[COLUMN] HEAVY OZ

Welcome to another edition of HEAVY Oz, where we take a look at five excellent Aussie heavy acts that are well worth a few minutes of your time.

  1. Red Bee

Sydney three-piece Red Bee are a unique beast. Their sound is certainly progressive, and they utilise odd time grooves, left of centre arrangements and high-level musicianship. However, unlike many progressive heavy bands, their sound and approach are not dark, slick and smooth, it is joyfully just a touch rough around the edges, and the combination of these two elements makes them heaps of fun to listen to and even more fun to see live. They make cool videos too.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SI1VbdoI3po&w=560&h=315]

https://www.facebook.com/redbeemusic

 

  1. Moonshifter

Melbourne Five-piece Moonshifter’s songs rock damn hard and are infectiously catchy, as evidenced by their single Glad That you Came, which was released in May 2016. The band are set to release another single, appropriately titled You Feel It in October of this year, which again shows off their trademark stellar vocals, ripping lead guitar playing and thundering drums. These guys are a band to check out if you like your hard rock songs memorable and fun.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6taIpOpXog&w=560&h=315]

https://www.facebook.com/Moonshifter

 

  1. Inventions

Smooth as silk and effortlessly catchy and emotive, this new Melbourne five-piece have an alternative rock style that is destined for a strong commercial profile. This is showcased to perfection on the single Worthless, from their brand new EP Exist, Explore, which also features the gorgeous female vocals of Vonnie Sofia.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcB4Umvr-Wk&w=560&h=315]

https://www.facebook.com/inventionsband

 

  1. Hemina

Put this Sydney band on your ‘must discover’ list if you dig super-melodic, dramatic progressive rock and metal that soars to the very heavens and features insane level musicianship. Their third album Venus is set to be released on November 11th, and first single Moonlight Bride is absolutely killer, featuring alto sax and trumpet, the superb vocal trade-off of frontman Douglas Skene and bassist Jessica Martin and the blistering melodic leads of guitarists Skene and Mitch Coull.

https://www.facebook.com/heminamusic

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SlW3cWrrCk&w=560&h=315]

 

  1. Japam

Adelaide’s Japam combine a whole gamut of influences and channel it all into a cohesive, compelling and catchy whole. You can detect traces of heavy Australian alternative and progressive rock, pop, soundscapes and more, and it all comes together with slick production values and just a touch of idiosyncratic weirdness.

https://www.facebook.com/JapamBand

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tmZmFKdq3U&w=560&h=315]

Written by Rod Whitfield

Rod Whitfield is a veteran in music writing, having started way back in 1995 for Forte magazine in Geelong. He has since been chief rock and metal writer for Buzz Magazine and written for Beat Magazine, The Metal Forge, Mixdown, Reverb Magazine and many others, and he brings a wealth of music knowledge and experience to the pages of Heavy Mag. A former musician himself, he wrote his memoirs on his life and times in Rock n’ Roll, and currently has a number of other writing projects on the go, including his first two novels.

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