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Review: Overoth – Kingdom of Shadows

Posted in Album Review, IRISH NOISE!, Music with tags , , , , on April 12, 2013 by Tickets There

550350592-1Overoth have been kind enough to re-release their debut album, Kingdom of Shadows and being black hearted megalomaniacs, we felt TT should have a say. If you’ve seen Overoth at any time over the past two years since Kingdom of Shadow’s release, you’ll know they are a powerful force to be reckoned with. Lead singer, Andy Ennis cuts an imposing figure on stage and commands a dominant presence; supported by an intensely dense, doom/death metal bellowing backline(I know what backline means, but it suited the moment).

Kingdom of Shadows’ and ‘I Am One, I Am All’ crack the lid on a treasure trove of isolated darkness, carnage and aggression. The title track is fast paced, classic death metal while I Am One, I Am All injects the band’s heavier, doom, sound made stronger by Andy’s reverbing growls. ‘Summon the Cursed’ is flanked by thick echoing riffs that sway with the song before bursts of extremity explode out of nowhere. `The Serpent of Old’ and ‘Led to the Slaughter’ are two of the strongest pieces on the album. Face slapping metal in its finest form. At times the impact is a little muddled, but raw with power and both songs show the ability this band has and boasts potential for their next record.

BGUU97qCMAECQCNPathway to Demise’ and ‘Obsidian Blade’ continue to reinforce the bands power, but offer little in the way of real originality. They pale even further when the show stealing, ‘Upon The Alar’ awakens. A heaving brute of a tune that perfectly captures each band member falling into place, allowing them to deliver the song they’ve hinted at throughout the record. Haunting guitars, sparse echoes and militaristic force. ‘The Forbidden Realm’ builds on the revamped interest Upon The Altar gives in dramatic fashion. While not as forceful, it’s complexity, speed and focus drive the song and the album home.

Kingdom of Shadows may not have the most life changing songs in its ranks, but it does an excellent job at relaying the bands live sound and brute strength. At the same time it manages to drop a few regulars into your playlist and build anticipation for Overoth’s next release. If Kingdom of Shadows is anything to go by, Overoth will be a death metal household name in no time.

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Review: Psykosis / Exzeltic / Edenfire @ Club Carnage – Fibber MaGee’s (April 5th, 2013)

Posted in Gig Review, IRISH NOISE!, Music with tags , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2013 by Tickets There

20130408-005012.jpgMetal fans living in Dublin, drinking anywhere but Fibbers tonight are losing out (broke, sick, murderous fans excused), because when you get three bands like Psykosis, Exzeltic and Edenfire playing the same night together, it’s not something to skip. Club Carnage may not be the most packed venue of all time, but there’s a good strong crowd in to hear some of the best thrash metal Dublin has to offer. A night made even sweeter by cheap entry, cheap booze and more than enough room to mosh the Buckfast away \,,/

562339_10151591375713200_595606017_nEdenfire are just getting warmed up when TT reaches the venue. Only the second group on and already there’s an impressive crowd gathered around the front of the stage. The band sound strong, playing tracks from their debut EP and displaying skills that only come from the vast number of shows Edenfire have been playing over the last two years. Getting better with each performance and definitely ones to watch over the next year.

5958_10151591349468200_209870050_nEver since seeing this next band sweep through last year’s Wacken Metal Final semi finals; Tickets There has loved Exzeltic. In fact I’d find it hard to understand anyone who likes thrash metal not liking them. Adam, Connor, Neil and ‘Giller’ are four of the most talented, energetic and ferocious musicians on the scene today. With a small arsenal of songs at their disposal, Exzeltic has masterfully wielded their tracks into merciless destroyers. Extended solos played with extreme precision and unrelenting riffs pack their unfortunately short set with more power than you’re likely to see from any of the greats. Their bruising ‘Agents of Chaos’ and cover of Megadeth’s ‘Hanger 18 finish the night in epic style. Exzeltic are a new band with a lot to offer. Now we just wait until they’re ready for a full blown release. However tonight belongs to headliners Psykosis and they’re ready to light this place up.

482758_10151591349158200_1034823677_nI’ll be blunt – Psykosis are so good live its borderline ridiculous. This is the third or fourth time I’ve been able to catch them and each show sets the bar a little higher. They trump their excellent support bands in terms of performance, catalogue and skill together. Each song is delivered with flawless style and gut punching brutality. Yet the band still maintain and extremely relaxed, fun approach and are able to put on a stellar show without it seeming a challenge or like they’re going through the motions. Band interaction between songs and their best known hits saved till last (‘Toxic Fugitive’ and ‘Terror at 3am’!) complete a night of unbeatable metal.

543992_10151591348978200_1066333988_nWhat we got here…is some of the finest talent the Irish metal world has to offer; in the prime of their early days together. When these bands start releasing albums and touring extensively – there will be no stopping them. Anyone who like their Overkill, Megadeth, Slayer…etc, needs to get their asses down to the Pint, to Fibbers and anywhere else they play and support these bands before we lose them to the continent or the States. One incredible night from all involved.

