Wednesday, April 23, 2014

IRISH METAL ARCHIVE... new website online!!!

http://irishmetalarchive.com/


The link above is now the new home of the Irish Metal Archive.
I'll still keep this blog active, for the time-being at least! Mostly with news updates, new bands/release additions to the new website.

While we have been working hard on this site for well over a year, there is still a great deal of functionality to be rolled out over the coming months. If something doesn’t look quite right, check back in a week or 2, and it should be fixed.

We want you to become involved and to be a part of the archive too. Please feel free to comment and discuss any artist, release, video, gig, etc.. that you would like to – and If you have something to contribute, let us know!

If you were in a band that isn’t listed, we’d like to add you. If you were at a gig and took some photos, we want to share them.

Once the initial tweaks and tidy-up stuff has been done, we have some new functionality coming up, which will be rolled out over the next few months. Specifically, by mid-June, this site will be completely mobile and tablet friendly, and by mid-July, we will be launching the IMA player, which will generate automatic playlists and podcast downloads, so that you can discover new music every day.

But for now, enjoy the site, and the incredible amount of musical talent that Ireland has to offer! 

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

FORTH TO THE FIGHT... - Split (2014)


New split CD showcasing four local unsigned Irish metal bands. The split is a co-operative release between the Irish Metal Archive and each of the bands pitching in equally to fund the release and help promote and distribute each others music to a wider audience.




*****   BUY (€7) / STREAM / DOWNLOAD   *****



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ZYLUM :
01. Shadow's Call (02:19)
02. Isolated (05:12)
03. Only Death Is Real (05:47)
04. Rigor Mortis (00:41)

MAUSOLEUM :
05. Dissipate (03:28)
06. God Of Hellfire (04:56)
07. Violence In Remedy (03:40)
08. The Murder's Of Wild
Goose Lodge (04:49)

DEUS MORTUUS :
09. Empire Of The Gun (03:36)
10. Revolutionary Suicide (06:24)
11. Judgement Of The Dead (08:05)

ÍWERIÚ :
12. Pláinéid Ailíniú... (20:22)



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LINE-UP...
Bass/Vocals - Philly Brett
Guitars/B.Vocals - Andre Foley
Drums - Gerry McNamara

Keys/Samples - Ronnie Shanahan


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Bringing together a mix of Industrial Metal with Doom like tempos, this four piece hailing from Nenagh, Tipperary brings forward all the aggression and power their previous incarnation BORDERLINE PRIME encapsulated and promises to bring something new to the Munster and Irish metal scene.

ONLY DEATH IS REAL!!!!!!!!








LINE-UP...
Robert Ferguson - Vocals
Danny Farrell - Guitars
Dommo  - Guitars
Ben Rowe - Bass
Gary Mallon - Drums


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Death/Thrash band with members primarily hailing from Northern Ireland. They like to play hard and fast, swinging for the fences, defending the metal faith. Taking no prisoners!








LINE-UP...
Gary Clarke - Vocals
Colm Russell - Guitar/Vocals
John Woods - Guitar
Keith Smith - Bass
Rob Matthews – Drums


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Five piece Death/Thrash metal band from Navan in Meath. Started in June 2012, the 5 members were drawn together by a love of extreme metal.

 





LINE-UP...
Liam - Vocals
Griff - Guitar
Juraj - Samples/Loops/Vocals
James - Bass
Steve - Drums
Fitzy – Guitar


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Doom/Sludge/Industrial-Noise outfit who have been slowly seething away in Cork’s Underground Scene. Their amalgam of various styles build and recede to create tortured and oppressive soundscapes. Since the release of their 'Demo' in late 2011, ÍWERIÚ have played various gigs including 'The Burning Oak' festival opening to TRIPTYKON.







