AeSect / Broken Jaw Gig Swap Feature

AeSect, Broken Jaw Gig Swap 

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Dublin/Kildare based Irish metal titans AeSect shall be working in collaboration with UK based Broken Jaw this year in a good old fashioned gig swap. Cork/Dublin in August, and then AeSect head over to the UK in October where they shall perform in Doncaster/Cheltenham.

It’s an interesting idea as they are two very different bands. AeSect are more metalcore in their sound and Broken Jaw are by their own description, Too Punk to be Metal, too Metal to be Punk. Fireball swigging loons! Which is pretty accurate! Don’t know about the fireballs thing now, but shhhh! Venues don’t like such things… 

Here’s links to both bands and they have solid line ups on both dates. I’ve included the event pages below so check them out also. 

AeSect 

AeSect

Broken Jaw 

Broken Jaw

AeSect and Broken Jaw shall be performing in Cork and Dublin on August 5th/6th. Fred Zeppelins on the 5th and On The Rox on the 6th. 

Event page for Dublin here! https://www.facebook.com/events/1710804969171893/

Event Page for Cork here! https://www.facebook.com/events/940671562715694/

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Prog Ireland Feature

Prog Ireland Feature

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In This feature I shall be focusing on Irish Prog metal bands, and one I’m cheating with slightly as they’re UK based. Two of Four member’s are based in Ireland so I’m including them for that reason. I’m a big fan of prog music so this is something I’ve wanted to do for a while now. There’s many different styles included here but all are prog in their own right. It’s a large spectrum of musical styles which is something people forget. These bands consider themselves prog and so do I. 

Shardborne 

Shard

Limerick based Shardborne play purely instrumental prog metal and are regarded as our best prog band here by many. The lads have been around for a few years now and really exceeded expectations with their album Living Bridges which was released in 2015.
Ciaran Culhane is also one of the heads of Bad Reputation. The people that bring us Siege of Limerick twice a year now.  
Check out their track “Room Within a Room” here! 

 

The Vicious Head Society 

Vicious Head Society

The Vicious Head Society is the brainchild of one man. Mr Graham Keane. He has assembled friends to aid him in this project which he has been working on for a few years now. As of this writing, it’s almost ready. Still a bit of work to be done by the man’s own admission but I’m really, really looking forward to hearing the finished products. The song I’ve linked here is possibly my favourite prog song by and Irish act. Love this song!
Check out “Abject Tomorrow” here and prepare to be amazed!

 

 

Hedfuzy

Hefuzy

Hedfuzy are also the brainchild of one man. Mr Pat Byrne in this instance. He has released an album with the aid of friends which is getting fantastic reviews and I can see why. One example,  THE MIDLANDSROCKS .COM (UK) “A MASTERPIECE 9/10”. 
Check out “Snakes” here. Great song! 

 

Snowblind 

Snowblind

Snowblind started off as a full on Thrash metal band and while they are still thrash at their core, they have recently gone in a very progressive direction with their output. I’ve been a fan of these lads for three years now and made sure to check them out at Bloodstock last year. Not straight ahead prog by any means here, but if you’re a fan of prog there’s lots of goodness to be found here! 
Check out “Past Lives” Here! 

MEGACONE

MEGACONE

MEGACONE are a band I’ve followed with great interest since 2014. I was running a two day indoor festival and by recommendation of a member of the last band on this list below I added them to the bill. They just about had a set at that point, but after that I knew this band were going to become something amazing! In that time since, they have grown and grown. Now highly regarded and constantly improving. They’re a great bunch too so their rise and continued success will always put a smile on my face! 
Check out “Absolute Magnitude” here! The title lives up to expectations..

 

Xerath 

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Xerath are a band I’m cheating with slightly here, but half the band are based in Ireland so I’m including them. The English keep trying to nick all our best people so I reckon we are owed this one! 🙂 
While they are not exactly prog in regards to their previous material, the new material is definitely going in a prog direction. They recently released a demo video to showcase where their next album is going and it’s prog all day long to my ears.
I’ve been lucky enough to see this band four times in recent times. Three of which were in the UK so I’m clearly a fan of this band!
Check out their new song “Regret” here!

  

That’s been my first Irish prog feature. If there’s any bands I may have missed or not aware of? Please let me know as I’ll happily cover them here. 
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Sixth Extinction EP Review

Sixth Extinction 

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I was recently sent on this EP by Clonmel based Sixth Extinction and have already listened to it seven times. I have to say I’m very impressed by this EP. They mix groove, hard rock influences and loads more with a bit of prog also in there. It’s very much an original sound for this country at present. Their vocalist Liam Ryan sounds very much like Zack Wylde, but with a much heavy range also in his arsenal. He has a really fucking good band behind him too as the man himself would also have! 
The EP kicks off with “Defiance”. A really solid opening track and one of the first things you notice is they have a really good drummer in Grzegorz Skowroński. That’s a good Tipperary name! I bet he can hurl with the best of them… 🙂 Start to finish this a solid track with many times changes. Great riffs, amazing drumming, and a prog type slow down, builds back up and then into a great guitar solo. A really good start here! 
We then move into “Para/Lies”. Which is full of slow/fast heaviness. Loads of groove and great riffs/leads. I’ve linked this one below so give it a spin. 
“Eulogy” is up next and my favourite song on the EP. Again, full of groove, amazing drumming, riffs and time changes. It drops down suitably mid song and has some great lyrics. Banger of a song! 
“Built from Ashes” concluded this EP and builds up nicely and launches into all out heaviness. Then goes into a more melodic direction and absolutley nails it. Back to the heaviness and an infectious groove that gets your head banging! 
In conclusion. I was really impressed by this EP. There’s a few minor gripes at times. Such as the tempo gets a bit fast and the vocals sound like they’re playing catch up. No disrespect to Liam as he has a slower drawn out vocal delivery, and maybe the band could work on the dynamics at times. It all sounds great without the vocals, but the slower parts really emphasise the vocals. There’s a bit of over drumming at times too. As much as I rate Grzegorz as a drummer. Sometimes less is more. By all means keep all the rolls, fills etc, but at times is does drown out the vocals a bit. 
Those are very minor though and I only wrote them as constructive criticism. Considering this is the bands first EP and another few gears in the tank, I would suggest this band are really onto something here! While this EP is not perfect, it has enough to suggest this band are really on the right track and I’m very much onboard!
I enjoyed this EP start to finish and hope to see this band live at some point as I can imagine they’ll sound massive live. Really fucking impressed by this one! 

