Black Shuck Release First Two Recorded Tracks

Black Shuck Release First Two Recorded Tracks



Galway based Black Shuck recently released their first two recorded tracks ‘ The Hound’ and ‘Counterfeit Throne’. 

The band are the reincarnation of long time Galway band Negativ Result. Their formation was brought about by not been able to secure the role of a second guitarist. Rather than continue with the old name, they decided a fresh start and change of direction was the right option for them. They still have tracks such as ‘Red’ in their live set, but this is a very different animal than Negativ Result. 

Check out both tracks here. They are moving away from their groove metal sound of old and creating their own sound in the process. 

The signs are good from these tracks! 

The Hound


Counterfeit Throne



Black shuck:

Recorded by Gavin Doyle at Symmetry Industry studios:


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Owl Release New LP ‘Nights In Distortion’ Stream In Full Within



Some of the best art is often made in the wake of the worst tragedies. Such is the case with Germany’s doom metal band Owl, whose forthcoming, 3rd full-length album, Nights In Distortion, nearly never came to fruition due to the impact of the death of their bassist René Marquis. Over 4 years in the making, the band’s long-awaited record will finally be realized on September 7th via the Swedish label Temple of Torturous Records.


Owl’s (Germany) founder and primary songwriter Christian Kolf, who’s also a member of the critically renowned  metal band Valborg (Prophecy Productions) and founder of the label Zeitgeister, created the band in the mid-2000’s as a necessity to further explore and challenge his musical creativity. What began as a death metal project has evolved over the years, incorporating Kolf’s eclectic tastes and influences that’s resulted in an amalgam of death and doom that conjures memories of Type O Negative, Jesu, Neurosis, Anathema and Meshuggah among others.


“I have to say that this album is still heavy for me when I listen to it,” says Kolf. “There are a lot of grievous memories connected to that album, but foremost it’s about my friend René Marquis who died some months ago, who played bass on it. He was really a nice chap. You could nerd with him about music and instruments for hours. He gave us all a big vibe. And to have him on board for this album was very very helpful. Sometimes I thought “why should I do this, it’s stupid, just chill and make music when better times come,“ because I knew that it would be draining somehow. But René always said “do it.“ It was good to have a partner for this album, someone I could talk too and share it with.”

The album is now released, and it’s easily one of the better albums I’ve listened to this year. It’s dark, moody and a timeless doom classic in my opinion! It’s also a real grower. Repeat listens offer something new and it’s without doubt album of the year quality for those that have/will hear it. 

The album can be streamed in full here via YouTube and Bandcamp. We also spoke with the projects founder and primary songwriter Christian Kolf, who’s also a member of the critically renowned  metal band Valborg (Prophecy Productions) and founder of the label Zeitgeister


BM: Can you please tell us about the bands formation? 

CK: I guess this whole thing started back in 2009. It was not very glorious. I always had the dream to do an obscure Death Metal record, I had a certain picture of it. The trigger was Portal. I discovered them and then I did the first Owl album. I just fulfilled a dream I had: I always wanted to do this kind of Death Metal, that reminds of canyons, with an 30-minute ambient piece at the end of the record. All because I was a big fan of the first Anathema „Serenades“ and Red Harvest’s „Hybreed“, albums that already did this ambient stuff. 

BM: You were originally a death metal band. What brought about the move to Doom? 

CK:This happened on the 2nd album. When I wrote the track „Memories Of Dead Dreams“, it was not meant for Owl, but after a while, I decided to do it. With the 2nd album I moved away from the occult/obscure Death Metal thing and did more things by feeling. I already did this „Death Metal“ album with my debut album, so it was kind of boring to do the same again. Owl became my personal outlet and I did not think so much about styles anymore. Especially with the EP „The Last Walk“, this was the first „Doom“-release by Owl. I did it to cope with some things, not because I wanted to do a 22-minute long Doom-song, it just happened.


BM: You sadly had a massive loss in your band. Did you consider calling it quits at the time? 

