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June 2-4: Encircling Sea (VIC) in Sydney and Canberra

Posted by Lachlan

Encircling Sea - Melbourne sludge/doomThe crushing Melbourne sludge/doom group Encircling Sea are heading up to Sydney and Canberra for a handful of shows next week. I've been wanting to check these guys out for a long while, so I'll definitely be at one of the shows.

June 2nd at Jura Books, Sydney
- Encircling Sea
- Dark Horse
- Dire Rook (VIC)
- Obat Batuk
- At Dark
Doors 7.30pm. $8 entry. All ages.

June 3rd at Black Wire Records, Sydney
- Encircling Sea
- Dining in Tuscany
- Video Nasty
- Rat Bat
Doors 7pm. Entry $10. All ages. BYO.

June 4th at ANU Bar, Canberra
- The Nation Blue
- Bowcaster
- At Dark
- Life and Limb
Doors 8pm. Entry $15.

Facebook event for the tour




Encircling Sea NSW/ACT Tour


12 March: Ulcerate at A Million Dead Birds Laughing at the Bald Faced Stag

Posted by Lachlan

Ulcerate and A Million Dead Birds LaughingCatch NZ dissonant death metallers Ulcerate (NZ) and Melbourne death/grind band A Million Dead Birds Laughing (VIC) this Saturday at the Bald Faced Stag. This tour was arranged by Evolutionary Touring (run by my pal Ben Terror of old Beyond Terror Beyond Grace fame) and also features Dining in Tuscany, Ignite the Ibex and FGWMWS.

Here's the Facebook event - and here's the accompanying press release:

New Zealand’s leading extreme metal export, ULCERATE, are a band that is driven to create a sonic assault of sound focused on bleak and extreme atmospheres. The 2009 release of their album ‘Everything Is Fire’ resulted in rave reviews, tours to Europe with Nile, to Australia & more, and saw their brand of dissonant metal take hold with many an extreme metal fan worldwide.

January 25, 2011 will see the release of Ulcerate’s third full-length album The Destroyers of All through Willowtip Records. Ambitious, oppressive and expansive, with a strict adherence to the tradition of total bleakness the band is becoming known for, The Destroyers of All presents the most atmospheric and challenging listen from the band to date.

I'd really like to check out Ulcerate and A Million Dead Birds - and Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt are fucking ace - but I've got a wedding to go to. I would highly recommend you guys make it down! Really solid line-up for the night.


A Million Dead Birds Laughing at the Sonic Forge Festival 2010

Ulcerate and A Million Dead Birds Laughing


DOWNLOAD: Machinoir – Death Birds Departure

Posted by Matt

Machinoir22 Minutes of noise, acoustica, black-metal, death metal, grind, ambiance and all that is GRIM.

Machinoir bases himself on top of the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia for optimal height and conditions to create the most grim music possible.

Machinoir has been stewing on this release for a few years and its great the its finally out into the open, out on limited release. Guest appearances from Anna Vo (Crux), Bart (Dining in Tuscany, Beyond Terror Beyond Grace) and mastering by the incredible Tim Carr. Some great summer brutality.



Tonight: Ulcerate, Beyond Terror Beyond Grace and Dining in Tuscany

Posted by Lachlan

Tonight New Zealand technical death metal outfit Ulcerate tear up the Sandringham Hotel alongside two of Sydney's best extreme bands: Beyond Terror Beyond Grace and Dining in Tuscany.

Ulcerate: Brutal technical death metal a la Immolation and Gorguts
Beyond Terror Beyond Grace: Modern European grindcore a la Rotten Sound and Nasum
Dining in Tuscany: Epic post-hardcore black metal a la Buried Inside meets Wolves in the Throne Room

Entry is $10. If you're a self-respecting metal head you should probably be there. Never heard Ulcerate? Don't want to listen to me? Well check out their album review at Teufels Tomb and Diabolical Conquest (two of the very rare zines that I actually hold in high regard). Check it nice, fools.


News from Extortion, Dining in Tuscany, Code of Lies and Michael Crafter

Posted by Lachlan


  • Mastodon and The Mars Volta are apparently playing Big Day Out (here's hoping Mastodon headline a side show)

Moral for the day: just remember that if God wanted us to kill babies he would have made them all Chinese girls.


The aftermath of Doomsday Festival

Posted by Lachlan

After successful festivals in Melbourne and Canberra, 666 Entertainment's Doomsday Festival finally came to Sydney last weekend. And after all the hype it definitely didn't disappoint.

After suffering a number of venue changes (from The Bald Face Stag to The Town and Country Hotel to the Sandringham Hotel) and a minor line-up shuffle that saw Pod People and Blarke Bayer’s Black Widow pull-out in return for yet another Fattura Della Morte reformation, everything ran smoothly on the night. Ivan's work in keeping 10 bands who specialise in long, droning sets with plenty of potential to overrun their designated time slots was impressive.

Boonhorse played a solid set of catchy, bass-heavy sludge rock, and I also really enjoyed Fattura Della Morte's set - which was a first for me. My personal highlights were Space Bong's relentless droning stoner/doom in a set which was their best show within New South Wales, and - not suprisingly - Looking Glass who absolutely stole the show once again. It's awesome to have seen a band like Looking Glass gather up a solid Sydney following over the last 12 months. It is extremely well deserved.

All day I'd been hearing about this two-piece Agonhymn. They were spoken about in hushed, reverent tones - and I became really keen to check them out. However, I ran over to Brian Campeau's CD launch at The Macquarie Hotel in Surry Hills to find that show sold out; and Agonhymn finished by the time I got back to the Sando. Lame.

All in all it was a fantastic festival and definitely the best local show in recent memory. Cheers to Nathan of 666 Entertainment for organising such a great line-up and giving so many bands a well deserved platform of doom. Check out some videos of the festival below; and maybe keep an eye on our Grindhead Records YouTube channel - I'm going to start throwing up more and more shows on there. I've recently thrown up some clips from Captain Cleanoff, Space Bong, Michael Crafter, Boonhorse, Dining in Tuscany and Looking Glass up there.

Space Bong at Doomsday NSW 2009

Boonhorse - Beau Bag at Doomsday NSW 2009

Boonhorse - Flight of the Boonadactyl at Doomsday NSW 2009

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