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Hellfire()Sounds Review: Warcrux (Warcrux E.P.)

Posted in EP Review, Hellfire()Sounds : REVIEWS, Music, New Music with tags , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2012 by Tickets There

We’re a little behind on the auld review front, so let’s start with a 2011 release from Belfast metallers Warcrux. They describe themselves as a thrash / sleaze band, but we’re not getting that from the EP. All the hallmarks of later Metallica are there and there’s some goof foundations for things to come, but the sound is much more polished, less aggressive and at times – too acoustic for thrash metal. The sleaze? nah.

Kicking off with ‘Ties That Bind’, the slow acoustic build up unfortunately doesn’t lead into the typhoon of riffs and Armageddon you might expect. There’s no sign of thrash or sleaze and little to distinguish the song from any other young band trying to impersonate ReLoad Metallica. As deep as it tries to be, it just doesn’t hit the mark in any way and even the double bass drums can’t save it.

Good news, ‘Pray For Ares’ puts the EP on its feet and finally we get a little metal. The vocals don’t deliver that deathly blow this blogger thinks metal bands need, but it’s a marked improvement from Ties That Bind. Goes on for a bit, but with pints involved it could be a handy live number. ‘Leave Me To Crawl’ has another one of those melodic intros, but the band don’t mess with you this time.  James Hetfield sounds good on vocals…. Ah no, the singer improves a fair amount here. Riffs, solos, heaviness a gogo all packed into one place. Most bands would probably finish a metal EP with the ballad song but in this case, we’re glad Warcrux pounded out the metal for us.

On that note – well worth checking out. Young band who can only improve. Stay away from the acoustic guitars until you’ve completed your Kill Em All and all will be well….well as in dead since you’re killing them all. I’m killing this piece right now aren’t I? Doesn’t matter, no one’s reading anyway.

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Hellfire()Sounds Review: Summoner (‘Infernal Incantations’ Demo)

Posted in EP Review, Hellfire()Sounds : REVIEWS, Music, New Music with tags , , , , on March 6, 2012 by Tickets There

Looking for a little Black metal meets thrash? Well no need to go scraping the bay of California or digging through the abandoned grave years on Norway – Ireland’s got you sorted. Summoner  are an Irish band (possibly from the late 200 BC) who dress like demonic druids and play extremely heavy, yet surprisingly accessible tunes. While some find the likes of Mayhem, Emperor and Venom hard to listen to, Summoner have added in a little bit of raunchiness into the typical bleak black metal soundscape which ends up as a thrashy, death metal fusing of the sounds.  They released their ‘Infernal Incantations’ demo in October 2011 so time to give it a spin.

Well it’s short. In total the demo comes in at 1.18 seconds with two tunes. ‘Into Mine Unseen Barrier Shall Thy Flesh Be Wrought’ kicks things off and acts as the demo’s opus clocking up an impressive 00:51 seconds on the clock. It still managed a fairly awesome intro, nice bit of riffage and lead and fairly full on, bleaker than black vocals. Don’t judge a man by his height, book by it’s cover or song by it’s length!. Final song, ‘Premature Incineration’ has all the hallmarks of a AAA VIP pass into hell. Short, bitter and brutal. While it may not be the most radio friendly genre out there, Summoner do it well but know this – we are keeping a closer eye on church fires from now on!

Check out the band’s ‘Infernal Incantations’ demo now on Bandcamp (Click here).

Hellfire()Sounds Review: Psykosis (‘Toxic Terror Storm’ Demo)

Posted in EP Review, Hellfire()Sounds : REVIEWS, IRISH NOISE!, Music, New Music with tags , , , , , , on March 5, 2012 by Tickets There


It’s Monday, it’s sunny and that means thrash metal is needed! Rather that rooting through the American bands for some tunage, why not try some local home-grown boys who are just as good. Psykosis are a Dublin born ‘n’ bred, God honest thrash band with killer riffs, no quarter lyrics and blistering solos. Oh yes, welcome home!

The band has one demo to their name and are looking to get their debut album out and onto your stereos as soon as possible. In the meantime the demo, ‘Toxic Terror Storm’ will be enough to keep your going. Opening with the rampaging ‘Toxic Fugitive’, the tune immediately blasts you into a no-holes barred, thrash world of carnage. Sneering lyrics overlapped with shredding guitar leads and riffs so forceful you’ll think you’re having a seizure.  ‘Terror At 3 A.M.’ turns things up a few notches with thundering drums/riffs creating a wall of power behind Grant Walsh’s vocals and guitars. Powerful chorus, savage solos – everything a good healthy dose of metal can deliver really.

