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Daemon Pyre - Serpent Gods And A Dying Sun album review and interview with Andrew Lilley.

Daemon Pyre - Serpent Gods And A Dying Sun album review and interview with Andrew Lilley.How sad is it when a groundbreaking band decides to call it quits. Sadly Daemon Pyre is pulling the pin after 6 years, after killer tracks, awesome live shows, and now this final opus Serpent Gods And A Dying Sun. This second album is very clearly a message that the band had sheer talent in truckloads and what a banger of a release. FFO: Melodic, gripping, and nasty modern Death Metal in the vein of The Black Dahlia Murder, At The Gates, Cattle Decapitation, etc, yet completely different to all of these artists. Ten tracks of inspiring and well-written metal with heart and it is both abrasive and captivating in it's intent. There is deep vitriol from the lyrics and vocal style, but oh man if you want a smorgasbord of amazing riffs this one is both a keeper and an eye-opener. Sharp gnarly riffs and war toned drums echo with every track but give this one a decent 5-10 listens before settling on …

Black Trillium interview with Simon.

Black Trillium interview with Simon.  This dark, broodingly heavy band dropped their sensational debut album The Fatal Shore last week and you need to give it a solid listen. Every week, the depth of this release just grows with each listen. I cannot recommend this album highly enough. Fans of black metal, doom, and melodic death will worship such an innovative and trailblazing album.
I had the chance to chat with Simon from the band and we chatted about the band's beginnings, their aims for this project, the fantastic art, and the brilliant album they just dropped.
The great news is there is both a follow-up EP planned as well as a whole new album. Plus potentially a live show given how well the album has been received.  Enjoy the chat and check this band out asap!!.
Black Trillium interview with Simon.  1-Give us the history of this exceptionally skilled and deeply heavy band and also how you come up with the name?
The history of the band started with Zach and myself. We met in …

Werewolves-The Dead are Screaming album review.

Werewolves-The Dead are Screaming album review. I keep repeating myself, but 2020 will go down as a landmark year for heavy albums. And this release jumped out and ripped my head right out of my body. FFS, this is a brutal celebration of what the band even coined blackened caveman death-metal. This album is not about technical wizardry, deeply analytical lyrics or subtlety, it is hectic, aggressive metal that simply does not fuck about. The band may contain ex-members of well-respected metal faves The Bezerker and Psycroptic, but this is a beast of its own. The album sounds like OSDM on steroids. Tracks like Dogknotted and No More Heroes are the best Aussie extreme metal tunes I can recall in ages. And what I absolutely loved was the sick thrash undercurrent on many tracks. This works an absolute treat with the very Morbid Angel type extreme nature of vocals, riffs, and artillery like drums. Indeed the whole release is very in your face and dynamic. I loved this and rate this debut al…

Oranssi Pazuzu – Mestarin Kynsi album review.

Oranssi Pazuzu – Mestarin Kynsi album review. Being different is an outstanding trait and if you haven't heard of this sensational band, I encourage you to suss them out. This fantastically broad genred band from Finland is just mindblowing. Draped under a very broad cape of dark psychedelic black metal this band does some seriously warped and original music that will capture your imagination. Many songs on this album and also previous releases seem like some insane lunatic is messing with your brain as you consume an album. One minute you have some deranged horror music soundtrack that suddenly changes into raw black metal with some frightfully dynamic guitar attacks, the next is some crazy keyboard apocalypse at war with some post mathcore epileptic fit. Plus some beautiful, yet grim atmospheric post-metal that is just spellbinding. Mestarin Kynsi is a diverse, but astonishing 5th album for this band and the 6 tracks that add up to over 50 minutes of audio hysteria are epic in …

Birdcage-Wave Machine album review.

Birdcage-Wave Machine album review.
What would you do after being in some of the country's most heavy and brutal bands? it's so damn obvious you start a quality instrumental surf band. No, not that shitty and trendy Beach Boys bullshit, we are talking the real deal reverb deep addictive guitar-focused frenzy à la Dick Dale, The Ventures and Los Straightjackets. Damn, I just can't believe I hadn't heard these cats before. By all accounts, they kill it live as well. And you would seriously need ten truckloads of hot skill to deliver this type of album live. Proficient and dextrous would be the minimum to even entertain joining this outfit. Wave Machine is an accomplished hotbed of outstandingly catchy tracks that are fiercely energetic and spellbinding. This can be a soundtrack to anything from deep-focus background work music, walks in a forest to absolute boozy party time. The twangy pace certainly varies over the album, even though most songs work towards a frenzied w…

Vader-Solitude in Madness album review.

