Metal 2 the Masses Northern Ireland Returns for One-Off Final in July


The Distortion Project proudly presents a special one-off grand final show for this year’s Bloodstock Festival Metal 2 the Masses grand final. 8 bands will play in an effort to secure a coveted slot on the New Blood stage in August at Bloodstock 2021.The winner will be decided by a panel of 3 judges and their decision must be unanimous. The 8 bands that had made it through to the semi-finals in 2020 before the pandemic hit will play together in one mega-gig final. I’m hoping to expand the prizes as in previous years too, so stand by for more info on that.

Join us for the potentially the first heavy metal gig of 2021 and lets fill the place! Details below.Metal 2 the Masses NI – The Grand Final.

Elder Druid
Puresonic Outcasts
Victim Royal

Voodoo Belfast
Saturday 10th July 2021
Doors 6.00pm
Tickets (£7.00 inc booking fee) are on sale now from

Ticket link:

Event Page: Bloodstock Metal 2 the Masses NI – The Grand Final 2021. Voodoo Belfast, Sat 10th

Ravenlight Announce Album Launch Show In September

*New Show*
The Distortion Project proudly presents the album launch show for “Project Genesis, the new album by Symphonic Power metal crew Ravenlight. Saturday 11th September, Limelight Belfast 2, Doors 5pm. Tickets (£6.00) are on sale now from Support comes from Delusional Silence and The Crux. Get this in your diary folks – it will rule! Possibly the first DP local Limelight show in over 18 months!

Ticket link:

FB event Page: Ravenlight “Project Genesis” album launch w/ Delusional Silence & The Crux. Limelight 2, Sat 11 Sept

You can buy “Project Genesis”, including various digital downloads and physical copies from here –

Acid Age Announce “Semper Pessimus” album launch show.

The Distortion Project proudly presents the launch show for the brand new Acid Age album, Semper Pessimus . Containing 10 blistering tracks of war thrash jazz, the album was released on the 21st March on CD and all streaming / download platforms. Purchase at . Details below

Acid Age
Mortal Backlash

Saturday 21st August
Voodoo Belfast
Doors 6.00pm

E-Tickets (£6.00) available from

Event Page: Acid Age “Semper Pessimus” album launch show w / Crossfire & Mortal Backlash. LL2, Sat 21st Aug 2021

Ticket link:

Alestorm to Invade Limelight 1 in December

Pirate metal kingpins Alestorm come to Limelight Belfast 1, on December 4th 2021. Very special guests will be Gloryhammer with ÆTHER REALM opening proceedings. Tickets on sale Thurs. 1st April @ 10am from and all Ticketmaster outlets.

Avast, ye landlubbers! From the deepest darkest depths of the Caribbean comes Alestorm, a drunken band of pirates on an epic quest to drink your beer, steal your rum, and be the greatest damn band that ever did sail the seven seas!

From humble beginnings playing shows to farm animals in a field somewhere in Eastern Scotland, Alestorm have evolved into an international party machine hellbent on conquering album charts and festival stages throughout the world, with their infectious brand of ‘Pirate Metal’ and their dashing good looks.

Somehow they’ve managed to convince hundreds of thousands of people from New Zealand to Argentina to Lithuania and everywhere in between (except Paraguay), that it’s cool to wear a pirate hat and sing stupid songs about getting drunk and stealing ships. So prepare your spleens, because Alestorm are coming to kick ass and chew gum. And they’re all out of ass.

Also, they have a giant inflatable duck. Does your band have a giant inflatable duck? No. I didn’t think so.

Bloodstock Metal 2 the Masses Update

** Bloodstock Festival Metal 2 the Masses 2021 – Update**I’m delighted to announce this exciting one-off event that will enable one band to play the New Blood stage at the 2021 Bloodstock Festival. Obviously this year it’s impossible to run the competition in the normal way. This show, along with 20 other regions in the UK gives us the chance to send the pick of the bunch on the day to play in front of the enthusiastic Bloodstock crowd. I’ll be announcing the full line-up and other details very shortly, but in the meantime stick SATURDAY 10th JULY 2021 at Voodoo Belfast in your diaries because if this show can go ahead it’ll be the first DP gig in over a year!

I realise that a lot has to go right between now and July for this to happen (and indeed Bloodstock itself). Given that our roadmap out of lockdown isn’t driven by dates I think its fair to say that it is difficult to predict exactly how long it will take before things return to some kind of normal in Northern Ireland. To that end, I’m aware that this might not be able to happen even though other regions in the UK may be able to host their events due to the almost-certainly slower pace we’ll move at. However, I would rather make plans, prepare and be ready should an event be able to take place only to have to cancel, rather than do nothing only to find that I could have hosted the gig. Prepare and hope for the best – prepare and plan for the worst. If this goes our way we’ll be in a room full of killer bands on a hot summers day with beers and the company of folks we haven’t seen in ages. Imagine how awesome that will be. ++Please note – line-up is full.++

Winterfylleth to Make Irish Return

DME Promotions in association with The Distortion Project presents Winterfylleth‘s much anticipated return to Belfast. They’ll play Voodoo Belfast on Sunday 12th September 2021. Tickets (£18) go on sale this Thursday 4th February at 10am from and all Ticketmaster outlets. Support comes from GAEREA and our very own The Crawling

Event page: Winterfylleth, Gaerea & The Crawling – Belfast

Ticket Link: Winterfylleth + Garea + The Crawling. Voodoo Belfast, Sunday 12th September 2021

Napalm Death Announce Rescheduled Belfast Date

Unsurprisingly the show for UK grindcore legends NAPALM DEATH slated for next month has now been moved due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The rescheduled date is now SUNDAY 18th JULY 2021. Existing tickets remain valid and continue to be on sale for the new date. The venue remains The Limelight 2 and supports are Unyielding Love and Okus.

