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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!

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

Watch: Zlatanera – Holy Man’s Crook

  One of Belfast, Northern Ireland’s most promising emerging acts, Zlatanera, release their brand new single ‘Holy Man’s Crook’, taken from the forthcoming debut album Legerdemain which is set for release on 5th August 2016. “‘Holy Man’s Crook is a song about…

August 3, 2016

Triggerman – Atomic Rock Number 79

  There’s a line in the title track of Triggerman‘s latest EP Atomic Rock Number 79 that goes “rock to the metal, rock to the blues”, a line that neatly sums up both the band’s ethos and their sound in…

July 27, 2016

Smoking Tongue – The Cave Sessions

  Lisburn’s Smoking Tongue came to our attention a few years back with the release of their debut EP Gak Tooth Grin (you can read our review here), but the band have actually been around for about a decade, starting…

July 10, 2016

Attack the Day – Felons EP

It’s often said that time moves faster as you get older; years just whizz by in the blink of an eye. When you’re young, it’s the opposite: days drag by, months stretch out ahead of you and a year can…

June 30, 2016

Watch: Dream Awake – Summit

  Belfast metalcore youngsters Dream Awake proudly released their latest single ‘Summit’ last week, with a terrific video to accompany it. The song itself, whilst being fairly standard metalcore, shows a huge improvement in both the band’s lyric writing and…

June 22, 2016

What’s Wrong Barry? – Past Problems and Future Demons EP

  In the digital age, it’s getting harder and harder for bands to remain at arms length from fans; mysterious; coy, even. Some still manage it somehow, such as Kilkeel natives What’s Wrong Barry?, whose Facebook page reveals almost nothing…

June 15, 2016

Watch: Slomatics – Electric Breath

  Irish sludge/fuzz rockers Slomatics, have premiered a video for their new track ‘Electric Breath’. The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming album Future Echo Returns which will be released in September via Black Bow Records on vinyl and compact disc….

June 5, 2016