Reviews by Michael O'Brien
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 ...
Death is Not Dead
By Michael O'Brien | 16 January, 2015
A good but inconsistent release
Despite their impressive lineage and the considerable amount of adoration out there for them, Sweden’s The Crown (originally Crown of Thorns between 1990 and 1998) are a band that have complet...
The Great and Secret Show
By Michael O'Brien | 15 December, 2014
Nope nope nope
A band other than Cradle of Filth that features Dani Filth on vocals? It was sheer morbid curiosity that piqued my interest in The Great and Secret Show, the debut release from Devilment. I’ve not car...
Nero Di Marte
By Michael O'Brien | 11 December, 2014
Highly challenging but also richly rewarding
Modern death metal is a pretty mixed bag for me these days. While I still like the genre itself, the vast bulk of the bands that seem to be making waves are the ones who are, in my opini...