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

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

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

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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

Bronagh Gallagher – Gather Your Greatness

There have been few cultural phenomenons in Ireland that are as all-encompassing as The Commitments: Alan Parker’s adaption of Roddy Doyle’s debut novel was an instant smash on it’s 1991 release, with it’s blend of razor sharp working class wit…

January 29, 2017

Axecatcher – Common Blood

I remember seeing Axecatcher live at a gig in Belfast thinking they were outstanding and extremely energetic in their performance. If you like heavy music, this is where it’s at in Northern Ireland. The band name itself is brutal. This…

January 23, 2017

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Catch – Catch EP

Britpop was an odd phenomenon, with many of the brightest and most popular British bands of the time rejecting contemporary sounds like shoegaze, grunge and acid house to instead celebrate British guitar pop of the 1960s. In fairness, it was…

January 22, 2017

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Gnarkats – Waves Collide

First appearing on our radar at the very beginning of 2016, Gnarkats initial recordings were rough around the edges but showed glimpses of inventiveness and talent. The Belfast four-piece’s progress since then shines through on new EP ‘Waves Collide’, released…

January 9, 2017

Malojian

Malojian – This Is Nowhere

2016 was a year marked by loss. Internationally, we lost some of our biggest heroes: David Bowie, Prince and Motorhead’s Lemmy. And at home, we lost some of our own local heroes – the legendary Bap Kennedy, and the tragically…

January 3, 2017

Lost Highways - Beneath the Cedars

Lost Highways – Beneath the Cedars

It took me a few listens before I could put in to words my opinion of Lost Highways, Beneath the Cedars, not my usual cup of tea is how I can best put it. Purely instrumental, I can appreciate the talented…

December 13, 2016

Remains Of Youth

Remains Of Youth – There Is Hope Without Progress

The band left us in 2007. Now, almost a decade later, Remains of Youth have made their return with ‘There Is Hope Without Progress’, a release clearly grounded in experience, development and creative passion. The band’s return to the arena…

December 12, 2016

Disconnect – The Sum Of All Parts

Belfast industrial duo Disconnect describe their sound as ‘New Age Catharsis’ – a description which told this prospective reviewer absolutely nothing prior to listening, and which was very nearly filed under an expansive list of ‘pretentious descriptions bands have used…

December 4, 2016