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Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt provide mathtechgrind

Posted by Lachlan

THE Fat Guy Wearing a Mystic Wolf Shirt?New South Wales has a new grind band, and it's called Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt.

The band takes shape in the form of a techy, jazz-tinged grindcore 3-piece that call forth a wide range of influences; Pig Destroyer, Agents of Abhorrence, Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Botch and so on.

These pals have previously played together in Rather Be Dead and Tumors. Rumour has it that some super-star producer (who has worked with Michael Crafter in recent times) might take them under his wing to record some material during December.

I've put together some clips from their first show at Black Wire Records below. Dug it.

Rumours are unconfirmed that the name refers to Hospital the Musical! and Totally Unicorn vocalist Drew.

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Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt at Black Wire Records

Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt at Black Wire Records

Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt at Black Wire Records


4 good reasons to catch Slaughterfest this Saturday

Posted by Lachlan

I thought I'd do up a quick article with a few reasons why you shouldn't miss out on saucy Sydney's Slaughterfest III this Saturday at the somewhat seedy Sandringham Hotel (Alliteration. I'm clever.) - other than the obvious - that there are a whole score of kick-arse bands, and you can enjoy 12 hours of Australian grind, death, stoner and doom for a mere $20.

Captain Cleanoff: One of Australia's most renown grind bands. These guys deliver a slew of old school punk-influenced grind tunes in the style of Napalm Death. Their toe-tapping tunes recently took them over to Europe to play Obscene Extreme 2009. They also supported the awesome Brutal Truth while they were at it.

Captain Cleanoff - Hardcore Fashion Parade

The Kill: If Captain Cleanoff are one of our more renown grind bands, then The Kill are definitely our most violent; channeling the sheer unabated blasting aggression of Discordance Axis and Gridlink. Unpretentious caustic grindcore. This will be their first Sydney show in a long, long time (that is, if they ever even played in Sydney when Neil was singing for them...).

The Kill - Axe Attack / We Want Blood

Looking Glass: Fuck Wolfmother. These guys are hands down, without a doubt the best stoner rock band currently active in Australia. Fusing the nightmarish intensity of Jimi Hendrix psychedelia with baked Black Sabbath riffing and the sludged out heaviness of Kyuss, these guys will fucking blow you away - guaranteed. They have an incredible energy live. Don't miss this one.

Looking Glass - Acid Tongue

Ebolie: Sydney's booze-fueled metallic grinders with a penchant for bad jokes, drunken intensity, and dropping 16th notes without anyone particularly noticing. A combination of Nasum, Botch, Cephalic Carnage and The Dillinger Escape Plan. Get loose. Between you and me this might be one the last times you catch these guys. They're also supporting Brutal Truth the following Monday.

Ebolie - Cronullafornia

For the record, Pod People don't seem to have a fucking thing up on YouTube. Bastards.

Catch you all there Saturday. Things kick off at midday and the show may sell out - so get there early to avoid disappointment.


The Dillinger Escape Plan ‘Option Paralysis’ videos

Posted by Lachlan

I don't know what the fuck is wrong with WordPress today... but anywhere here are some Webisodes (what stupid term) of Dillinger Escape Plan recording their new album apparently called 'Option Paralysis'.

I've also attached some new song they've been playing live. The new drummer seems like a fucking beast - so here's hoping this new album is a step up from the blandness, sterility and lack of progression on Ire Works.

The Dillinger Escape Plan - Studio Webisode Week 1

The Dillinger Escape Plan - Studio Webisode Week 2 & 3

The Dillinger Escape Plan - New Song Live In Sweden


9 Australian bands you would do well to hear

Posted by Lachlan

Alright, it's another slow new day/week. So here is a list of killer bands you should familiarise yourself with. Be forewarned; most of them are not metal (which shoudn't really bother you if you have a taste in music rather than a taste in one genre).

Brian Campeau: an incredible acoustic singer/songwriter originally from Canadian, but now located in Sydney. Brian has an incredible vocal range matched with a very unorthodox style of guitar playing. His recorded works are influenced by the likes of Thom Yorke and Bjork; balancing soaring emotional vocals with equal parts minimalist acoustic recordings and dreamy atmospheric textures.

Five Star Prison Cell: a totally unique Australian metal band based heavily around the polyrhythmic complexity of Meshuggah with a healthy helping of groove. These guys are further differentiated by an extremely dynamic vocalist. There is definitely no other band like them; and after seeing these guys play last Friday I have to say they are probably the most insanely tight fuck-off musicians I have seen from a band in a long time.

