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Calea Dreaming – The Rainforest Canopy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on 4th February 2019 by izaforestspirit

Calea Dreaming
The Rainforest Canopy
Released 9th December 2018
Atmospheric Post Black Metal / Ambient
Self-Released

Calea Dreaming - The Rainforest Canopy

‘The Rainforest Canopy’ is the debut album from the Australian post-black metal one-man project Calea Dreaming. All his music is instrumental and it is inspired by nature, specifically the landscapes surrounding the New South Wales region of Australia where the musician is based.

I’m not all that well versed in post-black metal but based on my limited exposure to this sub-genre, anything with a “post” prefix, be it metal or rock tends to imply that it is a mixture of that style with some added ambient. This is definitely the case here. Aside from the guitar riffs and some of the drum work, this album has very little to do with black metal. As stated in the intro, there are no vocals on this album. The songs are melodic, atmospheric and very long, with the shortest track Rivers of Rosewood clocking in at over nine minutes. This is what I would describe as “chill-out” music, the kind that you might want to put on when you want to relax, enjoy a hot drink and a good book. I almost dozed off in my chair while writing this review!!

If any of you suffer from insomnia I would recommend that you give this album a go. It creates this tranquil mood, inviting the listener to close his or her eyes and picture themselves in one of the landscapes referred to in the songs. You can actually hear the sound of rain falling in the background on A Storm In The Mountains. There are also violins and other string instrumentals present on here, all contributing to the relaxing atmosphere.

Overall, ‘The Rainforest Canopy’ is a very atmospheric album which I would recommend to those who enjoy ambient and instrumental metal. It’s very relaxing and pleasant to listen to. It is not really my type of music though so I am unlikely to play it again unless I have trouble sleeping.

4/5

Iza Raittila

Perfect Blue Sky – The Eye of Tilos

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 6th May 2017 by mickbirchy

 

Perfect Blue Sky

The Eye of Tilos

Soft Rock, Psychedelic Rock

Released: 19th May 2017

via Scarecrow Music Group (SE) Right Recordings (UK)

Perfect Blue Sky, is the highly anticipated collaboration between one of the founding members of the Swedish metal act Netherbird Pontus, Pna Andersson and Australian solo rock vocalist, Jane Kitto. Together they formed the band in 2014 based out of Stockholm, Sweden. I have to say going into this album, The Eye of Tilos, I knew little to nothing about them. With that, I had absolutely no expectations when first playing this. On first listen I had no idea what I was in for.  Just vague non-descriptors from a PR statement. With a clear mind I listened on and found that this is one of the most pleasant sounding albums I’ve listened to in a while.

I was hit with tight songwriting and smooth production.  The music was this 70’s style soft rock, you know the kind of stuff that we don’t usually cover here on Valkyrian Music. This really beautiful soft acoustic soft rock, with light elements of psychedelic indie rock music. The sounds are so fluent and cerebral.  It has this way of getting lodged in your brain. It’s not catchy as such, there are no real ear worms here. More just beautiful tones that sink into your memory without you even realising it.  There’s some creative riffs and superbly simplistic, but effective, writing ideas. The harmonies really grab your attention in a way that you wouldn’t think.  All of the songs are designed so that you pay attention to them as a whole, instead of nitpicking the individual aspects. It’s the same joy I feel from listening to stoner metal or outlaw country music.  Just music that switches off my overthinking capacity and switches on my pure enjoyment.

I don’t want you to think that this production is small scale or under planned.  There’s a lot of work that goes into making music that sounds like this.  To achieve this the duo have recruited a pretty nice backing band that really bring all of the elements of this album together. Names like, Frank Bessard (Joe Satriani, Stanley Clarke) and Dave Getz (Big Brother Holding Co.) on Drums. Danny Oakhill on Keyboards (Queen Tribute, Turk Tresize).  Jerry Donahue on Guitar (Fairport Convention, Hellecasters). All of them bring their energy to the album, yet like I’ve said the production never lets any one member really over shine the others.  There is is this really nice balance to it all. So the listener never feels overwhelmed by any one part of the production.

