Dúnmharú / Press

“Dublin black metal duo Dúnmharú have a couple of releases under their belt at this stage, but The Light is their most fully-formed and exciting yet. Granted, their formula is tried and tested, and won’t necessarily set the world ablaze, but the sheer quality of the tunes and the atmosphere created on these four expansive numbers speaks for themselves, recalling some of the early works of Primordial, peppered with healthy doses of modern black metal tropes.”

“Dublin black metal duo Dúnmharú has been bubbling under the surface for a few years now, releasing at least one record a year, which attests to the band’s creative output. Last year’s ‘Frozen Eden’ was easily their best album yet (at the time) and marked a notable evolution from the band’s second album ‘Curses Come Home’ as the two were adding more layers to their sound and that’s even more evident of this new record ‘The Light’. Flirting with a lot more melody, ‘The Light’ is Dúnmharú at their most ambitious yet with sprawling passages that dip and soar in and out of different peaks and troughs. ‘The Light’ has a tinge of nature and our surroundings to it, which isn’t a new phenomenon for black metal of course but it’s much more overt on this new record. The panoramic sounds often invoke images of dense cold forests and mountain tops meanwhile there’s a strong Primordial flavour that has seeped in too, which is rather evident in the opening gu”

“Black metal and mystique often go hand in hand. Little is known of Irish black metal entity Dúnmharú, the duo of Ross O’Connor and Cathal Hughes. Last year’s Curses Come Home record did a good job introducing Dúnmharú to us, but with a new album coming out shortly entitled Frozen Eden, the band seem poised to leave a mark in Irish black; no easy task when the likes of Slidhr have put out records this year.”

“1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days? "We have a new album that's finished and ready for release and we try to write and record new material as much as we can." 2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how it differs from previous releases? "The songs on the new album are a lot longer than anything we have done before, we wanted to challenge our song writing abilities and try write long songs that keep the listeners attention and don't feel as though they last forever. There's more melodic parts and we use clean guitars more than we ever did before on previous releases" 3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music? "The main theme of the lyrics for the new album is the strong desire people have to try and preserve what they find beautiful or perfect. It deals with both the sadness that can be felt at the loss of this, and with the anger that it can cause. I take a lot of inspirat”

“Dunmharu are a band from Ireland that plays a very grim, melodic, raw and primitive form of black metal and this is a review of their 2012 album "Curses Come Home" which was released by Broken Limb Recordings. Drums range from slow,mid paced to fast drumming with some blast beats being used at times, while the bass playing has a very strong and powerful sound with heavy riffing that dominates throughout the recording. Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast black metal riffs that are very dark, raw and primitive sounding with a great amount of melody being thrown into the riffing, while the lead guitars are very melodic sounding black metal guitar solos and leads. Vocals range from grim sounding and high pitched black metal screams to deep growls, while the lyrics cover dark themes, as for the production it has a very dark, ra”

“Here is an interesting one man Black Metal band hailing from Ireland, Dunmharu. Just for curiosity, the word "dúnmharú" is an irish gaelic word that stands for "murder". And murder is exactly what "October" will make you feel. In 9 tracks, Dunmharu explores and shares his own vision of a cold, grim and cursed World. The sound is ruthlessly cruel, like crossing a maze made out of sharpened branches . The album starts with "Introduction" that leads my mind to travel to these dark woods, where drops of rain mixes with the blood of a cold dead body that lies on the floor, the ritual has begun. The sound is really raw and primitive and exhales malignancy in all of his seven forked tongues along "October". The voice has got to be one of the most wicked ones i've ever heard on a Black Metal album, it's loud and rasp as hell. These are some of the details that i enjoy the most on this release. If you dig, dark and raw Black Metal then this one is for you.”

“Dúnmharú – the Irish for murder. Does that set the tone fairly quickly? It should. One of the latest buds beginning to blossom in Ireland’s black metal renaissance of sorts is the two-man raw black metal outfit Dúnmharú with this, their first full-length album “Curses Come Home”, released via New York label Broken Limbs Recordings. First started by Cathal Hughes, nearly two years ago, Dúnmharú only began to take formidable shape last winter when the services of drummer Ross O’Connor were enlisted and the band’s primitive black metal material began to manifest itself into something very real, and something rather imposing with their first release “October” being released at the start of this year and now “Curses Come Home” sees the band continuing their journey in swift fashion. A glimpse at the artwork suggests raw, unpolished and unforgiving black metal that tips its hat to Norway. If you thought that then you’re on the money. “Curses Come Home” is pr”