The Demo closes with the fearsome ‘Bonestorm’ which starts off with one solid riff that pounds its way through the track. If you’re into mind-numbing riff ‘n’ solo style metal, then this is your baby. Dense, hard and heavy and a crackin’ tune to finish the demo of with. In short, Psykosis are a formidable force on the Irish metal scene. Well worth checking out and another band you’ll be hearing more about on Tickets There in the future.

All tracks on the demo are available on their MySpace Page (Click Here) and they play the Wacken Metal Battle Semi-Final II on March 24th @ The Pint, Dublin.

Hellfire()Sounds Review: Zealot Cult

Posted in Hellfire()Sounds : REVIEWS, Music, MySpace Review, Special Features with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2012 by Tickets There


In fairness, this should be flagged more as a ‘traditional music’ review than a metal one. Like in the bay area of San Francisco, they don’t call Metallica ‘heavy metal’, they call them ‘heritage music’ and ‘traditional bay area folk’. Same can be said the Zealot Cult and Limerick. If Limerick was allowed revamp and update its traditional music, Tickets There would push for insane, gore oozing, gut punching death metal. The tracksuits would probably win out and you’d end up with the Rubberbandits, but what can ya do?  

Zealot Cult are on the bill for the Wacken Metal Battle Semi-Final II so we decided we’d give them a spin and all we can say is, ‘Warpath – watch yourselves’. We’ve been spending some quality time on their MySpace player for the past couple of days and while death metal may not be TT’s forte, we can’t help but enjoy the hell out of it.  Did the use of the word forte give it away?

‘Killing Spree’ kicks things off and ..yup, that’s what you’d imagine it sounds like. What you do is take two slices of hell, spread a little pain on there. Cut thick slices of punishment and drizzle it with doom. Make sense? If not, you just don’t get metal. ‘Knives of the Zealots’ (knife title)…..(sorry), is a little more up front. Have no idea what’s going on here, but someone’s pissed. Another few lashings of doom and you’re done.

Architects of Carnage’ (another bitching title) is faster, more aggressive and more violent than the other tunes. The kind of tune that makes you push the guys in front of you, no matter where you are and force them all into a pit. ‘Portraits in Blood’ is probably the radio single here. Much tamer and a lot more mainstream than the other tracks in the player. Fairly catchy chorus and a savage solo. Of course I’m joking, about everything but the solo! Alas, ‘Homicide’ brings us to an end. Another spree of rabies infected death metal over and nowhere to go. These guys are going to go far in the Wacken Metal Battle if they’re as good live as they are on record. Should make for an interesting final if they go through.

Check out their tunes @ MySpace. Apologies for references to Metallica in two consecutive posts, TT knows other bands but they just seemed to fit so back off.

Hellfire()Sounds Review: Exzeltic (Ground Zero EP)

Posted in EP Review, Hellfire()Sounds : REVIEWS, Music with tags , , , , , , , on March 1, 2012 by Tickets There


After seeing these guys on Saturday night at the Wacken Metal battle semi-finals, we’re confident there’s a future for thrash metal in Ireland. Taking their influence from Megadeth, ‘Kill Em All’ era Metallica (when they were actually thrash, like) and the Priest (Judas, not the other kind), the band play fast, heavy metal with riffs, solos and glass cutting vocals. Their second EP, Ground Zero, came out last year and it’s about time you heard it. Welcome to EXZELTIC

Kicking off with ‘Devastator’, the EP launches into raw thrash, under produced but sounding great. The solos are killer, the lyrics are brutal and the singing, well the singing unfortunately falls into the production problem but that doesn’t last and dramatically improves on the second track – ‘Infinity Crisis’..but first you need to get past the monster solo on Devastator, incredible stuff.

Infinity Crisis kicks off with some pounding drumming before the dual lead guitars launch the song to its feet. The riff is catchy as hell, classic crunchy riffs. Singing dramatically improves and the solos agghh. It’s hard to find an Irish band that have a grasp of this style, but Exzeltic have it by the bucket load and these recordings still pale in comparison to their live performance. Another ranging battle of riffs and major soloing later – you have one hell a tune to get through. Raging rampage of carnage, if nothing else.

