Black Svan Call It A Day

Black Svan Call It A Day

 

 

Drogheda based Black Svan have very sadly decided to call it a day on their eight anniversary as a band! 

The band released this statement today. 

On the eight anniversary of the formation of Black Svan we have come to the end.

We will be ending it as we started it as best mates.

We have achieved so much in our eight years together, an album we’re forever proud of, European tours with Fozzy and Stuck Mojo. We have supported the likes of Diamond Head and Kerbdog and have played shoulder to shoulder with all of the best metal bands in Ireland of which there are too many to single out!!

We played hard and always drew strength from the love and support of our partners, family, friends and fans.

To all of you THANK YOU, it was a blast…….

This is a massive shame as this band had all the tools and an amazing album to back them up! For whatever reason, it just never happened for the lads.

We wish them well and hope they remain involved in music. 

Check out their amazing song “Sickness” here and if you like it? I’d suggest checking out their full album as it’s excellent! 

 

 

Their entire album “16 Minutes” can be streamed here at this link! https://www.facebook.com/blacksvan/app/2405167945/

 

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So Long Until The Séance / SLUTS Release Their Debut Music Video “The Bride of Frankenstein”

 

 

Belfast based So Long Until The Séance / SLUTS formed in late 2014 and came to a lot of people’s attention in 2016 by reaching the final of the Belfast based Metal To The Masses competition. Things were looking good for them at the time and they seemed to be on a roll. 

Then, almost all the band decided to leave and pursue other musical projects. I’m not aware of what happened, but it was at the time looking bleak for this band. 

Rather than throw in the towel, frontman Mike Van D has assembled a new band and back stronger than ever with the release of their debut music video and lessons of the past firmly learned! 

Their style of music aka Wednesday 13, Murderdolls could have been viewed as dated by some people, but with the return of Wednesday 13 and two Irish dates set for 2017, it’s looking like his perseverance is going to pay off! 

If I were the lads, I’d be having a bit of gentle hint dropping in the direction of James at The Distortion Project about a possible support slot! It’s the crowd they would work for and undoubtedly gain new fans!

Whatever happens next? This is massive statement of intent from the band and show they have no intention of stopping and getting ready to take things up a level.

They have reached  the Metal To The Masses final again this year. They are set to go into battle in Voodoo, Belfast on the 12th May. Where Simon Hall and a possible slot at Bloodstock 2017 awaits!

I wouldn’t bet against them… 

Check out The Bride Of Frankenstein here! 

 

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

Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCppR9ZV3NFwykvnGAKW9taA

Buy their Debut EP “Seducing The Devil” via Bandcamp: https://slutsuk.bandcamp.com/album/seducing-the-devil

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Between The Lines – Between The Lines LP Review

Between The Lines – Between The Lines LP Review

 

 

Between The Lines are a band I’m familiar with for quite a while now. Early 2013 to be exact! I was a fan of their early demo works and when I got to see them play live in 2014, I was very impressed by them. I wasn’t familiar with all their work as they were not recorded, but they held me from start to finish and it left me looking forward to their then upcoming recorded material. 

After that, they had many hold ups. Their original Bass player leaving and replaced by their new Bassist Eoghan. Their drummer having a serious accident among other factors. At one point, it was starting to look from an outside perspective that this release would never see the light of day. 

As their self titled album is now upon us, was it worth all their time and effort and our wait? Yes. Yes it most certainly is! This is a fantastic album. Start to finish! I never found myself wanting to stop it or skip forward at any point. If I were to try and explain their sound, I would say it’s a mixture of Alice In Chains type Grunge, southern rock, groove with a progressive feel throughout. There’s some great melodies, hooks and grooves in their sound that really adds to the albums overall feel. As five of the seven tracks are all around seven minutes long, the variety in their sound really keeps the listener interested and you find your head moving with it without noticing as it just hooks you in…

As a big fan of Alice In Chains, I found many of my favourite aspects present in their sound. Excellent Bass, great guitar leads and solos, haunting vocals and top class yet solid drumming. They don’t sound like a direct copy as there’s a real southern rock groove in there along with a real Prog style.

