For those that recognize the name Phil Swanson you would be forgiven for thinking that he surely couldn’t have released another gem due to the fact that he is in charge of at least four full-time bands at the moment, but rest assured this one of the finest things he has ever been involved with and truly feels like a lovingly crafted tribute to all things traditional doom metal…
Since their inception in 2002 BLINDSTONE have been holding up the flag for 70’s inspired blues-rock power trios everywhere. The band’s third full length release RISE ABOVE follows the trend set by the albums before it and supplies the listener with some of the finest groovy blues rock they are likely to hear anywhere.
The last time Gojira played in Dublin, it was on the tiny stage in Whelan’s, but as the Academy stage is readied for tonight’s performance, it is obvious that Gojira are now accustomed to playing much larger venues: their backdrop barely fitting on the wall, partially obscured by their stacked amp cabinets. At precisely 9pm the house lights dim and the crowd begin to chant “Go-ji-ra”.