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Irelands Premier Metal Music Podcast. The Metal Cell Podcast sets out to promote the Irish Metal Scene by talking to the bands, promoters, artists and fans of this musical genre. I hope to interview as many generations as possible involved in the Irish Metal community from those who create the music, design the artwork, promote the gigs or simply fans of the music itself. It's one of the most exciting times ever to be a Metal fan in Ireland with so many home grown and international metal ban ...
 
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Myself and my co-host Danielle were delighted to welcome John Collard (Vocals) and Tom Ambrose (Bass) of Dublin based band Neon Empire. The band are an exciting additional to the Metal scene with a clever blend of Metal Core, Electro-Metal added to other elements to form Neon Empires unique sound. The four piece, completed by Guitarist/Vocalist Has…
 
I was delighted to finally open up the Metal Cell studios to welcome Chris Harte of Bailer. When Chris sent me on 'Disposable Youth' a few days previous, I was nervous enough approaching it. The four singles sounded immense but how would they interact with the rest of the songs and how would it play as a whole album from the start to finish. The re…
 
It was a pleasure to welcome Pete Clarke of one of Irelands finest Death Metal Bands; Strangle Wire. I was really looking forward to catching up with Pete to find out as much as I could about the new record, release dates and playing Bloodstock 2021. We had a great chat and having heard one of their new tracks it's certainly a lesson in brutal heav…
 
It was a pleasure to interview Jeff (Vox&Guitar) & Paul (Drums) of Strangers With Guns. The trio including Ricky (Bass) are about to release a brilliant double EP called "Become a Pope" on November the 26th with a headline show in Whelans, Dublin on the following night. Myself and Danielle had a great chat with the lads in relation to self financin…
 
I was delighted to welcome Gary Kelly, the Irish vocalist and guitarist of the band. Gary talked about his move from Dublin to Paris which kick started his love for metal and ended up with him creating demos in 2014, It took meeting Steven Andre (guitarist) that planted the seed for the band MOLYBARON to grow. Gary wrote and recorded all the songs …
 
Myself and my co-host Joe welcomed Dave Brady to The Metal Cell Podcast for a brilliant chat about ForeignWolf. Formed in 2019 the Northern Ireland band have been steadily building an audience with their groove driven and hook laden music. ForeignWolf will appeal to fans of Thin Lizzy, Therapy, Pantera and many more. The latest release of Your Weap…
 
I was delighted to welcome Marco Feltrin (Vocals) and Mat Maher (Bass) of The Risen Dread to the show. The lads along with Colum Cleary (Drums) and Will Ribeiro (Guitars) have been busy preparing for the 2022 release of their much anticipated album "Night Hag". The talented Josh Robinson of JSR Audio is behind the desk for the release and by the so…
 
The Metal Cell Forums. Join myself, Danielle, Evan and Joe as we talk about the Metal Scene, review bands and discuss topics related to our favourite music....METAL! This weeks show is not to be missed as we are joined by Fergal 'H' Holmes of D.M.E Promotions. 'H' gives us an insight into how this year and next year is shaping up for gigs in Dublin…
 
Myself and Evan were delighted to welcome Ian and Darren of Haint. Ian Booth (Vocals/Guitars), Darren Lavery (Bass/Vocals) and Steve Hobson (Drums) are busy recording their much anticipated debut release. The three piece are veterans of the Northern Ireland Metal Scene so there's a lot of excitement building up to their return on stage. Ian and Dar…
 
Myself and Howard were delighted to welcome John Quill the singer/guitarist with Third Island & Quill Effects and Tomás Hynes of Foraoisí gan Iniúchadh, a one Man DSBM / Atmospheric Black Metal band. John has been involved in the Limerick Metal Scene for years and has slowly built up his reputation as one of the go to guys for customised guitar and…
 
I was delighted to welcome Darragh of Horrenda, Shannon of Aborted Earth, Tony of Restive Nation and Tom of Zhora to talk about the All Ireland Metal Project, an unique collaboration of over one hundred musicians, artists and film makers on this island of ours. The lads give us an exclusive track by track preview of one of the most anticipated rele…
 