The EP closes out with a head banging ballad of world ending proportions. Now of course when we say ballad for thrash metal, we do of course mean a clean guitar intro and then open the void and jump. ‘Agent of Chaos’ is one of those frighteningly fast metal anthems that could fire itself onto any decent thrash record and still kick the other tunes asses. This is the moment on the EP where everything falls into place to deliver a 100% bonafide piece of classic music…except that one bit at 04:15, drop that tiny little guitar thing and all is well.

If you like your trash or just like all metal, Exzeltic are the band to check out as soon as you can. Normally Tickets There doesn’t do this, but we’ve included all three of their tunes below because we firmly believe this is one of the most exciting old-skool bands in Ireland at the moment…that we’ve heard.



Hellfire()Sounds Review: Rebels By Nature

Posted in Hellfire()Sounds : REVIEWS, Music on February 22, 2012 by Tickets There

Despite the awesome “!!metal-\,,/-ness!!” of Hell()Sounds, we’re also going to cover hard rock (like it or not) cause metal is great and all, but you need diversity…..well, do you f**k, but hard rock is always welcome.  Today we’re looking at Belfast band, Rebels By Nature who mix raspy, gritty vocals, heavy guitars and booming tunes that appear just one decent producer away from kicking the living crap out of ya. Tonight Matthew, we’re going Facebook!

First of four tunes on their Facebook is ‘Dead Man’, a sweaty ball of riffs-attitude and lead-GALORE!. There’s moments where the music disappears and sounds a little weak but everything’s here and it just needs a proper rock producer to step in and knock it together. Lyrics are great, vocals style is fairly brutal – think Lemmy meets Kieran Daly (X-Wired Desire). ‘We Are Rebels’ is a little grittier, harder and better built. There is the odd moment where a pointless lead jumps in and everyone else downs tools. A song like this needs adrenalin, no stopping but it doesn’t manage to destroy the pace and it still kicks ass. The best though is yet to come…

Third track, ‘Where The Wasteland Ends’ is a country styled ballad. Country styled ballads have no place in HELL()SOUNDS so we’re moving on! Post-Country Ballad confusion, we have ‘Blood & Whiskey’. One of the most over used, but still coolest titles floating around the rock world. Who doesn’t want to have an original song called Blood & Whiskey in their set? It’s like a f**king epic! Fortunately Rebels By Nature can be proud of theirs. Rallying, heavy as hell and a true, 100% bona fide stomper of a tune. There’s improvements  that could be tacked on here and there, but not much in fairness. Tickets There can recommend giving the live version a go for proper effect. Check out their Facebook now to hear there tunes (yes, including the country ballad thing). Rock on!

Hellfire()Sounds Review: Shardborne (Aeonian Sequence E.P.)

Posted in EP Review, Hellfire()Sounds : REVIEWS, Music, Special Features with tags , , , , , on February 21, 2012 by Tickets There

As with the IRISH NOISE! Reviews, we’re not limiting ourselves to just random tracks for the Hellfire series. Today for example, we’ve been listening to Shardborne’sAeonian Sequence’ EP which was released last year as a free download or very nicely priced €5 CD. These guys have been around for almost ten years so we won’t treat them as newbies and neither should you. This EP screams experience, a fined craft for traditional Celtic folk metal and a powerful skill and writing very soothing, involved tracks.

Opening with the fantastic ‘B141’, it doesn’t immediately click that these guys are an instrumental band. Unlike some, they don’t go down the old road of basically writing a normal verse/chorus job and just forget to advertise for a singer. B141 is a mix of fast guitars, heavy drumming and swoops, loops ‘n’ changes. This feel is carried on in second track ‘Deimos’ which pushed both the bands lighter side, with soothing brides, un-intruding guitar leads and waves before the mighty backdrop of drums and riffs trounce in; paving the way for the bleak ‘Aeonian Sequence Pt.1 – Societies Collapse’. Metal military drumming, chaos, sings of strength and aggression all pour into one of this track with the odd moment of computer jazz confusion and emptiness with the lead guitars acting as the protagonist and the wall of sound the antagonist. The jazz moments play Charlie Chaplin.

‘Pt.2, Enduring’ carries on the assault with heavier riffs, more poignant guitar leads and even a touch of romance. This isn’t a song, it’s a full blown stage production with characters, stories and emotion. An excellent piece of music from start to finish that could be amazing in a live setting with KISS’s budget. If you haven’t heard them, check out their Soundcloud and download this. Even if you don’t like instrumental music, I can guarantee you’ll hardly notice and by the time you reach Aeonian Sequence Pt.1 & 2, you’ll be sold. Excellent find! Long live Limerick metal!