Reviews by Michael O'Brien
Coping with Loss
By Michael O'Brien | 18 September, 2014
There’s lots of potential here but more time is needed to reach it
Aside from being endlessly frustrating to type into a word processor due to their insistence on spelling their name in lower case, Virginian duo, american, also ...
Foundations of Burden
By Michael O'Brien | 29 August, 2014
Their debut heralded their arrival but the follow-up cements their place
I don't think it's physically possible for me to overstate just how much I adored and continue to adore Pallbearer's debut album, 2012’s Sorrow and...
The World We Left Behind
By Michael O'Brien | 07 August, 2014
Moments of greatness sullied by inconsistency and a lack of focus
Illinois’ Nachtmystium has enjoyed a place at the forefront of American black metal for nigh on a decade now while, conversely, founding member Blake Judd’s ...
Descent into Genocide
By Michael O'Brien | 05 August, 2014
It isn’t just the themes that are ripped from the past
As a thematic construct in heavy metal, World War II is probably reaching the same levels of ubiquity as Satanism and the occult these days. In the context of black metal, it...
Back to the Front
By Michael O'Brien | 04 August, 2014
A treatise on the over long and underdone
When it comes to the big names in death metal, there are few that carry the kind of weight and recognition that Sweden’s Entombed do. Back in the early through to the mid to late ’9...
Wolves in the Throne Room
By Michael O'Brien | 09 July, 2014
A bold and rewarding venture
Love them or hate them, if there’s one thing that I think can reasonably be claimed of Wolves in the Throne Room it would be that the band has never rested on their laurels. They have continually toye...
Servants of the Mist
Gross Knowledge of Genital Mutilation
By Michael O'Brien | 25 June, 2014
Some good ideas but it’s rough around the edges overall
I don’t think it’d be too hyperbolic to say that sludge and doom have seen a massive upswing in the collective consciousness over the past few years. The volume ...
By Michael O'Brien | 18 June, 2014
Further refinement of an already strong sound
As a genre, symphonic death metal is somewhat fledgeling, if not almost an aberration. While black metal has made use of orchestral elements for decades now, steps into symphonic territory ...
By Michael O'Brien | 23 May, 2014
Serpentine Path return with another slab of crushing bleakness
The demise of New York-based sludge/doom outfit, Unearthly Trance, back in 2012 was a disappointing turn of events but, softening the blow, a new venture featuring the band...