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13Oct/12Off

Idylls Hold Funerals In Tasmania

Posted by mothereel

After what was a great Bastardfest in Brisbane, Idylls, one of Lachlan's current crushes are hitting the wing of a plane, bouncing off and landing to play a few shows.  Perfect score!

Idylls 'Funerals Of Tasmania' Tour

Idylls 'Funerals Of Tasmania' Tour

The first show sees Idylls land in Sydney* on Thursday, where they treat all those in attendence to the chaos that they'll be unleashing in Tasmania.  This sees Idylls play another Bastardfest and Matt's Michael Crafter then takes or follows them around Tassie and there better be photos!

Idylls In Sydney
Idylls In Sydney

If you're attending, make sure you pick up some music, they've been getting good reviews (I'm not going to baby you too much, you look for the reviews yourself), which seems important to many people.

 
Sydney Show Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/455593171150584/
 
*Mother Eel isn't actually playing this show.  Meel, which is part of the band, is.
20Sep/12Off

Michael Crafter – Tasmanian Tour – October 2012

Posted by Matt

MICHAEL CRAFTER (n): (1) Vocalist for Australian metal/hardcore bands I Killed The Prom Queen, Carpathian and Confession. Featured on Big Brother and has the reputation to be an all round knob (2) Two-piece powerviolence band that formed in 2009 on the sunny shores of Dee Why beach. Taking inspiration from gettin' barrelled, gettin' blazed and gettin' bitches, Michael Crafter play crazy-punked-up-powerviolence that will leave you with a smile on your face. Coming to a remote Tasmania town near you.

THURS OCT 18
The Gunners Arms Inn, Launy w/ TBA, Asasantin, Alpha Wolf, Uncle Geezer & Date Rape.

FRI OCT 19
The Upper Burnie Memorial Hall, Burnie w/ Boris The Blade(vic), Anguish, Idylls(qld) and Ruin Of Gaia

SAT OCT 20
BASTARDFEST HOBART 2012 - All Ages and Over 18 Show
The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart
w/ Boris The Blade(vic) Incarcerate, King Parrot(vic) Gape, Idylls(qld) Redemption Denied, Atra Vetosus, Anguish & Ruin Of Gaia

SUN OCT 21
Seedy Sunday Sesh
Secret Houseshow, South Hobart
w/ Idylls(qld) Social Death Squad, Explosions & Bearfist.

5 shows in 4 days.

FB PAGE - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Michael-Crafter/246694757546

BANDCAMP PAGE - http://michaelcrafter.bandcamp.com/

 

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.

29Jun/12Off

7 Australian bands you should know about

Posted by Lachlan

Back in 2008 I wrote a piece called 'New bands you should know about in the Australian scene'. Since then, that piece has consistently been one of our highest traffic drivers.  So, I've resolved to update my list to tell you a little bit about the Australian bands that are rocking my world now in 2012.

Hydromedusa

Hydromedusa

These Adelaide-based stoner/doom merchants and quite simply one of the fastest rising stars in Australia's underground. They Combine incredibly classy, high-energy blues-based rock with thc-drenched, psychedelic sensabilities, and an apprenticeship from our nation's greatest doom band, Space Bong, these guys are one hell of a dynamic and versatile

unit. They can make you tap your does, wallow in drugged-out bliss, or drop you into a pit of droning despair - like a magicial amalgammation of Church of Misery, Bongzilla, and Space Bong.

Go download their debut album for free. Word is they've been working on a new one; and I'm hoping they're a staple for this years Doomsday Festival.

The Reverend Jesse Custer

The Reverend Jesse CusterThese Canberra grindpals are awesome, awesome, AWESOME. Seriously, I struggle to think of a more exciting Australian live band at this point in time. Every single time I've seen these guys play, I've been blown away -- and they just keep getting better.

The Reverend Jesse Custer mix up seething metallic hardcore, with gritty sludge, frenetic grind, feedback, fury and groove. As a band they're never sitting still. Their compositions are as intelligent as they are enjoyable. A single-tempo genre band these guys definitely are not.

Just fucking awesome. I don't feel like their recording fully does them justice, but you should check it out regardless. A new one has apparently already been put to tape.

IDYLLS

Man, has these been a buzz about these guys! I'm writing this a few days before IDYLLS hit Sydney as part of their 2-week tour of Australia. Their new album "Farewell All Joy" has been kicking peoples asses for the last few months, and I simply cannot wait to see them unleash their bizarre form of aural carnage live.

These guys play unique, furious metallic hardcore here in the vein of Dillinger Escape Plan, Agents of Abhorrence and early Converge. Awesome. Go get it.

In Trenches

In TrenchesIn Trenches play seething metallic hardcore from Melbourne. These veterans have been instrumental in leading Australia's new brand of hardcore - focused on infusing complex rhythms, post-metal, sludge and even psychedelic and blackened elements.

Their recent album Sol Obscura is a cracker. Check it out.

Killsong

And now for something completely different. These guys remind me of the multi-headed beastfuck spawn of a smokey, seedy jazz band, a rock opera, a group of sketchy gypsy circus toughs, a brilliant improvised spoken-word poet descending into madness, and a degenerate that is forced to clown for meth. Essentially they're indescribably brilliant. Their music / performance is theatric, musically impressive, comedic, and generally just mind-blowing. Absolute insanity.

