Preview – Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Ireland – Heat 3 6/02/16

Posted on by Oran

It’s no secret that this years Bloodstock M2TM has been one of the best to date, with crushing live performances from some of Ireland’s top-notch metal bands, all giving it 100% in the hope of making it to the final on May 7th, where one band will be chosen by Bloodstock booking agent and Beholder front man Simon Hall. Overdrive takes a look at the bands that will be taking part in Heat 3 tomorrow night in Fibber Magees! Also, be in with a chance to win tickets to see Slipknot and Suicidal Tendencies in The S.S.E Arena, Belfast on February 15th!


After two successful years running Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Ireland, Overdrive and Jetrocker are pleased to bring you the 2016 line up for Heat 3, which will be taking place tomorrow night (Saturday 6th February) in Fibber Magees on Dublin’s Parnell Street. Five bands will be performing in the hope of getting the crowd / judges vote to proceed to the semi-finals in March / April and hopefully then on to the final on May 7th.

Previous years have seen the mighty Warpath, Psykosis, Animator, Snowblind and Dead Label all make it to Bloodstock and proceed to gain international exposure with interest from promoters & agents in the UK, Slovenia and Germany.


With stunning performances from all the bands that have already taken part, Heat 1 saw the utterly crushing Two Tales of Woe, smash through to the semi-finals with the crowd vote and stoner, doom specialists, Nautilus impressing the judges, with their fantastic new material from their highly anticipated forthcoming album.

As we pushed on to Heat 2 (January 23rd), we witnessed another five bands that gave over 100% on stage, with performances that were worthy of any festival stage! Dublin based,  melodic Death Metal crew, Jenova wowed the audience with a spectacular, crushing set that won the crowd vote and Co. Laois based Hard-Rockers, Vendetta Love taking the judges vote. So we now approach Heat 3, Overdrive takes a look at what to expect from the five bands that will be taking to the stage in Fibber Magees tomorrow night!

Rob Zombie Bloodstock © Down The Barrel photography 2016


ainriail 2016

AINRIAL are a two piece self proclaimed “Sludge/Stoner/Heft/Nonsense” band from Dublin, that have a tendency to drop mountain sized riffs on top of their unsuspecting audience! If you like your music drenched in fuzzy bass and face punching drumming, then AINRIAIL will be right up your street. With doses of Big Business here and there, AINRIAL can take sudden turns into dark atmospheric bong-smoke, landscapes, before catapulting you back into a fast paced, twangy-fuzz heaven!

For more information on AINRIAIL, just click on the this link or hit the graphic below to have a listen to their “Rural Sludge” E.P.

Ainriail "Rural Sludge" coverSAINT SLAUGHTER

Saint Slaughter Band Promo

This is not the first time Saint Slaughter have taken part in the Metal 2 The Masses Ireland and if anything they know the fierce competition that is involved with each years campaign. The band have gone from strength to strength, proving to be a band that we just have to keep an eye on. The Dublin / Belfast four piece consist of Eoin Clarke (vocals), Jeff Hernandez (vocals/guitar), Gordo Casey (bass/vocals) and Tom Moylan (drums). Tight, fast, neck-breaking thrash is on the Saint Slaughter menu and it’s box fresh! Drawing their influences from the classic sounding era of Thrash, the band do some serious damage in a live setting, with elements of Testament, Metallica, Slayer and Overkill, peppered here and there. Not to be missed!

For more information on SAINT SLAUGHTER, just click on the this link.


SVET KANT Band promo

SVEN KANT is the Slovenian translation for “Holy Failure” and as a Dublin based four piece band, who describe themselves as “Experimental Metal”, we are guessing that failure is not an option! Having formed in 2011, SVET KANT take their influences from Gojira through to Alice In Chains, Animals As Leaders and a hell of a lot in between! Their short and to the point attitude towards their music, is perfectly self-described as, “Svet Kant is an experimental metal band. We bring all of our influences and blend them to create a unique style of music”.

Judging from the bands latest “Loneliness” album, they will be bringing their unique blend of metal to the Fibbers stage, with the force and intensity of a shark attack!. Get front and center for this one kids, your ears are gonna get a pounding!

Check out the bands “Loneliness” album by clicking on the link below.

svet kant album coverFor more information on Svet Kant, just click this link.


Based in Dublin, The Tailor Made are a Noise Rock/Punk band that consists of Joseph Cleary (vocals), Stephen Drennan (bass),  Tom Gaffney (drums), Phil O’Donovan (guitar) and Maksim Jancenko (guitar). The Tailor Made have cited their influences as Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine and Queens of the Stone Age amongst others, so get ready for a performance with elements of alternative, peppered with punk overtones. Having recently released they debut E.P (which you can hear by clinking on the link below), The Tailor Made are sure to please all with their alternative inspired, bone-crushing set!

The Tailor Made EP cover

For more information on The Tailor Made, just click this link.



If your not aware of Twisted Wrath or have never seen them live, then you’re one lucky bastard! You get to experience it for the first time and as they say you never forget your first time. Having just self-released their awesome “Jackals” album, the Galway based band are hungry for large audiences and the recognition they so rightfully deserve. Bloodstock is a tempting offer for band-mates, Patrick Fitzgerald (vocals/Bass),  Colin Dunne (lead guitar) and David Mahony (drums), who will be bringing every ounce of passion and aggression to the stage for their performance tomorrow night. Don’t miss out on TWISTED WRATH’s debut performance for Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Ireland. See you in the pit!

Check out the bands latest release, “Jackals”, by clicking on the graphic link below!

TWISTED WRATH "JACKALS" ALBUM COVERFor more information on TWISTED WRATH, just click this link.

So there you have it! Five fantastic bands, who will be giving it 100% for their chance to move forward towards the coveted slot at this years Bloodstock Festival to play on the same bill as Slayer, Anthrax, Gojira Mastodon, Venom, Behemoth, Fear Factory, Twisted Sister and many, many more!


Not only will have you have the chance to witness five of the best metal bands in Ireland, hammer your skull in from the stage in Fibber Magees but you can also be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Slipknot and Suicidal Tendencies lay waste to The S.S.E Arena, Belfast on Monday February 15th and all you have to do is turn up to the show and receive your exclusive voting slip upon admission of €5.00. When you have voted for your band of choice, don’t forget to write your name and contact details (phone or email) on the back of your voting slip and we will randomly pick our winner after the bands performances. See details below!

slipknot comp m2tm

For more information on Heat 3 Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Ireland, simply click on the graphic below! Doors 7.30pm / Admission €5.00 *one voting slip per entry price.

M2TM HEAT 3 - FEB 6THThe festival takes place from August 11th through 14th and will play host to some of the most crushing bands in the metal kingdom, including Slayer, Anthrax, Mastodon, Twisted Sister (last ever UK performance), Fear Factory, Behemoth, Venom, Gojira, Paradise Lost, Dragon Force and many more! Check out this video montage from last years gathering! Tickets are now on sale for BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2016 and you can get yours by clicking this link now!

Bloodstock tickets are now on sale and can be purchased from this link or by clicking on the graphic below.

12507251_10153212789621262_5014679756013949640_nWords – Oran O’Beirne

Photography – Down The Barrel Photography © 2016