Our Favorite Irish Albums Of 2019

Our Favorite Irish Albums Of 2019

We used to do a best album, ep etc here, but with so many great albums released within the Irish scene this year we went with a list instead. I couldn’t make up my mind is probably the truth on the matter, but I think they all deserve equal credit….

Arjuna’s Eye – Amalgam

Cork based Arjuna’s Eye were a band I was familiar with. I heard their previous material and thought it was a solid release. Then tracks started dropping for this album! I then knew that these lads really had something in the tank with this album and they did not disappoint!
If a gun were held to my head and had to pick one of these albums? It would probably be this one. I’ve listened to it numerous times and it’s always a great listen.
A band that should be a lot better known than they are…
An absolutely brilliant album!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArjunasEye/

Svet Kant – The Visage Unbiased

Svet Kant released their second album ‘The Visage Unbiased’ and like Arjuna’s Eye I appreciated their previous material but this knocked it out of the park!
This band most certainly do their own thing in regards to the Irish scene and this was easily one of the best and most interesting albums released this year.
One of my favorites of the year without question!
Great, great album.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/svetkantmusic/

Ketos – First Strike

Belfast based Ketos released their long awaited debut album ‘First Strike’ via Hostile Media.
This album is basically really enjoyable from start to finish. Great guitar work throughout and full of hooks. Every track is great and an album I’ll return to again and again.
One of the best this year without doubt!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ketosband/

Vircolac – Masque

Vircolac released their debut album ‘Mosque’ and it was excellent as expected!
It’s beautiful, horrible and grim in equal measure and easily the standout Death metal release this year in regards to Ireland.
A phenomenally good album!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vircolacdeathmetal/

Coroza – Chaliceburner

Cork based Coroza gave us an absolute whopper this year with Chaliceburner.
They fuse Doom, Sludge, 70’s fuzz aspects and created a brilliant album in the process.
Easily one of my favorites this year!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CorozaBand/

Oracle – Novissima

Belfast based Oracle showed serious potential with their earlier releases and delivered on all that promise with their album ‘Novissima’.
A brilliant album from start to finish and one that put them among the best up and coming bands on this island without doubt.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oraclebandni/

Podracer – Maskenfreiheit

Podracer may potentially seem out of place here, but they’re not! This band rocks more many half their age could even dream of!
This is an album I’ve listened to numerous times and I always love every minute of it!
Like Kerbdog, they transcend genres and gave us an absolute blast with this album.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/podracerband/

Wardomized – A Heated Exchange

Belfast based Wardomized released an absolute belter in A Heated Exchange.
It’s pure on grindcore and does it all in excellent fashion.
A brilliant album that I absolutely love!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wardomized/

Gravefields – Embrace The Void

Gravefields are a two piece studio death metal project. They released Embrace The Void this year to high praise from some big media sites and all deserved. A fantastic death metal album!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gravefields/

Lugosi – Rise From The Grave

Lugosi released their debut album Rise From The Grave and it’s absolutely brilliant! The lyrics are incredible. The music is great. It’s the total package basically!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LugosiDub/

That’s our favorite Irish albums this year. Loads of great stuff released of course, but these are the ones I return to and always thoroughly enjoy.
Hence we didn’t call this piece the “best” as that’s always personal preference.
Congratulations lads! As a result of winning this amazing award a can of empty Prawn Cocktail Pringles is in the post!
You can place it on your mantelpiece or fuck it in the bin….

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Grey Stag Release New EP The Boats

Grey Stag Release New EP The Boats

Grey Stag have released their second EP ‘The Boats’. We already reviewed it prior to release and our words were very positive!

It’s out now so get this absolute dose of heft into you!
They released this statement today.

The Boats is now live everywhere! We hope you enjoy listening to this EP as much as we enjoyed creating it. Listen on your platform of choice:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4FS15LMN4smuyepORQdnc9…

Bandcamp: https://greystag.bandcamp.com/album/the-boats

Google Play: https://play.google.com/sto…/music/album/Grey_Stag_The_Boats

Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/album/the-boats-ep/1488036245

Artwork by Dabulga Design
Recorded, mixed + mastered at Trackmix Recording Studio

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/greystagrocks/

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LUNE Drop New Single/Video Manipulator

LUNE Drop New Single/Video Manipulator

LUNE. Australia’s newest heavy phenoms return for a second hit of absolute brutality. A refreshing combination of soaring melodies with exceptionally heavy grooves, Melbourne, Australia’s Lune is comprised of members of Melbourne’s I, Valiance and Newcastle’s Blind Oracle. With only one song to date under their belt, they have made quite the impact immediately.

triple j’s Josh Merriel said of their first single Ghost, “This is so heavy that I am going to have to up my gains just so I can try and handle this track.” and triple j unearthed’s Dave Ruby Howe praised the track, saying “This is mental! Not surprising to hear that there’s some former members from I, Valiance in this cos it’s sick af.” Depth Mag’s Kel Burch posited that ““Ghost” serves as one hell of an introduction to LUNE. Eerie and raw, the urgency and panic is palpable from the start, as heavy riffs and slamming beats hit the message home along with a searing undercurrent.

