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24Aug/12Off

REVIEW: Gaza – No Absolutes in Human Suffering

Posted by Lachlan

Gaza - No Absolutes In Human SufferingOh man. What an intense album.

Gaza's 'No Absolutes In Human Suffering' is an excursion of dissonance, fury and blastbeats; a sludge-and-grind hybrid is delivered with seething nihilism and apocalyptic despair.

The group combine the grooving polyrhythms of Botch, the jarring fury of Converge and Coalesce, the sludgy hate of Eyehategod and the sheer blasting intensity of Pig Destroyer.  The result is visceral and intense; breathing new life into some of the more tired aspects of hardcore.

What makes this album so powerful are occasional departures into reflective passages - like the ending half of When They Beg, which drifts off into a warm, droning meditation, boasting a melody that reminds me more of Genghis Tron's prettier moments.

The emotional impact of segments like this really set the band apart from many of the one-dimensional / one-mood bands I've turned away from in the past. It's a little concept called dynamics. You want to create the heaviest riff ever written? Well, write it, and then set it in the middle of a beautiful and delicate 10 minute major key dream piece. Its impact will be multiplied tenfold.

While I've been stuck in the mindset that most modern hardcore and grind is stagnant and uninteresting, bands like IDYLLS, In Trenches and Gaza are out to prove me wrong - and they're doing it quite well.

With 'No Absolutes In Human Suffering', Gaza have landed themselves one of the better releases in the genre for 2012.

Definitely an album worth checking out. Go stream the whole thing.

25Nov/11Off

Saturday night: Serious Beak, Pirate and Dumbsaint at the Lansdowne

Posted by Lachlan

Serious Beak album launch with Pirate and Dumbsaint at the Lansdowne HotelThis Saturday 26 November, Serious Beak will be launching their debut album 'Huxwhukw' at a free show at the Lansdowne Hotel, joined by their progressive pals Pirate and Dumbsaint.

The even kicks off at 8pm and is absolutely free. More info over at the Facebook event.

Haven't heard Serious Beak? You can stream the album here. The band features members of Squat Club, Adrift for Days, Slimey Things, Battle Pope, Squid, Ebolie, the Mabobs, Push Air and the Puffy Jackets, Dyke Destroyer and many more.

Press release to follow:

"Huxwhukw" is an eccentric amalgamation of mind-melting, toe-tapping, psychedelic, progressive and poly-rhythmic discordant music, sure to please fans of Meshuggah, Mastodon, Botch, The Mars Volta and King Crimson.

Huxwhukw is the supernatural long-beaked cannibal bird and servant to Baxwbakwalnuksiwe, the Cannibal-at-the-North-end-of-the-world in Kwakwaka'wakw mythology. Huxwhukw uses his long, snapping beak to crack open the skulls of men to eat their brains and pluck out their eyeballs.

All hail Huxwkwux and the Crooked Beak of Heaven.

Serious Beak album launch with Pirate and Dumbsaint at the Lansdowne Hotel

7Nov/11Off

Free download of Serious Beak’s single

Posted by Lachlan

Serious Beak - HuxwhukwSerious Beak have just thrown up their first single from their debut album "Huxwhukw" for free download.

Download or stream Tuī / Tuō now.

Find Serious Beak on Facebook.

Press release follows:

Sydney quartet Serious Beak represent an eccentric amalgamation of mind-melting, toe-tapping, psychedelic, progressive and polyrhythmic discordant music. Their style is marked by compulsion; by weaving, complex compositions and mind-bending opposing rhythms, which speak as much to the attention-deficient as much as progressive and math music aficionados.

"Huxwhukw" is set to be released on Saturday 26 November 2011, and is available now for pre-order through BandCamp. The album draws from a varied palate of musical influences, including Meshuggah, Secret Chiefs 3, Danny Gatton, King Crimson, Botch, The Refused, Mastodon, The Mars Volta, Horacio Hernandez, Cephalic Carnage and Allan Holdsworth.

Huxwhukw is the supernatural long-beaked cannibal bird and servant to Baxwbakwalnuksiwe, the Cannibal-at-the-North-end-of-the-world in Kwakwaka'wakw mythology. Huxwhukw uses his long, snapping beak to crack open the skulls of men to eat their brains and pluck out their eyeballs.

