GOURD To Release New EP Moldering Aberrations On May 30th Via Cursed Monk Records

‘GOURD is an Irish two member band that started in the summer of 2014. The band is made up of Ray (Wreck of the Hesperus, Beneath the Sod and Hick (On Pain of Death, Coscradh). Ray plays drums and creates noise as well as visuals and videos. Hick does vocals, plays guitar and builds extra walls of gritty, cacophonous noise. GOURD attempts to write filthy, twisted songs with extras layers of rotten madness and wonky weirdness to make the music a deeply unsettling experience.’

‘Moldering Aberrations’ is available for preorder now.

Title Track can be streamed in full here.

Facebook: http:// https://www.facebook.com/GOURDDOOM/

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Fleshwolf Release Third Single ‘Deathstare’

FLESHWOLF is a new one-man Death Metal project from Northern Ireland, strongly influenced by classic Swedish Death Metal.

Deathstare is the third single release, following on from the well received singles ‘Trench’ and ‘The Rot’, and is available from all major streaming and digital services from 31 May 2019.

Inspired by Jon Ronson’s book The Men Who Stare at Goats, Deathstare expands on modern military organisations exploring the weaponisation of telekinesis and other exotic techniques. A topic that is as bizarre as it is frightening.


Facebook: www.facebook.com/fleshwolf
Bandcamp: https://fleshwolf.bandcamp.com/

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Svet Kant Release New Video ‘Sea Of Planets’

Dublin based experimental metal band Svet Kant have unleashed their latest single’video ‘Sea Of Planets’ from their forthcoming album ‘The Visage Unbiased’.

They released this statement.


Listen to an excerpt of “Sea of Planets” featuring Rebecca Rodgers Mezzo Soprano.

“Sea of Planets” is the closing track of “The Visage Unbiased” available everywhere on May 31 via Wormholedeath | Wormholedeath , Japan | Wormholedeath usa

Pre-order and pre-save the album onto your Spotify favorites on the link below:

About the song:
“The song speaks about how will we depart onto the next world. Will we leave behind a legacy of bitterness and sourness? or will we let go of all our resentment and material possessions and do what’s right both for us and for the world we leave behind? It is a song that talks about facing the inevitability of death in the best way possible, bringing only positive thoughts and memories while leaving behind everything that troubles our minds.”

Check out all the people involved tagged below and make sure to give them a like.

Music Production
Trackmix Recording Studio – Tracking/Mixing – Michael Richards
Sterling Sound – Mastering – Ted Jensen

Vocal Appearances & Coaching
Rebecca Rodgers Mezzo Soprano – Guest Vocals
Judith Mok – Coaching

Video Production
Photography by Olga Kuzmenko – Production/Direction/Editing

Sohaib Syed Model – Gentleman
Yasmin Ribeiro – Lady
John Yeates – Fallen Angel


We are super excited about this! 🤪

2 launch parties to present our new album “The Visage Unbiased” ahead of its official release. 🔥

🗣Fri. 24/5 – Blessington (Murphy’s Bar 2) with Grey Stag and † Craven †

🗣Sun. 26/5 – Dublin (Drop Dead Twice) with 12 Gauge Outrage

(opening both nights with poetry by Eoin Tyrrell)

Info for both nights:
Doors – 8pm

Youtube: http://bit.ly/svet-sub-YT
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/svetkantoff…
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/svetkantmusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/svetkant
BandsinTown: https://www.bandsintown.com/SvetKant/
Web: https://www.svetkant.com/

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Two Tales Of Woe Release New EP ‘BloodWood’

Irish sludge heavyweights Two tales Of Woe have returned with their excellent new EP ‘BloodWood’

This is the sound of a band really going back to their roots, but more! The musicianship on this EP is phenomenally good. Everything has meaning…
I love all their previous works, but this could be the best!

The lads have taken all their experience and created an excellent release in ‘BloodWood’.

Easily one of the best Irish releases this year!

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

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Irish Metal Roundup April 2019

Irish Metal Roundup April 2019

Our round up of the news and releases from the Irish heavy music community for April 2019.

Releases first followed by the news. As per usual, we may have possibly missed things as can happen between work etc. No gigs/battle of the bands included. Just news and releases.

I know there was a line up change in a band this month but saw the post in passing and no way of writing it down at the time… Apologies to whoever that was!


Ketos – First Strike

Belfast based Ketos released their eagerly awaited debut album ‘First Strike’ via Hostile Media.
They released this statement.
First Strike is officially released and available on all the usual platforms! Spin it up and play it LOUD!

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

Rupturation – Strife

Belfast based Rupturation released their debut single/video ‘Strife’ via Hostile Media.
They released this statement.

