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.
I would argue that a lot of the 'staple'/well-established grind bands in Australia are in a period of stagnation. Nobody is doing much. Sure, Fuck I'm Dead and Blood Duster might get together for the occasional show, but those bands pretty much in a period of sterility, playing old songs they've played a thousand times before. Who is breaking new ground and injecting new energy into the Australian grind scene? Who is touring relentlessly? Who is turning heads whenever they go?
Well one such band is Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt; an energetic, frenetic and chaotic mathy/grindy three piece from the coast of New South Wales. I've kept a keen eye on the band since their live debut in early 2011. Since then they have quite easily become my new favourite Australian grind group.
Their style combines angular, dissonant guitar chords with sharp, clinically precise, jazz-influenced drumming and scorching mid-range vocals. They bring to mind the intensity of Discordance Axis and Agents of Abhorrence, the sporadicness of Calculating-era Dillinger Escape Plan, the rawness of early Converge and Pig Destroyer and the technical absurdity of Cephalic Carnage.
In a word; Counter/Transferencerepresents everything I want out of a grind album; it's fast, frenetic, chaotic and dissonant. For a three-piece (guitars, drums, vocals) the sound is thick, natural and full. The drum sound is open and organic. There is certainly no need for overcompensation via compression and beat-replacement here.
The lyrics are also another highlight. The vocalist (unnamed it would seem on this release) earns his keep as a psychologist. With his lyrics each song providse a fantastic snapshot of emotional wreckage, confusion and mental struggle. The lyrics onCounter/Transference represent a real, actual exorcism of emotion rather than your average garbed gore/horror fucking nonsense gimmick --- real and honest catharsis as opposed to the absurd, insulting caricature offered up by your favourite death metal group. The vocals themselves are delivered with intensity to match that emotion; offering some bizarre mix of Dimitri Minakakis, J.R. Hayes and some unnamed hardcore bloker. Neither the lyrics nor the deliver ring hollow.
Let's review; Awesome sporadic, chaotic and intense songwriting? Check. Incredible drumming? Check. Dissonant, inventive guitar work? Check. Cool vocals? Check. Intense lyrics? Check. Excellent production? Check (and I would expect nothing less from the inimitable Tim Carr of 301 Studios). Great packaging and artwork? Check. Price tag? A steal at $10.
Well, welcome to my most enjoyed grind-related in a long, long time. Fucking buy it. This totally eclipses Gridlink's latest offering, and I don't see this one being topped anytime soon; not by The Kill and not by Agents of Abhorrence. Spend all the time you want pining for your favourite renown grind hobbyist group to get its shit together for an annual gig so that you can hang out with the boys like the old days - but these guys are touring constantly, writing new grind tunes and absolutely shredding anything else I've heard from even the international grindcore scene in recent years.
I love it when this shit happens. I wake up this morning to find out one of my favourite metal bands Cephalic Carnage are releasing their latest full-length album "Misled by Certainty" via Relapse Records on August 31st. They head over for a Euopean tour in early September, hitting Germany, United Kingdom, Netherlands, France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and the Czech Republic,
Get some 21st century grindcore at yo head. Some killer stuff here from the likes of Fuck the Facts, Cephalic Carnage, Catheter, Iron Lung, Shitstorm, Insect Warfare, Phobia, Brutal Truth, Gridlink, East/West Blast Test, Fuck... I'm Dead, The Kill, Captain Cleanoff, Agents of Abhorrence, Hailstones Kill 200, Halo of Knives, Napalm Death, Blood Duster, Regurgitate, Nasum, Afgrund and LOADS more!
PLAYLIST - 27th February 2010
Malefaction - Topic of the Day
Fuck the Facts - La Tete hors de L’eau
Catheter - Nothing
Cephalic Carnage - Kill for Weed
Pig Destroyer - Immune to Life
Pig Destroyer - Task Master
Pig Destroyer - Black Centipede
Pig Destroyer - Fuck You Up and Get High
Iron Lung - Liars
Magrudergrind - Elitist Have No Place in Hardcore
Shitstorm - Hide Behind the Screen
Insect Warfare - Internet Era Alienation
Insect Warfare - Evolved into Obliteration
Pretty Little Flower - Shrapnel Decimation
Phobia - Nihilistic Grindcore
Phobia - Eyes of a Citizen
Pathology - Creation of Mass Destruction
Foetopsy - Everything’s a Song Title
Foetopsy - Ear to Go
Mortician - Bloodsoaked Carnage
Brutal Truth - Sugardaddy
Total Fucking Destruction - Metal Emergency
Gridlink - Burning Tiamat
Discordance Axis - Compiling Autumn
East/West Blast Test - Wigwam
In the Shit - Hey Gurl, You Wanna Turn Up Dead in Dorchester Bay?
