Brought to you by Grindhead Records and Von Grimm Records, the sixth installment of the mini fest continues to be one of the most intense and diverse in the country. This year sees a huge line-up of 14 bands including the fests first international act, Monarch from France. Destroying the rest of the night are Australia's finest: Clagg, from Victoria, who've not played Sydney in a while, old mates Throwdown, the much talked about Broozer, Ether Rag following up their killer show in support of Rotten Sound, At Dark, Arrowhead, Roadside Burial, Mish, Yanomamo, Frank Rizzo, Islands, Nursing Home Stalkers & 100 Years Of Solitude.
Grindhead Records & Von Grimm Records will have their full stores set up including merch, vinyl, cd's and more!
For more information:
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/194173830737096/?ref=22
Grindhead Records: http://www.grindheadrecords.com/
Buy Tickets: https://www.iwannaticket.com.au/event/slaughterfest-vi-NTg4NQ
Over 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.
Lo! 11:05 - 11:50
Agonhymn (VIC) 10:10 - 10:50
Mother Eel 9:15 - 9:55
Mish 8:20 - 9:00
We Lost The Sea 7:25 - 8:05
Brazen Bull (QLD) 6:35 - 7:05
Moth (VIC) 5:50 - 6:20
Broozer (VIC) 5:05 - 5:35
At Dark 4:20 - 4:50
Not Like Horse 3:35 - 4:05
Lomera 2:50 - 3:20
thedowngoing 2:05 - 2:35
Yurei 1:10 - 1:50
Grindhead Records will have its full store set up including merch, vinyl and as always CDs will be on sale for $5 each. Slaughterfest V will also be the launch day of Von Grimm Records, who will have a selection of stoner, doom and sludge vinyls form all over the world.
One of the most positive elements of the Sydney underground music scene are the annual one-day "mini-festivals" that pop up. After a couple of successful years these festival become anticipated staples in a music-lovers diet.
Personally, there are three which I look forward to above the rest;
- 666 Entertainments' Doomsday Festival: The premier festival for Australian stoner, doom, sludge and drone.
- Grindhead Records' Slaughterfest: A nice mix of grind, metal, hardcore, stoner, sludge and whatever else takes the promoters fancy.
- Welkin & Birds Robe Collective's Progfest: The highlight of Australia's post-rock and progressive music scene.
There are certainly others. Bastardfest is trying to make a splash in the metal scene this year with dates all across the country. Devils Kitchen provided an awesome day of stoner rock and psychedelia until they decided to take a break. Birds Robe Collective's alternate fest Featherfest is also one to watch out for.
What makes these festivals so good? Simply because they represent a critical mass of quality bands and promotional resources. Sure, dozens of disjointed, poorly promoted little pub-bills fail each month, but it is these mini-festival promoters who are bringing in solid attendance records by aiming a little higher than your average pub-gig --- and the dedication is paying off.
Be sure to check these dates out;
Glenno has been creating brilliant illustrations for the Australian underground music scene for countless years. I can remember when I joined on to Grindhead Records back in 2005, Glenno was always our go-to man for incredible artwork at an obscenely reasonable cost.
This man has the utmost respect of the Australian underground for good reason, having worked with the likes of Captain Cleanoff, Blood Duster, Agents of Abhorrence, Ebolie, Grindhead Records, 4 Dead, Pisschrist, Volatile, Pure Evil Trio, the Sydney underground zine staple Unbelievably Bad, Obscene Extreme festival, Slaughterfest, East/West Death Grind fest, Monster Sessions, Hard-ons, Meatlocker, Insect Warfare, Electric Wizard, Pod People, Municipal Waste, Willie Nelson, Black Sabbath and countless others.
Keep up the great work pal! Love from your AusGrind pals.
July 30: Slaughterfest IV featuring Fuck I’m Dead, Looking Glass, Mother Mars, Agonhymn and loads more!
For me, annual underground stoner, doom, grind and metal festivals like Grindhead Records' Slaughterfest, 666 Entertainment's Doomsday and Little Bird Agency's Devil's Kitchen are often sure-fire shortlisters for the best gigs of the year. The promoters of each of those festivals usually have quite a knack for producing a smooth-running, well thought-out and well-promoted festival with just the right amount of big interstate names and variation of styles.
This years Slaughterfest - the 4th edition since the festivals inception back in 2007 - is certainly no exception. Infact, I honestly cannot remember a more impressive and varied line-up - nor a show I was more excited about. The value for money (15 bands for $20) is certainly nothing to scoff at.
Grindhead Records and 666 Entertainment have teamed up to bring us an incredible day, balanced out with a nice mix of grind, stoner, sludge, metal, crust, punk, hardcore and doom. If I can give you one piece of advice it would be to GET THERE EARLY. My gut feeling is this one is certainly going to sell out (you should be going out of your way to catch Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt anyway, they fucking RULE).
Without further ado, here is the line-up for Slaughterfest IV:
Saturday July 30 - The Sandringham Hotel
Entry $20, doors at midday.
- Fuck I'm Dead (VIC)
- Looking Glass (ACT)
- Roadside Burial
- Mother Eel
- Mother Mars
- Ether Rag
- Red Bee
- Agonhymn (VIC)
- Burial Chamber
- Rock n Roll Weapon
- Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt
Facebook event: http://on.fb.me/lAZFA1
Loads of merch will be on sale from Grindhead Records and bands playing the gig. The first 100 payers will be given a FREE Slaughterfest IV CD which will feature tracks from each band on this years line up. Get in early so you don't miss out!
See you there!
Grindhead Records: http://www.grindheadrecords.com
Grindhead Records on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GrindheadRecords
Slaughterfest on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SlaughterfestSydney
666 Entertainment on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/666entertainment