The Burning Metal Awards Nobody Gives A Fuck About 2016 – Best Album – Words That Burn



There were a few thoughts in my head regarding this particular award that nobody gives a fuck about. Due to the sheer magnitude of the achievements Words That Burn have accomplished in 2016 it was always a straight forward decision. 

When the lads dropped “Regret Is For The Dead”earlier this year, did anyone else think it was going to reach number 1 in the Itunes album charts? I know I didn’t anyway! I don’t think anyone could have predicted such an amazing accomplishment for a heavy Irish band of their stature in 2016.  

It was well deserved though! I was lucky enough to have received this album prior to release for review purposes, and I still stand by my words that it’s one of the best albums ever by an Irish band.  The dynamics are amazing! The whole album is a fucking work of art! 

I listened to it again today for the first time in a while and instantly thought, “Why don’t you listen to this album more?” It’s pretty much a perfect modern metal release. It has melody. Heavy as fuck! Clean vocals. Heavy vocals and loads more dynamics inbetween. 

“Last Breath” also has to be one of the best album outros I’ve heard in a while… 

Just listen to the album damn it! I’ve linked it below…

Time to wrap this up. Words That Burn! I commend you! You set the bar so high James Cameroon has gone back to finish off Avatar 2… 

The benchmark for Irish acts is here!! 

Album of the year hands down!! 


Check out “Unalive” here! 


Words That Burn are:

Roni MacRuairi – Vocals & Guitar
Ger Murphy – Bass & Vocals
Shane “Jelly” Martin – Guitars & Vocals
Jason Christy – Drums


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The Burning Metal Awards Nobody Gives A Fuck About 2016 – Best Music Video – Xerosun



Something a lot of bands seem to miss the point on is the massive importance of a professionally made music video to showcase their work. Xerosun don’t fall under that umbrella anyway! 

Why is it so important? Sites such as Blank TV among others could potentially use it and introduce a band to thousands.

I don’t know does anyone watch Scuzz now. I’ll assume they do as it’s still alive… Needless to say, that’s another huge opening you will only get with a music video.

As for booking agents, management etc. I’m not talking your mate that can’t play an instrument. The top tier would demand a professional music video before even considering them.

Anyway, that’s enough on the business side of things. Not only is this an excellent song, it’s also one of the best music videos released this year full stop! I don’t know about that S&M shtuff now though, but sure if people want to bate each other with sticks or shove needles up their  holes or whatever it is they do. More power to them sure! 

Xerosun outdone themselves with this release and it’s a fucking shame this has less then 2,000 views. It deserves 200,000…. 

Check out “This Dark Rage” here. 


Xerosun’s “This Dark Rage”. Special thanks to:
Olga Kuzmenko – Video…
Alan O’Dalaigh – Video Assistant
Lorraine G. Higgins – Video Assistant

Mixing & Mastering by Eric Hill at Blue Room Studios California

Gillian Stapleton – Make Up Artist
Martha Jane O Conbhuidhe – Make Up Artist

Stacey Holinan – Actor / Poi dancer
Patric Aultice – Actor / Suspension…

John Yeates – Assistant
Hick O Aodha – Poi assistant
Morgan McKnight – For use of his property


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The Burning Metal Awards Nobody Gives A Fuck About 2016 – Best New Band – Jenova



As we are a new project ourselves, it’s probably fitting that the first award should be for the best new band in the history of 2016. 

There have been a few very good newly formed bands appearing this year, but none of them have had the year Jenova have. They played their first gig just over a year ago and since then have performed at “Siege Of Limerick”, reached the semi final of the Bloodstock Metal To The Masses competition, supported  Ne Obliviscaris and Abaddon Incarnate, along with many other achievements. 

At this point, any self respecting follower of the Irish metal scene has checked them out live. They really have been one of the most talked about bands this year and spread their name with their relentless gigging and vicious live show. 

I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with them now on three occasions, and they are as good a live act as you’re liable to see. They are extremely tight and knock the bollocks out of it anytime they play. 

Bigger things are coming for this band. They are already confirmed to play a festival in the UK next year with Warpath and starting work on their debut EP will they shall begin recording soon. 

Watch this band fly!!! 

Check out “Nail The Eye” here! 


Jenova are: 

Brian J Harrington – Vocals
David Mooney – Bass
Cormac Jordan – Guitar
Dylan Kennedy – Guitar
Marco Persechini – Drums


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Lock Horns

Lock Horns




Lock Horns are a Northern Irish progressive metal outfit. They started as a project to let the creativity vent but has since turned into a passion. Their debut 8 track LP entitled ‘Molṑn labé’, which translated from Latin means ‘Come and take them’ is in production and the band hope to release it late this year. 