CK: Quitting was never an option, because Owl is some kind of tool for me, to get through life. But I had the urge to just upload „Nights In Distortion“ on bandcamp and move on.

BM: Do you consider this album to be a fitting tribute to your late friend? 

CK: Yes. Totally. He played bass on it. He motivated me to move on when I struggled with this album. He became a member of Owl for „Nights In Distortion“, so this was our first work together. I will always remember him, when I listen to that album.


BM: What’s your hopes for this album? 

CK: I went through some rough times, and this album was somehow a therapy for me. I just wanted to express my emotions, without thinking about „if this is cool“ or not. I did it for myself. So, my only hope is, that maybe some people can feel that, and make it their „own“ album. That would give me some piece. 


BM: Have you any plans to tour this release? 

CK: Not now. First up Owl has always been my solo project. But I’m working on a new album, probably with a different line-up, guys who are willing to play live. So at the moment, my plan is to play live with the next release.


BM: is there any advice you would give bands dealing with loss? 

CK: Let it all out. Be sad, be angry. You will be confused. You will not get it that someone is gone. But life goes on. And this only shows you that life is brutal and that you have to go on, if you want to get something out of your life. Create a place inside of you for all this stuff, because it will never go away. Don’t forget to laugh about it.

BM: Is there anything you would like to add?    

CK: Thank you.




The Ultra Clear Vinyl edition is already SOLD OUT at Temple Of Torturous,  8 copies left.

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Two Tales Of Woe Announce New Drummer And Recording Plans



Two Tales of Woe are a hard-working heavy metal band based in Dublin. Formed in 2005, the group take inspiration from a number of genres ranging from Doom and Sludge, to Classic Rock/Metal (down tuned and beefed up!) 

They were on the rise in 2016 with an appearance at Bloodstock Festival and supporting Crowbar on their Irish dates. They had a few line up issues after that, and with frontman Carl becoming a father for the second time, Woe was put on hiatus for a while. 

They’re back now with a full band and ready to kick on yet again. They released this statement yesterday. 

“How are you all doing on this wet and miserable Thursday?? As you know we have been pretty quiet for the last while…but i suppose now is the time to tell you all that Johnny Kerr has returned to Two Tales Of Woe. We are now complete again. It was extremely hard to fill the shoes previously left empty and plenty tried or were at least willing to try and i thank each and every person for that, but it didnt happen…so what do you do?? You go to who you know can kill it every time….and hes back. Johnny was part of the ‘classic’ lineup that recorded ‘a conversation with death’ along with myself (Carl) Chris and Ross. And now this lineup along with my main man Dan we will be recording again. Johnnys first gigs back with us will be the Corrosion Of Conformity gigs. We are finishing off the songs which we are going to record…our recording plans will be revealed very soon. Welcome home JK.”

Great to see them back again. One of our better bands in my humble opinion. They have a few releases on bandcamp, but I reckon it’s fitting I add ‘A Conversation With Death’ (Which can be downloaded for free). 

Expect us to heavily promote their forthcoming news and material. It will be good. I can assure of that! 



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Wildheart Release New EP ‘We Are’ Stream in Full Within



Brisbane, Australia based melodic hardcore band Wildheart have just released their eagerly awaited new EP ‘We Are’. The band are well known in Australia and now looking to kick on with this release and move to the next phase in their career. 

In a twist of fate and perfect timing, the band have been added to the ‘BIGSOUND’ lineup in Brisbane – Australia’s largest music conference and showcasing opportunity – alongside other heavy music crews Bad Juju, Gravemind, Bare Bones, The Beautiful Monument, Better Half, Arteries, Windwaker and more! They have also just been added to official Spotify playlist Homegrown and Heavy, spun on triple j’s Home and Hosed and added to heavy rotation on triple j unearthed radio and The Faction Radio!

Wildheart have always been a band to push boundaries, and their latest EP “We Are” showcases their prowess to create vastly contrasting music, whist also enforcing a strong message that is rooted at the ‘heart’ of what they do. 

