Wreck of the Hesperus

Wreck of the Hesperus

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Name = Wreck of the Hesperus

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Origin = Dublin, Ireland
Genre = Funeral doom
Years_active = 2004 – present
Label = Self-produced, Aesthetic Death
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Current_members = Andy Cunningham
Count Rodge
Ray Keenaghan
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Wreck of the Hesperus are a doom metal band from Ireland, based in Dublin. The band first played together in January 2004 and they recorded their first demo, a four-track effort entitled "Terminal Dirge" in June 2004. The follow up "Eulogy for the Sewer Dwellers" was released in 2005.

The band's style of music is a particularly slow and heavy form of Sludge Doom, with guttural vocals and stoner doom influenced guitar riffs. Unusually for doom metal, the band's music frequently highlights Ray Keenaghan's drumming skills, with tracks such as "Prolix" featuring close to 4 minutes of drumming accompanied by nothing other than Christian choral samples.

The band's live performances feature as little interaction with the crowd as possible, with feedback filling the spaces between songs and giving the audience no chance to applaud. This bears some resemblance to the live shows of Sunn O))). The bass player dons a hooded top and keeps his back to the crowd at all times.

The band released their first full-length album "The Sunken Threshold" in October 2006. The band's website reports that split albums with Irish doom metal bands Mourning Beloveth and DeNovissimus are in the pipeline, with the former to be expected in 2007.

Despite the fact the band shares its name with a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, they claim to have taken their moniker from an Irish expression meaning an unpleasant state (such as a hangover) and deny deriving any inspiration from the poem. However, the album "Eulogy for the Sewer Dwellers" is littered with references to events in the poem.


* "Terminal Dirge" (2004)
* "Eulogy for the Sewer Dwellers" (2005)
* "The Sunken Threshold" (2006)

Band members

* Andy Cunningham: Guitar and vocals
* Count Rodge: Bass
* Ray Keenaghan: drums

External links

* [http://www.wreckofthehesperus.net/ Official site] (currently offline)
* [http://www.myspace.com/wothesperus Myspace profile]
* [http://www.metal-observer.com/articles.php?lid=1&sid=6&id=8581 Metal Observer review]
* [http://www.quintessence.sh/article.asp?ArtikelID=2962 Quintessence interview]

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