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”. […]

Talking WHITE STONES With MARTIN MENDEZ

  Words by Paris Faint   Martin Mendez has been the bassist of prog powerhouse Opeth since the days of Still Life.   When the pandemic put a temporary hold on the main act, the time was ripe for indulging in a little side action. In March 2020, it came in the form of White […]

Album Review: SEETHER ‘The Purgatory’ E.P

  Words by Jimmy Glinster   Weird little concept, this EP from the Seth Efracun quartet Seether. Let’s release a five track EP with two versions of one previously released single and a couple of new/unreleased tracks.   Seems legit.   So, the opening track of course is Wasteland, a track we’ve all heard before, […]

Album Review: ED BANGER AND THE KARDASHITS ‘Crash And Burn’

  Words by Matt Gabites   2021 may well be remembered as the year that we all stood in line waiting for a covid jab.   More’s the pity really when you consider it could just as easily be remembered as the year Ed Banger and the Kardashits dropped their debut E.P. Crash and Burn. […]

Album Review: HIRAES ‘Solitary’

  Words by Jimmy Glinster   After copping some online flack about reviewing a Black Metal album with my admitted lack of knowledge or respect for the genre, what better way to progress than by throwing me straight into a European Death Metal review. So, let’s give this a spin and see how it pans […]

HEAVY REGULAR: “This Goes To 11” With INFIRMITIES

  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 […]

Album Review: TIMES OF GRACE ‘Songs Of Loss And Seperation’

  Words by Jimmy Glinster   With a band name like Times of Grace I was thinking that Krispy had stitched me with Christian rock band just for shits and giggles. As it turns out though, after a quick google, I find out that I’m about to listen to the side project of Adam Dutkiewicz […]

Album Review: DARKTHRONE ‘Eternal Hails’

  Words by Jimmy Glinster   Well, where to start with this one?   It’s a 45-minute black metal album … with 5 tracks. I’m not sure what I dislike most about that whole sentence, but anyway, personal biases aside, I’ll give this a listen and see how it pans out.   We’ll start where […]

Review: CALIGULA’S HORSE The Triffid 18/06/21

  Words by Luke Scott Shots by CeeJay Johnson   It was a cold June night, the 18th . The lovely Brisbane punters were expecting to be entertained and kept warm through aggressive dance to progressive music. The Triffid answered the call and provided the stage for the night’s heroes, The Stranger, Valhalla and the […]

Album Review: BEARTOOTH ‘Below’

  Words by Jimmy Glinster   Beartooth, a name I’ve heard, but a band I’ve never had the pleasure of listening to.   Their press release photo had me thinking that this was going to be some kind of ‘middle-of-the- road’ radio rock band, with a singer that looked like the ‘WISH’ version of M-Shadows. […]

Review: RED FANG ‘Arrows’

  Words by Jimmy Glinster   Described as beer-crushing, zombie-killing, air-guitar-contest-judging metal, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this album. I had heard these guys many years ago during that whole sludge/doom/swamp/desert metal era where a thousand bands all emerged with a very similar sound. That sound where the guitars resemble a $99 cash […]

Live Review: HELL ON HIGH WATER Vol.1: New World Slaughter 13/06/21

  Words by Jimmy Glinster Photos by Calumn Hockey Adventure Photography   Coffs Harbour, down by the water in all its glory, is not really the kind of place to expect a full-blown metal festival, but here we are.   Krispy (Heavy) and I arrive at the RED-C Events venue just before 5 pm ready […]

Album Review: BALLSDEEP ‘Temperance’

  Words by Jimmy Glinster   I’m not gonna lie, I’ve never heard of these UK guys Ballsdeep before, but hey, if you’re gonna do it you may as well go balls deep!   Temperence is one of a three-part album release titled Temperance, Death and the High Priestess, and I might add right now […]

Album Review: KING BUFFALO “The Burden Of Restlessness”

  Words by Andy Parkinson   When King Buffalo wrapped up recording in late 2019 for their absolutely stellar album Deadstar it’s fair to assume that next on their priority list would be to hit the road and test out their new tunes onto some adoring audiences. With a release date set for March 2020, little […]

