Irish Metal Roundup: September 2019

Irish Metal Roundup: September 2019

Our round up for September of the Irish scene. A great month yet again and loads of quality releases.


Oracle – All-Father/All Must End

Belfast based Oracle released tow video/singles from their forthcoming album ‘Novissima’. They are two heavyweight tracks and I have heard the full album in advance. It’s an absolute beast of an album. We’ll be doing a proper review closer to release… Check out both these tracks if you haven’t heard them before! Excellent stuff.

The Crawling – Still No Sun

Belfast based The Crawling released a new video ‘Still No Sun’ from their acclaimed album ‘Wolves And The Hideous White’. As usual, absolute excellence! One of the best bands from this small island of ours and consistently growing on an international level.

Dürtbürd – Shake Shake Fail

Durtburd are a new band featuring a band of vastly experienced musicians. Most of which were more involved in the alternative side of things. They have decided to form a new progressive rock/metal band in the vein of Br Bungle/Mike Patton influenced music. A great start here!

Arjuna’s Eye – Beast Mode/Trail Of The Grasses

Cork based Progressive Groove metal band Arjuna’s Eye released two tracks from their now released album Amalgam. As these will all drop in order at the end of the year, the album will be in the next roundup. I urge you to check out the album in full. It’s absolutely brilliant!

Death Can Wait – Wreck Age

Up and coming Death Can Wait released their second single ‘Wreck Age’ from their forthcoming debut EP.
A new band doing everything right and firmly headed in the right direction!

Oncology – Virions In The Exosphere

Northern brutal death metal band Oncology released their latest single Virions In The Exosphere’ from their forthcoming album.
Nothing fancy here. Just good old brutal death metal and they do a damned fine job too!

God Alone – Feeling On Tic

Cork based God Alone released a new video/single ‘Feeling On Tic’ from their forthcoming EP. These lads are just phenomenal. Considering they’re still in their teens and this will be their third proper release. It’s just camelot level silly at this point. Outrageously good and getting better too! A national treasure!

Grey Stag – The Guide

Progressive sludge band Grey Stag released their debut music video ‘The Guide’ from their acclaimed debut EP ‘The Guide’, Check out The Guide if you like this track. It’s a beast of an EP. New material en route too so keep and eye on this band. They’re rather good!

Done Wrong – Done Wrong

Dublin based hardcore band Done Wrong released their debut EP ‘Done Wrong’. There’s a real old school hardcore feel to this. Reminds me of some of the better hardcore from the 90’s.

Dirty Casuals – Dirty Casuals

Dirty Casuals released their new self titled EP. Three tracks filled with great progressive sludge and more with their own unique twist. A young band constantly improving and this is their best work yet. Bonkers in many ways, but all good ways!

Plague Pit – Labyrinthine

In their own words: Plague Pit was formed on a fateful night of Anno MMXVI of the false calendar in Dublin, Ireland. The band plays a demonic form of Blackened Death Metal that seeks to spread malice and discord through violent music and perverse abuse of esoteric symbolism. This clandestine cult’s mission is to inspire the initiated to become the allegorical sword that will slash the throats of the infidels.  
They’re now on their third release and have finally a Facebook page. Still little or nothing known about this band though. They really keep a low profile!

Horrenda – Neronian Times: The Finding of the Laocoön

Dublin based Black metal band Horrenda have remastered their album Neronian Times. New material and more in there and a good stop gap before their latest material is released. This is a great black metal album so well worth checking out if you’re a fan of the genre.

Pedophile Priests – Przeminęła

Blackened death metal two piece Pedophile Priest released their single/video ‘Przeminela’ from their forthcoming album Cancer.
The video was created by Olga Kuzmenko and a top job all round! This band really have a great sound for a two piece. Sounds like more…

Following The Signs – Say Goodbye

Cork based metallic hardcore band Following The Signs released a new single ‘Say Goodbye’ from their forthcoming EP.
This band seem to have finally found a stable line up and heading in the right direction.

Tension Head – 12 Gauge

Tension Head dropped a new track 13 Gauge as a taste of what they’re working on. This track has a real Ramones feel and some excellent guitar work. There’s a great heavy part at the midway point and all in all a solid track.

Stone Sea – Prelude

Stone Sea have released a fourth track ‘Prelude’ in advance of the release of their new EP in October. This will be an interesting release as all the tracks are very different. They’re all good though so we shall see…
One for prog fans here!

Element X – All Or Nothing

Dublin based hard rock band Element X released their new album ‘All Or Nothing’.
This band write top rockin music basically! All the hooks…

The Risen Dread – Delusions

The Risen Dreed have released their EP ‘Delusions’ Top heavy stuff!