The albums opens with a track I’m very much familiar with in “Rumour”. It still sounds like the older demo, but it’s a very new song in its own right now in comparison. As it’s one of their older songs, it does sound a bit different to the rest of the album and the new material goes in a very different direction musically. When “All Free” kicks off next, it’s almost like an entirely different band, and goes on from there…

We’ve included the bands two previously released tracks “Southern Steel” and “Sands Of Time” via YouTube here for you to check the band out and make up your own mind. If you like the sound of our description, I’m sure you will like this band.

For me personally, this will be one of my favourite albums of 2017. I’m already on full album listen number six and it’s getting better with each time. It’s a real grower! It won’t be for everyone of course as the tracks are all quite long, and not for one that wants instant gratification from their music would return to after listening, or really fully appreciate if I’m honest. For those that get it, and like this particular sound, it’s an album you will return to again and again. A truly fantastic body of work! 

9/10

 

Sands of Time

 

Southern Steel 

 

Track listing 

  1. Rumour

  2. All Free 

  3. Sands Of Time 

  4. For Your Sanity 

  5. Southern Steel 

  6. Shellshock 

  7. Sleep 

 

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

Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgX-JH9WUJL7UkPTfZwzI_g

Buy “Between The Lines” via Bandcamp: https://betweenthelines1.bandcamp.com/album/between-the-lines

 

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Aeterum Vale – Ashes Of Memory EP Review

Aeterum Vale – Ashes Of Memory EP Review

 

 

Dublin based Aeternum Vale never sent us on their EP for review. I had to go Spotify like a Peasant and listen to it there.  I thought the whole point of starting a metal site was getting loads of music for free? 

Luckily this is a great EP so I’ll accept this and make an exception and review it this time! 😉 

The EP consists of four tracks. All of which have the bands own style of a mix of heaviness, melody and atmosphere. All that makes a great Black metal release in my humble opinion. Every song just knows when it needs to shift though the gears. Well, to my ears anyway!

As I already mentioned this EP is on Spotify. I’ll post a link below and the EP title track “Ashes Of Memory”.

The EP kicks off with “Shadows Over Sculpted Stone” and what a way to kick this off. Builds up perfectly and kicks off moving through the gears effortlessly throughout. Excellent song!

“Revolt Of The Gods” is a bit flatter after the opener, but it’s also a really good song. It’s the weakest track on the EP. That’s not a negative! That’s saying how good this EP is when you’re calling a really good Black metal song weaker… 

“In Silence Triumphs Burn” then really kicks off. If someone listening was facing a mid EP lull? This would wake them up! It keeps a faster theme throughout and flies along at devastating Black metal speed! Baywatch! 

This release finishes up with my favourite track on the EP, “Ashes Of Memory”. It’s just a great Melodic Black metal track. I’ve listened to it numerous times and it’s not getting old. Great, great song!

Aeternum Vale are among the Best black metal bands this country has produced in the last few years. This release only emphasises the fact!  

9/10 

 

Check out “Ashes Of Memory”! 

 

Aeternum Vale are: 

Vocals — Colin Byrne  

Guitar — Dave Gibson  

Guitar — Cathal Hughes

Bass — Cory Annatar

Drums — Dave ‘Atlas’ Mc Carron

 

Link to their Facebook page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/aeternum.vale.9/

Stream via Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/artist/2uaYw1wzggrAN4bJFABQZ9

 

 

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Graveyard Dirt To Play Live!

Graveyard Dirt To Play Live!

 

Formed back in 1994/95.Inspired by the early Peaceville doom/death sound ,in the Summer of ’95 the band ventured into the studio and just 7 hours later emerged with their debut demo. Entitled “ Of Romance & Fire” , it contained 3 tracks , and went on to sell over 700 copies at the time and many more since including a limited re-issue on c.d. in 2007, and reached far-flung places such as Australia ,Japan ,Malaysia ,Argentina as well as most European territories , Germany and U.K in particular through respected distro ‘Black Tears’.

