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VIRCOLACDublin death metal

What you may need to know…

01. Recalling early death-metal, VIRCOLAC is the convergence of a number of Irish metal veterans.

02. Emerging in late 2013, the four-piece’s debut release, Codex Perfida, released in November of 2014 and promptly sold out of its limited CD and cassette releases.

03. Streaming above in its entirety is The Cursed Travails of the Demeter extended-player, released last Hallowe’en in a split release between Sepulchral Voice and Dark Descent Records. Also available for digital download and on CD, vinyl sold out.

04. Catch them at the Siege of Limerick all-dayer festival, this Sunday, alongside 20+ more Irish and international metal bands, across all three stages of Dolan’s in Limerick.

Thoughts: Peddling trenchant tales of the horrific and heinous, VIRCOLAC do so with genuine aplomb.

VIRCOLAC

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ShardborneLimerick prog/technical metal

What you may need to know…

01. At last, an excuse to talk about Limrock proggers Shardborne and their ridiculous array of riffs.

02. As well-known for tireless work in mucking in on metal events in Limerick as they are for their intricate, technical metal, the band emerged at the tail end of the last decade, releasing debut E.P. Aeonian Sequence in 2011.

03. Streaming above is the band’s debut album, Living Bridges, released in 2015 via Out on a Limb Records, and available for download on the band’s Bandcamp.

04. Catch them playing Fred Zeppelin’s in Cork in support of Guilty Optics‘ album launch this Thursday. €7 in the door, kickoff at 9.

Thoughts: One of the leading lights of Irish metal, a considered fusion of technical metal precision and prog-rock exploration.

Shardborne

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Destriersprogressive hardcore from Dublin

What you may need to know…

01. Formed last year and already shod of their debut extended-player are Dublin hardcore outfit Destriers.

02. The lads would know about heft and delivering it with velocity: guitarist Shaun Cadogan is a former member of Cork hardcore lads Harboured,

03. Streaming above is the band’s debut, Cynosure, released last December. Available for streaming and free download from Bandcamp.

04. Making their Galway debut on April 8th, supporting Ilenkus on their hometown E.P. launch gig, alongside Corkmen Rest.

Thoughts: The Botch/Hydra Head Records comparisons are valid, taking the weight and angularity of the aforementioned and focusing it with a brevity bordering on vicious.

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Graveyard DirtDonegal doom

What you may need to know…

01. Donegal trio Graveyard Dirt are venerable veterans of weighty riffage, as first seen on 1995 demo tape Of Romance and Fire.

02. Reuniting in 2007 after disbanding years previously, the band got straight to work on debut E.P. Shadows of Old Ghosts.

03. Streaming above is the band’s most recent effort, 2015 extended-player My Scourge, My Plague. Available for download solo, or in a discounted bundle with the band’s other digital re-releases.

04. Headlining Galway’s Walpurgis Night VI on Bank Holiday Sunday April 30th, at the Loft Venue, alongside a roll-call of immensely hefty bands, among them TOME, Owlcrusher, Soothsayer, and Genuflection (the artists formerly known as RITES).

Thoughts: Time-honoured and battle-tested doom-metal, seemingly unwearied by the passing of time.

Graveyard Dirt in the Irish Metal Archive

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Nomadic Ritualsgravestone-heavy doom metal from Belfast

What you may need to know…

01. Purveyors of downtrodden, doomy, slow-crawling filth are Belfast trio Nomadic Rituals.

02. Second full-length album Marking the Day releases next month, on handmade CD (with art-cards) and digital download. An ambitious piece, the LP is a concept record taking on the birth, life and death of the Cosmos, as well as the purpose of humanity. Perfect for summer barbecues.

03. The album is streaming in its entirety in the widget above, and available for digital and physical pre-order via their Bandcamp.

04. The record launches on the day of release, February 17th, with a gig at the Voodoo in Belfast, with support from Cork’s Soothsayer, War Iron, and MAW.

Thoughts: An hour-long odyssey whose heaviness and heft is matched by its scale.

Nomadic Rituals

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2016 has has been a pivotal year for Irish music.

sheet music editor Mike McGrath Bryan writes:

This year has been the strongest in recent memory for Irish music, managing so despite the dissolutions of a great many leading outfits in the community in times of yore, among them this year Fight Like Apes, Enemies and Funeral Suits.

In the eight months your writer has been doing daily explainers on Irish independent music, there’s never been a morning where we’ve been without content, a story to tell, something that’s exciting to put in post and press ‘publish’ on.

What a lot of us figured would be a passing golden era a few years back has become the foundation for something far more sustained – without so much as a look from daytime radio or television, and with minimal coverage from our country’s mainstream media (all this despite good people in each, fighting the good fight, might I add).

Ireland’s music scene is easily the equal of any other offering, anywhere in the world, and arguably, pound-for-pound, the best in terms of quality of releases.

With that being said, let’s dig in to the list.

The divisively-named Top Ten Irish Records of 2016 does come with a caveat, though – joint winners (both ranked #1, with the #2 spot vacated, for the pedants among you).

It’s been that good of a year. Enjoy.

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Demeterblack metal from Cork veterans

What you may need to know…

01. Bleak yet subtly atmospheric black metal is the modus operandi for Cork four-piece Demeter.

02. Comprised of veterans of Irish metal and hardcore, including members of Kawtiks, Soothsayer, Dominus, Slugbait, Hope is Noise and one-man project Molde, the band have more than enough miles behind them.

03. Streaming above is the band’s first demo, Blight, available now for free download from their Bandcamp.

04. Catch them tonight in Cork at Fredz, supporting for Soothsayer, and on the 25th of February at the Urban Assault all-dayer, confirmed for An Spailpín Fánach on Cork’s North Mall.

Verdict: Raw and unremittant black metal with a quietly melodic sensibility, alternating between barebones riffing and blast-laden noise.

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TUSKSDoom-metal from Belfast

What you may need to know…

01. Emerging from a rich scene for various amounts of musical heft, TUSKS fall somewhere between Sabbathesque riff worship and spiky punk noisemaking.

02. The band’s debut album Embers, released in August of last year, on Larne-based metal label Freak Flag Recordings.

03. Streaming above in its entirety, it’s available for download, and on limited 12″ green/”beer” vinyl.

04. Next seen live at the Eglantine in Belfast next Thursday, with support from Elder Druid and Black Market Thieves.

VERDICT: TUSKS have a lash off doom-metal’s tropes and rituals without directly aping same, adding a bit of piss and vinegar to proceedings.

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Mares of DiomedesBelfast sludge/doom metal

What you may need to know…

01. Brothers Shea and Jordan make up both halves of Belfast sludge/doom-metal duo Mares of Diomedes.

02. Fuzzed-out, apocalyptic doom is the order of the day, with the band’s debut extended-player emerging midsummer of last year.

03. Streaming above is the band’s new split 12″ release alongside Danish doomlords Dreich. Available for streaming, download and physical purchase from the band’s Bandcamp.

04. On the road next weekend: Thursday December 1st in Belfast’s Voodoo, Friday December 2nd as part of promoters Burning Metal’s launch at Fredz in Cork, and on Saturday 3rd at the Roisín Dubh in Galway.

Verdict: Good, thick guitar tones and suitably substantial riffs. That’s the one.

Mares of Diomedes