Myself and my co-host Howard were absolutely delighted to welcome Alex CF to the Metal Cell Podcast. Alex is a London based illustrator, author, and vocalist, who has been most notably known for his highly influential work with crust/dark post metal act FALL OF EFRAFA whose lyrical content was built around the mythology created by Richard Adams in …
 
The Metal Cell Forums. Join myself, Danielle, Evan and Joe as we talk about the Metal Scene, review bands and discuss topics related to our favourite music....METAL! This weeks show is a cracker as we are joined by Steve Walsh, Riff Lord of Grey Stag. Steve gave us the low down on playing Bloodstock and talked about plans for the rest of the year. …
 
Lewis and Alan shut the door and travel to another home – it’s the virtuoso prog stylings of Dream Theater. (You can try Alan’s introductory ‘DT4L’ playlist on Apple Music.) Further Listening Alan Queensryche – Operation: Mindcrime Haken – Vector / Virus Hạc San – Hồn – Trăng – Máu Lewis Opeth – Blackwater Park Periphery – Juggernaut Alpha / Omega…
 
It was a pleasure to finally get to chat with Jason Christy (Drums) of Words That Burn. The band had just come back from Bloodstock 2021 after playing a blistering set to a huge crowd on the New Blood Stage. I was interested to see how their terrific new song "Den of Lions" went down and to see if Jason had any updates in relation to the new songs …
 
I'm absolutely delighted to bring these interviews courtesy of Danielle Meehan co-host of The Metal Cell Forums. Danielle kindly volunteered to do this after I had no luck securing a press pass from the festival organisers. The fact that she managed to get six interviews done with a hand held recorder, as she like the other few thousand who attende…
 
Episode 134 is a brilliant one with Veil of Sound - lifting the veil from underground music! I was delighted to welcome Thorsten Schaeben and Pat O'Regan from @veil_of_sound webzine. When reading a review on Veil of Sound you are immediately aware how accurately the lads convey their feelings for the musical piece. The intimate tracing of the songs…
 
It was a pleasure to welcome Gavin (Drums) & Taran (Drums) of Bicurious. The duo certainly have been making waves in the alternative rock scene with some terrific single releases and crushing live performances. The nine tracks of their new release (re)constructed thematically follows a timeline of events in Gavin's and Taran's life, which included …
 
It was a pleasure to meet up with Luke and Keith of @dogtiredmetal to talk about their fantastic single release, a hook driven, slab of heaviness called "Feast". The lads have a busy few weeks coming up with a Bloodstock appearance and two pre-Bloodstock gigs, some tasty new merch and of course the best part, an update on new songs for an album fur…
 
The Metal Cell Forums. Join myself, Danielle, Evan and Joe as we talk about the Metal Scene, review bands and discuss topics related to our favourite music....METAL! This weeks show is a cracker! It's all about our favourite live Metal albums I'm sure there's plenty of them that we can all agree on! We talk about some of the best live performances …
 
When Clang announced that a Irish heavy metal festival was being held in spring 2020 and it would feature several Metal headliners along with over 20 Irish metal bands on two stages in the National Stadium Dublin, everyone in the Irish Metal Scene started texting each other. The majority of people were fairly dubious about the whole thing and nobod…
 
It was a pleasure to welcome Keith Fay (Guitars/Vocals) of Irish Folk Metal legends Cruachan. They are considered one of the pioneers of folk metal along with UK based Skyclad and it was fascinating to hear Keith talk about how the whole scene evolved. Cruachan despite numerous line up changes are working on their ninth album and as an original fou…
 
Greyface certainly will shake up the Metal/Alternative scene in 2021, mainly due to the music and what their image conjures up. Like something out of a Tim Burton nightmare, their goth/macabre influences comfortably sit alongside Bowie during his Ziggy days, all of which are embellished by Greyfaces infectious music. Roy/Shaye (vocals) gives myself…
 