There’s many different influences at work in their single “Wendigo” and possibly a good marker for where the band are going. 

I’m personally very interested in this bands upcoming LP and reckon they’d come across very well in a live environment. 

File this band under serious potential and have something a lot of new bands don’t, their own sound! 

Check out “Wendigo” here! 


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Dead Label! Are Part Of The Rogue Radio Mod For Fallout 4




Irish heavyweights Dead Label! have been chosen for a new radio Mod “Rogue Radio” on Fallout 4. It really is quite the achievement when you see the heavyweights on this list. 

Here’s the acts on the Mod. Which is currently live on PC and coming soon for Xbox owners. Hard luck for PS4 owners though. You’re missing out here… 

All Hail the Yeti
AMongst Thieves
Astral Display
Black Crown Initiate
Dead Label
Downfall 2012
The Five Hundred
Ghost in the Machine
Heaven Below
Hillbilly Herald
Humanity’s Last Breath
Lies of Nazca
Meta Stasis
Midnight Satellites
A Mirror Hollow
Shattered Skies
Shattered Sun
Vagus Nerve

The PC version is currently live…

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Axial Symmetry – United Corruption Review


Axial Symmetry – United Corruption Review




Dublin based Death Metal titans Axial Symmetry‘s new EP “United Corruption” is upon us! It has been a while coming, but it was worth the wait. 

As part of the team involved in the EP launch tour I was slightly worried about this review. It was going to be a very awkward few days if this release didn’t stand up…

I was right to trust my instincts as this is one of the better releases I’ve heard this year. It’s Death Metal, but has so many layers, dynamics and hooks throughout and keeps you interested start to finish!

The EP kicks off with with a spoken word intro “Freedom Machine” that although more electronic than metal, really sets the tone for this EP. It’s full on political with a lot of harsh truths about the state of humanity and has a very dark feel throughout. 

Previously released “A-21” is up next and one of the better songs on this EP. It’s very political in lyrical delivery as the song is based on “Article 21”. Read it if you haven’t… There’s some amazing lead guitar work throughout, great use of electronic music and great dynamics. You know this song is going to sound amazing live as it has so many tempo changes and a real depth to it! 

End Of Privacy” is the third track on this EP and one I didn’t really like so much upon first listen, but it’s a real grower! There’s so much going on with this track it needs to a couple of listens to fully absorb. Again, full of great lead guitar work and amazing use of electronic music in regards to tone and atmosphere. 

Track number four “D.F.E.” is probably my favourite track on this EP. It’s a lot slower in regards to tempo than the rest of the EP and it really works. There’s a great breakdown around the 1:30 mark, and if it doesn’t get your head banging? You just aren’t a metal fan! It speeds up after that and really picks up the pace. It moves back down the gears again effortlessly and grabs you by the bollocks and will not let go. If this track is anything to go by, then this bands forthcoming releases will be absolutely incredible! 

We now reach the EP’s penultimate track “Modified Genocide” which like “End Of Privacy” requires a couple of listens to fully absorb. There’s some excellent lead guitars and solos in here and it chug’s along nicely throughout. A very good track but after “D.F.E.” and the EP’s final track “United Corruption” after, it does fall ever so slightly short. Saying that, I’m very much looking forward to seeing how this track works live. It’s not a bad song by any stretch of the imagination but again does fall short in regards to the other tracks…. 

United Corruption” closes this fantastic EP, and man it’s a fucking great way to conclude this release. It’s heavy, fast and full of great dynamics. You can also feel the raw energy throughout this track and more excellent use of electronic music. It winds down with some amazing lead guitar work and when it’s all over. You just want to go back and listen to it all again… 

In conclusion, it’s pretty obvious I really enjoyed this EP. Five out of Six tracks are excellent and the other is good. I’ll probably change my mind and share the same opinion on every track after catching them all live next month. But for now, this release is a real statement of intent from this band. Considering they now have a stable line up and ready to take things up a notch. I wouldn’t need to be Septic Peg to predict their future works are going to reach another level of quality. The future is very bright for this band! 


Check out “A-21” here! 




Axial Symmetry are: 

Gavin Doyle – Guitar/Vocals/Keys/Moon Walk

Matt O’Brien – Guitar

Dave O’Reilly – Bass

Diego Rodrigues – Drums 


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Recorded/Mixed/Mastered By: Gavin Doyle @ Symmetry – Industry Studios. Dublin, IRE. 2015 – 2016.

Drums Recorded @ Troubadour Rehearsal Studios, Dublin, IRE.

Artwork & Layout By: Gavin Doyle

Band Photography: Peter Clarke

Produced By: Gavin Doyle.

Co-Produced By: Matt O’Brien


Catch them live on their EP launch tour in Galway, Cork and Dublin


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