Reviews by Michael O'Brien
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...
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...