Author: Team Uber

Kickin’ Valentina/She Burns Red – Crumlin, The Patriot– 18 May 2022

The return of the music scene has seen a plethora of gigs announced, almost too many to support them all but it’s not only about ÜK bands anymore like it was last year after the first lockdown. The return to international touring is giving music fans a great opportunity to see other bands. Von Hertzen Brothers last week was a joy but a bit closer to home gets David O’Neill to see his first ÜS band for a while.

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Thy Kingdom Will Burn – ‘The Void And The Vengeance’ (Scarlet Records)

Finland – the country with the most metal bands per capita (at a whopping 42.6 per 100,000). There just seems to be something in the water that results in metal bands just sprouting out of the ground deep in the Finnish forests! So, it’s really of no surprise that this latest album I’ve picked up hails from that very country, but what is perhaps more surprising is that this is a sophomore release within one year of their debut album. Those guys in Thy Kingdom Will Burn have certainly been busy over the last year, but will ‘The Void And The Vengeance’ be the polished product of a creativity surge, or a rushed job to maintain momentum? Naturally the only way to find out is for Jonny B to give it a spin…

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Mortal Thrall – ‘A Path To Fire’ (Trepanation Recordings

Baroque-influenced, post-black metal duo Mortal Thrall was forged in September 2020 by vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Todd Harris (ex-Oubliette, Battle Path). Spontaneously conceptualized, written, and recorded over lockdown, the press release describes ‘A Path To Fire’ as “an emotive fresco of intertwining guitar lines, stunning chord progressions, passionate vocals, textural synth, and martial drumming which evolved from Harris’ obsession with Renaissance paintings”. Sounds interesting so far…

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Vaamatar – ‘Medievalgeist’ (Iron Bonehead)

Traditional styled black metal is a scene Alex M very much has a love it or hate it relationship with. When it’s done well it’s some of the finest extreme metal out there blending atmosphere and aggression perfectly and giving you an excellent soundtrack to cosplay Gandalf in the forest to. The other side of this is “if I hear one more asshole or group of assholes in panda makeup try to recreate Transilvanian Hunger or Panzer Division Marduk I’ll stick a screwdriver in my ears”. Fortunately, Vaamatar have given him a reason to spare his ears for another day.

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