Get new album ND merch at

Facebook Event Page: Napalm Death – Belfast

Ticket link: Napalm Death, Limelight 2. 18th July 2021

The Distortion Project to digitally rerelease Skypilot’s debut album “Monument

I’m delighted to announce that, in conjunction with Northern Irish groove-laden Heavy rockers SKYPILOT, The Distortion Project will be digitally rereleasing their excellent debut album “Monument”. It will be available on MONDAY 9th NOVEMBER from all streaming sites, to include Spotify, iTunes, AppleMusic, AmazonMusic, Deezer and many others.

In addition, the album will have 2 bonus tracks. “Teeth Model” (from the “Dix” EP) and “T.B.D.T.R.” (from the “EP4” EP). Get on this folks – Monument is immense! Monday 9th November.

Watch the video for the opening track “Stomper by clicking HERE.



Rabid Bitch Of The North are pleased to announce details of their highly anticipated second album, entitled “Heavy Metal Rabies”. Slated for a May 2021 release, it will come out on the newly-resurrected Distortion Project Records – the label arm of Belfast-based heavy metal promoter, manager and tour booker / manager The Distortion Project. The band’s sophomore effort will consist of eight brand new tracks of pulse pounding, old-school heavy metal. Forged in the fires of the genre’s venerable antecedents, Heavy Metal Rabies is choc full of classic fist bangers to get the blood pumping. If you like your metal with a healthy dose of denim, rivets and sweat then this is the album for you!

Following on from 2017’s well received debut “Nothing But A Bitter Taste”, Heavy Metal Rabies builds on the foundations laid by that album and expands upon their trademark sound still further. Rabid Bitch have matured as musicians and songwriters, and it shows on these 8 dynamic, well-crafted heavy metal anthems.

Comments’ Guitarist Gerry Mulholland

“Our second album is quite literally the next step for us. If things were different we might have had another album out as well, but juggling a band and outside band life is tough as you have money and time constraints. So what we will be putting out will be new material built on foundations laid down by everything we have written and recorded previously. We aren’t going off in any new directions, we are just solidifying what we are and that is a heavy metal band steeped in the traditional genres of the golden era of metal. A natural evolution in our ability and musicianship will be on display and we’ll be incorporating some things we haven’t done before alongside the tried and tested formula of our previous releases, but with a little more refinement.

Strides will be taken towards purifying our sound and making it into the kind of metal we all believe in. The production will be another notch up from the first album and the lessons learnt from that will bolster our sonic signature for the listeners. One thing I have purposely aimed for is more dynamic material to show a little more complexity but without losing touch with the material from our previous album. I believe this makes for a perfect vehicle to showcase some things people may not have heard from us before. Two new songs have already been played live at the Fullmetal Osthessen festival in Germany and they went down a storm. We’re hoping that what follows with the rest of the album will also satisfy the hardcore headbangers out there! In the New Year we will be taking the tracks on the road with the aim of spreading the heavy metal rabies as far as we can. So after this pandemic is over and everyone survives we can unleash our own virus in a much more enjoyable way, infecting new fans from place to place and wherever we can get on stage.”

The album will be preceded by a single with an accompanying video. As well as being available on CD, Vinyl and cassette the album will be released on all digital formats, to include Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, Deezer and many others.

The band are also pleased to announce the first few dates of the “Rabies Over the UK 2021” tour in support of the album. These will be their first shows on the mainland in 3 years, with many more to come including a return to Europe and beyond!

The confirmed dates so far are: Thursday 27th May. The Patriot, Crumlin – Wales
Friday 28th May. Hanger 18, Swansea – Wales
Saturday 29th May. Gryphon, Bristol – England
Sunday 30th May. TBC

To celebrate this announcement the band have released a brand new piece of merchandise in the form of a limited edition covid-killing mask. Rabies trumps coronavirus every time when you’re wearing one of these! They’re on sale now at £5.50 + p&p from so get yours now and mark yourself as safe from the ‘rona!

Song titles will include “Heavy Metal Rabies”, “Scumbag”, “Return to Oak Island”, “Irish Sword”, “Live to Regret”, “The Boys Have Your back” + more.

Orange Goblin reschedule UK Tour

Unfortunately the Orange Goblin 25th anniversary show scheduled for December this year in Limelight Belfast 2 is now being put back to 2021. The new date for this one is *FRIDAY 10th DECEMBER 2021* Existing tickets purchased will be valid for the new date and are on sale now. Support comes from Spirit Adrift and KING CREATURE.