Wreck Of The Hesperus – Light Rotting Out

Irish funeral doom basically revolves around one band, Wreck Of The Hesperus, and the trio of musicians who are part of it and who, in turn are active with several parallel projects. Andrew Cunningham (AC Rott, guitar and vocals), Cathal Rodgers (Count Rodge, bass) and Ray Keenaghan (R Mongo, drums) founded the band in 2004 and began offering their funeral sludge completely alien to any melodic or atmospheric ideas with the demo Terminal Dirge and in 2005 with the ep Eulogy for the Sewer Dwellers. The year 2006 saw the release of their first full length The Sunken Threshold, with three ugly, dirty and nasty tracks, exactly as their authors wanted them to be; indeed, the sounds harked back to the most inaccessible and repulsive fringe of the genre, certainly also by virtue of an ungainly sludge component. Yet many people, going to research some information about the chosen name, might be surprised to discover in it a reference as noble as that of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem of the same name, but in fact ours claimed that Wreck Of The Hesperus is an all-Irish slang form for an uncomfortable condition, such as a hangover. The latter theory is amply supported by the less-than-poetic sound put on display by the Dubliners, who in 2011 released their second long-distance work Light Rotting Out, which dumped yet another truckload of foul-smelling sludge on the listener, going on to bury any pre-existing glimmer of positivity.

2011 – Aestethic Death