Reviews by Michael O'Brien

  • C.B. Murdoc - Here be Dragons
  • C.B. Murdoc

    Here be Dragons

    By Michael O'Brien | 24 June, 2016

    There were two things that drew me to this promo from the outset. The first is that the band’s unusual moniker reminded me of the kind of name a character from a Raymond Chandler novel might have, and the second was that the band was formed ...

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  • Gorguts - Pleiades' Dust
  • Gorguts

    Pleiades' Dust

    By Michael O'Brien | 11 May, 2016

    Like what I assume to be the case with the vast bulk of the death metal community, I’m a pretty big fan of Canada’s Gorguts. They’re a band that has not only spent their lengthy career pushing themselves creatively, but have also...

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  • Amenra - Alive
  • Amenra

    Alive

    By Michael O'Brien | 06 May, 2016

    When I first heard 2012’s Mass V, the fifth full-length album from Belgium’s Amenra, it was love at first listen, but as the years stretched out post-release, I found myself returning to the album less and less. Not because I&...

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  • Wolvserpent - Aporia:Kala:Ananta
  • Wolvserpent

    Aporia:Kala:Ananta

    By Michael O'Brien | 03 March, 2016

    It’s funny how a band’s name can predispose you to an assumption about what they’ll sound like even before you’ve heard a single note. In the case of Boise, Idaho’s two-piece act, Wolvserpent, I’m not really sur...

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  • Wildernessking - Mystical Future
  • Wildernessking

    Mystical Future

    By Michael O'Brien | 11 February, 2016

    If you’re anything like I recently was and are unfamiliar with Cape Town, South Africa’s Wildernessking, I can save you some time right up front by asking you the following question: do you like atmospheric or, dare I say it, Cascadian...

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  • Rotting Christ - Rituals
  • Rotting Christ

    Rituals

    By Michael O'Brien | 05 February, 2016

    You really have to hand it to Rotting Christ. Over the course of nearly 30 years and now 12 full-length releases, I can’t think of a single album that hasn’t at the very least been decent, but can definitely think of many that have bee...

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  • Conan - Revengeance
  • Conan

    Revengeance

    By Michael O'Brien | 29 January, 2016

    From the rough and raw doom of their 2010 EP, Horseback Battle Hammer, through to the more refined but no less crushing doom of their second full-length album, 2014’s Blood Eagle, The UK’s Conan has been responsible f...

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  • Abbath - Abbath
  • Abbath

    Abbath

    By Michael O'Brien | 20 January, 2016

    At the risk of sounding like a grouchy, jaded contrarian, I have to say that I didn’t come into Abbath’s debut album feeling overly excited about it. I was curious, sure, but excited? No.

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  • Otargos - Xeno Kaos
  • Otargos

    Xeno Kaos

    By Michael O'Brien | 11 November, 2015

    What initially drew me to France's Otargos when I reviewed their fourth full-length album, No God, No Satan, a number of years back was the band's mixture of black metal with light hints of industrial influence. While I’d be lying i...

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  • Dead to a Dying World - Litany
  • Dead to a Dying World

    Litany

    By Michael O'Brien | 14 October, 2015

    With its stupendously long running time, its compositional depth, and its *cough* litany of stylistic influences, Texan septet Dead to a Dying World's second full-length release, Litany, is certainly a dense and challenging listen.

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  • Kowloon Walled City - Grievances
  • Kowloon Walled City

    Grievances

    By Michael O'Brien | 03 October, 2015

    Kowloon Walled City is a band that I've always wanted to make more time for but never seem to, despite having the best of intentions. Having seen their name mentioned in a positive light by a number of folks online lead me to pick up their second ...

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  • Myrkur - M
  • Myrkur

    M

    By Michael O'Brien | 08 September, 2015

    With all of the heated and polarised opinions about one-woman band, Myrkur, the cynic in me can’t help but wonder if there’s a marketing department out there patting itself on the back for the chaos it has had a hand in confecting, bec...

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