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More Free Blasting and Death!

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Vol III, where the grind becomes Darth Vader

41 tracks, presumably by a respective 41 different bands (some pretty good names too).  All extreme, all free!

Want to feature on the next one?  See contact details on the download page lazy man!


Dispolar Interview

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Sometime last year I interviewed this guy from Dispolar.  Afterwards I asked for pics and links, never got them.  Things have been slow here, so here it is: unedited, raw and shameful.


Ausgrind: Start off by introducing yourselves: give us a brief history of the band, how you all met, what bands influenced you etc?

Dispolar: The obvious influence that everyone seems to pick is Extortion. And it’s true. When I started writing this stuff I had been listening to Extortion non-stop for a couple of months. I still haven’t really stopped. Luckily, the end product doesn’t sound particularly like Extortion. So the influence is there, but we don’t sound like a complete rip off. Other than that we mostly take cues from the classic powerviolence bands, a fair bit of hardcore, as well as quite a lot of grind, although it doesn’t tend to show. Nigella Lawson is my other inspiration for all aspects of life.

I’ve known Chris for like ten years or something. Nearly every band I’ve ever been in has had Chris involved in some way or another. I met Dave because I was a big Michael Crafter sweater (prior to joining Crafter in July) and we lived in the same area up until recently, so we used to hang out a fair bit. So I had recorded the demo by myself, and people seemed to dig it, so Chris and Dave got involved and shit started happening.


A: What would you say you've learnt by starting this band?

D: The biggest thing I've learned is that one should always consider their contemporaries when naming a band. The number of times that we've been mistaken for Disparo is fucking ridiculous. We wrote a song about it ('es Polar, no es Paro' from the Flowers For Cops split). I hope we haven't disappointed too many people who rocked up to our shows expecting to see Disparo.


A: Would you be able to list a few of your favourite places to play and what makes them so good?

D: Well, we haven't done that many shows with Dispolar, but in general I really like playing Blackwire. It's my favourite Sydney venue. Just good vibes all around. It's an awesome place to hang out, all the shows are incredibly affordable on any budget, the records are cheap and they're just good people. You never get dicks there. Second is probably Cosmos. I've only played there a couple of times with my previous abomination of a band, but it's pretty enjoyable. Same deal as Blackwire really. It's just a good atmosphere.


A: What has been your favourite show you've played to date?

D:  The last show we played at Turtlehead was probably my favourite. That's another venue I regard highly. Small, sweaty room, hit-or-miss P.A, cheap beers and sick bands. Can't go wrong. We played that one with Alf Stewart, Flowers For Cops (with whom we released a split cassette in August. It rules. It's sold out, but I've seen a couple in distros here and there. Get it. Or download it), Obat Batuk and Ivan & The Backpackers.

A: What are you looking forward to as a band in the future?

D:  More splits. More sweet gigs. We've had some time off recently because Dave hasn't been able to drum (hence the four-piece Michael Crafter line up on the most recent tour), but we'll be back on our feet soon enough. I figure we'll stop after we split with Extortion*


*not actually scheduled.

A: Can you share with us a list of some of your favourite bands (NSW local, Australia local & International)?

D:  Fo sho. Active bands? Michael Crafter, Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt, Alf Stewart, Ether Rag, The Reverend Jesse Custer, Vile Specimen, Clowns, Ghosts (RIP), Postal, Staunch, THE KILL (who released the greatest grindcore album of this year, hands down), Jackals (just released their EP. Killer band), Darkhorse, Shackles, Black Coffee, Diploid, thedowngoing, Hacked To Chunks, Dead Farmers, The Sufferjets (most adorable band in the North), Yes I'm Leaving, Disparo, Obat Batuk and Ivan & The Backpackers (OB and Ivan have a split release out that fucking kills. Essential listening. Best split I've ever heard. No joke. Get it).


They're all the tough ones that make me sound hardcore and down with it.

Oh and Biffy Clyro.

A:  What are some of the worst aspects you've found of being in a band in general?

D:  Playing in a band with Irie Ploog.

A: Any final things (things to impress girls, plug links, upcoming shows etc) you'd like to say?

D: I'm quite tall, with an athletic build. I have blue eyes, I work in the medical industry, I'm in a couple of bands, I have a winning smile and sometimes I can almost maybe sort of kind of grow facial hair. Ladies.




All Are Equal In Death This Weekend

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Some are more equal than others...?

All Are Equal In Death Mini-Tour

Facebook events are as follows:
Central Coast:


All Are Equal In Death Mini-Tour: Cruciform, Brazen Bull (Qld) & Mother Eel

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All Are Equal In Death Mini-Tour

All Are Equal In Death Mini-Tour

Uniting under their respective aspects of Extreme Metal, 3 hideously misguided bands are hitting the road and damaging audiences over 1 weekend.  Returning from Queensland are the ever jarring and schizophrenic Brazen Bull, to be offset by reformed 90s doom legends Cruciform and Blue Mountains based dissonant oddities Mother Eel.  The mini-tour will see all 3 bands stop off at Wollongong, Sydney and Ourimbah, on the Central Coast.  There they will be complimented by locals: Hawkmoth, Nobody Knew They Were Robots, Corotted, Alf Stewart & Postal.

Having pioneered the Australian Death/Doom style in the early 90s only to break up before their time, Cruciform have reformed and are returning to the live scene after way too long.
Playing their last series of shows with the current line-up, Queensland’s technical Death Grinders Brazen Bull return to NSW to show off their bass player Adam before he calls it a day .
Boasting new songs and merch, Avant-garde Death Metallers, Mother Eel will be exhibiting a re-arranged line-up.  They are now a fresh 4 piece but just as cacophonous, caustic and discordant.

