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Melanie Brehaut

Aussie living in Belfast. My day job is in a cemetery; night job is writing, writing, writing! Music is incredibly important to me, so this is my way of paying it forward. I love discovering talent and spreading the word!

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

Watch: Cursed Sun – Cataclysmic Decline

Belfast metallers Cursed Sun are proud to release the video to ‘Cataclysmic Decline’ from their upcoming EP The Amygdala, due for release shortly (you can read our review of the EP here). The video, filmed as they ran through the song in their…

November 24, 2016

Fireland Release ‘Fireland III – Believe Or Die’

  On 18 November 2016, Northern Irish heavy metal band Fireland will release their brand new full-length studio album, entitled Fireland III – Believe Or Die This new album marks a sea change in the band’s history, with the sound…

November 20, 2016

Drakonis – As They Rot

Dark, moody and angry…no, not your average teenager, but Lisburn black/death metallers Drakonis. Starting life several years ago as Order of Shadow, the last few years have seen a slightly altered lineup, a name change and an EP (Ravens Fill…

November 17, 2016

Cursed Sun

Cursed Sun – The Amygdala

The last time Chordblossom reviewed a Cursed Sun release (2014’s The Fall and Rise; you can read it here) we noted that these scene stalwarts were “becoming heavier and more polished with each release” and that they were definitely “capable…

November 2, 2016

Stream: Shrouded – Ascension

Despite the baby-faced youthfulness of its members, make no mistake: Shrouded play proper, old school melodic death metal with no frills, no subgenres, no arsing about. Forming a mere two years ago and with an EP already under their belts…

October 26, 2016

The Crawling – In Light of Dark Days

  Lurking in the shadows of Northern Ireland’s music culture is a healthy and vibrant extreme metal scene, showcasing the best doom, death and black metal that the province has to offer. These bands plug away determinedly, recording and gigging…

September 13, 2016

brand new friend – American Wives

  Very few people were surprised when indie pop poppets brand new friend won Chordblossom’s Kickstart competition back in March this year (you can read all about their triumph here): their sugary sweet pop tunes both charmed and piqued the…

September 11, 2016

Bloodstock – the Irish Invasion

Bloodstock 2016 will surely go down in history as ‘the year of the Irish invasion’ with not one, not two, but an astonishing SIX bands from the north and south making the trek over to Derbyshire for the world famous…

September 1, 2016

Interview: The Crawling at Bloodstock

Prior to their darkly sprawling set on the New Blood Stage, we spoke to this year’s NI winners of Metal 2 the Masses about the band’s past, future, and why they were drawn to the music they play. ►Chordblossom: Congratulations…

September 1, 2016

Interview: Rabid Bitch of the North at Bloodstock

On the morning of their performance on the New Blood Stage, we chatted with New Wave of British Heavy Metal-influenced trio Rabid Bitch of the North about nerves, favourite gigs and getting the most out of a trip to Bloodstock….

August 30, 2016

Interview: Zlatanera at Bloodstock

Following their trailblazing set on the Jagermeister Stage, we caught up with groove/stoner rockers Zlatanera to talk about 2016 – their biggest year yet – their new album, and future plans for the band. ►Chordblossom: Congratulations on playing Bloodstock!Is that…

August 30, 2016

Maverick – Big Red

  Everyone’s favourite retro rockers Maverick are back with their second full length album Big Red, to be released on August 26th on Metalapolis Records. Since forming in mid 2012 the band have come along in leaps and bounds, from…

August 24, 2016

Interview: Psykosis at Bloodstock

Fresh from their gloriously triumphant Thursday night set on the Sophie Lancaster Stage, we got the low down from Dublin thrash metal youngsters Psykosis on what drew them to thrash, where they want to take the band and how much…

August 23, 2016

Preview: Monsters of Rot VI

Monsters of Rot VI is set to crawl ‘out of the bog’ again on Saturday in Letterbreen, Co. Fermanagh. Presented by the Halfway Inn and hosted by Henchman in association with Apex Music Co, Irish Metal Archive and Gigging NI,…

August 10, 2016