MEMORIST – Oni//Kijo

Year Of The Rat Records November 12 Words by Jimmy Glinster I’ve never heard of this band before, but as I search for them on the book of face, I see that some of my peeps have previously liked the band. So hopefully they are good, and I won’t need to hurt the band, their […]

Guitar Review: Pro Series Dinky™ DK Modern EverTune® 6

Words by Jimmy Glinster This week at HEAVY I get to switch my attention from the latest heavy releases to the tools of the heavy trade which help our beloved shredders lay down the riffs. And to kick things off, the lovely folks at Fender Music Australia have sent me over a couple of the […]

THE SEA SHALL NOT HAVE THEM ‘Debris’

November 5 Words by Matt Gabites Recently I finished reviewing a movie score for the first time, and to be honest, I was ready for a palette cleanser. Maybe some hard riffing thrash or the swagger of sleazy rock to offset the synth heavy atmospherics that were still swirling around my subconscious. So imagine my […]

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE ‘Bullet For My Valentine’

November 5 Spinefarm/Search And Destroy Words by Jimmy Glinster Last time I saw these guys, it was the best click track show I’ve ever experienced. They were going absolutely sick but all we could hear from front of house was beep, beep, beep, beep. They appeared to be tight as fuck though, and the metronome […]

Examples Of Why Life Is Truly Radical With EVERY TIME I DIE

Words by Simon Russell-White Finally!!! The day is here, the almighty Every Time I Die from Buffalo, New York are locked and loaded and ready to drop their ninth studio album simply and effectively entitled Radical. Heavy Magazine got to chat to the ever energetic, down-right honest and soulful spirit that is Keith Buckley, the […]

OVERKILL – The Atlantic Years 1986 to 1994

BMG 29 October 2021 Words by Matt Gabites Whenever metal-heads of a certain vintage gather together to enjoy a few tunes and ales it can seem as though you are only ever a Spotify shuffle Anthrax track away from an argument about breaking out about ‘The Big Four’ Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer all reside within […]

EVERY TIME I DIE ‘Radical’

Epitaph Records October 22 Words by Simon Russell-White Let us start with a safe assumption! If you have clicked on the link to this album review, I already know that you are a die-hard fan of this band, and as we already know, there are two types of people in this world. Those who have […]

Rebuilding The Fire With BAD WOLVES

Words and interview by Simon Russell-White A trend seems to have formed of late. That being, the material in which bands are producing at this present time has a certain edge to it, a more refined sound with the quality dialled up all the way to 11! There is a reason for it. Bands simply […]

THE OMNIFIC “Escapades”

Out now Wild Thing Records Words by Lewd Scoff Where do I begin? Melbourne, Australia, has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Forget those who slow poison themselves with preservatives but won’t injest the soup, they should be protesting over how good The Omnific are, and how criminally underrated mainstream society treats […]

A Cleansing With SPACEGOAT

Words by Simon Russell-White It doesn’t seem like that long ago that I was reviewing the debut EP from Bendigo, Victoria’s heavy rockers Spacegoat when they dropped 33 in the Autumn of 2019. In retrospect, it wasn’t that long ago but as we know the entire planet has changed so much, and unfortunately it isn’t […]

KRAVE – “Inner Asylum”

Out Now Words by Jimmy Glinster Today’s review offering is an Alt-Metal Trio from Bris-Vegas who go by the name of Krave. They’re about to drop their sophomore EP Inner Asylum on October 8 and I’ve been nice enough to make some time to get a review sorted for their release. Hopefully they’ll shout me […]

DEITY’S MUSE – Ennui

Mongrel Records October 22 Words by Jimmy Glinster What’s going on here, then? Some kind of electro pop intro or something, that’s what! With no idea where this was going, Into Their Clutches kicks into some ethereal melodic musings. This reminds me of something, I was going to say Tool, but it’s not quite that […]

ANGELS & AIRWAVES – Lifeforms

Out now Words by Matt Gabites Picture this. You are sitting in the hot seat of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, about to get the final question, for a million dollars! “Which member of the alternative pop/rock band Angels & Airwaves is a member of the rock n roll hall of fame? Is it […]

