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imageAS a form of music the extreme ends of metal - and death metal in particular has the power to frighten the pets and mystify the uninitiated. But aficionados in Belfast at the April 18th Warzone Centre bash saw Yank rockers Skinned roar, ably supported by The Crawling, Wardomizedand Zombified.

With a single recently out on Grindscene Records The Crawling are a welcome breath of fetid death as they pour out slowed down death, with groove brought in only when needed - the rest of the time the three-piece grind down listeners with intent to injure the aural tracts of all in attendance.

imageWarzdomized, on the other hand fall to pieces halfway through their set. Normally they manage to retain some semblance of structure on their blackened thrash, but this time they were two songs in and arrangements and playing fell apart.

Perhaps they were thrown off kilter by the over-enthusiastic crowd response that saw many of the younger participants join the band on stage.

By contrast Zombified are always on their death metal game. From the moment the unearthly voice of Pete Clarke shatters the Belfast air you know Zombified are here to slay.

imageCruelly robbed recently of a semi-final slot in a Metal To The Masses heat they are undeterred as the dual guitar attack left many stunned by the ferocity, especially with Jamie and Adrien on top form.

For the majority Skinned were an unknown quantity - but within minutes the band had acolytes across most at the Warzone.

The four-piece (Travis, Erik, Dale and Jonathan) play with a poise that makes their metallic attack all that more deadly.
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There is a real sense that as well as immaculate playing the arrangements within each track help enhance the experience.

It was a perfect conclusion to an evening that saw three bands blast apart any preconceptions about the ability of death metal to entertain and engage, and another band fail to realise their potential.

Review by Jonny
Photographs by Darren McVeigh - MetalplanetBelfast


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“Heroes And Villains” is the latest album from FM and was released via Frontiers Records on 20th April. Normally the “NI Rocks Recommends” feature relates to albums that have been sent to the station for airplay / review, but this is another of those rare occasions where I’ve decided to write a recommendation for an album that wasn’t. I’d interviewed singer Steve Overland just over a year ago, before FM’s appearance in the Waterfront Hall in Belfast - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/1454-ni-rocks-interview-with-steve-overland-of-fm.html - and was looking forward to hearing the new album. After celebrating their 30th anniversary last year, FM has definitely delivered the goods with “Heroes And Villains”. The new album is being promoted by a tour through England and Scotland during May; accompanied by Romeo’s Daughter (who’ve just released their album “Spin”) and Northern Ireland’s No Hot Ashes.

 

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New Hampshire’s post-black metal band VATTNET VISKAR are returning with a new album on 29th June via Century Media records. ‘Settler’ was recorded at Earth Analog Studios in Champaign, IL with producer Sanford Parker (MINSK, VOIVOD). The artwork was created by multimedia artist, Josh Graham (ex-Neurosis, Soundgarden), who also created the video for ‘Breath of the Almighty’, ...

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Symphonic Metal masters KAMELOT are ready to enthrall with their upcoming masterpiece Haven! Today the sensational music video for the track „Insomnia“ has been premiered! KAMELOT mastermind Thomas Youngblood states: „Kamelot returns with a sci-fi inspired thriller for the song “Insomnia”. In a post apocalyptic world, surveillance is everywhere and over population is rampant. Deep ...

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Rock legends KISS are set to bring their new live show to Europe in Summer 2015. With multiple festival and headline dates across Europe, KISS live is set to be THE rock event of 2015. With over 80 million album sales worldwide, KISS remain one of the most iconic and influential rock bands of all ...

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“The Greatest Band of All Time”, have announced they are returning to Europe in August. Goooooooooooooo!!! While the California-based ArnoCorps may be best known as the world’s first band to feature lyrics based exclusively on the cinematic works of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the charismatic troop aim to clear up this common misperception. ArnoCorps are quick to point ...

