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SELF HELL: While She Sleeps

Nerve Gas March 29 In July 2022 I made the last-minute decision to purchase a ticket to see While She Sleeps play on a Thursday night in Melbourne at 170 Russell. Despite them being a well-established band of some 17 odd years now, at that time I had only dipped my toes in the While […]

Up In Neon Lights With VILLE VALO

Finnish gothic rock legend Ville Valo is gearing up for an electrifying return to the Australian and New Zealand stages after a decade-long hiatus. With his debut solo album Neon Noir still reverberating through the music scene, Valo took some time to chat with HEAVY Mag about his latest ventures and the eagerly awaited tour. […]

Triumph From Tragedy With CALIGULA’S HORSE

The last few years have been tough on the world at large, with people of all walks of life forced to find their own coping mechanisms to safely navigate increasingly treacherous waters. Musicians, long thought to be able to handle anything the world threw at them and turn it into cathartic verse, were amongst the […]

Putting Yourself Through Hell With AARAN & LOZ From While She Sleeps

While She Sleeps are just one of the many massive bands that are included in the lineup for this year’s Good Things Festival. As such they will be on Aussie soil as of November 30, kicking off their stint here with a headlining show in Melbourne. HEAVY had the pleasure of chatting with bassist Aaran […]

Destructive Patterns With BRENDAN DAVINE From VERONA LIGHTS

Verona Lights are out of Melbourne, Victoria, and have recently released their newest album, titled Minos. This is the second album vocalist Brendan Davine has appeared on, after joining the band to replace the original vocalist, but the first album Brendan feels like he has been able to flex full musical creativity. “On Adrestia, the […]


Out Now Minos is the latest offering from Melbourne four-piece alternative metal outfit Verona Lights. This is an album that’s been a long time in the making. The band began the process way back in the times of B.C – “Before Covid”. The tumultuous grounds of being a band during a pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, […]


Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons recently dropped their new album Kings Of The Asylum. If you’re not familiar with the name Phil Campbell, then you’re not a big enough Motorhead fan. Theformer guitarist of one of rock and roll’s most notorious bands has spent the last few years building up The Bastard Sons, a […]


Golden Robot Records 25 August 2023 Shepherds Reign are a band packed with might and power. The five-piece Polynesian outfit from South Auckland, NZ, are a melting pot of influences and sounds. Their lyrics are almost exclusively sung in Samoan, and musically they deliver thundering, pulsing, pure metal that carries those lyrics with intensity. Samoa […]

Bricks And Mortar With DONITA SPARKS From L7

You can’t make a list of influential bands of 90s grunge without including L7. Formed in the late 80s, L7 were a crucial cog in the machine that was the grunge movement, pushing hair and glam metal aside to create a new branch on the tree of alternative music. The fact that they were an […]


If you’re some kind of sonic Marie Kondo and like tucking bands away into clearly labelled musical genre boxes, you’re going to have a hard time with Movements. The Californian four-piece glides between musical genres in a way that could potentially lead you to dismiss them on first listen, that is of course, if your […]

The XCERTS – ‘Learning How To Live and Let Go’

UNFD 18 August 2023 Learning How To Live And Let Go is the fifth album by UK alternative three-piece The XCERTS, but it’s my first encounter with this band. Before we jump into a review, let’s talk about music and moods, shall we? I don’t mind admitting that my mental health hasn’t been in tip-top […]

Reading The Signs With JOSH MIDDLETON From SYLOSIS

UK heavyweights Sylosis are set to unleash their sixth studio album, A Sign Of Things To Come. HEAVY spoke with vocalist/guitarist Josh Middleton about the process behind this new record and what it means to be reconnecting with his musical roots. “The way we sound now is actually closer to how we started, but no […]

Reflecting On Life With MATT & JAMES From CASKETS

Melodic metal outfit Caskets are in Australia for the very first time, something they’re still pinchingthemselves over. “When we got here, I wasn’t expecting anyone to really know who we were,” says vocalist Matt Flood, “so the fact that most of the crowd at every show has been singing back to us, it’s been pretty […]


Interview by Erin Eddy When you talk about someone being a virtuoso on an instrument the word guitar often springs directly to mind. But, of course, there are plenty more instruments one can be prolific to the point of being a virtuoso, but one which wouldn’t immediately spring to mind would be the bass guitar. […]

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