Combining flamboyant musicianship and accessible song writing is a delicate balance which many aspire towards but few achieve. Voyager have the finesse and maturity to manage this tightrope act between awe inspiring and attention grabbing music. ‘Ghost Mile’ is an album that provides a shining example of just how heavy and how technical you can get in this genre without sacrificing a good song. Continue reading Voyager – Ghost Mile (2017)
Intense, focussed and anthemic rock that hits all the right notes. Consistent from start to finish this album is an absolute knock out. Continue reading Branch Arterial – Beyond The Border (2016)
Melodic metalcore from Melbourne (*cough Gippsland *cough) with a solid message aimed at empowering young people and socially conscious listeners. Continue reading Mirrors – Fools Paradise (2017)
Music snobs beware: never judge a book by it’s cover.. and the same goes for music. I won’t beat around the bush, the artwork, the title, the bio and overall package just puts me off. It screams ‘this is not gonna be your thing Sean, don’t bother with it’. How wrong I was. Continue reading Hemina – Venus (2016)
Melbourne lads ‘Incentives’ have conjured up some very impressive technical melodic hardcore with their debut EP titled ‘Dusk’. It’s 6 servings of unrelenting guitar work and punishing drums..but isn’t without it’s draw backs. Continue reading Incentives – Dusk (2016) EP
This is a surprisingly fun little slab of music that borrows liberally from both bands arsenals to give us what might as well be a mashup of their best elements in three new songs. The good news: it’s actually awesome. Continue reading Northlane & In Hearts Wake – Equinox (2016)
“What the hell is this!!!”
My opening thoughts as I began to listen to Brisbane based outfit ‘Osaka Punch’.
Osaka Punch’s music could be described as groove laden funk rock. It could be described as progressive metal pop. It could just be the wackiest, grooviest, most interesting thing I’ve heard all year. I wanna party to this music. I wanna dive off my couch to this music. The blend of low-tuned guitars, feel good grooves, catchy vocal hooks and quirky surprises puts them in the league of their own. Hands down one of the most fun and intriguing artists in our heavy music scene.
Production values are high and sounds really good up loud. (highly recommended)
Continue reading Osaka Punch – Stonk (2016)
For the uninitiated, Circles are a very accessible melodic proggy/metal band that utilises front man Perry’s soaring and dynamic vocal range to separate them from their contemporary’s. It’s not as whacky as Twelve Foot Ninja (though one could argue the similarities are there on this new single) and not as mainstream as Dead Letter Circus or Hands Like Houses. Continue reading Circles – Sand and Wind (single) 2016