Reviews by Michael O'Brien
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...
By Michael O'Brien | 31 October, 2014
Cheesy fun of the highest order
Have you ever wondered what Mortician might’ve sounded like if they played their death metal kind of like mid-career Carcass did? No, I haven’t either, but Necrophagia go some way to add...
The Divination of Antiquity
By Michael O'Brien | 17 October, 2014
They continue to be good at what they do, but it just isn’t for me
Winterfylleth, who hail from the UK, are one of those bands that have enjoyed a lot of critical acclaim over the years that I’ve never really been able to ...
Massive Cauldron of Chaos
By Michael O'Brien | 02 October, 2014
A disappointing though not unenjoyable backwards step
Norway’s 1349 have had quite an interesting career but have also managed to polarise a lot of people over the course of it, especially in the five years since the release of ...
Coping with Loss
By Michael O'Brien | 18 September, 2014
There’s lots of potential here but more time is needed to reach it
Aside from being endlessly frustrating to type into a word processor due to their insistence on spelling their name in lower case, Virginian duo, american, also ...
Foundations of Burden
By Michael O'Brien | 29 August, 2014
Their debut heralded their arrival but the follow-up cements their place
I don't think it's physically possible for me to overstate just how much I adored and continue to adore Pallbearer's debut album, 2012’s Sorrow and...
The World We Left Behind
By Michael O'Brien | 07 August, 2014
Moments of greatness sullied by inconsistency and a lack of focus
Illinois’ Nachtmystium has enjoyed a place at the forefront of American black metal for nigh on a decade now while, conversely, founding member Blake Judd’s ...
Descent into Genocide
By Michael O'Brien | 05 August, 2014
It isn’t just the themes that are ripped from the past
As a thematic construct in heavy metal, World War II is probably reaching the same levels of ubiquity as Satanism and the occult these days. In the context of black metal, it...
Back to the Front
By Michael O'Brien | 04 August, 2014
A treatise on the over long and underdone
When it comes to the big names in death metal, there are few that carry the kind of weight and recognition that Sweden’s Entombed do. Back in the early through to the mid to late ’9...