Review: Cursed Sun – Vendetta

Review: Cursed Sun – Vendetta

Formed in 2007, Cursed Sun are one of the longest running Metal bands in Northern Ireland. They have been a staple of the gig scene since their formation with their energetic live shows and grooving yet technical music.
This infectious energy has given them the opportunity to support such high profile names as Onslaught and Hed (P.E.) They have also appeared at SunflowerFest as well as being three time finalists of the Northern Ireland Metal 2 The Masses competition.
They have released 5 EPs and one album, with each being
stronger than the last. Currently enjoying their strongest line-up since their formation, Cursed Sun will release a new four track EP ‘Vendetta’ this November via Sudden Strike Records.

I’m a long time fan of this band, and this EP is probably their most direct in terms of style. They have clearly found their sound and creative direction for this release. I enjoyed their previous work, but this EP has great balance and a lot more direct!

All four tracks are solid and there’s some excellent lead guitar work in there. Cursed Sun have always had their own thing going on and this EP is no different. Jones is a film/comic book etc fan and his lyrics reflect that. This is coming from a man currently surrounded by consoles, games, toys etc so that’s not any sort of dig. I enjoyed all the film reference lyrics in this release. MDK 187 clearly wasn’t a Demolition Man reference… 🙂

All in all, a very enjoyable EP and one I’ll listen to again. Their best to date? Possibly!
The music is solid. Great guitar solo work. Steve’s Bass and backing vocals have added another dimension and I love the lyrics.
MDK 187 has already been released so it’s added here for you to check out.
I loved Cursed Sun and you should too!!


MDK 187 video. Hit the link!

Recorded at JSR Audio, it captures the energy of their live shows whilst adding some incredible dynamics into the mix. The cover was hand painted by the talented Gerard Torbitt at GT Art & Design, who translated what they had in our heads into a reality. The songs over such diverse topics as Serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a homage to “The Purge”, a Blade Runner future and revolt against oppressive government.

1: Replicant


3: Fallen City

4: M.D.K. 187


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Review: Oracle – Novissima

Review: Oracle – Novissima

Belfast based Oracle are set to unleash their debut album ‘Novissima’ to the masses on November 1st.

I’ve followed this band since their early days and while I very much liked their previous material. I always felt this band had another gear! Their last single ‘Serpentine’ definitely suggested such and with Novissima the Oracle that could have being have simply become!

This album is relentless from start to finish and a real tour de force! All the promise of their early days has being firmly recognised!

‘Hypocrisy’ opens proceedings and instantly grabs you! It just comes out firing from all angles and delivers in every regard.

Follow up track ‘Hollow’ holds the relentless pace.

The third track ‘Novissima’ is another juggernaut and one of the best tracks on the album.

‘Limos’ really slows it down at first but soon starts moving up through the gears. Probably the most dynamic track on the album. Lots going on in this track and all good!

‘Sky Burns Red’ is a more direct affair but always solid.

The previously mentioned single ‘Serpentine’ is present, but remixed so different in many regards. A brilliant track!

The previously released ‘All-Father’ and ‘All Must End’ conclude this excellent album. I’ll link them both below so you can make up your own minds!
Two of the strongest tracks on the album for sure, but the entire album is excellent in equal measure.

Oracle have came of age with this release and this album should send them out a lot further! One of the best albums released this year without doubt! So pre-order it here now:



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THE LAST MARTYR Release New Single/Video ‘LIKE A GHOST’

Melbourne-based melodic metal outfit The Last Martyr have returned with a new single, ‘Like A Ghost‘, a track that tackles the contemplation of giving up on goals and aspirations when the going gets tough, and overcoming the negative thoughts we all struggle with. coast tour to launch the new single live!

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Chris Lalic (Windwaker), ‘Like A Ghost’ is a hard-hitting tune from start to finish with a heavy, haunting undertone that compliments the theme of the track. Vocalist Monica Strut‘s impressive vocals are flaunted with soaring highs and harsh screams that are utilised in a chorus that’ll get you humming along by the second half! Monica explains the thoughts behind the single in saying that “Like A Ghost is about a conversation with someone contemplating giving up on a lifelong dream. At first it was written about having that conversation with someone else but later on I realised that it is also a conversation that many of us frequently have with ourselves.