Genuinely, I have loved this album. It’s a beautiful sounding record with a lot to offer in its production and in its songwriting. With songs of passion, abstract concepts and social commentary. The Eye of Tilos is such a nice sounding album.  It mixes old school hippie jams with classic rock and adds some modern style production to really keep it in today’s market. I am really liking this band.  Hopefully this won’t be the last I hear from them. Also, it makes for awesome driving music.

5/5

Mick Birchall

Testament part ways with bassist Greg Christian and announce replacement

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 13th January 2014 by Nico Davidson

Bay Area thrash heroes Testament recently parted way with bassist Greg Christian. The announce reads as follows:

It is with much respect that we announce our mutual parting with bassist Greg Christian. Metal fretless bass pioneer Steve Di Giorgio will be returning to Testament. Steve previously was a member of Testament on The Gathering (1999) as well as First Strike Still Deadly (2001). He will be joining Testament on their upcoming shows in Australia on the Soundwave Festival, Japan and Mexico City. Steve will also be taking part in the new Testament album.  We are looking forward to continuing the momentum you, the fans, have made possible.

Testament online:

http://testamentlegions.com
http://facebook.com/testamentlegions

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Cripple Bastards release first track from new album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 8th January 2014 by Nico Davidson

Long running Italian band Cripple Bastards have released the first punishing track from their new album Nero In Metastasi, which is due out mid-February. Crushing everything in its way with almost three minutes of total bombardment, the album’s opening track Malato Terminale immediately lets the band’s devoted following know they’re in for an ultra-metallic neckbreaker of expected chaos, and lets newcomers know to join their movement or get out of the way. The song can be heard down below and you can pre-order the album at this location.

Cripple Bastard will also heading out on later this month. You can catch them at the following shows:

11/1/2014 Cueva Rock Live – Cagliari, Italy
14/1/2014 Viper Theatre – Florence, Italy
25/2/2014 Kingcobra Squat – Osaka, Japan w/ Red, Riverge, Ramone Takayama & The Students, Palm, Masterpeace
26/2/2014 Huck Finn – Nagoya, Japan w/ Black Ganion, Not A Name Soldiers, Hell And Hell, Sacred Aeolia, Top Breeder
27/2/2014 Bar El Puente – Yokohama, Japan
28/2/2014 Asakusa Kurawood – Tokyo, Japan @ Obscene Extreme Asia w/ Jig-Ai, Contrast Attitude, Butcher Abc, Brain Corrosion
02/3/2014 Asakusa Kurawood – Tokyo, Japan @ Obscene Extreme Asia w/ Doom, Framtid, Systematic Death, Gore Beyond Necropsy
05/3/2014 Blackwire Records – Sydney, Australia w/ Jig-Ai
06/3/2014 The Basement – Canberra, Australia w/ Jig-Ai
07/3/2014 The Reverence Hotel – Melbourne, Australia @ Obscene Extreme Australia w/ Jig-Ai, Captain Cleanoff
08/3/2014 The Corner Hotel – Melbourne, Australia @ Obscene Extreme Australia w/ Doom, Nowyourefucked, The Kill
22-25/5/2014 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD

Cripple Bastards online:

http://cripple-bastards.com
http://facebook.com/cripplebastard

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Doom confirmed to headline Obscure Extreme Japan, Australia and Czech Republic

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 10th December 2013 by Nico Davidson

No Obscure Extreme event is complete without a big portion of filthy crust. With a history older than grind itself, a band often cited as an early precursor to the genre and one which are considered pivotal in the rise of crust punk. The legend that is Doom, from England, will grind the Obscene Extreme 2014 stages. Doom will be playing at 3 of the 4 Obscene Extreme World Tour locations including Japan, Australia & 4 years on from their OEF appearance in 2010, Doom will return to Czech Republic.

