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The Metal Cell Podcast sets out to promote the Irish Metal Scene by talking to the bands, promoters, artists and fans of this musical genre. I hope to interview as many generations as possible involved in the Irish Metal community from those who create the music, design the artwork, promote the gigs or simply fans of the music itself. It's one of the most exciting times ever to be a Metal fan in Ireland with so many home grown and international metal bands touring our cities and releasing incredible music. This Podcast has become a solid link in communicating our voices throughout the world wide Metal community. The bonds forged in the Metal Scene are strong, loyal and lasting. Friendships created that traverse oceans and continents linking us to Europe, the America's, The Far East and even into the Eastern Block. Thank you all for listening and for your support, Richie. #supportyourlocalmetalscene
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Conjuring Fate were formed in 2005 by guitarist Phil Horner and vocalist Tommy Daly. The five piece are renowned for their professional attitude, a loyal fanbase, brilliant live shows, fantastic releases and terrific videos. All that hard work culminated early this year, when they swept the Irish Metal Poll Awards for best album, artwork, single and best band. Karl Gibson joined me to reflect on this along with some great stories and banter. It's a refreshing look into a band at the top of their game and with the backing of a German record company called Pure Steel Records 2012 already looks promising for the Northern Ireland Power Metal band. Songs featured and permission granted: Afterthought (c) ForeignWolf, 2020 all rights reserved. No Escape (c) Conjuring Fate 2020 all rights reserved.
Originally formed in Harrogate, Yorkshire in 1985, Acid Reign debuted with the Moshkinstein EP in 1988 with first full-length The Fear dropping the following year.1990’s Obnoxious ditched most of the light-hearted references from previous albums and took a turn for the progressive, before the band split up one year later. Returning in 2019 with the brilliant and critically acclaimed "The Age Of Entitlement", the rebooted band seems more serious than ever, with vocalist Howard ‘H’ Smith as sole remaining founding member. Myself and Joe caught up with 'H' and talked about his two main loves, which are metal and comedy. We get to cover everything from Marillion, Judas Priest, Irish gigs, Podcasts and his successful transformation to stand up/character comedy, that have seen him develop his frontman skills into one of the best UK comedians on the scene today. Song featured and permission granted: No Future (c) Necrokinesis, 2020 all rights reserved.
Hundred Year Old Man’s music combines post-metal with an intense wall of sound delivery that’s devastatingly effective. Drone and ambient elements are included, with synths and electronics playing a notable part in the band’s sound which have won them many plaudits across the international metal scene. The Leeds based sextet are busy completing songs for a new release and it was a great time to catch up with Owen to reflect on the formation of the band and look forward to their plans in 2021. There was plenty of banter from Howard and Owen; complete with stories from when they hit Ireland for a couple of tours in the past. Enjoy the episode. Songs featured and permission granted: Cold Blooded Murder (c) Bakken, 2020 all rights reserved. Ascension (c) Hundred Year Old Man 2020 all rights reserved.
Sean (Vox) and Conor (Guitars) of Arjunas Eye certainly have been busy and making the most of the restrictions imposed on their plans for 2020. They have released a new video for the excellent 'Cortexiphan' and previous to that 'Trial of Grasses' both of which got plenty of airplay and attention. Major shout out to Brian O'Glanby who did a fantastic job filming them. They have also signed up with Overdrive management and UK based booking agent Lost Island. The Cork band have planned for 2021 and I try my best to tease it out of the lads. There's going to be a lot of Irish Metal bands coming into next year with all sorts of releases, tour announcements and merch vying for our attention and I have no doubt that Arjunas Eye will certainly be one of those leading the way. Enjoy the episode. Songs featured and permission granted: Fuel for the Fire (c) For Ruin, 2020 all rights reserved. Cortexiphan (c) Arjunas Eye 2020 all rights reserved. Plagueborn (c) Rotlaust, 2020 all rights reserved.