WAITING FOR CONNECTION – Fragile Constructs

Out Now Words by Matt Gabites There is always a risk for emerging metal bands, desperate to standout from the crowd, to overstate their intent. It normally manifests itself by way of citing famous bands that have influenced them in the hope that it will attract some of their fans to check them out. Or, […]

ALIEN WEAPONRY – Tangaroa

Napalm Records Out Now Words by Jimmy Glinster Here we have our buddies from across the ditch, the mighty, and mighty young, Alien Weaponry. Once rated as the “Hottest Young Metal Band In The World” and one of “5 Bands Most Likely to Break Out In 2021” the young kiwi lads have dropped a brand-new […]

MINUS LIFE – Contorted Reality

October 1 Words by Simon Russell-White It seems strange referring to the year that was 2004 as “a while ago”. In the scheme of time itself it really is not but in the music world it most certainly is! A bands longevity gifts the punter with wrapped presents of content to debate with fellow heavy […]

WRITTEN BY WOLVES – The Collab Project

Out Now Words by Jimmy Glinster This will be the second one of these collaboration projects that I’ve reviewed lately. Is this the latest fad that I just haven’t caught up with yet? Who knows, and who really cares, the last one I checked out by Planet of the 8’s was pretty damn rad. Let’s […]

HATESCAPE – Truth Or Consequences

Out Now Words by Jimmy Glinster Hatescape, this sounds like it could be heavy! And the truth is, after a quick intro titled Exordium which bleeds into the title track Truth or Consequences, the band rips straight into some heavy riffage and non-stop double kick. The low thick vocals blend in under the mix with […]

INTO THE VALLEY OF DEATH – Space Age

Out Now Words by Matt Gabites So the lads from L.A, stoner/doom/desert rock outfit The Lords of Altamont have rebranded themselves under the much doomier moniker of Into The Valley of Death and released their debut e.p Space Age. Comprising 5 songs and 18 minutes, Space Age provides more than a glimpse into where they […]

Live Review: BED BY NINE – The Zoo

Words by Lewd Scoff “Go and review a rock show” the boss  said. “Oh I’d forgotten all about rock” farted your reviewing hero, Lewd Scoff. So, armed with the presumption that Rock was at least a little under the weather, I headed to The Zoo in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, where I found a decent crowd […]

PLANET FATALE: The Cycle Repeats

September 17 Words by Matt Gabites I think it may have been Princess Diana that said, “Debut albums are like a hymen, you only get one go at them”. Ok, so maybe she didn’t say that, but the sentiment still stands. Because for every Appetite For Destruction there a million….um…? And that’s the point, most […]

MINUS LIFE Defy Reality With New Release

Interview by Simon Russell-White What were you up to in 2004? It was the era of cargo shorts, spiked bracelets and a lot of cool music festivals. *Insert major generalisation here*. The world was a different place back then, and Australian music was well and truly alive! Venues all over Australia would be packed mid-week […]

INGLORIOUS: Heroine

Frontiers Music s.r.l. 10 September 2021 Words by Matt Gabites Once upon a time if a band announced it was releasing a covers album it meant one of two things. Either they had run out of original ideas, not looking at you Undisputed Attitude, or lazily seeing out a contractual obligation ala The Spaghetti Incident. […]

SPIRITBOX: Eternal Blue

Rise Records Release: 17 September 2021 Words by Masen Smith Virality is a strange thing. The almighty algorithms, whether they be YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, et cetera, seem to act as a prime mover of music culture of the 2010s and beyond, acting of their own accord but to some extent at the whims of […]

THE ASCENDED: The Dark

Words by Jimmy Glinster Out now The Ascended, sounds like this could be a Christian rock band, but with an album name like The Dark I’m thinking this might be a metal band because those good Christian blokes don’t like to mention spooky dark things. Some good old-fashioned metal riffing opens the album and is […]

I AM DUCKEYE: WELT

Words by Matt Gabites When you hear the words ‘acquired taste’, context is everything. If it’s uttered by your partner as they serve you up a dish from their homeland, you know it’s time to start practising your best fake smile. If a mate ever describes someone’s girlfriend as an acquired taste, then it normally […]

TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET: Sick Sesh!

