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Darragh O'Connor

Writer/Reviewer @SunWrestling and freelance journalist. Bassist for hire. Check out my passion black metal project Horrenda: https://horrenda.bandcamp.com/

Skeletonwitch – The Aphotic Gloom EP

‘The Aphotic Gloom’ comes three years since Skeletonwitch‘s last full-length release  “Serpents Unleashed” and after the departure of vocalist Chance Garnette. There was much buzz about their new vocalist and this four track EP does indeed feature the powerhouse that is Adam Clemans of Wolvhammer fame. The EP itself is something of …

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Chthonic Cult – I Am The Scourge Of Eternity

I am a huge fan of this one, I have a few issues with it but overall I like it. It is filled with dread and atmosphere perfect for what the band were aiming for. With its Lovecraftian and cultic overtones this is some stellar blackgaze. The first issue I …

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Sinsaenum – Echoes Of The Tortured

Sinsaenum is a blacker, more throwback super group than what we are used to from the brain of the King of super groups, Joey Jordison. Jordison, formerly of Slipknot and currently of Vimic has teamed up with Frédéric Leclercq, the bassist of Dragonforce, and Attila Csihar of Sunn O))) and the mighty Mayhem.  …

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Incite – Oppression

After a bit of a break from the whole writing thing, I am so happy to have something that is out of this world to review. To my great pleasure, a bunch of lads that dominated Dublin a few months ago are my next review. Incite are back and you’re …

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Mortiis – The Great Deceiver

There is little else to say about the spellbinding new release from Norwegian industrial outfit, Mortiis than you need this in your life. From start to finish, this one packs a serious, experimental and groovy punch that should please all ears, especially those of the fans of the pointy eared …

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Ketzer – Starless

The lads from Germany are back with their new full length album “Starless.” I am going to go track by track as there is a lot to say and some of is not good. The main issue here is tone and the feel of the album. There are points on this …

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Abbath – Abbath

Abbath, the supergroup founded by Norway’s iconic black metal front-man Abbath Doom Occulta after his split with Immortal, hit the web last week and it is killer! The aptly named “Abbath” was streaming in full online and is set for release January 22nd worldwide. I’ve had a chance to have …

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Voivod – Interview with Snake – October 2015

PlanetMosh sat down with frontman Denis “Snake” Bélanger of Canadian thrash legends, Voivod during the Deathcrusher Tour. The Deathcrusher Tour is currently ongoing featuring a host of death metal royalty battling for supremacy each night. Carcass, Obituary, Napalm Death, Voivod and Herod rolled into Dublin’s Vicar Street on Monday 26th October. You can read …

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Anti-Flag: Interview with Justin Sane – October 2015

PlanetMosh had the honour of talking with Anti-Flag’s main man, Justin Sane about their new album, the state of the world and touring. Below are some quotes from the interview by Darragh O’Connor. The entire video is at the end of the article. What’s it like to have had such …

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Deathcrusher Tour – Vicar Street, Dublin – 26/10/15

The Deathcrusher Tour is currently ongoing featuring a host of death metal royalty battling for supremacy each night. Carcass, Obituary, Napalm Death, Voivod and Herod rolled into Dublin’s Vicar Street on Monday 26th October. Touted as the “extreme metal event of the year” (a tag that doesn’t even do it …

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Evile, The Voodoo Lounge, Dublin – 25/09/2015

After two years of waiting UK thrashers Evile are back in Dublin to tour their new album “Skull” and lead a night of thrash in the Irish capital. The crowd was pumped throughout the night so let’s get to this. Opening support came from Scimitar. The lads from up north …

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Enslaved / Grand Magus, The Button Factory, Dublin – 26/09/2015

Going from Evile to Enslaved was a bit of a genre clash for me last weekend. However, the gig itself was a strange one. This wasn’t just an Enslaved gig but was a joint headline show with Grand Magus. This felt like two totally different shows off the bat and …

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Throaat – Black Speed

Throaat are a band that know what they are: straight out blackened thrash metal. It is this strict adherence to genre makes “Black Speed” both fun and disappointing. If you’re a fan of blackened 80s thrash, pick this one up now! You’ll love it! That said, there are huge issues.“The …

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Abominor – Opus: Decay

Abominor hail from Iceland (not be confused with the extra-galactic droid society from the Yuuzhan Vong galaxy from Star Wars lore) pack a serious black metal punch with the latest two track release “Opus Decay.” I’ve enjoyed this a great deal; the lads are an old school second wave black …

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Destruktor – Opprobrium

With a brutal infusion of death metal riffs the lads from Australia, Destruktor are back with their second full length record, Opprobrium. And it has some really enjoyable riffs through with a strong vocal performance and is a solid release. The opener “Priestiality” is straightforward enough black metal track typical …

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Nile – What Should Not Be Unearthed

Now, while I am not a Nile fanboy I do enjoy the technical death metal fused with near Eastern topics. It’s a mix of things that shouldn’t work but does. And if nothing else; the drummer on the record is superb. It is scarily good, inhuman, at points; kudos, George …

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Ossiyan – Hardrada

“Hardrada” marks Ossiyan’s first release. And off the bat, the artwork is great and hooked me straight away. I love a good concept album so I was excited to give this one a good listen. This is a strange one with its lofty concept and fun use of samples, it …

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Shrouded – ‘Inception of Inhumanity’

Inception of Inhumanity is the debut offering from melodic death metal group Shrouded. Based in Lisburn and Antrim in Northern Ireland, their cd has a lot that I like. There is the bones and most of the flesh of some outstanding tracks but it has more elements that took me a little while to …

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Luciferian Rites – When the Light Dies

I’ve put this off for a while because I wanted to give it a fair shot. Now, this is not a bad album. It is actually a very good, if not great, album. But I’ve been listening to a lot of Darkthrone so I am smacked in the face by …

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Jarrod Alonge – Beating a Dead Horse

So, this album is why a lesser black metal album has not yet been reviewed and this one is pro bono for Mr. Alonge. A few years ago, Jarrod Alonge made a name for himself as a YouTube music comedic star. He set out to mock a number of genres …

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