God God Dammit Dammit: an 13 piece funk/party band featuring members of The Rivalry, Space Bong, Robotosaurus and I'm sure plenty of others. Somebody's getting FUNKY.

Helm: I cannot say enough good words about these guys. They have taken the high points of Cult of Luna, Neurosis and Isis and transformed those elements into something really unique. Amazing clean sung harmonies accompany anguished screams and an endless back catalog of killer riffs, build-ups and meditations. Musically these guys fucking know how to structure a song. The more I listen to their debut album, the more I begin to realise that it will not take long for these guys to surpass anything Isis and Cult of Luna have had to offer - and considering my love for both those bands, that is not a small statement to make.

Hospital the Musical: the meeting of Botch, The Locust and The Dillinger Escape Plan. Insanely talented musicians making technically obscene, raging hardcore. Now that could sound like a recipe for disaster, but this bands flirtation with the experimental and dedication to constantly pushing their music in new directions make these guys Australia's best band in the genre since The Rivalry. Their new full length REDorphan is fucking amazing.

Looking Glass: these dudes hark back to the days when psychedelic rock ruled the earth with guitar-wielding gods with obscene narcotic-based diets. Without a doubt, this is THE BEST fucking band in Australia when it comes to stoner and psychedelic rock. They take the best elements of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix without ever sounding derivative. Their live presence is absolutely fucking crushing; and once more (as seems to be the theme) their musicianship is impeccable. Guitarist/vocalist Marcus is one of those rare virtuosos on guitar that makes everyone shut the fuck up and stare in disbelief at the maniac hacking at his guitar strings in total aural ecstacy. Fucking check them out.

Pirate: insane psychedelic and progressive rock. These guys are like The Mars Volta... if The Mars Volta were just 4 dudes playing intensely complex prog shit infused with such incredible groove-hooks and catchy rhythms they didn't need a vocalist to back them up. These dudes are relatively new to the Sydney scene; and fuck me if they havent got everyone's undivided attention.

Squid: two drummers, a double-bassist and two saxes busting out insanely catchy beats in stupid time signatures, and then proceeding jam and dance. I don't know what to call this other than a party jazz jam band, but that label hardly does the immensely talented band members any justice.

The Bakery: this is THE danceable funk/jazz band in Australia.


Hey baby, do you like jazz/grind?

Posted by Lachlan

I stumbled upon these guys when randomly searching for "jazz grind" in Google. I'm sure that is a perfectly normal habit. Anyway, these guys play obscenely structured jazz-influenced hardcore/grind in the tradition of Virulence and The Dillinger Escape Plan. Allegedly it takes these guys about 2 hours to write 5 seconds worth of a song. In any case, it's well worth checking spiketrain out, and I hope we hear news of a professional recording and release in the near future.


Lachlan’s top 10 albums of 2008 (and biggest disappointments)

Posted by Lachlan

As promised, here is my narcissism:

1. Cult of Luna – Eternal Kingdom: A fantastic sludge influenced post-metal album with absolutely CRUSHING production. Cult of Luna has emerged as one of my favourite bands of 2008, and while I slightly prefer Somewhere Along the Highway over Eternal Kingdom, this is nothing less than another outstanding album from the consistent Finnish band.

One of the things I am most looking forward to for 2009 is being able to see these guys live.

2. Secret Chiefs 3 – Xaphan: What can be said about the brilliant Secret Chiefs 3? They are a collection of immensely talented musician with a penchant for exploring Eastern influenced polyrhythmic music. I saw these guys in 2007 at The Factory without having heard any of their material and without a doubt it was one of my favourite live shows to date.

In my opinion this is the album where they finally found their own unique sound; it represents the culmination of everything they’ve done to date and far outstrips their previous albums – solid though they may be. The production is fantastic and the rhythms and instrumentation mind-bending. There is not a dull moment or a dud song. This is simply awe-inspiring.

3. This Will Destroy You - This Will Destroy You: I got into post-rock pretty heavily this year too. Without a doubt the stand out for me for the genre was This Will Destroy You: warm synth-driven rolling post-rock with some nice electronic elements. I can remember the first time I put this on my stereo down the coast under the influence of MDMA. My mind has never been the same.

4. Gridlink - Amber Gray: This is fucking grindcore. In a year where I was finding it hard and harder to be inspired by grind, Gridlink single handedly reinvigorated my love for the genre. Totally unedited, relentless, break-neck, hyper-violent, throat-ripping, guitar-shredding, face-raping, skull-fucking aggressive grindcore. This may be the single most intense piece of music I have ever heard – and it’s achieved by a fucking three-piece.

