Reviews by Michael O'Brien

  • Bloodshed - Inhabitants of Dis
  • Bloodshed

    Inhabitants of Dis

    By Michael O'Brien | 16 January, 2006

    A boring and unimaginative tinny metal album

    Sweden is a land that has provided us with many quality bands and albums over the years. It only stands to reason however that with the good there will always be the not so good. Allow m...

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  • Atrox - Orgasm
  • Atrox

    Orgasm

    By Michael O'Brien | 16 January, 2006

    Let down by indecisive vocals

    For want of a better word, and even though I really hate using it, I would have to label Atrox as progressive. They are a band who follow a straight out of left field musical approach in the vein of ba...

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  • Aborym - With No Human Intervention
  • Aborym

    With No Human Intervention

    By Michael O'Brien | 16 January, 2006

    Extreme, abrasive and dark industrial black metal

    Italy's Aborym play an abrasive blend of industrial black metal that is challenging from start to finish. They have taken what bands such as Mysticum, Diabolos Rising and Red Harves...

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  • Virgin Black - Sombre Romantic
  • Virgin Black

    Sombre Romantic

    By Michael O'Brien | 01 January, 2006

    Highly original classically inspired music

    Virgin Black appears to be a unique entity in the Australian music scene. Mixing a wide variety of styles including doom, industrial and goth into a sweeping, classically inspired amalgam....

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  • Elysium - Dreamscapes
  • Elysium

    Dreamscapes

    By Michael O'Brien | 01 January, 2006

    Ambitious yet ultimately disappointing debut effort

    Australia's Elysium (now known as Stone Wings) had led a very long and checkered past in the lead up to the release of their debut album, Dreamscapes. If I remember correctly, I f...

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  • Handful of Hate - Vicecrown
  • Handful of Hate

    Vicecrown

    By Michael O'Brien | 23 December, 2005

    A solid album that brings us nothing new

    If I were asked to name a black metal band from Italy I would be struggling. To be honest, none come to mind at all. But now that I have heard Handful of Hate I really want to find out more ...

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  • Pantheist - O Solitude
  • Pantheist

    O Solitude

    By Michael O'Brien | 23 December, 2005

    Funeral doom at its finest

    Pantheist is the brainchild of former doom-metal.com 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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