Wreck of the Hesperus

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This article is about the band. For the poem by Henry Longfellow, see The Wreck of the Hesperus.
Wreck of the Hesperus
Origin Dublin, Ireland
Genres Funeral doom
Years active 2004–present
Labels Self-produced, Aesthetic Death
Members Andy Cunningham
Count Rodge
Ray Keenaghan

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.

July 2011 saw the release of the bands long-awaited second album Light Rotting Out.


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