Review: Thrall – Schisms

Artist: THRALL

Release: Schisms

Year: 2022

Beyond the pale grimness of Melbourne, Victoria lies the new album by the crushing Blackened Doom Metal group ‘THRALL’.

The album displays a whirlpool of filth, destruction, decomposition and chaos under the guise of Black, Doom and Post Metal.

Toms commanding and raspy choking vocals were highly impressive to me and above all that I could hear on this dissonant soundtrack to the apocalypse, I felt his vocals stood out as the guiding force on this stellar album!

Every track was absolutely punishing brilliant however I felt the tracks explained below highlighted the genius work THRALL have been able to put together on this fourth display of black metal vehemence and blasphemy.

“Hollow” was a straight up blast fest and although you can hear some huge ‘Mayhem’ influence; the calm sections of Bass, Drums and Guitars find their way in to create a creepy realm on the side of the madness that THRALL pulls, throughout the rest of this brutal spewfest Tom chants above and over.

“Nihil” brings us a classic guitar solo outta left-field that I didn’t expect and damn its hot – definitely reminiscent of some ‘shining’ (From Sweden)!

“Abyss” begins with a dissonant melodic grimness similar to something you’d hear from ‘Naglfar’ before Toms vomits forth his emotions and then the real chaos begins with all instruments of death, each time returning to the intro riff and finally the bass twang making its way to the forefront.

The blast beats met with the drum rolls on “Epoch” were outstanding and the groove of the guitar riff definitely spun me out as this album drove itself in another direction I didn’t expect and assisted in paying homage to the folk elements that Black Metal sometimes loses – Considering the Norwegians started this ravishing genre that stood against the grain of mainstream politics and agendas.

“Dust” closes out the album with a gradual build of tremolo picking, until a seismic onslaught of riffs pound you in the face before hitting a soft calm section of lead melodies and then again slicing you apart with Toms Cut-throat vocals over Satyricon-esque riffs. “Dust” a perfect seven-minute storm to complete the album!

For Fans of Mayhem, Chapel of Disease and Satyricon.

Mixed by Richard McMaster (Impure Sounds)

Mastered by Jack Control (Enormous Door)

Released soon via IMPURE SOUNDS (AUS) / BRILLIANT EMPEROR RECORDS (AUS)

Review: Frozen Planet 1969 – Not From 1969

Artist: Frozen Planet 1969

Album: Not from 1969

Year: 2022

In Late 2012, the trio got together for a jam in Sydney not knowing an unstoppable force of Psychedelic worship would amount to 10 albums worth of tripped-out, spaced-life and meta-physical journeys under the guise of Frozen Planet 1969. 

In 2022, Frank, Paul and Lachlan bring you “Not from 1969”, just to make it clear to the listener that Psych Rock in this day and age is thriving – better than it ever has in the last fifty years! 

With three songs coming in at 45 minutes long, FP1969 venture into unknown passage ways of music and global cultural influences on this monolithic masterpiece, jammed and recorded in the blistering hot studio based in far Western Sydney, Frank Street Studio (AKA Pepper Shaker Records Headquarters’).

Diamond Dust begins with a cross-over of Spanish Flamenco and Eastern European guitar wizardry before the rhythm section takes grounding to the wild space journey that Paul does not give up on, as he rides the wave of stars in the sky whilst stomping on the pedal board to send the guitar into unearthly directions

Strangelands is a fuzzy jam of jovial proportions and experimental value.

This track particularly shines bright on the technical side of Franks progressive percussive nature and his work with Lachlan on this seven stretch, is completed by a funky riff that an oldie would call “A pretty cool Bass Noodle” yet its as if Lachlan makes his four string finger puppet talk (In what language, I don’t know).

Dissolver is twenty-seven minutes long, so roll one, light it up and get the munchies ready.

I gotta say this track had some beautiful organic production.

The way all instruments are exposed so tastefully with clarity and rawness is something a lot of local rockers in general could use some help with.

That element of live sound and capturing that raw essence of Rock n Roll is seriously such an important thing that can make or break a band (In my Opinion).

Lachlans psychotic noodling at the sixteen minute mark is fierce as is Franks thumping tantrum on his kit; and as they keep up this chaos like ants bursting out of their nests, there is a calm order that arrives at the end as Lachlan bends his notes and the delays of Pauls Guitar give in to the closure of an insane bloody album!

For Fans of Comacozer, Electric Octopus & Electric Moon

Out now via Pepper Shaker Records

NZ Speed Metal Overlords ‘STALKER’ return to AUSTRALIA in JUNE 2022


New Zealand’s speed metal overlords STÄLKER are returning to Australia for a two week east coast tour to give you another lesson in raw and in-your-face heavy metal, breathing the spirit and danger or the glorious 80s.

