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

  • Lucida Dark – Of Death, Of Love

    Article  |  February 13th, 2022
    By Pat O'
    dark, metal, music, musicreview, musicreviews, podcast, post-metal, post-rock, review, rock, shoegaze

    Lucida Dark have written an album that tips the scales between darkness and light, harmonising these polar opposites through an odyssey of love and death. Music can elevate, and music can transcend. Of Death, Of Love does both!

  • Episode 6: Bruit≤: Clément Libes (Bass)

    Episode  |  February 12th, 2022  |  56 mins 49 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

    Clément Libes of Bruit overcame the language barrier to chat with me about the band, and of course the amazing The Machine Is Burning And Everyone Knows It Could Happen Again.

  • Violet Cold - Səni Uzaq Kainatlarda Axtarıram

    Article  |  February 5th, 2022
    By Pat O'
    #black-metal, #blackgaze, #metal, #musicreview, #musicreviews, #podcast, #post-metal, #post-rock, #review, #rock, #shoegaze, #violetcold

    Violet Cold play a style of Atmospheric Black Metal that hypnotises and spellbinds the listener. Ambient elecltronic soundscapes collide with a cosmic black gazed frenzy, exploding into what can only be described as full on sensory overload. No better place to be!

  • Mountaineer – Giving Up The Ghost

    Article  |  February 1st, 2022
    By Pat O'
    #lifeforcerecords, #metal, #mountaineer, #musicreview, #podcast, #post-metal, #post-rock, #review, #rock

    Mountaineer have delivered yet again, and have released an album that smothers and shrouds the listener with its blanket of rich melodic hooks and heaving shoegaze riffs. The music is often dark and overcast , but it always allows that little shard of light through, which brings hope and rebirth.

  • Episode 5: Fleetburner: Kevin Storm (guitarist) & Ken Simerly (vocalist) discuss their brilliant debut self-titled album and the paths that lead them to finding each other through an unusual set of circumstances.

    Episode  |  November 16th, 2020  |  57 mins 7 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

    Fleetburner: Kevin Storm (guitarist) & Ken Simerly (vocalist) discuss their brilliant debut self-titled album and the paths that lead them to finding each other through an unusual set of circumstances.

  • Episode 4: Jason Stallworth. Jason is an independent musician, a published author, a YouTuber in which he provides metal guitar, recording, and music gear tutorials.

    Episode  |  November 2nd, 2020  |  1 hr 14 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

    Jason is an independent musician, a published author, and a YouTuber in which he provides metal guitar, recording, and music gear tutorials.

  • Episode 3: Grumpster. Falyn, Noel and Lalo talk about their adventures so far which has seen them sign to Asian Man Records, an invite to tour with Anti-Flag and playing The Filmore.

    Episode  |  October 12th, 2020  |  40 mins 20 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

    Grumpster is a garage punk band from Oakland, California. The group consists of Falyn Walsh on bass and vocals, Noel Agante on drums and Lalo Gonzalez Deetz on guitar. It was great to hear them talk about their adventures so far, which has seen them sign to Asian Man Records, an invite to tour with Anti-Flag and playing The Filmore.

  • Episode 2: Terzij de Horde. Johan Van Hattum (bassist) talks about his band, tours and Roadburn festival.

    Episode  |  October 5th, 2020  |  1 hr 22 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

    Terzij de Horde. Johan Van Hattum (bassist) of Terzij de Horde talks about his band, his love of Ireland, tour stories and Roadburn festival with myself and my co-host Howard.

  • Episode 1: Metal For Nepal. Flower KC (Manager of Underside/Festival Director) and Avishek KC (Vox of Underside) talk about Metal For Nepal/Silence Festival.

    Episode  |  September 28th, 2020  |  1 hr 16 mins

    I was delighted to welcome Flower KC (Manager of Underside/Festival Director) and Avishek KC (Vox of Underside)to talk about Metal For Nepal/Silence Festival established to provide relief and support to impoverished communities suffering natural disasters and disease outbreaks across Nepal.