Metal 2 The Masses Ireland – Semi Final A – 18/04/2015

Saturday was the first semi-final heat of the Bloodstock Metal 2 Masses Ireland competition. Seven bands took part in the competition: Alpheidae, Within Without, The Devil Wants Her Swagger Back, Corr Mhona, Lace Weeper, Nautilus, and Vile Regression.

One of last year’s finalists, Alpheidae, were the first band of the evening and they hit the groundAlpheidae Saturday was the first semi-final heat of the Bloodstock Metal 2 Masses Ireland competition. Seven bands took part in the competition: Alpheidae, Within Without, The Devil Wants Her Swagger Back, Corr Mhona, Lace Weeper, Nautilus, and Vile Regression. One of last year’s finalists, Alpheidae, were the first band of the evening and they hit the ground running from the off. It was a crushing performance and their development in the space of a year has been pretty impressive. Always a focal point, Calvin’s pained vocal cements the visible turmoil of their musical story. Bassist Gavin and guitarist Jake make for a formidable pairing at the singer’s right hand side. Their bruising delivery along with Zach and Ros set a very high benchmark for the other six bands left to play. During ‘City Of Knives’, Calvin revealed the words “Run Blind” painted on his back. As the heat of the stage took its toll, the sweat-infused letters took on the appearance of a very fine black metal logo. Alpheidae closed a classy performance with a cracking reception from the crowd. Within Without I didn’t catch the whole Within Without set but thankfully got to see the majority of it. I […]

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