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Venue Change: Deathcrusher 2015 ( Carcass, Obituary, Napalm Death, Voivod & Herod) moves to Vicar Street

Posted in Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2015 by Tickets There

11949424_866958103372923_6726998859918511235_nDue to unexpected circumstances, the Deathcrusher 2015 show (featuring Carcass, Obituary, Napalm Death, Voivod & Herod) will now move from The Olympia Theatre to Vicar Street. Tickets were temporarily off sale while the move was being confirmed but are back on sale now.

Original tickets are valid for the new show. Seating will be un-reserved but additional seats have been booked for current ticketholders to ensure there’s more than enough space for groups going together to find blocks for themselves).

To be fair, Vicar street will be an ever better venue for this show. Bigger bar, bigger (or wider) standing area in front of the stage and savage sound. Can’t wait!

Review: Iron Maiden – Book of Souls

Posted in Album Review, Music, News with tags , , , on August 31, 2015 by Tickets There

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Book_of_Souls_Iron_MaidenIt’s been a long wait, but Iron Maiden are finally ready to unleash their Sixteenth studio album on the world. Book of Souls is the first Maiden record since 2010’s The Final Frontier and fans are chomping at the bit to get a taste of this double disc behemoth. Like Judas Priest with Redeemer of Souls, it’s expected that this album is Maiden back on form and ready to enthral fans with a resurging comeback. We know Maiden have the 747 jumbo jet ready for a tour that’ll visit 35 countries – but does the music stand up to all the fanfare and hype?

Yes, yes it does. Opening with ‘Eternity Should Fall’, there’s a real sense Maiden have gone back to their golden age to pull out their core sound and lather it up with some modernisations. It’s a safe opening and it only gets better from here. ‘Speed of Light’ and ‘The Great Unknown’ follow and both increase the nostalgia, as well as faith in this new record. Fast, fun and full of catchy guitar hooks. ‘The Red and Black’ is a culmination of the best parts from the openers as it delivers the full frontal Maiden sing along we’ve (me) been waiting for. This track is solely written by Steve Harris and it’s a bit of a marathon at thirteen minutes, but who am I to question it? No-one, that’s who! Good work Steve, we’ll share a Trooper.

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Ballad time? Not on your life as ‘Death or Glory’ opens with everything you could ever want, expect or ask from a Maiden tune. It’s almost like every song sees them get stronger and stronger on Book of Souls and the excitement of Speed of Light’s classic era sound becomes slightly faded as better and better tunes are propelled forward, Death or Glory has everything for everyone. Love it – no more reviewing, time to re-listen. “Like a monkey climbing out of hell”? Ok, Maiden \,,/.

iron-maidenShadows of the Valley’, and I apologise for doing this tune by tune – but how often do you get a new Maiden album to praise? Every five years or so? Yeah, exactly – keep reading.  Shadows is probably the first dip in quality, but that’s due to the repetitive style and it lacks the bite of the previous few tunes. I wonder if Maiden thought the same because the next song, ‘Tears of a Clown’ changes things completely and offers more of a nineties-era rock anthem. Thoughtful, hooky, fun and a re-affirmance that Book of Souls is probably the most exciting Maiden album in a very long time.

It all culminates  with the reflective ‘The Man of Sorrows’ and the much talked about, eighteen minute ‘Empire of the Clouds’. Both display a mesh of classic Maiden styles and deliveries, but continuing the unique themes that have steadily built up over this record. Maiden are taking stock. Lyrically, they’re looking around them at what’s come before and what the future could hold and musically is no different. Songs about everything from the dawn of creation to historical incidents are baked by a collage of previous Maiden styles all collected under an umbrella that makes Book of Souls distinctive and full.

This is an Iron Maiden album in every way, not merely a carrier for a few treats. Double albums are not easy to pull off and even when they’re done well, they can struggle to keep the listener engaged right to the end. That is fortunately not the case on Book of Souls. While some songs, like this review, could have benefited from some trimming – everything works and as the final notes of Empire of the Clouds come to a close, you sit back and truly recognize the colossal achievement this record is. This is an album Iron Maiden fans and band alike can forever be proud of.