Our debut music video for our single “Strife” is out now! Massive thanks to SLAM WORLDWIDE for putting it out on their channel and Hostile Media for taking the single on board.

Check it out on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/album/5ml0XRNUUpj4YvHc4WkY1p…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rupturationband
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rupturation…

Two Tales Of Woe – Devils Mark

Two Tales Of Woe released the first single ‘Devils Mark’ from their forthcoming EP. Full details in the news section of this piece.
They released this statement,

We would love to introuduce a song from our upcoming ep ‘BloodWood’….’Devils Mark’ please enjoy and we will have all detsils about this release in the coming days…enjoy!

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

Words That Burn – Arise

Words That Burn released their first single ‘Arise’ from their forthcoming album.
They released this statement.

The new single ARISE is OUT NOW! 
Please give it a listen, stream it, add it to your playlists , and share it. 

Thanks guys.


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

Lugosi – Rise From The Grave

Dublin based Lugosi formed in 2016 consisting of JM Burr and Jimmy Rooney (of the band the Reverend JM’s panic worship ), film maker and former Hungry Souls guitarist Alan Morton, and Neal Wright , formerly of Belfast’s Memento Mori.

With influences ranging from the Misfits, Black Sabbath, Fu Manchu and Clutch and a love of the macabre, Lugosi’s songs range in subject matter from alien vampires, American Indian legends, horror and witchcraft. A sonic Ed Wood movie, delivered through rock and roll .

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

Worn Out – No Truth

Cork based Hardcore band Worn Out released their third video/single ‘No Truth’
They released this statement.

We are delighted to release our new single No Truth. You can watch the video below as well as stream/add to your playlists from Spotify and download for free from Bandcamp




Produced by Mint Video
Directed and Edited by Robert O’ Halloran
DOP: Kieran Fitzgerald
Grading: Magic Lantern Media
Shot on location in Dali Cork in November 2018

Track Recorded, Mixed and Mastered By Aidan Cunningham

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wornoutnoise
Instagram: @wornoutnoise

Svet Kant – Personae Contra Natura

Dublin based experimental metal band Svet Kant released their latest single/video ‘Personae Contra Natura’ from their forthcoming album ‘The Visage Unbiased’.
They released this statement.

“Personae Contra Natura” lyric video OUT NOW!!! 🤘

Watch the full video following the link below and don’t forget to subscribe

More about them in the news section.

Tracked and mixed at Trackmix Recording Studio by Michael Richards.
Mastered at Sterling Sound by Ted Jensen.

Dratna – An Cath (The Battle)

Belfast based one man Black metal project Dratna released their third EP ‘An Cath (The Battle)’
Another fantastic release from the man!

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

Atheos – The Parchminer

Midlands based Atheos released their first track ‘The Parchminer’ from their forthcoming album and first since 2013.
They released this statement.

It has been quite a while since we released a new track. We are delighted to bring you “The Parchminer” along with some footage from when we recorded it. This track is from our latest album “Words of Eroding Worlds”. We hope to have the album out as soon as possible.

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


Khora are an Irish based black metal project that will have many guests on their forthcoming debut album ‘Timaeus’.
Featured guests on the upcoming album include members of bands such as: .-..and Oceans (Finland) -Deathcode Society (France) -Grief Of Emerald (Sweden) -Orakle (France) -Moonsorrow (Finland) -Quadrivium (Norway) -Syndrone (Switzerland) and others…
More information coming soon!
Album sample video here.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KHORA.Official/

Sacrilegia – The Triclavian Advent

Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, Sacrilegia specialize in IMPURE AND RUTHLESS METAL. Although no public recordings exist prior to The Triclavian Advent, one listen through and it’s immediately apparent that this full-length is the work of veterans with a master touch. Deadly direct, no fucking about, iron-fisted and iron-willed: Sacrilegia are a grand repository of blackened thrash metal’s most sterling moments across the past three-plus decades, but minced ‘n’ mangled in a manner most engaging and effervescent. Indeed, The Triclavian Advent strikes with a purity of intent and startling immediacy, but almost effortlessly invigorates the listener with bloodlust and battle fervor. And, in a mere 33 minutes, it gets in and gets the job done with fierceness and finality – and duly compels repeat listens, to whip forth total possession once again…and again…and again…

Maniacs pining for a new spiritual ascendant of Australia’s reigning blackthrash paradigm (Destroyer 666, Gospel of the Horns, Nocturnal Graves) and maniacs of Germany’s Desaster, Cruel Force, and early Ketzer, your unholy prayers have been answered with Sacrilegia’s The Triclavian Advent!

