Reviews by Michael O'Brien
Hour of Penance
By Michael O'Brien | 07 May, 2014
Another very solid and dependable release
Italy’s Hour of Penance have been a dependable force in the technical-cum-brutal death metal scene for the better part of a decade now, having managed to release an album roughly every tw...
Vigorous and Liberating Death
By Michael O'Brien | 29 April, 2014
The Finns continue to pummel in their own unique way
Finland’s Impaled Nazarene are a band that have practically been around forever, having formed in 1990 and released their debut full-length release, Tol Cormpt Norz Norz No...
Cauldron Black Ram
By Michael O'Brien | 30 March, 2014
A little uneven but fun nonetheless
You should never judge a book by its cover, the old adage goes, and while I definitely believe in the spirit of the saying, I'm often guilty of failing to adhere to it. Such is the case with Adelaide...
Broken Crown Halo
By Michael O'Brien | 24 March, 2014
The Italians play it very safe on their latest release
I have to say right up front that my interest in both the gothic rock of Lacuna Coil’s past and the alt-rock of their present isn’t the highest and that my exposure to ...
Enlightening the Unknown
By Michael O'Brien | 23 March, 2014
The sun sets early on a talented act
You would have to think that ‘bittersweet’ is one of the more unlikely adjectives to be uttered in relation to the act of listening to a brutal death metal album but, in the case of Fran...
Wounded Kings, The
By Michael O'Brien | 12 March, 2014
Ultimately flawed but it’s not without its charms
It’s no great secret that doom is my thing. Yes, I enjoy and often love other metal sub genres but if I was forced to choose one genre above all others, doom would win, hand...
Days of the Fallen Sun
By Michael O'Brien | 20 February, 2014
A more diverse and better realised vision
Back in 2011 I was introduced to the doomy, ethereal rock of Boston’s Junius on their second full-length release, Reports from the Threshold of Death, and I walked away from the experienc...
We All Die (Laughing)
By Michael O'Brien | 22 January, 2014
A heady blend of prog, metal, and everything in between
One way to foster growth in any given field and to inject some new life and excitement into it at the same time is to tackle things that are difficult or out of your comfort zone ...
Orchestrating the Apocalypse
By Michael O'Brien | 16 January, 2014
A new venture for Tucker, albeit a pretty average one
Having made a name for himself while presiding over what is arguably Morbid Angel’s most experimental period in the band’s post-David Vincent (pre-David Vincent returnin...
Eye of Solitude
By Michael O'Brien | 29 November, 2013
Easily one of the best doom albums of 2013
2013 has been one of the leaner years in recent memory for strong, quality doom metal. There have definitely been highlights (SubRosa, Beastwars, Lycus, Batillus, etc) but, compared to the pas...
In the Minds of Evil
By Michael O'Brien | 21 November, 2013
Album 11 brings with it very few surprises
There was a non-trivial period of time for me when Florida’s Deicide were one of the most important bands in the world but, at the risk of sounding like a joyless, crotchety old bastard,...