8/10 

Check out Para/Lies here! 

 

Sixth Extinction are: 
Liam Ryan – vocals
Wojtek Orlik – guitars
Dave Fogarty – guitars
Lukasz Ryz – bass
Grzegorz Skowroński – drums

Check out their EP via Bandcamp at this link! https://sixthextinction.bandcamp.com/album/sixth-extinction-ep

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Bloodstock Festival New Blood Stage Feature Part 2 

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In this feature I shall be covering five more bands that are performing on the New Blood stage at Bloodstock Open Air 2016. Our previous list can be seen to the left of this piece should you wish to check out the previous five bands. I’d recommend you should anyway… 

The bios shall be brief as this is all about checking out each bands music. That’s what will decide if you wish to possibly check them out at the festival itself this August. You may not have heard of a lot of these bands, but wasn’t Mastodon etc a band you never heard of at one point! 
Enough talk, lets get down to business! 

Vehement

Vehement

Vehement play Black/extreme metal and hail from the South Coast of England. Full of everything that makes a great Black metal band. Gnarling vocals, great drumming and the rest! 
Check out “Oceans Of Rot” here! 

Burning The Dream 

Burning The Dream

Burning The Dream hail from Glasgow and play their own unique blend of progressive metal with a metalcore/Lamb Of God edge. 
Check out “Stongbow Headache” here! 

Triverse Massacre

Triverse Massacre

Triverse Massacre are from Carlisle and play their own brand of Groove/Death/Thrash Metal. Leaning more in a Death Metal direction though and full of growl, grunt and scream vocals. 
Check out “Exhale Betrayal” here!

Vendetta 

Vendetta

Vendetta hail from Peterborough and play stamping Hardcore that’s full of energy. This is great stuff! 
Check out their live recording of “Propaganda” here!  


Bearfist

Bearfist are from Chelmsford. They play fist pounding hardcore/metal with a technical edge and full of riffs! 
Check out their Live video here that includes “I Can’t Breathe,” “Not Quite A Murder” & “War Has Begun”

That’s the second five bands covered in this line of feature. I strongly suggest checking all the bands out, and following our features. Five bands at a time, and who knows? You could find your new favourite band!

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Bloodstock Festival New Blood Stage Feature Part 1

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In this feature I shall be covering five bands that are set to perform on the New Blood stage at Bloodstock Festival 2016. All gained their spot by winning a particular Metal To The Masses Competition. 
The bios shall be very brief, but this is all about checking out each bands music. That’s what will decide if you wish to possibly check them out at the festival itself this August. You may not have heard of a lot of these bands, but wasn’t Mastodon etc a band you never heard of at one point! 
Enough talk, lets get down to business! 

Famyne

Famyne

Canterbury based Famyne play psychedelic doom that is full of sludge-laden riffs and haunting vocals. Frontman Tom Vane also has a very powerful range. 
Check out “The Forgotten” here! 

Husk

HUSK 

West Midlands based Husk are very hard to describe. There’s elements of Black Metal, Prog, Death, Groove. There’s just so much going on here. It doesn’t sound like it would work on paper, but it really does! 
Check out “Plague Of Man” here! 

Art Of Deception 

Art Of Deception

Art Of Deception hail from Norway. They play crunching melodic death metal. Full of duelling guitars, riffs and solos. This band are really really good! 
Check out “Killing” here! 

The Crawling 

The Crawling

Lisburn based The Crawling play slow death metal that is very much in the vein of early Paradise Lost. Full of chugging riffs and all that goodness! 
Check out “End Of Rope” here! 

Ten Ton Slug 

Ten Ton Slug

Galway based Ten Ton Slug play their own unique band of sludge groove metal with added gutteral/scream vocals. 
Check out “Godes Andsaca” here! 

That’s the first five bands covered in this line of features. I strongly suggest checking all the bands out and following our features. Five bands at a time, and who knows? You could find your new favourite band! 

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Subsist

Subsist 

 

Subsist

 

Carlow based Subsist have been very quite in the recent times. That’s all set to change though! I was informed by two band members at the Metal To The Masses final that they have a new EP in the works and hyped for what they have coming! 
The lads have already supported Chelsea Grin and Evil Scarecrow. To include members who were previously in other bands.  Put that all together and all have learned the lessons needed to succeed as a band and improve. 
Certain members were busy with college stuff and ensuring their education instead of chasing a pipe dream. Which will also stand to them as you always need a plan A,B,C and D in this life… 
They’re getting ready to come back and hit it hard so get to know this band. Great potential here and their first single proved that. Considering they’re hyped about their new material and ready to have a right go at it. I’d say these lads will have a good run if all works out for them. 

Check out “The Night After” here. Remember, this is an older song and their next output shall be better! 

 

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