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It’s been a phenomenal year for Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Ireland with a total of forty bands that took to the stage for a series of showcases that resulted in the final six bands that will be performing at this years Grand Final on Saturday, May 11th, including a special guest band…

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It’s that time of year again! From the dark, cold winter nights to the welcoming arrival of Spring, Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Ireland has been the soundtrack to most Saturday nights in the Irish capital, as forty bands showcased to make it to the final six bands that will perform before Bloodstock booking agent, Simon Hall.

Tickets for Bloodstock are on sale now via this link.

With a remarkable display of talent from all over the country, there is no question that the underground/alternative scene in the Republic of Ireland has never been in better health.

Let us introduce you to the six finalists that will be performing on Saturday, May 11th in Fibber Magees.


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With serious early Suicidal Tendencies vibes, this ferocious five-piece don’t waste anytime in whipping up the chaos in the pit, all the while hammering out some of the most infectious crossover bangers that should come with a hazardous warning.

Formed and based in Ireland, the bands songs swim between fast and melodic music, flirting with elements of Thrash and Hardcore punk, resulting in aggressive rhythms with social and political ways of thinking.

Check out their latest single ‘Time/Illusion‘ below…


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Motion Sickness took on Metal 2 The Masses Ireland like a tornado as their stage presence and energy is unmatched. Their unique sound of back-ally garage rock is infused with a razor-sharp frantic punk attack, makes them a truly captivating live experience indeed. Did I mention that vocalist Bonnie Lalor has a voice that could take out a kilometer of street lights in any neighbourhood? Just one more reason to get front and centre when they take to the stage on Saturday, May 11th.

Check out their killer single, ‘Agora‘ below…


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If it’s unpredictable frontmen you’re after then Ritual Effect are the band for you. Of course, the three-piece bring some blistering Grunge-Metal to the table, in tandem with huge anthems and mountains of swagger. Having reached the Grand Final last year, the guys are very much focused and have their eyes firmly fixed on Bloodstock. Not to be missed!

Check out their latest single ‘Brand New’ taken from their ‘To Late To Turn Back’ EP below..


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Dust off your hi-tops, because Saint Slaughter are planning to decimate the venue come Saturday, May 11th. Expect bone-crushing riffs marinated in old-school aggressive vibes reminiscent of late ’80s to early ’90s Thrash. The bands latest single ‘Inglorious‘ will give you an idea of what to expect, but let me tell you, they are a force of nature in a live setting.

Bring your gum shield.


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Mullingar’s very own Toofarfetched smashed through Metal 2 The Masses Ireland thanks to their alternative mix of Death-style vocals with down-tuned post-Meatlcore vibes and lashings of breakdowns and groove, you’ll be taken aback with the melody that these guys can muster up.

We are really looking forward to checking out their live presence and will no doubt be a serious contender for Bloodstock Open Air’s New Blood Stage.

Check out their latest single ‘Artemis‘ below..


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With their impressive new debut album ‘Maelstrom‘ just fresh out of the box last week, rising progressive metal unit, URAGH are making some serious waves within the Irish Metal scene and for good reason. This will be the bands second appearance at at Bloodstock Ireland Grand Final.

With a wide range of progressive influences embedded within their music, URAGH bring something totally unique to the table with such molten hot intensity, that it’s just impossible to ignore. Do not miss them take to the stage on May 11th.

Check out their crushing single ‘The Widening Gyre‘ below…

With every year, Overdrive likes to bring a special guest to the ceremony and we felt that this year’s slot belongs to AeSect.

Following the bands brief hiatus, the now, four-piece have returned with some of the best music they have ever written. Bassist/vocalist Willow says of the forthcoming show; “Winning Metal 2 the Masses Ireland, and performing at Bloodstock is one of the proudest achievements of the band and one we really strived for. We can’t wait to return to the stage where it all happened for us back in 2019“.

The band have just released their most intense music to date with new single ‘Cease and Assist‘, which you can hear below…

Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Ireland Grand Final will take place on Saturday, May 11th in Dublin’s Fibber Magees. The event will FREE ADMISSION and doors are from 7pm. Our advice is to get down there early as we are expecting big numbers. The official event link can be accessed here.

There will be lots of band merchandise on sale at the event as well as an exclusive raffle to win two [2] full weekend camping tickets to Bloodstock Open Air in Catton Park on August 8th – 11th. Tickets will be priced at 1 for €5 or 5 for €20. The winning ticket will be drawn live on stage before AeSect take to the stage.

Oran O’Beirne

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