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Irelands Premier Metal Music Podcast. 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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Myself and my co-host Howard were delighted to spend an insightinsightful hour or so in the company of Brad Boatright mastering engineer and the owner of Audiosiege Studios. He’s best known for his work with Skeletonwitch, Nails, Obituary, Sleep, Stranger Things, and many more. He has also worked with some fantastic Irish Metal bands as well. The likes of Bailer, Nomadic Rituals, Swallowed by the Sun, Abaddon Incarnate to name but a few have all benefited from his mastering skill sets. We delve into Brads creative elements in mastering, talk about when mastering engineers should involve themselves in bands decisions and the benefits of technology to lower the barrier to entry. There's also plenty of tour stories, vinyl collections and plenty of laughter as well. Hope you enjoy it and please subscribe to the show if you haven't done already. Thanks Richie. Brad Boatright links: https://audiosiege.com https://www.instagram.com/audiosiege https://twitter.com/audiosiege
The Metal Cell Forums. Join myself, Danielle, Evan and Joe as we talk about the Irish Metal Scene, review bands and discuss topics related to our favourite music....METAL! This weeks show is a fairly busy one. We have a discussion about how relevant the Metal Scene is at the moment, especially seeing a rock band from Italy win the Eurovision. The main topic of the night was Irish Metal bands that split up yet made a significant contribution to our lives listening to their songs. We review five new releases by New Mud, Requiem, Coscradh, Meniscus and Auld Blue Eyes. Hope you enjoy and please subscribe to the show if you haven't done already. Thanks Richie. Songs featured and permission granted: New Mud (c) L'appel Du Vide, 2021 all rights reserved. Requiem (c) Mind Rape, 2021 all rights reserved. Coscradh (c) Plagues of Knowth, 2021 all rights reserved. Meniscus (c) This Game, 2021 all rights reserved. Auld Blue Eyes (c) The Dog won't hunt, 2021 all rights reserved.
We jump back in time with Clive Bolger (drummer of Tasc), Brian Bowell (bassist of Worn Out), Dave Cleere (bassist of Bailer) and Dave Longan (guitarist of Aponym) to discuss the Waterford Metal Scene that sprung up in the 80's right up to a few years ago. When I heard that Def Leppard played to a packed pub in Tramore before they flew off to Donnington, it certainly made me sit up. The Waterford music scene has a rich history of music/concerts but I always thought it was more dance orientated or favoured trad based bands. Clive Bolger grew up in the eighties and played drums with many bands along with getting support slots to Def Leppard and Mama's Boys. He was also a promoter in the city until he finally left for Madrid. Another musician and promoter was Dave Cleere who both played in The Great Ocean Divide and set up Murphfest. Brian also played in Dave's band, was involved with setting up gigs and was very active in the scene. Dave Longan, who grew up in Dungarvan gave us some interesting insights into the student culture and the role that the Central Arts played in hosting Metal gigs. We also discuss pirate Metal shows on the local radio, different festivals and try to figure out how the scene slowly finally fizzled out. It was great to sit in on this with the lads and if you enjoyed it please hit that subscribe button. Thanks Richie.