Review: Gargantuan – Declarations of Gore

Posted in EP Review, IRISH NOISE!, Music with tags , , , , , , on April 4, 2013 by Tickets There

66114115-1For those who don’t know, Enniskillen was once home to a might record shop called ‘Island Discs’. In its day, island Discs was the mecca of the North West for all things hard rock and metal. Anything demo/bootlegged or hard to find was always to be found in Island and generally at a decent price. It was a gathering ground for every rock/metal fan in the town and the surrounding counties. It’s no surprise that Enniskillen is now in the habit of producing some quality metal, first with Darkest Era and now Gargantuan (and
many more I’ve still discover I’m sure).

Formed in 2008, the death metal quartet has spent the last four years furiously touring Ireland with some of the major players from the Belfast and Dublin scene. They released their debut EP, Gargantuan EP in 2010 and now they’re ready to take things to a new level. Declarations of Gore is the band’s second EP and there’s no denying they’ve made some serious progress in the last two years. While the Gargantuan E.P. was a powerful adversary that nicely fused together many of the bands death / technical metal influences, it pales in comparison to Declarations of Gore. The songs on the first EP had the intensity, the power but seemed to lack a direction (except Sticky Trigger Finger; that song gallops down the headphones).  That’s all over now as opening tune, ‘Hell Unearth’, thunders through the speakers with unstoppable fury. It introduces honed skills, a sharper direction and a harmonious mix of their influences and own unique style.

‘Kathartic Bloodletting’ pulls back into a brooding, intimidating mangle of restrained riffs and classic death / brutal metal structure. Less full frontal aggressiveness on K. Bloodletting is evened off when ‘I Rot’ hammers in. A concoction of death and black metal, I Rot is disjointed in structure, at times drawn out, but the power and intensity of the verse and bridges makes the song an authoritative piece for this EP. ‘Math Murder’ brings a little more doom back into Gargantuan’s sound. Slow and mighty at the start, you’re quickly thrown into a private pit of intensity. The EP ends with the forceful ‘Necrosis‘. Here the band just let loose with rampaging aggression. No long bridges, no melodic pit stops – just full on war for the ears. Excellent finish from a truly promising band. They’ll be down in Dublin for a show on June 1st at the Dublin Day of Decay so make sure you stop by and check them out.

GAMA BOMB Announce New Album Artwork / Track listing and Release Details

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , on March 6, 2013 by Tickets There

31930_539926336029359_1651500463_nOur old pals Gama Bomb are preparing to re-assault the Irish and global metal scene with the release of their fourth album next month. Titled, ‘The Terror Tapes’, this will be the band’s first release since 2009’s ‘Tales From The Grave In Space’.

The Terror Tapes will hit European Shelves on April 19th followed by a US release on May 7th. It’s release will be proceeded by their brand new single, Terrorscope which will be made available as a free download on March 26th. The track listing can be found below,

01. The Wrong Stuff
02. Legend of Speed
03. Backwards Bible
04. Beverly Hills
Robocop

05. Smoke
The Blow With Willem Dafoe

06. We Started The Fire
07. Terrorscope
08. The Cannibals Are In The Streets – All Flesh
Must Be Eaten

09. Shitting Yourself To Live
10. Matrioshka Brain
11. Metal Idiot
12. Wrecking Ball

In a posting on the band’s twitter page, they’re pretty confident the album’s artwork (which was illustrated by famous horror artist, Graham Humphreys) is the be all and end all of metal covers. What do you think?

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Photos: TURN – Live @ The Button Factory (December 21st 2012)

Posted in Gig Review, IRISH NOISE! with tags , , , , on February 19, 2013 by Tickets There

After writing about TURN back in September, I think I’ll let a few poor photo efforts sum up one of the best things in Ireland over the past 11 years for this writer; TURN live! It was a great show and I regret not reviewing at the time. Apologies to all who were misled by the misleading title.

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Halloween 2012: Metal & Rock Nights around Dublin

Posted in Gig Listing, IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2012 by Tickets There

It’s almost Halloween and you know what that means – HALLOWEEN Parties! The good news is there’s no shortage this year and if leather, fake blood and booze are what you’re after – Tickets There got yo back y’all! If we find more we’ll let ye know.

Personal Choice: The Teddy Bears Twisted Picnic @ The Gypsy Rose (Oct. 28th, 2012)

The Temple Street Children’s Hospital will benefit greatly from the silly volumes of Jack Daniels and Jagermeister Tickets There plans on downing at this charity event. A while night of fancy dress, drink promotions and classic rock. There’s a cover charge but all proceeds go to the hospital so you can get plastered in the safe knowledge that medicine will benefit from you. Done!

  • DATE: Oct. 29th
  • Venue: Gypsy Rose
  • Fancy Drees: YES
  • Cover Charge: €5 (For Charity)
  • Drinks promos: €4 all drinks till 11, €5 after.
  • Entertainment: Classic rock tunes and lots of lovely girls. We’ve had pro…..

