one that wants instant gratification from their music would return to after listening, or really fully appreciate if I’m honest. For those that get it, and like this particular sound, it’s an album you will return to again and again. A truly fantastic body of work! 



Sands of Time


Southern Steel 


Track listing 

  1. Rumour

  2. All Free 

  3. Sands Of Time 

  4. For Your Sanity 

  5. Southern Steel 

  6. Shellshock 

  7. Sleep 


Follow them on Facebook:

Subscribe on YouTube:

Buy “Between The Lines” via Bandcamp:


Share Button

Aeterum Vale – Ashes Of Memory EP Review

Aeterum Vale – Ashes Of Memory EP Review



Dublin based Aeternum Vale never sent us on their EP for review. I had to go Spotify like a Peasant and listen to it there.  I thought the whole point of starting a metal site was getting loads of music for free? 

Luckily this is a great EP so I’ll accept this and make an exception and review it this time! 😉 

The EP consists of four tracks. All of which have the bands own style of a mix of heaviness, melody and atmosphere. All that makes a great Black metal release in my humble opinion. Every song just knows when it needs to shift though the gears. Well, to my ears anyway!

As I already mentioned this EP is on Spotify. I’ll post a link below and the EP title track “Ashes Of Memory”.

The EP kicks off with “Shadows Over Sculpted Stone” and what a way to kick this off. Builds up perfectly and kicks off moving through the gears effortlessly throughout. Excellent song!

“Revolt Of The Gods” is a bit flatter after the opener, but it’s also a really good song. It’s the weakest track on the EP. That’s not a negative! That’s saying how good this EP is when you’re calling a really good Black metal song weaker… 

“In Silence Triumphs Burn” then really kicks off. If someone listening was facing a mid EP lull? This would wake them up! It keeps a faster theme throughout and flies along at devastating Black metal speed! Baywatch! 

This release finishes up with my favourite track on the EP, “Ashes Of Memory”. It’s just a great Melodic Black metal track. I’ve listened to it numerous times and it’s not getting old. Great, great song!

Aeternum Vale are among the Best black metal bands this country has produced in the last few years. This release only emphasises the fact!  



Check out “Ashes Of Memory”! 


Aeternum Vale are: 

Vocals — Colin Byrne  

Guitar — Dave Gibson  

Guitar — Cathal Hughes

Bass — Cory Annatar

Drums — Dave ‘Atlas’ Mc Carron


Link to their Facebook page for more details:

Stream via Spotify:



Share Button
 Page 3 of 14 « 1  2  3  4  5 » ...  Last »