Well it's been a while since the last post... Nobody tells me anything anymore!
I had the pleasure of seeing Melt Banana a few days ago. Not many bands come here, let alone International ones, particularly with blast beats.
First band, the only support, was Zeus. They come from Italy and had been touring with the headliner. This was to be their last gig for the year, I presume they have to return to drink wine and coffee. That is to say that after they played and when I talked to them, they didn’t have a reason for ending the tour. Zeus were good! A two piece, drums and bass, although the soundguy should also be included because he does a fair amount of work for them… so three piece. A three piece feed of oftentimes thick riffs, strong grooves and the occasional scream. The vocals were minimal and simple, it works quite well, adding some cream to the peak of the song cake. Naturally they were tight, they have to be to make it all work. There are delayed loops and samples that synch up with the band.
The main band set up, bringing more amps to the front of the stage. The light technician was trying to tell me how loud they will be. I’d seen them before and I’ve heard louder bands. I couldn’t quite communicate this with him though, my German is not yet good enough. Believe me, I tried. Melt Banana are from Japan and confused me when they had no drummer. According to the knowledge of the Internet, they haven’t had one in 3 years. Occasionally they get a guy in to record but perform shows without one. That’s always disappointing for me, nothing matches the energy of a drummer onstage, particularly when he is dying from exhaustion. So for me, they played well, but it wasn’t a great gig. They also weren’t so loud, but an appropriate volume for the space. They played a diverse selection from their quite long career. Both trying to show some energy but seeming a little exhausted too. Their use of electronic drums and samples as well as some pretty impressive guitar effects had a few in total wonderment.
Grudge! are launching their album this Saturday. To prepare you for all the pit sing-a-longs or whatever it is you J-Pop fans do these days, they have released a single through their bandcamp page.
Grudgefest is 10 bands for free. That's right! Free! Don't stay at home watching youtube videos of the event, go and participate, it'll cost you much the same plus you can then go online and say how you were there. That's scene points right there!
I write this, not because it's Australian nor Grindcore, but because Burt of Beowolf Productions has certainly helped the scene, our bands and labels, in his way with reviews, interviews, trades and distribution. He's been doing it or 21 years and would like to keep it going.
Ok... Burt's wife is in her second battle with cancer, this time it's in her blood and Burt has decided that he needs to step back from his website and zine to spend as much time with her as possible. Here's where you come in: he's looking for people with a strong knowledge of the underground scene and a love of the horror genre of films in general. If this sounds like you, then contact Burt via email through into att beowolfproductions dott com
Now's your chance! Get some great free stuff, maybe get invites to all the cool parties with all the cool bands, get some good contacts and get your name published BUT most of all help a legend keep his legacy going while he deals with one of the hardest times in a life.
Wollongong Death Metal act Daemon Foetal Harvest have smashed out an amazing album of riffage. Competing with Broozer and Tanned Christ, it's a contender for my Album of the Year. We'll see what sticks in my head most when I'm compiling that list and waiting for your opinions to be sprayed.
There's no real point in me waffling on longer than I have. You can listen to the band by going to a gig or go to their bandcamp to hear their recorded effort. I won't make up your mind for you, not this time (but I will judge your decision accordingly).
I'm extremely envious. Those boys have managed to pull off an amazing little tour over in one of my favourite countries, Japan. It's not right that I am though, neither of my bands have put in much effort to do anything but yeah.... How good is it to be human!
Anyway, here's the details of their first show and it's a doozey! Bands from all over are coming together for this bit of messy noise.
Then there's the big one, the massive deal, probably one of their greatest gigs to date... The Japanese Obscene Extreme!
So many great bands, so many forms of freak music, Obscene always rules!! We wish you well young Australian men!
You can purchase many Dark Horse things from the Grindhead Records website such as their album Sick of the Living/High on Death, the split with Repulsion-esque Black Jesus, or the other split with Indonesian Gore Grinders Badak Singa.
You also have the choice of going to their bandcamp.