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Album Reviews

  • 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), winding out...

    • Posted 1 year 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 a broad...

    • Posted 1 year 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 can only...

    • Posted 1 year 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 redefines the...

    • Posted 1 year ago
  • HJELVIK – Welcome to Hel

    Ex-Kevelertak frontman Erlend Hjelvik is about to open the gates of Hel with his new solo project, a blackened viking heavy metal outfit in HJELVIK, who are due to release ‘Welcome to Hel’ on the 20th of November. Taking...

    • Posted 2 years ago
  • AC/DC – Power Up

    Due to the long arc of their career, can anything AC/DC release at this point contribute to their legacy? Stick around because I’ve had a thorough listen to their new album, Power Up, and I’ve got an answer. On...

    • Posted 2 years ago
  • Scour – Black

    SCOUR are an extreme metal super group featuring Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down), John Jarvis (Agoraphobic Nosebleed), Derek Engemann (Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals), Mark Kloeppel (Misery Index), and Adam Jarvis (Pig Destroyer, Lock Up). The group play an...

    • Posted 2 years ago
  • Depravity – Grand Malevolence

    The sophomore album in a band’s career usually ends up being a definitive statement in crafting their own sound. The likes of Ride the Lightning by Metallica, Hell Awaits by Slayer and Morbid Angel’s Blessed are the Sick are...

    • Posted 2 years ago
  • Carcass – Despicable

    Few bands can claim to have had the impact on metal music that Carcass have had. Pioneering grindcore alongside the likes of Napalm Death (in which Carcass guitarist Bill Steer played for a few years) before changing tack a...

    • Posted 2 years ago
  • Eternum – Alone But For The Breath Of Beasts

    Steve Hughes, the renowned comedian and trailblazer of Australian metal, has unleashed his first new music in twenty-two years. Hughes has made a resounding name for himself on the comedy beat, but as we are aware, he also has...

    • Posted 2 years ago