The first prayer can be found with the new track “Beyond the Fouler’s Snare” at Invictus’ Bandcamp,https://invictusproductions666.bandcamp.com/album/the-triclavian-advent.
Cover, byMisanthropic-Art,

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

Chapel Flames – Dólás Na Oileáin

Irish based Black Metal project ChapelFlames debut album Uaigheanna Gan Mharcáil is now available for pre-order via Fólkvangr Records – http://www.folkvangrrecords.com/

You can stream the first track of the album by clicking the link below


Stereo Nasty Call It A Day

They issued this statement.

It’s with heavy hearts that we have to say that Stereo Nasty has come to an end. We can no longer commit to giving the band the attention that it deserves so it’s time to stop. Thanks to all of you who have helped us in anyway over the years, because of you we went further than we ever dreamed was possible.

Stay Nasty.

Xerosun Now Ascend The Hollow.

Dear fans & friends,

The time has come to put an end to the entity called Xerosun.

We have done some cool things since our formation in 2006. To name but a few:

– our live performance was broadcast on Irish television to 500,000 people
– we released an album “Absence Of Light” and an EP “This Dark Rage” which received awesome reviews
– we changed our line-up and style of music by 180 degrees
– we played various support & tour slots with some of our favourite bands (shout out to Avenged SevenfoldXerathThe Birthday MassacreSireniaThe AgonistJinjer)
– we have met amazing people on the road
– and if you’re still reading, it means we have also connected with YOU!

We consider our fans to be the most open minded people out there, which is why we are confident you’ll understand our decision.

We felt there was a brand new beast ascending on the horizon. We just had to embrace it, let it spread its wings and fly. And we hope you will join the ride, too.

It is therefore with great excitement that we would like to announce our next endeavour called ASCEND THE HOLLOW.

We have joined forces with Dr. Music Records / Dr. Music Promotion & Aeon Music Management to bring you our new LP entitled “Echoes Of Existence”, coming out on June 7th 2019. The album was mixed & mastered by the legendary Thomas Betrisey / Drop RMX (Samael, Obsydians, Sybreed) and features some amazing guest musicians which we can’t wait for you to hear.

Look out for our first single coming out on May 17th. In the meantime, please stay tuned for further updates and teasers on this page. You will not be disappointed!


Pics: Photography by Olga Kuzmenko
Album cover: Pierre-Alain D. // 3mmi Design
Logo: Fabian Maziejewsky / Disdain Design

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

Strawberry Stew Call It A Day

Top up and coming Dublin based Grunge band have called it a day far too soon. This band showed massive promise…
They released this statement.

We wanna say a special thank you to all the Promotors, Fellow bands and Family that helped us out on our brief existence as Strawberry Stew.

We’ve decided this is the natural stopping point for this project, and we won’t be continuing any longer.

We still have an unreleased song we want to put out, when I’ve mixed it and had it mastered that I’ll announce it across the social media accounts.

Thank you again,

– J

Elder Druid Announce New Album Golgotha

Delighted to finally reveal the artwork and tracklist for our second full-length album, ‘Golgotha’, due for release in late 2019.

We have the honour of using this piece by one of the greatest surrealist painters in the world right now… the mighty Mariusz Lewandowski. (The artist behind Bell Witch‘s ‘Mirror Reaper’ and Shrine Of The Serpent‘s ‘Entropic Disillusion’).

Recorded in our rehearsal space in Belfast.


1. Golgotha
2. Dreadnought
3. Sleeping Giant
4. Vincere Vel Mori
5. Sentinel
6. Paegan Dawn of Anubis
7. The Archmage

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

Zombified Announce Album Whom The Gods Notice They Destroy

We are finally pleased to announce that our debut, full length release “Whom the Gods Notice they Destroy” will be available on digipak CD and across digital platforms on May 20th, 2019.

Details of pre-orders etc. will follow shortly. 

In the meantime, we leave you with a preview of the cover artwork.

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

Disconnect Announce New Line Up

We’ve went through several changes as a band and we’d like to welcome John (ex-Neamhní, ex-Official Hellbastard UK) to our lineup on bass. We have an album almost written and will be debuting material from it at all of our future shows.

We’d also like to thank Paul and James for their contributions over the last couple of years.

“Hate is the law.”

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

Svet Kant Sign To Wormhole Death

We are proud to announce the album will be released worldwide via Wormholedeath. The album will hit Europe, Japan, Scandinavia and North America plus all digital platforms Friday 31st of May. Pre-order links available from 03/05. 🌎

Two Tales Of Woe Announce EP Bloodwood

So BloodWood will officially release on digital and physicial formats on the 4th May 2019. We have been dying to release this beast for ages and now its ready to unleash.
5 tracks of Woe goodness the track listing is as follows…
1. Purging of Sinners(intro)
2. Devils Mark
3. Final Breath
4. Misery
5. Terror Inside.