Fat Wreck Records Out now Words by Matt Gabites Teenage Bottlerocket have been entertaining us with their brand of pop/skater punk for the best part of twenty years. Regular album releases and a heavy touring schedule has seen their fan base grow to the point of having over 230,000 monthly listeners on Spotify alone. But […]

DAWN FADES: Ode

Words by Jimmy Glinster Now, I’ve heard of post-hardcore, and you all know my thoughts on that, but what the actual fuck is post-metal? Is that meant to mean after metal, is metal gone? Apparently, Dawn Fades are about to give me a lesson in it though, so I may end up a little wiser […]

CONFUSED: Riot

Words by Matt Gabites Question: What does a world of pent-up frustrations and diminishing attention spans need right now? If you answered (with unnerving accuracy) ‘A pissed off crossover thrash/hardcore punk record by Confused’, not only would you be right, you’d also be fuckin lucky, because they have just dropped Riot! Their new album that […]

JOEY CAPE: A Good Year To Forget

Words by Jimmy Glinster A Good Year To Forget, oath it has been. Lucky for most of us though, we haven’t had to deal with the tragedy of losing a parent, ending a 20-year relationship, catching the filthy Rona, or worst of all having to move back into your parents place due to a loss […]

HEAVY REGULAR Bacon’s Slices #7 Music Promotion For DIY Bands

Words by Matt Bacon So here’s my grand theory of music promotion for DIY bands. If you have under 10,000 or so monthly listeners, then you are in the early adopter phase. If you are in the early adopter phase, then most of your fans are going to be musicians and music nerds. So then […]

DESECRATOR: Summoning

Words by Jimmy Glinster There is nothing quite like being summoned late on a Saturday night to review an Australian thrash metal band. That is of course except for being at a metal show which is fucking near impossible with the filthy Rona still lurking about. But here we are, and here we have the […]

THE BLUE PRISON: The Blue Prison

Words by Jimmy Glinster Here we go with another two-piece instrumental album. This time, a self-titled debut by a couple of dudes called The Blue Prison. I could probably go the same way I went with the last two-piece instrumental and just give you a track listing below with the description of “two dudes playing […]

MALISON: Death’s Embrace

Words by Jimmy Glinster Hello ridiculously fast, ridiculously shredding thrash metals. This album rips straight out the gates with some seriously intense riffing and a butt tonne of noodling. Then you get a little surprised with some ludicrously clean lyrics which sound quite similar to the gentle side of M-Shadows. This track Reborn has some […]

BUCKLED: Ouss…

Words by Jimmy Glinster Buckle-up punks because Buckled are about to take us on a 10-minute party starting, cocktail drinking, trouble making journey. At least that’s what this punk outfit from my hometown of the Gold Coast are telling me! I’m always up for trouble making, especially when it includes cocktails and a party, so […]

PARALLAX: Awaken

Words by Jimmy Glinster Huh, what? 5 seconds into the opening title track, Awaken, and I’m already confused. What the actual fuck have I gotten myself into? Jazz metal, is that what is going on here? Who knows, but it gets pretty damn brutal, pretty damn quickly! Chug-chug, scream-scream … fuck yeah! Enough said about […]

SYNAESCOPE: Unalone

Words by Jimmy Glinster Synaescope. Post-Hardcore, you know, that genre I’ve spoken about before where they try to be all heavy and shit but then sing real poppy shit over it to try and drag in the mainstream music fans? Well, at least that’s my take on it, the genre that is. Apparently, these guys […]

SOLAR HAZE: The Solar Age

Words by Jimmy Glinster Solar Haze bring us some Southern Californian Rock, all three songs of it, on an EP titled The Solar Age. I’m meant to write about 600 words for these things, but with a third of the tracks of a standard release, I think I‘ll have a few spare words left over. […]

