Category : Music Reviews

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

Alpha Twin Band Photo - Ciara McMullan Photography

Alpha Twin – Keeping It Real

Although not far removed from their first EP, what Zeppelin puppers Alpha Twin lack from other bands n experience they more than make up for it their unique firebrand style of music. Going from strength to strength since there self titled debut EP,…

November 23, 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

The Answer

The Answer – ‘Solas’

It’s a long time since 2006 and The Answer‘s acclaimed debut album, ‘Rise’. The Co Down hard rockers received plenty of plaudits back then, especially from the specialized Rock press, and were tipped for great things. Has that promise been…

November 17, 2016

Sam Wickens

Sam Wickens – Send Me

In an age where acoustic and folk talent is seeing a revival, Sam Wickens’ Send Me EP could not have come along at a better time. A profoundly rich, well-rounded and earthy sound, Wickens’ is a wonderfully gifted singer-songwriter whose music undoubtedly…

November 9, 2016

Emmet McGonagle

Emmet McGonagle – ‘Marigold’ E.P.

I know I have mentioned this more than once, but I think it’s important for the artists I review, to be reminded that I have sung in bands for much longer than I have been writing about them. And the…

November 8, 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

Andrew Patterson – Pave the Road

  Andrew Patterson’s EP, Pave the Road, is composed of four tracks. His music is accompanied by guitar in a style mostly freed from sounds effects. It is quiet, charming, and extremely pleasant to the ear. Two things caught me…

October 27, 2016

Safire – Under My Skin

Safire is a band I have seen a couple of times in a live situation now, and while it was clear that the band was still finding its way, I was left in no doubt that it was a band that…

October 25, 2016

Ports – The Devil Is A Songbird

One of the prickliest subjects with musicians is that fine line between ‘being influenced by’ and being ‘derivative of’ a famous band. Any band that is deemed to be chasing a trend is put down as the musical equivalent of an…

October 19, 2016

Worm Hears

Worm Hears – Live Demos

Often, listening to live recordings and demos gives the impression of missing-out. Something is lost, the energy of the live performance or the sharp, clear separation of a professional mix. These are the dimensions of the music that give us…

October 10, 2016

Aislinn Logan – Lost or Gone

Already achieving acclaim, Aislinn Logan encapsulates the quintessential earthy and ethereal qualities of traditional Irish folk music and wraps it up in the kind of trance inducing rhythm that is so popular right now. Akin to the likes of Maria Mena, Laura Marling,…

September 19, 2016

r51

R51 – No Chill

Since the launch of their debut EP ‘Pillow Talk’ in Bar Sub to performances at Reading and Leeds Festival last year R51 have proven themselves a confident, competent and infinitely determined outfit. Blurring chart-worthy pop sensibilities with Shields-style guitar work,…

September 14, 2016