Delighted to welcome back my wonderful co-hosts on this terrific episode, where we reviewed Strangers With Guns & AeSects new releases. Our chosen subject was controversial album art.....the many various album covers that were banned, pulled by record labels or survived to remain topical conversational pieces amongst Metal fans. We did a feature on Jacks pick, Zeal & Ardor, a band mixes sounds of African-American spirituals with black metal. As I said before the banter is the best out there in the Metal Scene so please convert, like and leave a positive review on whatever listening platform you are using. Many thanks Richie #supportyourlocalmetalscene. Songs featured and permission granted: Sky Burial (c) AeSect, 2020 all rights reserved. Cants (c) Strangers With Guns, 2020 all rights reserved.
I was delighted to finally meet up Darragh and Santiago of Svet Kant and have a great chat about the band. Santiago was born in Argentina and formed Svet Kant in 2011 as a solo project in Buenos Aires. He released Loneliness his debut album in 2013 and by the time he moved to Ireland to record a new album Svet Kant was a fully fledged band. Consisting of Darragh (drums), Liam (guitars) and Paul on bass they went into Track Mix studios in 2017 to work under the creative eye of Mick Richards. Mastered at Sterling Sound (New York) by the famous Ted Jensen (Gojira, Deftones, Pantera) new sonic landscapes and tantalising harmonic textures were explored on their second critically acclaimed full length album “The Visage Unbiased”. The lads have serious plans for 2021 and it was an absolute pleasure to talk to them. I hope you enjoy it. Songs featured and permission granted: Entheogen (c) Astralist, 2020 all rights reserved. Faceless Being (c) Svet Kant 2020 all rights reserved. Atrophy (c) Diamir, 2020 all rights reserved.
Combining the genuine warmth and emotion of progressive rock with the desolate feeling of post rock, Parhelia's Greg Clarke (Guitars, Keys & Effects) and Cathal Rodgers (Bass & Keys). chat with myself and Howard reflecting over the early formation of the band up to their incredible new instrumental release Celestial Horizons. Seasoned veterans on the Irish Metal Scene, it was great to hear Greg, Cathal and Howard of Partholon share insights on coming through those formative years playing in bands and still be relevant in a vibrant Metal community now in 2020. Songs featured and permission granted: Sky Burial (c) AeSect, 2020 all rights reserved. A Lonesome Journey (c) Parhelia 2020 all rights reserved. Lith (c) Abysm, 2020 all rights reserved.
Myself and Jack of Forums/Coroza/Gealach catch up with Howard who writes, sings and performs everything with The Magnapinna after most of the band sadly passed away on a tragic paddle boat accident in an inflated pool. Their new E.P Squid Sandwich, chaotic tour stories, gold data sticks along with other bizarre tales which repeatedly blurs the lines between fact and fiction. Along with dodgy guitar strings, gear chats and sweaty armpits it's not to be missed! Songs featured and permission granted: Desolate Space (c) Forward Bias, 2020 all rights reserved. God Hates a Coward (c) The Magnapinna 2020 all rights reserved. Cortexiphan (c) Arjuna's Eye, 2020 all rights reserved.
Jeff (vox/guitars) & Ricky (bass) talk with myself and Danielle from The Metal Cell Forums. Strangers With Guns were formed in 2019 and released their first album Degenerate Art in August 2019. It was nominated for a Best Album of a Year award and received plenty of positive reviews. The band are ready to release a new E.P called Disenfranchised Fetus in August and we play an exclusive track, the brilliant "Cants" on the show. Jeff and Ricky gave us some great insights into the band and hopefully they'll go on to more success this year. Songs featured and permission granted: Dublin Daze (c) Brake Loose, 2020 all rights reserved. Cants (c) Strangers With Guns, 2020 all rights reserved.