Vader-Solitude in Madness album review.If you are expecting any dilution in the sound of this Death Metal/Thrash Polish beast, you are sadly mistaken. Solitude in Madness is hectic, abrasive, and unrelenting. In our recent interview with their drummer James, although they have changed producers, it has only strengthened their resolve to produce uncompromising extreme music. Eleven tracks with enough variation to grip and entertain you. This ain't groundbreaking or new style, but basically who cares. Definite emulation of both new and old metal deities is not uncommon, but Vader does it so well whilst definitely sounding starkly original. Pace changes and ripsnorting guitar solos combined with furious and mayhemic drumming plus the deep snarling vocals make for a solid and energetically heavy album. You will not be disappointed.
Out now on Nuclear Blast
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Black Trillium-The Fatal Shore album review.

Black Trillium-The Fatal Shore album review. If you thought 2019 was a decent year for music, you can forget that; as 2020 is shaping up as a deeply sensational year in terms of phenomenal musical releases. Black Trillium is one of the artists shaping our year with the flawless and bloodthirsty opus that is The Fatal Shore.
Background: Black Trillium is a dark & deeply creative death/doom metal act from Sydney that have been brewing up raw, emotive, and incredibly dynamic sonic offerings since 2010. While it’s been a while since we’ve heard from the duo, with 2020 marking 10 years for the band. This voluminous force is a death/doom metal collaboration between Simon Skipper (guitar, vocals) and Zachary Carlsson (vocals, bass), formed from their mutual interest in the brooding aesthetics and darkest aspects of the metal genre. It is predominantly a studio-based project, but critics and fans alike will beg this to be a live band once hearing this masterpiece.
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Interview with Vader's James Stewart.

Interview with Vader's James Stewart. Brutal, pulverizing, and annihilating is how many describe the wrath of Poland's Death Metal kings, Vader. Since 1983, this is a band that take absolutely no prisoners and each release has strongly reinforced that fact. Very soon they drop their sensational new album Solitude in Madness and it is one of their finest.
We chatted with James, their drummer about the new album, the new production adventures, how the band has evolved, passion for music, and the changes in the music industry.
He had plenty to say and it's well worth your time(and let's be honest most people have excess time at the moment due to COVID-19), so throw on your headphones to get the back story before the new album drops later this week.
James is one wise and switched on musician and this album is one that will definitely surprise you with its complexity and brutality.

Album pre-order here: New Vader album

Endless Bore-Treatment Resistant album review.

Endless Bore-Treatment Resistant album review. The wait is over and Endless Bore has delivered an outstandingly chunky and corrosive sophomore release. Treatment Resistant (killer album name and art yet again) takes the original hostile formula and amps everything up in an exhilarating fashion. But the thrilling clincher is they add some remarkable elements that really define the EB sound. Opener Hostile Architecture is a case study to illustrate this, a sneaky almost bluesy portion of the track sounds like the band has necked some serious downers, and then it throws acid in your face with searing riffs and acidic raw vocals. What the band has gained is a sweetly dark sludge/doom element that works utterly in sync with the unhinged aggression of the band's core-fast, frantic hardcore with absolutely no bullshit, no bells and whistles-just truckloads of audio violence. And personally, I was absolutely smitten with their first album, so this is a treat to hear the progression in th…

Rosy Finch-Scarlet album review.

Rosy Finch-Scarlet album review. You look at this album art and ponder if this is a modern soundtrack to a remake of Stephen King's splendid 1976 horror classic. The intrigue will reveal itself when album opener Oxblood opens its jaws around your ears. Rosy Finch is a heavyweight sludge/grunge/doom influenced metal trio from Spain. And they are exceptional at what they deliver on this pulverizing album. Why you may ask is this so sensational; it blends together a few genres into a refreshingly original style that makes you feel like you need a bath. The tracks are so gritty, dirty and contaminated, it was utterly glorious to be punished by such a vitriolic album. Scarlet really fucks with your senses, the vocals are soaring but still captivating; then a pickaxe of riffs and pitiless screams assault you as you begin to feel comfortable. FFO: Melvins, L7, Lunachicks, Bikini Kill, Hole, and 90's alternative metal; but with biting and oppressive riffs. Prepared to be staggered an…

Testament interview with Chuck.

