Category : Music Reviews

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

Empty Lungs Band Photo by Carrie Davenport

Empty Lungs – Don’t Get It

Empty Lungs are the Kings of Punk in our Northern Irish bubble but that hasn’t stopped them conquering mainland UK, Europe and North America as they live and breathe in a perpetual state of touring. Their most recent release, a three…

September 10, 2017

Parapa Palace

Parapa Palace – Subterrane

Recorded in Belfast’s Half Bap Studios, ‘Subterrane’ is the sophomore EP from County Down quartet Parapa Palace. Kicking things off we have lead single ‘Before the Dark Times’, a dark and gloomy track complete with spoken word verse and stand-out…

August 30, 2017

Lauren Bird photo

Lauren Bird – The Inbetween

Normally she has a ukulele in her hand and a monologue at the ready. You may know her as the Strabane writer of ‘Goodbye, Good Luck‘, a song about stepping away from unrequited feelings. Now Lauren Bird has an album…

August 29, 2017

rabid bitch of the north

Rabid Bitch Of The North – Nothing But A Bitter Taste

Having been a keen fan of NWOBHM flag bearers Rabid Bitch of the North for many years, this was one album that was waited on with heavy anticipation in the virtual Chordblossom halls. We’ve seen them release their first EP…

July 24, 2017

Part Time Pilots

Part Time Pilots – How To Ruin Everything

Okay, you know that perfect summer road trip rock mixed tape [cd, playlist, whatever; same diff, right]? The one that’s got a little bit of everything? Well, this record mimics that all on one album. Record in question, How to…

July 16, 2017

Marc Leach – Hail To The Geeks

In virtually everyone’s group of friends, there’s always one: that person who seems to have a magical ability to be good at almost every damn thing they try their hand at. But they’re such a lovely girl/bloke that you can’t…

July 5, 2017

Anto and the Echoes – Youth

‘Youth’ is the debut EP from Belfast based rock/pop band, Anto and the Echoes. Hailing from Fermanagh and fronted by Anthony Breen, the 6-piece released ‘Youth’ in December 2016. With a little help from Caolan Austin of Belfast’s ‘Smalltown America…

June 25, 2017

Sister Ghost – In A Spell

‘In A Spell‘, the latest EP by Co. Derry’s Sister Ghost is euphonious vocals meets hard-hitting alt rock. All too often melodic vocals are reserved for ballads, pop music, and singer-songwriter types, yet every once in a while you come…

June 18, 2017

Baleful Creed

Baleful Creed – Seismic Shifter

Local Metallers Baleful Creed have been around for a good few years now and while they perhaps have never been considered top of the food chain of local Metal bands, they are a welcome addition to any local Metal bill. That’s…

June 6, 2017

Joshua Burnside – Ephrata

The path of the odd single, an EP or two and then the inevitable anticipation for the debut album is a well worn one. Any potential and promise can soon be found out with the bigger canvas of a full length…

May 29, 2017

Salad Boyz

Salad Boyz – Silly Guys Having a Fun Time

Silly Guys Having a Fun Time, the new EP by Belfast pop-punk foursome, Salad Boyz is a salad bar sampling of punk stylings; grunge, pop punk, hardcore, and more traditional old school sounds ala Ramones, Social Distortion, and a wee…

May 24, 2017

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

civil simian

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