Category : Music Reviews

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No Great Loss – Eternal Sleep

Across the emerald isle, hardcore has undergone a renaissance. Local scenes from north and south of the border have become amass with a vibrant array of acts pumping out killer riffs and relentless basslines in abundance. Indeed, one such band…

December 5, 2017

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Drakonis – The Great Miasma

The dictionary definition of miasma (‘an oppressive or unpleasant atmosphere which surrounds or emanates from something’) is also a pretty decent description of death/black/extreme metal; fittingly, Lisburn-based extreme metallers Drakonis have included it in the title of their upcoming release,…

December 1, 2017

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Les Pantalons – Anybody Dancing?

Anybody Dancing? The new EP by Belfast-based band, Les Pantalons epitomizes punk fusion with bits of alt rock, punk, and a spontaneous combustion of discordant poetry. ‘Somebody New’ best elucidates characteristic vocals bending and contorting around sharp-edged guitar riffs. Think…

November 19, 2017

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Sonja Sleator – Adams

Performances at Holywood Culture Night and across Ireland, as well providing support for local legend Kaz Hawkins at the EastSide Arts Festival, have helped to further establish Sonja Sleator as one of Northern Ireland’s most recognisable singer/songwriters. October 2017, however,…

November 1, 2017

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Buffalos Bay – Living Under The Reef

Where do I begin with this band? They’re a psychedelic pop/rock five piece from Belfast and it’s safe to say they are incomparable on the scene today. Heavily influenced by artists such as The Kinks, The Beatles and early Bee…

October 24, 2017

Blackwater Conspiracy – ‘Shootin’ The Breeze’

Thanks to my enforced sabbatical from writing this Summer, I have had ‘Shootin the Breeze’ by Tyrone’s Blackwater Conspiracy for a couple of months now. This has been a blessing during a period where I was not feeling particularly blessed…

October 19, 2017

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Aidan Logan – Turbulence

Belfast song writer Aidan Logan made a name for himself last year when he was selected by Panarts Festival to spend time in Nashville singing and writing in some of the countries most iconic locations such as The Blue Bird…

October 18, 2017

And So I Watch You From Afar

And So I Watch You From Afar – The Endless Shimmering

Just a few days until the hugely anticipated release of And So I Watch You From Afar’s fifth studio LP The Endless Shimmering. Building 9 tracks over 9 days in snowbound Pawtucket, Rhode Island, four of Ireland’s most-acclaimed post-rockers return…

October 15, 2017

Trucker Diablo – Fighting For Everything

I am not surprised, and you will not be surprised to read, that Trucker Diablo have released another good album, to follow the three before it, two of which I have reviewed for CB and rightly gave them the Al…

October 12, 2017

Darren Doherty

Darren Doherty – What You Do

Strabane singer songwriter/Northern Light frontman Darren Doherty earlier this year released one song a week, which have now been pieced together for his solo debut “What You Do”. One listen to opener ‘Tiny Steps’ and the listener can be left…

October 9, 2017

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Pat Dam Smyth – Goodbye Berlin

Goodbye Berlin by Pat Dam Smyth showcases both strength and vulnerability; yet rather as dichotomy it comes together in yin and yang balance. Erudite, but still accessible. Smyth’s sound follows melodic trends set by artists such as Father John Misty,…

October 8, 2017

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Overoth – The Forgotten Tome

With 2017 seeing vast swathes of the world going to hell in a handbasket, it can seem like nothing good will come of this tumultuous year. Happily that’s entirely not true, as Northern Ireland has seen some sterling music coming…

September 20, 2017

Echo Raptors – Turn Into One

One of my favourite quotes about music comes for legendary producer Dr Dre, who once told a then-aspiring Eminem that, when in the song writing process you must “work hard to get it, and TWICE as hard to maintain it”,…

September 18, 2017

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No Oil Paintings – Too Close To The Sun

  Too Close To The Sun has something which belongs to a movie like Into the Wild or Captain Fantastic. The general tone and the choice of instruments class the band in a genre between folk and country music. The…

September 17, 2017

RMCK

RMCK – RMCK

Whatever perceptions of banjo-related music you have are swiftly about to change. Long associated with that “duelling” scene in Deliverance and perhaps every stereotype of country music imaginable, Belfast outfit RMCK’s self-titled E.P. beats those caricatures into a musical pulp…

September 11, 2017