Reviews by Michael O'Brien
By Michael O'Brien | 28 November, 2012
A solid if unremarkable release
In spite of numerous line-up changes and their modest recorded output, Lycanthia can rightfully be considered stalwarts of both Sydney and Australia’s gothic doom scene, having outlived countless o...
Dragged into Sunlight
By Michael O'Brien | 26 November, 2012
An ambitious though ultimately flawed release
Three years ago the UK’s Dragged into Sunlight dropped their debut album, Hatred for Makind. It was an album that explored a variety of styles including black metal, death metal, and ...
Oro: Opus Alter
By Michael O'Brien | 24 October, 2012
A weighty conclusion to the ORO story
With the first part of Ufomammut’s ORO double album having settled itself into our collective consciousness since its release some six months ago or so, the question that has been at the fore...
By Michael O'Brien | 13 September, 2012
Heavy and doomy as hell but not without its issues
As a fan of Unearthly Trance, the news of their demise earlier this year was unpleasant to say the least but the reports of a new project featuring the entire band as well as Tim Bagsh...
The Threnody of Triumph
By Michael O'Brien | 12 September, 2012
Pleasant enough but far from unique
The folky, introspective, and culturally-explorative side of black metal has certainly gained a fair amount of traction over the past handful of years and while there are some bands who err towards t...
The Feather Tipped the Serpent's Scale
By Michael O'Brien | 04 September, 2012
The snakes speak
It’s a rare thing for a band to have a sound that is so very uniquely their own that hearing even a couple of bars of a song is enough to identify them without any shadow of a doubt. Utah’s Eagle Twin, with...
Hasta La Muerte
By Michael O'Brien | 11 August, 2012
Dynamics? What dynamics?
There’s something to be said for music whose sole agenda is to pummel its listeners into submission, acting more as a blunt bludgeoning instrument than a vehicle for expressive, emotional conveyance but a...
Reverence to Stone
By Michael O'Brien | 06 August, 2012
Light on length but heavy everywhere else
It’s been an especially good time to be a doom fan lately with some utterly spectacular albums having been released over the past 12 months including those from the likes of Esoteric, Aha...
Royaume des Ombres
By Michael O'Brien | 23 July, 2012
A great sound and atmosphere but a little short on ideas
With the relative affordability of home recording equipment these days, putting together a respectable one man band is far from the daunting, barely attainable task it once was, ...
By Michael O'Brien | 04 July, 2012
An epic monument to bleakness
As someone who spends a hell of a lot of time listening to drone and doom, I’m well acquainted with songs and albums of considerable length and have often felt a sense of amusement when others who ar...
At the Gate of Sethu
By Michael O'Brien | 27 June, 2012
While Nile’s popularity and market penetration has gone from strength to strength over the years with each successive album and the band find themselves sitting amongst the upper tier of death metal acts they hav...
Scott Kelly, Steve Von Till, Wino
Songs of Townes Van Zandt
By Michael O'Brien | 26 June, 2012
One of the greats is honoured by some of the greats
I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that the names of Kelly, Von Till, and Wino are familiar to you (and if they aren’t then they really should be) but I suspect that...