We are extremely proud of this release and this is just the starting point for a lot of new music over the coming months and hopefully years.
You will be able to get the ep at our bandcamp page and at our upcoming shows(June 22nd fibbers Dublin,June 28th Voodoo Belfast)…we will also have some new merch available soon.


That’s our April Round up. If you enjoyed this, please share it.
Same again next month.
Another stellar for the Irish heavy music scene!

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Exclusive Album Stream: Ketos – First Strike

We are very proud to bring you an exclusive stream of Ketos’s new album ‘First Strike’ and the only place the album can be heard until its release on April 26th via Hostile Media.

This band have been constantly building their profile over the past couple of years and are really taking things up a level in 2019. This is an excellent album and we hope it gets the support it deserves.

Stream it in full here.

We also spoke to the band about this release and their future plans.

BM: What are your hopes for the album and the band going forward? 

Ketos: We’ve put everything we have into Ketos over the last couple of years. It’s still a relatively young band but this album is a huge milestone for us. Our hopes are to ultimately gain new fans and break into some new geographical regions and get out there to a wider audience. Anyone else out there in a band will know the grind is real, but you wouldn’t do it if you didn’t love it. Our next steps have to be getting some decent support slots and venturing outside Ireland, as well as starting on the next album ‘First Strike 2: The Re-Strikening’.

First single/video ‘Harmacist’

BM: You have already qualified for the Metal To The Masses final. Have you anything special in store for that or just go out and do your absolute best? 

Ketos: Yeah, we’re thrilled to have got to the final again. The competition is so close and the standard in Belfast is so high that you really have to be firing on all cylinders. It makes bands step up and the gigs have such an electric atmosphere. Our goal is to always make the next gig better than the last. We film each set and study the performance and pretty much have debrief sessions to identify improvements. We have some things lined up for the final, but we’re not about gimmicks or anything like that and ultimately, we always let the music do the talking and just leave it all on the stage.

BM: Bands that reach the final can usually gain an advantage with their online promo skills. Ten Ton Slug immediately come to mind. Have you anything outside the box in mind to gain online momentum going into the final? 

Ketos: Online presence, social media posts etc are now such a huge part of being in a band. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and like to have fun with our followers. You’ll see plenty of memes and crudely photoshopped images on our page. We take the music and the performances seriously, but it’s also important to us to have fun while doing it. With regards of what we’ve got coming up, one highlight is going to be the video for ‘Escape the Chains’. This is a very special retro gaming themed, animated video that we hope people are going to really enjoy. There’s more instrument playthroughs to come too, as well as an astonishing lyric video for ‘Temptations’ that was done by Very Metal Art. There has been a huge amount of work going on behind the scenes to support this launch and hopefully we can do enough at the final to earn the slot at Bloodstock.

BM: You are now of course signed to Hostile Media. Do you think the bands current growth is down to lessons from the past aka previous bands? 

Ketos: That is one part of it for sure. Experience plays a part in it and having some established connections helps. We obviously still have a long way to go and signing with Hostile Media is a step in the right direction for us to help us make those next steps. Having that backing from a label and the connections that come with it are a big help and opens doors that would previously be closed to you. We wanted to give First Strike the best chance possible at standing out from the huge amount of metal music being released and hopefully with this launch we will see some more growth.

BM: Is there any band you would love to tour/play with?

Ketos: Yeah, we think a Ketos tour with support from Metallica would go down great! Haha. In seriousness, there are so many brilliant bands about these days and getting an opportunity to do a tour would be huge for us. This is something we’re actively working on.

The promoters in Ireland, both north and south deserve a lot of credit for getting the big bands over here. Landing a slot on one of those gigs is a great stepping stone and helps put Irish metal on the map. The competition is fierce here, but we are ready when the opportunity comes.

BM: The scene in Belfast seems very united to an outside view. Why do you think the scene in Belfast is so united over other cities? 

Ketos: It absolutely is a united scene. Nearly everyone knows each other and has mates in other bands. There’s a tightknit community spirit of supporting each other. Everyone is fighting the same fight and in a market as niche as metal in a small city like Belfast, it’s important to support your peers. It also helps that the standard of music and production is so high now that people are genuine fans of the bands.

BM: Is there anything you would like to add?  

Ketos: Thanks very much for the interview and we hope you enjoy the album. Make sure to pick up a copy at a show or on the Hostile Media site at: https://www.hostilemedia.net/product-page/ketos-first-strike-cd or on all the usual media outlets (Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music etc).

You can catch us live on 04/05/2019 with Death of a Salesman and Dead Label for our album launch and again on 17/05/2019 for the Metal to the Masses grand final.

Buy ‘First Strike’: http://www.hostilemedia.net/

Ketos Online

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ketosband
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/ketosband
IG: https://www.instagram.com/ketos_metal
Site: https://www.ketosband.com

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