by / October 9th, 2012 /

Top Story: A Month In….New Noise

Each week a member of the State team will round up the comings and goings in their chosen genre – from pop to hip-hop and electronic music. To kick us off, Niamh Hegarty takes us into the world of hardcore, metal and punk…


All We Love We Leave Behind was released this week and it’s a refreshing departure from Axe To Fall, an album that created a lot of mixed feeling among fans. In fact it’s possibly their best release since You Fail Me and just as good in many ways. The last time Converge (pictured) came to Dublin they played a triumphant show at Whelan’s with Kylesa and State was there to capture the moment. They’re back again on November 30th at the Button Factory via Dublin Metal Events, with support from Touché Amore, A Storm of Light and The Secret. Judging by the response the album has been getting it’s a gig that will surely sell out so get your tickets now. Stream All We Love We Leave Behind here.


As you may or may not have heard Baroness endured a horrific tour bus accident last summer during a UK tour that has left them out of action. Amazingly enough nobody was killed but each member and their crew suffered substantial injuries after the brakes on their tour bus failed, sending them over a bridge where the bus plummeted 30 feet. You can support the guys by buying their latest album Yellow via Relapse Records. Read John Baizley’s personal account of the accident here.


There’s a new album due on October 29th, just in time for my birthday, I might add. Neurosis are possibly my all time favorite group and I had the pleasure of interviewing Scott Kelly at their Button Factory show back in July 2011. They say you should never meet your heroes but Scott Kelly was a total gent. He patiently answered all my questions, ones that he’s no doubt answered a zillion times before over the course of his twenty-six year career with Neurosis. Honor Found in Decay will be available via Neurot recordings. The first single from the album ‘We All Rage in Gold’ is streaming here.


James Kelly, the man behind Altar of Plagues, is releasing a solo EP ‘Stoic’ under the alias WIFE via Left-Blank in November. I managed to hear a preview and it’s stunning. There are so many layers and textures to the release, it’s entrancing much like the Altar of Plagues’ material but it presents itself in a much more collected manor. Quite reminiscent of James Blake, the xx and Mount Kimbie, I’ve been enjoying it as much as the latest Converge album.

Ones to watch: Hornets

I saw Hornets unexpectedly at a show in Belfast over the summer and I was blown away by their live performance. They sent me a link to their single, ‘Mission Statement’ and that impressed me even more so. They’re a band with a great sound and they know how to deliver live. They’re currently working on their debut EP and that will be available early 2013. You can catch them live in Dublin with Bacchus on the 20th of October at the Pint.