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3Jun/12Off

DOWNLOAD: Drone from the Underside of the Earth compilation

Posted by mothereel
Lachlan has spent a lot of hours on this project this year. He really wanted to draw attention to some of the country's awesome fuzzy, droney, drug-addled groups, that perhaps don't get the attention they deserve - especially outside of Australia - because the reality is we can boast some of the most unique and varied slow music of any country.
Drone From The Underside Of The Earth

Drone From The Underside Of The Earth Front Cover

So Lachlan set off with intent to pull together some of his favourite artists in Australia's stoner, sludge, doom and drone scenes in order to get more people to discover great Australian underground music. But he was a little naive of quite how long it would take him!
The hard work paid off in the end. Drone form the Underside of the Earth features a selection of 26 tracks. This is a rare, eye-opening peek into Australia's rich underground music scene. At 3-and-a-half hours in length it's quite a ride, but we sincerely hope that you at least discover a few new bands as a result of this work.
Drone from the Underside of the Earth is a FREE digital compilation featuring Australia's best stoner, sludge, doom and drone bands, featuring: Space Bong, Hydromedusa, Adrift for Days, Looking Glass, In Trenches, No Anchor, Drowing Horse, Sons of the Ionian Sea, Summonus, DEAD, Futility, Clagg, Mother Eel, Log, Battle Pope,  Law Of The Tongue, Arrowhead, Moth, Shellfin, Futility, Sore, Noûs, Atolah, The Slow Death, Mother Mars, Lint and Houdini.
15May/12Off

REVIEW: In Trenches – Sol Obscura

Posted by Lachlan

In Trenches - Sol Obscura: out now on MonolithThe sound of Australian hardcore is changing. The music seems to be getting darker and heavier with every passing year.

Australian hardcore today seems to be a long way from the days of old Toe to Toe - or even the polished hardcore offerings of later-era Mindsnare. Today's scene is being shaped and driven by like In Trenches, Lo!, Totally Unicorn, Robotosaurus, The Rivalry (I miss you), Night Hag, No Anchor, IDYLLS, The Matador and At Dark. These bands are embracing experimentation, complex rhythms, noise, dissonance, dirging drone and ambience in a move away from the sterile 'one mood, one volume' sound of overcompressed modern hardcore - and this makes me exceedingly happy.

Melbourne's In Trenches really represent a lot of the best progressive elements in modern Australian hardcore. Their music has a basis in seething, noisy hardcore sludge with a slight black metal tinge and occasional departure into spacey post-metal meditation. They're forging a more dynamic and progressive style of heavy music that owe as much to bands like Isis, Cult of Luna, and Wolves in the Throne Room as they do Converge and Eyehategod.

Sol Obscura also represents a complete rejection of the sterile production of modern hardcore. There are no close-mic'd, beat-replaced drums to be found here, and the guitars are cold, squashed and over-compressed. Instead, In Trenches have opted for a far more organic approach, which allows for far more life, more feeling and more dynamics in the music. (Insert a recognition that recording/mixing was handled by a Joel Taylor at Three Phase Studios.)

If this is where hardcore music is moving - into more progressive and dynamic territory - then I can't wait to see how the style progresses. And it would seem that, once again, Australia is on the very cusp of a new development in underground music.

Do yourself a favour. Listen to In Trenches and support Australian underground music.

Nice one, Monolith.

In Trenches in action

30Mar/09Off

Static Age Festival – Dirty Shirlows

Posted by Matt

A noise festival will be taking place in April at Dirty Shirlows. Featuring some awesome bands from Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle. I am particularly excited to see Brasskulls, when I went to see them on Wednesday with Fangs of... and Drillbit at the Croation Club in Newcastle they had pulled out, cunnies. Aktion Unit are supposed to be quite grand. I saw Crab Smasher as a 5 piece again on the weekend... I travelled an hour and a half to watch them play for 25 minutes. And it was worth every second. These guys have stopped playing harsh noise and now play on the fact that they know how to make some great improv music with loops, and guitars and 2 drummers with off beats galore. Mad Casio sounds and great bass. I am very keen to see the Diamond Sea, I hope I'm not dissapointed.

Great. Great.

AKTION UNIT
THE DIAMOND SEA
COUGAR FLASHY
NO ANCHOR
CRAB SMASHER
REPOMAN
MOONMILK
BRASSSKULLS
HEIL SPIRITS

$10 ENTRY

Friday, April 24, 2009 at 7:00pm
Location: Dirty Shirlows
Street: 32 Shirlow St
City/Town: Marrickville, Australia

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Aktion Unit - 130708 LIVE

   

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