Testament interview with Chuck. Gods of metal, this is such an easily thrown about phrase, but it's very accurate here. Why, because Slayer is dead, Anthrax is inactive and Metallica post-1988 are, well let's be honest total shit. And more seriously, Testament has never sold-out or rested on their laurels for a second. Always producing stunning albums and killing it on the stage, year after fucking year. A few weeks they dropped an album that slots perfectly in with all their classic albums, the magnificent Titans of Creation which we reviewed and praised highly. Great band, amazing albums and we had the chance to talk to their passionate and worldly and damn cool singer, Mr.Chuck Billy.

We had a quality chat and he dropped knowledge on the new album, the challenges the band has had over their career, the music industry, and how he got into music and Testament's plans moving ahead of COVID-19. Well worth your time and he confirmed the band is extremely keen to play Austral…

The Clinch-Basecamp album review.

The Clinch-Basecamp album review. Ask yourself what is punk about? is it the comradery, the community, the shared ideals or the perfect landscape to be an individual. Only you can answer that, but here is the soundtrack to that ethos. What hooked me into this lifestyle was music that was energetic, honest, and hard-edged. The Clinch is one of those rare bands that absolutely kill it on stage and on the recorded format. This is perfect street-punk/Oi! with passion and skill. Like the cover art, it's ready to tip you on your arse. FFO: Blitz, Angelic Upstarts, The Business, and Cockney Rejects. This is incredible music that sounds like it was released when Garry Bushell was writing about the start of this genre, but with proper production (Jason Fuller of Goatsound). Basecamp is a right in your face classic album with amazingly well-written songs, ballzy lead vocals, and supreme gang-style backing vocals with all the gripping riffs you could ever need. 
Every song of this release i…

In case you missed....Frayle-1692 review

Frayle-1692 review. I will state this straight up this is a guaranteed album to be in the best of 2020's album list. It is a release that will stand the test of time and the depth and class of this release are unparalleled. So many great elements make up this band which is illustrated as Heavy Witch Doom; so basically a doomy band with sublime vocals with almost atmospheric gloom counteracted by brilliant indy undertones. And that's not capturing the whole picture by even 10%, you can only get a glimmer by playing this really loud and on repeat. You get lovely constructed epic songs that demand your attention, with sensational riffs and haunting melodies, all this and more for a debut album. The sludgy tone is as ear-shattering as Conan, but at the same time, you have shoegazy tones and influence that balances the whole album out perfectly. I adored everything about this album and would love to see this whole release live. It can be a party album, a solitude album, or a refle…

Armoured Earth Interview.

Armoured Earth Interview. Last week we reviewed this killer band's sick EP Empire which is absolutely essential and heavy as hell. When we had the chance to interview this band, we jumped at it. Because post-COVID-19 this band is going to stomp your face on the live front.
We chatted with Chaise, their guitarist, and really appreciated the detailed and well thought out answers. Sadly this is lacking in so many bands, Chaise was a real open book and that really fits in with the genuine spirit of this band. This band deserves the credit they are getting because they are clearly masters of their genre. Great band and passionate as hell.
Armoured Earth interview with Chaise:
1-Give us the history of this hell heavy band and also how you come up with the name?
Dave (drummer), Brendan (other guitarist) and I are good mates from high school growing up together in Mildura (North West Victoria).  We started the band a little while after moving down to Melbourne – sometime around 2010ish (sid…

Hornography metal compilation cd review.

Hornography metal compilation cd review. Hornography is a sick monthly metal night in Perth, Australia that gets amazing reviews and apparently it's an essential night if you are a heavy music fan with sick bands playing, drink specials and all the mayhem you could ever want. Once this pandemic chaos is over, I am definitely making the pilgrimage over to this night. On to the cd, well it's all fucking killer, it's like an epic two-day metal festival on one compilation. And with many subgenres of metal on one damn cd, it's an audio orgasm of a release. Over the fantastic 19 tracks, you get death metal, power metal, grindcore, industrial metal, thrash and everything in-between. I literally struggle to pick my faves off this cracker. But I will give props to some of my faves. Vanadium B.C. sounds straight up like one of my fave Aussie metal bands, Mortal Sin. Fuck yes!!!. One of the best grind bands around, Population Control, death metal legends Crypt Crawler and sheer …

Armoured Earth-Empire EP review.