Kicking off the tour will see the trio joined at Dicey Riley’s Hotel in Wollongong on the 22nd of March by Sludge negotiators Hawkmoth and Math worshipping Nobody Knew They Were Robots (NKTWR).  The show then moves into Sydney on the 23rd of March, where old school Death Metallers Corotted open up the night at The Agincourt Hotel.  The tour draws to a close on the 24th of March at an All Ages extravaganza in Ourimbah on the Central Coast.  Rounding out is this All Ages Show at Sohier Park Community Hall are NKTWR, Alf Stewart and Postal, who have recently released a split with Office Jerks.  Sunday is strictly a no drug or alcohol allowed event.

Friday, 22/03/2013
Venue: Dicey Riley's Hotel
333 Crown St, Wollongong
Supports: Hawkmoth, Nobody Knew They Were Robots (NKTWR)
Doors open 8pm, Free Entry
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Saturday, 23/03/2013
Venue: Agincourt Hotel
Cnr Harris St & Broadway, Sydney
Supports: Corotted
Doors open 8:30pm, $15 Entry
Facebook Event:
Sunday, 24/03/2013
Venue: Sohier Park Community Hall, Ourimbah
Supports: NKTWR, Alf Stewart, Postal
Doors open 12:30pm, $5 Entry, All Ages
Facebook Event:

Bands on Facebook:
Brazen Bull
Mother Eel


East West Death Grind Fest IV (4): the return of Intense Hammer Rage & The Kill!

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East West Death Grind Fest 4 at The Valve Bar, Tempe


Grindhead Records Presents East West DeathGrind Fest 4!
Saturday the 1st of December at The Valve Bar, Tempe.

Consistently showcasing Australia's best Death Metal and Grindcore bands over the last 3 mini fests, the line up for this year is definitely no exception.
Heading up from down south for the first time in over 6 years is the legendary Intense Hammer Rage! Now a 4 piece with the new addition of a vocalist adding to the already heavy duty tech grinding arsenal.
Co-Headlining the Event is Australian blast masters The Kill! Their infamous live set of 1 pedal metal is sure to absolutely tear your face off!
Rounding out the line up is the mind altering Odiusembowel from Victoria, the death metal merchants Laceration Mantra from Queensland, Canberra's death/grind contingent: Wretch, Throat Of Dirt & Inhuman Remnants, as well as Sydney's finest: Roadside Burial, Hell Itself, Mother Eel, New Blood, Burial Chamber, Exekute & To Engineer An Exorcist.
Doors Open 1pm.  Tickets were onsale, but are now closed.  You can still pay at the door.


An Interview with Irie Ploog of Kangaroo Kebab

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Kangaroo Kebab are supporting Intense Hammer Rage this Friday

Irie Ploog, the son of The Chuch's Richard Ploog, plays in surfgrind band Kangaroo Kebab.  It is Irie's birthday this Friday, so I thought I'd pad out this gig announcement with the birthday gift of a stupid interview.
Ausgrind (Ag): Tell us about your band: who is in it, what do they play, how did you all meet and what bands are you guys are influenced by?

Irie Ploog (IP): Kangaroo Kebab, Surfgrind, Tex Houdini, Heaps Gay Ray, Gold Jwrry Gold and me (Irie Shire)

Grindcore like Napalm Death, The Kill, IHR, Nasum, Flesh Parade, Garbage Guts, Discordance Axis, Fuck...I'm Dead, Exhibit A, Decomposing Serenity

Punk like Royal Headache, The Cramps, The Minutemen

Surf like The Ventures and Dick Dale

Ag:  Your Dad was in The Church back in the day, aside from being one of your only fans, how else has he helped out?  Have you used his status to get chicks yet?  If not, why not?

IP: Being our only fan, yeah I go hunting for milfs who liked the Church back in the day, none of the young sluzza's know the band.
Ag: Friday night is apparently your birthday and you're playing a show with Intense Hammer Rage.  Do you have any friends (facebook doesn't count) that will attend that normally wouldn't?  Are you going to do anything different to any of your other shows?  What do you want for your birthday?

IP: One of me best mates Matty AKA Cunthead is going down for the brutality and to kill off his brain cells, I was considering playing naked for this one, just this once, It would be great if someone could get me the mastertapes of Blood Duster's new album KVLT.

Ag: Your knowledge is unmatched about some stuff and you're heaps awesome, what's the best band to name drop to show that you're more underground than anybody else?  What do you like about them?

IP: That's gotta be Garbage Guts, one online demo, no facebook, no metal archives page, no photos of them pretty much anywhere, I'm glad I got to see them live before the singer went to the states, also Exhibit A because their one and only album is so fucking brutal and groundbreaking but no one knows it, oh and Super Fun Happy Slide too fuck they're awesome.
Ag: What would you like to hear in a band to make them your favourite?  What's your favourite Sydney extreme band currently and why are they so good?  What's your favourite extreme Australian band and why are they so good?  What's your favourite extreme band in the world and why are they so good?

IP: Extreme, different sounds, insane vocals,killer guitar riffs,a standout snare sound etc.

This is a hard question to ask, it'll change all the time.

by currently I'm going to assume you mean newish band well I'll go with Brazen Bull, their new release is a winner of brutal technical stop/start grindcore

Favourite Extreme Australian band will allways be Fuck...I'm Dead because they are extremely brutal.

There's too many extreme bands in the world to choose from, but I'll go with Nasum because they were amazingly crushing when they played Sydney this year.

Ag: Anything else you'd like to say?

IP: Come down this Friday to see Kangaroo Kebab, come fucking early and no smoke breaks because we will probably only play for 10 minutes (no way we're doing 30).

also Nathan, can you please fix up my spelling and grammar because I am tired and cant be fucked doing it my self.

Ag: No.
IP: Yeah thanks
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