Obscene Extreme organiser Curby comments:

We are definitely looking forward to this as they will come with their brand new album Corrupt Fucking System that is currently in production and will be put out at the end of 2013. Honestly, good old Doom are still in an excellent form!!!

Tickets are now available from this location.

Doom online:

https://www.facebook.com/doomcrustpunk

 

Oceano announce Australian headline tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 21st August 2013 by Nico Davidson

Chicago band Oceano have announced a headline tour of Australia, due to kick off in Adelaide on 4th October. Having being forced to postpone their trip to Australia last year, Oceano will be making up for it to their fans in October with a nine-date headlining tour in support of their new album Incisions. Joining Oceano as support will be Aversions Crown and Feed Her To The Sharks (Well, there’s plenty of sharks down under for her to be fed to). Oceano vocalist and frontman Adam Warren comments:

Finally Oceano is headed to Australia!  To our Aussie fans, we told you we’d make it up to you from the last time we couldn’t make it, and now the time is upon us!  We are very, very delighted and grateful to have this opportunity.  We plan to leave Australia bruised from circle pits and necks sore from hair spins and head bangs every show.  See you soon!

See Oceano on tour in Australia at the following shows:

OCEANO w/ AVERSIONS CROWN, FEED HER TO THE SHARKS
Oct. 04 – Adelaide, Australia – Blackmarket (18+)
Oct. 05 – Melbourne, Australia – Bang (18+)
Oct. 06 – Melbourne, Australia – Phoenix Youth Centre (all ages)
Oct. 08 – Canberra, Australia – The Basement (18+)
Oct. 09 – Newcastle, Australia – Cambridge Hotel (18+)
Oct. 10 – Sydney, Australia – Hot Damn (18+)
Oct. 11 – Frenches Forest, Australia – YoYo’s Youth Centre (all ages)
Oct. 12 – Brisbane, Australia – Thriller (18+)
Oct. 13 – Brisbane, Australia – Tall Poppies Studios (all ages)

Oceano online:

http://facebook.com/oceanometal
http://twitter.com/oceanometal

Epica thanks fans for support and begin to look to the future

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 10th July 2013 by Nico Davidson

In a recent statement released by Dutch symphonic metal band, Epica, the band thanked fans and began discussing their future plans. The full statement is as follows:

Our show at Graspop on the 30th of June marked the end of the “Requiem for the Indifferent” touring cycle. We would like to thank all our loyal fans who have, once again, carried Epica to the next level. Our world-tour promoting Requiem for the Indifferent has given us a ton of wonderful new memories. We played a lot of new places like Australia, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Belarus and Dubai and welcomed new fans at every one of the 100+ shows of this world-tour. A new milestone for us was reached during Retrospect, the celebration of our 10th anniversary! We will never forget being on stage with this huge orchestra and choir in front of the 4500 fans from all over the world.

As you know we will take a step back from playing live shows for the upcoming months since Simone & Oliver and Coen & Linda are expecting children.

During this period we will be finalizing our live CD, BluRay/DVD Retrospect, which will be released in the autumn of this year. Besides that we are in the pre-production phase of the 6th Epica studio album which we will start to record at the end of this summer and which will be released in spring 2014.

We can’t wait to share the Retrospect show and our new music with you all and we hope to see you on the road in 2014!!

Love, EPICA

Epica online:

http://www.epica.nl
http://www.facebook.com/epica
http://www.youtube.com/epica
http://www.twitter.com/epica
http://www.myspace.com/epica

Ensiferum announce Finland tour dates for January

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 5th December 2012 by Nico Davidson

Heroic folk metal outfit Ensiferum have announced tour dates for their home country of Finland in January 2013, as part of their Unsung Heroes Part Two tour.

Tickets are available from this location.

