Reviews by Michael O'Brien
Shape of Despair
By Michael O'Brien | 05 June, 2015
The wait was long, but it was worth it
It’s been a long time between drinks for Finland’s Shape of Despair. After releasing two great albums and one OK one between 2000 and 2004, the band has largely been quiet, save fo...
The Plague Within
By Michael O'Brien | 03 June, 2015
Paying lip service to the past
As much as I’ve always wanted to be into everything that long-running doomsters, Paradise Lost, do, the truth is that my enjoyment of their albums is more an exception to rather than representat...
IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends
By Michael O'Brien | 23 April, 2015
There’s few surprises to be found but it’s a solid offering nonetheless
I feel like I’d be on pretty safe ground if I said that I don’t think I’d find too many people who would argue with the assertion...
Home is Where the Hatred Is
By Michael O'Brien | 27 February, 2015
31-minutes of savage oppression
Despite an awful lot of ridiculousness, a heavy metal band’s name will often give a prospective listener a reasonable idea of what the band in question is going to sound like. This is far from ...
A Swarm of the Sun
By Michael O'Brien | 13 February, 2015
A masterful exploration of sadness and loss
If there’s one thing in music that I simply cannot stand, it’s overwrought and needlessly melodramatic compositions, but as someone who is devout in his love of all things doo...
World Metal. Kosmopolis Sud
By Michael O'Brien | 09 February, 2015
A highly ambitious offering that will not be for everybody
To say that Norway’s Solefald has made a career out of the strange and the unexpected would be an understatement of the highest order. From their beginnings on 1997&...
Gnaw Their Tongues
Collected Atrocities 2005-2008
By Michael O'Brien | 04 February, 2015
Screams from the past
Gnaw Their Tongues, the one-man act from The Netherlands that is fronted by Mories (Maurice de Jong), has been spewing forth its discomforting blend of experimental noise and black metal with incredible p...
By Michael O'Brien | 30 January, 2015
Little has changed but the results speak for themselves
Hate are one of the most enduring death metal bands hailing from Poland, having steadily released albums every two to three years since 1996. I first heard them on their fift...
By Michael O'Brien | 23 January, 2015
There’s a fine and often ambiguous line that exists between the kind of music that evokes long-established tropes and the kind of music that is completely beholden to said long-established tropes. In the case of ...