Album Review: “FEAR FACTORY “Aggression Continuum”

  Words by Jimmy Glinster   Fear Factory is undoubtedly a band that changed the course of metal forever with their sophomore release Demanufacture, and they’ve been trying to re-capture that essence ever since, much to the acclaim and disdain of fans and critics worldwide at every single twist and turn.   As it turns […]

HEAVY REGULAR Bacon’s Slices #5

      Words by Matt Bacon   Ever notice how some bands always seem to be getting the cool opportunities? Or are connected with all the higher-ups in the scene? Ever want to know how that happens and how you get to be the cool one in the scene? I want to break that […]

Facing Up To Your Demons With DROWN THIS CITY

  By Olivia Reppas   Melbourne heavy outfit Drown This City are one of those rare bands that openly wear their heart on their sleeve through their music.   With their previous release Alpha//Survivor, vocalist Alex Reade purged herself of inner demons, gathering her strength and resolve in an effort to break free of restraints […]

Album Review: DAYS LIKE THESE “Wide Awake”

  By Lewd Scoff   Brisbane has a secret that needs to be shared.   Days Like These are everything this town needs to shake the shit out of the hardcore scene. Or does it?   Maybe Brisbane, California, as this has a very American feel to it, almost a Brutal Legends introduction cut scene […]

Album Review: BISON “Perfect Mistakes”

  By Lewd Scoff   I’ve heard a lot of rumours that nu-metal is back and in vogue, but haven’t really had the opportunity to bear witness to this until now.   Melbourne’s Bison are definitely part of the new wave of nu-metal.   Go back four years, and this was the most shunned genre […]

Album Review: THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA “NII”

  By Luke Scott   Every now again, you come across an album that, as soon as the opening few bars infiltrate your soul, you are hooked, locked into the entire experience.   You’re trying to focus on what’s being laid out before you, but also getting very excited about finding out things like, where […]

Live Review: NONBERK, SOAP, DARK MOON SOCIETY

  By Lewd Scoff   Oh, it’s so exciting.  I’m fanboitastic at the Brightside on a Sunday night.   I’m so keen for tonight that I’ve invited international upstart to the stars, Lewd Scoff, to fart his 5c worth.   Stereo is pumping everything it should for an event such as this. Pantera, Alice In […]

Live Photos: SOUTHSIDE OF HELL

    Pix: Adam Brindley PhotographyChaos & Isaac Ro   Words couldn’t do justice to how great Southside of Hell was last weekend so we tracked down our photography team to ram it home!  

Hash It Out With MELISSA CROSS

  with Olivia Reppas   The Queen of Scream, the legendary Melissa Cross, has plenty in store for metal vocalists around the world.   As the ultimate ground-breaking vocal coach in extreme voice, Cross has worked with some of metal’s heaviest hitters. From Randy Blythe to Corey Taylor to Rob Flynn, the impact of Cross’ […]

HEAVY REGULAR Bacon’s Slices #4

  Words by Matt Bacon   So, even as we emerge from the pandemic live streams are going to remain valuable.   People are now more used to watching them and getting value out of them. They’ve become a part of the music infrastructure and something we need to lean on. But what to stream? […]

HEAVY REGULAR “This Goes To 11” With FUZ LIP

  This Goes To 11 is a new 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 […]

Review: OUR LAST ENEMY ‘As Above So Below’

  It’s been a long time between releases (that what she said) for Sydney metal masters Our Last Enemy.   2014’s Pariah sounds dated compared to the latest instalment of terror from these purveyors of pitiless pentatonic demolishers, As Above So Below.   With able stickman John Sankey (Fear Factory, Divine Heresy, Devil You Know) […]

Review: ACOLYTE ‘Entropy’

  Acolyte’s second studio album Entropy, is a mostly straight-ahead 4/4 progressive sounding adventure that suffers from the occasional instrumentation problem with the keyboard (either outdated synths, or poor sounding strings), and occasionally coming across like the soundtrack to Elder Scrolls volume 28 : The Hobbitses Rise Again (obviously and particularly the track “Resilience”)   […]