Dates are as followed:

January
17 – Henry’s Pub – Kuopio, Finand
18 – Kerubi – Joensuu, Finland
19 – Stoppari on the Rocks – Mikkeli, Finland

Ensiferum has also announced that their show in Sydney, Australia show on March 15th at The HiFi, as part of their Unsung Heroes tour of Australia, is now an all-ages show instead of 18+. The tour poster and dates for their Australia tour can be viewed below:

March
15 – The HiFi – Sydney, Australia
16 – The Espy – Melbourne, Australia
17 – Coniston Lane – Brisbane, Australia

 

4th Brisbane show added to The Amity Affliction’s tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 20th July 2012 by Nico Davidson

Yet another SOLD OUT date on The Amity Affliction’s Chasing Ghosts Tour! 4th show added to Brisbane!

THE AMITY AFFLICTION‘s Chasing Ghosts Tour is set to take Australia by storm this spring. Several shows have already SOLD OUT, with the continued demand from fans prompting the move to add three extra dates. The newest addition to the run is an All Ages event at The Tivoli on Monday 24 September. The show is ON SALE NOW and takes the count to a mammoth four shows in THE AMITY AFFLICTION‘s hometown of Brisbane.

The response to the tour announcement is unsurprising. THE AMITY AFFLICTION have cemented a reputation for an unwavering live show, and fans have also been tempted by small glimpses of brand new material from THE AMITY AFFLICTION‘s impending studio release, Chasing Ghosts (out Friday 7 September on Roadrunner Records). You can listen to the title track of the album down below, from which both the release and the tour take their name.

Tickets for all shows on THE AMITY AFFLICTION‘s Chasing Ghosts Tour with THE GHOST INSIDE, ARCHITECTS and BURIED IN VERONA are on sale now!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW & SELLING FAST!

Monday 24 September – The Tivoli, Brisbane AA EXTRA SHOW ADDED! ON SALE NOW!

Tickets from Ticketek on 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au

Tuesday 25 September – The Tivoli, Brisbane 18+ EXTRA SHOW ADDED! ON SALE NOW!

Tickets from Ticketek on 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au

Wednesday 26 September – The Tivoli, Brisbane AA SOLD OUT!

Thursday 27 September – The Tivoli, Brisbane 18+ SOLD OUT!

Friday 28 September – Panthers, Newcastle Lic AA

Tickets from Moshtix on 1300 438 849, www.moshtix.com.au or the Venue

Saturday 29 September – Big Top, Sydney Lic AA

Tickets from Oztix on 1300 762 545 www.oztix.com.au, Ticketek on 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au or 1300 BIG TOP or www.bigtopsydney.com

Tuesday 2 October – UC Live, Canberra Lic AA

Tickets from Oztix on 1300 762 545 www.oztix.com.au or Ticketek on 132 849, www.ticketek.com.au  or Shop UC

Thursday 4 October – Palace Theatre, Melbourne 18+ EXTRA SHOW ADDED! ON SALE NOW!

Tickets from Oztix on 1300 762 545 www.oztix.com.au or Ticketek on 132 849 www.ticketek.com.au

Friday 5 October – Palace Theatre, Melbourne U18

Tickets from Oztix on 1300 762 545 www.oztix.com.au or Ticketek on 132 849 www.ticketek.com.au

Friday 5 October – Palace Theatre, Melbourne 18+  SOLD OUT!

Saturday 6 October – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide Lic AA

Tickets from Venuetix on (08) 8225 8888 or www.venuetix.com.au

Sunday 7 October – Metropolis, Fremantle 18+

Tickets from www.heatseeker.com.au, 78’s, Mills, Planet Video or Star Surf

Monday 8 October – Metropolis, Fremantle U18

Tickets from www.heatseeker.com.au, 78’s, Mills, Planet Video or Star Surf

THE AMITY AFFLICTION’S Chasing Ghosts instore September 7 on Roadrunner Records.
THE GHOST INSIDE’s Get What You Give is out now on Epitaph Records
ARCHITECTSDaybreaker is out now on Century Media Records
BURIED IN VERONA’s Notorious is out now on UNFD

DECIMATUS – The Betrayer

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , on 11th February 2012 by Pieni

Band: DECIMATUS
Album: The Betrayer
Release date: January 2012
Genre: Heavy / Thrash Metal
Label: BlueFreya

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It seems that Melbourne, Australia, gave up on heavy metal. But five guys refused to accept it and decided to start a band and play “the music they love that no one else is playing”. So here’s the first recorded effort of those guys, who call themselves DECIMATUS.

