Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Northern Ireland Heat 2 – Belfast, Limelight 2 07/03/2015


The second heat of the inaugural Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses competition to be held in this little corner of the planet we call Mosh promised to be a diverse affair, reflecting the broad church of the local metal scene – and, so it proved to be!

Openers Cavehill seem perhaps the most outThe second heat of the inaugural Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses competition to be held in this little corner of the planet we call Mosh promised to be a diverse affair, reflecting the broad church of the local metal scene – and, so it proved to be! Openers Cavehill seem perhaps the most out of place of all of the bands, being considerably more mature than most of the opposition. They deliver a hard-driving groove, very much in the vein of Quo-meets-Thunder in its overall feel, mixed with deep, underlying bass tones. Musically, the band are excellent, and tighter than a health trust’s budget, and the experience of the collective members shines through. By total contrast, Zombified play old school ear shredding death metal, but again do so with experienced aplomb. Pete’s vocals are suitably aggressive and Gary’s double kick blastbeats are simply stunning, while the guitar harmonies are tightly woven and the bass darkly punishing. Old favourites such as ‘The Forgotten Art Of Strangulation’ and the hugely atmospheric ‘Human Cull’ sit comfortably alongside new tracks ‘Den Of Iniquity’ and monstrous closer ‘Through A Black Lens’ in what is another confident display from Norn Iron’s only true death metal outfit. […]

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