Features members of Squat Club, Darth Vegas, Gauche, The Bznzz, Slimey Things, Rica Tetas and other awesome things. They've got some live bootlegs up on their Soundcloud, but their debut album should be out through Art As Catharsis a little later in the year.

Jesus Christ Posse

Jesus Christ PosseSydney old school hardcore punk rock executed brilliantly, and with a hilarious militant Christian schtick. Apparently at their last show they begun by reenacting the crucifixtion of Jesus on a giant cross, then raised their front man from the dead to start the first song.

Another one thats more of a live band, but check out the album.

Space Bong

Still the best droning doom band on the planet. Definitely up there with Yob, Iron Monkey, Eyehategod, Sunn O))), Earth and the like. They've got a new album coming out a bit

later in the year, but for now you can enjoy 2010's The Death of Utopia (though I'm not sure if 'enjoy' is the right word if we're talking one of the darkest and most depressive bands on earth).

28Jun/12Off

IDYLLS hitting Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide

Posted by Lachlan

IdyllsI'm getting pretty fucking excited about catching IDYLLS in Sydney this weekend. If you haven't read my review of their latest LP, do so now.

IDYLLS have got two shows happening this weekend in Sydney's underground; one at Jura Books and one at Black Wire Records. Get to them. If you're outside Sydney, be sure to catch them when they're in your town.

29.06 Sydney - Jura Books - AA
w/ Jurassic Penguin (NZ), Zita Grimm

30.06 Sydney - Black Wire Records - AA
w/ Serious Beak, Thorax, Jesus Christ Posse, Snakes Get Bad Press

01.07 Wollongong - Yours & Owls - AA
w/ Hira Hira, Islands, The Revered Jesse Custer, Machina Genova

04.07 Canberra - Bar 32 - 18+
w/ The Reverend Jesse Custer, Venom Eyes, Cold Youth

05.07 Melbourne - Irene's Warehouse - AA
w/ Quiet Steps, Stockades, Nontinuum

06.07 Melbourne - The Gasometer - 18+
w/ Palisades, Old Skin, Carbs

07.07 Adelaide - Crown & Anchor - 18+
w/ Prison Bitch, Craterface, Death Cult Jock

08.07 Adelaide - Squatter's Arms - 18+
w/ TBC

22Jun/12Off

thedowngoing still hate your ears; release ATHOUSANDYEARSOFDARKNESS

Posted by Lachlan

thedowngoing ATHOUSANDYEARSOFDARKNESS Winter Tour 2012Over the years Sydney 2-piece thedowngoing have proven to be one of Australia's darkest, nosiest, and most chaotic grindcore bands. The dastardly duo are set to release their newest aural atrocity "ATHOUSANDYEARSOFDARKNESS" next month.

The 12 track, 10 minute noisegrind experiment will be released via “Cancerous” Slimline CD and be available for streaming/purchasing/pirating at thedowngoing.blogspot.com from Friday July 20th, 2012.

The guys have also assembled one hell of a tour in support of the album:

FRIDAY JULY 13th - BUDERIM FUSION YOUTH CENTRE SUNSHINE COAST, QLD
w/ Idylls, Laeirs, Vile Specimen, Shackles & more

SATURDAY JULY 14th - FAT LOUIES BRISBANE, QLD
w/ Vassals, Brazen Bull & more

SATURDAY JULY 21st - SLAUGHTERFEST SYDNEY, NSW
All day festival at The Sandringham Hotel, Newtown
Feat. Agonhymn, Lo, Mother Eel, Mish, Brazen Bull, Moth, We Lost the Sea & more

SATURDAY JULY 28th - BENDIGO HOTEL COLLINGWOOD, VIC
w/ The Kill, The Day Everything Became Nothing & Headless Death

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 1st – BAR OPEN FITZROY, VIC
w/ Penguins & See Saw

SATURDAY AUGUST 4th - SQUATTERS ARMS, ADELAIDE, SA
w/ Death Cult-Jock, Trash, Iron Worzel & Prison Bitch

Press release follows:

Sydney grindcore 2-piece thedowngoing are set to release their newest aural atrocity "ATHOUSANDYEARSOFDARKNESS"

The 12 track, 10 minute noisegrind experiment will be released via “Cancerous” Slimline CD and be available for streaming/purchasing/pirating at THEDOWNGOING.BLOGSPOT.COM from Friday July 20th, 2012.

After the 2011 release of their Untitled EP mini-CD, thedowngoing have caught the attention of many in the grind community, including AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED vocalist J. RANDALL, who digitally re-released the EP on his own label GRINDCORE KARAOKE.

thedowngoing would go on to be awarded the title of BEST RELEASE OF 2011 by GRINDTODEATH.COM and 7th by GRINDANDPUNISHMENT.BLOGSPOT.COM "...Untitled EP shows the band reaching new, dizzying artistic heights."

"ATHOUSANDYEARSOFDARKNESS" builds on the platforms laid by 2011's Untitled EP, refining and pushing thedowngoings' unique sound further. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Jono Boulet (Jonathan Boulet, Snake Face) "ATHOUSANDYEARSOFDARKNESS" is a vicious listening experience as thedowngoing teeters on the edge between grindcore and complete audio collapse.

And what better soundtrack to the harsh winter conditions, than to have thedowngoing venture out from their nihilistic cave dwelling existence to provide godless grindcore to the frostbitten masses on their 2012 WINTER TOUR throughout July and August.


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