Don’t let the delicate melody of “The Stand Off” deceive you. It’s just an intro, and the proof that they know more than just shredding away. Which is what they do on the following song, the title-track “The Betrayer”, old school thrash metal style. Loud guitars, militant screams (both main and backup), and the bass line is powerful enough that doesn’t get smothered by the heavy drums.

“Bury You” follows the same path, while “Of The Wicked” tries a bit less aggressive approach, or at least a different kind of aggression, with some whispered and spoken vocals and cranking guitar riffs still keeping it heavy.

“Killing Time” stands up for its title, being the fastest track of this batch, and “Decimate” the “darkest”- a song that will hardly start a mosh pit but will keep the heads banging from beginning to end.

4/5

Renata “Pieni” Lino

Aeon Of Horus – The Embodiment Of Darkness And Light [2008]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , on 27th July 2011 by Nico Davidson

Band: Aeon Of Horus
Album: The Embodiment Of Darkness And Light
Release year: 2008
Genre: Progressive Death Metal

Hailing from Australia, the four piece death metal out known as Aeon Of Horus [a name also used in Themela for the portrayal of a time of self-realisation] combine technical riffs and drum work with aggressive and violent brutality. Since forming in 2006, Aeon Of Horus have gone to dominate the Australian metal scene with their debut album “The Embodiment Of Darkness And Light”.

”3C321” begins the album with a short, melodic lick in which feral vocals and rugged riffs come straight after. The guitar work is extremely technical, perhaps a bit too technical in places. The drum work is vicious and unrestrained, adding savagery and barbaric stylings to the track. Whilst the track is well composed, it feels as if they is too much going on during in the three and a half minutes. It’s a mediocre track to be beginning the album with.

”Conquering The Speed Of Light” begins with a bit more consistency and less going on in the introduction compared to the previous track. Some of the riffs seem to be more straight forward and with no thrills while there is still a use of technicality through the track. The vocals are certainly beast-like and demonic. The drum work seems to be more acute and calculated as well. “Conquering The Speed Of Light” is certainly an assault upon the listener’s ears – Though this will be no problem for any dedicated fan of death metal. “The Embodiment: Part One – Of Darkness” has a very interesting beginning, being composed only of intense drumming. The guitar section that follows doesn’t seem to favour technicality much, though that’s no problem as the keyboard sections help create an atmosphere. There are some melodic riffs here and there throughout the track which are impressive.

Following after is the track entitled “The Embodiment: Part Two – And Light”. The intro is slower paced for a short while before the face-melting aggression and speed kicks in. The drums are vigilant and acutely played, while the guitars are brutal and angry sounding – the way death metal should be! The vocals are still going strong, retaining the feral, beast-like sound to them. The piano medley during in part of the second half is enchanting, almost like the singing an angel in a world of misery. The acoustic start of “The Pillars” is next, mixed with cunningly played drums. The acoustic guitar sections are masterfully played, lulling the listener into a state of calmness which is soon disrupted by the brutalising onslaught of “Arrogantly Opposing Reality”. The riffs are clever and sharp, whilst barbaric and savage at the same time. The drums are played with great precision, keeping in touch with the rest of the track. The vocals sound slightly like the ones found on a Lamb Of God album, which is no bad thing.

