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  • El Colosso – Forgotten Ancestors

    Another heavily underrated local act, this Melbourne band has been around for quite some time, and this is their second full-length album. Forgotten Ancestors finds them progressing strongly from their debut, 2017’s Pathways (which itself was excellent),...

    • Posted 4 months ago
  • Markus Saastamoinen – Puzzle Pieces

    A little background on Markus Saastomoinen: he is a Melbourne-based singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and currently frontman for extremely promising progressive heavy rock outfit Cirrus Crown. This is his debut solo record. And it’s an interesting ride, with...

    • Posted 4 months ago
  • Malcura – Malcura II

    Wow, talk about coining a sub-genre. Or at least getting as close to doing that as you can these days. This Aussie band features members of Annihilist, Orsome Welles and Kettlespider, and have created a sound that...

    • Posted 5 months ago
  • Plini – Impulse Voices

    The new album from Sydney instrumental guitar prodigy Plini far from outstays its welcome. At eight tracks, only two of which stretch out to longer than five minutes, and under fourty minutes of music all up, it...

    • Posted 5 months ago
  • Chaos Divine – Legacies

    A decade and a half and four albums into their career, it is obvious that this classic Perth heavy act is still fresh, hungry and inspired, and putting out slammin’, crowd-pleasing melodic progressive metal. In fact, listening...

    • Posted 6 months ago
  • Absent Hearts – The Peak and the Valley

    The palette is pretty broad here on Metal Obsession. Some might complain that an album like this doesn’t really belong on a metal website, but to hell with attitudes like that, I say. Modern metalheads can generally...

    • Posted 6 months ago
  • Vanishing Point – Dead Elysium

    Unlike such sub-genres of heavy music as thrash, glam, grunge, nu-metal, metalcore, Djent and so on, power metal has never really had a time in the sun, a moment when it was the focus of a majority...

    • Posted 8 months ago
  • Hammers – Kicking Goals

    The first thing you’ll notice about the new six track EP from Queensland heavy rockers Hammers is the sheer Aussie-ness of it all. And not just in the true blue blokey delivery and vernacular of singer Fish,...

    • Posted 8 months ago
  • Diamond Construct – DCX2

    Most of the best bands across rock and metal history have grown, expanded, experimented even, whilst retaining core sound and audience, and that’s what we have here. Three releases in, and this most forward thinking of bands...

    • Posted 8 months ago
  • Figures – Operating in Unsafe Mode

    Operating in Unsafe Mode is a very appropriate title for this, the debut album from Melbourne heavy alternative band Figures. It also finds a band who are approaching the early part of their career in the right...

    • Posted 9 months ago