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Swedish Rock’n’Rollers HONEYMOON DISEASE have announced their worldwide signing with Napalm Records! Their upcoming debut album is scheduled for a fall 2015 and will be one of the finest groovy and speedy rock masterpieces yet. Be prepared for HONEYMOON DISEASE! Sebastian Muench, A&R Napalm Records: “We are absolutely excited to announce the Signing of Gothenburg´s ...

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XANDRIA’s new EP is called Fire & Ashes and it is going to be released worldwide on July 31st via Napalm Records! Have a glance at the wonderful cover art, that was designed by Felipe Machado, known also for his works with Rage, Blind Guardian, Iron Savior and Rhapsody of Fire, to name a few. ...

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Lonely The Brave today announce a special extended version of their phenomenal debut album, The Days War, which will be released on the 1st of June. Titled The Day’s War – Victory Edition, the 2 CD repack will include 12 as yet unreleased tracks, including 4 brand new songs. The Day’s War – Victory Edition ...

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Counting Crows announce exclusive UK show at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Wednesday 10th June – a continuation for the worldwide Somewhere Under Wonderland tour. “Probably the coolest thing about a career like ours is the chance to really see the world. I’ll never forget when we landed in London to start our first European tour, or what it ...

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Tysondog was formed in 1983, rising out of the vibrant NWOBHM scene around Newcastle. They released a couple of albums before splitting up in 1987. Many NWOBHM bands failed to make that “big” breakthrough before the genre faded into the background somewhat. However, like all good things, NWOBHM lived on as a music genre – maybe not so “new” anymore and no longer just “British; rising from almost “cult” status to an increasing level of awareness amongst a new generation of rock fans. Some of those original NWOBHM artists from the 80’s are therefore getting a second chance at playing live and recording new material. Tysondog is one such band. Their new album “Cry Havoc” was released through Rocksector Records on 20th April.

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Aerial Bound: Hey everyone this Eric from the band Aerial Bound we are promoting our debut album and would love to get some feed back from you. Go on our web page or our FB page and give a song a listen. Tell us what you think. email me at edneher@aol.com or post on FB thanks for everyone's time.
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NI Rocks: Dave - I played "Roadhouse Blues" on the NI Rocks A-Z Show - it finished at 8pm. Will be repeated tomorrow morning. Or its available from the On Demand Player.
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LemmyLegend: Love the music but the stream lacks artist and song info. I like to find stuff I haven't heard before and then go check out the album. Any chance this can be rectified? All the stream shows is Nik - Nikbotb
NI Rocks: Hey LemmyLegend. Yeah the shows just give the title unfortunately. On some shows the hosts will introduce the tracks but not all. Nik's show featured Trucker Diablo, Black Stone Cherry and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The new Trucker Diablo album is "Songs of Iron"
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NI Rocks: You should be able to. Will get back to you with instructions.
metal mike: was going to ask the same thing - i think you have to go to reciva.com and give them some technical details so the station will appear on their directory
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Doccardy: Just listening to Balattys Podcast of 7th August....my fav. so far. O.O
Balattys Podcast: New show now.
New tune from The Answer. Blues from Lowell Fulsome. Pop from Squeeze.Proper Rock from The Sweet. Motor Cycle noises from Montrose! Falsetto singing from the Darkness and Sparks. Prog from King Crimson and more......Get it while it's luke warm!!
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Balattys Podcast: Note to self....Don't press "Enter" till you've finished the message!! Brand new Heaven the Axe, Magnum, Lizzy Borden, The Answer, Trucker Diablo, Rose Tattoo and more........
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Raythebass: Just to let you rockers know. 'Fa Joes' in Lurgan (AKA The central bar) is throwing together a battle of the bands competition in a few weeks, Tel: 028 3834 2335 if you're keen.
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bcarey1952: Hi...anyone heard of a gig in Ardboe in the next couple of weeks...triggerman among others supposed to be playing?
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Doccardy: Mike Jeffrey had actually selected a decent few songs in that lot. Perhaps he should be given a permanent slot or get him in as a guest to talk shite between tracks....now that would be interesting.
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