“Icon” is another track with an acoustic beginning, though the track is not entirely acoustic – fortunately enough for those who favour raw, destructive riffs over softer sections. The vocals are on the verge of being black metal vocals in some sections, though still manage to keep a hold of their death metal elements. The riffs can only be described as merciless metal aggression mixed with hateful drum work – the perfect recipe for a good death metal anthem. “Heru-Ra-Ha”, which literally means “Horus sun-flesh” [Also the name of a composite deity in Themela] ruthlessly blasts its way through the album, with intelligent-yet-untamed guitar and drum work, topped with fierce and remorseless sounding vocals. The short acoustic break is unexpected and ruins the track partially, composition wise, however the guitar solo is sheer brilliance and makes one easily forget about the acoustic section.

“As The Earth Shatters (Part One)” is the second to last track of the album. The entire track is calm, solemn and somewhat soothing, composed entirely of orchestration – Which can be a let down for listeners who were expecting neck-breaking riffs and ear-busting drum work. However, “As The Earth Shatters (Part Two)” makes up the let down of the first part as it brings the neck-breaking riffs that the listener is so eager to hear. The drum work is great, sharply composed yet uncivilised at the same time – A great contrast. Listener be warned though, orchestration makes its return on this track as well during in the second half though the raspy, whispered vocals to wonders to make it more enjoyable. The track does end on a final, heavy note fortunately enough.

Australia could soon be the next internationally recognised metal scene – Especially with Aeon of Horus pioneering it. “The Embodiment Of Darkness And Light” is an interesting album indeed. Though there are a few parts which aren’t enjoyable, the album is certainly a genius piece of work and clearly shows the potential of “Aeon Of Horus”. Be you a hardcore fan of death metal or just a casual listener, “The Embodiment Of Darkness And Light” is one album that you must listen to.

4/5

Nico Davidson

Adamus Exul – Death, Paint A Vision [2010]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 24th July 2011 by Nico Davidson

Band: Adamus Exul
Album: Death Paint A Vision
Release year: 2010
Genre: Black Metal

Australia is a typical tourist destination due to it’s wonderful sights and hot weather – Too hot for frostbitten music like black metal one would think, however, this is not the case because in the shadows of Australia’s tourist destinations lies an ever brutal, ever frostbitten, ever extreme black metal scene and at the heart of that scene are Adamus Exul.

The first track of “Death, Paint A Vision” is called “Dreams Of Desolation”. Even at a low volume, the listener’s ears are savagely assaulted by a great mix of guitars and double bass pedals. The vocals are strong, raw and beasty – As is to be expected of any black metal band. Interestingly, there are some slightly melodic sections which keeps the track entertaining. The drums are precise, almost machine-like though still barbaric and face-smashingly heavy.

”Ruins Of Zion” mixes melody with sheer aggression in its introduction whilst the rest of the track seems to favour straight forward brutality over melody, though this is not a bad thing for fans of no-holds-barred black metal. The use of a speech over is certainly unexpected but fits in well with the theme of the song. The vocal section that follows sounds very much like Dimmu Borgir and a casual listener to black metal would certainly make the mistake of believing it to be Shagarth. Another interesting section of this track is the short section that sounds very much like a breakdown of some sort.

The title track, “Death, Paint A Vision” favours a melodic yet bone smashing approach at the beginning. The drums add to the savagery of the track, whilst the vocals help it sound more beastly. Whilst the title of the track is somewhat poetic and intelligent, the track itself is the complete opposite, bombarding the listener with bloodthirsty riffs and demonic-like vocals. “Death, Paint A Vision” is very much like an old-skool Gorgoroth track in sections due to the fast tempos and sheer aggressive brutality. “In Absentia” is the half way point of the album and the interlude. Shockingly, “In Absentia” is acoustic though the acoustic guitar is a welcome change for those tired of orchestrated interludes.

