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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.



Coscradhreleasing Demo MMXVI

What you may need to know…

01. A band named for the Irish for “massacre” set an appropriate tone in their debut release. Death metal with black-metal overtones abounds.

02. No Clean Singing has sung/growled the band’s praises effectively: “when they punch the accelerator, it’s pure howling destruction”.

03. Streaming above in its entirety is the band’s demo tape, released digitally via Dublin metal lifers Invictus Productions. Physical cassette to follow, and likely to disappear quickly.

04. Appearing Sunday week in the Voodoo Lounge in Dublin alongside Belfast grinders Unyielding Love in support of Scandinavian metallers Degial and Vorum. Also scheduled for Galway’s Dark Arts fest this August.

Verdict: Ominous, bleak noises, amid sparse, yet considered production. Blistering stuff at its high-speed, suitably grim at a crawl.



Malthusian – playing Dublin, Cork and Galway

What you may need to know…

01. Death metallers Malthusian arrived in earnest in 2013, and made an immediate impact on Irish metal with debut release MMXIII.

Named for the theory that dictated that population overgrowth would coincide with depleted resources and lead to various reckonings to right itself, the band explores such aesthetic and influences in this comprehensive 2013 interview.

03. Streaming above is Forms Become Vapour, taken from new EP Below the Hengiform, released this past April on Dublin’s Invictus Productions.

Next gigs are this Friday at Fibber’s on Parnell St, Dublin, as part of Carnage Metal Club, and June 11 at Cork Community Print Shop. Both dates alongside Limerick’s Zealot Cult, with Coscradh supporting on the Dublin date. They’re also off to Galway for Dark Arts Festival on August 13th, before hitting Norway for Beyond the Gates festival.

Verdict: An atmospheric blend of uncompromising death metal aggression and doom metal’s heft and recrimination.



Zealot CultEternal Winter

What you may need to know…

1. Hailing from Limerick, four-piece Zealot Cult offer up an uncompromising slab of death metal heft, paying homage to the the genre’s old masters.

Appearing regularly on metal bills and all-dayers around the country over the past few years, the band have notched up a solid live rep, including shared stages with Exhumed, Primordial and Decapitated among others.

3. Eternal Winter is taken from their new EP Karmenian Crypt, available directly from the band on CD. No digital downloads or any other such fripperies exist as of (Word)press time.

The band appear next on May 13th in Fibbers on Parnell Street, as part of Carnage Metal Club, with Malthusian and Coscradh.

Verdict: As mentioned on other online outlets, there’s a bit of Floridian genre legends Obituary here, right down to the Tardy-esque vocals. There’s polish and weight to it, without sacrificing the intensity that makes them worth seeing live if you’ve the chance.

Zealot Cult

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Images from Alexandra Crockett’s book Metal Cats wherein hard core rockers pose with their cats. To wit:

These incredibly cute and fluffy felines have been photographed with their loving owners in and around the dark abodes of musicians, fans, and promoters of metal including members of the bands Black Goat, Thrones, Isis, Lightning Swords of Death, Book of Black Earth, Skarp, Harassor, Akimbo, Aldebaran, Atriarch, Oak, Ghoul, Ludicra, Holy Grail, Xasthur, Cattle Decapitation, Murder Construct, Exhumed, Morbid Angel, Municipal Waste, Skeletonwitch, Gypsyhawk, Nausea, Phobia, and Napalm Death.



Well he would have, if we were in Poland right now.

Democratic Left Alliance party member Jędrzej Wijas sez:

“End of the useless talking, enough of the stupid wars. Secular government, dignified life, freedom, is my goal. Vote wisely.”

Relating to the youth. You’re doing it right.