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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


Friday night: Lo!, The Matador, Adrift for Days and At Dark at Hermanns Bar

Posted by Lachlan

Lo! launching their album tomorrow nightConverge-esque punkpals Lo! are launching their brand new album tomorrow night at Hermann's Bar, Sydney Uni.

Supporting are Queensland post-metal pals The Matador, psychedelic drone merchants Adrift for Days and local trouble-makers At Dark.

This nice, diverse line-up should make for quite the pleasant evening. Entry is $10. Doors at 8pm. Come down!

Facebook event here.

Lo Sydney album launch with The Matador, Adrift for Days


DOWNLOAD: The Matador – Descent Into The Maelstrom

Posted by Matt

The MatadorBrisbane's post-metal outfit The Matador have released their new EP "Descent Into The Maelstrom" for free/name-your-price download.

The album  itself is a collage of epic doom, haunting vocals, dark post-rock and meditative, reminiscent at times of Rosetta, Helm and Cult of Luna. It's immediately obvious that they guys spent a lot of time, effort and money on this release - it has been carefully produced. Like the guys say on their Bandcamp page - recording an album like this is not cheap, so if you dig it, please donate some money.

I've been spinning the album all morning and have been pretty bloody impressed. There are some really interesting and introspective sections - moments of beautiful post-rock fluttering, of dark, pummeling aggression and everything in-between. Infact - I might just write a review on it sometime soon.


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