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Brewtality 2014 Showcase: Part 1

In order to fill you in on all the super incredible totally excellent bands that will be performing at this years Brewtality, we’ll be making a bunch of “showcase” posts in the lead up to the festival, which will be held on August 2nd, 2014 between The Tote and The Bendigo Hotel!

Review: Headbore – Strength In Numbers

Adelaide metallers Headbore offer a solid slab of metal on their debut album Strength In Numbers. Clearly written with the likes of DevilDriver, Chimaira and Shadows Fall in mind, this is an album that delivers exactly what it promises, modern metal with some balls. Don’t expect to find much else here other than the no-nonsense […]

Moments In Songs That Need To Be Immediately Rewound: Vol 1

You know when there’s that part of a song that you just love so much, that no matter what you’re doing, you stop, take it in, rewind and listen to it again. Everyone’s got there own crop of songs they adore most, but we’ve gone through and compiled a list of songs with moments so […]

Morbid Angel Live @ The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, Australia

The champions of death metal put on an excellent show last night to a crowd that was bursting at the seams. After a few recent disappointing shows at The Hi-Fi, Morbid Angel broke the pattern with a show that would be remembered by die hard fans.

Live Review: Absu + Portal w/ Denouncement Pyre and Thrall @ The Hi-Fi Melbourne

Having been introduced to them just weeks before the announcement of their Australian tour through two unconnected chance encounters, by way of the humorous game ‘Ikea or Death’, and subsequently finding their CD in a huge pile of promotional CDs handed to me almost four years ago. I was astonished at the prospect of seeing […]

Interview with Rex Brown: Road Pirates and Revolutions

Legendary metal bassist Rex Brown, formerly of Pantera and Down, is now focusing his musical energies on new band Kill Devil Hill. Having just released their second album Revolution Rise, Rex is enthusiastic for people to hear the new material. And the best way to do that in this day and age is to hit […]

Soundwave 2014 @ Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne

From the massive line up of international bands to the sunburnt faces and sea of King Parrot shirts, Soundwave proved once again why it’s the juggernaut of Australian heavy music festivals. With 12 stages, over 90 bands and an expected crowd of over 42,000 for Melbourne alone, punters are claiming this as the best one […]

Clutch @ The Prince Band Room, Melbourne

It was a sidewaves Bonanza in Melbourne on Thursday night. The streets were riddled with St Kilda Twilight market attendees, Richie Sambora fans lining up around the corner of the Espy and of course the Clutch crowd, a crowd in which this particular reviewer was completely unfamiliar with. So for that, this review will be […]

Testament and King Parrot Live @ The Espy, Melbourne 25.02.14

With all the sidewave competition that was on last night, it was relieving to see a full house at the Espy for thrash metal’s unofficial fifth party to the Big Four of thrash. Denim jackets, long hair, jugs of beer and all round smiles were the tender sentiments that graced those hard wooden floors of […]

A Nostalgic Look At One Of Australia’s Longest Running Festivals

The vast array of acts at this years Big Day Out attracted a corresponding diverse crowd. Whilst there were the younger female demographic all dressed up in glitter, daisy chain headbands and short shorts, there were 60 year old men in cowboy hats, the token metal heads in King Parrot, Carcass, Metallica and Pantera shirts, […]

Feast Of Metal II Officially Announced

Last years Feast Of Metal boasted the likes of Be’lakor, Black Majesty and Orpheus. Next years festivities looks to follow a similar trend by including some of Australia’s best local bands, with the inclusion of epic viking like feasts and sword fighting.

Album Review: Rise Of Avernus – L ‘Appel Du Vide

Sydney’s Rise of Avernus debut album is a slab of epically proportioned melodic doom metal fit for those willing to take a stroll on the side of metal that beckons the call to huge production values and a Peter Jackson silver screen adaption.

Interview with Rex Brown: Road Pirates and Revolutions

Legendary metal bassist Rex Brown, formerly of Pantera and Down, is now focusing his musical energies on new band Kill Devil Hill. Having just released their second album Revolution Rise, Rex is enthusiastic for people to hear the new material. And the best way to do that in this day and age is to hit […]

The Ophidian Ascension – Ire

Australia’s seemingly burgeoning crop of top tier death metal acts seems to be all the more evident with the release of The Ophidian Ascension’s debut six track EP, Ire.

Live Review: Living Death Fest

The array of live music concerts and entertainment options around Melbourne last night left Living Death Fest with some considerable competition. But even with the variety of shows on around town, fans of all things macabre and brutal were really only left with one truly viable option. Kiss Or Kill and Heavy sponsored event Living […]

The Black Dahlia Murder: Everblack

Everblack flourishes with fluently crafted guitar solos and misleading melodies that combine together to create an album that is both catchy and insanely brutal at the same time.

Chimaira Crown of Phantoms Fan Edition CD/DVD

There’s just 51 hours to go to get yourself a piece of the upcoming Chimaira Crown of Phantoms CD/DVD. The band undertook the tried and tested fan funded route to raise funds for the new release and set their target at $30,000 USD. With less than 2 days to go, the band have far exceeded […]

Diprosus: Saved or Enslaved Review

Groove-heavy Australian metallers Diprosus sludge their way into the Melbourne metal scene’s best up-and-coming bands with an outstanding debut EP.

Monarch: on Australian punk, Black Sabbath and Game of Thrones.

Monstrous doom-laden riffs and epically drawn out songs are a staple of Monarch’s diet. They are a band that refuses to alter their sound or style to please anyone but themselves, with songs sometimes lasting so long you might only hear one or two tracks in a set. This does not result in compromise from […]

High Side Driver: High Side Driver (EP)

Melbourne based alternative rock band High Side Driver has recently released their first self-titled EP. The five track offering includes the single See You Next Tuesday and three of the five tracks have been recorded, mixed and produced by Peter ‘Reggie’ Bowman whose extensive set of collaborations range from Frankenbok to Tommy Emanuel.

Cradle Of Filth Live @ Billboard, Melbourne, Australia

A façade of gothic dressed women, corpse painted The Amenta fans and typical black jeans and denim dressed metal heads graced the front of Billboard last night for Cradle Of Filth’s Australian headline tour. Opening act and winner of the Melbourne Cradle Of Filth support contest, Ne Obliviscaris, played their set amidst some casual onlookers […]

Cradle Of Filth: The Manticore and Other Horrors

The highly-infectious new album from Cradle Of Filth is all you’d expect from the symphonic black metal act, plus more. Haunting melodies and creepy orchestral interludes are in abundance on the latest opus, but what gives this album its edge is the further incorporation of different metal styles.

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