Last month, Wildheart dropped the namesake single from this forthcoming EP – and triple j staff rushed to review it on Unearthed – triple j Unearthed head honcho Dave Ruby Howe said “Cool, this cranks hard.” and Home and Hosed presenter Declan Byrne expressed “This must be for the wicked because there is no time to rest. Love those slower melodies playing off against the lightning everywhere else.” Both reviewers gave it 4 stars!  

The band have gained a dedicated and energetic fan base, and have supported bands such as Young Lions, Bare Bones, Hand of Mercy, A Night in Texas, Deadlights, Casey (UK), and Belle Haven.


“We Are”

We Are”





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Zealot Cult Announce Debut Album ‘Spiritual Sickness’ Release New Track ‘Blades Of Jihad’


Limerick based Death metal veterans Zealot Cult have announced details for their long awaited debut album. 

They released this statement.  

We are delighted to finally announce the release of our debut album ‘Spiritual Sickness’ via Blood Harvest Records. Check out the first song to be released below.

releases October 26, 2018

BLOOD HARVEST RECORDS and HELTER SKELTER PRODUCTIONS are proud to present ZEALOT CULT’s highly anticipated debut album, Spiritual Sickness, on CD, Cassette and vinyl LP formats.

In early 2016, Ireland’s ZEALOT CULT self-released their debut EP, Karmenian Crypt. Duly impressed by this quartet’s power and poise, BLOOD HARVEST stepped in and released Karmenian Crypt on 12″ vinyl later that autumn. Quickly, Karmenian Crypt reaped critical acclaim, and for good reason: here was a band seemingly effortlessly crafting pure and total DEATH METAL that was simultaneously timeless and modern. Alas, those three songs were just a teaser for more mastery to come, and it’s now arrived in the full-length Spiritual Sickness.

Instantly upon pressing “play” on Spiritual Sickness, this is the same whirlwinding ZEALOT CULT of before, only taken to bolder and more bellicose ends. Here exist those same strong, expertly integrated influences from classic Floridian death metal and especially the early Roadrunner/RC catalog which fostered same. And yet, ZEALOT CULT further manage to make epic, multi-dimensional majesty from that firm foundation, their compositions constantly rising and falling and taking dark ‘n’ doomed directions, all while remaining immediately memorable. So, while various strains of Pestilence, Death, Morbid Angel, and especially Obituary can be heard loud ‘n’ clear across Spiritual Sickness, its eight songs build upon said foundation and contribute to this rich legacy, underlining the unyielding ties to tradition whilst making majesty in modern times.

Completed by clear-yet-crushing production and a fully satisfying 42 minutes, Spiritual Sickness is indeed aptly titled. The time is NOW to join the ZEALOT CULT!


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Interview: Jamie Clark Of Razor Sharp Death Blizzard



Hailing from the Scottish borders, Razor Sharp Death Blizzard are a politically charged metal band loaded with cut-throat riffs and thought-provoking lyrics that bathe in a brainhacking sequence of melodies and soaring choruses. Formed in 2014 by Jamie Clark (Vocals) and Daz McSwell (Guitars) from the molten steel remnants of former bands, Ridgeback and Swellbellys, and later joined by Liam Roberts (Drums) and Ross Corbett (Bass), the band have been attracting considerable interest from their native Scottish scene as well as national and international attention from a wide selection of respected media platforms. . 2015 saw the release of debut E.P. ‘Riot Revolt Revolution’ which received positive reviews, notably in Metal Hammer, Zero Tolerance and Vive Le Rock; amongst other media platforms. 

2015 saw the release of debut E.P. ‘Riot Revolt Revolution’ which received positive reviews, notably in Metal Hammer, Zero Tolerance and Vive Le Rock; amongst other media platforms. 

Honing their live set on the U.K. scene, set the band in good stead for the recording of 2016’s debut album ‘You Will Burn’. Recorded at Skyhammer Studio in Cheshire, England with Producer Chris Fielding (Conan) at the helm, this album to date has been received well to critical acclaim worldwide with awesome reviews. 