It was great to welcome Carl King to The Metal Cell Podcast. Carl is a huge supporter of the Irish Metal Scene through his podcast Kingwoes Court which interviews Irish Metal bands. He is also the singer of his own band Two Tales of Woe (Doom/Sludge from Dublin) and has shared the stage with many bands from both here and abroad. Carl has been invol…
 
Jim (Guitars), Brian (Guitars) & Josh (Drums) talk about their soon to be released EP "Attack of the 50ft Lobsters". The EP chronicles the exploits of the 5 band members as they roam the streets of Cork during a heavy sesh. However, the night is interrupted by the attack of giant lobsters rising up from the ocean, set on destroying the earth. "Atta…
 
It was a pleasure to interview Steve (Guitars) & Luke (Bass) of Belfast based band Puresonic Outcasts. The band have just released a killer e.p called "Reflections on this Present Condition" and along with the two other members Martin (Vocals/Guitars) & Graham (Drums) are ready to bring their stoner infused punk/metal shows to a hungry audience! Fr…
 
Myself and my co-host Howard were delighted to spend an insightinsightful hour or so in the company of Brad Boatright mastering engineer and the owner of Audiosiege Studios. He’s best known for his work with Skeletonwitch, Nails, Obituary, Sleep, Stranger Things, and many more. He has also worked with some fantastic Irish Metal bands as well. The l…
 
The Metal Cell Forums. Join myself, Danielle, Evan and Joe as we talk about the Irish Metal Scene, review bands and discuss topics related to our favourite music....METAL! This weeks show is a fairly busy one. We have a discussion about how relevant the Metal Scene is at the moment, especially seeing a rock band from Italy win the Eurovision. The m…
 
We jump back in time with Clive Bolger (drummer of Tasc), Brian Bowell (bassist of Worn Out), Dave Cleere (bassist of Bailer) and Dave Longan (guitarist of Aponym) to discuss the Waterford Metal Scene that sprung up in the 80's right up to a few years ago. When I heard that Def Leppard played to a packed pub in Tramore before they flew off to Donni…
 
Nomadus are a three piece metal band based in Belfast, formed in 2016 mixing Thrash, Groove and Melody. Consisting of Fredy (Guitars & Vocals), Neil (Guitars) and Carl (Bass) they are one of the most exciting metal bands to come out of the Northern Ireland Metal Scene in a long time. Having just released these two killer songs: Dawn of Darkness and…
 
NORTHERN IRELAND METAL PART 2. I was delighted to welcome two absolute stalwarts of the Northern Ireland Metal Scene, James Loveday @the_distortion_project & Wayne Donaldson @twkommedia. This is part two of a two part episode where myself and my co-host Evan talk about the vibrant metal scene in Northern Ireland. As the restrictions are being lifte…
 
NORTHERN IRELAND METAL PART 1. I was delighted to welcome two absolute stalwarts of the Northern Ireland Metal Scene, James Loveday @the_distortion_project & Wayne Donaldson @twkommedia. This is part one of a two part episode where myself and my co-host Evan talk about the vibrant metal scene in Northern Ireland. As the restrictions are being lifte…
 
Myself and Evan interview Alex (Guitars/Vox), Conal (Bass) & Brasko (Drums) of The Last Vinci. It was great to catch up Alex and Brasko both of whom travelled across to Liverpool to begin recording their newest album with Liverpool producer Tom Peters (who produced bands like Alpha Male Tea Party, Bicurious, God Alone, and many others). The lads we…
 
I was delighted to welcome Ren Marabou, Jack Penders of Rotlaust & John Murphy of For Ruin to the show. These talented musicians have all released brilliant solo albums/eps this year and it was fascinating to hear about their creative processes during a pandemic that effectively wiped out live music for the last year. Ren has released Valhalla Wait…
 
The Metal Cell Forums. Join myself, Danielle, Evan and Joe as we talk about the Irish Metal Scene, review bands and discuss topics related to our favourite music....METAL! This weeks show is a fairly busy one. We have a discussion about an exciting project that is slowly coming to fruition called Aiséirí - All Ireland Metal Project. Aiséirí means r…
 