HEAVY REGULAR: This Goes To 11 With STONEBREED

With Mark Dalbeth This Goes To 11 is a weekly column hosted by Mark Dalbeth. Mark was born in New Zealand and now lives in Los Angeles, and would be better known in Australia as having been part of the band Bellusira. Following his dreams, Mark moved to LA and has been working on Rav Medic plus an exciting new […]

BEARTOOTH Rise Above With New Album

Ohio based rock outfit Beartooth returned with their awesome new album Below in late June, further enhancing their growing reputation as a band capable of uniting rock and metal sensibilities with their eclectic brand of music that is as heavy in parts as it is perfect in others. Spurning the hit singles Devastation, The Past […]

FERMENTOR: Continuance

Words by Jimmy Glinster Here we have a ten-track instrumental album from a two-piece band, and to be honest I’d usually tap out at one instrumental per album. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Instrumental, but ten of them in a row just seems like way too much hard work for not much […]

HEAVY REGULAR: This Goes To 11 With ANITA SQUEEZE

Words by Mark Dalbeth This Goes To 11 is a weekly column hosted by Mark Dalbeth. Mark was born in New Zealand and now lives in Los Angeles, and would be better known in Australia as having been part of the band Bellusira. Following his dreams, Mark moved to LA and has been working on Rav Medic plus an exciting […]

Album Review: SLEEP WAKER Alias

Words by Jimmy Glinster The last two times I listened to a band with Sleep in their name, they pretty much both put me to sleep. Hopefully this is a more thrilling experience for us all. The album opener and title track Alias gets its Djent on before bursting into a singalong chorus which reminds […]

HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS Announce Album, Drop Single

Hawthorne Heights have announced their eighth full-length album The Rain Just Follows Me, which will be released digitally on September 10, 2021 via Pure Noise Records. The 11-track record, produced by Grammy-winner Cameron Webb (Alkaline Trio, NOFX, Megadeth), stands as some of Woodruff’s most resonant writing to date, as he unravels themes of both physical and emotional distance from his wife and […]

THRICE Announce Album, Release Single

Returning with their 11th studio album, the dynamic and explorative California-based rock band Thrice announce Horizons/East, out September 17 via Epitaph Records on streaming platforms. The album exemplifies art as a work of recognition — the human task of perceiving oneself amid details, disasters, and blessings as a relentlessly relational phenomenon among others. In this, Horizons/East is the rare rock […]

ALARUM Announce Shows

Melbourne fusion metallers, Alarum and Adelaide prog merchants Dyssidia have joined forces for a run of shows across October. Following the release of Alarum’s long awaited fourth album Circles End and Dyssidia’s long awaited debut full-length album Costly Signals in mid-2020, the two progressive metal powerhouses are finally touring Australia to launch the albums in style. Joining them on shows are Brisbane heavyweights Minus […]

HEAVY REGULAR: “This Goes To 11” WithTHE CLAWS

  Words by Mark Dalbeth   This Goes To 11 is a weekly column hosted by Mark Dalbeth. Mark was born in New Zealand and now lives in Los Angeles, and would be better known in Australia as having been part of the band Bellusira. Following his dreams, Mark moved to LA and has been working on Rav Medic plus […]

HEAVY REGULAR Bacon’s Slices #6

  Words by Matt Bacon   So one of the free things that musicians don’t take nearly enough advantage of is Spotify playlists. There are so many possibilities with them, and they are a great way to grow your band’s presence on Spotify and really start to reach that next level of growth and outreach […]

Album Review: SWITCHFOOT ‘Interrobang’

  Words by Jimmy Glinster   In this edition of NOT SO HEAVY Magazine reviews, we take a look at Grammy award winning “Rock” band Switchfoot. A band I know the name of but not so much the sound of, so I had to do a quick Google to remind me of why the name […]

Album Review: MAYA ‘Despierta’

  Words by Jimmy Glinster   And now comes the time, the time I must review a “Hardcore” band.   You know that genre that came around during the death of Nu-Metal, where every Hardcore band sounded the same, and played the same breakdowns, but didn’t sound anything like what people would traditionally call “Hardcore”. […]