The NZ heavy metal heroes will be hitting Australian soil for the third time, destroying Newcastle, Katoomba, Sydney, Frankston, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Following 2019’s globally critically acclaimed Powermad EP, the band’s impatiently awaited second full-length album, Black Majik Terror, was released on October 30, 2020 via Napalm Records.

Coinciding with the announcement and the pre-order of the album, STÄLKER also released the first single off Black Majik Terror, “Of Steel And Fire”. A track that immediately calls to mind epic anthems of tried and true heavy metal like Judas Priest’s “Painkiller” but swiftly forges on its own path of blistering speed and precision that serves as an indicator of what is to come on Black Majik Terror. It becomes readily apparent that STÄLKER have not lost any of their magic and quickly discard the chains of the dreaded sophomore slump.

Commented the band: “Time to unshackle the first cut “Of Steel And Fire” from our new album, Black Majik Terror….

The album takes you through a near future hellscape where unseen evil entities have invaded this reality through human folly… prepare to die… tonight!!!”

STÄLKER is:
Daif: Vocals + Bass
Chris: Guitars
Nick: Drums

Proudly presented by YOUR MATE BOOKINGS & GET ON THE STAGE

Tickets and Info from www.yourmatebookings.com

FEAST OF ROCK at THE VANGUARD

The Vanguard and YOUR MATE Bookings Presents FEAST OF ROCK


The venues are open, the food is cooking, the beers are flowing and the amps are warm – ready to kick you in to gear for a “FEAST OF ROCK”.


On Sat March 26th we have a line up of Rock from all edges including Stoner, Grunge, Post Punk, Industrial and Progressive.
Joining us at The Vanguard in Newtown is a line up of local rockers including Robot God, Maple Moths, Kontrasto, Wicked Sisters and Celestial Oath (From Katoomba).


Get down early for the feast from 7pm!

Tickets here https://moshtix.com.au/v2/event/-fest-of-rock-feat-robot-god-maple-moths-celestial-oath-kontrasto-wicked-sisters/137591?skin=TheVanguard

Review: Ecstatic Vision – Elusive Mojo

Artist: Ecstatic Vision
Album: Elusive Mojo
Year: 2022
 
Its been a while since I saw the very comical mind bending “Shut Up and Drive” clip (You know the one where they have Wilfred the Dog in the bus and they get evicted) from their previous release “For the Masses”; well their new ‘Elusive Mojo’ album is a banger from start to finish. With so much appreciation for the craft of the Philidelphian four, in the realm of Psych, they’ve definitely captured an array of other genres whilst keeping it filthy and original.
 
 
“Times Up” sounds like a fuzzed and sped up ‘Kinks’ track on whatever banned substance the crew could get their hands on to deliver you a supersonic dart of LSD to the brain to take you through the void of this sterile and authoritarian reality into a meta-physical realm of infinite visions and theories from the individuals influence of the collective dimensions.
 
 
“The Kenzo Shake” guitar riffs and solos reminds me a filthy rock disco, and the rumbling bass gives way to the soothing vocal of Doug while he commands the punters to live free and think outside the box of a scared “Safe” reality they have been made to live as consumers of this pathetic beast we call capitalism (But really It’s beyond the freedom of capitalism – It’s actually Cartelism). The sneaky keys at the end of the track made a sleazy appearance, reminiscent of ‘The Doors’ – well why not, really.
 
 
“Venom” commences with a calm moment before Dougs occultic impression is matched with phased electronics before the organic tribal drums come in and the cry baby is pulled out to enhance the senses of what our mind can comprehend in the current dimension of a forced pattern of twenty hours and seven days a week – Life cannot possibly be this cruel, right?
 
 
The Psychedelic Maniacs complete their album with the “Deathwish 1970” which is a deep bow to the ultimate Space Rockers “Hawkwind. With the Saxophone blaring, Doug Screaming “I’ve got a Deathwish”, the guitar swirling, the drums thumping and the bass bouncing; you’re in for one hell of a ride after taking a few gram and chucking this bombastic album on – for the first of the last time (What is Reality?)
 
 
Lets Trip, I love this album dudes!
 
 
For fans of Hawkwind, The Doors & The Stooges

JACK HARLON “Outta The Bedroom” Tour 2022

JACK HARLON “OUTTA THE BEDROOM” TOUR
 
Jack Harlon are once again “Outta The Bedroom” to remind the world that Heavy Psychedelic Blues is still very much alive and kicking.
 
After releasing their second album “The Magnetic Ridge” via Tasmanian based label Psychedelic Salad to critical acclaim, The album came in at number 11 of Doom Charts top 100 albums of 2021.
Reviews of the “The Ridge” can be found below by a few prominent figures in the world-wide music industry.
 
