Reviews by Michael O'Brien

  • Pantheist - O Solitude
  • Pantheist

    O Solitude

    By Michael O'Brien | 23 December, 2005

    Funeral doom at its finest

    Pantheist is the brainchild of former reviewer Kostas who hailed originally from Belgium before moving to the UK in 2004. For those who are unfamiliar with the term, a Pantheist is one who ...

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  • Damnation - Destructo Evangelia
  • Damnation

    Destructo Evangelia

    By Michael O'Brien | 08 December, 2005

    Old school black metal breathes once more

    When I received this CD, it was pretty apparent that it was going to be a black metal album. What was not so obvious was that it would be a throw back to 1st generation black metal in the v...

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  • Belef - Infection Purification
  • Belef

    Infection Purification

    By Michael O'Brien | 08 December, 2005

    Strong in some areas but weak where it counts

    France's Belef play a brand of super fast, technical metal in the vein of Marduk and to some extent Emperor and Immortal. With the opening of the first track Brutal Destruction, Infecti...

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  • Marduk - Plague Angel
  • Marduk

    Plague Angel

    By Michael O'Brien | 22 October, 2005

    Uncompromising release from veterans of black metal

    Marduk are a band that seem to have been around forever issuing a string of releases backed up by a relentless touring schedule. To the uninitiated, Marduk has been unleashing an inte...

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  • Deranged - Rated X
  • Deranged

    Rated X

    By Michael O'Brien | 22 October, 2005

    A brutal first full-length release

    The year was 1996. It was a great year for metal with releases such as In Flames’ The Jester Race, Crowbar’s Broken Glass and Immolation’s Here In After. I was more than happy with...

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