Nomadus are a three piece metal band based in Belfast, formed in 2016 mixing Thrash, Groove and Melody. Consisting of Fredy (Guitars & Vocals), Neil (Guitars) and Carl (Bass) they are one of the most exciting metal bands to come out of the Northern Ireland Metal Scene in a long time. Having just released these two killer songs: Dawn of Darkness and Silent Dusk, it showcases the bands strengths, in both composition and heaviness. Check out their links here: https://www.facebook.com/nomadusni https://nomadus.bandcamp.com/
NORTHERN IRELAND METAL PART 2. I was delighted to welcome two absolute stalwarts of the Northern Ireland Metal Scene, James Loveday @thedistortionproject & Wayne Donaldson @twkommedia. This is part two of a two part episode where myself and my co-host Evan talk about the vibrant metal scene in Northern Ireland. As the restrictions are being lifted across our island, James has come out with a series of gig announcements over the summer running into autumn. Will Northern Metal fans eventually get to see some of their favourite bands sooner than expected? We discuss that and many more topics related to Metal on this show. Links: https://www.facebook.com/thedistortionproject https://www.facebook.com/TWKOMmedia
NORTHERN IRELAND METAL PART 1. I was delighted to welcome two absolute stalwarts of the Northern Ireland Metal Scene, James Loveday @thedistortionproject & Wayne Donaldson @twkommedia. This is part one of a two part episode where myself and my co-host Evan talk about the vibrant metal scene in Northern Ireland. As the restrictions are being lifted across our island, James has come out with a series of gig announcements over the summer running into autumn. Will Northern Metal fans eventually get to see some of their favourite bands sooner than expected? We discuss that and many more topics related to Metal on this show. Links: https://www.facebook.com/thedistortionproject https://www.facebook.com/TWKOMmedia
Myself and Evan interview Alex (Guitars/Vox), Conal (Bass) & Brasko (Drums) of The Last Vinci. It was great to catch up Alex and Brasko both of whom travelled across to Liverpool to begin recording their newest album with Liverpool producer Tom Peters (who produced bands like Alpha Male Tea Party, Bicurious, God Alone, and many others). The lads were only a few days in the studio and we get a run down of what they've recorded so far. The bass parts were recorded in Cork as Conal was unable to travel. This was only one of the many obstacles the lads had to overcome to get to this stage of the process. The Last Vinci are working on something special and it could be their biggest release to date. Hope you enjoy the episode and please hit "SUBSCRIBE" to support more of these Podcasts. Thanks Richie. Last Vinci links: https://www.facebook.com/TheLastVinci http://www.thelastvinci.com
I was delighted to welcome Ren Marabou, Jack Penders of Rotlaust & John Murphy of For Ruin to the show. These talented musicians have all released brilliant solo albums/eps this year and it was fascinating to hear about their creative processes during a pandemic that effectively wiped out live music for the last year. Ren has released Valhalla Waits, Jack under the guise of Rotlaust released Covenant and John released For Ruins new e.p Relapse. All of their music is different but they all share common trait of being passionate about their Metal, take a really professional approach to their music and are proud to fly the flag for Irish Metal. Here are the links to their music and thanks for listening to the show. Richie. https://www.facebook.com/RotlaustMusic https://www.facebook.com/renmarabou https://www.facebook.com/ForRuin Tracks featured: The Surface (c) Rotlaust. 2021 all rights reserved. The Wanderer (c) Ren Marabou. 2021 all rights reserved. In Vain (c) For Ruin. 2021 all rights reserved.
The Metal Cell Forums. Join myself, Danielle, Evan and Joe as we talk about the Irish Metal Scene, review bands and discuss topics related to our favourite music....METAL! This weeks show is a fairly busy one. We have a discussion about an exciting project that is slowly coming to fruition called Aiséirí - All Ireland Metal Project. Aiséirí means resurrection in Irish and it involves artists all over this great island contributing/collaborating to record one album with 15 - 20 tracks. All profits go to the charity of choice. The main topic of the night is One Hit Wonders of Metal...those bands that briefly lit up the charts, MTV playlists, Headbangers Ball, Kerrang and Metal Hammer. We review five new releases by BRUIT, Blurred Reality, Cynic Cult, For Ruin and Strangers With Guns. Hope you enjoy and please subscribe to the show if you haven't done already. Thanks Richie. Songs featured and permission granted: For Ruin (c) Devout , 2021 all rights reserved. Cynic Cult (c) Intimator, 2021 all rights reserved. Strangers With Guns (c) F#ck the American Dream, 2021 all rights reserved. Blurred Reality (c) The End of Attrition, 2021 all rights reserved. BRUIT (c) The Machine Is Burning And Now Everyone Knows It Could Happen Again, 2021 all rights reserved.
It was a pleasure to interview Jude, who is one of the most talented guitarists on this great island of ours. Acid Age play an exciting brand of Thrash/Technical Death Metal which is mixed with Jazz Fusion and a few other styles as well. The trio released a brand new album in 2021 titled "Semper Pessimus", which is a concept album based around Nero, the last emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. Acid Age have a strong back catalog of releases dating back to their first E.P in 2013 and are really looking forward to touring "Semper Pessimus" around Ireland and further afield. My co-host Joe from Gama Bomb and Jude have shared stages together so there was plenty of stories about the Metal Scene both here and in the North. Hope you enjoy the interview and please subscribe to the channel if you enjoyed the interview. Thanks Richie. Band links: https://www.facebook.com/acidagethrash https://acidage.bandcamp.com Songs featured and permission granted: My Wretched Tomb (c) Acid Age, 2021 all rights reserved. The Shameless Lyre (c) Acid Age, 2021 all rights reserved.