That’s our round up of the Irish scene for September. If I missed anything? I’ll add it later and all will drop again in December.
Same thing next month!

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After all the hype and promotion surrounding the Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses competition in Dublin over the past few months which saw zhOra victorious, you’d be forgiven for missing the relatively under-promoted Wacken Metal Battle Ireland, where once again, some of the best metal bands from around Ireland fight it out in Fibber Magee’s to win a slot at a major European metal festival. Wacken Open Air is a massive festival with around 80,000 attendees, most of whom buy their tickets even before the lineup is announced, so getting the chance to play there is sure to be an incalculable boost to any unsigned band’s career. Vying to be that band tonight are: Two Tales of Woe, Animator, The Devil Wants Her Swagger Back, Jailbirds, Xerosun and Jenova (in that order). It’s a varied lineup in terms of styles and experience, with the first two bands having already pounded the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock.

Two Tales of Woe get the night started with chugging riffs and crunchy sound that seem to really get the building crowd into the mood for heavy music. Next up, Wexford-based Animator return to competition in Fibbers sounding better than ever. Their now-familiar classic thrash riffs still reminds us of something Megadeth or Slayer would have been proud of in their earlier days. And Corey Taylor would most likely approve of The Devil Wants Her Swagger Back, who are third onstage and blow the audience away with more high octane brutality. Even a broken string doesn’t slow the momentum too much. Remember the name (if you can) because these hard working lads deserve a big break, and it must surely be coming soon. Dialling back the heaviness, Jailbirds deliver thirty minutes of Australian flavoured rock, not a million miles from the style of Airbourne who recently played at the Academy. A thoroughly enjoyable set, especially after a few tinnies, but maybe not the most obvious choice to represent Irish Metal at Wacken. Dublin-based Xerosun are the penultimate band of the night, and they get stronger each time they perform. With Martyna’s impressive vocal range adding the flavour to an already tasty foundation of rhythm and umpteen-string guitars, the crowd seem duly impressed. Gambling on a debut performance of a new track at the competition is a brave move, but unfortunately technical difficulties detract from what otherwise was a Wacken-worthy performance. Finally, Jenova wrap up the night with an explosive delivery of heaviness, spurring moshpits and even seeing vocalist Brian Harrington surfing the crowd.

A noticeable difference between this Wacken Metal Battle and the recent Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses is the lack of an MC to introduce the bands or drum up enthusiasm from the audience, even though no drumming up was actually needed. Only once all six bands had performed, did the event organiser take to the stage to thank all involved and to announce the winner as judged by a panel of mystery metal mediators. The runner-up place is awarded to Jenova, who would take their place, should the winner be unable to travel to Germany in August. But Animator are crowned the well-deserved winners, and let’s be honest, are unlikely to miss the opportunity for any reason. Go on the lads!

See the full gallery of photos from the night by Olga Kuzmenko here.

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Triverse Massacre Release Two New Videos From Their EP “Hades”



Carlisle based Triverse Massacre have just released two brand new videos in promotion of their new EP “Hades”. “Styx” is an official video and “Acheron” is a lyric video made by the highly talented Andy Pilkington of “Very Metal Art”. 

This band are one of the best in the UK underground scene in my humble opinion and should a hell of a lot better known than they are! They played a great set on the New Blood stage at Bloodstock Festival last year and have really taken things up a notch with this release! 

The two videos are here for you to stream and we suggest you head to their YouTube page after and check out their previously released track “Phlegethon”. 

A band to watch!! 





Link to their Facebook page for more details/links:

Link to their YouTube channel:


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Rabid Bitch Of The North Unveil Album Release Plans


Rabid Bitch Of The North have unveiled their album release plans and this is one we are really looking forward to! They released the following details today. 

“After being holed up in the studio for well over 6 months we are excited to finally announce details of the release of our debut album “NOTHING BUT A BITTER TASTE”!! Featuring exclusive artwork by Jason Hendry, the album contains 8 tracks of ferocious, no-holds-barred, proper Heavy Metal and includes a few already well established live favourites. We’ve singed a deal with our new friends at Hostile Media and the album will get a worldwide physical and digital release (itune, Spotify, Deezer etc) on FRIDAY 18th AUGUST 2017.

But that’s not all! We’re also very pleased to announce that there will be a special fan pack and we will be taking pre-orders from our bandcamp page from today!!

