Metal 2 The Masses Northern Ireland Heat 1 – Belfast, Limelight 2, 21/07/2015


The freight train that is Bloodstock’s annual ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ battle of the bands rolled into Northern Ireland for the first time this past weekend, with four bands with distinctly differing styles engaged in mortal combat for a place in the semi-finals later in the Spring.

With the running order decided by ballot earlier inThe freight train that is Bloodstock’s annual ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ battle of the bands rolled into Northern Ireland for the first time this past weekend, with four bands with distinctly differing styles engaged in mortal combat for a place in the semi-finals later in the Spring. With the running order decided by ballot earlier in the after, newcomers Paradigm were the first to enter the arena, with their alt-rock vibe reminiscent of a nascent Soundgarden. Caolan Derby’s rich bass sound slightly overwhelms Robbie O’Neill’s guitar in what is not the first unhelpful mix of the evening, but when the latter cuts through it does with a safisfying crunch and clatter, underpinned by Joshua Magee’s precise and technically excellent drumming and overtopped by Jason Kerr’s deep and confident vocals (albeit accompanied by a modicum of apparent stage fright…). Next up, Altus are a band who, over the past two years or so, have changed their musical style more often than most people have rashers of bacon on their Ulster fry (and personally I like about ten of them!), but the current incarnation , with their heavily-grooved death metal approach, is by far the strongest. Bassist Terry McHugh, in particular, has […]

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