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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thursday, June 28, 2012


This will be one for the oldschool. Triptykon is a musical project of Thomas Gabriel Fischer, founding member of the heavy metal bands Hellhammer and Apollyon Sun as well as the legendary Celtic Frost. Fischer has previously commented on his new band: Triptykon will sound as close to Celtic Frost as is humanly possible, and the album I am working on will feature all the material I envisioned for the successor to Celtic Frosts Monotheist. I desire the album to be a darker, heavier, and slightly more experimental development of Monotheist. Expect a lot of Celtic Frost T-shirts in the audience for this one metal legends this big are not seen too often in Cork.


Heidevolk are a folk/viking themed metal band from the Netherlands. The lyrical content of their music is inspired by nature, the history of Gelderland, and the history of Germanic mythology. Expect battle anthems, clean dual vocals, power riffs and mentions of quaffing mead and battleaxes and all in their native tongue.

Heidevolk Overoth

Greece has not been known as a hotbed of savage black metal. Normally youd associate the scene with the frozen wastelands of Scandanavia. But Rotting Christ have established themselves as a leading force within the black metal scene around the world. Dont expect to see Dave Mustaine in the pit. In 2005 the Megadeth frontman and now Born Again Christian refused to play with them. This can only be a good thing.

Rotting Christ Mourning Beloveth

Overoth are a classic Florida-style death metal band hailing from Belfast. They formed in late 2005 by four friends with a raw passion for no-frills death metal. They have been played the Irish, UK and mainland Europe scenes. Overoths tight, energetic and exciting live performances have gained them the quick respect of the many bands they have shared the stage with. This is death personified.

Forget about the economic doom and gloom by banging your head to these Irish doom merchants. Mourning Beloveth has been practicing their death and doom sculptures for a fair chunk of time and as theyve become more epic-minded in their song lengths, most of their fans have embraced the bands recent dedication to extensive outpourings of sorrow and pain, while the original sect of beloveds havent been quite as happy with the bands long-trailed new world order. To hell with them.

Wizards of Firetop Mountain play a blend of 1970s classic rock mixed with crushing stoner rock-outs and 1980s metal. Last year saw the band blazing a relentless trail of gigs through the country to great acclaim. They have had the honour of winning Best Irish Music Video in Drop-d Writers Awards 2011 for their video Onwards Towards the Sun, describing the band as the finest in sheer rock n roll this country has to offer. On stage the band do not hold back. A steady flow of heavy, pounding riffs march forth like rivers of lava errupting from the depts of their blacked souls. Their live show is pure energy and all they want to do is draw you in and party. Their live shows have generated waves of euphoric praise from music blogs over the last year.

Wizards of Firetop Mountain

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eople are angry. Angry at the State over the economic collapse, angry at the Catholic Church for all the recent scandals, and angry at the inequality, injustice and corruption we see around us on a daily basis. This anger is a new sensation for many. But not metallers. Theyve been banging their heads in frustration at the evil in the world around them for more than 30 years, and one man plans to channel that rage into four days of moshing and mayhem Burning Oak festival director Jim Tobin. The Waterford native has organised one of the biggest metal festivals in Cork history, with 25 international and Irish metal bands spread across four days, from July 4 to 7 in An Cruiscn Ln acts including Triptykon, the new project for Tom Warrior, founding member of the pioneering heavy metal bands Hellhammer, Celtic Frost and Apollyon Sun, whose sound is said to be a heavier, belaker version of Warriors legendary Celtic Frost; perfect for the frozen economy of post-Celtic Tiger Ireland. For Jim, Burning Oak has been a long time coming: I started around 2003, booking and promoting shows for my own band, Sirocco. After moving to Cork in 2005, I was invited to help with some duties at Acheron Promotions advertising, arranging support bands and backline, and managing ticket sales. Acheron folded in 2009, and I teamed up with the management at An Cruiscn Ln to book in their metal shows. We work very well together and without the Cruiscns support these shows wouldnt happen. But with a small yet vibrant scene and a recession in full effect, there are challenges: For metal shows, its a rarity to fill a venue in Cork even in a medium-sized venue such as the Cruiscn. In seven years here, I think I might have seen maybe four completely sold-out metal shows. While numbers did drop a year or two ago, theyre slowly picking back up and were at a stage again where we can justify taking the risk on some of the bigger bands. Burning Oak has sold especially well, with more than 50% of our total ticket allotment already gone, and were confident that all the shows will sell out on the night. As for the bands, Jim has a few personal favourites especially Greek black metal pioneers Rotting Christ; Im a long time fan of Rotting Christ, so Im delighted to have them play here in Cork for the first time.

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Im also really looking forward to Heidevolk playing their first show in Ireland. The Greek titans are an obvious fit with their nation in an even worse state than ours, its fitting that they bring their black metal over here so we can all get stage-divingly mad about just how bad things are. As for Dutch folk metallers Heidelvolk (it means folk of the heath land), the six men from the Dutch province of Gelderland had been digging for their roots and decided in 2002 to show the world theres more to their heritage than windmills, clogs and holey cheeses. The music of Heidevolk can best be described as pounding metal combined with epic and melodic folk music. So bring your mead horn and prepare for war. So whats next for Jim and Burning Oak? I think its all going to depend on the outcome of this years festival. If it does well, we may look at expanding it next year. For the near future though, I still have a few other upcoming shows to concentrate on, acts like Warbringer and Elm Street, Putrefy and Phalmuter, all of which are happening later in the month. See, or the Metal Ireland forum for deals on hostels in the city.

The three-piece band started in November 2008, soon after which they won the All Ireland Battle of the Bands, going on to release The Crypt Trials in October 2009. They then recorded their debut self-titled EP in October 2010, and released their debut album Sense of Slaughter earleir this year and they also opened for the mighty Machine Head.

Dead Label Primordial

With no metal acts at the Marquee this year one man has stepped up and organised the biggest , metal festival the city has ever seen, with global acts on the bill alongside local and national groups. That man is Jim Tobin, and the event is the Burning Oak Festival.

Our homegrown titans, Primordial are a black metal powerhouse formed in 1991 in Skerries, by Pl MacAmlaigh and Ciarn MacUiliam. The bands roots stretch back to 1987 when Pl and Ciarn first began playing together with Pls brother, Derek. The band (who were called Forsaken for a brief period) initially played a rough, hybrid mix of early, primitive thrash and death metal, playing covers of Death, Sepultura and the like. Vocalist Nemtheanga, below, joined the band after seeing an ad for a singer in Dublin specialist metal store The Sound Cellar in 1991. Upon Nemtheangas joining the band, the band started to pursue a darker direction citing influence from Bathory, Celtic Frost and the emerging Greek and Norwegian black metal scenes. In a great interview with the Irish Times last year, Nemtheanga had this to say: To me indie music represents the most base average of every emotional outlay in music. It is never dark enough, never violent enough. It is never anything enough for somebody who is quite attached to extreme music as I am.

Top, from left, Mourning Beloveth, Heidevolk, Rotting Christ, Triptykon, and Dead Label. Right, Primordial vocalist Nemtheanga.