- Just so you know the future of Australian heavy music is in good hands.
Heavy AF tune from a band that is entertaining a whole range of new idea’s and manages to squeeze em into nearly 4 minutes. Its an onslaught. It’s overwhelming. Continue reading Gravemind – Lifelike (single) 2018
Blackened post metal. It dooms. Continue reading Encircling Sea – Hearken (2108) EVP Recordings
Real talk. You know what? I dropped the ball several times on some absolutely outstanding releases in 2017 and I just couldn’t find my chill after doing the normal Top 10 list until I’d made some sort of penance. So below is a handful of the best stuff I DIDNT get around to penning reflections on. And I feel bad. Continue reading The Other List. (aka amazing releases I didn’t write up > but should have.)
Black metal and post rock…not the most likely of bedfellows but the wizards in WA’s Dead Space have managed a coupling of unequalled clarity and smoothness. Not words you might expect to hear used in describing a band in this genre.
Don’t come expecting another ‘Deafheaven’ either. This is its own beast entirely. Continue reading Dead Space – The Liquid Sky (2017)
From the cinematic drone that opens the album (calling back to the closing moments of their last release) to the crushing blow that follows with ‘As Fools Ripen’ it is obvious that this band is going to take the listener on a journey. A very dark and angry one. Continue reading Lo! – Vestigal (Pelagic Records) 2017
Here’s the short version: blackened hardcore that grinds, blasts and surprises. A great mix of guitars and noise over a backdrop of live and noisy drums. Drums reign supreme in the mix and undergo a lot of different changes and sounds, while guitars thunder beside them bathed in sheer gain. What you don’t know however..until you dive in…is that there’s A LOT more going on beneath the surface. Post rock, ambience, shoegaze and more. Continue reading Slowly Building Weapons – Sunbirds (2017)
From the opening moments of Digital Ritual, it is clear that this is a seriously accomplished album with it sheer production value, dialled guitar tones and crushing drum sounds. Continue reading As Paradise Falls – Digital Ritual (2017)
Metal needs bands like this. Continue reading Nucleust – Lullaby Paranoia (single) 2017
Three tracks does not sound like a lot but when you appreciate just how much James has crammed into these pieces there’s more than enough to chew on for ages. You’d be forgiven for thinking this was just an EP and no more than an interlude before a full length but dig in and you will find a plethora of idea’s and sounds, movement and melody to behold! Continue reading James Norbert Ivanyi – Denalavis (2017)