Jonathan
Author Archive

Jonathan

Jonathan lives in Dublin, Ireland and writes for various websites and publications, and blogs maybe a little too much.
http://thegrindthatannoys.blogspot.com/

Black MetalDis-beatFeaturedHardcoreMusicSludge

Metal and hardcore in Ireland rarely goes 12 months without releasing at least a couple of impressive records, and 2014 was no different, from new bands (Vircolac being the most recent) through to the old guard. Perhaps what is most interesting about several Irish records released this year, and the

Read More
Apocalyptic BluesAvant GardeDoomFeaturedMusicReviews

Last year, JR Robinson, under the pseudonym of Wrekmeister Harmonies, unveiled his second record (and first for Thrill Jockey), You’ve Always Meant So Much To Me, a painfully misleading title for what turned out to be a morose and unsettling intersection between the avant-garde and doom metal. Now we’re staring

Read More
FeaturedFeaturesStreaming

When Dublin’s Crows dropped their debut tape, Severance, in 2011, it was a ruthless and unforgiving statement of intent for the then-new hardcore band, with unhealthy levels of vitriol and misanthropy jammed into its terse 10 or 11 minutes. Unfortunately, there’s been some radio silence since then (save for a

Read More
DoomFeaturedReviews

Like a fine wine, the work of Dylan Carlson only appears to get better with age. Clichéd comparison? Sure, but extremely apt nonetheless. While Earth’s original run of records are nothing to sniff at, the run of records from Earth since 2005’s HEX; or Printing in the Infernal Method has

Read More
FeaturedPost RockSludge

Galway’s Ilenkus have been threatening an album like this for a while. Their debut record, Rule By Thieves, while a solid enough offering, didn’t necessarily have the grit it needed to stand out from the pack, though still displaying the odd flicker of brilliance. A few years later, the band

Read More
MusicPost RockReviewsSludge

The Grasshopper Lies Heavy is the latest edition to the Crowquill Records family, one which is steadily growing in quality, especially with last year’s stellar EP from Sisters of…. This new instrumental trio traverses some similar terrain as Sisters of…, but with a decidedly more brooding and paced approach. Every

Read More