Skewered – Deathmethyltryptamine Review

Skewered – Deathmethyltryptamine Review

 

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Dublin based Skewered have released their second LP “Deathmethyltryptamine” and not only is it nigh on impossible to spell. It’s also one of the best Death Metal albums of 2016 in my humble opinion. 

I’ve been aware of the band now since 2013 and while I appreciated their previous work, nothing prepared me for this! I really can’t emphasise enough how good this album is! 

The LP is 12 tracks long and at no point do you ever even consider skipping a track or turning it off. It’s full of everything a top class Death Metal release requires. Amazing drumming. Incredible lead guitar work. Hooks everywhere. This really is an immense release! 

The lads are now signed to LA based Stillbirth Records, so hopefully this association will aid them in regards to international growth and exposure. 

This is hands down one of the best Death Metal releases of 2016! 

9.5/10

Check out “Vicious Mucus” here!

 

 

Stream now on Spotify  – http://smarturl.it/Skewered-DMT-Spotify

Purchase Here
iTunes –   http://smarturl.it/Skewered-DMT-iTunes
Google Play Store –   http://smarturl.it/Skewered-DMT-GGPLY
Bandcamp – stillbirthrecords.bandcamp.com/album/deathmethyltryptamine

 

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Ilenkus Release New EP “Hunger”

Ilenkus Release New EP “Hunger”

 

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Galway based Ilenkus have just recently released their new EP “Hunger” to massive critical acclaim! The EP’s first track “Hunny Bunny” was premiered on Metal Sux, who shouldn’t need introducing as they’re one of the biggest metal media outlets in the world. Quote the achievement for a band based in Galway, Ireland.

Rather than review this EP. I’ve put all the tracks here for your listening pleasure! I personally think it’s the bands best work to date. Their previous work “The Crossing” is also excellent, but this EP gets the win by a nose…

It’s extremely hard to describe this bands sound. Three of the members share vocal duty, there’s hardcore influences, mathcore, black/death metal and probably other influences at work. The end product is a very original sound and of the highest quality! 

It has been a great year for Irish Metal in general, and this is without doubt one of the best releases of 2016! 

Check out the full EP here and if you enjoy it. Please consider buying it and support the lads. 

Hunny Bunny 

 

Pretty Secret 

 

Exhume 

 

The Romantic 

 

Hunger’ is out digitally N O W | LISTEN:
Bandcamp – https://ilenkus.bandcamp.com/
Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/ilenkus/sets/hunger
Spotify – https://play.spotify.com/album/2tIj6dN7GaZXeQa9aAFRJA
iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/hunger-ep/id1140520574
Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Hunger-Ilenkus/dp/B01JMWK812

 

 

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The Vicious Head Society

The Vicious Head Society 

 

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The Vicious Head Society is essentially a one man project that has been under construction for a few years now. Graham Keane is the man behind it all, and after all his hard work and probable struggles… His vision is due to see the light of day soon! 

As fan of Prog myself, I’m absolutely wetting myself in anticipation of this album. Two songs are freely available online for a while now.  “Psychedelic Torture Trip” and “Abject Tomorrow”. The latter being one of my favourite songs. Ever! It’s just Prog metal perfection. 

I’ve linked both tracks here for your listening pleasure, and get you ready for what promises to be one of the best releases from an Irish act of all time. 

I also really hope this gets at least one Live show. I’d walk 500 miles to see it. Not like that last time though when the Proclaimers duped me into that stupid journey. All I’ll say is legal action is in the works there …

Check out “Psychedelic Torture Trip” here: 

 

“Abject Tomorrow” This is some fucking song! 

 

Follow The Vicious Head Society on Facebook to keep up to date with all the future happenings: https://www.facebook.com/The-Vicious-Head-Society-144197792260763/about/

Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UComK9G3AP8RKIA0XxBmRVWA

 

Make sure to spread the word about this amazing upcoming album. It’s going to be incredible! 

 

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Selene – The Forgotten Album Review

Selene – The Forgotten Album Review

 

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Belfast/Derry based Selene sent us on their debut album which was released in late 2015 a few weeks back. This one I was dreading! Symphonic Metal just doesn’t do anything for me at all. I’ve caught Nightwish, Within Temptation among others at festivals over the years, but it’s not a genre I’d listen to… 

That and the fact a band member said a few things about me online in the past. Hence I never actually checked them out before as I was at the time, ” Fuck you and your shite band!”. I don’t hold onto things though. I’d probably have a few tumours at this point if I did…

So, considering I’m not a fan of this genre and think one of them is a cunt. What do I think of this album?  It’s fucking excellent! At no point did I ever consider skipping to the next track and found myself really, really enjoying this incredible album! 