All hail Huxwkwux and The Crooked Beak of Heaven.

16May/11Off

Coerce’s new album “Ethereal Surrogate Saviour” steaming this week

Posted by Lachlan

Coerce - Ethereal Surrogate Saviour (Captialgames)South Australia post-hardcore/post-punk group Coerce have their new album "Ethereal Surrogate Saviour" streaming over at Soundcloud for this week only.

The album is due out on June 11th through Adelaide-based DIY label Capitalgames Records. The label also has the likes of Robotosaurus, Night Hag, God God Dammit Dammit and Bronze Chariot on board.

I've been enjoying the album all morning. Definitely worth a listen for fans of Refused, Propagandhi, Botch, Converge and Coalesce. Very well written and produced.

Check it nice.

21Apr/11Off

Sad news; Five Star Prison Cell call it a day

Posted by Lachlan

Some very sad news to share; after 7 years Melbourne's Five Star Prison Cell have decided to call it a day.

While it is indeed very sad to hear that this fantastic group is breaking up off the back of their strongest and most diverse release (their third full-length 'MATRIARCH') it seems all involved are at least parting on amiable terms.

Five Star Prison Cell are one of those bands who never received the following, respect and recognition that their immense talents, dedication and creativity deserved. They should be known as Australia's awesome answer to early-Dillinger Escape Plan, Meshuggah and Botch. The sad fact is, it was exactly because of their creativity and originality that they never achieved the success that should have come to them. They did not fit into any specifics 'scene' - they had too many clean vocals for the metalheads (despite being heavier and more chaotic than any death metal or grind band), too metal for the hardcore faux-tech kids (and their watered down psuedo-Meshuggah ripoff breakdowns) and too technical for anyone who wasn't at least a reasonably accomplished musician to really comprehend. They made your average music-jerk feel stupiod, uncomfortable and eager to find any reason to hate them.

Five Star Prison Cell were a band that gave me faith in pursuing my own music with Ebolie and Serious Beak. We viewed them as one of the only kindred-spirits in the Australian music scene. They helped drive us on in an attempt to push sonic boundaries even harder.

On their final tour for MATRIARCH (specifically their show at The Empire Hotel with Adrift for Days) their performances were mindblowing and impeccably tight. It is not a simple thing to play the music they write as well as they do - it takes A LOT of work and practice. Those polyrhythmic nightmares are far more difficult to nail than your favourite sweep-picking death metal jerkoff. I'm glad I got to fully enjoy their music on those few recent occasions.

I won't keep continuing on. I just want to say I have immense respect for all four members of Five Star Prison Cell personally and artistically. I hope they have made the right choice for themselves and I (and many others) would be disappointed if we did not see all the members continuing to express themselves through new musical projects.

Thanks for all the awesome albums and shows guys, you will most certainly be missed. Your absence will leave a hole in Australia's underground music scene that will never be filled.

<3 Lachlan.

Five Star Prison Cell - M (live)

Five Star Prison Cell - I Curse This Vessel

Five Star Prison Cell - Vexed (for reasons torn)

Five Star Prison Cell - Airsharks (at Hot Damn!)

10Nov/10Off

Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt provide mathtechgrind

Posted by Lachlan

THE Fat Guy Wearing a Mystic Wolf Shirt?New South Wales has a new grind band, and it's called Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt.

The band takes shape in the form of a techy, jazz-tinged grindcore 3-piece that call forth a wide range of influences; Pig Destroyer, Agents of Abhorrence, Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Botch and so on.

These pals have previously played together in Rather Be Dead and Tumors. Rumour has it that some super-star producer (who has worked with Michael Crafter in recent times) might take them under his wing to record some material during December.

I've put together some clips from their first show at Black Wire Records below. Dug it.

Rumours are unconfirmed that the name refers to Hospital the Musical! and Totally Unicorn vocalist Drew.

Fat Guy on Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/fgwmws
Fat Guy on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fat-Guy-Wears-Mystic-Wolf-Shirt/166617710024513?ref=ts

Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt at Black Wire Records

Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt at Black Wire Records

Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt at Black Wire Records