Category : Music Reviews

Selene

Selene – The Ravages Of Time

Ever-prolific symphonic metallers Selene certainly haven’t been resting on their laurels since they released their last album The Forgotten in November 2015 (read our review here), with yet another full length album, this one titled The Ravages of Time, due…

May 21, 2017

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Civil Simian – Ouroboric

Our Wee Country is full of talented individuals and good bands. We know this and we all have our favourites for whatever reason. But whether we admit it or not, we know that a lot of local bands are heavily…

May 15, 2017

Electric Octopus

Electric Octopus – Smokyhead

With a band name like Electric Octopus, and an album titled Smokyhead, there’s a pretty good chance you’re in for a long strange trip. This Belfast trio themselves claim to be “a new and exciting musical cabal that’ll take your…

May 8, 2017

Singles Club – April 2017

Spring is here – it must be, the Glenshane Pass is almost passable. In a few days I will be even older than I am now, and I feel sure that one of these days Rob (CB head honcho) will…

May 3, 2017

Joshua Burnside Album Launch

Joshua Burnside – 30th April 2017

Joshua Burnside – EPHRATA Album Launch with support from Alana Henderson Sunday 30th April – Duke of York Belfast Alana Henderson wears brocade flares and a black velvet jacket. Vintage vibes, mesmerising music. She sings her own songs and plays cello…

May 1, 2017

Hand Models – 26th April 2017

Hand Models ‘TV Kids’ single launch with support from LetGo Dive & BDBR Wednesday 26th April 2017 – McHugh’s, Belfast Wednesday night saw Belfast’s Hand Models launch their debut single ‘TV Kids’ in McHugh’s basement. With static TVs adorning the…

May 1, 2017

Fireland – Fireland III: Believe Or Die

We at Chordblossom have always been extremely proud of the musical diversity this tiny place produces. From ground-breaking punk (The Undertones) to NME-worthy alt rock (Snow Patrol) to grumpy aul men who sing like angels (Van Morrison), we really do…

April 25, 2017

The Crawling – Anatomy Of Loss

Since they were founded in Lisburn in 2014, the three members of doom/death metallers The Crawling have always put their extensive backgrounds in the local heavy music scene to reliably good use, releasing their first EP In Light of Dark…

April 11, 2017

Singles Club – March 2017

Seems like no time since I was sitting here putting together last month’s column (that’s cos you’re always late – Ed) but here I am again with another bumper crop of local (and slightly further afield) talent. So what is…

April 9, 2017

Kate Gilbertson – 23rd March 2017

Kate Gilbertson single launch with support from Katie Richardson Thursday 23rd March 2017 – Black Box, Belfast To celebrate the release of her new single ‘Will You Wait’, Kate Gilbertson headlined the Black Box’s Green Room on Thursday night, accompanied…

March 28, 2017

Russian Circles – 23rd March 2017

Russian Circles with support from Cloakroom Thursday 23rd March 2017 – Empire Music Hall, Belfast Cloakroom on-stage: it’d be easy to get confused as to whether this is a gig or a controlled demolition of the Belfast Empire. “Thus is…

March 27, 2017

Ben Glover

Ben Glover – The Emigrant

There is one thing that can be said about the music scene in Northern Ireland. It is so deeply intertwined with the culture and heritage of this Isle of Ireland that I shouldn’t be surprised to come across such sterling…

March 6, 2017

Singles Club – February 2017

February may be the shortest month but my column inches remain the same and, if anything, I have as much cracking content to fit in as ever. I guess the issues to note this month are:- 1. How high the…

March 2, 2017

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Car Chase City – Captain Gravity & The Wasters

  Fans of Tenacious D may recognize the name of this spunky, alternative-pop-punk quartet from Belfast. Originally formed in 2013, their latest release, Captain Gravity & The Wasters is definitely going to take them places. Opening track ‘Zero Gravity’ has something…

February 20, 2017

Frightened Rabbit – 7th February 2017

Frightened Rabbit Tuesday 7th February 2017 – Limelight 1, Belfast It’s still relatively early in the evening when at 8.15pm Selkirk’s finest, Frightened Rabbit take to the stage at The Limelight for their first headline Belfast Show. Having released five…

February 10, 2017