“Echoes Of Self Destruction” tears its way through the album next, beginning with a frightening and hellish introduction of pounding guitars and drums. The vocals are more aggressive and unholy-sounding as well, mixing well with the demonic essence of the track. Though “Echoes Of Self Destruction”, there are small sections of melodic guitar licks every now and then which do keep the track interesting. The use of acoustic guitar returns as well, adding a certain calmness to the hurricane-like force of black metal, though this calm doesn’t long before the hurricane returns. “Abhorrent Euchrist” changes the style of the album a bit, bring a more melodic use to the album, which is both weird and refreshing. Even the vocals have changed, sounding more raspy, to fit in with the melodic stylings of the track. Drums still sound good despite becoming somewhat lighter for this track and the guitars seem to have less distortion. Fortunately for those who prefer black metal screams over raspy vocals, the screams make a triumphant return towards the end of “Abohorrent Euchrist”.

The final piece of the album is the song “Ashes” which like the previous song, begins melodically. However, “Ashes” brings back the raw aggression and savagery found on the rest of the album. The sound on this track seems to be more raw and barbaric with everything sounding like they have more punch. Interestingly, the acoustic guitar, once again, returns but combined with some majorly angry growls, making for a strange yet brilliantly created sound. Unfortunately, the sound doesn’t last for long. A military styled drum roll also makes an appearance, working well alongside the raw guitar riffs.

Adamus Exul bring a new sound to black metal with “Death, Paint A Vision” whilst sticking to an old skool Norwegian black metal sound as well. Most of the tracks are reminiscent of the early black metal scene in Norway while containing a fresh feel. Adamus Exul are certainly a band to keep an ear out for because they could be dominating more than Australian metal scene soon enough.

4/5

Nico Davidson

Disaster Plan – Disaster Plan EP [2010]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 21st July 2011 by Nico Davidson

Band: Disaster Plan
Album: Disaster Plan EP
Release year: 2010
Genre: Post-Hardcore

Australia is a nation best known for it’s poisonous spiders and kangaroos. Unbeknown to most people, there is a fast-growing hardcore scene within Australia and Adelaide-based Disaster Plan have been a part of said scene since mid-2010.

”Pestilence” begins with a heavy but slightly choppy intro, which is straight away a let-down for the listener. The vocals sound like a mixture of black metal and hardcore screams whilst the cleaner, less harsh vocals sound of key. There are some good melodic licks throughout the track and the drums are precise to the beat. Some of the guitar work is great in sections but overall choppy. Clearly there is clearly a lot of work that needs to be done to improve this track.

”The Shark Didn’t Bite Me, He Raped Me” starts with a more consistent, melodic intro section combined with the spoken words of “Game over”, which is a pretty cool effect. The screams sound more hardcore-orientated though the clean vocals still sound out of key. Most of the sections have a decent flow them to them though there are a few choppy sections that could do with improvement. The solo is quite unexpected yet it certainly makes up for the not-so-impressive guitar riffs earlier in the song. The only other issue with “The Shark Didn’t Bite Me, He Raped Me” is that it’s too long and this could be quite irritating and unentertaining for a casual listener of hardcore and post-hardcore.

The third track is “Love Lost At Sea”, beginning with a bass and drums introduction. Overall, this one isn’t particularly interesting or great. It seems to lack the heaviness, brutality and passion of the previous two tracks – Even though the riffs seem more consistent and flow better. The poorly composed introduction of “The Ramifications Of Skydiving Without A Parachute” follows after. The track does gradually improve, however. Both the screams and clean vocals sound and feel stronger, while the guitars and drums become more violent and barbaric whilst retaining a hint of intelligence.

The final track, also the bonus track, “Alcoholic” is different to the rest of the EP as it begins with a very soft intro and increases only by a bit in terms of heaviness. The guitars don’t seem to really work well with the screams on this track and in parts the drums sound to be drowned out by everything else. This track really just leaves the listener thinking “So what?”.

Disaster Plan’s self-titled EP is not impressive but it isn’t terribly bad either. It lays somewhere in the middle. Whilst some sections do need a considerable about of work other sections show that Disaster Plan have potential to become a household name in the international hardcore scene.

3/5

Nico Davidson