The Smashing Skull Sessions

Host and Reviewer: Pat O' chats with bands, musicians, labels and everyone involved in the Rock and Metal community, covering all genres and topics. Don't forget to check Out The New Album and Single Review Sections

About the show

The Smashing Skull Sessions is a worldwide podcast and music review website set up in alliance with the Metal Cell Podcast, to give international bands, musicians, promoters, labels and fans another voice. It’s all about showcasing the vast array of metal music that’s out there and highlighting the many genres of heavy music that define us all within this close-knit community. This is a global venture, and I hope to reach out and bring you music, insight and discussions from everyone involved in the metal scene, and everything in between.

The show is hosted by me, Pat O Regan, and I hope to offer my guests a different style of interview which is uniquely Irish and should be both entertaining and revealing. I also hope to review and discuss up and coming releases, and maybe even revisit albums that may have gone under the radar. The Smashing Skull Sessions doesn’t work without you, the listeners and the readers, so a huge thank you for stopping by and supporting us. And of course, feel free to share and spread the word. Enjoy,

Pat O’ Regan

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Episode 13: Astodan

    Episode  |  May 6th, 2022  |  47 mins 11 secs
    #album, #app, #apple, #applemusic, #check, #headbang, #heavymetalmusic, #heavymetalpodcsts, #instudio, #irishmetal, #irishmetalgigs, #irishmetalinterviews, #itunes, #listening, #live, #liveradio, #lthemetalcellpodcast, #metalinterviews, #metalmusic, #metalpodcast, #metalreviews, #metalshow, #music, #musicpress, #newmusic, #nowplaying, #playlist, #playlists, #premium, #radio, #song, #songs, #soundcloud, #spotify, #spotifyplaylist, #subscribers, #supportirishmetal, #supportyourlocalmetalscene, #twitter, #youtube
  • ASTODAN - Évora

    Article  |  May 3rd, 2022
    By Pat O'
    #astodan, #music, #musicreview, #musicreviews, #podcast, #post rock, #post-metal, #post-rock, #review, #rock, #shoegaze
  • HELPLESS - Caged In Gold

    Article  |  April 30th, 2022
    #dark, #hardcore, #metal, #music, #musicreview, #musicreviews, #podcast, #post-metal, #post-rock, #review, #rock, #screamo, #shoegaze #emo
  • Wolfredt – The Lost Art Of Humming (Now Found Again) SINGLE

    Article  |  April 27th, 2022
    By Pat O'
    #music, #musicreview, #musicreviews, #podcast, #post rock, #post-metal, #post-rock, #psychedelic, #review, #rock, #stonerrock
  • The Abyss Inside Us - Among The Ruins (Single)

    Article  |  April 26th, 2022
    By Pat O'
    #ambient, #atmosphericblackmetal, #black-metal, #cinematic, #death-metal, #doom, #music, #musicreview, #musicreviews, #podcast, #post rock, #post-metal, #post-rock, #review, #rock
  • Episode 12: Vinyl Edition with Philippe & Yannick

    Episode  |  April 23rd, 2022  |  50 mins 29 secs
    #album, #app, #apple, #applemusic, #check, #headbang, #heavymetalmusic, #heavymetalpodcsts, #instudio, #irishmetal, #irishmetalgigs, #irishmetalinterviews, #itunes, #listening, #live, #liveradio, #lthemetalcellpodcast, #metalinterviews, #metalmusic, #metalpodcast, #metalreviews, #metalshow, #music, #musicpress, #newmusic, #nowplaying, #playlist, #playlists, #premium, #radio, #song, #songs, #soundcloud, #spotify, #spotifyplaylist, #subscribers, #supportirishmetal, #supportyourlocalmetalscene, #twitter, #youtube
  • NON SOMNIA

    Article  |  April 20th, 2022
    By Pat O'
    #blackgaze, #metal, #music, #musicreview, #musicreviews, #podcast, #post rock, #post-black, #post-metal, #post-rock, #review, #rock, #shoegaze
  • Noorvik – Hamartia