Armoured Earth-Empire EP review. Damn, what an accomplished and super heavy release from a Melbourne band I had never heard previously. Those kinds of shocks are amazing, this is a band that sounds like they have toured worldwide in massive festivals and playing at stadiums to tens of thousands of fans. The music is confident and well written melodic metal of the highest order, it definitely has strong echoes of Lamb of God, System of a Down and Pantera. But with an original twist and all the killer guitar work and vocal gymnastics, you could want. Now, as readers know I am not a huge fan of any clean vocals, but it works so well for this band. Because of the fact it balances out stellar guitar work, heavy abrasive vocals, and sharp songwriting. I found myself playing all five tracks without skipping a track and then hitting repeat again. You will be really pleasantly surprised how skilled this band is and how fucking heavy the songs are. Excellent release.
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Revulsion-Enough to Bleed album review.

Revulsion-Enough to Bleed album review. BDHW records release some rad band and some other bands I deem generic and dull. Solid dudes run the label, but for this reviewer, it's hit and miss for my ears. So I was fucking pleased as punch this month to hear a stellar release from NZ gods, Xile and these Scottish heavy masters, Revulsion. This is a high-grade hardcore band playing with shit loads of metal influences, yes there is sweet arse breakdowns, crushing vocal expertise that will raise your heartbeat to cardiac arrest mode and gritty guitar tones that shatter windows. Oh yes, my type of shit. Finally, there are bands that aren't trying to be edgy or on-trend that's right Code Orange or Knocked Loose wannabees-go and fucking die you boring, uninspiring cunts. We want heavy bands that crush and just do their jobs. Revulsion is masters at delivering brilliant, heavy hardcore with huge amounts of metal influence. Enough to bleed is an absolute beast, no weak tracks, and en…

Puncture Wound-Complete Carnage of Coagulating Cacophonous Corpses album review.

Puncture Wound-Complete Carnage of Coagulating Cacophonous Corpses album review. Sick arse, brutal Old School Death Metal. How long have we waited for such a complete and brutal as fuck death metal band like this. Well quite a few damn years to be honest, in fact not since Blood Duster. And does the absolute, but striking gory glorious beauty of the album cover reflect the extent of heavy shit that will blow your eardrums out....hell yes. This is ten tracks of peak-era death metal in the style of Death, Morbid Angel, Obituary, Deicide, and Massacre, etc. If you want limb ripping riffs, guttural vocal brilliance and the heaviest of the heaviest rhythm section, Queensland's Puncture Wound have it all here and more. Make no fucking mistake, this is one of Australia's best ever Death Metal albums released. Pick a number between 1 and 10, and any of these numbers will be a sick track from this release. No weak shit here, but well crafted, crushing death metal. 
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Xile-I am Your God album review.

Xile-I Am Your God album review. Beatdown and hardstyle hardcore generally annoys me; because IMHO it is generic, dull and reminds me nothing of what actual hardcore is. Bands like Xile and Honest Crooks luckily change this for me. This album may have been released a few weeks back, but it should be getting exceptional press as it is amazingly heavy and metallic. Everything is well written and forceful. When I read FFO.: NASTY, KNOCKED LOOSE, MALEVOLENCE, I was deeply concerned as Malevolence is the only band out of those three I can stand(in fact I think they are incredible) but there is none of that here. It's originally aggressive and immensely very metallic modern hardcore in the style of Fallbrawl and Desolated, but so much more gritty than both of these. Every track demands your attention and for a debut this is incredible. It's an album you will rotate heavily. New Zealand killing it as always, once this COVID-19 crap is over catch these boys live...they crush every gi…

Testament-Titans of Creation album review.

Testament-Titans of Creation album review. Just get ready to bang your head until it falls off-this is epic thrash of the highest order. Reminds me of peak-era thrash like: OLD(fuck anything post-1988) Metallica, Exodus, Slayer, and Anthrax. Oh yes, cascading riffs, mental drums, and searing vox. So grab your mates, your fave beer or substance of choice and have big backyard mosh. This 13th album is a ripper, nothing staggeringly new here but straight-up thrash greatness; just frankly earsplitting loud production that really grabbed me. Every player does their job exceptionally well and all tracks are killer. But there are some awesome musical and vocal twists that will surprise you. Grab a copy asap.
Out now on Nuclear Blast.

Get BEATEN, BENT, BROKEN AND BRUISED with Southpaw!!!-Driven Contempt EP review.