If the likes of Napalm Death and Terrorizer had heard this back in the day, they would’ve probably packed up and gone home. This has raised the bar in terms of aural aggression; fuck all of that technical death metal retarded triggered bullshit – this is the real deal. All the violence of the world in an 11:48 minute MCD, and I wouldn’t want it a second longer.

5. Venetian Snares – Detrimentalist: I’m an absolutely huge fan of Venetian Snares and his retardedly complex 7/4 breakbeat mash-up insanity. This album sees Aaron Funk cycle through a large number of the various sounds and styles he has used over his career. The result is an absolutely killer release that manages to avoid sounding stale or monotonous. This album comes a close third to his two classical-breakcore releases.

If you’re a grind head and haven’t heard breakcore, get out there and hear yourself some Venetian Snares. Try My Downfall. The music is as intense as it gets, and it’s no coincidence that all the breakcore fans and producers I’ve spoken to typically enjoy extreme grind.

6. Meshuggah – Obzen: Thank God. A new Meshuggah album. This album is more aggressive and up-tempo than Nothing and Catch 33 – just what so many old school fans had been pining for. These guys can really do no wrong, and while I didn’t enjoy this as much as I, Chaosphere or Catch 33, it’s still one hell of a fucking trip to psychedelic mind fucking metallic mayhem.

7. The Mars Volta – The Bedlam in Goliath: No, it’s no Deloused or Francis the Mute. No my favourite drummer in the world Jon Theodore does not play on it. This album may lack a few of the elements that made me fall in love with this band – such as extended passages of ambient and the ability for them to simply sit on a killer groove – but this stands out as a very solid up-tempo rock album.

The new drummer certainly has obscene drumming skills, but I’d like to see him try and play with a bit more feel and groove on the next album. I noticed the 2 times I’ve seen him play live he really lacks the ability to play with dynamics. He simply cannot build up songs or segments from ultra-soft to loud-as-fuck. He has too levels: fucking loud and not quite so fucking loud. Still this is a solid album with some memorable songs and deserves praise.

8. A Storm of Light – And We Wept the Black Ocean Within: A slow, dark, depressing and suffocating piece of sludge, drone and doom – in fact this is so fucking dark is could probably pull you into a black whole. Very Neurosis inspired (since it has Neurosis and Red Sparrows members in it) and that’s just the way I like it.

9. Kill the Client – Cleptocracy: There are essentially two bands playing old-school grindcore and obliterating the shit out of the originators: Insect Warfare and Kill the Client. Kill the Client have amazingly upped their already overwhelming aggression on their second full lengths while still managing to deliver memorable songs. I hope to see these guys down in Australia some day.

10. Ef - I Am Responsible: To be honest I’m not 100% sure this deserves to be here since I only heard this album a week ago. It’s soft, ambient post-rock with plenty of piano and impressive orchestration.

The Biggest Disappointments of 2008

Fuck these goddamn safe-playing pandering shitheads - especially bands as fucking innovative and original as the first two. Way to ruin a good thing.

1. Genghis Tron – Board Up The House: So guys, how about instead of playing that fun and unique mash-up electro-grind breakbeat crazy genre-hopping insanity we called music on our first EP we become a Converge clone band? Better yet – let’s totally water down all the electronic elements and make the drums sound like real drums. Wont THAT make us stand out?

This is in my opinion a total fucking bullshit cash-grab for Converge fans. If Cloak of Love deserves 100% and Dead Mountain Mouth possibly around 80%, this probably lands at 35%. Pathetic guys. Just pathetic.

2. The Dillinger Escape Plan – Ire Works: Well I guess it was inevitable when you lose 2 key song-writers. Still, Dillinger showed that they essentially have no new ideas whats so ever. They rehashed Miss Machine and throw in two really shitty pop/rock songs to build up some cash and some 16 year olds in their fan base. Having seem them this year the change in crowd was remarkable. No one had a clue about most the Miss Machine songs, let alone anything earlier.

The one redeeming song on the album is the final one, which I actually quite enjoy. He’s hoping that Gil can input something fresh into the writing process this time around. I’m not asking for Calculating Infinity, I just want to hear something fucking new – not just a rehash.

3. Gronibard – We Are French, Fukk You: What shitheads man. I didn’t even hear that this album was coming out. Their self titled debut is one of my favourite grind albums every. It’s catchy as fuck, has enormous production values and the least serious thing on earth. In short it is a candidate for the most awesome grind album ever.

This album is almost identical – if you removed all the fun, humour, catchy riffs, blast beats and break downs and instead replaced all of that with boring mid-paced gore (not even gore/grind). Dudes, if this is what you have to offer after fucking 6 years, hang it up.

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