I have decided to spread the word on the Irish Metal Scene by talking to similar bands elsewhere in the world. I'm going to give them a Spotify Irish Metal playlist to listen to; compare our scene with their scene and hopefully build a relationship that might see a band from Ireland play in their country or vice a versa. The second of these interviews is in Adelaide, Australia with local thrash legend Chris McEwen, vocalist/bassist of Hidden Intent. Myself and Joe McGuigan (new co-host & bassist with Gama Bomb) talk to Chris about gigs, music and discover that Joe and Chris share a lot of the same things, both are bassists, both are recording new albums in 2020 and both are in bands that have toured relentlessly. Hidden Intent have a few tours of Europe under their belts and are keen to do a tour with Gama Bomb....can we make this happen? Listen to the show to find out! I hope you enjoy it. Please leave a rating and subscribe to the podcast! #supportyourlocalmetalscene Songs featured and permission granted: Mystery (c) Psychotic Outsider, 2020 all rights reserved. Addicted to Thrash (c) Hidden Intent, 2020 all rights reserved.
Delighted to welcome back my wonderful co-hosts on this terrific episode, where we reviewed Element X & Horenda releases and our chosen subject was Heavy Metal Beefs.....the many verbal wars between famous/not so famous metal bands. We did a feature on Danielle's pick for her band to listen to, the abrasive and dark King 810, talked about gigs and some band updates. As I said before the banter is the best out there in the Metal Scene so please convert, like and leave a positive review on whatever listening platform you are using. Many thanks Richie #supportyourlocalmetalscene. Songs featured and permission granted: Crossbones (c) Element X, 2020 all rights reserved. Doom (c) Horrenda, 2020 all rights reserved.
I was delighted to welcome Dave and Gearoid of Drought along with Danielle of The Metal Cell Forums to have a chat about their progress so far. Drought is a collective of individuals that have been involved with bands such as Coldwar, Mortichnia, Warpath, Wound Upon Wound and Slave Zero. The lads talk about their influences across Sludge, Death, Black & Doom Metal. They have released two excellent songs so far and have another few ready by all accounts. Despite having played only one live show, they definitely have captured a lot of people’s attention in the Irish Metal Scene and are one to watch in 2020. Songs featured and permission granted: Celestial Horizons (c) Parhelia, 2020 all rights reserved. Plague Trader (c) Drought 2020 all rights reserved.
I have decided to spread the word on the Irish Metal Scene by talking to similar bands elsewhere in the world. I'm going to give them a Spotify Irish Metal playlist to listen to, compare our scene with their scene and hopefully build a relationship that might see a band from Ireland play in their country or vice a versa. The first of these interviews start with the brilliant Sintax from Jerusalem, Israel. Yehi (Vox), Chaye (Guitars) and Slava (Bass) are all veterans of the Israeli Metal Scene having toured relentlessly and are about to launch their new album Nano3000. It was a terrific time to catch them, we chat about gigs, music and discover we share a lot of the same things. The lads have got one tour of Europe under their belts and are keen to do another. I hope you enjoy it. Songs featured and permission granted: God hates a coward (c) The Magnapinna, 2020 all rights reserved. Lunch Time Funeral (c) Sintax 2020 all rights reserved.
Bailey Junior of Scapegoat TV made a short film on mental health and suicide called Suffer. He is heavily involved in the Metal Community in Scotland and asked for assistance in making the short from friends of his who soon contributed to the soundtrack of the movie. I asked Tom of Zhora, Evan of Worn Out and Shane Horan, Photographer and Psychotherapist to come on the show to discuss Baileys film and Zhora's Demotivator. What followed was an interesting and insightful talk on mental health in our metal community. Any comments or views on this subject or if you feel there needs to be another show on this contact me. Thanks Richie. Songs featured and permission granted: Crossbones (c) Element X, 2020 all rights reserved. Costa del Disfiguration (c) Body Drinkers 2020 all rights reserved.
Gama Bomb have spent the last 17 years delighting and tormenting willing audiences in equal measure. Having inked a deal with Los Angeles based Prosthetic Records, the band is currently working on the follow up to 2018's critically acclaimed Speed Between The Lines. I was delighted to catch up with Philly (vox) and Joe (Bass) and enjoy their company as they chatted about tours, new music and their love of Metal! Songs featured and permission granted: Living for the Lockdown (c) Gama Bomb, 2020 all rights reserved. Buzzards (c) Carrion 2020 all rights reserved.