Thursday, February 27, 2014

PREDATOR

THRASH
Dublin



 

Last Known Line-up
Lar Fraser - Vocals
Jerry Galvin - Guitars
Peter Dickson - Bass
Alan Byrne - Drums

Former Members
John O'Brien - Vocals
Sean (Grover) McBride - Vocals
Niall McGreevy - Guitar
Tommy Whelan – Guitar


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Latest news from the PREDATOR camp is that the band are set to re-release their self-titled demo and EP from 1988, as well as some other hidden gems, on CD and vinyl through German label Metalizer Records. It's not yet known what the full track listing will include but it's expected that there will be a few bonus rare/unreleased tracks to be included in the release also!

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PREDATOR were a traditional Twin-Lead Heavy Metal band hailing from Dublin, Ireland, formed in 1987 by Peter Dickson (Bass) and Alan Byrne (Drums) later evolving a more thrash influenced sound. The original line-up was completed by Sean (Grover) McBride on Vocals, with Niall McGreevy & Tommy Whelan on guitars. The band recorded a self-titled demo tape in 1988 which led to them getting a deal with Dublin's Solid Records for the release of their 'Predator EP’ the same year. Also in 1988, they had the track ‘Missing In Action’ feature on a cassette only, Solid Records Sampler Compilation called ‘Solid Citizens’.

Not long after the EP's release, Whelan left due to other commitments and the band continued constantly gigging for the next 18 months with McGreevy fulfilling all guitar duties. Sean McBride left shortly after that and was  replaced by John O'Brien who brought a different style of vocals to the band for the recording of the next two demos before Jerry Galvin was eventually recruited to help restore the twin guitar sound and complete the line-up for future work.

Predator supported ANTHRAX on the Irish leg of the 'State of Euphoria' tour in Omagh, Bangor and Dublin. This tour is infamously remembered for ANTHRAX walking off stage because of spitting from the crowd. Predator also supported Queensrÿche on the Irish leg of the 'Operation : Livecrime' tour in the SFX, Dublin and the Ulster Hall, Belfast.

The bands management and label had the band in a bit of a stranglehold, however, restricting recording and live shows and ultimately contributing to the eventual demise of the Band. It wasn't long before O'Brien left and Lar Fraser replaced him, having recently returned from the UK where he had been fronting Kentish Thrashers First Blood. The band set about playing a few shows during which time McGreevy quit before the writing and recording of the final "Cross My Path...." Demo on New Years' Eve 1991. The track
'Cross My Path And Hope To Die' was included on the cassette-only 'The Compilation of Nursery Rhymes in A Minor' which was released on Emperor Of Eagles Records in 1992.

Throughout their career Predator always stayed true to the core belief of Heavy Metal before they finally disbanded in 1992.
Exactly how many other tracks remain unreleased is not known...

I was briefly in contact with PREDATOR bassist Peter Dickson recently and he told me it was OK with him to upload the demo tracks for everyone to listen to. And the gent that he is, he also forwarded on a copy of the EP for me to upload too, which includes an outtake track from the EP recordings. A re-recorded version of the track 'Celtic Attack' from the first demo. He also told me that the band recorded a total of four demos plus the EP. So! If anyone has any more info on the band or can provide a copy of any releases missing from here, please contact me through the "Contact/Submit" page or leave a comment below.




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'Nursery Rhymes...' (Comp Tape 1992)
Features 'Cross My Path...' from PREDATOR
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'Predator EP'  -  (1988)
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'Predator'  -  (Demo 1988)
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'Solid Citizens' Compilation/Sampler Tape (1988)
...includes the Predator track 'Missing In Action'
(stream/download not available)





VIDEO CLIPS OF PREDATOR LIVE...





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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

PANIC

THRASH
Dublin


Last Known Line-up  
Vocals, Guitars - Dara O’Donaghue (The Big Geraniums)
Bass - Trevor Elliott (Moral Crusade)
Drums -  Robbie Gilbert

Former Members
Guitars - Dean Quan


Thrash Metal band from Dublin, formed in 1987. Bass player 'Trev' left after they recorded their one and only demo, 'The Secret Slam', to join KILLER WATT and was later in MORAL CRUSADE.

Not to be confused with PANIC from over the border in Belfast.



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'The Secret Slam' Demo – (1987)
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