In the Shit - Die Alone or You’re a Pussy
In the Shit - Full Blown Piece of Shit
Agorpahobic Nosebleed - Honky Dong
Agorpahobic Nosebleed - Famous Last Words
Agorpahobic Nosebleed - Osaka Milk Bar
Agorpahobic Nosebleed - Drive By Blowjob on a Bicycle
Fuck…I’m Dead - Shotgun Facelift
Fuck…I’m Dead - Barefoot and Shitfaced
The Day Everything Became Nothing - 7 off “Brutal”
Blood Duster - We are the Word Police
The Kill - This One Hurts
The Kill - The Kill
The Kill - Tracksuit Pants are Thrash
Captain Cleanoff - Hardcore Fashion Parade
Agents of Abhorrence - Hungry Ghosts
Warsore - Choking on Stress
Hailstones Kill 200 - Stand in Line
Hailstones Kill 200 - Power of the Stranger
Hailstones Kill 200 - I’m Not Afraid
Hailstones Kill 200 - Needle or the Box
Hailstones Kill 200 - Everything For Nothing
Halo of Knives - All Too Human
Encryptor - The Cause in 200 Words or Less…
Sanity’s Dawn - Act Like Me or Die
Y - Bananas for the Punx
Napalm Death - A No-Sided Argument
Infected Disarray - To the Sorrow Filled Eyes and Pallid Bloated Corpulence of my Drowned Children
Inhume - Grind Culture
Cliteater - Obese Obsession
Rompeprop - Coughin Coffin
Jesus Crost - Zeitgeist
Jesus Crost - Verbanned
Jesus Crost - Milevski
Antigama - Imperfection
Dead Infection - No Smoking
Cause For Effect - Proto Calculator
Pigsty - Fly’s Last Minute
Attack of Rage - Grindpeace
Goresoerd - Circle of Masturbators
Agathocles - Pricks at Gigs
Embalming Theatre - Penis in the Toilet
Regurgitate - Cloudy Grayish Vomitus
Regurgitate - Fleshmangler
Sewn Shut - Charred Remains
Sewn Shut - Fall to Extinction
Birdflesh - Nightgrinder
Nasum - Slaves to the Grind
Splitter - Fladd Pa Sjalvkansta
Lock Up - The Jesus Virus
Afgrund - I Diket Jag Legat
Cripple Bastards - When Immunities Fall
Flesh Grinder - Aroma of an Open Gall-Bladder
Wormrot - Fuck…I’m Drunk
324 - Rebelgrind
Unholy Grave - Why Terror Again
Deathstorm - II
I thought I'd do up a quick article with a few reasons why you shouldn't miss out on saucy Sydney's Slaughterfest III this Saturday at the somewhat seedy Sandringham Hotel (Alliteration. I'm clever.) - other than the obvious - that there are a whole score of kick-arse bands, and you can enjoy 12 hours of Australian grind, death, stoner and doom for a mere $20.
Captain Cleanoff: One of Australia's most renown grind bands. These guys deliver a slew of old school punk-influenced grind tunes in the style of Napalm Death. Their toe-tapping tunes recently took them over to Europe to play Obscene Extreme 2009. They also supported the awesome Brutal Truth while they were at it.
Captain Cleanoff - Hardcore Fashion Parade
The Kill: If Captain Cleanoff are one of our more renown grind bands, then The Kill are definitely our most violent; channeling the sheer unabated blasting aggression of Discordance Axis and Gridlink. Unpretentious caustic grindcore. This will be their first Sydney show in a long, long time (that is, if they ever even played in Sydney when Neil was singing for them...).
The Kill - Axe Attack / We Want Blood
Looking Glass: Fuck Wolfmother. These guys are hands down, without a doubt the best stoner rock band currently active in Australia. Fusing the nightmarish intensity of Jimi Hendrix psychedelia with baked Black Sabbath riffing and the sludged out heaviness of Kyuss, these guys will fucking blow you away - guaranteed. They have an incredible energy live. Don't miss this one.
Looking Glass - Acid Tongue
Ebolie: Sydney's booze-fueled metallic grinders with a penchant for bad jokes, drunken intensity, and dropping 16th notes without anyone particularly noticing. A combination of Nasum, Botch, Cephalic Carnage and The Dillinger Escape Plan. Get loose. Between you and me this might be one the last times you catch these guys. They're also supporting Brutal Truth the following Monday.
Ebolie - Cronullafornia
For the record, Pod People don't seem to have a fucking thing up on YouTube. Bastards.
Catch you all there Saturday. Things kick off at midday and the show may sell out - so get there early to avoid disappointment.