It was a pleasure to talk to the Quinn and Farrow brothers that form the uniquely brilliant Corr Mona. The band was formed in 2009 and sing as Gaeilge. Despite the fact that both Martin and Robert Farrow are now living in Canada, they have still managed to release their brilliant new album called "Abhainn" which is Gaelic for "river". Each of the tracks has been given the title of a river in Ireland and the musical course of the album also follows that of a river. From the initial trickling spring, to the river growing in speed and weight as the body of water grows, to the final torrent that flows to the sea in peace. There is plenty of black, death and doom metal feeding into beautiful Irish melodies and time signatures to create an album that is both majestic and compelling. I hope you enjoy the interview and please subscribe to the show if you enjoyed it. Thanks Richie. Band links: https://www.facebook.com/corrmhona https://corrmhonaband.bandcamp.com Songs featured and permission granted: An Fheoir (c) Corr Mona, 2021 all rights reserved. An tSionainn (c) Corr Mona, 2021 all rights reserved.
Myself and Danielle were delighted to welcome Nomadic Rituals, Craig (Bass/Vocals) & Mark (drums) talk about their fantastic new sludge/doom release "Tides". The three piece, signed to Cursed Monks Records, formed back in 2012 and have released one of the best Irish albums this year. Craig & Mark talk us through the songs and the recording of "Tides" along with an insight into their band. Hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed talking to the two lads. If you haven't already please subscribe to the show. Thanks Richie. Nomadic Rituals Links: https://nomadicrituals.bandcamp.com/album/tides https://www.facebook.com/NomadicRituals Songs featured and permission granted: Cassini-Huygens Part 2 (Last Transmission) (c) Nomadic Rituals, 2021 all rights reserved. Tumulus (c) Nomadic Rituals, 2021 all rights reserved. Winter (feat. Mia Govoni)(c) Raum Kingdom 2018 all rights reserved.
It was a pleasure to chat with Mick Hynes, guitarist with Dead Label about what the band have been doing during a year which saw them lose out on playing Wacken, Download and Resurrection Festivals due to COVID. They do have an upcoming EP to promote called "Anthology" and we have a listen to one of those tracks called "Deadweight". There's plenty of stories thrown in about skateboarding, how Mick joined the band and influences that come through in his playing. Please hit "SUBSCRIBE" if you enjoyed the show and thanks for listening. Richie. Song featured and permission granted: Deadweight (c) Dead Label, 2021 all rights reserved. Dead Label Links: https://www.facebook.com/DeadLabel https://www.deadlabelofficial.com
The Metal Cell Forums. Join myself, Danielle, Evan and Joe as we talk about the Irish Metal Scene, review bands and discuss topics related to our favourite music....METAL! This weeks show is a fairly busy one. We have a discussion about an exciting project that is slowly coming to fruition called Aiséirí - All Ireland Metal Project. Aiséirí means resurrection in Irish and it involves artists all over this great island contributing/collaborating to record one album with 15 - 20 tracks. All profits go to the charity of choice. The main topic of the night is One Hit Wonders of Metal...those bands that briefly lit up the charts, MTV playlists, Headbangers Ball, Kerrang and Metal Hammer. We review five new releases by BRUIT, Blurred Reality, Cynic Cult, For Ruin and Strangers With Guns. Hope you enjoy and please subscribe to the show if you haven't done already. Thanks Richie. Songs featured and permission granted: For Ruin (c) Devout , 2021 all rights reserved. Cynic Cult (c) Intimator, 2021 all rights reserved. Strangers With Guns (c) F#ck the American Dream, 2021 all rights reserved. Blurred Reality (c) The End of Attrition, 2021 all rights reserved. BRUIT (c) The Machine Is Burning And Now Everyone Knows It Could Happen Again, 2021 all rights reserved.
