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It’s going to be hard to top last weeks outstanding performances from all the bands that took part in the Metal 2 The Masses Heat 4. However, it’s been done before and we expect great things from Saturday night’s Heat 5 line up! Overdrive takes a look at who will gracing the stage in Fibber’s with the intention of ploughing through to the semi-finals next month!


As we reach the halfway point in this years campaign to find the band that will be representing Ireland at this years Bloodstock Festival, we take a close look at what to expect from this weeks five hopefuls.

Bloodstock Open Air Festival takes place between August 11th and 14th with a spectacular line of of bone crushing metal. Catch the likes of Twisted Sister (last ever U.K performance), Mastodon, Gojira, Slayer, Anthrax, Fear Factory, Metal Allegiance, Satyricon, Venom, Behemoth and many more lay waste to the scenic beauty of the Derbyshire countryside.

Tickets are on sale NOW! And there is even a payment deposit scheme to help with your finances! How good is that? Well, lets not get carried away just yet! We need to have a look at the Heat 5 line up for this Saturday night (February 27th), so lets get stuck in!



Without a doubt, one of the most powerful and insanely heavy live bands within the Irish metal kingdom, AeSect just bring the pain every time! With a few line up changes since they last graced the Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Stage back in 2014, the lads have been working on writing new material and releasing their rather tasty “Devour The Earth” E.P.

A new video has been recorded and is ready for it’s world premier exclusively on Overdrive on Monday 29th February at 11am. In the meantime, have a listen to “Clone” which is also taken from the “Devour The Earth” E.P.

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For more information on AeSect, just click this link.


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Self proclaimed as melodic metalcore, Antidotes are a Dublin based four piece that specialise in melting faces! Combining elements of Thrash and Groove metal and smothered in low in metalcore brilliance, Antitdotes are a band that you simply must experience live!

Siting influences from Black Sabbath to Architects, these guys have their eyes firmly fixed on that New Blood stage at Bloodstock and they don’t plan on letting anything get in their way. Currently working on an E.P. we here at Overdrive, are very much looking forward to catching these guys live. Don’t be the one who missed out and get down there early in case they happen to be taking to the stage first!

For more information on Antidotes, just click this link.



Our first Black Metal contenders for the Metal 2 The Masses campaign of 2016, Horrenda offer an experimental take on Black metal with it’s members Darragh “Outis” O’Connor, Daragh “Créachta” Kenny – Drums, Danny “Fossegrimmen” Lee  and Max “Urât” Bevan creating the very soundtrack to the blackest corners of hell.

Simply describing themselves as an “Irish black metal solo project and band”, Horrenda don’t offer to much in terms of information, which just adds to he mystery of these men. Expect a show of grandeur as we have head they are planning something very special indeed. Inspired by the likes of Satyricon, Burzum and Blade Runner! Horrenda already have us intrigued. Check out some of their audio stuff on this link.


For more information on Horrenda, simply click this link.


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Describing themselves as “melodic metal”, Malumus are a Galway based metal band that draw their influences from Amon Amarth to Asking Alexandria. The four piece consists of  guitarists, Rory Loughrey and Conor Etherton, drummer Jay Grimm and bassist Connor Keaveny . This will be the first time that Malumus have crossed paths with Metal 2 The Masses Ireland and we look forward to seeing what kind of punch these guys are packing!

For more information on Malumus, click this link.



Hailing from Drogheda, Twin Villians have been a late entry into this years Metal 2 The Masses. The hard rock / alternative three piece plan to bring their show to the Fibbers stage in the hope of making it through to the semi-finals and ultimately gracing the stage at this years Bloodstock Festival.

With influences that consist of Led Zeppelin, Queens of the Stone Age and Royal Blood, we are looking forward to their performance which will be a refreshing change from the more heavier bands that are taking part this year. For more in formation on Twin Villians, just click this link.


Metal 2 The Masses Ireland  – Heat 5, takes place in Fibber Magees on Saturday February 27th with admission €5.00. Each band gets one vote per punter.

Post – Oran O’Beirne


* AeSect picture – Down The Barrel Photography 2016