“There are good days where you feel on top of the world and bad days where there devil on your shoulder takes over. The song is about trying to stay positive and learning to catch yourself in those darker times whilst also recognising that as difficult as the unconventional road may be, it’s a hell of a lot easier than becoming a shell or ‘ghost’ of yourself by giving up.

The music video takes a unique lyric video format with concept and direction taken from David Owen Blakley of Her Name is Murder Productions (SepulturaNorma JeanOcean GroveOur Last Enemy), and depicts a range of emotions that are experienced as we venture through unconventional pathways – including within the music industry and in entrepreneurship. Producer David Owen Blakley explains that “the majority of the scenes were intended to play out surreal. Because everything was filmed by a collection of people on various devices I knew early on that the only way for the video to feel visually coherent was to actually do the opposite of that. So I created many dreamlike situations in order for the viewer to be aware they were not experiencing a “normal” reality. The various stages and characters of Monica represent the many emotions we wander though on a day to day bases as we deal with our decisions, choices and mindset.”

The Last Martyr’s previous singles ‘Into The Black‘, ‘Stay Awake‘ and ‘Fear‘ saw the band achieve national radio play on triple j (Stay Awake on both The Racket and Home and Hosed) and rotation on The Faction. ‘Stay Awake’ also attracted the attention of Butcher Babies‘ Heidi, who added them to her ‘Sisters That Slay‘ playlist alongside the world’s best female voices in heavy music! The Last Martyr will serve up their specialty mix of intricate musicianship and soaring vocals  when they jump up to support Bare Bones at Melbourne’s Stay Gold alongside FANGZ on Saturday December 7.

The new single ‘Like A Ghost’ is out Friday October 25 and will be available through iTunes & Apple Music/Spotify/Google Play and all good online stores and streaming outlets. Don’t miss The Last Martyr playing alongside Bare Bones, tickets available here!

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zhOra Set To Tour Ireland This Week On The SAMHAIN SLUDGE TRIFECTA Tour


Samhain is one of the most celebrated times in the ancient Celtic calendar. It is the time of year when the veil between this world and the Underworld is at it’s most transparent. No better time to bring a whirlwind of caustic sludge ridden vibration to Ireland biggest metal cities.

zhOra have had a busy 2019 both at home and abroad and with a new release scheduled to land in early 2020 they embark on one final Irish tour before the start of the next chapter.

Joining them are longtime friends and fellow riff merchants Everest Queen and Sail. Both bands hail from the UK and this will be their first time on Irish shores. They both offer unique takes on the ever popular doom and sludge subgenres and are not to be missed.

The tour will come through Belfast, Dublin, Cork and finish on hallowed ground at the infamous Siege of Limerick.

Check out the dates below

October 24th | The Berliner, Belfast

October 25th | Sin É, Dublin

October 26th | Fred Zeppelins, Cork

October 27th | Siege of Limerick*

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ABIGAIL WILLIAMS Release New Single ‘Ever So Bold’ Via Blood Music New album ‘Walk Beyond the Dark’ out 15th Nov

US black metal icons ABIGAIL WILLIAMS reveal more of their anticipated fifth record, Walk Beyond the Dark, with new single ‘Ever So Bold’.

Black sheep of the Black Metal scene. Outcasts and outsiders since the very beginning. Somehow, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS are still alive, still thriving, still creating, whilst so many of their critics and competitors have fallen by the wayside.

The band return with their boldest and most diverse offering to date: their fifth record, Walk Beyond the Dark, to be released 15th November via Blood Music.

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Equal parts introspection and extremity, Walk Beyond the Dark is a testament to the band’s journey across the years; all the miles they’ve travelled, all the trials endured, all the mud thrown at them, all to keep doing what they love, on their own terms and without compromise.

Throughout all of these storms and tribulations remains band leader and songwriter, vocalist, and mastermind Ken Sorceron. In so many ways, Sorceron himself is ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, its heart, mind, and spirit. Deftly wielding the forces of light and dark in skilled measure. Icy guitars and bleak atmospheres encircle. Rapturous bursts of string accompaniments penetrate the melancholic futility of shadow and despair. Powerful guitars shift between slithering rhythms, contemplative grooves, and all-out assaults.

