Reviews by Michael O'Brien

  • 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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