    Article  |  April 19th, 2022
    By Pat O'
    #metal, #music, #musicreview, #musicreviews, #podcast, #post rock, #post-metal, #post-rock, #review, #rock, #shoegaze, #stoner-rock
  • Episode 11: Portal To The God Damn Blood Dimension

    Episode  |  April 16th, 2022  |  1 hr 28 mins
    #album, #app, #apple, #applemusic, #check, #headbang, #heavymetalmusic, #heavymetalpodcsts, #instudio, #irishmetal, #irishmetalgigs, #irishmetalinterviews, #itunes, #listening, #live, #liveradio, #lthemetalcellpodcast, #metalinterviews, #metalmusic, #metalpodcast, #metalreviews, #metalshow, #music, #musicpress, #newmusic, #nowplaying, #playlist, #playlists, #premium, #radio, #song, #songs, #soundcloud, #spotify, #spotifyplaylist, #subscribers, #supportirishmetal, #supportyourlocalmetalscene, #twitter, #youtube

    I sat down with Scott Wasilewski from Portal To The God Damn Blood Dimension for a great chat. Rotten Fruit, Regular Orchard is an album that was first released over a year ago, but with a vinyl release now available, the album has been given another lease of life. It's a unique and absorbing piece of music that aches and haunts with its coarse and unpolished delivery. Everybody needs this album in their collection.

  • Austere Days - AWAY (single)

    Article  |  April 14th, 2022
    By Pat O'
    #atmosphericblackmetal, #black-metal, #death-metal, #doom, #music, #musicreview, #musicreviews, #podcast, #post rock, #post-metal, #post-rock, #review, #rock #electronic
  • Chalk Hands - Don’t Think About Death

    Article  |  April 12th, 2022
    #dark, #hardcore, #metal, #music, #musicreview, #musicreviews, #podcast, #post-metal, #post-rock, #review, #rock, #shoegaze #emo' #screamo
  • Still Motions – Welcome Oblivion (Single)

    Article  |  April 8th, 2022
    By Pat O'
    #music, #musicreview, #musicreviews, #podcast, #post rock, #post-metal, #post-rock, #review, #rock, #stillmotions
  • MORROW - The Quiet Earth

    Article  |  April 6th, 2022
    By Pat O'
    #crust, #hardcore, #metal, #music, #musicreview, #musicreviews, #podcast, #post rock, #post-metal, #post-rock, #review, #rock, #shoegaze
  • BlackBraid - Barefoot Ghost Dance on Blood Soaked Soil (Single)

    Article  |  April 3rd, 2022
    By Pat O'
    #atmosphericblackmetal, #black-metal, #death-metal, #music, #musicreview, #musicreviews, #podcast, #post rock, #post-metal, #post-rock, #review, #rock

    One To Watch

  • Episode 10: Telepathy

    Episode  |  April 2nd, 2022  |  1 hr 7 mins
    #album, #app, #apple, #applemusic, #check, #headbang, #heavymetalmusic, #heavymetalpodcsts, #instudio, #irishmetal, #irishmetalgigs, #irishmetalinterviews, #itunes, #listening, #live, #liveradio, #lthemetalcellpodcast, #metalinterviews, #metalmusic, #metalpodcast, #metalreviews, #metalshow, #music, #musicpress, #newmusic, #nowplaying, #playlist, #playlists, #premium, #radio, #song, #songs, #soundcloud, #spotify, #spotifyplaylist, #subscribers, #supportirishmetal, #supportyourlocalmetalscene, #twitter, #youtube

    Not many bands can play Cinematic Sludge/Post Metal like Telepathy. Their sound is immense, and their live performances, colossal. The whole band sat in with me recently to chat about where Telepathy has been and what the future holds.

  • SUNDOWNING - In the Light Of Defeat, I Cease To Exist

    Article  |  March 29th, 2022
    #dark, #metal, #music, #musicreview, #musicreviews, #podcast, #post-metal, #post-rock, #review, #rock, #sludge #sundowning