Songs like visceral opener ‘I Will Depart’ and the torrential ‘Into the Sleep’ take aspects and elements from each of the band’s previous iterations – the gleaming metallic riff-work of In The Shadow of a Thousand Suns, the seething rage of In The Absence of Light, the grim grandeur of Becoming, the moody melodic menace of The Accuser – and weave them together into something that’s far more than the mere sum of its parts.

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Osaka Punch Release New Single/Video ‘Drones’

Brisbane’s favourite sons of quirky prog, funk & heavy – the mighty Osaka Punch… ARE BACK! Today, they announce the imminent arrival of their new single ‘Drones’ – along with the filmclip for the heavier-than-usual-but-no-less-funk-and-prog-infused track. The track is out today in all online stores at

Drones premiered on triple j on Tuesday night on The Racket with Mitch Alexander, who said that Osaka Punch “…just don’t release any bad songs. It’s Fun, it’s Funky, You can dance to it, you can mosh to it, and I am very, very glad they are releasing new music.”

To celebrate the birth of their latest heavy funk baby, they are taking over Brisbane’s iconic The Zoo on Friday November 1st along with LeSuits, Weightless in Orbit and The Patient Lounge. Tickets are already running low, but there are still some left available at!

Produced by Caleb James and Osaka Punch, & Mixed & Mastered by Forrester Savell, the new track Drones is Osaka Punch’s way of capping off a brilliant year – and heralding the first taste of a forthcoming record for them in 2020.

Frontman Jack Muzak said of the new track – “Some people stand for what’s right, others stand for only themselves. While the Greta Thunbergs, Martin Luther Kings, and Michael Boltons of the world hold a light up to the injustices that plague our society, cretins still stand atop an Everest of evil, pissing in the wind. But when all the resources are gone, the last river has dried, and society has cannibalised itself to oblivion, they can rest upon their mountain, licking yellow snow cones, and wiping their arses with $100 bills.

The clip for Drones is a collaboration with Dan MacArthur from 18 degrees who came up with the performance location and concept. Muzak went on to say that “The narrative side of the clip takes influence from the movies like “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” crossed with comedic Tarantino-style characters. It wouldn’t be an Osaka Punch clip without some kinda stupidity right?

Osaka Punch have forged a reputation as one of Australia’s most wildly entertaining live acts. The group’s distinctive fusion of catchy pop, jazz chops and dank grooves sets them apart from most heavy acts – allowing them an element of humour and satire in an otherwise very serious scene. Having toured Australia, the UK, and Scandinavia over the past 5 years, Osaka Punch have honed their live set to a fine art. This combined with well-crafted songs, and world class musicianship, makes Osaka Punch one of Australia’s must see live acts.

If you haven’t experienced the ‘Punch yet, you have to get up to speed! There are quite the characters in the band, let’s introduce you around. There’s Jack Muzak on Vocals and Keys, The Beat Cleaver on Drums, Reggie Tuggnuts pluckin’ the Bass and then there’s Chrispy Town on Guitar.

2017 was a strong year for the band, completing 2 tours along the East Coast supporting Lagerstein and Twelve Foot Ninja. This raised their profile in NSW, SA, and Victoria, and further established their loyal following in their hometown of Brisbane. They were also an official showcase act at Bigsound and finished off this massive year by releasing the single ‘How We Operate’ with a 10 date tour across the country

2018 saw them tour extensively with tours supporting both The Butterfly Effect and Mammal on their respective tours – expanding the OP fanbase not just to the capitals in Australia but into many of the regions as well. 2019 showed no sign of slowing down with the release of the single ‘Hall of Shame’ to coincide with yet another sold out national tour with the mighty COG, and then on a shared headline tour with The Omnific. Osaka Punch are certainly on an upward trajectory, and are ready to record and release their sophomore album in 2020. Combined with single releases, an album release, and full national headline tours, 2020 is set to be their biggest year to date.

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