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  • An Evening With Devin Townsend @ The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, 14/09/2019

    Images: Ben GunzbergWords: Rod Whitfield Second night in Melbourne at the Thornbury after a sold-out first night a week or so ago, and second review for this lucky writer. The great man expresses concern and insecurity about...

    • Posted 4 days ago
  • Code Atlantic – Eclipses

    This Sydney-based heavy alt-rock four-piece recently released their debut seven track EP, and it displays a band on the brink of finding their true voice. All the elements of a potentially great alt rock act are here,...

    • Posted 5 days ago
  • Shadow of Intent – Melancholy

    Wow, what a bolt out of the blue. When a friend whose opinion I very much respect recommended this album to me, I immediately expected something very special. Exactly how special, I was completely unprepared for. As...

    • Posted 4 weeks ago
  • Slipknot – We Are Not Your Kind

    I remember when the first Slipknot album came out, and all the ‘true’ metalheads started howling that it’s a ‘fad’, it’s a ‘flash in the pan’. Here we are, two decades later, they’ve just released their sixth...

    • Posted 1 month ago
  • All is Violent – Cartographers of Human Purpose

    Don’t let the fact that this EP is only three tracks put you off, Cartographers of Human Purpose is 25 minutes plus of highly enjoyable music from a very promising Aussie band. This is instrumental post-rock, straying...

    • Posted 1 month ago
  • Brewtality Festival @ The Tote and The Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne, 03/08/2019

    One of the issues with an excellent local mini festival like this is scheduling clashes. They are very unfortunate, but just as unavoidable, so the idea is to catch the bands you’ve never seen before, not the...

    • Posted 2 months ago
  • “A Real Nostalgia Trip” – An Interview With Jim Grey (Caligula’s Horse)

    Artists’ creative processes and journeys are eternally fascinating areas of study and discussion. Where do creative people’s ideas come from? How do they form? How do creatives develop and nurture their ideas? How do they take them...

    • Posted 2 months ago
  • “We don’t need too much tough guy metal stuff.” – An Interview with Hemina

    The world of heavy music is a pretty macho one, some might say quite sexist at times. Women’s involvement in the genre, and even attitudes and behaviours perceived as being anything less than hyper-masculine, are often disdained...

    • Posted 2 months ago
  • Drown this City, Earth Caller, Anticline @ Colonial Hotel, Melbourne 19/7/2019

    Anticline are a young band with an interesting approach, in that they fuse an angry punk aesthetic into their modern metalcore/post hardcore sound, and this sets them apart from the cookie cutter crew. The band have that...

    • Posted 2 months ago
  • Drown this City – Alpha // Survivor

    Wow, this Melbourne band is like a damn after months of heavy rain, ready to burst, ready to explode and flow out across the nation and the world. And this EP is another step in their steady...

    • Posted 2 months ago