The group will be performing their stories of dystopian vengeance in the following cities (some for the first time ever) this coming Autumn before headlining the annual WO FEST in Melbourne: Richmond, Ripponlea, Sunbury, Thornbury, Collingwood, Wollongong & Sydney.
You may even hear some unreleased tracks from their upcoming album to be released in 2022.
 
Catch the bedroom outlaws on one of the following dates:
26/3/2022 – The Leadbeater, Richmond VIC
10/4/2022 – Lyrebird Lounge, Ripponlea VIC
23/4/2022 – Shotkickers, Thornbury VIC
30/4/2022 – Sound System Studios, Sunbury VIC
8/5/2022 – The Duke, Enmore NSW
11/6/2022 – WO FEST at Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood VIC
 
 
Music: https://jackharlon-dawsonthedeadcrows.bandcamp.com/music
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jackharlondoom
Instagram: jack.harlon.and.the.dead.crows
 
Reviews:
 
“The bass is gritty and bottom heavy, filling out the lower frequencies like a boss but cutting through as well to let you hear every note. The layers of guitar provide a ton of texture, from fuzzy chords to more saturated leads, plus weird effects and even some atmospheric wash. The vocals are solid and sit at a perfect spot in the mix, being neither too prominent or lost in the soup.”  – Super Corrupter
https://supercorrupter.wordpress.com/2021/07/15/album-review-jack-harlon-the-dead-crows-the-magnetic-ridge/
 
“Amid all these haunting ghosts and howling winds of guitars, such poise and clarity of vision isn’t to be ignored, but there’s more to The Magnetic Ridge than cinematography. Each song offers its own plot of the wider sphere, from the scene-setting in “The Tale Of” through the “Absolved” duo pushing to where the limits go.” – The Obelisk
https://theobelisk.net/obelisk/tag/jack-harlon-and-the-dead-crows-the-magnetic-ridge/
 
 
 TICKETS FROM www.yourmatebookings.com

Review: Demonical – Mass Destroyer

Artist: Demonical

Album: Mass Destroyer

Year: 2022

Like a bull at the gate “We Conquer The Throne” commences and as the chainsaw guitars blast the listener into a battlefield of blood and glory, the lead break opens up the song for the brutal roars of Christopher Saterdal.

The album is an onslaught of death and thrash riffs (Fantastic Rhythm work by Johan). The solid use of black metal tremolo picking and sporadic rocking solo work (Eki) along with the climatic reaches of thundering break downs; open up many avenues for the killer lead breaks that find their way in to complete most tracks on this rocking Death Metal classic.

Fallen Mountain is possessed by an array of grim and grooving melodies. The progression in each verse makes its way to the bridge before the double kick drums coupled with the ancient folk melody allows a chant by Christopher once again (Their signature triumphant chorus works amazing in this track). Understandably so, this slow-paced Symphony in Death is a tribute to the Entombed legend L G Petrov “The Fallen Mountain”.

Thumping consistent kick drums (Thanks to Ronnie Bergerstal) keep their pace and the organic feel of the kit are of utmost importance in an underground metal sense.

And without sounding like they’ve put the kit through a dishwasher, the levels the guitars and vocals sit at, could not have been more perfect allowing all elements of the tracks to shine on their own at every relevant moment.

Lifeslave is their chunky mid-paced Mosh Pit stirring riot starting death machine.

Martin Schulman (Band Leader) slams out Power Chords on his bass, and as the darkness of the slow bridge melody, and the gang roars that make their way to the surface. The careful composition placement allows these warriors of metal to climb out of the mud to bear a flag of glory and honour, waving and chanting metal war crys – Imagine an outdoor euro style metal festival where its pissing down with rain and the true metal maniacs are covered in mud and beer as they mosh in an uncontained pit of rain water, sludge, piss, beer, sweat and blood.

This is old school Swedish death metal at its purest. The production is clear, real and officially Swedish.

Karl Daniel Liden is responsible for the Mixing and Mastering of this classic album that will find its way on many top 10 lists for 2022 – I can guarantee you that.

This is their best album to date and It has everything.

Old school Death Metal brutality, Triumphant Folk Melodies with a ruthless stretch of Swedish Groove!

For Fans of Entombed, Dismember & Amon Amarth

Out Via Agonia Records in May 2022!

THRALL are back from the Dead!

“F#*k this, I’m going to THE BENDI”
As part of the revival of live local music scene in Melbourne, Your Mate Bookings is committed to once again giving you the best entertainment in the world surrounding everything heavy.
We return to our beloved Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood to support the re-emergence of live music for the monthly gathering of “F#*k this, I’m going to THE BENDI”
 
For the month of April, Melbournes’ Black Metal Fire Breathers “THRALL” make their return with a new line up to decimate the stage on Saturday 23/4 supported by Eskhaton, Burden Man (NSW) and MUNT.
 