It’s an amazing body of work, and every time I listen to it I find another track I appreciated more than last time… 

I could do a really in dept breakdown of the tracks etc, but this is Symphonic Metal at its finest and another phenomenal release from a band from this small island of ours! 

I’d highly recommend this band to anyone, and it’s great to see they play their first Belfast based headline show on November 5th. They really should tackle Europe if at all possible though. The European market would eat this up and their stock would raise in a huge way! To the point major festivals would be a distinct possibility in a short space of time!  

Selene. I salute you! 

9/10 

 

Check out “Dorian” here! 

 

Selene are: 

Shonagh Lyons: Vocals

John Connor: Guitar/Keyboards

Thomas Alford: Bass

Cameron Åhslund-Glass: Drums

 

Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SeleneNI/

Buy/Stream “The Forgotten” on Bandcamp: https://seleneni.bandcamp.com/album/the-forgotten

Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH3m1L_G_I6Yk2My8d-Z5hw

Official Web-site: http://www.selene-theband.co.uk/

 

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Putrid Pile Perform In Dublin and Belfast

 

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Putrid Pile is the brainchild of one man, Shaun LaCanne. In my opinion, he’s one of the most talented people involved in extreme metal today. While there are better players, this man plays all the instruments and everything you on record is his work. That’s very impressive! 

He has built up quite a following over the years and now on tour in promotion of his latest release “Paraphiliac Perversions”. 

If you’re a fan of top class Death Metal. I’d suggest getting to one of these dates if at all possible. 

Check out “Onward The Dogs Of War” here!

 

Link to their Facebook page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/PutridPileOfficial/?fref=ts

 

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Event page for Dublin: https://www.facebook.com/events/1087725881263810/

Event page for Belfast: https://www.facebook.com/events/293741037655394/

 

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Alpheidae “The I In All” EP Review

Alpheidae “The I In All” EP Review

 

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I’ve been a fan of Dublin based Alpheidae since 2014. In all that time, I still can’t spell their name… But that’s not relevant! What is relevant, is that they are one of the best live acts in Ireland full stop! Would they be able to transcribe their vicious live show and many dynamics onto record? 

Basically, yes they have and they absolutely nailed it with this EP! There’s so much going on with their music. They’re very Progressive in many regards, but have that crunch that separates them from any genre really. It’s good music. End of… 

The EP kicks off with their single “Altruist” which has been available online since last February. It’s an excellent opener and while it doesn’t really set the tone of what’s to come as such. It’s a great opening track and really introduces you to the bands dynamics, excellent lyrics and truly excellent musicianship! Zach is a fucking beast on the drums! 

“City of Knives” is up next. It’s starts off with a bang with loads of riffs, duelling guitars along the way and leads into a great breakdown. Then it goes another direction entirely. Clean vocals and very prog in delivery. This really showcases that Calvin is an excellent singer and more great lyrics! Then we get a great solo and another… Back into a great breakdown and we’re done. Fucking excellent song!! 

Title track “The I In All” then kicks off in a very melodic fashion and builds up just nicely with some fantastic guitar work. Without doubt the most Melodic/Progressive song on the EP, but it’s full of great lyrics, riffs, drums and dynamics. Hard track to put into words, but it’s a great song and that’s all I really need to say about that! 

“New Beginning” closes the EP and highlights the bands diversity once more and full of prog, riffs, vicious drumming and riffs you’d probably expect to hear on a Rush release. This is pure prog at times, and I for one will always love that! We are then treated to some excellent guitar solo work which builds up with Zach flying on the double pedals like a man possessed and it’s fades out perfectly in a sea of awesomeness! 

Well, if you’ve managed to get this far? I’m sure you already know I really, really fucking like this EP. I’m a big fan of this band and hopefully this will see them jump up a level. !n a just world it will. 

Alpheidae. I salute you!! 

9/10 

Check out “Altruist” here! 

 

Alpheidae are: 

Gavin Wynne- Bass

Calvin Singleton- Vocals

Ros Coghlan- Guitar

Leon Bourke – Guitar

Zach Parkinson- Drums

 

Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alpheidaeband/

Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX-Di0tcbmsNU4_qMuqyW-A

 

Catch them live at any of these dates. I strongly suggest you do as this band are incredible live!! 

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