Reed Mullin casually takes his throne and the pair unceremoniously begin the sluggish intro to ‘Bottom Feeder’
we’re just addicted to writing, we can’t stop. When we write something, we really love it, and we just want to play it.
The final of the Bloodstock Ireland Metal 2 The Masses competition was held in Fibber Magee’s in Dublin last month. The overall winners were Animator, a four-piece thrash band based in Wexford whose influences include bands like Annihilator, Testament and Pantera. They are vocalist James Doughty, guitarist Ryan Treanor, bassist Barry Ryan and drummer Darren Bradley. We caught up with them for a chat and some photos before they headlined the Dublin Thrash Fest in Fibber’s last Saturday…
Maverick were formed two years ago and in that time have released a critically acclaimed EP (“Talk’s Cheap”) and gained a reputation for putting on a great live show. After signing to Massacre Records, the “hard rockin’, heavy hittin’, kick-ass, dual guitar wielding wrecking machine from Belfast, Northern Ireland” are now releasing their debut album, “Quid Pro Quo”.
The headliners are welcomed onstage with cheers and hollers as they launch head-first into ‘Brave This Storm’; the opening track fromVengeance Falls. Frontman Matt Heafy revels in the adoration, pulling his usual contorted facial expressions with tongue touching chin when it is not needed to deliver an impressive mix of melodic and growled vocals
Dublin based band Coldwar are known entity here in Ireland and have landed some heavy weight support slots in there time. I have personally witnessed them go toe to toe with Suffocation and Hail of Bullets and give both bands a run for their money in their home city of Dublin. Home is where they are plied there trade for years and have more than earned a step up to a bigger label and the world stage.
The pacing of THE DEVIL RHYTHM is full-throttle from start to finish, with not really any respite in between, which really does it the feeling of a powered-up steam train, or dare I say it big truck.