Get BEATEN, BENT, BROKEN AND BRUISED with Southpaw!!!- Driven Contempt EP review. First up, how sick is the cover art? Damn incredible and Aussie as fuck. But the music contained in this EP will blow you away. By far Southpaw's finest release, Driven Contempt showcases their musical progression in every possible way. The riffs are harder, the song structure is much more complex and Brent's vocals are absolutely skin-peeling. Not sure what has occurred in those four years since their last release, but these guys have been constructing some serious anger management tunes here.  Self-reflection and enduring the struggles of day to day life ring true across these furious five tracks. This EP reflects what true hardcore should be; excellent lyrics and hard-hitting tunes that grab your attention from the get-go. Production was fierce and as accurate as a throat punch. Every single tune is an utter gem here, but Bound to Break is 100% the best Aussie hardcore track I have heard in l…

Irist-Interview with Pablo (Guitar)

Irist-Interview with Pablo (Guitar). Just last week dropped their amazingly heavy and crushing album Order of the Mind. It is phenomenal because it merges multiple genres into a sound that is unique to this band. There is melody, grim tone and just tons of heavy post-hardcore and straight-up brutal metal. To me, it's a band that sounds like a peak Sepultura and Dillinger Escape Plan in a fistfight with Fear Factory. If that doesn't sell this band, you must have rocks in your head.
I had the chance to chat with Pablo, who was a great guy, knowledgeable as hell and very passionate about this amazing release. He chatted about the birth of the band, the album and how they are already writing tunes for the new album. Cannot wait to wish this band live one day!!!.
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Irist-Order of the Mind album review.

Irist-Order of the Mind album review. Heavy, Epic, Masterful and Original is the message of Irist's debut album. It is like Dillinger Escape Plan crossed with Sepultura. Hard to imagine, but it works perfectly. It also has some touches of peak Fear Factory as well. So basically aggressive post-hardcore/metal landscapes abound. Many songs have rollercoaster-like journeys that grips the listener firmly. Guitarwork is skillful and never overdone, vocal finesse was very apparent and every track is dense and gloomy. For a debut album, it is incredible because of the top tier level of songwriting throughout this stellar release. Most tracks were catchy as hell and mosh worthy. And whilst this album is instantly likable, it just grows on you with each listen. There is sufficient variety across the album to make each track unique and this is a band that will produce multiple substantial albums as well as slaying live. Don't hesitate BUY THIS PRONTO!!!.
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White Stones-Kuarahy album review.

White Stones-Kuarahy album review. This album is a band/project for Opeth's bassist Martin Mendez and to be perfectly frank I'd take this over most of Opeth's albums. Heavily sublime in every way, it's equal parts grim death metal and atmospheric soundscape. I had little expectations of this really and adored it by the end of my first listen. The different stylized genres that drip feed in and out were magical; bits of doom, prog, and down-tuned death metal all interwoven in amazingly well-written tracks with epic journeys from start to end. The musicianship is top tier and all ten tracks were overwhelming. A truly great album that growls and smothers you with it's dark and foreboding tone. Chuck this in your eardrums pronto!!!.
Out now on Nuclear Blast.

Wolfpack-A.D. EP review.

Wolfpack-A.D. EP review. If metallic beatdown hardcore is one of your fave genres, you definitely have heard of the French wizards of this style, Wolfpack. Smashing eardrums and wrecking minds since 2012, they have just dropped this evil, but quite progressive EP titled A.D. This time around they have upped the variety by splicing in some industrial and death metal grooves into their overall sound. The foundation and style is still definitely around artists like Desolated and Nasty, but this time around they have strong Code Orange influence. This writer is certainly no fan of C.O., but thankfully these french craftsmen forge brutal metal combined with unsettling melody in a refreshing format. Definitely appealing to the modern hardcore fan, rather than the old school head; the overall sound is hectic and skull-crushing. Wolfpack seem to be evolving with each release and the talent shines strong with epic intensity in all 5 tracks here.
Out on BDHW.

The Path-Chaotic Good album review.

The Path-Chaotic Good album review. Albums that stick in your mind are a perfect combination of well-written song structure, pace, and aggression.  Chaotic Good is all this and then some. So many sick elements combine to make you want to play this on repeat and in these times of self-isolation and associated dramas, we need the dynamite attack of this band. It's like Kill Your Idols on 20 cups of coffee, raging fast hardcore. Riffs were abrasive and all well placed, but loved the caustic vocals that added absolute chaos to the band's overall sound. Lyrics were excellent and whilst the 11 tracks fly by, it's one hell of a decent hardcore album. All proceeds go to charity from this release and they fucking deserve your attention.  BUY THIS ALBUM AND TURN IT UP UNTIL YOUR NEIGHBOURS CALL THE COPS!!!