Today they unleash their second single – MANIPULATOR. According to the band, Manipulator is “…about breaking away from an abusive family member. The song discusses recovering from experiencing domestic violence and escaping a damaging environment in order to heal. This escape comes with the realisation that family are sometimes the ones that hurt you the most and must be left behind in order to protect yourself. Manipulator is dedicated to anyone who has ever experienced or is recovering from any form of domestic violence.

The high-intensity track was produced by Jamie Marinos and mixed and mastered by Buster Douglas Odeholm at Impact Studios. The video for the track was shot by Nathaniel Smith and edited by Colin Jeffs at Ten of Swords Media, and was developed from a concept created by band member Nathaniel Smith .

https://www.facebook.com/lunegroove/
https://www.instagram.com/lunegroove/
https://twitter.com/lunegroove
https://lunegroove.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/lunegroove

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Lordi Release New Single/Video I Dug A Hole In The Yard For You

Lorid have released a new single/video I Dug A Hole In The Yard For You from their forthcoming album Killection.

As usual it’s a pure cheese fest and no apologies either!
A Band I always enjoy as they just do exactly what they say on the tin!
Can’t be serious all the time…

They released this statement.

HERE IT IS! Our Brand new video for “I Dug a Hole in the Yard For You” taken from our upcoming album “Killection”!

Preorder your copy of the album here:
https://shop.afm-records.de/de/lordi/

Follow Lordi:
https://www.lordi.fi/
https://www.instagram.com/lordiofficial/
https://www.facebook.com/LordiOfficial/

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Cattle Decapitation Release New Album Death Atlas

Cattle Decapitation Release New Album Death Atlas

Cattle Decapitation have now released their new album Death Atlas.
I got into this band in 2013 when I saw them supporting Cryptopsy. They really split opinion in those days so I just never bothered with them for whatever reason. After witnessing them live, all changed! I had never seen a vocal display like it before or since! They were just outrageously good! I bought their album Monolith of Inhumanity and a t shirt on the night and was converted!

I’ve been a fan of everything since, but this is a new level. This is basically one of the best albums I’ve ever heard! They have taken everything that made them great and added more. It’s dark, menacing and the mood of this record is incredible. It’s everything that’s ugly and turned into music. It can be haunting and vicously brutal and effortlessly changes at will sucking you right in!
The lyrics are amazing and the delivery of them ranges from death vocals to all out haunting and at times almost clean in delivery.

I could keep writing here about how insanely good this album is, but I’d rather listen to it again and you’d be far better served doing the exact same thing.

Album of the year for me personally without question. It’s both beautiful and utter brutal in equal measure and as close to perfection as it gets.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cattledecapitation/

Buy Here: https://www.metalblade.com/cattledeca…

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Hunter Hero Drop Debut Single ‘Better View’

Hunter Hero Drop Debut Single ‘Better View’

Hunt and ye shall find! Introducing HUNTER HERO – a brand new band for your ears. Featuring band members from two of Australia’s finest rock acts, Hunter Hero brings both riff and melody to the forefront. With legacy abundant in the group, but with an eye firmly on the future and new sounds, Hunter Hero are here to stay.

Today, they are presenting their debut track to the world – ‘Better View’ – which will see its release into the world at all good digital stores and streaming platforms this Friday, 29th November at http://ffm.to/hunterhero_betterview.

Hunter Hero is Zane Rosanoski (drums) and Pete Williamson (guitar) both from the band Mammal who have teamed up with vocalist Rob Farnham from the band Rival Fire. Rounding out the group is their great friend and international session musician Darryl ‘Daz’ Coppins (bass). Daz has spent plenty of time abroad touring Canada and the US with bands such as Sound & Fury and Fefe Dobson.

Hunter Hero is all about positive energy and friendship with four like minded souls coming together for the creation of music that helps them navigate this world/life which hopefully will in-turn inspire and help others.

Hunter Hero are excited to release their first single to the world called ‘Better View’. Produced by Tyson Fish at The Alamo in Melbourne and mixed/mastered by Forrester Savell, the track is three minutes of ripping riffs intertwined with the soaring hooky vocals of Farnham. The hope with this new track is that lyrically, it lifts people up even when things seem like they are at their darkest place.

https://hunterhero.bandcamp.com/releases
http://hunterheroband.com
https://www.facebook.com/hunterheroband

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