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From Wednesday 30 October 2019

Cold War Kids – ‘New Age Norms Vol. 1’

It’s hard to not hear the influence of Cold War Kids on modern rock. The indie quartet from Long Beach have had a hand in the sound of indie since the turn of the millennium, and love them or hate them in the modern day, they are

Thursday 17 October 2019

Alter Bridge – ‘Walk The Sky’

Despite being labelled ‘Creed Killers’ by fans, and enduring their share of record label woes, Alter Bridge have carved out a neat little corner of alt-rock for themselves. Through an impressive back catalogue of albums, alongside the high-calibre performances of guitarist Mark Tremonti and vocalist Myles Kennedy,

Tuesday 08 October 2019

Babymetal – ‘Metal Galaxy’

The music industry – much like every industry – changes. At some point we all must come to terms with the fact that general tastes differ over the years, that genres come and go, that rock is no longer the same as it was ten, twenty, or

Wednesday 02 October 2019

We Lost The Sea – ‘Triumph & Disaster’

We Lost The Sea were not always an instrumental band, and to many their last release, ‘Departure Songs’, may not have been the album expected – or even, at the time, wanted. It was the album they needed to make, however, and as sharp and as raw

Monday 30 September 2019

Opeth – ‘In Cauda Venenum’

Delicate isn’t often a word you get to use when talking about metal or prog – but, then again, Opeth have never been ones to stick to the norm. After thirty years and many, many lineup changes, the Swedish legends continue on relatively strong form, compared to

Friday 27 September 2019

Godeater – ‘All Flesh Is Grass’

These are troubling times we live in. At least, that’s how Godeater see it. The debut album from the Glaswegian Tech Metal group is more than just an introduction to their sound – it feels like the first paragraph of an open letter to a planet being

Thursday 12 September 2019

LIVE: Belfast Vital 2019 @ Boucher Fields

Belfast Vital, Tennents Vital, Vital Festival. Call it what you will, but this 17 year old Northern Irish festival – when it’s not suffering from an unfortunate hiatus or year long break – always delivers a surprisingly strong lineup. This year, the show returned to its roots

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Chelsea Wolfe – ‘Birth Of Violence’

Chelsea Wolfe is a musician who knows her strengths. That’s not to say that her work is repetitive – far from it. The Californian Queen of Dirges has a penchant for weaving her signature reverberating style through multiple genres, ranging from simple acoustic folk, to full-on doom

Friday 30 August 2019

Tool – ‘Fear Inoculum’

Some projects seem to be destined for the ether. To any prog rock fan in the last decade or so, a new Tool album was just a pipe-dream – a nice idea to hope for, but never to expect. The last outing by the psychedelic quartet, ‘10,000 Days’, was

Friday 16 August 2019

The Murder Capital – ‘When I Have Fears’

The Irish alternative scene is thriving right now. Self-made and independant bands regularly pack hundreds of fans into cramped bars and local venues. Despite the loss of some of Dublin City’s most historic music venues, Irish punk refuses to go down without a fight. The house might