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DOWNLOAD: Poisonous Viper Gang – Rosies Dinner

Posted by Lachlan

Poisonous Viper GangPoisonous Viper Gang are a heavy as hell raw sludgey stoner-tinged punk 5-piece from Adelaide. They're a little hard to nail down style-wise, as they constantly play with a mixture of  stoner, sludge, hardcore, rock and punk - but they're damn cool.

They feature a few faces that should be familiar to people hip with the Adelaide underground, including Steve (vocalist of awesome partyfunk group God God Dammit Dammit) on drums and Troy (vocalist of awesome doomstoners Hydromedusa) on guitar.

Their debut full length album is available FOR FUCKING NOTHING over at their bandcamp. You'd be a straight fool not to give it a spin.

Go download it for free, because you're heaps punx.


The sexiest music video you’ll ever see, thanks to Battle Pope

Posted by Lachlan

This awesome video clip comes by way of the most sacred Battle Pope; sludged-out sacred swing/grind from Sydney.

Watch it, order a bunch of methhookers, and then download the album for free.


REVIEW: Mother Mars – Fossil Fuel Blues

Posted by Lachlan

Mother Mars - Fossil Fuel BluesMother Mars have always been a band that I enjoy watching live. However, I can remember that about a year ago - sometime around Doomsday 2010 - I noticed a subtle shift in the attitude of the band. It was almost like, after some internal or personal turmoil the trio had finally begun to relax into their music, that they had found their own voice as a band. Mother Mars' attention to sonic detail has always been impressive, but they now seemed more cohesive and more comfortable - and their performance became undeniably stronger as a result.

As it turns out that over the aforementioned period, the group had been working quitely away on recording their new album 'Fossil Fuel Blues'. That immaculate attention to detail, and almost obsessive process of revision and recording has resulted in Mother Mars nowdays delivering some of the most best stoner/desert groove in Australia.

If there is one truly impressive thing about Mother Mars, it is the trios' impeccable and infectious sense of groove - and that is on full display on 'Fossil Fuel Blues'. Groove and feel is something I don't believe you can teach, and these guys have it in spades. Whether it's on a high-energy rock number like 'Ride Like the Wind' or a darker, more sedate piece like the albums title track, their feel is impeccable. These guys are so fucking chilled you half expect them to slip into a coma at any second.

For a home recording, the sound quality is solid. The tones and textures are absolutely beautiful. The bass is warm, fuzzy and fat. Matt's Strat sings with a gorgeous bluesy fuzz-and-overdrive treatment. The vocals too are tinged with psychedelic textures. Clearly a lot of time has gone into the crafting and layering of this album, as it continuously proves to be multifaceted. The only hallmark that this is infact a home recording is the volume, which sits considerably below most other albums. However, that approach has also let the band keep the depth and definition of their sound, so it really isn't a flaw.

Mother Mars live at Black Wire RecordsThe tunes themselves call to mind the stoner groove of Kyuss, the bluesy psychedelia Jimi Hendrix and the spaced-out rock of early Monster Magnet - an awesome combination if there ever was one.

'Fossil Fuel Blues' is another one of those seemingly countless local, underground releases that has seriously reinvigorated my passion for the Australian music scene. The sheer quality and range of releases that have been offered up in 2011 is mind-blowing, such that I am absolutely sure this has to be the best year for the Australian underground in a long, long time - but more on that wider narrative another time.

Once more I recall my disappointment at seeing the widely acclaimed Earthless live -- and once more I  juxtapose that with the awesome local and relatively unknown talent of Looking Glass and Mother Mars. Both bands eclipse the vast majority of releases that the global stoner scene attempts to offer up as its best.

With 'Fossil Fuel Blues', Mother Mars have delivered a gorgeous sounding album thats smooth, psychedelic and with serious fucking groove. Any fan of psychedelic of desert or stoner rock would be a fool not to check this release out.

Mother Mars on Facebook
Buy the album from 65 Degrees


Battle Pope release ‘Pantless Carnage EP’

Posted by Lachlan

Battle Pope - Pantless Carnage EPSydney's hypersexualised sludged-out swing/grind quartet Battle Pope have released their debut EP.

Entitled Pantless Carnage, the tracks veer through sludged out grindcore, stoner rock and punk bringing to mind the likes of early Blood Duster, LOG and Captain Cleanoff. The group features members of Serious Beak, Adrift for Days,  Kill A Celebrity and Ebolie.

While the physical release is limited to just 25 copies, you can download the entire album for free from their bandcamp site.

The group is expected to release their debut album in late 2011. You can catch them in Melbourne on July 16 at Yah Yah with Michael Crafter, Party Vibez, Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt and Lazerface.

Download Pantless Carnage EP, man.


Slaughterfest III Line-Up Announced!

Posted by Lachlan

The line-up for Slaughterfest III has been finalised and announced way ahead of time! The Sydney show boasts an amazing 15 bands - 7 of which are coming from outside of NSW.

Grindhead Records and 666 Entertainment have both worked very hard to make this festival happen, and are proud to present you with the fruits of their labours, featuring some of this nations best in grindcore (Captain Cleanoff and The Kill), doom (Pod People and Space Bong) and stoner rock (Looking Glass and Mother Mars) as well as some fantastically talented up and coming groups (Tumors and Ignite the Ibex).

These will be unmissable shows that I am very thankful to be associated with.

Slaughterfest III in Canberra
Friday the 18th of December
The Basement, ACT

Captain Cleanoff (NSW/SA/VIC)
Pod People (ACT)
The Kill (VIC)
Space Bong (SA)
Cuntscrape (WA)
Nothin’ Suss

Slaughterfest III in Sydney
Saturday the 19th of December
The Sandringham Hotel, NSW

Captain Cleanoff (NSW/SA/VIC)
Pod People (ACT)
The Kill (VIC)
Looking Glass (ACT)
Mother Mars
Cuntscrape (WA)
Space Bong (SA)
Brazen Bull (QLD)
Nothin’ Suss
Ignite The Ibex


Space Bong NSW Tour July 10-12

Posted by Lachlan

The monolithic South Australian juggernauts of cannaboid-soaked, THC-drenched, filth-encrusted epic stoner doomsdayers Space Bong are coming to Sydney.

If you pay any attention to the general rubbish that I write, you'll know that I'm a big fan of these guys. They are a 6 piece (two guitarists and two vocalists) who play Eyehategod styled sludge, but at the epically slow tempos you'd expect from Earth with an excessive dose of doom. They're also loud as fuck.

Anyway, Grindhead Records is very, very stoked to get these guys out to Sydney. Space Bong will be playing three shows over the weekend, each with killer line-ups.

Captain Cleanoff headlines a show on Friday the 10th of July at the Town & Country before they piss off to Europe to play Obscene Extreme (those lucky assholes). We've also got Space Bong, Ebolie, Roadside Burial and Nothin' Suss. Entry $10.

On Saturday the 11th of July, the equally incredible Looking Glass headlines another Town & Country gig alongside Space Bong, Summonus, Nothin' Suss and Kill A Celebrity. You might want to bake some cookies for that one.

Then finally Space Bong, Ebolie and Roadside Burial are doing an all ages instore at Repressed Records from 4pm on the Sunday.

Three killer shows and plenty of doom to go around. The dudes will also be selling their new epic full length The Death of Utopia, out on Anna Vo's (of Crux) label An Out Recordings. And if you're a nerd, there's a Facebook event here so you can publicize your poor taste.

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