Club Hell Annual Halloween Ball @ O’Reilly’s (Oct. 31st)

The now annual Blub Hell Halloween Ball is back with all manner of drinks promotions, fancy dress, fire girls…etc. All drinks on the night will be a fairly decently priced €3 with Jagermeister going for €2.50 a shot. Not so bad. Cover charge is €5 before 11pm, €7 after.

  • DATE: Oct. 31st
  • Venue: O’Reilly’s (Under Tara Street)
  • Fancy Dress: YES
  • Cover Charge: €5 before 11pm, €7 after
  • Drinks promos: All Drinks €3, Jagermeister €2.50
  • Entertainment: Tons-O-tunage…. And lots of lovely girls.

Halloween Benefit Gig @ The Pint (Oct. 31st)

Want a scatter of punk bands and cheap drink? Then the Pint is the place to be on Halloween night. Five bands will play on the night with thepint.ie reporting it’s a benefit gig. Who’ll benefit? We’re not sure – but then again Halloween doesn’t have to be a charity night. Mayhem, gore and fun is all ya need. On the roster is Contort, Rats Blood, #1s, Ghost Trap and Disguise. Should be a laugh.

  • DATE: Oct. 31st
  • Venue: The Pint
  • Fancy Dress: Seems NO – but dress like a punk and either way you’re sorted 🙂
  • Cover Charge: €10 suggested
  • Drinks promos: N/A (But the Pint is always cheap)
  • Entertainment: Five hard ass punk bands

Samhain All Hallows Eve Celebration @ Fibber Magees (Oct. 31st)

Now we’re talking – serious metal for Halloween! Darkest Era, Celtachor, Thy Worshiper and Legions of Wolves head up a night of extreme music in Fibbers (thought they were doing laser discos now?) on Parnell Street (in asocial with Music Maker). This is a Pagan themed night (although all costumes are welcome), with a cash prize for the best dressed male and female. (€250 cash prize each!) If you’re looking for proper Drink Promo Menu, then this is the place to be. Here’s a taste of what they’re offering,

Vodka (+ Miker), Irish Whiskey (+ Mixer), Jager, Mickey Finns, Sambuca, Tequila, Bottle s of VK, Pints of Fosters, Bav, Mad Dog and Slaty – all €3 each.

Jack +coke, Captain Morgan + mixer all €4.

Bottles of Buckfast, pitchers and 3xJager Bombs – €10 each!

Now that sounds like proper drunk, Fibbers will be hopping!

  • DATE: Oct. 31st
  • Venue: Fibber MaGees (Parnell Street)
  • Fancy Dress: Yes and fancy dress get’s you €2 off admission.
  • Cover Charge: €8 (but €6 with fancy dress)
  • Drinks promos: Loads, most drinks between  €3/4. See list above)
  • Entertainment: Four heavy-f**king-Metal bands and lots of lovely girls.

Crazy Nights Halloween Party @ Bruxelles Rock Bar (Oct. 26th)

You didn’t think we’d forget Bruxelles did you? Dublin’s oldest rock bar is hosting three bank holiday nights of major pinting and it all kicks off on Friday. Crzy Nights will be playing the best 80’s metal / rock all night with loads of drink promos and a fancy dress ball. Spot prizes for best costume and tunes/drinks till 03:00am. Expect to hear Skid Row, WASP, KISS, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Aerosmith, Thin Lizzy, Reckless Love, Van Halen..etc,etc while enjoying these prices – All PinAll pints, shots, JagerBombs, Sprits with a dash – €4. Pitchers of Amstell €10, Slushies (?) & frozen cocktails €4.95, Tiger Beer pints €5 and the lovely Desperados – €5

  • DATE: Oct. 26th
  • Venue: Bruxelles Rock Bar
  • Fancy Dress: Yes with spot prizes
  • Cover Charge: Free
  • Drinks promos: Loads, most drinks between €3/4. See list above)
  • Entertainment: Hair metal up the hole!!

Thrash Metal Mania @ The Pint, Nov. 9th

Posted in Gig Listing, IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2012 by Tickets There

Now this is what Tickets There has been waiting for, Thrash Metal Mania is hitting the Pint next month with a line up so tasty…well, you wouldn’t want to cook it. That’s called cannibalism (*wink).

Psykosis, Exzeltic, Atominated and Damageflag head up a bill that’s going to make your ear drums bleed and liver rot. There’ll be brutal riffs, shredding vocals, pounding rhythm and, if there’s time, a solo or two.

Seriously though, all four bands are well worth catching. TT will be there for a little ‘Terror At 03:00am’ and ‘Agent of Chaos’! Doors are at 20:00 hrs, price is just €5 (if you don’t want to pay that then you’re a dirty cheap b*stard) and there’s drinks promotions! Pints start from €3.60, all spirits with a dash for  €5 and two cocktails for €10. Cheaper than Saorview, more fun than the couch – get yer ass out and see some quality Irish metal \,,/

Check out the Official Facebook Event (Here)