Sinocence have been together for twenty years, playing and touring a brand of ferocious metal that has seen them get critical acclaim both here in Ireland and in Europe. Landing support slots to Machine Head, Soulfly and In Flames to name but a few the four piece recruited a fifth member Duane to take on the role of lead vocalist in 2018. Despite losing founding member "Moro" (guitars/vocals) they have recruited wisely but Covid has stopped them from touring and releasing new music. However songwriting has been going on behind the scenes and after you finish the interview you'll find a band that's very hungry to make up for lost time with some crushing new slabs of metal. Hope you enjoy the episode and hit that "Subscribe" button to support the show. Thanks Richie. Songs featured and permission granted: Perfect Denial (c) Sinocence, 2021 all rights reserved. Ascension Code (c) Sinocence, 2021 all rights reserved. Band Links: https://www.facebook.com/sinocence http://www.sinocence.co.uk/
Episode 113 featuring Alan (guitarist) and Rim (bassist) of Lugosi. The lads are about to release their second album which is a brilliant slab of rock filled horror complete with great hooks and lyrics. Video Nasty gets ejected into this world on March 12th, so myself and Howard, both fans of the VHS era, grab some beers with the two lads and the fun begins. Do not miss this episode if you enjoy horror, tales of lunacy and love music! Song featured and permission granted: We're Here To Drink Blood (c) Lugosi, 2021 all rights reserved. Lugosi Links: https://www.facebook.com/LugosiDub https://lugosidublin.bandcamp.com
We jump back in time with Bob (drummer of Slave Zero/Nearly Dead Jim), Ben (vox/guitarist of Chemical Addiction), Jimmy (vox/guitarist of Itchy Trigger Finger/The Trigger Within) and my co-host Evan to discuss the Kilkenny Metal Scene that sprung up in the 90's. Whilst some Kilkenny bands like Kerb Dog and Engine Alley rose to prominence; there was another bunch of younger sometimes extreme, metal bands waiting in the shadows. Gout, Slave Zero, Victimised, Chemical Addiction, Attrax Mantis and Alt rockers Itchy Trigger Finger were all playing to jam packed venues in Kilkenny and were bringing in bands from outside the county as well. We discuss how important the Metal Scene was to the lads back in the day and try to figure out how it finally fizzled out in the naughties. It was great to sit in on this with local music legends Bob, Ben, Jimmy & Evan and if you enjoyed it, please hit that subscribe button. Thanks Richie. Song featured and permission granted: Proximity Infatuation (c) Nearly Dead Jim, 2021 all rights reserved. A Time to Kill (c) A Trigger Within, 2021 all rights reserved. Sour MIX2 (c) Chemical Addition, 2021 all rights reserved. I Fear For (c) Slave Zero, 2021 all rights reserved.
It was great to finally talk to Aaron 'O Neill and Eoghan Galligan of fuzzed out sludge merchants Slung from a Tree. The lads are based in Kerry/Limerick and have steadily been building up a large following over the years blitzing fans up and down the country with their own brand of stoner/sludge riffs. Their signing to Cursed Monk Records certainly signaled to everyone that know the band that a debut release should surely be on the horizon. My co-host Howard has played plenty of gigs with the lads on the same bill so there was a fair few stories and laughs as well. Enjoy the show, share and hit subscribe if you enjoyed it. Thanks Richie. Bands Links: https://www.facebook.com/SLUNGFROMATREESLUDGE https://slungfromatree.bandcamp.com/releases
It was great to catch up with Bones Holohan guitarist with Dread Sovereign who currently resides in Brussels. Bones spent most of his teens playing and touring with bands around Ireland. Never one to turn down the offer of an adventure, it's fair to say that the life of a touring musician certainly appealed to Bones. The interview has a nice few tales of life on the road, insights into the recording of the new album and a history of the band. There is another adventure on the horizon for Bones that has yet to be revealed so this isn't the last you've heard of Bones on the Podcast but for the moment I hope you enjoy this one. Thanks for listening and if you enjoy it please hit that 'SUBSCRIBE' button. Thanks Richie. Don't forget to check out all the new Merch over at https://themetalcell.bigcartel.com Song featured and permission granted: SHE WOLVES OF THE SAVAGE SEASON (c) DREAD SOVEREIGN, 2021 all rights reserved.
This month’s Forum was the first one for Joe McGuigan as a co-host. Joe has now replaced Jack who has decided to step down from his role as a presenter to concentrate on more important things in his life. We wish him all the best in his endeavours and want to thank him for his brilliant contributions to the show. We reviewed three new releases, had a chat about some of the issues in relation to BREXIT and how it will affect bands both here and, in the U.K., The main subject of the show was International Metal Acts who replaced their singers, those that worked out for the better and those that failed miserably. As always thanks for listening to the show, be sure to subscribe to The Metal Cell on YouTube and check out all the new Merch over at https://themetalcell.bigcartel.com/ Songs featured and permission granted: Cell Games (c) Lament Configuration, 2021 all rights reserved. Cannibalistic Martyr (c) Devils in the Detail, 2021 all rights reserved. It came from Outer Space (c) Lugosi, 2021 all rights reserved
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