This package will contain an exclusive Rabid Bitch of the North patch, beer mat and pin badge, and these items will not be available anywhere else. You’ll get all this for just £10.00 per package and you will receive your album 1 week before the official release date. Pre-orders will close on WEDNESDAY 26th JULY so don’t delay – get yours now!

Finally, we’re pleased to announce our album launch gig (in conjunction with The Distortion Project) on SATURDAY 19th AUGUST in THE LIMELIGHT 2, BELFAST. Doors 5pm – £5.00. We’ll have the album on sale that day as well as a range of other merch and 1 or 2 surprises for you too! Keep it here for further updates and announcements. 


If you are not by any chance familiar with this band? Check ou their previously released track “Green Eyes” here! 


Follow them on Facebook for more details and their upcoming plans!

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Subsist Recruit New Vocalist

Subsist Recruit New Vocalist



Carlow based Subsist have revealed the identity of their new vocalist and getting ready to move onto bigger and better things! They released this statement on the matter. 

So as alot of you guys may already know, a few months back we were forced to kick our old vocalist Daniel from the band due to personal reasons. But instead of calling it a day we decided to keep pushing, We have played one show since with help from our brother Patrick Scanlon from Heel Of Achilles which we are very grateful for.

With all that being said we needed a more permanent fixture to the band, So we would like to welcome Jimmy Rogers as our new vocalist, I have been personally friends with Jimmy for a good while now and he brings a really good positive attitude to the band and we are all alot happier with him.

This of course starts a new chapter for SUBSIST which we are all very excited about and cannot wait to get back playing, writing and most of all get back to the studio ♥

Our first show with Jimmy is Next Saturday the 17th supporting Antidotes w/ Minus Ten Thousand Hours and Sectile in Fibber Magees! Free entry so get down and show Jimmy a warm of a welcome as he deserves.

– Jake

Ricky Shortall – Drums
Jimmy Rogers -Vocals
Mark Gavin – Guitar
Jake Deverill – Bass
Aran Byrne – Guitar

Photo by Fox Bolt Photography


A band with a lot of potential so this could prove to be a great move for them. They seem to be all on the same page, so we at Burning Metal wish them well! 

Here’s a track they recorded with their previous vocalist, but gives you an idea of the bands sound! 



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Wacken Metal Battle Ireland 2017 Feature

Wacken Metal Battle Ireland 2017 Feature



The Irish Metal Battle final is almost upon us! Six bands are chosen with just one heat, the final. A representative from Wacken shall be in attendance on the night and the winner goes onto play Wacken Open Air, the biggest metal festival in the world! 

Descriptions here shall be brief, it’s their music that will get them to Wacken…

Two Tales Of Woe 

Dublin based “Two Tales Of Woe” are a band reborn! Performed at Bloodstock last year, UK based gigs, main support to Crowbar on their Irish dates and new material on the way. 

Link to their Facebook page for more details, links etc:



Dublin based Jenova are Ireland’s fastest rising Death metal band. They appeared from nowhere in 2016 and suddenly everywhere! They’ve been a bit quieter in recent times, but that’s all about to change with the release of their highly anticipated debut EP in the coming months.  

Link to their Facebook page for more details:



Dublin based Thrash metal titans Animator have really taken off internationally over the past couple of years. They’ve already played Bloodstock, a Heavy Scotland pre-night among others. Their new EP “The Venom Within” released in January really sent them out further… 

Link to their Facebook page for more details:



Dublin based Xerosun have really stepped up their game over the past twelve months! The release of their excellent EP “This Dark Rage” and their video for the title track which is probably one of the best videos ever made by an Irish metal band! They recently played FrankFest in the UK and set to work with esteemed producer Kris Norris on their forthcoming new material. A band on thee rise!! 

Link to their Facebook page for more details:


The Devil Wants Her Swagger Back 

Dublin based The Devil Wants Her Swagger Back are another who are on the rise internationally. A tour of Russia this year, a slot at MammothFest, and more on the horizon! Another band that are really heading onto bigger and better things! 

Link to their Facebook page for more details:



Dublin based Jailbirds are 50% Australian and very much like Airbourne in musical style. A band I know very little about, but they are growing nationally and internationally. All very impressive as they aren’t even a year formed! Unfortunately, their material in confined to Spotify and Itunes so I don’t have a direct link to put here! I’d recommend heading over to their page and checking them out though! Really good band!


Link to their Facebook page where links to “Break The Silence” can be found!


That concludes this years finalists and I think you’ll agree this could be won by anyone on this list! All are great bands and worthy of their slot. We shall see this coming Saturday night in Fibber MaGees! 




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