With Thrall’s fourth album ‘Schisms’ soon to be released later this year, the groups ferocious inflamed expressions can be once again witnessed live in the flesh.
 
It will be the band’s most ambitious release to date featuring members of Gatecreeper, Extinct Exist, Förfalla, Slothferatu, Mar Mortuum, Myotragus, ex-Ruins, ex-Dead River Runs Dry.
 
Thrall have come to the vanguard of a new style of black metal that seamlessly melds doom, death metal and post rock elements with the genre.
 
Tickets can be purchased from www.yourmatebookings.com
 
LINKS TO BANDS
 
THRALL
 
http://thrall.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/thrallofvoid
 
 
ESKHATON
 
https://eskhaton666.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/eskhaton666
 
 
BURDEN MAN (NSW)
 
brilliantemperor.bandcamp.com/album/grievance
https://www.facebook.com/BurdenMan
 
 
MUNT
https://muntgrind.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Muntgrind

Tickets here https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/fk-this-im-goin-to-the-bendi-with-thrall-eskhaton-burden-man-and-munt-tickets-296367722837

Review: WO FAT – The Singularity

Artist: WO FAT

Album: The Singularity

Year: 2022

Groovy.

Original.

Dirty.

Sexy.

The Texan Trio still have it after 21 years.

They certainly surprised us all with this one.

It has a similar productions vibe to the last few albums but the consistent up-tempo

ZZ Top-Esque of the song writing on this album (Specifically the title track “The Singularity”), sets it apart from most of the previous releases.

The Production is off tap and you kinda gotta expect it, considering the work Kent and Michael do together in their studio Crystal Clear Sound.

They’ve captured the true essence of dirty, filthy and low-end Stoner Blues on a gargantuan level among some of the best over the last three decades

The Vocals of Kent are top notch and seem to have become even more powerful and succinct in this album (not to discount any of the previous attempts on the other albums).

Keep that cowboy hat on Kent, it still some sort of Southern State Wizardry that projects across the globe.

Their first single “The Witching Chamber” sends out a siren of feedback and radio noise whilst giving a nod to a “Read The Omens” vibe. The Nine plus minute belter allows the listener to melt into their couch (Under The Influence much?), while the Bayou across the way, forms a Sink-Hole Whirl Pool, taking us under the surface into a void of occultic musical pleasures and relentless unknown feelings.

The Vocals of Kent are top notch and seem to have become more powerful and succinct in this album (not to discount any of the previous attempts on the other albums). Keep that cowboy hat on Kent, it still has the Southern State Wizardry we all know it possesses.

Zack brings that filthy bass twang in harder than ever on “The Unraveling” while Kent gives us a Southern Blues Melody Ride like Sabbath were forced to play a teenage prom in Texas in the 70’s.

Michael conjures a Tribal Voodoo Dance on his kit keeping each snap thump hit to each Drum Kit part appropriately complimenting each Bass note and Guitar lick, highlighted mesmerizingly on “The Oracle”.

One of the riffs on Overworlder reminds me of a Budgie track (RIP Burke Shelley – you bloody legend) and if anything it’s a compliment, considering a few joke bands (RHCP) ripped off a section from that same stand out track “Breadfan” which you may recall Metallica covered decades ago.

Guys, you’ve done it. What a F#%KEN Album!

Stand Out Track: Overworlder

For Fans of Budgie, ZZ Top and Church of Misery

OUT VIA RIPPLE MUSIC SOON!!!

Review: Tropical Sludge – Isolation Jams EP

Band: Tropical Sludge

Release: Isolation Jams

Year: 2022

Light one up and press play.

Rick Burke (Comacozer/Rusty Souls) has just released his first EP under the name of “Tropical Sludge”.

Being a fan of Comacozer and loving the perpetual progression of their sound over the years, its great to hear Rick’s guitar abilities in an isolated environment for the first time.

The dreamy melodies and guitar licks covered by the dust of an analogue vinyl gives us listeners the production edge that most of the Psych community would approve of, in an ever-blooming worship for LPs and record players.

The sporadic samples of Australian Wildlife emphasizes the earthy elements of the songs and gives us hope and respect toward a true appreciation of nature – you know the very thing we’ve neglected for so long since living in this consumer based society.

If I was a shaman of a Spiritual retreat or even a Yoga Teacher, I would definitely be adding this whole album to my playlist. The vibe the whole EP possesses conjures a divine experience of oneness and wholeness with the universe as it takes the mind and soul to interdimensional realms.

Time does not exist when the sounds of “isolation Jams” are played, it enables the mind to switch off from any stress that entraps us inside this illusion some call the matrix of life.

I am very keen to see the live performance of Tropical Sludge and can only imagine what an mind bending scenario could be created with the right lighting and objects/consumables of acceleration.

Sick one Rick!

For fans of Lamp of the Universe, Electric Octopus and The Re-stoned