Aerosmith – 3Arena, Dublin

June 19th, 2017 by

Having managed to successfully dodge seeing Aerosmith perform live in over two decades of gig-going, the opportunity presented itself to attend this so-called farewell tour stopover in Dublin (advertised as the cringe-worthy “Aero-Vederci Baby” tour). Better late than never, so the adage goes, and yet to be verified. Others, it would seem, are less hesitant […]

Iron Maiden – 3Arena, Dublin

May 9th, 2017 by

“Scream for me Dublin!” The words that a full house at the 3Arena have been waiting seven years to hear. Few metal bands have the pulling power to sell out Dublin’s largest indoor music venue, but Iron Maiden have done just that, with attendance boosted by the absence of a Belfast show luring busloads of […]

Slash – 3Arena, Dublin

November 14th, 2014 by

Slash. Mere mention of the name conjures memories of glam metal guitar solos at their finest, and there is definitely a buzz surrounding his show at the 3Arena, that even the miserable November rain could not dampen (don’t say you didn’t see that one coming). The support act are Canadian rockers Monster Truck whose bluesy […]

Slayer / Anthrax – Dublin

July 7th, 2014 by

What a way to start July in the Academy: two of the legendary ‘Big Four’ of thrash metal deliver more than 65 years of combined thrash metal career experience to more than 1600 bloodthirsty fans on consecutive nights. Slayer and Anthrax are two of the biggest names in heavy music and recognisable even to those […]

Franz Ferdinand – Dublin

March 31st, 2014 by

Despite not having quite the same commercial clout that they once did, Franz Ferdinand are still clearly as big a live draw as ever – attracting a capacity crowd to the Olympia for the only Irish date on their current busy international tour. Sharply dressed in tailor-made monochromatic suits, they start the show as they […]

Overkill – Dublin

March 22nd, 2014 by

Appropriately bathing the Academy in their trademark green light this St. Patrick’s weekend, east coast thrash metal pioneers Overkill greet a sold-out crowd with middle fingers defiantly held high. Formed in New Jersey in 1980, and with seventeen studio albums under their belt, they have earned themselves a reputation as one of the hardest touring […]

Kerrang! Tour – Dublin

February 27th, 2014 by

Flying the metal flag since 1981, Kerrang! magazine’s annual tour has become a handy berometer for the state of rock nation. The latest jaunt is no exception, combining the old with the new. Starting proceedings are Baby Godzilla, a Nottingham based post-hardcore band who spend as much time tonight in the midst of the audience […]

Sepultura….”we can definitely feel that vibe”

February 27th, 2014 by

Three decades in existence, few metal bands have pushed the boundaries as far as Sepultura. From their death and thrash roots, the Brazilians have explored both the sounds of their own culture and the world of nu and alternative metal. State spoke to lead singer Derrick Green on their recent Dublin visit, asking him how […]

Sepultura – Dublin

February 10th, 2014 by

On a miserably wet and windy February evening, a handful of dedicated fans brave the elements in the queue outside the Academy to be at the front rail. The last remaining tickets are sold soon after the doors open, and the venue fills with heavy metal fans, not just from Dublin, but from all over […]

Killswitch Engage – Dublin

February 4th, 2014 by

Just three days after their appearance at the Grammys, American metalcore group Killswitch Engage are on more familiar territory when kick off their 2014 world tour in the Academy. Graciously conceding the title of “Best Metal Performance” for their 2013 single ‘In Due Time’ to the predictable victors, Ozzy Osbourne et al, they grace the […]

Son Lux – Dublin

January 28th, 2014 by

20th January was Blue Monday, commonly accepted to be the most depressing day of the year. But by Friday night, spirits have apparently lifted, as a bustling near-capacity crowd have congregated in the Workman’s Club to see Brooklyn-based, composer/producer Son Lux. Born Ryan Lott, he is joined on tour in support of his latest release Lanterns, by guitarist […]

Iced Earth – Dublin

January 22nd, 2014 by

Gathering onstage to surprisingly moderate cheers and applause, Iced Earth kick off tonight’s show with the opening track ‘Plagues of Babylon’ from their hot-off-the-press album of the same name. Blinding strobe lights burn stop-motion frames of windmill head-banging and spinning manes of hair into the retinas of the audience as the song builds with pounding […]

Black Sabbath – Belfast

December 16th, 2013 by

The Prince of Fucking Darkness. The Godfather of Heavy Metal. John Michael Osbourne. Call him what you like, but Ozzy Osbourne is a legend: The iconic voice and face of Black Sabbath; a band that laid the solid foundations for the evolution of every subsequent genre of Metal in the early seventies. Having put their […]

Oh Land – Dublin

December 13th, 2013 by

According to the 2013 World Happiness Report endorsed by the United Nations, Denmark ranks as the happiest country in the world, and Danish-born Nanna Øland Fabricius, better known as singer-songwriter Oh Land, certainly looks happy to be in the Button Factory tonight. Nearing the end of a demanding three-month tour of the U.S., Canada and […]