It was a pleasure to interview Jude, who is one of the most talented guitarists on this great island of ours. Acid Age play an exciting brand of Thrash/Technical Death Metal which is mixed with Jazz Fusion and a few other styles as well. The trio released a brand new album in 2021 titled "Semper Pessimus", which is a concept album based around Nero…
 
It was a pleasure to talk to the Quinn and Farrow brothers that form the uniquely brilliant Corr Mona. The band was formed in 2009 and sing as Gaeilge. Despite the fact that both Martin and Robert Farrow are now living in Canada, they have still managed to release their brilliant new album called "Abhainn" which is Gaelic for "river". Each of the t…
 
Myself and Danielle were delighted to welcome Nomadic Rituals, Craig (Bass/Vocals) & Mark (drums) talk about their fantastic new sludge/doom release "Tides". The three piece, signed to Cursed Monks Records, formed back in 2012 and have released one of the best Irish albums this year. Craig & Mark talk us through the songs and the recording of "Tide…
 
It was a pleasure to chat with Mick Hynes, guitarist with Dead Label about what the band have been doing during a year which saw them lose out on playing Wacken, Download and Resurrection Festivals due to COVID. They do have an upcoming EP to promote called "Anthology" and we have a listen to one of those tracks called "Deadweight". There's plenty …
 
The Metal Cell Forums. Join myself, Danielle, Evan and Joe as we talk about the Irish Metal Scene, review bands and discuss topics related to our favourite music....METAL! This weeks show is a fairly busy one. We have a discussion about an exciting project that is slowly coming to fruition called Aiséirí - All Ireland Metal Project. Aiséirí means r…
 
Sinocence have been together for twenty years, playing and touring a brand of ferocious metal that has seen them get critical acclaim both here in Ireland and in Europe. Landing support slots to Machine Head, Soulfly and In Flames to name but a few the four piece recruited a fifth member Duane to take on the role of lead vocalist in 2018. Despite l…
 
Episode 113 featuring Alan (guitarist) and Rim (bassist) of Lugosi. The lads are about to release their second album which is a brilliant slab of rock filled horror complete with great hooks and lyrics. Video Nasty gets ejected into this world on March 12th, so myself and Howard, both fans of the VHS era, grab some beers with the two lads and the f…
 
We jump back in time with Bob (drummer of Slave Zero/Nearly Dead Jim), Ben (vox/guitarist of Chemical Addiction), Jimmy (vox/guitarist of Itchy Trigger Finger/The Trigger Within) and my co-host Evan to discuss the Kilkenny Metal Scene that sprung up in the 90's. Whilst some Kilkenny bands like Kerb Dog and Engine Alley rose to prominence; there was…
 
It was great to finally talk to Aaron 'O Neill and Eoghan Galligan of fuzzed out sludge merchants Slung from a Tree. The lads are based in Kerry/Limerick and have steadily been building up a large following over the years blitzing fans up and down the country with their own brand of stoner/sludge riffs. Their signing to Cursed Monk Records certainl…
 
It was great to catch up with Bones Holohan guitarist with Dread Sovereign who currently resides in Brussels. Bones spent most of his teens playing and touring with bands around Ireland. Never one to turn down the offer of an adventure, it's fair to say that the life of a touring musician certainly appealed to Bones. The interview has a nice few ta…
 
This month’s Forum was the first one for Joe McGuigan as a co-host. Joe has now replaced Jack who has decided to step down from his role as a presenter to concentrate on more important things in his life. We wish him all the best in his endeavours and want to thank him for his brilliant contributions to the show. We reviewed three new releases, had…
 
Dave Hynes (Vocals) & Jason Connelly (Drums) have played in many metal acts throughout the years. When they joined up to form Grave Sermon with Cory (bass), Mark (guitars) and Gavin (guitars) it was to answer the call to make nasty, filthy Death Metal that culminated in the release of Whitewashed Tomb in 2019. Gavin soon left and was replaced by th…
 
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