Category : Music Reviews

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 – 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

The Crawling – In Light of Dark Days

  Lurking in the shadows of Northern Ireland’s music culture is a healthy and vibrant extreme metal scene, showcasing the best doom, death and black metal that the province has to offer. These bands plug away determinedly, recording and gigging…

September 13, 2016

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

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

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