SOUTHSIDE OF HELL, Mansfield Tavern 08/05/21

  By Luke Scott   Metal of Honor presented Southside Of Hell, a collection of live metal bands from Brisbane, supporting Black Rheno from Sydney on their National Tour.   Mansfield Tavern did a fantastic job of hosting the event, with the venue, food and staff being of fine quality all day/night.   Initial gripes: […]

HASH IT OUT With CASSIE WALKER

  Hash It Out For HEAVY is a regular interview segment hosted by Livvy Your Highness, focussing on identities within the music industry that are not often enough the subject of our attention.   The people interviewed are often a main part of the music industry but prefer to shun the limelight – until Livvy […]

SIGNV/S Emerge From Chaos

  As messed up as the recent pandemic has been on so many levels, there have been a sprinkling of feel-good stories and happenings that have somehow rise from the ashes.   One of those is the emergence of SIGNV/S, an exciting metalcore outfit that came together in spite of the world around them falling […]

Review: WHILE SHE SLEEPS ‘Sleeps Society’

  Words by Lewd Scoff   Metalcore-blimey, its Pommy upstarts While She Sleeps with their fifth studio album, Sleeps Society.   It only took me until the second listen, and I was hooked……on hooks.   Of which there are plenty. And I mean plenty. Almost too many hooks. That and the modern recording sheen that […]

Review: EVANESCENCE ‘The Bitter Truth’

  Words by Mitch Poland   The beautifully disturbing Gothic vision of a place we call the new world can only describe the contents of the latest album from Arkansan rock band Evanescence.   The band hadn’t released anything remotely close to an album in ten years, so to hear something from Amy Lee and […]

Live Review: ODIUS, AMICABLE TREASON, NONBERK Brightside Brisbane

  Words by Luke Scott Pictures by Nathan Cooper   This was my first time at Brightside in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.   Having “Boys” by Sabrina on the stereo as I walked into the club did throw me off a little, however, the ever-growing crowd of Brisbane’s heavy metal fraternity put me at ease, and […]

THE OFFSPRING ‘Let The Bad Times Roll’

  Written by Mitch Poland   The latest album from California’s punk rock wonderkids The Offspring gives you a nice big kick in the face.   A decent hard kick that this boring world so desperately needed.   I don’t know what these boys are putting in the water before they enter the studio but […]

ESCAPE THE FATE: ‘Chemical Warfare’

  Written by Luke Scott   If opening track “Lightning Strike” is anything to go by, one would think that Escape The Fate are still relevant, full of angst, energy and killer hooks.   You can picture the band smashing this song out live, as it feels like the sweat is dripping from the speakers. […]

Live Review: THEREIN, WEIGHTLESS IN ORBIT, VALTOZASH

  Review by Brennan Richardson   Local symphonic dark jazz ensemble Valtozash were the first band of the night and didn’t they start things off with a bang!   In what can be described as both a sound engineer’s dream AND nightmare, the sixteen-piece ensemble (that’s right I said 16 piece!) absolutely blew the crowd […]

HEAVY REGULAR “Bacon’s Slices” #3

  Words by Matt Bacon   Bacon’s Slices is a new monthly column brought to you by Matt Bacon designed to assist and give tips to help you grow your band and reach that sometimes seemingly unattainable next level.   Matt is a music marketer, social media expert, and label exec for folks like Prophecy Productions, Plastic Head, […]

HEAVY REGULAR: “This Goes To 11”

  This Goes To 11 is a new 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 […]

HEAVY REGULAR: “This Goes To 11”

  This Goes To 11 is a new 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 […]

HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY Hash It Out

  Interview by Olivia Reppas   Mӕre – a malicious folk entity that creeps up on sleeping people’s chests during the night and instils breathlessness and anxiety.   It is this state of diffused terror and paralysis that has been enshrined in Harakiri For The Sky’s music ever since their 2012 debut album, and is […]

SUZI QUATRO Hashes It Out For HEAVY

  Interview by Olivia Reppas   This episode of Hash It Out with HEAVY is a hard hitter.   In this revealing interview, none other than Suzi Quatro, the ultimate rocker, gives HEAVY’s Olivia Reppas the lowdown on her new album, The Devil In Me which will be released on March 26.   Renowned for timeless […]