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*

*Sail not performing





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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.

Pre-order the record here:https://www.blood-music.com/store

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 http://ffm.to/OP_drones.

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 oztix.com.au!

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.

For more information, please go to osakapunch.com.

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Adelaide’s Life Pilot are today announcing the release of their brand new single “Pretty Like A Pistol”, which will emerge into the world this Friday, 18th October – AND they are heading out on the road to show Australia how this new track fits among their chaotic live show throughout November and December 2019! “Pretty Like A Pistol” is live on all online stores and streaming platforms at http://ffm.to/lifepilot_PLAP. Tickets are on early next week for their “Pretty Like a Pistol” tour dates now at https://linktr.ee/lifepilotband.

Angus Long, vocalist and frontman, says that “Pretty Like A Pistol, as a whole, is about moving on from the life of a 20-something year old into your 30’s and reflecting on what you have or have not achieved. Realising what could arguably be the most important decade of your life is now over and wondering if that time was spent righteously. A mid life crisis come too soon, not soon enough.

On the surface, the Pretty As a Pistol clip is a bunch of nonsensical scenes, with no obvious story line, seemingly leaning more into the absurdity and chaos that Life Pilot is known for, than anything deep or meaningful. BUT, within the scenes are small commentaries on the band’s own experiences of their youth – for example, spending days inside the world of video games and ignoring the world around us. The band wanted the video to feel surreal and uncomfortable, but still light and hopefully whimsical – and absurd enough – to make people laugh. It’s a fine line, but Life Pilot are the band to do it.

That surrealism, whimsy and absurdity will then be on show as the Pretty Like A Pistol tour then hits the road throughout November and December as Life Pilot are going to Mt Gambier on Friday November 1 for a Licenced/AA show at North Gambier Football Club with King Parrot, then Thursday November 21 in Melbourne at Bendigo Hotel, Saturday November 23 in Wollongong at Servo Bar, Sunday November 24 in Sydney at Staves Brewery, Wednesday November 27 in Newcastle at Hamilton Station Hotel, Thursday November 28 at Brisbane’s The Brightside, Friday November 29 at Gold Coast’s Vinnie’s Dive and finishing off in hometown Adelaide on Saturday December 14 for a Licenced/AA show at Broadcast Bar.

2019 has been a defining year for Life Pilot, grinding out dates across the country in support of their previous single ‘Dark, Dark, Goose” and now their foreshadowing track “Pretty Like a Pistol”. Not content with merely one headlining Australian tour in 2019, the band is set to tackle the country one more time before the year is out. This relentless nature has earned them a nomination for Best Metal Artist in this year’s SA Music Awards. With 8 new dates across November & December, Life Pilot will stake their claim as one of South Australia’s finest.

To date the band has self released their 2012 Demo EP, 2013 Compass Split record with Statues, their Debut EP, High Noon in 2014 & Sophomore EP “Too Hot For Killing” in 2017 as well as 2019’s standalone riff fest ‘Dark, Dark, Goose’. These releases garnered much attention around the country from Triple J, killyourstereo.com, The Faction, Hysteria Mag, numerous blogs and street press outlets, as well as artist features in Australian Guitar and DrumScene magazines.

Life Pilot has maintained a strong DIY ethos and is no stranger to hard work, and this nose-to-the-grindstone attitude has been rewarded by sharing the stage with many legendary artists along the way. Converge, Every Time I Die, HELL YEAH, Norma Jean, Senses Fail, Kverletak & More, as well as performing at SoundWave Festival and showcasing at BIGSOUND.

Life Pilot’s new single “Pretty Like a Pistol” is out now on all online stores and streaming platforms at http://ffm.to/lifepilot_PLAP. Tickets are on sale early next week for their Pretty Like a Pistol tour with all details at https://linktr.ee/lifepilotband.

For more information, please go to https://www.facebook.com/LifePilotBand

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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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