2017 saw the band play a number of shows on mainland Europe and across the U.K. and 2018 promises to be another great year with plans to hit the road before working on the follow-up to ‘You Will Burn’. 


We had a brief chat with vocalist Jamie ahead of their two date Irish tour this coming weekend. Friday in The Cellar Bar, Galway and Saturday in Fibber Magees, Dublin. 

BM: As we may have readers unaware of your background, can you please tell us about the bands formation? 

Jamie: Daz and I (Jamie) started playing together when my old band Ridgeback needed someone to play bass for a final few shows as a send off for Alec (Ridgeback guitarist) who was moving to Czech Republic so Daz stepped in to help out. Daz, I and Deano (Ridgeback drummer) jammed a few times until we were kicked out our rehearsal space. Deano moved away also . This all happened around 2011/2012. Come 2013/2014 Daz found a new space and a Drummer Greg Armstrong. Several months later we found a bass player Graham Paxton. We recorded an EP (Riot, Revolt, Revolution 2015) and our Album (You will Burn 2016) with this line up. Greg left to concentrate on Uni and Graham left to pursue his own greatness. Which has led us to our current and stable line up of me Jamie Clark on Vocals, Daz Tait on Guitars, Ross Corbett on Bass and Liam Roberts on Drums.   


BM: This is your first time touring in Ireland. Was there any particular motive to play over here, or was it just about the experience and promotion of the band?  

Jamie: Yes, it’s the first time for RSDB although our Daz has been over with his previous band Swellbellys many times. The motive was from a telephone conversation and various emails with Oran O’Briene at Overdrive and Mainstage Design who wanted us to come over and play in Dublin. Oran did our EPK which is amazing (thanks Oran). Which led to me speaking to Kev Kirwan at who set us up with Dublin (thanks Kev xx) and Danny Fitzgerald down in Cork who put us in touch with Brendan and yourself at Damage Inc. Galway. 


BM: To the outside in Ireland with Bloodstock MTTM’s, Various Independent festivals varying in size and noticeable up and coming bands growth . The underground in the UK seems to be on the rise. Is that true or is it a struggle to get people to “local” gigs as it can be here in Ireland at times?  

Jamie: That’s a tough one Philip. Its more hit and miss I think, win some lose some. Past few have been well attended. There’s a great wee monthly called Hellraiser in Edinburgh run by the boys in ‘Dogtired’ and ‘Lucifers Corpus’. It’s always a good night. I think there’s definitely a few wee scenes all around the UK. 


BM: Can you tell us about any up and coming/underground bands in the UK you rate highly?

Jamei: Well there’s the two bands mentioned above but a couple of great bands from the Scottish scene are Somaethesia and Gay Panic Defence and across the UK I’m loving OHHMS and MASTIFF are brutal fucking love them. 


BM: What’s your hopes for this tour?  
 Jamie: Hope we get asked back lol, make new friends and spread the word of RSDB. 


BM: Anything you would like to add?  

Jamie: I would like to thank Oran, Kev, Danny and Brendan for helping and organising putting us on. Its going to be a pleasure to come over and play and party with you all. This will be the first of many shows in Ireland, we’ll be back next year for more. These shows this weekend we play three new songs exclusively for Ireland, no one has heard them other than us four. They are the beginnings of our next album which we will record next year. 

Many thanks Philip and we look forward to meeting you and everyone else next weekend, its going to be brutal and messy.  

Cheers Jamie xx 


BM: Indeed! Oran and Kev do great things in Dublin with the Bloodstock Metal To The Masses Competition. That’s an amazing opportunity for bands to have here, so long may they continue! Danny is also doing a great job by bringing the MammothFest competition to Cork, so we have openings for Bloodstock and Mammothfest now. Which is amazing! 

I’m looking forward to the gig and also checking out the support bands on the night Peasant To A King are also from the midlands, so it’ll be nice to see them in action. 

Great to hear exclusive music and thanks for taking the time to speak with us! 



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