W.A.S.P. release new song ‘Last Runaway’

Posted in Gig Listing, Music, New Music, News with tags , , , , , , on August 14, 2015 by Tickets There

GolgothaCoverNot content with metal legends Iron Maiden releasing new material today? Well the incredible, the brilliant – the wonderful W.A.S.P. have just gone and released their first song in years and years today from their forthcoming record, Golgotha.

Yes, you’ll finally get to hear a new WASP record on October 2nd. We’ve been promised it’s got a mad mix of styles and judging by the first single, Last Runaway, the rumours are true. Not your typical Blackie tune by any stretch but very enjoyable. Click on the link below to head over to Soundcloud and hear it for yourself.

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Don’t forget folks, W.A.S.P. play Dublin’s Academy on September 16th. If you’ve never seen them – buy your tickets immediately. If you have seen them, enjoy going again because there’s no way you’re missing this. Tickets on sale now.

Iron Maiden release first single from ‘Book of Souls’

Posted in Music, Music Video, New Music, News with tags , , , , , on August 14, 2015 by Tickets There

Book_of_Souls_Iron_MaidenIt’s been five long years since Iron Maiden release new material but the wait is finally over. Today, the mighty Maiden have unleashed the first single from their new album, Book of Souls.

‘Speed of Light’ is a welcome return to their 80’s form with the entire band sounding great. Bruce had to overcome a lot of personal troubles to get this release and he’s sounding mighty. But how will it go down with the Maiden faithful? Have a listen below. Book of Souls will follow on September 4th.

Stereo Nasty announce album release

Posted in Music, New Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2015 by Tickets There

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Fans of hair metal, it’s time to get the spray out! Kildare boys, Stereo Nasty have announced their debut album, Nasty By Nature, is set for release next month. If it’s first preview tune, ‘Interstellar’ is anything to go by the lads have a pretty epic record for us. It’s being released by American label, Stormspell Records, so hopefully the lads will get a nod into the tried, tested and livn’ it US market.

StereoNasty2Tickets There hasn’t had the chance to hear the album in full or see the guys live yet, but all reports from our inadequate – secret Spice Girl fan boy rivals are glowing so we’re going to trust there’s something pretty excellent on this album. Expect a review once we have a copy. In the meantime, check out Interstellar below (further, that’s the release info you’re reading).

Nasty By Nature will be available on August 8th and it’s being release on cassette, CD and digitally. You can also pre-order the record now from the Stereo Nasty official bandcamp page.

ASH announce new album details and Irish tour dates

Posted in Gig Listing, IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , on February 18, 2015 by Tickets There

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Happy ASH Wednesday indeed as the northern pop/rock legends have announced plans for their eagerly awaited new album and some very intimate tour dates for Ireland.

The band’s new album, KABLAMMO! is going to hit shelves on June 8th but you don’t have to wait that long to get a taste as the lads have just dropped their first single in agggessss for streaming. Scroll below to hear Cocoon. This will be the band’s first standard album since 2007’s Twilight of Innocents. After it’s release the band announced they’d be moving to releasing material on single format only before releasing their ‘A-Z’ series throughout 2009 and 2010.

Also, the lads have announced a UK and Eire tour. Tickets go on sale this Friday for the dates with the Irish ones being priced around €20.

18th FEBRUARY – LONDON BARFLY – **SOLD OUT**

7th JUNE – DUBLIN WHELANS

8th JUNE – BELFAST LIMELIGHT

9th JUNE – EDINBURGH LIQUID ROOM

11th JUNE – LONDON SCALA

12th JUNE – MANCHESTER SOUND CONTROL

Congratulations Hellfest!

Posted in News with tags , , on December 17, 2014 by Tickets There

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HELLFEST 2014 has one the best festival award at the French Festival awards. Congrats to all – once again, the greatest heavy metal line-up of any festival ever in this sex writer’s opinion. Well done!

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