This demo was responsible for the band signing a 2 album deal with German label Ars Metalli which for various reasons never materialised. And with things grinding to a halt the decision was made to lay the band to rest .

However eventually the urge to record again returned and in August 2007 “Shadows of Old Ghosts” was released. Featuring 3 tracks spanning 34 minutes, this E.P sold well and was responsible for securing a 1 album deal with the German underground label Ashen Productions in 2009/2010. In June 2010 the band recorded their debut album entitled “For Grace or Damnation” which was released in Nov 2010 and has since become Ashen Productions biggest selling release, perhaps due to the many excellent reviews it has received in printed magazines and online webzines alike.

The band then went back into hibernation mode again due to some “musical difference” issues which saw 2 members leave before one returned to the fold for the bands most recent trip to the studio for the 2015 3 track EP “ The Siren’s Refrain”, recorded once again in Trackmix Studio in Dublin.

With great surprise it was recently announced they would be headlining Walpurgis Night VI on April 30th, Kelly’s Bar, Galway. They were approached about playing the event by Hexen Haus Promotions. As they had not played Galway, accepted their offer. Sending the Irish metal world into both a state of shock and excitement. 

I reached out to the lads as to what their future plans may be. At the moment, this is a one off! They have no plans to play live again so I would strongly suggest anyone interested make their way to Galway on April 30th. 

If this goes well and it doesn’t interfere with their writing process? They may play another show. But I wouldn’t hold my breath on that, as they are a self described studio project and not about playing live.

Check out “Her Haunting Smile” from “The Siren’s Refrain”.  

 

Graveyard Dirt are: 
Kieran O’Toole – Guitars
Gary Sweeney – Drums
Tony Barr – Bass
Paul Leyden – Vocals

 

Link to their Facebook page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/Graveyard-Dirt-1434882450141131/

 

Joining them on the day: TOME, Owlcrusher, Genuflection, Ten Ton Slug, Soothsayer, Weeping Ulcer, So Much For The Sun and Stonecarver. 

 

 

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Urban Assault Festival Feature

Urban Assault Festival Feature

 

 

The first “Urban Assault” festival is due to take place in Cork next weekend. For a start up festival, it’s an excellent line up and a great marker for the people behind it to work from! 

Pethrophile Promotions and John from Irish Metal Archive are the festivals promotions team. With help from Trevor of the Cranium Titanium Metal Radio Show. 

It promises to be a great day and will hopefully become a big success. We have included all the acts performing here. No bios included. This is for people unable to attend that may not know these bands for whatever reason. All are worth your time! 

zhOra 

Progressive Sludge from Clonmel, co. Tipperary. 

 

Christ Agony 

Black/Death/Doom metal from Poland. 

 

Stereo Nasty 

Classic Metal from Kildare. 

 

Soothsayer 

Atmospheric metal from Cork.

 

 

Aeternum Vale 

Melodic Black metal from Dublin. 

 

AeSect 

Modern Metal from Dublin. 

 

Emigra

Progressive metal/hardcore from Cork. 

 

Axial Symmetry 

Black/Death metal from Dublin. 

 

The Magnapinna 

Alternative metal from another planet quite possibly! 🙂 

 

Brigantia 

Doom Metal from Tipperary. 

 

Demeter 

Black metal from Cork. 

 

Running Order on the day. 

14:00 – 14:30 Dementer
14:45 – 15:15 Axial Symmetry
15:30 – 16:00 The Magnapinna
16:15 – 16:50 Brigantia

17:10 – 17:55 Emigra
18:10 – 18:50 Aeternum Vale
19:05 – 19:45 Soothsayer
20:00 – 20:40 AeSect

21:00 – 22:00 Stereo Nasty
22:15 – 23:30 Christ Agony
23:45 – 01:00 Zhora

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