Delighted to welcome back my wonderful co-hosts on this terrific episode, where we review Restive Nation & Neon Empire single releases and our chosen subject was the unwritten rules of Heavy Metal. We did a feature on Evans pick for his band to listen to, the incredible Everytime I Die, talked vinyl and some band updates. As I said before the banter is the best out there in the Metal Scene so please convert, like and leave a positive review on whatever listening platform you are using. Many thanks Richie #supportyourlocalmetalscene. Songs featured and permission granted: Coma (c) Restive Nation, 2020 all rights reserved. Distorted Reality (c) Neon Empire 2020 all rights reserved.
I was delighted to catch up with Rob as he took an enforced break from his busy touring schedule with The Exploited. Rob took the Zoom call in Kerry, where he was busy restoring an old barn in preparation for a brand new studio. It soon became clear that Rob has many interests outside of The Exploited as we chatted over a few beers. Tour stories, sport, architecture and the love of music were just some of the topics covered. Thanks for listening and be sure to subscribe, like, share or convert more to this Podcast if you enjoyed it. Thanks Richie. #supportyoutlocalmetalscene Songs featured and permission granted: Zipperface (c) TOOMS, 2020 all rights reserved. Lord of the Vile (c) Dog Tired, 2020 all rights reserved.
Join myself, Jamie, Daz, Liam and Rob of Razor Sharp Death Blizzard as we talk about their upcoming album release, the aptly titled "The World is Fucked" on July 17th. The lads have released their first single "Suicide" of the album and it is a brilliant, yet dark song dedicated to the thousands of lives lost every year to suicide and mental health issues . The band have toured all across Europe and have hit Ireland enough times to be regarded as a firm favourite amongst the Metal community here. There's plenty of tour stories, great craic and insights in relation to the recording of the new album. Thanks to all the bands for the music and all of you for listening. Richie supportyourlocalmetalscene Songs featured and permission granted: Suicide (c) Razor Sharp Death Blizzard , 2020 all rights reserved. Open Vein (c) Enshroud, 2020 all rights reserved. Coma (c) Restive Nation, 2020 all rights reserved.
Elder Druid came out of 2019 as one of the best Doom/Metal bands in Ireland. They launched their critically acclaimed Golgotha to a jammed packed Voodoo Room in Belfast in January, tour dates were booked and a vinyl pressing done of 250 albums; so it would be fair to say the lads were ready to take it to the next level until their momentum suddenly ground to a halt with the COV-19 pandemic. Join myself, Gregg (Vox) Jake (Guitars) and Brien (Drums) of Elder Druid as we catch up on a interesting few months for the band, hear some hilarious tour stories and wonder are the band actually cursed. It's a brilliant snapshot of time in Elder Druids history. Thanks to all the band's for the music and all of ye for listening. Richie supportyourlocalmetalscene Songs featured and permission granted: Suicide (c) Razor Sharp Death Blizzard , 2020 all rights reserved. Golgotha (c) Elder Druid, 2020 all rights reserved. Fracture (c) Rupturation, 2020 all rights reserved.
I was delighted to finally interview Ciaran Culhane for my series on people who have left their mark on the Irish Metal Scene by producing incredible music. Ciaran has dedicated his life to music as a producer, sound engineer and multi-instrumentalist based in Limerick. He has built up a fantastic body of work, so it's fair to say innumerable bands and people have benefited from his work at gigs and studio settings. Ciaran along with John Real (aka Tall John) have run Bad Reputation since 2007. They have established Limericks credentials on the international metal scene with the famous Siege of Limerick festival and it acts as a feeder for all the other Bad Reputation gigs hosted in Dolans. Helping me trying to encapsulate Ciaran’s work, is guitarist Jack 'O Neill who enjoyed the benefit of Ciaran’s recording skills on the highly acclaimed Chaliceburner album by Coroza. Songs featured and permission granted: Sardonicus (c) Brigantia , 2020 all rights reserved. Steely Danzig (c) We Come In Pieces, 2020 all rights reserved. Looking down at the sky from above (c) Shardbourne, 2020 all rights reserved.
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